The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society will present their annual Wine & Dine in the Wild gala on Sept. 28, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Brookfield Zoo’s outdoor Pavilions. Guests will sample a variety of wines and specialty liquors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts and finish the night with dancing to the music of 28 Days. Tickets are $150. To register for the event or for more information, call (708) 688-8393 or visit www.CZS.org/Wines.
The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet will host Couture and Cocktails on Sept. 28, 1301 N. Elston, Chicago. The evening will feature the Pamella Roland Spring 2013 fashion show and dancing with the Joffrey dancers. Ticket packages vary. For more information, visit www.joffrey.org/coutureandcocktails or call (312) 386-8921.
Aspire Fashion Show
Aspire of Illinois will host their 10th annual Aspire’s Beautiful Children Fashion Show on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. Festivities will include a luncheon, silent auction, raffle and fashion show featuring children, teens and adults from Aspire Children’s Services. Tickets are $50. For more information, call (708) 547-3550 x3558 or visit www.aspireofillinois.org.
The fourth annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/Oak Brook, 1000 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Admission and parking are free and entire families are welcome. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.MRSAsurvivors.org or call (630) 325-4354.
The 61st annual Home Tour sponsored by the American Association of University Women will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and feature five homes in Hinsdale. A reception will take place from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale; and an after-tour party will take place from 4-7 p.m. at Normandy Remodeling, 440 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale. Tickets are $35 through September and $40 the day of the tour and $30 for groups of six or more. To order tickets or to see a list of stores where tickets are available, visit www.hinsdale-area-aauw.com or call (630) 789-6173.
The 19th annual Barkapalooza, a fundraiser benefiting the West Suburban Humane Society, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Lisle Community Park at 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Adult registration fee prior to Sept. 21 is $10, $15 after. Children 12 and under are free. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived. Activities include the dog walkathon, a clown, face painting, balloon sculpture, games, an agility demonstration and the Dog Scouts of America Doggy Olympics. For more information, visit www.wshs-dg.org or call (630) 960-9600.
Fall fashion event
Pioneer Press will present Fall Trend Fashion Event on Oct. 11 at Pinstripes of Northbrook, 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook. Pre-party begins at 6 p.m. with a runway fashion show at 8 p.m. and an after party beginning at 9:30. Tickets are $75 or $150 for V.I.P. tickets. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. For more information, visit rmhccni.org/falltrend or call (630) 623-5300.
Fear City Chicago Apocalypse and Hades Haunted House, both located at 8240 N. Austin Ave. in Morton Grove, will hold an event Oct. 11 to benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Both houses will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the door beyond the first 600 people to enter. Three percent of ticket sales from both houses will be donated to the society for the duration of their run. Fear City and Hades will be open each weekend in October beginning Oct. 5. Tickets are $25 per haunted attraction or $35 for a ticket to both haunts on the same visit. For more information, visit www.FearCityChicago.com or www.MSIllinois.org.
Wellness House gala
Wellness House of Hinsdale will hold “A Starry Night,” a premier fundraising event at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at The W Chicago—City Center, 172 W. Adams St. in Chicago. The evening will feature cocktails, auctions, dinner, a surprise performance, and entertainment. Tickets are $350. For more information, call (630) 323-5150 or visit www.wellnesshouse.org.
The 34th Annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on Oct. 14. The west suburban walk will be at the Community Park of Lisle, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., start time is 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit drfillinois.org/walk/walk.html or call (312) 423-7197.
Black Cat Ball
The Naperville Area Humane Society will host its annual Black Cat Ball gala, on Oct. at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton. The black tie optional event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, program, live and silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person; tables of ten are $1400. All funds raised directly benefit the animals and programs of the Naperville Area Humane Society. For more information, call (630) 420-8989 or visit www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org.
Family Shelter Service Walk
Family Shelter Service will hold a 10K/5K Run Walk, Run for her Life… Be a Hero for Hope, on Oct. 21 at Downers North High School, 4436 Main St., Downers Grove beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost for adults: $30 for 10K double loop run, $25 for 5K run/walk. Cost for children: $12 for 1-mile competitive run and for Kids’ Fun Run for ages 8 and under. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. The first 50 kids receive a vintage superhero action figure. All money raised by team fundraising will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. For more information or to register, visit www.familyshelterservice.org or call (630) 221-8290 x7110.
Thriller! Festival 2012
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will host an annual benefit, Thriller! Festival 2012: A Bash with Panache, at the Burr Ridge Marriott on Oct. 27. The bash will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner, cocktails, gaming and dancing to the sounds of the Gold Coast Orchestra. Proceeds benefit cardiac services and the President’s Fund for Special Needs, Innovation, Education and Patient Care at Good Samaritan Hospital. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.advocatehealth.com/festival.
Boy Scout Hoe Down
The Boy Scouts of America, Des Plaines Valley Council, La Grange will host its first annual Hoe Down fundraiser on Nov. 3 from 6-10 p.m. at The Barn at Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Rd., Willowbrook. Guests will dine on western “Chuck Wagon” barbeque. Other activities include a live auction and expertly guided line-dancing. Tickets are $45.00. For more information, call (708) 354-1111.