Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from music to a Fall Color Fest and 5K to a suspense author's book signing, a family festival, and firehouse demonstrations, plus the annual Silent Parade by area fire departments.
REESE DAILEY BAND
WHERE: Q Bar, 8109 S. Cass Ave., Darien
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
COST & INFO: $5; 630-241-0970; www.cdbaby.com/cd/thereesedaileyband
The Reese Dailey Band delivers a high-energy mix of blues, Southern rock and party music, fronted by singer Reese Dailey, an accomplished slide guitar player. The band's debut album is "Simpatico." Drummer Alan Smith has accompanied Percy Sledge, The Drifters and Isaac Hayes. And bass player Steve Taylor has performed with artists ranging from Sister Sledge to Ziggy Marley. Dailey is the son of "Troubadour of the Great Lakes" Pat Dailey.
FALL COLOR FEST & 5K
WHERE: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends in October and Columbus Day
COST & INFO: Regular admission; color updates at mortonarb.org; race registration at mortonarb.org/fallcolor5k
Leaf-peepers enjoying the autumn palette and lakeside Scarecrow Trail at Morton Arboretum's Fall Color Fest can indulge in juicy brats, build-your-own taffy apples and other edibles sold in Arbor Court, plus complimentary wine tastings. The Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Registration includes admission to the Arboretum. The 5K Run & Walk fees are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers or $35 on race day. The Kid’s Dash costs $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers or $15 on race day.
WHERE: Barnes & Noble Oakbrook, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; and Barbara’s Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, respectively
COST & INFO: Varies; www.fugitivecolorsthenovel.com
International journalist Lisa Barr will autograph copies of her award-winning historical fiction novel "Fugitive Colors." It's the suspenseful tale of an artist’s revenge during World War II. Julian Klein, a young American artist, leaves behind his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the 1930s, only to find himself trapped inside a world where a paintbrush is more lethal than a gun. Barr served as an editor for five years at The Jerusalem Post in Israel. Her debut book is launched by Arcade Publishing.
LAST STRAW FALL
WHERE: Gregg House Museum and Garden, 117 S. Linden Ave., Westmont
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6
COST & INFO: Free; 630-963-5252, www.wpd4fun.org
Visitors at the Westmont Park District’s Last Straw Fall Event can meet beekeepers, learn about different animals, create crafts, play games and eat treats, while enjoying the music of Tim Wilsey at this family-friendly event. Most activities are free, but some, like panning for gold and minerals and making a scarecrow, require a small fee. The scarecrow project provides a pillowcase for the head, straw, stand and materials, plus help from the Garden Club. If you'd like to decorate the scarecrow with clothes, bring them along to the rain-or-shine event.
NIGHT AT FIREHOUSE
WHERE: Fire station 5, 6701 Main St., Downers Grove
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9
COST & INFO: Free; Gina Barr at 630-434-5990
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, a Night at the Firehouse features rappelling demonstrations, a real fire pole kids can slide down, side-by-side burn room sprinkler demos, and various agencies on hand to promote safety. At about 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, the annual Silent Parade will travel from Hinsdale to Downers Grove, ending on Route 53 in Lisle, honoring all those lost in fires. Vehicles will display lights only, and no sirens will be sounded. In Downers Grove, people may assemble along Maple Avenue to view the parade and pay tribute by holding a flashlight as the cortege passes at about 7:15 p.m. A brief memorial begins around 7:45 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle.