Laugh your socks off at a comedy night or take a BYOB painting class, with our picks of the top eight things to do in your area this weekend. For a complete list of events in suburban Chicago, visit Pioneer Local's event calendar.
1. Aging Care Connections 13th Annual Sports Ball Benefit Gala, 6 p.m. Friday,
Aging Care Connections’ 13th annual gala features comedian Pat McGann and an evening of tailgate cocktails, skybox dining, auctions, bocce and bowling. Sports Ball is Aging Care Connections’ major fundraising event held to support the organization’s social service programs assisting those 60 years of age and older in suburban Cook County. Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook. Call 708-354-1323. $150.
2. Friday at the Ford Presents Jim Green, 7:30 p.m. Friday,
7:30 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Jim Green is a former Guitar Idol Champion who was named “one of the best artists in the Midwest” by Billboard Magazine. Come hear the acoustic finger-style performances of Jim’s American original songs. No RSVP needed. Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Call 708-246-0520.
3. Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Friday,
Local Chicagoland talent will be on hand. Cash bar; mature audiences only. Coulter Post 1941, 900 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Call 708-354-3300.
4. Park Pride, 8:30 a.m. Saturday,
Residents can donate a morning to improving the community. Gardens are weeded and planted, trees mulched, small branches picked up, walkways swept and litter collected. Special projects also are planned. Work sites are assigned at registration. Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., La Grange. Call 708-352-1762.
5. Book Signing, noon Saturday,
Local author Michael McWade will be signing copies of his newest book, “Summer Camp.” The book details the early life adventures of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Summer Camp will help children learn the importance of teamwork and tolerance and improve their skills to face real world issues. Barbara’s Bookstore in Burr Ridge, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. Call 630-920-1500.
6. It's a Painting Party, 2 p.m. Saturday,
Join the studio every Saturday for a BYOB painting party. Participants can paint a piece by a local artist while enjoying a beverage. Cost includes all painting supplies and a 16-by-20 take-home canvas. Must be 18 or older to attend. Registration required. Bottle & Bottega, 1 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. $35.
7. A Golden Night Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. Saturday,
Join As Good as Gold, Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois for A Golden Night, the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. The night begins with an open bar reception with passed hors d’oeuvres during a silent auction, followed by a plated dinner and live auction. All proceeds benefit As Good as Gold, a golden retriever animal rescue group and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Call 630-588-0115. $135; tables of 10 available for $1,100.
8. Lights Out for Cancer, 6 p.m. Saturday,
Lights Out is an evening of live music, tournament play, raffles and a memorial service. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets can be purchased at www.tix4cause.com. Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. Call 708-354-0061. $25.
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