Watch a movie at the pool or a concert at the park with our picks of the top 15 things to do around Franklin Park this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Dominican University Green Block Party, 3 p.m. Sunday
Celebrate and promote the sustainability initiatives occurring in the area. The event includes a farmers market featuring locally grown fresh produce and foods from Seph’s Sweets, Ready Jam Farms, Johnson’s Apple World, K & A Organics, and Six Generations Farmin’ Local as well as an organic cooking demonstration by students in Dominican’s nutrition program. Elevate Energy offers information on home weatherizing and cutting down on energy consumption. Representatives from Working Bikes, a nonprofit organization that refurbishes bikes for distribution throughout Africa and Latin America, are on hand to take bicycle donations. Children’s art activities include making flower pots from old albums and creating pinwheels and flowers from book pages, newspaper, paint and VHS tape. Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Free.
3. Dog Days of Summer Hike, 10 a.m. Saturday
Bring your leashed dog on this scenic one-hour hike with the rest of the family. Call 708-366-6530 for construction updates. Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
4. Summer Fun at the Rec, 4 p.m. Friday
Activities include a jump house, inflatable obstacle course, jousting ring and dunk tank. Elmwood Park Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. $5 nonresidents.
5. Movie at the Pool: ‘Happy Feet,’ 7 p.m. Friday
Float and lounge around in the pool for a showing of “Happy Feet”. “Happy Feet” is a penguin musical about a colony who find their soul mates through song with the exception of a lonely tap-dancer. Pool at Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, 415 W. Lake, Oak Park. $9, $6 for season pool pass holders.
6. Beginner’s Art Studio, 10:30 a.m. Friday
Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults can explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process, while children create masterpieces. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. Price is included in museum admission.
7. Guided Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Explore the historic Oak Park neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 22 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sites include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. $30-$35.
8. Concert in the Park: Rhythm Rockets, 6:30 p.m. Sunday
The Rhythm Rockets, a vintage rhythm and blues band, delivers sax-inspired tunes in an outdoors concert. Scoville Park, Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, Oak Park. Free.
9. EVP Rocks Rosemont Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, 10 a.m. Friday
All-American professional men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams compete. The teams have faced off in 20 cities across the country in order to qualify for this championship tournament. MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free.
10. Playful Vinyasa with Cassandra Shugailo, 6:30 p.m. Friday
This yoga class focuses on playful poses, such as inversions and arm balance. Attendees should have some yoga experience. Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. $16 or one class card punch.
12. Church of Beethoven’s Third Birthday, 10 a.m. Sunday
Church of Beethoven will celebrates its third birthday with a return of two of their favorite musicians playing the music of Vivaldi, Faure, Gershwin, Copeland and others. Seating is available for 60 individuals. Before the performance is a poetry reading. The Church of Beethoven is not a religious organization. The group is dedicated to promoting classical music and connecting performers with listeners. Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. $10 for adults; $5 for children.
13. Healthy Desserts in Under a Minute, 2 p.m. Sunday
Laura Bruzas from Healthy Dining offers recipe ideas for desserts using seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Delicious desserts will be prepared for you to taste. Call 708-867-2299 to register. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights. $3.
14. Mad Science: Water Works, 9:30 a.m. Saturday
This one day science class will teach you the wondrous aspects of water which you would have never thought of before. Field Park, 935 N. Woodbine Ave., Oak Park. Free.
15. Exhibition Tour of Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday, noon Friday
Join Elmhurst Art Museum’s Chief Curator Staci Boris for a tour of the exhibition, open now through August 17. The 13 artists featured in “Lifeloggers” turn personal data and lived experiences into artwork. Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Free.
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