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Published: 7/8/2008 12:06 AM

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Submit events at least two weeks in advance to Melynda Findlay via e-mail,, or by fax, (630) 955-0895.


The City of Wheaton Fine and Cultural Arts Commission and the Downtown Wheaton Association are seeking volunteers for the first Arts Week, planned for July 11-20. For information, e-mail

Through July 11

The fifth annual 5K Oak Brook Park District Run for Fun will be July 20, starting and finishing at Kensington Road and Kensington Court, across from the post office in Oak Brook. Registration will be from 6 to 8 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8 a.m. The Tot Trot Obstacle Course, for children 13 and younger, will start at 8:45 a.m. The cost for the 5K is: $30 for mail or walk-in entries until July 11 and $35 after; $29 for CARA members; $25 for seniors 55 or older; $1 for the Tot Trot obstacle course. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For details, call Shirell Mollo at (630) 645-9531 or Greg Stephens, (630) 645-9561.

Through July 14

Register by July 14 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull to benefit Special Olympics Illinois July 26 at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and the contest starts at 9 a.m. Teams of 10 will have two attempts to pull a 70,000-pound plane 20 feet. The three teams with the fastest times will compete in the grand championship. Each team must raise a minimum of $500 to compete. The event is part of the airport's Community Days. For details, call Jeff Henson at (800) 394-0562 or e-mail

Through July 17

Register by July 17 for the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church of Addison's 13th annual Golf Outing and Best Ball Scramble July 27 at Salt Creek Golf Club, 701 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale. Tee-off is at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for nine holes; $30 to add a cart. For details, call Dukie McCarrell at (630) 539-1972. Proceeds benefit the church.

Through Aug. 8

Register by Aug. 8 for the eighth annual Swing for Sight golf classic on Aug. 15 at Bliss Creek Golf Course, 1 Golfview Road, Sugar Grove. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., followed by tee time at 11 a.m. Dinner and prize presentations start at 6 p.m. The cost is $110, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes and dinner. The cost for dinner only is $40 for adults and $20 for children 9 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Hope for Vision, a not-for-profit organization that helps to fund research on retinal diseases. For details, call

July 9, 16, 23

The Villa Park Kiwanis Summer Concerts will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 9-23, in the gazebo on the Illinois Prairie Path, Ardmore and Central avenues. Performers include local musicians and church choirs July 9; the Hoyle Brothers July 16 and The Only Sons July 23. The Kiwanis concession stand opens at 6 p.m. Those who attend should bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry. For details, visit

July 11-12, 18-19

The Lombard Area American Association of University Women will accept donations for its annual book sale from 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 and 18 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 and 19 at First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. Textbooks, encyclopedia sets, magazines and Reader's Digest editions will not be accepted. For those not able to drive, call (630) 932-0224 to have donations picked up. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the AAUW scholarship fund.

July 12

The third annual Ride to the Rock motorcycle road rally is July 12. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Wal-Mart, Route 53 and Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn, and the first bike will leave at 10:30 a.m. The ride proceeds to Starved Rock State Park in Utica, where lunch will be served. The cost is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation, through its Dad's Chapter, in partnership with the Chicago Regional Chapter of the American Society of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. This year's ride will honor the memory of the Ride to the Rock founder, Ken Wentink, who died from leukemia in April. For details or to register, visit or e-mail For information, call Chrissy Mayer at (847) 913-0847 or Jason McDonald, (847) 328-3555, ext. 204.

July 16

The Naperville Area Humane Society's Yappy Hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 16 at the City Club American Bar and Grill, 1163 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Dogs and their owners may attend; shelter dogs also will be on hand. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For details, visit or call Mary Bowler at (630) 420-8989, ext. 18.

The village of Lombard will hold blood drives from 12:30 to 7 p.m. July 16 and Sept. 10 in the village hall community room, 255 E. Wilson Ave. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted. For details, call Carol Bauer at (630) 620-5712 or e-mail

July 20

The Villagers of Bloomingdale Garden Walk will be from 1 to 5 p.m. July 20 at a variety of gardens throughout the village. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased the day of the event at Bloomingdale Village Hall, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road. Raffle tickets also will be sold; the cost is two for $1. Prizes will include gift certificates and items donated by local businesses. Proceeds will benefit local charities, such as Family Shelter Services of Wheaton; Humanitarian Service Project of Carol Stream; Volunteer Council of Bloomingdale Township and Bloomingdale VFW Post 7639. For information, call Bette Torpe at (630) 924-6861.

July 22

Literacy DuPage is offering a six-session volunteer tutor training course from 6 to 9 p.m. July 22, 24, 29, 31, Aug. 5 and 19 at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. Volunteers must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma and be able to read, write and speak English fluently. No teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers must attend all six training sessions. Tutors meet with their learners at a time and location that is convenient for both. For details or to register, call (630) 416-6699 or visit

July 25-27, Aug. 1-3

Holy Ghost Church will present the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3 at the Center for the Performing Arts at Wood Dale Junior High, 655 N. Wood Dale Road. Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Peter Verdico of Stage Right Productions directs the show and will play Alfred Doolittle. Amy Brophy will play Eliza Doolittle and Rick Frendt will portray Professor Henry Higgins. Tickets cost $15; proceeds benefit Holy Ghost Church. For details, call (630) 860-2975, ext. 25.

Aug. 11

The DuPage Habitat for Humanity golf outing fundraiser will be Aug. 11 at Klein Creek Golf Course, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Road, Winfield. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon, cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner, raffle and awards at 6 p.m. The cost is $150 per person and $600 per foursome, which includes a welcome bag, lunch, greens fees, cart and dinner. Dinner only costs $50. Proceeds will benefit DuPage Habitat for Humanity. Registration is required. For details, visit, call Tom at (630) 240-4259 or e-mail


The Hinsdale Humane Society is in need of foster care volunteers. Participants will provide temporary homes for pets in need of extra care and attention until they are adopted. Volunteers must attend an orientation and training program. Equipment and food also are provided. For details, call (630) 323-5630 or visit

VFW Post 2801 in Villa Park is seeking donations to make its washrooms accessible to handicapped veterans. For information about the project, call the post at (630) 834-8191.