Penny Carnival Night & Wild Daisy. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Park, at Main and Ottawa streets. Come out and enjoy the first concert of the season with Wild Daisy and a Penny Carnival. Wild Daisy plays upbeat country music with a few pop and rock songs thrown in. Children will enjoy playing Penny Carnival games created by Niles Park District Campers.
Friday Night Live. 7 to 9 p.m. at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley St., Park Ridge. Friday Night Live Club is a fun, safe club designed for students in fourth and fifth grade (ages 9-11). Pre-register or pay at the door. Concessions (pizza/hot dogs, pop, water, candy and chips) are available. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Playdate with Nature. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave., Park Ridge. Join for an hour of games, crafts, and educational activities based around the seasonal nature theme of the day. Program is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Playbill Performance. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Niles library, 6960 Oakton. Enjoy the exclusive premier of an original play created entirely by talented local teens. Laughter and refreshments guaranteed.
Winter in July. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Aquatic Center, 1515 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge. It’s hot outside, so come celebrate winter at Centennial Aquatic Center. See how accurately you can throw a snowball, make a snowman the quickest, and how fast you can freeze your face. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Chair Yoga . 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Join certified yoga instructor Bri Maloney from North Branch Yoga for a relaxing and invigorating yoga class. Chair yoga is best for those with limited mobility or balance issues. This seated class will focus on breathing, flexibility, and meditation. To register for this event or for more information, visit www.mgpl.org or call 847-965-4220.
Trifecta Triathlon. 8 to 10 a.m. at Centennial Park, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. Challenge yourself to compete in our annual timed Trifecta. Prizes are awarded to the top female and male finishers. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Survivors Speak: George Levy Mueller. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Mueller was born in Germany to Max and Lucie Levy. In 1938, George and his family were forced out of their home and forced to live in a Juden Haus (Jew House). On November 9, during Kristallnacht, George’s father and uncle were arrested and taken to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Meet George and check out his memoir, entitled Lucie’s Hope, available for purchase in the Museum’s Legacy Shop.
Second Sunday Family Program: Magic for the Win! 2-3 p.m. at Niles Library, 6960 Oakton St. The Great Scott’s Magic is sure to amaze and delight audiences. Expect to be dazzled by winning tricks. Every routine in this hysterical, interactive show ties into the world of sports, but sporty and non-sporty alike will laugh.
Conversation with a Local Author, Jim Finn. 2 p.m. at Niles library, 6960 Oakton. The author of “Remembering Chicago’s Jews,” Jim discusses his motivation and research on the early years of Jewish Chicago, 1832-1920, and how he published his encyclopedia.
Capture the Flag. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave., Park Ridge. Divide into teams, hide your flag, and the family friendly battle begins. To win, capture the other team’s flag and return it to your territory. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Health Benefits and History of Kefir. 7 to 8 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Learn how Lifeway Foods, headquartered in Morton Grove, made kefir into a popular health food now found in grocery stores across the U.S. and U.K. Enjoy samples of a variety of kefirs and learn the health benefits of kefir and probiotics including healthy digestion, immunity and weight management. To register for this event or for more information, visit www.mgpl.org or call 847-965-4220.
Commit to Get Fit: Improve in Every Aspect of Your Life. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton. Author Laura Dion-Jones, will help you discover a strategy that will help motivate you to commit to make the changes in your life that you desire.
CJE SeniorLife Resource Counseling. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Niles library, 6960 Oakton. For adults age 60 and over, their families and caregivers. By appointment only. Take advantage of free, private counseling with a CJE Resource Specialist. Get assistance selecting retirement benefits, social security, health insurance and housing needs. Learn about Medicare programs, Medicaid, prescription drug plans and more. For more information and to set up your appointment, call Ms. K. Gaeding at 773-508-1054.
JULY 14 -16
Taste of Park Ridge. At the corner of Prospect and Summit avenues. Music, bands, free family fun zone and food vendors. For more information, visit www.tasteofparkridge.com.
Big Greek Food Fest of Niles. Takes place at Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 Caldwell Ave. Authentic Greek food, Greek pastries, kids activities, face painting and live music. Admission is $2, free before 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.biggreekfoodfestofniles.org.
Vehicle Adventure and Associates Band. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Park, at Main and Ottawa streets. The interactive Associates Band, a Midwest premiere Motown and variety band plays for your entertainment. Niles Police Department will also be offering free car safety seat inspections by a certified technician during the concert.
Middle School Summer Swim. 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinkley Pool, 25 Busse Highway, Park Ridge. This Friday Night Social allows you and all your friends to enjoy a night at the pool after it’s closed. Snacks and pop are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Jersey Day Public Skate. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Oakton Ice Arena, 2800 Oakton St., Park Ridge. Wear your favorite Chicago sports team jersey and receive $1 off admission. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
Fermilab Presents: Mr. Freeze Science In Action. 2 to 3 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Fermilabs’ expert at freezing things (cryogenics) is bringing a big chill to the Library in the middle of July. Stop by and enjoy this show full of extremely cool science for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about this event, visit www.mgpl.org or call 847-965-4220.
Sundae Funday. 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Prospect Park, 733 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. July 17 is National Ice Cream Day. Stop by for a sweet treat on a hot day. For more information, visit www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com.
The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy. 2 p.m. at Niles library, 6960 Oakton. Ted Wachholz, Director of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, presents a slide-lecture with contemporaneous film footage of the Saturday morning, July 24, 1915, tragedy when 844 lives were lost in the Chicago River. Two granddaughters of the survivor Bobbie Aanstad will also speak.
Concert: WWII Radio Hour. 2 to 3 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Join for this World War II delight that reenacts a 1940s radio hour and features Andrew Sisters-style tunes, choreography, comedy sketches, and a touching tribute to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more information about this event, visit www.mgpl.org or call 847-965-4220.
Video Game Makerspace: Backyard Baseball. 6 to 7 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Bring your creativity to this video game-themed program for children in Grades 3-6. Create art, toys, and games to complement the video game of the month. For more information about this event, visit www.mgpl.org or call 847-965-4220.