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“Drum Solo” is a collaborative painting by Karl Arntzen of Naperville, and Karen Gehse of Downers Grove. They are among the IArtist talents donating artwork to families rebuilding their New Orleans homes after the devastation of Katrina. Local residents can be part of the project. (Photo provided)

Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a benefit art project to help Katrina victims to outdoor concerts and family fun.

Online, with physical open house in planning stages in Elmhurst
WHEN: Featured solo artist changes every six months
COST & INFO: Donations to
Online exhibits let art lovers not only beautify their homes, but also the walls of homes being rebuilt in post-Katrina New Orleans, thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Hereth, professor of painting at College of DuPage. Prints are available for the students' works, and among featured painters is Vito Corriero, an abstract artist from Elmhurst. The students gift their works to families in New Orleans, and public donations to the charity help cover shipping and art materials.

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.

Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario St., Chicago
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
COST & INFO: $10;, 312-943-2252
The power-pop rock band MariZen from Addison is about to return to Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe. Influenced by rock legends Van Halen, Slayer and Rush, MariZen’s music is described as a mix of catchy guitar riffs, rich, spidery bass lines and thundering percussion matched with vocals by Mari Calip for a distinctive sound. The concert marks the release of the group's record "When the Sun Goes Down."

Outdoors at 206 W. St. Charles Road, Villa Park
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
COST & INFO: Free;, Shelby Ortez at 630-834-2650
The community is invited to the second annual Family Fun Fair at Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, featuring games, prizes, exotic petting zoo, bouncy house, crafts, snow cones, concessions and a dunk tank, where the church pastors will take a turn. It also highlights the Awana kids club open to ages 3 through sixth grade; the program starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Awana in Illinois and Wisconsin reaches out to 30,000 young people. “This free event is a great way for us to spread the word about our Awana program, as we get to know our neighbors," said Shelby Ortez, program commander and fun fair coordinator.

Berens Park, 493 Oak Lawn Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
COST & INFO: Free concert; 630-993-8900,
Give summer an entertaining send-off at the Elmhurst Park District’s Park Palooza. Guests can enjoy the tunes of Sons of the Never Wrong at 5 p.m., followed by the Matt Stedman Band at 7:30 p.m. The night also features barbecued foods and a beer garden. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, and there's plenty of action for the entire family.