Don’t let the bad weather keep you from enjoying a much-deserved weekend. Learn about an elephant sanctuary featured on “CBS Evening News” or head to the library for a cooking class, with our picks of the top ten things to do around Elmwood Park this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Angry Birds, 3:30 p.m. Friday
“Angry Birds” fans can build their own catapult and try their hand at stopping the thieving pigs by knocking down their walls. For ages 5 and older. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. Call 708-383-8200.
2. Kids Night Out: Luau and Beach Party, 6 p.m. Friday
Enjoy a pizza dinner, Hawaiian-themed crafts, activities and a kid-friendly movie. For ages 4-10. Older siblings may be eligible. Longfellow Center, 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. Call 708-725-2110. $20.
3. Middle School Pool Party, 8 p.m. Friday
Middle-schoolers enjoy a DJ and games at the Rehm Pool. Doors open at 8:15 p.m., and registration begins at 8 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged. Pool at Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, 415 W. Lake, Oak Park. $10.
4. Reading with Therapy Dog, 10 a.m. Saturday
Augie, a certified therapy dog, is on hand to help build readers’ confidence and encourage those reluctant. Registration is required. Call or email email@example.com to reserve a 15-minute reading session with the dog. River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-5205, ext. 312.
5. Walk with Dragons and Damsels, 1 p.m. Saturday
Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-6530.
6. Adult Broomball League, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Compete against your peers in a popular, recreational competition. Each team should have eight to 15 players and brooms and balls are provided by the rink. The league is July 12 to Aug. 30. Ridgeland Common, 415 W. Lake St., Oak Park. Call 708-848-9661.
7. Sanctuary for Elephants, 12:30 p.m. Sunday
A representative from the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will share information about elephants. Attendees will learn about their deep family bonds and ability to communicate with each other over distances of many miles. Attendees also will hear about Tarra, the sanctuary’s first elephant, and Bella, a stray dog from the area, whose close friendship drew attention across the country. Sponsored by Unity Friends of Animals, the animal ministry at Unity of Oak Park. Unity Church of Oak Park, 405 N. Euclid St., Oak Park. Call 708-848-0960. $10 suggested donation.
8. Parent/Child Woodland Ramble, 1 p.m. Sunday
Families take a close look at wildflowers, trees and creatures on this woodland walk. Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-6530.
9. What’s Cooking? 2 p.m. Sunday
Members are asked to make two recipes from “Bon Appetit” from August 2013. The first recipe is quinoa salad and should be made at home. Members can choose a second recipe from the book to bring to the discussion and share. Copies of the book are available at the library one month prior to the event. Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. Call 708-986-4751.
10. Concert in the Park: The New Invaders, 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Influenced by ’60s rock, The New Invaders provide a repertoire of classic hit songs. Scoville Park, Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, Oak Park.
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