Composting: Building Your Garden from the Ground Up
Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
Tricia Bethke, University of Illinois Extension master gardener, will show gardeners how to improve the health and vitality of gardens by using organic matter generated in the home and yard.
Memorial Park, Wheaton
Wheaton Municipal Band’s annual patriotic concert, Red, White and Blue Through and Through, will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Naperville Municipal Band Summer Concert
Band Shell at Central Park, 104 E Benton Ave., Naperville
Theme for the concert is America the Beautiful, sponsored by Two Boston’s Pet Boutique. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will be performed. The members of Wesley United Methodist Church will hold a bake sale. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. (Bench seating is limited). For more information, visit www.NapervilleBand.org or call (630) 778-9994.
First Fridays Rock
Elmhurst City Centre, 147 N. York St., Elmhurst
The City Centre Plaza will be rockin’ with the sounds of two bands. The House Band from Elmhurst’s School of Rock will kick off the fun at 6 p.m. and a band of local high school students will perform at 7 p.m.
Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
The Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta tests the creativity of youngsters and adults as they take on the challenge of building a boat made (almost) entirely of cardboard and attempt to paddle a course around scenic Lake Ellyn before it sinks. No metal, wood, screws or motors are allowed. In addition to the races, spectators can enjoy food, beverages, live minnow races and cheering on their favorite team. Be sure to stick around for the awards ceremony to see which boats will take home a prize – from best decorated to most spectacular sinking. More information is at gepark.org/regatta.html.
Villa Park’s French Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ardmore Business District, at Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard
Every Sunday through October, the Villa Park French Market brings an array of fresh flowers, produce and handmade goods to the Ardmore Business District. Located on the Illinois Prairie Path, the market invites bicyclists, joggers and families to meander among the variety of vendors for a tasty treat or uniquely crafted items. Call (312) 575-0286 for more information.
Concerts in the Commons
Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville
The band, Generation Sixties, will perform classic rock hits from the 1964 British Invasion to the American male and female 1960s artists through the birth of early 1970s arena rock. Picnics are welcome, but alcohol is not permitted.
Movies in the Parks
Dusk (about 8:15 p.m.)
Lake Foxcroft Park, 2S540 Lambert Road, Glen Ellyn
The Glen Ellyn Park District is showing the PG-rated movie, “Minions.”
July 6-July 8
Preview, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
First Folio Theatre will perform the Shakespeare comedy in which the mischievous Puck turns the world upside down for a quartet of lovers, not to mention the crazed Bottom. Laugh as they’re driven to wild antics in the forest as you relax outside in one of the area’s premier forest preserves. All ages are invited; children under 16 must be accompanied with an adult. The play will be presented Wednesdays to Sundays through Aug. 14. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.
— DuPage County events calendar —