Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions ranging from a March of Dimes benefit with a culinary twist to a tasty reward for bowling skills, an appearance by radio and TV's Thom Hartmann, a holiday market, and the offer of a personal call from Santa.
WHERE: Pinstripes Oak Brook, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall
WHEN: Regular bowling hours
COST & INFO: Bowling starts at $5 for adults; 630-575-8700; www.pinstripes.com
ABOUT: Bowlers of all ages can aim for three strikes in a row this month – in bowling terms, a turkey – to receive a certificate for a complimentary turkey platter at Pinstripes. The Thanksgiving-inspired turkey platters feature Chef Cesar Gutierrez's freshly carved turkey and all the holiday trimmings. Turkey Bowl winners can redeem their meal Monday through Thursday at the bistro, whether dining in or as carryout through November. Bowling will be available on Thanksgiving Day until 5 p.m. Bocce ball also is featured at Pinstripes.
WHERE: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Road, Darien
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
COST & INFO: Free admission; 630-427-1140, www.frugalmusebooks.com; www.thomhartmann.com
ABOUT: Radio and television personality Thom Hartmann will give a talk before signing copies of his latest book, "The Crash of 2016." The last visit by the best-selling author drew 700 guests, said store Manager Paul Garrison, adding, "I happen to think this is one of his best books." The event includes music and refreshments; arrive early if you'd like a seat. Political folksongs will set the mood for the appearance by Hartmann, whose talk radio show is aired locally on WCPT, while his two broadcasts are on RT and Free Speech TV.
WHERE: Lemont Center for the Arts, 1234 State St., Lemont
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday through Dec. 22
COST & INFO: Free admission; 630-243-7375, www.lemontcenterforthearts.wordpress.com; www.facebook.com/LemontCenterForTheArts
ABOUT: The fourth annual Holiday Artists' Bazaar graces the Lemont Center for the Arts, featuring an eclectic collection of handmade, original creations. Event organizers note the show features a variety of artwork and crafts made by local artists, intended for holiday gift-giving or as an addition to one's home. The center now offers private art parties as a creative outlet for a birthday celebration or a unique night out.
WHERE: Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
COST & INFO: $75; 815-600-8087, www.marchofdimes.com/illinois; www.facebook.com/MODSignatureChefsAuction
ABOUT: The Suburban Signature Chefs Auction, presented by Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, benefits the Northeast Illinois Division of the March of Dimes. Festivities open with a one-hour cocktail and food sampling reception, during which chefs discuss their featured specialties. The night includes silent auction tables and a live auction at which dining events by the participating chefs will be up for bidding. Auction items range from passes for Disney World to sporting events, spa treatments and entertainment.
SANTA ON THE LINE
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., and the Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8
COST & INFO: Free; 630-963-1300, www.dgparks.org
ABOUT: Christmas is approaching, and that means Santa is preparing to deliver toys to all the girls and boys. This year, he will chat with children personally via Santa's Jingle Hotline. To arrange to speak to Mr. Claus, register for the hotline starting Friday, Nov. 8, either online or in person. The sign-up deadline is noon Saturday, Nov. 30, and the phone call from Santa will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. The program is only for Downers Grove Park District residents.