Looking for something to do this week? We have eclectic suggestions from music for all ages to a kids' Dino Dig, and chili paired with college football action.
WHERE: Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-QdNVIVyc
WHEN: "Say You'll Be Mine" album now available
COST & INFO: Varies; www.aliisabella.com
Charting on Billboard is Ali Isabella, a 17-year-old Westchester native who recently released her latest album. Ali has already had her single "New York City Country Girl" reach No. 14 on the Billboard Hot Singles chart, including four weeks as the No. 1 song on the Billboard Country Hot Singles chart, and been the youngest-ever performer at London's Wembley Arena. In 2012, she was selected for The New Music Seminar's "Artist On The Verge" - Top 100 chart, tracking emerging musical talent from all genres. Watch the video for her single “Taking My Own Sweet Time.”
WHERE: Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
COST & INFO: $2 per adult, $3 per child age 2 and older; www.cpdlgp.org, 708-354-4580
A favorite children’s musician, Jim Gill, hits town with his "Contagious Tunes Tour." It marks the 20th anniversary edition of his debut release, "Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes.” The Community Park District of La Grange Park calls his music an invitation to play. Gill is known for lively sing-along tunes, with songs such as “Alabama, Mississippi” and the “Silly Dance Contest.”
WHERE: Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange
WHEN: Two sessions between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
COST & INFO: $19 resident, $25 nonresident; register now at 708-352-1762, www.pdlg.org
The past comes to light as children unearth buried dinosaur bones and eggs at the La Grange Park District’s Dinosaur Dig. In addition to the exploration of prehistoric times, there will be games, crafts and snacks. All supplies are included. The first session is for ages 3 to 5 and the second for ages 5 to 8. Register in advance to secure a spot in the program, offered cooperatively with neighboring park districts.
WHERE: Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield
WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
COST & INFO: Free; register at www.brookfieldlibrary.info, 708-485-6917
(Note to readers: This event just passed, but the book is available for those intrigued by the premise.) Gain insight into some of Chicago’s most famous spooky mysteries with a real haunt detective. Brookfield resident Ray Johnson returns to share supernatural stories connected to some of the city's larger-than-life events. His book, “Chicago’s Haunt Detective: A Cop’s Guide to Supernatural Chicago,” will be available for purchase, and Johnson will sign copies for fans.
WHERE: Liberty Cultural Center, 6445 W. 27th Place, Berwyn
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
COST & INFO: $10 general admission; advance tasting tickets at 708-795-2892, www.berwynparks.org
Nothing says fall more than a steaming bowl of chili paired with college football. You can get the best of both at the Berwyn Park District's first Chili Kickoff, including a beer garden and a big screen for the games. Up to 20 teams will participate in the cook-off, and for the $10 fee, you receive 10 chili-tasting tickets to try your share of edibles. Anyone who brings a nonperishable food item to donate will receive an additional tasting ticket.