Out & About: Sign up for virtual art classes, trivia nites, music and more

  • The Helen M. Plum Memorial Library in Lombard is offering pre-recorded  performance celebrating the story of American heritage through folk music with Pat Gaughan and Nancy Maio, right.

    The Helen M. Plum Memorial Library in Lombard is offering pre-recorded performance celebrating the story of American heritage through folk music with Pat Gaughan and Nancy Maio, right. Courtesy of Pat Gaughan

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/30/2020 1:42 PM

Aug 3

If Statues Could Speak: Virtually from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Elmhurst Public Library. Join for a one-of-a-kind virtual tour of "The Talking Statues of Chicago." Learn unique details of Chicago history as some of the city's finest statues and sculptures tell their own stories, as voiced by Chicago actors and co-produced by Chicago theaters. Live on Zoom. Register to receive the information to join. For information, https://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.


Celebrating the Birds of the Chicago Area: Virtually from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Prospect Heights Public Library. Join avid birder, photographer and bird conservationist Mary Lou Mellon to enjoy the remarkable variety of the birds around us and learn what we all can do to help our cherished, feathered friends. Register at www.phpl.info, using a valid email address. A link will be emailed to you on the day of the event.

Creative Drawing Class: Virtually from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St, Winnetka. Come join for a fun and creative drawing class with Miss Sam, from Blue Rose, using basic supplies you have at home; paper, pencil, sharpie and markers. For ages 8-12. For information, winnetkalibrary.libcal.com/event/6763998

STEAM Activities: Virtually from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Palatine Public Library. Join for fun virtual STEAM activities all summer. Ages 5 and older with parent/caregiver. For information, (847) 358-5881, ext. 132 or palatinelibrary.org.

American History Through Folk Song: Virtually through Sunday, Aug. 9, Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Lombard. Enjoy this pre-recorded YouTube performance celebrating the story of our American heritage through folk music. Pat Gaughan and Nancy Maio perform songs of the Revolutionary War and travel through time to the post-Civil War era. Hear harvest tunes, work and love songs, music with African American and Hispanic roots, songs of Irish immigrants and of the Civil War. Register with your email address and you will receive a link to the YouTube video. Visit www.helenplum.org.

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Makani Concert: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Grayslake Area Public Library. The library presents a Makani summer concert sponsored by Friends of the Library. Join for a evening of strumming ukuleles, Hawaiian harmonies and Polynesian dancing. For information and to register, www.grayslake.info.

Virtual Art Demonstration - Cityscapes in Pastel: Virtually from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Wheaton Public Library. Soft pastels are a bold medium because they are pure pigment. Learn rapid methods of painting structures in pastel with Nancie King Mertz, master and eminent pastelist. Provided in partnership with the DuPage Art League. Register for the Zoom webinar invitation. Visit www.wheatonlibrary.org/events.

Understanding the World of Dementia: Virtually from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 3, Lake Bluff. This presentation is for those who want to learn how or why dementia occurs, changes that occur in the brain of a person living with dementia, and how we can best help one live the best life possible as they navigate the road of dementia. Chris Petrik, registered nurse and certified dementia trainer, will also discuss ways that dementia changes a person's perspective on life, but not the person. Free; RSVP to (847) 462-0885 or events@elderwerks.org.

Aug. 4

Combating Hate; Confronting Antisemitism & White Nationalism: Virtually from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Illinois Holocaust Museum. Three years after Charlottesville, join for a unique opportunity to learn about the ongoing fight against white-nationalist extremists through stories from a former extremist and two leaders on the front lines of fighting hate in America. Free; registration required. Visit bit.ly/31aByDw


Anime Club: Virtually from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Wheaton Public Library. Are you into a specific show, or do you want to learn about a different genre? Come join in, and discuss your personal favorites. Register with an email address to get details on how to join. For information, www.wheatonlibrary.org/events.

Anime Club: Virtually from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Des Plaines Public Library. Join virtually to watch your favorite anime, read and discuss manga, create your own artwork, and treat yourself to some Japanese snacks. For teens in grades 7-12. For information, bit.ly/2Ynhf3z.

Painted Fabric Wall Art: Virtually from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Palatine Public Library. From home, create fun abstract art on fabric and then frame with some embroidery hoops. Valid District cardholders only. All supplies provided. For information, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or visit palatinelibrary.org.

The Real Mae West: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Glenview Public Library. Shattering box office records and public sensibilities, Mae West rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Martina Mathisen portrays this American icon who scandalized the censors, rescued studios from bankruptcy, and created stars, including Cary Grant. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with an invitation to join the webinar. Register at bit.ly/GPL-MaeWest.

Be Safe Online: Virtually from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Zion-Benton Public Library. Gain practical tips on avoiding credit card and identity theft online by managing passwords, avoiding malware and viruses and showing online smarts. After registration, you will receive an email explaining how to join the event. For information,


ESL Conversation Club: Virtually from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 Palatine Public Library. Practice your English conversational skills virtually with friendly library volunteers. Basic conversation skills recommended. For information, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Let's Talk Books!: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Mount Prospect Public Library. Settle in for a bookish hour and listen to what your neighbors are raving about. Come back every week or just drop in for one session to share your reading ups and downs. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information. For information, mppl.org.

Picasso Art Along: Virtually from 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Wheaton Public Library. Grades K-six make an abstract self-portrait inspired by Picasso. You'll need colored paper, scissors, and glue. For information, www.wheatonlibrary.org/events.

Aug. 5

Summer Drive-In Movie, 'Frozen II': 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, West Main Community Park, Batavia. Bring the kids, blankets and pillows and enjoy an evening under the stars watching family movies together. The movie will start at 8:30 pm. Cars can begin entering West Main Community Park at 7:45 p.m. Cost is $20 per car, and preregistration is required as space is limited. Cars will social distance. Bring proof of receipt. Each vehicle will also need to bring a personal radio or download a radio app on their phone to listen to the movie. Register at https://bit.ly/31tOiFq.

A Celebration of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely-Hearts Club Band: Virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Prospect Heights Public Library. Join Beatles historian Gary Wenstrup and take a close look at the Beatles most well-known album of the 1960s and ranked number one by Rolling Stone Magazine of the greatest albums of all time. With the use of audio and visual content, he discusses the album's initial concept, the music, the landmark album cover and the overwhelming world-wide reaction to its release. Register at www.phpl.info, using a valid email address. A link will be emailed to you on the day of the event.

Florence Nightingale: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Cary Public Library. Megan Wells, an award-winning actress and storyteller, will bring a program of impeccable research to emotional life so that you can "experience" the lady who was so much more than just the "Lady of the Lamp." Register to attend this Zoom program at caryarealibrary.org.

Celebrate StoryWalk's Third Year: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Hamilton Reservoir, 1037 N. Smith St., Palatine. Bring the kids and enjoy some stories together as Palatine Library celebrates the unveiling of this year's StoryWalk Project. As you walk along the path, the book "Lola at the Library" by Anna McQuinn, is displayed in permanent panels that direct you from beginning to the end of the story. All ages. Registration required; call Karen Rude at (847) 496-6239.

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Wheaton Public Library. The acrobatic flight capabilities and colorful plumage of hummingbirds intrigue us. Denis Kania of the DuPage Birding Club has traveled around the world to see 212 different species. Learn about local Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds and how to make your yard appealing to these amazing creatures. Register for the Zoom webinar invitation. Visit www.wheatonlibrary.org/events.

Book Talk: Virtually from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, The Book Stall, Winnetka. Book group facilitator Roberta Rubin leads a discussion of one of her favorite recent reads, "A Long Petal of the Sea", the latest novel from acclaimed writer Isabel Allende. Space is limited, register by emailing events@thebookstall.com.

Next Chapter Book Club: Virtually from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Elmhurst Public Library. The Next Chapter Book Club is a literacy program for adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal of this book club is to read an entire novel by taking turns reading aloud. Anyone can join, regardless of reading ability. For information, https://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Mind Games 1 - The Science of Perception: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Palatine Public Library. Join William Pack as he virtually explores the different ways our brains trick us, how optical illusions work, why people fall for scams and how we make choices that are influenced subconsciously. This event will be conducted using Zoom. Once registered, a meeting link and password will be emailed. For information, (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or palatinelibrary.org.

Etsy for Business Essentials; Live Q&A Session: Virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Elmhurst Public Library. Learn about selling on Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade, vintage, custom and unique gifts in this Flipped Classroom event. Register for this Zoom session and get the link to watch the Lynda class. Watch the Lynda class first, then attend the live Zoom session for live answers during a Q&A. For information, https://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Aug. 6

Community Blood Drive: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Heritage Park, 506 W. Victoria Lane, Arlington Heights. State Senator Ann Gillespie and State Rep. Mark Walker are partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois to host a community blood drive. Make your appointment at bit.lyBloodDrive-8-6-20.

WordPress 101: Virtually from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Palatine Public Library. Learn how to create your own blog or website on Wordpress.com and customize it to your own needs. Bring your ideas. For information, (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or palatinelibrary.org.

Kiddieland Remembered: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Elk Grove Village Public Library. Join historian Cheryl Brown as she explores the 80-year history of the park with vintage pictures and memorabilia and learn why it had to close 10 years ago. This virtual program is limited to 500 people. Register in advance. For information, www.egvpl.org.

Underwater Discovery: Virtually from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Lake County Forest Preserve District. In this virtual presentation, families get a chance to look closely at aquatic animals of all sizes and learn how their presence can help us determine the health of the water. Adult supervision required. Enjoy free programs every first and third Thursday evening. Engage in hands-on programs, and expand your curiosity. Ticket required. Register at www.lcfpd.org/events.

Cannibis in the Workplace: Virtually from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by Rosecrance Health Network, explores both the legal considerations of cannibis in the workplace, as well as recognizing signs and symptoms of abuse and navigating the conversation in a workplace environment. For information, https://mchenrychamber.com.

Genealogy Group: Virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Palatine Public Library. Join others interested in genealogy for a virtual session of sharing tips and learning about new research tools. To sign up, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Aug. 7

'The Lion King' Drive-In Movie: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson St. , Bensenville. Registration required, 25 car limit. Bensenville residents only. Experience an old-time drive in movie this summer. Pack some snacks and watch "The Lion King" from the comfort of your car. Price is $25 per car. To reserve your sport, call (630) 766-7015.

Senior Scams; How to Avoid Becoming a Victim: Virtually from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, Glenview Public Library. Glenview Community Relations Police Officer Joel Detloff discusses the top 10 scams, how to protect yourself and what to do if you become a victim of a scam. Register at bit.ly/Senior-Scams.

SPARKFEST; Family Music Event: Virtually from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, St. Petronille Parish Life Center, Glen Ellyn. Family music event livestreamed featuring musicians Gavin Coyle, Serena Z, Mary Nevins and Mary Therese. Supports the mission work of St. Petronille Youth Ministry. Freewill donations accepted. For information, www.stpetschurch.org.

DuPagePads Friday Trivia Nite: Virtually at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. DuPagePads Young Professionals Network is hosting a Friday night trivia fundraiser for DuPagePads. Raise funds to help end homelessness from the comfort of your couch. Trivia will be hosted on YouTube Livestream, but you will submit your answers for the trivia game on your smartphone. Purchase one ticket for each person or team that will be submitting answers. Multiple players in a household can view the host via YouTube, on your computer or smart TV. $20. For information, https://YPNTrivia.givesmart.com.

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