There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a sampling of some upcoming events.
Concert for a Cure for Parkinson’s
Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Benefiting The Paul Ruby Foundation with Journey’s former lead singer Steve Augeri. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, oshows.com.
Connectomics: Mapping the Brain
Aug. 9, 8 p.m. Dr. Jeff Lichtman, of Harvard University, discusses how connectional maps of the brain help in developing models of what happens when synapses fail. Fermilab Lecture Series. Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787, fnal.gov/culture.
20th Annual Duck Race & Pool Party
Aug. 10, 4-7 p.m. Food vendors, free swimming, children’s activities, DJ and family fun. All proceeds benefit JourneyCare Foundation’s Care for Children Fund. Info/duck purchase: journeycare.org/duckrace (224) 770-2417. Event: AquaLusion Family Aquatic Center, Langendorf Park.
Living History at Powers-Walker House
Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m. Visit with the Miller family, who resided in the area during the World War I era. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer your questions. Glacial Park Conservation Area, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, (815) 479-5779, mccdistrict.org.
Grand Opening: Dufield Pond
Aug. 14, 4-6 p.m. Ribbon cutting 4:15 p.m. Hear a brief history of the 78-acre site, its significance as a natural resource and details on its restoration. Then hike the .75 mile nature trail through ancient oaks with beautiful views of the wetlands. South entrance, 11418 McConnell Road, Woodstock, mccdistrict.org.
The Cave Dwellers
Aug. 15, 7 p.m. In 1965, Chicago band The Cave Dwellers opened for the Beatles at Comiskey Park. Frontman and Elmhurst resident Gary Goldberg talks about being a part of rock history. Free. It’s History Series. Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, (630) 833-1457, elmhursthistory.org.
BYOB Painting Party
Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m. Begin with a BYOB cocktail party, and at 7 p.m., create your own version of a Picasso painting with guided instruction. Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 Forest Preserve Dr., Wauconda, (847) 968-3400, lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org.
Adlai Stevenson Historic Home Tours
Aug. 18, 11 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m. Learn more about this influential American statesman during guided tours of his 1938 home. Registration req., (847) 968-3321, lcfpd.org. Adlai Stevenson Historic Home, 25200 N. St. Mary’s Road, Mettawa.
Aug. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. Wade in Ferson Creek to discover stream habitat and the importance of the watershed. Registration req. Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles, (630) 232-5980, kaneforest.com.
The Prairie Landscape: Past, Present and Future
Aug. 25, 2-3 p.m. Identify some of the plants and animals during this naturalist-guided walk. Free. Meet at the Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles, kaneforest.com.
2013 Dog Walk for the Goose
Sept. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Hike 3 miles to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Friendly dogs are welcome but not required. Windings Association, 42W346 Retreat Ct., St. Charles, (312) 280-0457, ovariancancersymptomawareness.org.
The Potential for Life on Mars: Past, Present, Future?
Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Dr. Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientist for mars exploration program, presents the latest discoveries at Mars including those revealed by rover Curiosity. $7. Fermilab, Batavia, fnal.gov.
The Tallgrass Prairie
Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. learn prairie history and restoration throughout Kane County on this informative walk along the trail at Horlock Hill Prairie. Registration req. Free. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, Shelter #2, St. Charles, kaneforest.org.
St. Peter Barn Sale
Sept. 14-15, Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Antiques & collectibles, books, clothing, seasonal & home decor, furniture, tools, hardware, bicycles, china, glass, more. Free admission. Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, (630) 584-6926, stpetergeneva.org.
Letters of the Civil War
Sept. 15, 4-5 p.m. Period actors interpret original letters from the war with music and photographs. Reservations recommended. Century Memorial Chapel, Naper Settlement, Naperville.
Celebrate the Arts
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Live music, cash bar, food from local restaurants, silent auction. Fundraiser for Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, (847) 895-3600, ci.schaumburg.il.us.
DSO Behind The Baton
Sept. 22, 3 p.m. Meet Maestra Barbara Schubert, learn about the treasures of the upcoming DSO season, explore the secrets of Wentz Concert Hall on a guided tour with NCC staff, and enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments with fellow music lovers. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, dupagesymphony.org.
25th Annual Cemetery Walk
Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hear portrayers of Elgin’s great departed citizens talk about their lives. Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin. Presented by Elgin Area Historical Society, (847) 742-4248, elginhistory.org.
Plant Trees at Schweitzer Woods
Sept. 28, 10 a.m. Help plant trees as part of National Public Lands Day. All volunteers welcome. Schweitzer Woods, 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee, kaneforest.com.