Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from Shakespeare in the park to a visual arts festival heavy on music, plus a bowling fundraiser to help pets, a lecture on Jackie Kennedy's restoration of the White House, and a splashy milestone at the pool.
'ALLEY CATS & DOGS'
WHERE: Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
COST & INFO: $25 at www.arf-il.com
The Animal Rescue Foundation unleashes an event for animal lovers – the fifth annual benefit "Alley Cats & Dogs" bowling extravaganza. It's the largest annual fundraiser hosted by ARF-IL, an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue group in the western suburbs. The event includes unlimited bowling, food and drink, plus raffle and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit cats and dogs in the organization’s foster care, as well as animals yet to be rescued this year.
JACKIE'S WHITE HOUSE
WHERE: Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
COST & INFO: To make a reservation, send $12 check to Ruth Scapino, 917 Foxworth Blvd., Lombard IL 60148 between now and Sept. 3; for membership information, call Paula Kavanaugh at 630-858-0578
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago welcomes guests and returning members to the museum's program titled “Designing Camelot: Jackie Kennedy’s White House.” Kathleen Cummings, art historian, lecturer and teacher, will discuss Jacqueline Kennedy’s restoration of the White House.
WHERE: Rice Pool, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton
WHEN: Closes for season Sept. 2
COST & INFO: Fees vary; 630-653-8884, wheatonparkdistrict.com
At Rice Pool, the Wheaton Park District continues to celebrate the waterpark's 25th anniversary. The concession stand once more will offer 25-cent ice cream cups Aug. 25, while supplies last. Aquatics and Safety Manager Wendy Russell notes 4,500 lifeguards have worked at the pool, one of the first in the area to have zero-depth entry. One of Russell’s favorite staff members is the pool’s first manager, Al Zamsky. Before he came to Rice Pool, Zamsky taught aquatics at College of DuPage for 35 years. Now in his 80s, he continues to be an inspiration to kids and families, said Russell, adding, “He’s how I came to Rice, because he was — and is — my mentor.”
FESTIVAL OF ARTS
WHERE: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25
COST & INFO: Free to attend; www.glenellynlions.org, www.facebook.com/GlenEllynFestivalOfTheArts
Noted musical artists are just one reason for the popularity of the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts, back for a 44th year, and organized by the local Lions Club since 2004. Talented visual artists line the scenic lake for the event, which features art sales, food, art activities and prizes for all the best pieces. Media will include ceramics, drawing, furniture, glass, jewelry, oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture and wood.
'AS YOU LIKE IT'
WHERE: Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24
COST & INFO: Free; wheatonparkdistrict.com, wheaton.edu/Arena-Theater
Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater team up to present an evening of Shakespeare in the Park with the light-hearted “As You Like It.” The park opens at 6 p.m. for seating and concessions. The show features Wheaton College alumni, many of whom have acted professionally, as well as current students. Theater professor Mark Lewis will direct. The DuPage County Historical Museum will sell light concession fare, soda and water as a fundraiser for the museum. “A few years ago, I started batting around the idea of doing a show in Memorial Park to bring theater out into the community, and the Shakespeare in the Park model was at the forefront of my mind,” said Andy Mangin, technical director of Arena Theater. "This play takes place in the Forest of Arden. It’s a lot easier to imagine a forest when you turn around and there’s an actual tree behind you.”