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Maestro Andrew Grams to lead Elgin Symphony Orchestra. (Shaw Media file photo)

Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from a classical music concert to a storytelling festival, a chance to act on stage, and opportunities for free fitness activities for adults, plus outdoor fun for kids.

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12
COST & INFO: $25, $40 or $60;, 847-888-4000
ABOUT: Music Director Andrew Grams will conduct "Scottish Fantasy," featuring guest violinist Michael Ludwig in performances in Elgin and Schaumburg. In a musical tour, the concert offers Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony No. 3, in A minor, Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" for violin and orchestra, and MacCunn's "Land of the Mountain and the Flood Overture." Hear Ludwig's evocative playing at

Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., and Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago; shuttle offered
WHEN: Weekends through Jan. 19
COST & INFO: $10 for single ticket, or $30 for festival pass; 773-761-4477,
ABOUT: Suburban talents help power Lifeline Theatre’s 17th annual Fillet of Solo Festival, a multi-week event that celebrates storytelling, and features 13 live-lit storytelling collectives and 10 solo acts. Caroline Andres of Glen Ellyn is part of the group called Sweat Girls, which celebrates its 21st anniversary by performing “21 and Finally Legal” ( They will take the Lifeline stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Troupe members said they speak with honesty, authenticity and humor about the human condition as they’ve experienced it.

Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court, West Chicago
WHEN: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16; 4 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19
COST & INFO: Free;, 630-234-5919
ABOUT: Gallery Theater will conduct auditions for its mid-March production of Neil Simon’s "Barefoot in the Park." The plot, which differs from the film, focuses on newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter and their adventures living in a tiny, sixth-floor, walk-up apartment in Greenwich Village. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script, with monologues welcome, but not mandatory. Stuffed-shirt Paul is a hard-working, young attorney married to his spontaneous bride, Corie.

Weeks Park West, near Gary Avenue and Geneva Road, Carol Stream
WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18
COST & INFO: $10 residents, $15 nonresidents; register by Jan. 16 at 630-784-6100,
ABOUT: It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. The Carol Stream Park District’s Winter in the Park for ages 6 to 12 will embrace the season with snow tubing, snow shoeing and snow painting, plus winter crafts and Olympic games. Even if you do get chilly, there will be hot chocolate to keep you warm. The registration fee includes hot chocolate and a snack.

Parks Plus Fitness Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton
WHEN: Saturday to Monday, Jan. 11 to 13
COST & INFO: Free; 630-871-6713,
ABOUT: If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to keep those New Year’s resolutions intact, look no further than the Parks Plus Fitness Community Appreciation Days. For three days, the Wheaton Park District's center will offer free group fitness classes ranging from spinning and yoga classes to cardio and core workouts. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to usher in 2014 with free classes and workouts. Child care is provided certain hours.