Scarecrows, weiner dog races, Marty Ramone and pet blessings are among the picks by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin in their feature, The Suburbs This Weekend.
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A scarecrow contest featuring more than 150 handcrafted scarecrows competing for visitors' votes is the centerpiece of the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, but there's much more. Enjoy the "Canine Corner," Autumn on the Fox arts and crafts show, concerts by Wedding Banned, 16 Candles and Arra, plus the requisite carnival, petting zoo, food and more in Lincoln Park, at Main and Fourth streets. Free admission. Visit http://www.scarecrowfest.com. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7
Saturday Wiener Dog Races at 1 p.m. presented by Midwest Dachshund Rescue - What a hit the races have been since their debut in 2010! Be a spectator or bring your pooch and join the racing! $5.00 per dog donation to MWDR. Prizes awarded. Registration closes at 12:30. Three Race Divisions: Lil' Smokies, under 2 yrs. old * Frankfurters, 2-8 yrs. old * Senior Sausages, 9 & up .
Marky Ramone spent 15 years as the drummer in the Ramones, one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time. Now he leads a new band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which delivers a high-energy show that includes Ramones classics and other material. (The band's singer is ex-Misfits frontman Michael Graves.)
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $19. Go to oshows.com.
All pet owners are invited to bring their pets in for the special Blessing of the Animals at the Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary, 606 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect. All species of animals are welcome. Bring pets on a leash or in a carrier, or bring a photograph of the pet. Free. For information, call (847) 259-2568, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Noon on Saturday, Oct. 6