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Prairie Fest fun will return to Wood Dale this week.
Prairie Fest fun will return to Wood Dale this week.

Looking for something to do? We have suggestions ranging from Prairie Fest to the musical "Miss Saigon," a birthday party for Harry Potter, a new book by an inspirational local author, and a benefit rhythm 'n' soul concert for the DuPage Convalescent Center.

PRAIRIE FEST


WHERE:
Relocated to 655 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale

WHEN:
Thursday to Sunday, July 30 to Aug. 2

COST & INFO:
Free admission; 630-766-4900, www.wooddale.com

ABOUT:
Prairie Fest is set to kick off through Friday with carnival rides, food vendors and bands from 6 to 11 p.m., before a weekend of expanded afternoon and evening events. The lineup includes arts and crafts, kids activities, and music by such artists as Modern Day Romeos, Kashmir in a Led Zeppelin tribute, Infinity, and Heartache Tonight in an homage to the Eagles. Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday night.

BENEFIT CONCERT

WHERE:
Cantigny Park, 1S151 N. Winfield Road, Wheaton

WHEN:
Thursday evening, Aug. 6

COST & INFO:
$12 in advance, $15 at the gate, free for kids 11 and younger; 630-784-4267, www.dpccfoundation.org

ABOUT:
The band August will play rhythm 'n' soul at a benefit concert for the DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the show under the stars. It begins at 7 p.m., preceded by an hour of entertainment by radio station 95.9 The River. All proceeds will benefit the center's residents.

'MISS SAIGON'

WHERE:
3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero

WHEN:
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 31 to Aug. 15

COST & INFO:
$18, $16 for seniors; 708-656-1800, www.jpactheatre.com

ABOUT:
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center launches its season with the musical "Miss Saigon," featuring Filipino stage and TV star Shana Dagny in the lead role based on Puccini’s opera "Madama Butterfly." It's the tale of a doomed romance between a Vietnamese bar girl and an American G.I. in the days leading up to the fall of Saigon.

HARRY POTTER PARTY

WHERE:
Adventure Realm, 2011 63rd St., Downers Grove

WHEN:
4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31

COST & INFO:
Free admission to party; 331-777-4342, www.advrealm.com

ABOUT:
Harry Potter fans are invited to his birthday party, replete with costume contest, Bertie Botts jelly bean eating competition, Horcrux Hunt for themed prizes, and such laser tag games as Dodge the Dementor. Hogwarts foods will include butterbeer. A free 15 minutes of MagiQuest game play is offered all costumed muggles and wizards. Staff members will be in character at Adventure Realm, a medieval-themed family entertainment center, where MagiQuest players use wands to interact with 150 effects in the kingdom.


BOOK AIMS TO INSPIRE

WHERE:
Paperback or e-book

WHEN:
Available now

COST & INFO:
Varies; www.booklocker.com/books/7985.html

ABOUT:
"Through God's Eyes," written by Karla Sullivan of Downers Grove, is a compilation of personal, inspirational and motivational stories. Sullivan, a seasoned writer, notes the anthology is a manual for life that's focused on love, gratitude, spiritual guidance, laughter and heartache – all revolving around parents, children, grandparents and workplace.

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