The Women’s Auxiliary of Community Nurse Health Center will host its annual Rocktoberfest on Sept. 21 from 5-10:30 p.m. at Gordon Park, Ogden Ave. and La Grange Rd., La Grange. The evening will feature live bands, celebrity bartenders, beer, food, bags tournaments and raffles. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.therocktoberfest.com.
Third Saturday Coffeehouse will host a benefit as part of 100K Poets, Musicians & Artists for Change on Sept. 21 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Open mic at 8 p.m. will be followed by Tekki Lomnicki of Tellin’ Tales Theater and BUILD’S Teen Slam champions from the “Louder Than a Bomb” competition. Proceeds will benefit BUILD — an Austin anti-gang, youth development organization, and Sugar Beet Co-op. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Donation: $5-$10. Call (708) 606-4673.
Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Ball will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Black-tie affair features cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction that features domestic and international vacation packages. Ticket prices begin at $550; table packages are available. Benefits Chicago Botanic Garden. (847) 835-6830, chicagobotanic.org.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra will host its Gala Concert and Symphony Ball on Sept. 21 with a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. concert at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Pre-concert celebration at Symphony Center for all ticket holders and post concert black tie party following concert at Palmer House. Gala Dinner packages start at $750 per person and reception/concert only tickets priced from $52-$136. For information, please call (312) 294-3185.
Zoo Run Run
Run, gallop or walk along side the animals at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund. The 5K run/walk race will be held on Sept. 22 at the zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield beginning at 8:30 a.m. Runners can register as individuals or as a race team. The more funds that participants raise, the more prizes they win. Registration for the chip-timed race is $35 ($30 for members), and the fee for the fun run/walk is $30 ($25 for members). Day of the event registration is $40/$35. For more information and to register, visit to CZS.org/ZooRunRun.
Easter Seals fashion show
Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Region will hold its 33rd annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The afternoon will include a social hour, luncheon, children’s fashion show, featuring the children of Easter Seals, and a professional fashion show from Fashions with Flair. Tickets are $60, $25 for children, $600 for a table of 10. Raffles are $10 or 8 for $50, 20 for $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit wwww.easterseals.dfvr.org or call (630) 282-2029.
Animal Care League is inviting friends and fans to watch the Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions game as part of a fundraiser for its animals on Sun., Sept. 29 at the Friendly Tap, 6733 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The afternoon will include food, raffle prizes and the opportunity to cheer for your favorite gridiron beast on large screen TVs. Tickets are $25 before Sept.25, $30 after or at the door. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information or to register, visit www.animalcareleague.org/football-for-furry-friends.html.
The West Suburban Humane Society will host its 20th annual Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon and Expo on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. This dog-friendly event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters and pet lovers to raise money for homeless pets by collecting pledges for the walk. All proceeds support the West Suburban Humane Society. Registration is $15 prior to Sept. 15, $20 after. Many family-friendly activities are planned, including a performance by the Frisbee Sky Dog Team. For more information, visit www.barkapalooza.org.
Couture and Cocktails
The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet will present its annual Couture and Cocktails on Oct. 4 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. The event will feature Joffrey costumes and couture. Tickets are $300, $550 or $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.joffrey.org/couture, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 386-8921.
Bridge Communities will celebrate its Silver Jubilee on Oct. 4 at the Esplanade in Downers Grove, 2111 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove. The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bridge Communities and will feature dinner, cocktails, dessert and a short program reflecting 25 years of providing homes and hope to homeless families in DuPage County. Live music will be provided by the beloved Glen Ellyn band Local Favorite. Tickets are $75 per person and are available online at www.bridgecommunities.org.
The La Grange Area Historical Society will host its Trivia Night fundraiser on Oct. 5 at the LaGrange Park Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Rd., LaGrange Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7:00 PM! Contestants are encouraged to bring their own snacks and beverages to this 21 and over Ravinia Style Event (beer and wine permitted). Space is limited and reservations are required. ticket are $20 or $150 for a table of eight. Visit www.lagrangehistory.org or stop by 444 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange or call (708) 482-4248.
The Mughamba Scholarship Foundation will hold a fundraiser on Fri., Oct. 18 from 7-10 p.m. at Molly Malone’s Pub, 7652 Madison St., Forest Park. The foundation provides high school and college education to underprivileged children of Mwanda village, Taita Taveta District, Kenya, Eastern Africa. Father Kombo Peshu will make a special appearance. Tickets are $40, $45 at the door. For more information, visit contact Barbara Moch at (708) 383-0087. For more information on the foundation, visit www.mwandachildren.com.
Parade volunteers needed
The Chicago Festival Association is now recruiting volunteers to assist during the 80th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, which marches up State Street from Congress to Randolph, from 8 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 28. Many opportunities available for individuals (12 years of age and older), families and groups, including balloon handler, banner carrier and many more. All volunteers required to attend Parade School at the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Drive) Nov. 9, 9 a.m. General admission to the museum is free to Parade School attendees for the rest of the day. Applications are currently being accepted until Oct. 18. To apply, see chicagofestivals.org/vounteer or call (312) 239-0457.
Friends of Conservation will hold their annual Conservation Ball dinner dance at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St., Chicago on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The black tie event features dinner, a raffle and auctions, with all funds being donated to the FOC charity to promote a grassroots effort supporting sustainable living and wildlife conservation in Africa. Tickets are $375 or $275 for guests under 35 and are available at www.friendsofconservation.org. Donations and raffle bids may also be made online.
H Foundation golf benefit
Tee Off Fore a Cure and support basic science cancer research on Sat., Oct. 19 at Village Greens of Woodridge, 1575 W. 75th St., Woodridge. Registration at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon. All proceeds benefit The H Foundation, a local nonprofit that funds cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Ticket includes golf, a cart, lunch, Oktoberfest buffet dinner, 3-hour open bar and raffle ticket for cash prize. Tickets for just the Oktoberfest dinner are $50. Register online at www.HFoundation.org.
People’s Resource Center and the DuPage County Historical Museum are teaming up to present On Par for DuPage, an Oktoberfest-themed golf outing on Tue., Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at Arrowhead Golf Club, The outing will feature 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, and an Oktoberfest-themed dinner and craft beer. Additionally, an authentic German Oompah band will entertain participants during the dinner. $150. For more inforation, visit dupagemuseum.org/special.htm or call (630) 510-4941.
Openlands will host a 50th anniversary luncheon on Oct. 25 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The event will include a reception at 10:30 a.m followed by luncheon at noon and highlights the value and benefits of nature on physical and mental well-being. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Suk, chairman of orthopaedic surgery for the Geisinger Health System who will focus on “park prescriptions” and other green alternatives as a way to combat the growing health issues that face our communities. Tickets are $100. For tickets and more information, visit openlands.org or call (312) 863-6263.
Humane Society Gala
Hinsdale Humane Society will host a special black tie-optional gala “A Fetching Affair” from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26 at Butterfield Country Club, 2800 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Activities will include cocktails, sit-down dinner, live and silent auction, dancing, live entertainment and more. The evening will include stories of animals, volunteers and families who have made an impact as well as highlighting pet therapy programs. Tickets are $200 and can be at www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org. All money raised goes back to the animals. For more information on the event, or to get involved, call Christie Cuthbert at 408-460-0181 or email email@example.com.
Family Shelter Run/Walk
Family Shelter will hold its seventh annual Run-Walk on Oct. 27 at Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St., Downers Grove. The 10K/5K is designed to raise awareness of domestic violence awareness month in October and also raise funds to help individuals affected by domestic violence move toward a safer future. With this year’s theme “Be a Hero for Hope,” participants can come dressed as their favorite hero or heroine. Runners and walkers are encouraged to grow/manufacture a mustache to help raise awareness and funds. K-Hits 104.3 will provide entertainment. Mustache fun begins on Friday, October 25, 7 p.m., with a special pre-race rally at Mullen’s Bar & Grill, Lisle, that will feature food and drink specials and the music of the Tres Mustache Band. To register, visit www.familyshelterservice.org. For more information about participation, fundraising or sponsorship, call (630) 221-8290.
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services will hold its annual tasting benefit “We’ve Got Great Taste” on Sat., Nov. 16 at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park from 6:30–10 p.m. The evening will include tasting stations pairing beer, bourbon or wine with a featured dish, a buffet dinner and a performance by the Oak-Leyden adult choir, as well as a silent auction, raffles and other games. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit oak-leyden.org.
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