1. Hickory Knolls’ Winter Olympics
WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
WHERE: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles
COST/INFO: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center will host its third annual Winter Olympics. The event is for participants ages 6 and older, which will compete in snowshoe relays and other games and then toast the “closing ceremonies” with hot chocolate. If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, the program will take place indoors with ice cubes, cotton balls and marshmallows. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Registration is required. To register, visit www.stcnature.org.
2. Fortunate Sons
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4
WHERE: Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
COST/INFO: Chicago’s Fortunate Sons is coming to the Fox Valley Rep for an evening of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. Tickets cost $32. For tickets or more information, call 630-584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
3. ‘True Tales of Aurora’ author at library
WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4
WHERE: Aurora Library Eola Branch, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora
COST/INFO: The author of “True Tales of Aurora,” Matt Hanley, will talk about his book and where he came up with the ideas for some of the stories in it; how he researched the stories; some of the challenges of writing narrative nonfiction; feedback he has received since the book was published; and practical tips for how people can do their own personal historical research. For more information, call 630-264-3424 or visit www.aurora.lib.il.us.
4. Comedian Michael Palascak at Zanies
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2; 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3; and 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.
WHERE: Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
COST/INFO: During the last three years, comedian Michael Palascak debuted on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He also performed at The TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. Tickets to his show at Zanies in St. Charles cost $23 (with a two-item purchase minimum). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stcharles.zanies.com.
5. Parent’s Night Out
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3
WHERE: Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva
COST/INFO: The Geneva Park District will host Parent’s Night Out. While children play games, make crafts, watch movies and eat food, parents can enjoy an evening out. The event is for children ages 3 to 12. Children must be toilet trained. The cost is $15 a child for residents and $20 for non-residents. To register or for more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.