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Events for Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 across the western suburbs

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ONGOING

“Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars” Exhibit, 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays through Sept. 28, Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Highlights include a Trivia Challenge, where fans test their knowledge of each club, and “Greatest Player” where visitors weigh in on the most subjective yet hotly debated baseball topics. Vintage pennant flags, bobbleheads, and trinkets from yesteryear are showcased along items from the present day. Free. Information: 630-833-1457 or www.elmhursthistory.org.

"The Game's Afoot," through Oct. 19, Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. Information: www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/57367/1898899?brand=drury or 630-530-0111.

Coolness! Sculptures by Larry Ballard, through mid-October, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle. Displayed in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B Art Gallery. Information: www.ben.edu.

"The Art of R.M. Proce: 35 Years," through Oct. 3, Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst. Collection of profile portraits of seniors for the first time in a solo exhibition. Information: www.elmhurstartistsguild.org or 630-530-5529.v

"Amy Vogel: A Paraperspective," through Oct. 25, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Cleve Carney Art Gallery presents a collaboration between Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel, with a catalogue essay by Grigely. Information: www.cod.edu/gallery.

Richard Koppe Artworks on Display, through Jan. 11, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. In cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Richard Koppe's work in more than 40 years. Including 70 rarely seen paintings, prints and drawings,. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, children younger than 5 free. Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Witness to the Revolution: Accounts from Americans Who Were There, through Oct. 10, Fr. Michael E. Komechak Art Gallery, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle. To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, this traveling exhibit highlights the nonviolent "Velvet Revolution" protests that paved the way for the development of a more democratic and capitalist-based government in the former Czechoslovakia. Information: ben.edu/artgallery.

"From the Eyes of a Shepherd," through Oct. 26, Wheaton College, Billy Graham Center, 500 College Ave., Wheaton. Exhibit by artist and cultural historian Mark Sprinkle. A collection of “narrative’ paintings, fable-like works that use animal imagery to invite the viewer into specific scenes. Information: www.bgcmuseum.org.

Pumpkin Fest, throughout October, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Come see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo's lawn. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Cost: $4-$6. Information: cosleyzoo.org.

"Agreed Upon Fictions," through Oct. 25, The 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Katie is a good mother. But when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat, Katie's instincts lead her to try to protect both her neighbor and her family, leaving no one feeling safe. Cost: $18. Information: wp.16thstreettheater.org/productions/season-seven-2014/agreed-upon-fictions.

Ordinary Objects for Ordinary Time, through Sept. 26, Wheaton College, Blanchard Hall, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. Exhibit by porcelain sculptor Ginger Geyer and ceramicist Wang Ling Chou. Chou’s work, “Cola Culture in Tea Time,” includes clay pieces from her comical collection of functional ceramics. Geyer brings a collection of porcelain works titled “Ordinary Objects for Ordinary Time.” The artwork portrays themes of transformation and brokenness through childhood memories. Cost: Free.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, selected dates Sept. 26 to Nov. 1, Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. Opening night will feature a special one-night-only concert with Rob Zombie. The Great American Nightmare will feature three attractions based on Zombie's own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. Will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Cost: $25-$65. Information: greatamericannightmare.com/index3.html.

"12 x 12 x 12" Art Exhibit, Oct. 1 to Nov. 6, Wheaton College, Blanchard Hall, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. Features 2D, 3D and time-based (12 seconds) artwork by student and faculty artists. A variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, video art, ceramics and more will be used to create art within the 12' x 12' x 12' dimensions. Cost: Free. Information: 630-752-5050. 

SEPT. 24

Wednesday Market, 7 a.m. Sept. 24, Elmhurst Farmers Market, 115 E. Vallette, Elmhurst. Active market with area farmers, vendors and crafts. Information: www.yorkandvallette.com/FarmersMarket.aspx.

Rotary Club of Central DuPage AM Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 24, Fareways Grill, 27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton. Information: www.cdamrotary.org.

Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn Morning Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 24, Glen Oak Restaurant, 479 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn. Information: www.glenellynkiwanis.org.

Kiwanis Club of Downers Grove Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Kristina's Restaurant, 5130 Main St., Downers Grove. Open to visitors. Information: www.dgkiwanis.org.

Wednesday Walking Club, 8 a.m. Sept. 24, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Join fellow walkers for this free, healthy lifestyle program held on Wednesdays through Oct. 29, at Naper Settlement. Choose your route through the beautiful museum grounds, with a longer circuit option along the Riverwalk. Sign in at the Pre-Emption House Tavern, log your minutes and then enjoy a healthy treat. Call 630-420-6010 to register. Cost: Free. Information: www.napersettlement.com.

DuPage Birding Club Field Trip, 8 a.m. Sept. 24, Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Butterfield Road 2 miles west of Naperville Road, Wheaton. This outing, especially designed for new birders, will be at a leisurely pace to allow time to look at each bird and answer questions on equipment or bird identification. Meet at the south parking lot on Herrick Road south of Butterfield. Leader: Jim Hedges, or j-hedges@sbcglobal.net. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagebirding.org.

Young Mothers' Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview, Downers Grove. Child care and nursery will be provided. Prayer time and study time with treats. Cost: Free. Information: dgcc.org.

Midweek Meetup, 10 a.m. Sept. 24, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For parents and caregivers and children ages 5 and under. Bring your child to the library to give them a chance to play with our toys while you get a chance to meet and socialize with other parents. Coffee and snacks will be served. Children may not be left unattended; you must stay with your child. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Milk and Cookies Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Prairie Path Books tucked inside Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., Wheaton. Join us with your preschooler on Wednesday mornings. Cost: Free. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Morning Book Discussion, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Itasca Community Library, 500 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Book Discussion: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. Cost: Free. Information: www.itascalibrary.org.

Current Events, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 24, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Politics, pop culture, the economy, foreign policy and social change are some of the topics presented in Current Events. Lively discussions and active student participation are encouraged as today's current events are churned, probed and analyzed in these weekly forums. Cost: $60. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Storytime, 11 a.m. Sept. 24, Barnes & Noble Oakbrook, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Check our online calendar for our Storytimes each week. We read a popular children's book, followed by coloring or a craft. Cost: Free. Information: store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2361.

Rotary Club of West Chicago Meeting, noon Sept. 24, Pal Joey's Restaurant, 440 E. Roosevelt Road, West Chicago. Information: www.westchicagorotary.com.

Rotary Club of Romeoville Meeting, noon Sept. 24, At's A Nice Pizza & Pasta, 334 N. Independence Blvd., Suite A, Romeoville. Information: www.romeoville.clubexpress.com.

Wheaton Rotary Club Meeting, 12:10 p.m. Sept. 24, Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Information: www.wheatonrotary.org.

Addison Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 24, Alta Villa Restaurant, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. Information: www.rotary.org.

French for Travelers, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. This course will immerse you into the French culture and to the people of France. Learn the basic French language for travelers. Whether planning a trip or just learning for fun, this course introduces common French language, travel and tourism tips around Paris and the rest of the country. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

English Conversation Group, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Itasca Community Library, 500 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Practice and improve your English in a friendly setting. Learn idioms, new vocabulary and more. Cost: Free. Information: www.itascalibrary.org.

Searching for Marquette, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 24, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Learn about the life and journey of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Jacques Marquette, through his journal excerpts, maps and images. His cultural impact on the Midwest was tremendous. Retrace Marquette's steps throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. Discover Marquette's encounters and friendships with regional Native American tribes along his route. Examine factors, such as Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" to the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall that elevated Marquette's status from local explorer to national hero by the early 20th century. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Farmers Market at St. John's, 3 p.m. Sept. 24, Farmers Market at St. John's, 750 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Offers a wide variety of seasonally fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as meats, eggs, smoked fish, cheese, breads, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, plants, herbs, teas, spices, oils and vinegars, sauces, table linens, jewelry, soaps and other fine offerings from local vendors. Information: www.stjohns-episcopal.com.

Pokemania, 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Bring your trading cards to show or swap if you like. Registration required; sign up online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info or by phone at 708-485-6917. Grades 1-5. Cost: Free.

Code Academy, 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Middle school students – want to learn some basic computer coding from the ground up? Twice a month we'll work together, step by step, to make a basic webpage and computer game, and in the process learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Bring a laptop if you have one. You must have an email address to participate. New members always welcome. Register. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown Meeting, 4:44 p.m. Sept. 24, Hugo's Frog Bar, 55 S. Main St., Naperville. Cost: $20. Information: rcndowntown.com.

Chicago West Career Fair, 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Holiday Inn Oak Brook, 17 W. 350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace. Meet face to face with multiple decision makers hiring sales, business development, marketing, retail and sales management professionals across many industries. Open to executive level experienced professionals as well as entry level and recent college graduates. This is your chance to meet directly with hiring managers. Free to attend for job seekers. Business professional attire required. Information: unitedcareerfairs.com/eventDetail.php?Chicago-West-Career-Fair--797.

Pizza & Wine Pairing, 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Lynfred Winery, 15 S. Roselle Road, Roselle. Join Lynfred sommelier Gregory Hayes for an evening of pizza and wine pairing. Cost: $40. Information: www.lynfredwinery.com.

Start Up, Smart Up, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Investigate the ins and outs of starting your own business. Local business owners will share their stories on the challenges of getting started along with the benefits of owning a business. There will also be a brief overview about types of entities; registering business names; federal tax ID numbers and licenses; information on how to work with the village of Bartlett; and ideas to help you get started. Aspiring business owners will leave with the tools and enthusiasm to strike out on their own. Register at 630-837-3560. Cost: Free. Information: www.bartlettlibrary.org.

Welcome Inn, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Best Western Plus, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside. Welcome Inn is an opportunity to share a service, discussion and explore a closer relationship with God. A new concept of worship/service/community that meets you where you are. A place to discover support, friendship and grace. Cost: Free.

Social Media for Small Business, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. An overview of social media platforms used by small businesses for marketing, customer service, and brand visibility including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Read-to-a-Dog, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines, North Riverside. Friendly, book-loving therapy dogs return to the library. For independent readers. Sign up for up to two 15-minute time slots. Cost: Free. Information: www.northriversidelibrary.org.

Kiwanis Club of Western Springs-Hinsdale Evening Meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs. Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiwanis-Club-of-Western-Springs-Hinsdale/143862019047335?sk=info.

Healthcare in Retirement Program, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Join Jim Flanagan to learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Increase your knowledge of Medicare Supplements. Also learn the basics of Long Term Care Insurance. Register online or by calling 708-246-0520. Cost: Free. Information: www.fordlibrary.org.

Hackathon, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Using "X-Ray Goggles," we'll use code to remix pages around the web – no coding experience necessary. Craziest remix wins the prize. Grades 6-12 register at 630-837-3348 or at www.bartlettlibrary.org. Cost: Free.

Quickstep: Ballroom Dance Group Class, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Just Dance Studios at Georgetown West, 301 Prospect Ave., Wood Dale. Taught by Vito Magrone. Quickstep is considered one of the more advanced ballroom dances. Prior dance experience is strongly recommended, but no previous Quickstep experience is necessary. If you've never done Quickstep before, Vito will teach the basics before moving on to stylish patterns. He'll also give tips to make your Quickstep appear smooth and effortless. Both couples and singles are welcome. Register in person the first night of class or online. Cost: $40. Information: just-dance.us.

Elevate Your Energy Knowledge Workshop, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. Liz Lyon will be at the Farmers' Market from 2:30-7 p.m. and then will present her program. Would you like to make your home more comfortable for you and your family year-round and save up to $500 per year on energy costs? There are many programs available to residents that can help reduce monthly energy costs, make homes more comfortable, and even increase overall home values. This workshop will cover a variety of these programs in-depth and help you figure out which programs could work best for you to help you save money and improve your home's energy efficiency. We will talk about how you can get a free or reduced cost home energy assessment and how you can apply for rebates on home energy efficiency improvements such as air sealing and insulation. You will also learn about the Smart Grid system and how to take advantage of the newly-installed smart meters in your community. Cost: Free.

Puzzle Book Solving Challenge, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. Come help solve what may be the most challenging puzzle book ever created. Many parts of this puzzle have been solved but much of it has not, and new fresh perspectives frequently turn up things no one has noticed yet. Regardless of success in this regard, it is often quite entertaining. We need people with good puzzle solving skills and/or good observation skills for a 2 hour group puzzle solving session. A brief introduction and history will be provided and then you and other visitors to this mystery will be turned loose on your own to brainstorm your way through this puzzle. Riversider Dave Gentile, will guide the process of solving this challenge. Cost: Free.

Tales of Old Lemont & St. Patrick Church, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont. Artist David Carroll will discuss the daguerreotype he created for the church's 175th anniversary and descendants of early Lemont families will share their heritage. Cosponsored by St. Patrick Church and the Lemont Historical Society. Cost: Free. Information: lemontlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=403&lib=.

Print Competition, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Riverwalk Community Center Room 205, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville. PhotoGenesis Camera Club of Naperville is hosting an open house for anyone interested in photography and a print competition for club members. Guests will be able to learn the benefits of joining a photo club and see photographic prints from club members judged for their composition, technique and overall appeal. See what award winning photographs look like and to discover how to improve your photography. All levels of photographers are welcomed. Cost: Free. Information: photogenesisinfo.wordpress.com.

Trivia Contest, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Riley's Gathering Place, 590 S. York St., Elmhurst. Come out and show your knowledge skills. Cost: Free. Information: rileyselmhurst.com.

BrauerHouse Open Mic Nite, 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Nightly prizes for the best act. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

The WOW Factor, 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Win cash and prizes. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

Trivia Night, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Mullen's, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Cost: Free. Information: www.mullensbarandgrill.com.

Open Mic Nite, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. The list is first come, first serve. Cost: Free. Information: www.friendlytap.net.

Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Sept. 24, Ballydoyle Pub, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Support your local talent every Wednesday night. Anyone is welcome, play three songs or 15 minutes. Cost: Free. Information: www.ballydoylepub.com

Drifters and Shifters Wednesday, 9 p.m. Sept. 24, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Free car and bike show with trophies and prizes awarded each week. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

SEPT. 25

Kiwanis Club of Lombard Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Egg Harbor Cafe, 157 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Information: www.kiwaniscluboflombard.org.

Senior Yoga Classes, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Road, Countryside. Yoga classes especially designed for seniors. Class size limited to 8 students to address special needs and to ensure proper alignment. Prior registration required. Call instructor, Dana Lundin at 312-523-8806 or email her at danalundin@gmail.com to reserve your place. Cost: $15.

Internet Streaming Solutions Demonstration Days, 9 a.m. Sept. 25, Illinois Center for Broadcasting, 455 Eisenhower Lane, Suite #200, Lombard. Join ISS and Livestream for Live demonstrations of the latest streaming technology. With live demonstrations from Livestream, Comrex, Canon, Cradlepoint, Sachtler and more. Get hands on with the leading streaming technology and learn tips and tricks on stepping up your stream. Cost: Free. Information: www.internetstreamingsolutions.com/iss-demo-days.

Faith Builders, 9:15 a.m. Sept. 25, First Presbyterian Church Glen Ellyn, 550 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Cost: Free. Information: www.firstpresge.org.

7th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo, 10 a.m. Sept. 25, Monarch Landing, 2255 Monarch Drive, Naperville. Learn about a wide range of services and resources that are available to address the needs of your overall well-being. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. Cost: Free.

Milk and Cookies Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Prairie Path Books tucked inside Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., Wheaton. Join us with your preschooler. Cost: Free. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Kiwanis Club of Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Meeting, noon Sept. 25, Papa Passero's, 6326 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. Information: www.wbkiwanis.org.

Mystery By The Book Book Club, noon Sept. 25, Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. Discussion of "Dead Guy's Stuff" by Sharon Fiffer. Cost: Free.

Salzburg: "The Sound of Music" City, noon Sept. 25, Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont. Al Popowits will provide a travelogue of important historic and cultural features of Salzburg and the locations associated with the film "The Sound of Music." Register online at www.lemontlibrary.org. Cost: Free.

Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn, 12:10 p.m. Sept. 25, Glen Oak Country Club, 21w451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. Information: www.glenellynrotary.org.

Bartlett Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Villa Olivia Country Club, 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Lombard Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Casey's Restaurant, 415 E. North Ave., Lombard. Information: www.lombardrotary.org.

Elmhurst Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Naperville Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Information: www.napervillerotary.com.

Knitting Circle, 1 p.m. Sept. 25, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Knitters and other crafters meet for conversation and inspiration. Novices and newcomers always welcome; no registration needed. Cost: Free. Information: www.fordlibrary.org.

The Refocus Relationship Workshop, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Whether you or someone you know is looking to grow in a relationship, struggling through one, thinking of divorce, in the middle of one or already been there, you will find something of value. Cost: Free. Information: www.cc-ob.org/refocus.

Belief and Doubt in Modern Literature, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 25, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Modern literature contains compelling images of spiritual quests that illumine our understanding of who we are and why. Questions are raised about joy and pain, suffering and salvation, God's power and mystery, and the meaning of our living. Identify issues of belief and doubt in short fiction and poetry. Authors John Updike, Graham Greene, Jorges Luis Borges, Denise Levertov, Andre Dubus and others will lead us over the terrain as we explore belief and doubt in modern literature. Cost: $60. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

YA Thursday: Improv Workshop, 4 p.m. Sept. 25, Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., Lisle. Do you enjoy theater, but hate memorizing lines? Do you ever wish that you could just make up your own stories instead of watching someone else's? Do you just enjoy playing pointless games? Then improv might be for you. Join us for a workshop where absolutely everything is made up. For grades 6-8. Cost: Free. Information: www2.lislelibrary.org.

My Weird School Party, 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Miss Daisy is crazy, Mr. Klutz is nuts, and you'll be bonkers for this hour of wacky games, books, and quizzes all based on the "My Weird School" series by Dan Gutman. Grades 1-3. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

S.T.E.A.M. Builders, 5 p.m. Sept. 25, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Kids ages 6-12, each week do a fun, educational activity or experiment that involves Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Walk-ins welcome. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Live at the Zoo, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Join the movement and help to support the more than 300 animals, wildlife conservation efforts, and the more than 150,000 lives that are impacted by Cosley Zoo during the 2014 Live at the Zoo fundraiser. Enjoy live entertainment by Underwater People, explore exhibits after hours, watch fun turtle races, and take part in raffles and silent auction activities. Casual attire appropriate for outdoor weather and flat shoes are suggested. In the event of severe weather the event may be canceled. To purchase tickets, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/pgs/regist/default.html. Ticket includes access to live entertainment, two drink tickets, animal engagement opportunities, and signature tastes of dishes from local restaurants. Cost: $50.

Teen Programming Club, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Learn to write webpages, games, and apps with your friends. We will use the self-paced lessons in Python, HTML/CSS from the Codecademy website. Registration required; sign up online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info or by phone at 708-485-6917. Cost: Free. 

Farm To Table: Live To Give, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25, prasino La Grange, 93 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. In partnership with cause-driven artist Ramon Nayar (founder of ISO Splash), prasino unveils an image art series that will debut alongside a rustic Harvest Dinner at the restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Chapter of Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The culinary team at prasino LaGrange will craft a special three-course ($30 per person) harvest dinner, incorporating produce from Knutson's Country Harvest and Klein's Farm & Garden Market, two of the farms photographed and featured in the series. Cost: $30. Information: www.prasino.com/special_events_lagrange.html. 

Are You Game?, 6 p.m. Sept. 25, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago. Drop-in gaming event featuring activities from classic to the cutting edge. Come for the fun, stay for the conversation, competition, and curious selection of snacks. Cost: Free. Information: www.westchicago.lib.il.us.

Rotary Club of Chicago Lithuanians (Westmont) Meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 25, Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. Information: www.rotarychicagolandlithuanians.com.

Teen Game Night, 6 p.m. Sept. 25, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Experience gaming on our big screens. Try out our new Playstation 4, shred to Rock Band, battle in Super Smash Brothers Brawl, or try out our Kinect. Cost: Free. Information: www.mybpl.org.

Genealogy Club, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Members share search strategies and explore library resources with expert guidance from Local History Room staff member Leslie Drewitz. Registration is not required for this free program. Information: www.mybpl.org.

Financing a College Education, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Learn about the financial aid landscape and discuss the pros and cons of different college savings plans. For more information, contact the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917. Cost: Free. Information: www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

Open Mic Night at Clarendon Hills Library, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. Haiku, short stories, music, stand-up comedy these are just some of the varied performances patrons have enjoyed at the "No-Shush Salon Open Mic Night" presented by the Clarendon Hills Library. No registration required. Performers and audience members welcome. For more information, visit clarendonhillslibrary.org or call 630-323-8188. Cost: Free.

The Art of Aging, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. Open to all ages, but especially important to those turning 65 in 2014, or already 65 or over. What you should know: Learn about Medicare changes. How to select the best Medicare Supplement Plan and Part D Drug Plan. How to avoid making a mistake in selecting a Plan. Learn about the lowest cost Medicare Plan. Presented by Bill Scanlon and Courtney Erb. Cost: Free.

An Apple a Day, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 387 W. Arboretum Circle, Wheaton, Wheaton. Discover the versatility and goodness of cooking with apples. Cost: $25. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Family Storytime, 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Hear stories, sing songs, and make an art project in this special evening storytime for families. Children of all all ages. Western Springs residency required. Register at www.fordlibrary.org or by calling 708-246-0520. Cost: Free. 

Darien Lions Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Darien Lions Club, 1702 Plainfield Road, Darien. Information: www.darienlions.org.

Roselle Lions Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, American Legion Post 1084, 344 E. Maple Ave., Roselle. Information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/roselle.

Western Springs Writers' Society, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. The Western Springs Writers' Society (WSWS) is forming and is welcoming writers and would-be writers from the community. Whether this is your career or hobby, writers of all levels and genres are invited. Come and learn more about WSWS at our introductory meeting. No registration needed. Cost: Free. Information: www.fordlibrary.org.

What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Career Vision will show why early career planning is very important for today's students and discuss the five steps to making these decisions before choosing a college. 7th-12th graders should register at 630-837-3348 or at www.bartlettlibrary.org. Parents are welcome. Cost: Free.

Kessen's Kronikles, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard. Meet Kessen and some of the canine characters from "Kessen's Kronikles: The Adventures of a Cross Country Canine." The author, Jennifer Rae, shares the journey of an assistance dog and how those experiences led to the writing of the book. Learn about these helpful companions for the disabled. For the last 10 years, Jennifer Rae Trojan has helped raise puppies for service organizations that breed, raise, train and donate dogs to the disabled. The author will be available to autograph and or sell books following the presentation. Cost: Free. Information: helenplum.evanced.info.

Non-Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave., Brookfield. Discussion of "Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street" by Michael Lewis. For more information, contact the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917. Cost: Free.

Native Pollinators and Why They Matter, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Drive, Carol Stream. One third of all our foods are pollinated by native pollinators and/or imported honey bees. Since 2006, when colony collapse disorder hit the headlines, the public is becoming more aware of the danger to honeybees. The danger to native bees is probably more severe since much less is known about them, their habitats, and their requirements. This program introduces the Blue Orchard Bee and other native bees and suggests some of the things we can do in our backyards and gardens to assist them. Cost: Free.

Autism Awareness Workshop, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont. Learn about working with those on the autism spectrum and how to best meet their needs. Presented by Tina Erdman of the Autism Society of Illinois, co-facilitated by Myki Romano. Cost: Free. Information: lemontlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=1611&lib=.

Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, DJ's Sports Bar, 222 E. Chicago Ave., Westmont. Play to win a $25 or $10 gift card to DJ's. Categories include food, music, sports, TV, movies and more. Information: www.djswestmont.com.

Drop 2 Sizes Challenge Information Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Functional Effect Fitness and Rehabilitation, 2474 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. The Transformation Challenge inspires people to drop two jean sizes in seven weeks through a system of strength-based workouts and balanced nutrition. The challenge will feature a weekly educational meeting; customized workout plans that include fitness classes; a comprehensive nutrition program; and an event at the end of the program to celebrate success and retire the larger pair of jeans for good. Registration runs through September 30. Cost: Free. Information: www.functionaleffect.com.

The Pete Ellman Big Band (N.F.P.), 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Mullen's, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: mullensbarandgrill.com.

Bachata Thursdays, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Esteban's Dining and Dancing, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville.Take a one-hour lesson with DJ Gaston at 8 p.m., then, show off your moves with open dancing. Cost: Free. Information: www.estebansdiningdancing.com/Dancing.html.

Karaoke Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Sal's Pizza Pub, 410 W. 22nd St., Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: salspizzapub.com.

Thirsty Thursdays with DJ Ondrae, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Dance all night to rock, pop and country hits. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

Swing Dance Group Class, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Just Dance Studios at Georgetown West, 301 Prospect Ave., Wood Dale. Learn East Coast Swing basics with professional ballroom dance instructor Vito Magrone in a relaxed and easygoing style. Both couples and singles are welcome. Cost: $40. Information: just-dance.us/classes.html.

Open Mic Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Check out the mix of blues musicians both professional and not. Cost: Free. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com.

SEPT. 26

Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 26, Naperville Country Club, 25W570 Chicago Ave., Naperville. Information: www.napervillesunrise.org.

School's Out Camp: Kids Design Engineering, 9 a.m. Sept. 26, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. For grades 1-5. Learn all about pneumatic power and use some cool tools to design and build your own project that will move across land, air, or water. Cost: $70-$85. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Drop-In Storytime, 10 a.m. Sept. 26, Bensenville Public Library, 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville. Open to all ages. For information, call 630-766-4642. Cost: Free.

Storytime in the Family Resource Center, 10 a.m. Sept. 26, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Enjoy an interactive story hour with DCM's Ben Webber. Ben uses his performing arts talents to engage children in stories that are fun and entertaining for the entire family. Free with museum membership or admission. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Brown Bag Movies: Kids' Classics Through the Decades, noon Sept. 26, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Bring your lunch and watch a movie in air-conditioned comfort. We'll watch a different classic every week. All ages, under 8 with adult. For more information, contact the Library at 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Cost: Free.

Rotary Club of La Grange Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 26, Bella Bacino's, 36 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Information: www.lagrangerotary.org.

September Lombard Garden Club Meeting, 1 p.m. Sept. 26, Lombard Commons Building, 433 St. Charles Road,, Lombard. Lynn Bement, horticulturalist and teacher, will coach the club about organic gardening. The program provides an overview of both hot and cold composting and vermacomposting, composting with worms. Information about why soil organisms are important and recommendations about ways to improve the soil in our gardens will be shared. Guests are welcome and should call 630-202-4211 to make a reservation. Cost: Free. Information: www.lombardgardenclub.org.

Aidan O'Toole, 5 p.m. Sept. 26, Ballydoyle Pub, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Specializing in all your Irish favorites along with some current radio hits thrown into the mix. Information: www.ballydoylepub.com/downers/music-events.

Family Fun Friday Night: Go Mad for Science!, 6 p.m. Sept. 26, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Chemists and members of the Center for P-20 Engagement from Northern Illinois University help us go mad for science experiments. Come in to help make things go pop, fizz, crackle, and wow. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Journey on the Underground Railroad, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. Children and adults can experience what it was like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad. This theatrical experience begins with a skit in which passengers will meet the legendary Harriet Tubman. Then, you will follow Hinsdale blacksmith John Coe on a journey down Salt Creek to Graue Mill. Each Journey is limited to 45 travelers. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Reservations will close Sept. 25. Cost: $10-$15. Information: www.grauemill.org.

Family Hayride with the Glen Ellyn Park District, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 26, Danada Equestrian Center, 3s507 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Enjoy a traditional hayride in a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses through the woods. Then, gather 'round the bon fire and make s'mores. Ingredients provided. Please call the weather hotline at 630-984-5075 for updated information. Cost: $13-$19. Information: https://apm.activecommunities.com/gepark/Activity_Search/family-hayride/1350.

Teen Night Out, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Faith United Methodist Church Lisle, 5395 Westview Lane, Lisle. Activities include snacks, board, card, and video games. Open to students in 6th grade and up. Cost: Free. Information: www.faithchurchlisle.org.

Autumn Fest and Chili Cook Off, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, North Riverside Village Hall, 2401 S. Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside. Bring out the family for this annual event of chili tasting, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow contest, inflatable for the little ones, and live music by Stateline Country Band. Chili tasting is free from 7-8 pm. Cost: Free. Information: www.northriverside-il.org.

Masala Bhangra with Sandie Pilipiszyn, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. Join Sandie as she leads you through the coolest new way to raise your heart rate and your spirits. Masala Bhangra is an Indian-dance inspired fitness class, where high-energy Bhangra and Bollywood and movements inspire an easy-to-follow routine. Combine this with Indian music with an addictive beat, and you have an fun way to burn calories. No dance experience required; the routines are simple. Registration required: register online at www.focusyogastudio.com or email namaste@focusyogastudio.com. Cost: $16.

Teen Library After Hours, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. After the library closes, it's time for our monthly young adult night of fun. Join us for an evening of gaming, Rock Band, and Super Smash Brothers tournament play. Snacks will be provided. For information, contact the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917. Ages 12 to 16. Cost: Free. Information: www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

Film Discussion Group: "Word Play," 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base. (94 minutes) 2006 release. Discussion to follow. No registration needed. Cost: Free. Information: www.fordlibrary.org.

Light the Torch 5K, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 120 E. Liberty Drive, Wheaton. Participants will suit up in glowing attire and run a course with luminaries and lots of glow. Participants are encouraged to sign up at www.active.com. Cost: $30. Information: www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/lightthetorch/%20.

Angel Tea Class, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Sol Sana Studio, 710 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 600, Naperville. We will be learning about loose leaf tea, how to brew loose leaf tea. The flowers in the tea have metaphysical properties; we will talk about its healing properties and message as well as associated archangels. We will also be learning about tea infusions. We will be tasting 3 loose leaf teas and have a snack. Cost: $20. Information: www.facebook.com/solsanastudio/info.

Line Dancing, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

Friday Night Skate, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd. St., Lombard. Cost: $7.50. Information: www.lombardrollerrink.com.

Riverside Township Radio Players, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Strolling down the memory lane of old time radio. The season kicks off with "Million Dollar Murder" from Mr. and Mrs. North and "The Housekeeper" from Father Knows Best. Cost: Free. Information: www.riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

Hip Hop Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Esteban's Dining and Dancing, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville. Cost: Free. Information: www.estebansdiningdancing.com.

The John Avila Trio, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Flight 112 Wine House, 112 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Classic jazz, jazz/rock and blues. Cost: Free. Information: www.flight112wine.com.

Paul Abella Trio, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26, City Gate Grille, 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville. Jazz-Rock-Samba-Fusion. Cost: Free. Information: www.citygategrille.com.

Faculty Recital: Music for Dulcimer and Bass, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Wheaton College, Pierce Memorial Chapel, Corner of Washington and Franklin St., Wheaton. Concert featuring Andrew Anderson and Ben Esh. Andrew Anderson is a guest lecturer in bass at Wheaton College. He is also a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Benjamin Esh is a music ministry graduate of Judson University. He is currently the music director of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin. The concert is part of this year's Faculty Recital Series. Cost: $5-$10. 

Miles Minor Blues Band, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Cost: $6. Information: www.harlemavenulounge.com.

Crazy Talk, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Bannerman's Sports Grill, 858 S. Route 59, Bartlett. Crazy Talk is an exciting "New" Country band playing the current country hits plus remakes of classic country standards. Cost: Free. Information: www.bannermanssportsgrill.com/scheduleevents.

Wayniac Show Karaoke, 10 p.m. Sept. 26, Mullen's - Lisle, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: mullensbarandgrill.com.

SEPT. 27

Naperville Farmers' Market, 7 a.m. Sept. 27, Naperville Farmers Market, Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave.,, Naperville. Cost: Free. Information: www.naperville.il.us.

Downtown Downers Grove Market, 7 a.m. Sept. 27, Burlington Train Station, Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. Proceeds from booth-sales support the Indian Boundary YMCA Stronger Together Fund. Cost: Free. Information: www.ymcachicago.org.

Wheaton French Market, 8 a.m. Sept. 27, Downtown Wheaton, 100 East and 100 West blocks of Front Street, Wheaton. Flowers, locally grown produce, jewelry, crafts and mor. Cost: Free. Information: www.wheaton.il.us.

Oak Brook Heart Walk, 8 a.m. Sept. 27, Oak Brook Sports Core Fields, 700 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Take a stand against heart disease and help save lives. Cost: Free. Information: heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1089991.

DuPage Birding Club Field Trip, 8 a.m. Sept. 27, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Meet at the main parking lot on Spring Road west of York Road in Oak Brook. Leader: Linda Padera, or waterthrush@comcast.net. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagebirding.org.

Recycling Event, 9 a.m. Sept. 27, Hanover Park Metra Station Parking Lot, Lake St. and Barrington Road, Hanover Park. Cost: Free.

National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. Sept. 27, Churchill Park, 271 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn. Our focus is Native Seed Harvesting. Help collect ripe native seeds from the woodland, prairie and wetlands of the park. The collected seeds will be used to help re-vegetate several areas within our park's natural areas that have been recently cleared of invasive species. This event is presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Cost: Free. Information: https://apm.activecommunities.com/gepark/Activity_Search/national-public-lands-day/1341.

Oktoberfest, 9 a.m. Sept. 27, St. James Lutheran Church,, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs. German music, food, clowns, crafts, raffles and many activities. Information: www.stjamesws.org.

First Congregational Church of Berwyn Flea Market, 9 a.m. Sept. 27, First Congregational Church of Berwyn, 34th & Gunderson, Berwyn. The First Congregational Church of Berwyn at 34th & Gunderson will hold its fall flea market/rummage sale on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church basement. We have many many items, either new or gently-used, for sale at bargain prices. Come out and look and enjoy a cup of free coffee at the same time. Cost: Free. Information: First%20Congregational%20Church%20of%20Berwyn.

Book Babies Storytimes, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For babies ages 30 months and younger and a caregiver. Hear simple books, sing and dance to lots of songs. Storytimes will focus on basic concepts: letters, numbers, colors, shapes. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Understanding Your Light & Shadow, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. The Enneagram is an ancient form of self-awareness that allows you to discover patterns of thinking, feeling and acting from your "light side" and your "shadow side." An Enneagram can assist you in growing into the good qualities of a more evolved life and help you along the journey to who you can be. Cost: $45. Information: www.taucenter.org/TauCenterPrograms2.html.

Brookfield Garden Club, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., Brookfield.General meeting, then a short talk on how to make your garden an easily attainable, sustainable garden as a means to lower your grocery bill and increase your nutritional intake. Refreshments served. Cost: Free. Information: brookfieldgardenclub.weebly.com.

Knitty By Nature, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For children, teens and families. Do you know how to knit or want to learn how to knit? Register by calling 708-749-1050 ext. 130 or at www.sfvpld.org. Cost: Free. 

Festravaganza, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Community Park/Jim Mixon Fields, Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. Featuring a balloon artist, face painting, touch-a-truck, petting zoo, bingo, footgolf tournament, moon jump, games, contests, drawings and more. Cost: Free. Information: www.wooddaleparkdistrict.org.

Mighty Con Presents Dupage Comic Con, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Comic, toy, video game and collectibles show. Dozens of dealers for comic books, video games, toys and statues, and other rare collectibles will be on hand, along with raffles, door prizes, costume contests and video game tournaments. Cost: $5. Information: www.geekinccomics.com/mighty-con-comic-show-returns-dupage-county-fairgrounds.

Bridge to Bridge Relay Race, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Grand Pavilion Naperville Riverwalk, 425 W. Jackson St., Naperville. Runners will compete in a four-person relay in which each person runs 1.5 miles through Naperville along the Riverwalk, crossing historic bridges ending in the park with entertainment by local bands and performers. Cost: $30. Information: https://www.crowdrise.com/BridgetoBridgerun.

Tammy Town: Back to School Safety, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Tammy Schulz, with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, takes children on a trip through "TammyTown," a scenario based training town, geared to prepare children for stranger danger experiences at home, in their community, and to and from school. Participants will learn effective prevention skills to keep themselves safe. Program geared toward preschoolers through 4th graders. Cost: Free. Information: www.bartlettlibrary.org.

Green is the new Black, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. A series of programs offering lots of practical tips on reducing your carbon footprint. Moira Zellner, Research Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UIC will show how the use of green infrastructure can help address flooding. Cost: Free. Information: www.clarendonhillslibrary.org.

Blessing of the Animal, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, First Presbyterian Church, 715 N. Carlton Ave., Wheaton. Bring your beloved pet or pets to a special outdoor service in our courtyard. This service, known as the Blessing of the Animals, honors the life and ministry of St. Francis, who saw nature and animals as God's beloved creation. In this service, we will thank God for our pets, as participants bring their pets forward to meet one of our pastors. Cost: Free. Information: www,firstpreswheaton.or.

How To Save On Utility Bills, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St., Westchester. Representatives from CUB, the Citizens Utility Board, will explain information on gas, electric and phone bills that will help you evaluate the best service options to fit your needs. Cost: Free.

Cuentacuentos: Storytime in Espanol, 11 a.m. Sept. 27, Barnes & Noble Oakbrook, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Join us for this newly added Storytime as we read libros en Español each month. Cost: Free. Information: store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2361.

Churchville Schoolhouse Open House, 11 a.m. Sept. 27, Churchville Schoolhouse, 3N784 Church Road, Bensenville. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of family friendly activities suitable for all ages. Step back in time while touring the facility and walk in the actual footsteps of schoolchildren of a bygone era. The Conrad Fischer Singers, students from Conrad Fischer elementary school, will perform numbers from yesteryear and folk singer Bucky Halker will share classic Illinois folk songs. Lemonade and light refreshments will be provided. Cost: Free. Information: www.elmhursthistory.org.

Backyard Fitness, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Courts Plus, 186 S. West Ave., Elmhurst. Old-school fitness activities for your kids ages 7-11. We plan to show them how mom and dad used to play basketball, home run derby, whiffle ball, kickball and dodgeball. Cost: $48-$58. Information: www.epd.org.

Chilympics Chili Cook Off, noon Sept. 27, Fishel Park, Grove Street, Downers Grove. A day of chili, live music, beer and food vendors. Entry to the festival is free and chili samples will be available to purchase. This International Chili Society sanctioned, home-style chili competition attracts competitors from all over Chicagoland. The winner of this cook-off earns $500 cash and an automatic bid to the ICS World Championship in Palm Springs, Calif. Information: www.dgparks.org.

Blocktoberfest, noon Sept. 27, St Leonard Parish School, 3322 S. Clarence, Berwyn. Annual Blocktoberfest with food, beer, raffles, vendors, live music and kid's pavilion with wrist band. Featuring Caliente as headliner. Cost: Free. Information: www.blocktoberfest.weebly.com.

Choose Joy: a Playful Exploration of Backbends and Inversions with Cassandra Shugailo, noon Sept. 27, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. We hear the word backbend and/or inversion and often freeze up with fear. In this vinyasa workshop we will learn to playfully and safely explore these poses and choose to laugh and rejoice in the challenge. Cass will offer options and modifications so all students can safely progress. Registration required at www.focusyogastudio.com or email namaste@focusyogastudio.com.

Andrew Calhoun, noon Sept. 27, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 552 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn. Andrew Calhoun plays a mix of folk and country cover songs, with a few for the kids. Cost: Free. Information: www.andrewcalhoun.com.

Art Club (ages 6-12), 1 p.m. Sept. 27, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For kids ages 6-12, stop in every Saturday to make a fun art or craft project. Cost: Free. Information: sfvpld.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover, 1 p.m. Sept. 27, American Legion, 5820 W. 35th St., Cicero. Learn how to makeover your medicine cabinet with naturally safe, purely effective essential oils. RSVP to Natalie: doterraoilsnp@gmail.com. Cost: Free. Information: www.natalieephillips.com.

Get Energized at DCM!, 1 p.m. Sept. 27, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Get energized with scientists from Argonne National Laboratories as we explore solar power. See what it takes to go, slow, and stop as leading experts demonstrate and experiment with this important renewable energy source. Free with museum membership or admission. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Artist Series: Voice Masterclass with Elly Ameling, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Wheaton College, Pierce Memorial Chapel, Corner of Washington and Franklin St., Wheaton. The Wheaton College Artist Series presents a series of voice masterclasses with soprano Elly Ameling. Masterclasses will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and culminate with a recital at 7:30 p.m. Truly a Grande Dame of the music world, Elly Ameling spent more than 40 years performing with conductors including Benjamin Britten, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, and Andr Previn. Her repertoire ranges from Monteverdi and J.S. Bach through Mozart, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Wolf, and Debussy. Although she no longer performs, Ameling will share the lessons learned in a lifetime on stage. Cost: $20. Information: www.ArtistSeries.org.

Helping Your Child Worry Less, 2 p.m. Sept. 27, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. This workshop is designed for parents of children in upper elementary and middle school. We will talk about ways to help your children manage symptoms of anxiety, worry, and stress. Strategies for managing feelings of worry will be shared and demonstrated. We will also discuss ways to talk to your children about stress and practice a few techniques you can use with your children. Ann is the Director of the Education and Counseling Center at DePaul University. As a Clinical Professional Counselor, Ann has provided counseling services to children and families for the past 9 years and supervised counselors and counseling students for the past 4 years. Ann is currently a Doctoral Candidate studying Counselor Education and Supervision at Northern Illinois University. Her areas of research interest are trauma-sensitive supervision, vicarious trauma, and trauma-informed counseling services. Cost: Free.

Western Family Fun Fest, 2 p.m. Sept. 27, Alvernia Manor Senior Living, 13950 Main St., Lemont. Come support our seniors and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and music. Cost: Free. Information: alverniamanor.org.

Oktoberfest, 4 p.m. Sept. 27, St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center, 31st St. and Harrison Ave., La Grange Park. A family fun festival with free admission. This year our featured band will be The Bratwurst Brothers. Their playlist includes Oktoberfest music and popular contemporary favorites as well as classic favorites The Bratwurst Brothers will play from 7-10:30 p.m. Traditional Oktoberfest food will be available for purchase along with imported and domestic beers, wine, pop and water. The menu includes bratwurst, pork tenderloin, potato pancakes, strudel, soft pretzels, and for the kids there will be hot dogs, chips and nachos. Kids Carnival games will also be available from 4-7 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: www.slmparish.org/summerfest.

Lisle Ale Fest, 4 p.m. Sept. 27, Corner of Main and Burlington, Lisle. The fest will be a trifecta of American craft beer, food and live music. It will feature more than 100 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest beers in the area. The goal of the Lisle Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer while supporting the Lisle Community. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and local service organizations. Cost: $40. Information: www.lislealefest.com.

Salsa, 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Esteban's Dining and Dancing, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville. Free entry with purchase of dinner entree. At 9 p.m. take a one-hour lesson with Cinnamon; at 10 p.m. show off your skills with open dancing. Cost: $10. Information: www.estebansdiningdancing.com/Dancing.html.

Art for Animals, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, KLAS, 5734 W. Cermak Road, Cicero. Join Brian and Bridget at their second art exhibit of photos and canvas and metal prints taken from various safaris. Brian has traveled from Alaska to India filming, taking photos and promoting animal conservation for Brian's Art for Animals. Brian and Bridget have combined to work in the animal field for more than 25 years taking care of animals from lions to zebras. Cost: Free. Information: www.facebook.com/events/902176659796606.

Couples Line Dancing, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

CU Concert: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Wheaton College, Edman Memorial Chapel, Northeast Corner of Washington and Franklin Streets, Wheaton. Cost: $17-$25. Information: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=9a8a0a669620ac1e67aa9405df04813d.

Karaoke Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Sal's Pizza Pub, 410 W. 22nd St., Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: salspizzapub.com.

Ides of March 50th Anniversary Show, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The original members of the Ides of March have remained together for nearly 50 years. Best known for the smash hit "Vehicle," this home-grown Chicago area band from Berwyn has played on bills with Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. In addition to hearing hits like "You Wouldn't Listen," "L.A. Goodbye," audiences will have a chance to get the inside story from band member Jim Peterik and special surprise guests on a fascinating era in rock music history. Cost: $50-$75. $75 for VIP Table, $55 for Section A, $50 for Section B. Information: www.AtTheMac.org.

Stand Up For Downs presents … The Big Windy, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Fitz's Spare Keys, 119 N. York Road, Elmhurst. Stand Up For Downs is a charity whose mission is to enhance the lives of those with Down syndrome through humor. The Big Windy will bring out outstanding comics Rob Snow, Pat McGann, and Matt Braunger. The comedy will be followed by Dueling Pianos til midnight. All proceeds go to Stand Up For Downs. Cost: $90. Information: www.standupfordowns.org.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sept. 27, Riley's Gathering Place, 590 S. York St., Elmhurst. Cost: Free. Information: rileyselmhurst.com.

Corey Dennison Blues Band, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Corey Dennison, guitarist for The Carl Weathersby's Blues Band will be heating up the joint with his fiery guitar and soulful vocals. Cost: $6. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com.

SEPT. 28

DuPage Birding Club Field Trip, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, Winfield. Stroll through several habitats in this seldom-visited forest preserve, once the site of Native American homes and burial mounds. Parking is limited, as are toilets. Aside from the Prairie Path, trails are primitive. Contact to trip leader to register and confirm final arrangements. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, or kylewiktor@msn.com. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagebirding.org.

Be a Hero for Hope 10K/5K Run-Walk, 8:15 a.m. Sept. 28, Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St., Downers Grove. Event participants can be the true heroes for people in our community who are seeking safer futures free of domestic violence. "Be a Hero for Hope" offers a professionally timed, USTF and CARA certified course, ideal for the serious runner; a Kids' Obstacle Course, where each participant receives a pumpkin to decorate; the opportunity to come dressed as your favorite hero or superhero; and the chance to run, walk or stroll the tree-lined neighborhoods of Downers Grove in support of a great cause. The 10K/5K Run-Walk will feature cash awards, medals, food, music, hot dogs and more. Your support will help to ensure that Family Shelter Service can continue to offer service to individuals seeking shelter, counseling, advocacy and support programs, so that our clients can triumph and become the true heroes. Cost: $12-$35. Information: www.familyshelterservice.org.

Motor Church Sundays, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Traditional, old-school performances, and classics. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

2nd Annual High Holiday Hustle, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. A 5K run/walk or 1-mile family stroll. Everyone is welcome to participate. The event features chip timing for all 5K runners, a free TECH shirt for all participants, and a kiddie race a 50 yard dash for little ones – with a prize for every child who participates. The post-race celebration includes food, drink, a DJ, bouncy houses, popcorn, face painting, a balloon maker, farmers market, chair massages, and chiropractic evaluations, all free to participants. Pre-registration for the event is $30; registration on the day of the race is $35. A special rate of $100 applies for families of four. All proceeds benefit the Robert Scott Samuels Memorial Scholarship Fund, established to provide children with a life-enriching experience at summer camp. Cost: $35. Information: www.highholidayhustle.org. 

Running 4 Rescue, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Hamilton Lakes, 300 Park Blvd., Itasca. Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the third annual Running 4 Rescue event to help formerly homeless cats and dogs in Almost Home Foundation's care find new "furever" homes. All proceeds from Running 4 Rescue will directly benefit about 275 animals currently in AHF's care and will help the rescue to save even more animals. Cost: $30. Information: www.running4rescue.org.

Run Wild for Westfield Family Fun Run, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, Westfield Elementary School, 2s126 Mayfield Lane, Glen Ellyn. Bring family and friends for a 3.1 mile course of neighborhood fun and six crazy obstacles. This event will benefit the students of Westfield Elementary School for new learning tools. After the run, stay and enjoy our post-run party with music and refreshments. Cost: $5-$25. Information: https://westfield.webconnex.com/runwild.

Venerable Wuling, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Pure Land Center and Buddhist Library, 1120 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 108, Naperville. Venerable Wuling will visit and host the Ceremony of Taking the Three Refuges. After lunch, she will also offer one-on-one Q&A sessions to those who would like to have a private setting to discuss questions with her. One-on-one Q&A sessions will be 15 minutes long. Cost: Free. Information: www.amitabhalibrary.org.

21st Annual Barkapalooza, 10 a.m. Sept. 28, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. A half-day, family-friendly fest for dogs and their people. This extremely dog-friendly event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters and all-around pet lovers to raise money for homeless pets through a Dog Walkathon. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for the walk, and all proceeds will support the West Suburban Humane Society. Visitors will enjoy a food, fun, music, and even receive a free goody bag for participating in the walk, rain or shine, and parking is ample and free. Animal lovers may explore the Pet Expo, where more than 25 pet-focused vendors will be featured along with breed specific rescue groups of all sorts. Owners may also have pets micro chipped for a discounted rate of only $35. A blessing for the animals will be given at 10 a.m. to kick off the event, and the Frisbee Sky Dog Team will also do a demonstration. For the kids, there will be clowns, face painting and balloon sculptures, all free of charge, along with a "Kids and Kindness Zone" and a scavenger hunt, too. Cost: Free. Information: www.wshs-dg.org/barkapalooza.

Indian Summer Festival, noon Sept. 28, Castaldo Park, 3024 71st St., Woodridge. Enjoy a walk or bike ride through the Woodridge Park District's parks while participating in family events and eating a variety of food. Start your day walking, biking or driving to the Community Center where you can take a hayride to Castaldo Park for family and children activities. Your entire family will have fun taking a pony ride, running through the games, and much more. Join us to build your own scarecrow. Bring clothes and head to dress up your scarecrow and we will supply the hay. At the end of the day enjoy a hayride back to your car at the Community Center. Cost: Free. Information: www.woodridgeparks.org/IndianSummerFestival.htm.

Fall Planting Celebration, noon Sept. 28, The Growing Place, 25w471 Plank Road, Naperville. Noon: Bulb Planting – How do you choose and plant bulbs? One of our expert horticulturists teach you about these easy flowers. Bring your questions. 1p.m.: Fall Into Winter Containers – Learn how to take your fall containers and transform them for the winter holidays from one of our expert designers. 2 p.m.: Plant Trees and Shrubs Right – Find out the best ways to plant bare root, container or ball and burlapped woody plants. 3 p.m.: Landscaping Tips for Fall – What plants offer beautiful fall color? What and when should I prune? Cost: Free. Information: www.thegrowingplace.com/fests.html.

Tavern Day Celebration, 1 p.m. Sept. 28, History Park, Main Street and Geneva Road, Glen Ellyn. Hands-on history experience for families and the general public. The afternoon features spinning, hand sewing, broom making, black smith demonstrations, live farm animals, bread making, craft-making for kids, rope-making, pioneer games and stories, log sawing, storytelling, candle dipping, corn shelling, and laundry. Interact in an 1850s school room, learn beekeeping and the value of home-grown vegetables. Tour Stacy's Tavern Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, refreshments available, and a delicious Bake Sale. All proceeds benefit the GEHS Education Program. Cost: $3-$8. Information: www.GlenEllynHistory.org.

Bike Bald for St. Baldrick's, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, North Central College (near the Football Stadium), E. Porter & S. Loomis, Naperville. Event to support Childhood Cancer Awareness. The bike ride will consist of an easy 7.0 mile bike ride (round trip), on the beautiful scenic DuPage River Bike Trail, heading south from Downtown Naperville. At the halfway point, the main activities and head shaving event will take place upon the arrival of the cyclists around 2 p.m. at Dorothea Weigand Riverfront Park at 2436 S. Washington St. Naperville. Those that do not care to ride a bike can meet the group at the park. If you need a bike to use for the event, Bike Bald is able to loan you one for the event, upon registration. This year's special celebrity guest will be Jon Seda, "Antonio Dawson" of the hit TV series "Chicago PD." Cost: $10-$25. Information: www.BikeBald.com.

Main Street Opera presents "Lucia di Lammermoor," 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Alta Villa Banquet Hall, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. Wars, myths, feuds and folklore drive a loving lass into madness. Can love, stronger than death itself, save a future generation? Cost: $26. Information: www.mainstreetopera.org.

Michael Peter Smith, 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., Lisle. Live music. Cost: Free. Information: www.lislelibrary.org.

Grand Opening at the Goldfish Swim School Burr Ridge, 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Goldfish Swim School Burr Ridge, 7055 High Grove Blvd., Suite 200, Burr Ridge. Enjoy open swim, crafts, food, a bounce house, prizes and giveaways, plus tours and more. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/758918930820795.

EISUS Fun Fest, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood, Villa Park. Family fundraising event featuring the band Unhinged, games for kids and adults, raffle and food. All proceeds directly benefit the American Brain Tumor Association. Cost: Free. Information: www.eisusvolleyball.com. 

Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. "100 Years of Broadway" recreates the greatest moments from the century's biggest hits: "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," "CATS," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Jekyll & Hyde." Some of Broadway's finest voices will take the MAC stage to perform songs from the shows in which they starred. Cost: $44-$54. Information: www.atthemac.org.

Kill for Cash Open Mic Comedy Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. The crowd favorite will come back the following week to host, then return for the showdown on the last Sunday of the month to compete for a $100 cash prize. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

Live Pub Trivia, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Tommy Nevin's Pub - Naperville, 3032 English Rows, Naperville. Cost: Free. Information: www.tommynevins.com.

Sunday Night Flix, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

DJ Jeff Overstreet, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Cost: Free. Information: www.tailgatersgrill.com.

SEPT. 29

Hinsdale Farmers Market, 7 a.m. Sept. 29, Burlington Park, Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale. Farm tables at this market are loaded with the region's freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, ciders, cheeses, Mirai corn, meats and poultry, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock. Local food artisans bring coffee, prepared foods and other goodies. Information: www.hinsdalechamber.com.

Moms and Tots Program, 9 a.m. Sept. 29, St. John's Lutheran School, 220 S. Lincoln St., Lombard. For moms and children ages 2-3 years who are not already enrolled in preschool. Cost: Free. Information: www.stjohnslombard.org.

Tottercize for Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Sept. 29, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago. This program is designed to teach children at an early age about healthy movement, coordination, and balance in a gentle, introductory way. A variety of exercises will be used including yoga and dancing. Cost: Free. Information: www.westchicago.lib.il.us.

Art in Red, Studio Drop-in, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1-2, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Experiment to see how the colored light affects the colors in your oil pastel drawings. Then take your art to other areas of the Creativity Connections Neighborhood to see how it looks under regular, ultraviolet, and other colors of light. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Presidents and Their First Ladies, 10 a.m. Sept. 29, Windsor Park, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream. Writers/actors William and Sue Wills portray Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Using dialect, emotion, costumes and well-researched history, the couple will provide an entertaining and historical peek into the lives of America's 32nd president, Franklin Roosevelt, and his wife, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The Wills have been performing theatrical dialogues about the lives of 33 of America's first couples for more than 20 years. They research and write their own material and design costumes for each era. Cost: Free. Information: www.WindsorParkIllinois.org.

Little Ears, Big Tales Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago. A themed selection of songs, stories, and activities will be shared to introduce children of all ages to reading and parents to early literacy skills they can use with their children outside the library. Cost: Free. Information: www.westchicago.lib.il.us.

St. Mary Senior Club, 11 a.m. Sept. 29, St. Mary of Czestochowa, 3001 S. 49th Ave., Cicero. Cost: Free. Information: www.stmaryofczestochowa.org.

Rotary Club of Downers Grove Lunch Meeting, noon Sept. 29, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, 2111 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. Cost: Free. Information: www.dgrotary.org.

Gaming Throwdown, 4 p.m. Sept. 29, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For teens: come and play PS3 and PS4 games every week. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Focus on FUNdamentals, 4:15 p.m. Sept. 29, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Join us for a fun twist on essential skills. We will focus on everyday skills that will prove essential to a successful school year listening, following directions, and more. Cost: Free. Information: www.mybpl.org.

Craft Beer and Cave-Aged Cheese, 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Standard Market Naperville, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville. BuckleDown Brewing and Standard Market combine the local flavors of craft beer and cave-aged cheese for their mini-tap takeover. Beer flights and drafts from the Lyons brewery can be paired with special BuckleDown spent grain crackers and Standard Market's finest cave-aged cheeses, which have been aged in-house in their humidity controlled aging room. In addition, hearty housemade BuckleDown beer bangers served with a bean ragu will be available. Cost: $5-$20. Information: https://www.standardmarket.com/events/buckledown-brewery-tap-takeover-2.

Naperville-Evening Kiwanis Club Meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, Edward Hospital Education Building, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville. Information: www.napervilleeveningkiwanis.org.

Kiwanis Club of Bensenville/Wood Dale/Franklin Park Meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, Mamma Maria's Pizza, 438 S. York Road, Bensenville. Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiwanis-Club-of-BensenvilleWood-DaleFranklin-Park-IL/355041158264?sk=.

Festive Fall Craft and Vendor Show, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, Normandy Banquet Hall, 310 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst. A fun evening of shopping for all of your holiday decor and more! $10 admission includes: Swag Bag filled with goodies and 20 raffle tickets, full dinner buffet, desserts, massages, raffles and more. Cost: $10. Information: www.ladies-night-events.com.

Computer Class-Excel 3, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. This class will provide a deeper investigation of Excel topics introduced in the Intermediate Excel course, as well as examining other functions provided by Excel. Cost: Free. Information: www.mybpl.org.

Risque Bingo, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Adults only. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

Hot Degrees and Certificates at College of Dupage, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Join adult admissions representative Angela Nackovic to learn about which degrees and certificates at College of DuPage are wanted by today's employers. Whether you're a first-time adult student attending college, a career changer, or looking to upgrade your existing job skills, learn about new and existing programs that will take you to the next level. Cost: Free. Information: www.mybpl.org.

From Fall to Freeze, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Learn what to plant during the fall, and what you can use for winter decorating. Presented by the Cook County Farm Bureau. For more information, contact the Brookfield Public Library at 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Cost: Free.

Knitting & Needlework Dropin, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. Bring your needles, crochet hooks or any other yarned project you are working on and drop in to work alongside other needlecrafters to share ideas, techniques and conversation. Lessons are not available but everyone is welcome to "help each other" through a challenging pattern or project. Children under 12 welcome with an adult. Cost: Free.

The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Aging Parents and Busy Families, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge. The Senior Resource Alliance of Chicago will talk about how to balance work and your own family while dealing with the elderly. Cost: Free. Information: www.woodridgelibrary.org.

"The Mystery of the Invisible Hand" Lecture by Kenneth G. Elzinga, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Wheaton College, Beamer Center Coray Alumni Gym, 421 N. Chase St., Wheaton. Dr. Elzinga, one of America's most prominent teachers of economics, explains the connection between the fall of Adam and the rise of Adam Smith. Dr. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. A light reception will follow the lecture. Cost: Free.

The Buzz About Hard Cider, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont. Chicago Brew Legend Michelle Foik will introduce you to the exciting new trends and varieties of this fruity beverage. Cost: Free. Information: lemontlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=474&lib=.

Bags Competition, 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Ballydoyle Pub, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Cost: Free. Information: www.ballydoylepub.com.

SEPT. 30

Rotary Club of Hinsdale-Oak Brook Sunrise Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 30, The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd., 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook. Information: hobrotary.org.

Western Springs Rotary Club Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 30, First United Methodist Church of Western Springs, 4300 Howard Ave., Western Springs. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Naperville South Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 30, Springbrook Golf Club, 2220 W. 83rd St., Naperville. Information: rcnsouth.clubexpress.com.

Countryside Rotary Club Meeting, 7 a.m. Sept. 30, Country Cup Restaurant, 6301 Joliet Road, Countryside. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Lisle Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Hilton Lisle, IL, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. Information: www.lislerotary.org.

Senior Yoga Classes, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Road, Countryside. Yoga classes especially designed for seniors. Class size limited to 8 students to address special needs and to ensure proper alignment. Prior registration required. Call instructor, Dana Lundin at 312-523-8806 or email her at danalundin@gmail.com to reserve your place. Cost: $15.

Genealogy: Beyond the Basics, 9 a.m. Sept. 30, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Sooner or later, everyone who conducts genealogical research will get stuck or run into a brick wall. This course provides an overview of various techniques to get back on track. Recommended websites, advanced search techniques for documents, and breaking down the impossible searches are some areas that will be discussed. Students are encouraged to bring their genealogy search problems to class. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Coffee Break and Story Hour, 9 a.m. Sept. 30, Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs, 5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Coffee Break is a Bible Study for women of all ages and backgrounds whose goals are to strengthen our relationship with God by studying scripture, enjoy fellowship with other Christian women, and share the Good News throughout our communities. Story Hour is a program for children ages 3-5 yrs. (who are toilet trained). The children will learn about Jesus through music, stories, and crafts. All programs are free. There is a nursery for infants and toddlers. Cost: Free. Information: www.crcws.org. 

Book Buddies Storytime Ages 2&3, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For toddlers ages 2 and 3 and a caregiver. Hear stories, songs, felt boards and make a simple craft. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

S.M.A.R.T. Series, 9:45 a.m. Sept. 30, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Start the day with books and activities that focus on healthy foods and lifestyles through art, math, science, and literacy explorations. Sessions start with a book followed by open-ended projects for all ages. Cost: Free.

Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 30, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is one of the world's largest museums with 35,000 antiques and more than 9 million visitors each year. The Louvre is home to European, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Islamic art. Our focus for the course will be key European paintings, prints and drawings of the masters from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century. Learn the history of the Louvre and leave with an understanding for some of the treasures within this world-renowned museum. Cost: $60. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Woodridge Rotary Club Meeting, noon Sept. 30, Seven Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Information: www.woodridgerotary.org.

Lemont-Homer Glen Rotary Club Meeting, noon Sept. 30, Ruffled Feathers, 1 Pete Dye Drive, Lemont. Information: www.rotary.org.

Wheaton Lions Club Meeting, noon Sept. 30, Masonic Temple Building, 120 Wesley Ave., Wheaton. Information: www.wheatonlions.org.

Oak Brook Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd., 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Carol Stream Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Alberto's Restaurant, 150 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Information: www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=2362.

Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Spavone's Ristorante, 266 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale. Information: www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=2360.

Bensenville Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Two Chefs Restaurant, 3 S. Center St., Bensenville. Information: www.rotary.org.

Bolingbrook Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Ashbury at Boughton Ridge Golf Course, 335 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Information: www.rotary.org.

Cicero Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Seneca Restaurant, 6544 Cermak Road, Berwyn. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Darien Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Argonne National Laboratory Guest House, 9700 Cass Ave., Lemont. Information: www.darienrotaryclub.org.

State of Politics in Illinois, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Benedictine Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, suite 102, Naperville. Fascinating and frustrating are politics in Illinois, forever changing and forever staying the same. The governor's race is in full bloom and there will be major political issues that await the candidates this fall. We will review the political power brokers, discuss the hot issues and forecast the "what ifs?" of Illinois politics from local to state office. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Crafty Crew at the Library, 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Itasca Community Library, 500 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Calling all craft enthusiasts. This new drop-in group is for anyone who wants to spend creative time with like-minded people. Bring your own project to work on or learn something new from others. Cost: Free. Information: www.itascalibrary.org.

John Adams, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 30, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. History tends to focus on the more outspoken and colorful leaders in our early nation, yet John Adams' impact was epic. Adams, vice president to George Washington and second president of the United States, was simply dynamic. Discover the role he played in the establishment of our nation. Learn about his life and his influence, and how he successfully guided and governed 13 individually-minded states into a cohesive union. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

After-school Read Aloud Club, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines, North Riverside. Practice reading aloud in a small group. Bring a book you're currently reading to each session. 3:30 p.m. for 1st and 2nd grade, 4:15 p.m. for 3rd and 4th grade. Cost: Free. Information: www.northriversidelibrary.org.

Chess Club (ages 9-14), 4 p.m. Sept. 30, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Know how to play chess or just want to learn how to play chess? For children ages 9-14. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Creativity Class: Build a Train, 4 p.m. Sept. 30, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. For ages 4-6. Engage in experiences that focus on trains and draw on math, science, and engineering concepts. Build a collaborative work of art. Cost: $17-$23. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Milk and Cookies Storytime, 4 p.m. Sept. 30, Prairie Path Books tucked inside Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Office Supply Warfare, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Build catapults, slingshots, cannons, and more, all using simple office supplies like rubber bands, pens, and tape. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Rotary Club of Westmont Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Vincitori Restaurant, 14 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Information: www.westmontrotaryclub.org.

Rainbow Loom Drop In, 6 p.m. Sept. 30, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Kids ages 6-12, drop in to creature projects on our looms. We provide the rubber bands and supplies. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Blue Moon Cafe: A Coffeehouse for Teens, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago. A time and place to drink coffee, hang out, and participate in the themed activity of the night. Cost: Free. Information: www.westchicago.lib.il.us.

Seniors Engaged through Wellness, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., Lisle. Michael McCann, Lifestyles Director at Friendship Senior Options, will discuss how celebrating success and overcoming obstacles form the foundation of mental and physical wellness. This presentation will help seniors discover the tools needed to lead a fulfilling retired life, make positive choices, and pick the path they want to live. Come learn to choose a path of wisdom and become a leader in your family and community. Cost: Free. Information: www2.lislelibrary.org.

E-Source Demo: Learning Express Library, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Learn how to use this instructional database to help achieve your educational and career goals. It features Popular Software Tutorials and Adult Learning including test preparation, GED and citizenship exam practice. Register at 630-837-3560 or at www.bartlettlibrary.org. Cost: Free.

You Can Brew It!, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Award winning home brewer Scott Pointon will discuss the equipment, ingredients, brewing process, and resources available to would-be brew masters. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Line Dancing, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Sal's Pizza Pub, 410 W. 22nd St., Lombard. Show off your sports smarts. Cost: Free. Information: salspizzapub.com.

Karaoke, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Cost: Free. Information: www.tailgatersgrill.com.

Open Mic, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Mullen's, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Cost: Free. Information: mullensbarandgrill.com.

BoozeDay Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Every Tuesday night at the Friendly Tap is an unexpected, unscripted, pretty much unprepared mess of a musical conundrum. But somehow we get through it and each week it gets better and better. Cost: Free. Information: www.friendlytap.net.

Marty Sammon & Friends, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Mr. Buddy Guy's Keyboard madman sets the keys on fire doin' boogie & blues. Cost: Free. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com. 

Trivia Night, 9 p.m. Sept. 30, Ballydoyle, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Cost: Free. Information: www.ballydoylepub.com.

OCT. 1

Wednesday Market, 7 a.m. Oct. 1, Elmhurst Farmers Market, 115 E. Vallette, Elmhurst. Active market with area farmers, vendors and crafts. Cost: Free. Information: www.yorkandvallette.com/FarmersMarket.aspx.

Rotary Club of Central DuPage AM Meeting, 7 a.m. Oct. 1, Fareways Grill, 27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: www.cdamrotary.org.

Kiwanis Club of Downers Grove Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1, Kristina's Restaurant, 5130 Main St., Downers Grove. Open to visitors. Information: www.dgkiwanis.org.

Wednesday Walking Club, 8 a.m. Oct. 1, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Join fellow walkers for this free, healthy lifestyle program. Choose your route through the beautiful museum grounds, with a longer circuit option along the Riverwalk. Sign in at the Pre-Emption House Tavern, log your minutes and then enjoy a healthy treat. Cost: Free. Information: www.napersettlement.com.

Community Blood Drive, 9 a.m. Oct. 1, 2121 Lake St., Hanover Park. To schedule your appointment. please call LifeSource at 877-543-3768 or www.lifesource.org and use code 763. Appointments preferred. Walk-Ins welcome. Free cholesterol screening and free blood typing. Cancer restrictions, diabetes and tattoo laws have been updated so you may be newly eligible. Cost: Free.

Young Mothers' Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1, Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview, Downers Grove. Small group Bible Study about the Fruits of the Spirit. Child care and nursery will be provided. Prayer time and study time with treats. Cost: Free. Information: dgcc.org.

Midweek Meetup, 10 a.m. Oct. 1, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. For parents and caregivers and children ages 5 and under. Bring your child to the library to give them a chance to play with our toys and you a chance to meet and socialize with other parents. Coffee and snacks will be served. Children may not be left unattended; you must stay with your child. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Milk and Cookies Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1, Prairie Path Books tucked inside Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Storytime with Naperville Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Enjoy a fun-filled library program of stories, songs, and more for children of all ages. Cost: Free. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Current Events, 10:45 a.m. Oct. 1, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Politics, pop culture, the economy, foreign policy and social change are some of the topics presented in Current Events. Lively discussions and active student participation are encouraged as today's current events are churned, probed and analyzed in these weekly forums. Cost: $60. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Rotary Club of West Chicago Meeting, noon Oct. 1, Pal Joey's Restaurant, 440 E. Roosevelt Road, West Chicago. Information: www.westchicagorotary.com.

Rotary Club of Romeoville Meeting, noon Oct. 1, At's A Nice Pizza & Pasta, 334 N. Independence Blvd., Suite A, Romeoville. Information: www.romeoville.clubexpress.com.

Wheaton Rotary Club Meeting, 12:10 p.m. Oct. 1, Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Information: www.wheatonrotary.org.

Addison Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 1, Alta Villa Restaurant, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. Information: www.rotary.org.

French for Travelers, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. This course will immerse you into the French culture and to the people of France. Learn the basic French language for travelers. Whether planning a trip or just learning for fun, this course introduces common French language, travel and tourism tips around Paris and the rest of the country. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Downers Grove Woman's Club, 1 p.m. Oct. 1, First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Meets September to April. For information, call 630-969-2397. Cost: Free.

Brain Games, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1, The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Participants will engage in a variety of fun and challenging activities led by memory care specialist Patti Terkovich from Arden Courts Memory Care Community. The first week you'll learn about the brain, how to get it going and be introduced to some fun brain games. Each week will consist of a variety of activities to stimulate your mind. You'll be surprised at how fun exercising your brain can be. Pre-registration is recommended. Information: www.epd.org.

English Conversation Group, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Itasca Community Library, 500 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Practice and improve your English in a friendly setting. We'll have discussions and learn idioms, new vocabulary, and more. Cost: Free. Information: www.itascalibrary.org.

Bring Out Your Inner Cézanne, 2 p.m. Oct. 1, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Join the fun in a relaxed atmosphere as we pay homage to the French artist Paul Cézanne. Learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Beginners to advanced painters are welcome. Complete four paintings: a still life, landscape, seascape and a floral arrangement. Gain self-confidence in working with materials and developing your own painting style. All art materials will be provided by the instructor. Cost is $72 + $30 fee. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Wednesday Movie Matinee, 2 p.m. Oct. 1, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Des Plaines, North Riverside. "October Sky" (1999), 108 min., Rated PG. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern. Cost: Free. Information: www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

Searching for Marquette, 2:15 p.m. Oct. 1, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Learn about the life and journey of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Jacques Marquette, through his journal excerpts, maps and images. His cultural impact on the Midwest was tremendous. Retrace Marquette's steps throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. Discover Marquette's encounters and friendships with regional Native American tribes along his route. Examine factors, such as Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" to the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall that elevated Marquette's status, from local explorer to national hero by the early 20th century. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown Meeting, 4:44 p.m. Oct. 1, Hugo's Frog Bar, 55 S. Main St., Naperville. Cost: $20. Information: rcndowntown.com.

Explore a Career in Massage Therapy, 6 p.m. Oct. 1, National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard. The event will include: an overview of National's massage therapy program; a tour of the clinic, technique and anatomy laboratories; application and career information; and a question and answer session. Cost: Free. Information: www.nuhs.edu/admissions/massage-therapy/discovering/visit-campus.

Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn Evening Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Village Links of Glen Ellyn, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn. Information: www.glenellynkiwanis.org.

From Bump to Baby, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, DuPage Medical Group, Lisle Medical Office Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 430 Warrenville Road, Lisle. As you make your transition into parenthood, DMG offers a unique and supportive educational series to help you prepare. This 4-class series covers everything from labor basics, body mechanics and pregnancy posture, safe exercising, pelvic floor, nutrition, newborn care and shaping up post-pregnancy. Class is taught by licensed nurses, dietitians and certified physical therapists. To learn more visit www.dupagemedicalgroup.com/bumptobaby. Cost: $75.

A Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling, Riverside.This deep energy retrofit of a typical Chicago two-flat is an excellent case study on how to incorporate energy conservation strategies into existing homes. Efficiency measures discussed: insulation strategies, a high efficiency heating system, plumbing that effectively delivers hot water and mechanical ventilation with built-in heat exchanger. Cost: Free. Information: www.olmstedsociety.org.

Quickstep: Ballroom Dance Group Class, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Just Dance Studios at Georgetown West, 301 Prospect Ave., Wood Dale. Taught by Vito Magrone. Quickstep is considered one of the more advanced ballroom dances. Prior dance experience is strongly recommended, but no previous Quickstep experience is necessary. If you've never done Quickstep before, Vito will teach the basics before moving on to stylish patterns. He'll also give tips to make your Quickstep appear smooth and effortless. Both couples and singles are welcome. Register in person the first night of class or online. Cost: $40. Information: just-dance.us.

Understanding Funeral Arrangements, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Lyons Township High School, South Campus, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs. This interactive lecture will help answer any questions that you have and perhaps were afraid to ask. This lecture will take approximately 45 minutes with the remaining time open for a question and answer session. Cost: Free. Information: www.hitzemanfuneral.com/seminars.

Wheaton-Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Hinsdale-Oak Brook Combined AAUW Meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove. If you are interested in passage of the ERA Amendment, this meeting should interest you. Attorney Marti Sladek, Women's Rights Advocate for AAUW, will provide an update on the current status of the ERA, including two strategies for getting it ratified. She will answer the questions: what is happening in Illinois and what will the ERA actually do or not do? Cost: Free. Information: wheatonglenellyn-il.aauw.net.

Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Glenside Public Library District, 25 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. Information: www.ghbarangayil.org.

Author James Zumwalt, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Author and Vietnam veteran James G. Zumwalt discusses "Bare Feet, Iron Will: Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields." A book signing will follow the presentation and copies will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information: www.firstdivisionmuseum.org.

The WOW Factor, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Win cash and prizes,. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

Open Mic Nite, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: Free. Information: www.friendlytap.net.

OCT. 2

Kiwanis Club of Lombard Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Egg Harbor Cafe, 157 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Information: www.kiwaniscluboflombard.org.

Senior Yoga Classes, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Road, Countryside. Yoga classes especially designed for seniors. Class size limited to 8 students to address special needs and to ensure proper alignment. Prior registration required. Call instructor, Dana Lundin at 312-523-8806 or email her at danalundin@gmail.com to reserve your place. Cost: $15. Information: 312-523-8806.

Chicago Architecture, 9 a.m. Oct. 2, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Did you know that St. Procopius Abbey and the Water Tower Place were designed by the same architect? Discover how, out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the influential architecture of Chicago emerged, creating a magnet for great architects who have impacted the United States and beyond. Review building designs, structures and techniques used by architectural pioneers of the Chicago School. Learn about the first modern skyscraper, and the classical, modern and postmodern architects who created Chicago's intriguing and provocative architectural designs. An optional tour of the St. Procopius Abbey may be arranged for registered students of this class. Cost: $48. Information: www.ben.edu/CLL.

Faith Builders, 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2, First Presbyterian Church Glen Ellyn, 550 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Cost: Free. Information: www.firstpresge.org.

Creativity Class: Reading is Delicious!, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. For ages 15-24 months. Engage in activities that make some of our favorite children's books about food come to life. Cost: $14-$20. Information: www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Milk and Cookies Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Prairie Path Books tucked inside Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: www.prairiepathbooks.com/events.

Lapsit Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines, North Riverside. For babies and toddlers with an adult. Songs, finger play, simple stories, rhythm sticks/shakers and group play. Cost: Free. Information: www,northriversidelibrary.org.

Kiwanis Club of Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Meeting, noon Oct. 2, Papa Passero's, 6326 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. Information: www.wbkiwanis.org.

Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club Meeting, noon Oct. 2, Lions Clubs International Headquarters, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. Information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/oakbrook.

Afternoon Program Series: Abigail Adams, noon Oct. 2, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago. Pack a lunch and come listen to the story Abigail Adams, eyewitness to the birth of a nation, John Adams' dearest friend, wife, mother and American patriot. Join her by her spinning wheel as she reminisces about her experiences living in and around Boston prior to and during the early years of the American Revolution. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lap-friendly lunch and covered beverage. A light dessert will be provided. Cost: Free. Information: www.westchicago.lib.il.us.

Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn, 12:10 p.m. Oct. 2, Glen Oak Country Club, 21w451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. For more information contact Dawn Bussey at 630-790-6760 or dbussey@gepl.org. Information: www.glenellynrotary.org.

Bartlett Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 2, Villa Olivia Country Club, 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Lombard Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 2, Casey's Restaurant, 415 E. North Ave., Lombard.tabInformation: www.lombardrotary.org.

Elmhurst Rotary Club Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 2, Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Information: www.rotary.org.

Rotary Club of Naperville Meeting, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 2, Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Information: www.napervillerotary.com.

Craft Time, 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Stop by the Youth Services department to make a fun craft. We'll supply all the materials needed. Cost: Free. Information: www.mybpl.org.

YA Thursday: DIY Hot Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., Lisle. Love pumpkin spice lattes and hot apple cider? Come learn make your own, eat some donuts, and play board games. For grades 6-8. Cost: Free. Information: www2.lislelibrary.org.

S.T.E.A.M. Builders, 5 p.m. Oct. 2, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Kids ages 6-12, each week do a fun, educational activity or experiment that involves Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Walk-ins welcome. Cost: Free. Information: www.sfvpld.org.

Teen Programming Club, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. Learn to write webpages, games, and apps. We will use the self-paced lessons in Python, HTML/CSS from the Codecademy website. Registration required; sign up online at www.brookfieldlibrary.info or by phone at 708-485-6917. Cost: Free.

Rotary Club of Chicago Lithuanians (Westmont) Meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. Information: www.rotarychicagolandlithuanians.com.

West Chicago Lions Club Evening Meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Augustino's, 300 W. North Ave., West Chicago. Information: www.westchicagolions.org.

Kiwanis Club of Westchester Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Q's Restaurant and Pizzeria, 4841 Butterfield Road, Hillside. Information: https://www.facebook.com/KiwanisClubOfWestchester/info.

Lemont Lions Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, VFW Hall, 15780 New Ave., Lemont. Meeting of the Lions Club. Information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/lemontil.

Bloomingdale-Roselle Kiwanis Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Villaggio Ristorante, 1242 Lake St., Roselle. Information: bloomingdalerosellekiwanis.org.

Bookies Book Club, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. Discussion of "Animal Farm." Cost: Free.

6th Annual World MRSA Day Event, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Learn how you can prevent a staph infection. Leading world experts speak and survivors share their stories. Expert panel takes questions from the audience. Cost: Free. Information: www.worldMRSAday.org.

Dollar-A-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont. Bill Jamerson will make history come alive as he presents songs, stories and video pertaining to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s and the struggles of the Great Depression. Register online. Cost: Free. Information: lemontlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=371&lib=.

Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, DJ's Sports Bar, 222 E. Chicago Ave., Westmont. Play to win a $25 or $10 gift card to DJ's. Categories include food, music, sports, TV, movies and more. Information: www.djswestmont.com.

Itasca Lions Club Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Holiday Inn Itasca, 860 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/itasca.

Karaoke Night, 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Sal's Pizza Pub, 410 W. 22nd St., Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: salspizzapub.com.

The Robert Cray Band, 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray brings his latest album to life in concert on the Wentz Concert Hall stage. Cost: $45-$50. Information: finearts.northcentralcollege.edu/event/robert-cray-band.

Thirsty Thursdays with DJ Ondrae, 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. Dance to rock, pop and country hits. Cost: Free. Information: cadranch.com.

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