Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions that range from dinosaurs, hot dogs and bingo to a health and fitness expo, plus a top bluegrass band and a party for a great American poet who used to hang his hat in Elmhurst.
WHERE: Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard
WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
COST & INFO: $20; folk.maplestreetchapel.org, 630-627-0171
ABOUT: The Maple Street Chapel Folk Concert Series presents The Special Consensus, which earned a Grammy nomination for best bluegrass album in 2012 for "Scratch Gravel Road." The quartet describes its sound as "bluegrass with an attitude." To learn more about the band and its recordings, visit www.specialc.com. The current band lineup features founder and banjoist Greg Cahill and mandolin player Rick Faris, guitarist Dustin Benson, and bass player Dan Eubanks. Formed in the Chicago area more than 35 years ago, the band plays bluegrass standards, originals and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Early ticket purchase is recommended.
CARL SANDBURG PARTY
WHERE: 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
COST & INFO: Free, with no reservations required; 630-833-1457, www.elmhursthistory.org
ABOUT: Linked to a major exhibit about Carl Sandburg's time in Elmhurst from 1919 to 1928, the Elmhurst Historical Museum will celebrate his 136th birthday with music and cake. The party includes half-hour concerts by folk singer and historian Bucky Halker at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., featuring selections from Sandburg’s "American Songbag." Halker is a historian and folk, rock and alt-country musician. The event is part of a series of special events during the run of the exhibition until April 20, offering rare photos, film clips, touch-screen interactives, and an array of loaned artifacts. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
WHERE: Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, 820 S. Finley Road, Lombard
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
COST & INFO: Free; www.lombardparks.com, 630-620-7322
ABOUT: Lombard Park District presents its annual Health Fair & Fitness Expo, sponsored by Freshii, which will offer samples of smoothies and fresh fruit juices. Taking part will be businesses and organizations, with raffles and giveaways planned. Among participants will be Bokwa, an emerging form of dance fitness classes giving a 30-minute demonstration. Dick Pond Athletics will provide information on running clubs, as well as a chance to win a $50 gift card. Jewel Osco will provide free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. Happy Family Organics will provide healthful, organic food options for families. The DuPage County Health Department will provide information about the Affordable Care Act, and how eligible residents can receive assistance with enrollment in quality health insurance plans. Clarity Eye Care also takes part.
HOT DOGS AND BINGO
WHERE: Community Recreation Center, 120 E. Oak St., Addison
WHEN: Noon. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8
COST & INFO: $5 members, $8 nonmembers; register at 630-233-7275, www.addisonparks.org
ABOUT: Dig into hot dogs and chips and then dive into bingo play for a chance to win prizes at the Addison Park District’s aptly titled "Hot Dog and Bingo Day." Friends, family and guests are welcome at the event, a red-letter opportunity to kick back and relax. Winning participants will have their choice of a variety of non-cash prizes.
WHERE: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4
COST & INFO: Regular admission; 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org
ABOUT: Take a trip back to prehistoric times when the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art hosts Dinosaur Day for ages 5 to adult. The day will roar by with activities such as assembling large wooden dinosaur skeletons, digging up bones, going on a fossil scavenger hunt, and working on floor puzzles. Each activity is expected to take an estimated 10 to 60 minutes, and is included with regular admission.