You Don't Have to Leave Elmhurst to Choose Among 7 Weekend Events

Carnival, arts reception and animals at the library among possibilities.

The Elmhurst Jaycees’ Carnival continues this weekend and there’s plenty of other things to do outdoors or indoors. Here are a few things we thought looked interesting. For more, check out our calendar and, as always, tell us what we missed in the comments.

What/where: Elmhurst Jaycees Charity Carnival, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday along Park Avenue, west of Prospect Avenue at the north end of the Elmhurst College campus.

Why go: To relive your childhood or give your child new memories, and to raise money for the  Elmhurst District 205 Foundation, Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation, Ray Graham Association and other organizations.

Cost: Free to walk around, but games and rides will cost money.


What/where: Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate the opening of six new summer exhibitions at the , 150 S Cottage Hill Ave.

Why go: Food, wine, company and a sneak peek at new exhibits.
Cost: Free


What/where: Ongoing “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital,” exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the , 120 E Park Ave.

Why go: Who doesn’t love candy, or remember Chicago candy institutions such as Frango Mints, Lemonheads and Tootsie Rolls. And check your candy-wrapping skills.
Cost: Free.


What/where: Community health fair from 9.a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at  Faith Evangelical United Methodist Church, 111 W. North Avenue, (corner of North Avenue and York Road).

Why go: Services for children include school and sports physicals, free immunizations for low- income families, lead and anemia screening, games, moon jump, live music. Services for adults include blood pressure and diabetes screenings. Dental screening is available for all ages. Information will be available on senior services, breast cancer screening, parenting classes, legal services (not legal advice) for immigration and citizenship, crisis services in the area, child care, car seat safety and more.

Cost: Free.


What/where: See “Big Animals - Up Close”, a family program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Elmhurst Public Library,  125 S. Prospect Ave.

Why go: To see a live parrot from the rainforest, an 11-foot python, a 5-foot alligator, and a 60-pound tortoise.

Cost: Free, but pick up tickets with a valid Elmhurst Library card starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. .



What/where: Elmhurst Boy Scout Troop 74 will hold a car wash  fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the front parking lot at Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst.  Rain date will be Sunday.

Why go: To raise money for troop expenses and have a nice clean car to go cruising in this weekend.
Cost: $5 suggested donation.


What/where: The Elmhurst Park District will hold its 2012 skate competition on Saturday for different age groups, starting at noon, in York Commons Skate Park., 665 S. York Road, Elmhurst.

Why go: Watch youths ages 8 to 16 and above showing off their skills in different competitions, including half pipe, box/rail best trick, free skate and a game of SKATE. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. Don’t forget your helmet and parent’s signature.

Cost: $5 to participate.




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