Family Friendly: Heartbeats will soar during Laura Doherty’s concert

Laura Doherty will have kids singing and clapping
Laura Doherty will have kids singing and clapping "In a Heartbeat" when she performs on July 17 at the La Grange Public Library.

There’s more than one meaning of “In a Heartbeat,” the title of acclaimed children’s performer Laura Doherty’s latest CD. She will share the possibilities with kids ages 8 and younger and their parents, 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 17 in Dierkes Community Room at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave.

“The CD has a theme of love running through it,” Doherty said. She noted that the song “Heartbeat” has a double meaning. It tells kids, “When you’re active, you can feel your heart beat. But also you can feel your heart beat when you love someone.”

“My songs are very interactive to get kids up dancing and jumping,” noted the singer/songwriter, who plays guitar and uses animal puppets and stuffed animals in her show. She refers to her musical style as pop-rock for kids. One of those stuffed animals will make an appearance when Doherty sings a song about him, “Domingo the Flamingo.”

For details, call (708) 215-3210 or go to www.lagrangelibrary.org.

BAND TOGETHER

You and your kids can move to patriotic tunes, jazz, Broadway numbers and more when the Illinois Brass Band plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at the Performing Arts Pavilion in Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner or purchase food there.

For details, call (630) 990-4233 or go to www.obparks.org.

HAIRY TALES

Everyone will have a Bad Hair Day, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will hear “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair” by Kate Bernheimer and Jake Parker, and “Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!” by Jeff Cohen.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

ORGANIZE A SEARCH PARTY

You and your kids, ages 9 and older, will hunt for treasures at Geocaching 101, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 12 at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. You’ll learn to navigate with GPS devices. Find all the geocaches and your group will win a prize. The fee is $10 per person, $8 for museum members. Reservations are required.

For details, call (630) 833-1616 or go to www.lizzadromuseum.org.

ROBOT TO THE RESCUE

A small waste-collecting robot becomes a big hero in “Wall-E.” The animated family movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

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