Horse Tails & Tales: the Romance of Fire Horses, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. Free, but limited seating and RSVP’s recommended. David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationally recognized historian will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation examining the realities and romance of the era of the fire horse. Call (630) 264-4123 for more information or registration.
Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour, through Oct. 31, St. Charles. Free guided tours. Pack up the family for an evening cruise to see some of the spookiest houses in the St. Charles community. If you wish to participate in the tour, email email@example.com in early October. FREE guided tour available on line. Homes best viewed at dusk. Information: (630 513-6200 or visit www.stcparks.org.
“Cynics,” an original play presented by North Central College’s Student Director Series with senior Emma Smith, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in North Central’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) .
Wireless Safety Workshop, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. KidsMatter, in cooperation with Indian Prairie School District 204 and Naperville Community Unit School District 203, will present an interactive wireless device safety workshop led by Detective Rich Wistocki of the Naperville Police Department . Bring your cell phones and tablets for this hands-on workshop that will equip you and your child with knowledge about electronic devices and applications. This free program is for parents and their children in grades 4-9. For more information, visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.
Recycled Percussion, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Paramount Theater, Let the kids stay up late for this one. They’ll be thanking you for weeks. It’s one of the coolest concerts, shows, junk yards, sensory experiences you and they will experience. You may recognize their name as the winners of the 2009 America’s Got Talent show. Tickets: $35. Information: paramountaurora.com/events/recycled-percussion/.
Black Violin, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College. A unique blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music brings this duo of violinists a following as diverse as their musical inspirations. Wil B and Kev Marcus began their music career together in their high school orchestra. Since then, they have brought their groundbreaking sounds to Broadway, the White House, Dubai, Prague and multiple schools across the nation. With 200 shows each year, the duo remains committed to promoting arts education and bridging the gap between classical and popular music for the Tickets are $30, $20.
Elgin Pet Expo, Hemmens Cultural Center, Exhibition Hall, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Expo and vaccination clinic runs 1pm-4pm. Make sure your furries are up to date on their shots and are staying healthy! All pets must be leashed. Smaller pets can be brought in carriers, but leashed once out and being looked at by the vet. Entry is on the lower level outside via stairs on the East side. Elevator in building on the North side for those with mobility issues.
Ghosts in the Graveyard, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m., Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. This promises to be a memorably fun night for kids ages 9 to 13. It’s a ghoulishly fun dinner party requiring flashlights. Attendees will be entertained by a live DJ while enjoying dancing and dinner. Wagon and carousel rides will be running all night, which includes a bonfire with s’mores and stories. End the night with a flashlight skeleton hunt. Event hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Information: (630) 892-1550.
DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble performs Big Band Dance, an afternoon of swing and dance music, at Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 (plus $1/ticket technology fee). Free swing dance lessons precede the concert from 1-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.
Concert: Cristian Pastorello, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora. Pastorello, Assistant Professor of Music, will perform musical selections from various classical periods, including masterworks from the Classical, Romantic and Impressionistic eras. The program will include the Sonata in E major op. 109 by Beethoven, a highly introspective work characteristic of the composer’s final output. Registration is required for this free event. Information: (630) 844-4924 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
First Friday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m., Downtown Aurora. First Fridays invites the community to enjoy art, music, food and drinks, live theatre, and much more with a series of pop-up galleries in downtown Aurora.
“Peter and the Wolf” Fundraiser, Nov. 15, 10 a.m., Washington Junior High, Naperville. “Peter and the Wolf: is brought to life by famed choreographer Kenneth von Heidecke exclusively for the DuPage Children’s Museum as a fundraiser for its Tiny Great Performances series. Tickets are on sale now at the museum’s visitor services desk. Information: www.dupagechildrens.org.