What’s going on today
July 21, 2012 10:44PM
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:43AM
Concerts in your park: Everyone is welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a Sunday evening of free musical entertainment from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Libido Funk Circus will perform at Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Rd. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Hot dog time: Bob Schwartz, author of “Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog,” will share the history from the Colombian Exposition World’s Fair of 1893 to tales of memorable stands and the people who made the “dogs” and served them to generations of devoted customers. Enjoy a Chicago-style hot dog following a presentation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Call 630-420-6010.
Adult float: Centennial Beach had a delayed start of adult float on June 10 due to the SheROX Triathlon. They will be hosting a make-up adult float from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Learn about wind power: During DuPage Children’s Museum’s daily hours, power a boat with different sails and decide what shape of sail makes your boat speed through water the fastest in this math-focused activity. Morning and afternoon sessions at the museum in Naperville are scheduled through July 29.
Hot Jazz Cool Nites: Monday through Wednesday, July 23-25, various vocalists will be featured in various combinations. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 E. Ellsworth. Tickets to the concerts are $20 for adults and $15 for students/senior citizens. Call 630-637-7469, or purchase tickets online at www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Children’s entertainment: The Naperville Park District is hosting the 2012 Children’s Lunch-Hour Entertainment series, which will include music, interactive games, comedy, and more. Little Nashville will perform at noon at downtown Naperville’s Riverwalk. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Carillon recital: Robert Grogan, basilica carillonneur from Washington, D.C., will hold a free performance at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower at the base of Rotary Hill. The performance is part of the 2012 recital series. These free performances are held rain or shine, unless there is lightning, and audiences are welcome to picnic on the lawn. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Children’s art: From 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., children ages 2 and 3 can attend Paint and Print, A Start in Art™ Series Class at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St. They will discover symmetry and the nature of paint while experimenting with the printing process by using paint and other materials. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Member/Child Partner $15, Nonmember/Child Partner $21. For information, visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.
Gardening series: “Feeding a Family: Home Gardening Series,” a free, all-age family program, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Riverview Farmstead, 111th Street and Book Road. It will focus on harvesting the fruits of your labor, with tips on how and when to start picking. Registration is required for this Forest Preserve District of Will County program. Call 815-886-1467.
Vintage activities: Cantigny Park will celebrate the 132nd birthday of Robert R. McCormick from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free activities and demonstrations for visitors of all ages are planned throughout the park, 1s151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. These activities will recall life during Col. McCormick’s time at Red Oaks Farm, as Cantigny was known originally. A complete schedule of concerts, workshops and special events is posted online at Cantigny’s website at www.Cantigny.org.
Friday, July 27
Rock out: From 5 to 10 p.m. enjoy Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show and opening act local favorite Kimi Hayes, as part of Naper Settlement’s Naper Nights: Community Concert Series, located at 523 S. Webster St. The show will recreate the experience of a ’70s Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects, with great attention to detail in an unpretentious way. Tickets cost $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for youths. Visit www.showclix.com/event/NaperNights.
Rollin’ on the River: Naperville invites the public to enjoy free live music on the Riverwalk. Enjoy some guitar from Andy B. White from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk pavilion, located at Jackson Ave. and Webster St. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Trolley tour: Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlights Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. The tour includes Naperville’s Historic District, North Central College, downtown businesses, shopping areas, police and fire stations, the Riverwalk, Naper Settlement, and Centennial Beach. Tours are at 11 a.m. every Friday during June, July, and August. This tour starts and ends at the southeast corner of Jackson Avenue at Eagle Street. Reservations are requested, walk ons permitted if space. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call 630-420-2223 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, July 28
Preserve bargains: More than 300 items — from cars to golf carts, chainsaws to snow blowers, cameras to canoes — will be up for auction at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s annual public sale of police-confiscated, found and surplus items. The bidding begins at 8:30 a.m. at the district’s Fleet Services Complex at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, 881 W. St. Charles Road in Lombard. Viewing opens at 7 a.m. and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Large items such as vehicles, boats and motorized equipment will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. There is no entry fee, but all bidders must register and have a valid form of identification. Purchasers must pay in full for their purchases, using cash, cashier’s checks or certified checks, within one hour after the auction closes. All sales are final. For more details, go to dupageforestauction.com or call 630-580-7100.
Shed Fest: In support of the Leukemia and Lymphomia Society, the Brew Shed, LLC. presents the Shed Fest 2012. Rain or shine, from 1 to 9 p.m. guests can enjoy live music from “Dazed and Confused,” food, and exclusive craft beers at the fest, 4613 Yender Ave. in Lisle. Everything is free and all donations will go to the society. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tool auction: DuPage Woodworkers will hold a woodworking tool auction beginning at 9 a.m. at the St. James the Apostle Church, 480 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Non-members are invited and may buy or sell. All items must be of a woodworking nature and all buyers and sellers must register to participate. Come and sell your unwanted tools and see what good deals you can get on items you just can’t get by without. Contact Jack Pine, Publicity Chairperson, at 630-215-7482 or e-mail Publicity@dupagewoodworkers.org.
Music: From 5 to 10 p.m. enjoy Buckwheat Zydeco with opening act Ska to Catch ‘Em All, as part of Naper Settlement’s Naper Nights: Community Concert Series, located at 523 S. Webster St. Tickets cost $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for youths. Visit www.showclix.com/event/NaperNights.
Sunday, July 29
Special needs night: Families with individuals who have special needs are invited to enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening after regular operating hours of Centennial Beach. The shallow end and slide will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $3/person at the door or you may apply your membership toward entry. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Monday, July 30
Pool pass sale: The annual Centennial Beach Sunshine Sale offers a special end-of-season rate for those who want to enjoy the Centennial Beach for the remainder of the summer beginning today. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Tuesday, July 31
Carillon recital: Gordon Slater, Dominion Carillonneur Emeritus from Ottawa, Canada, will hold a free performance at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, 210 Aurora Road at the base of Rotary Hill. The performance is part of the 2012 recital series. These free performances are held rain or shine, unless there is lightning, and audiences are welcome to picnic on the lawn. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.
Children’s entertainment: The Naperville Park District is hosting the 2012 Children’s Lunch-Hour Entertainment series from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road. Pack a lunch and join the fun. You’ll be treated to an exciting performance geared to the young and young at heart. Visit www.napervilleparks.org.