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Dads and daughters dance at Westchester event

**  ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 23-24 AND THEREAFTER -- FILE ** In this Aug. 28, 1963, black-and-white file photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The 45th anniversary of the iconic leader's most memorable speech coincides with the day when another African-American leader, Barack Obama, is scheduled to makes a historic speech of his own _ accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States Aug. 28, 2008, in Denver, Colo.  (AP Photo/File) ORG XMIT: WXSC401

In this Aug. 28, 1963, black-and-white file photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  | Sun-Times Media file photo

It will be a dream come true for little girls when their father takes them to A Dream is...A Wish Your Heart Makes, Westchester Park District’s 12th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The event, for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade, is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Mayfair Center Banquet Rooms, 10835 Wakefield St.

The couples will take a photo together and then enjoy a full meal, including Italian beef, chicken and salad. After dinner, they will dance to music played by a DJ.

“All the children will get a raffle ticket,” said banquet manager Karen Younan. Prizes include coupons for restaurants, movies, manicures, beauty shops and more. The centerpieces are also raffled off.

“It’s a really, really good time for the dads and their daughters,” Younan said. “It creates a lot of wonderful memories.”

The cost is $50 per couple for residents, $60 for nonresidents, $15 and $25 per additional daughter. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

For details call (708) 562-6410 or go to www.wpdparks.org.

LITTLE LANGUAGE LESSON

Kids ages 3-6, with an adult, will pick up some foreign words during Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect. Language Stars hosts the monthly drop-in event.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go to clarendonhillslibrary.org.

TRIPLE TREAT

Children will be exposed to three languages during Language Stars’ Foreign Language Storytimes at La Grange Public Library 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Native speakers will introduce them to French on Tuesday, Jan. 14; Spanish on Wednesday, Jan. 15; and Mandarin on Thursday, Jan. 16. Each drop-in session runs from 11-11:30 a.m.

For details, call (708) 215-3200 or go to www.lagrangelibrary.org.

‘TIS THE SEASON

Everyone will be thinking about Snow Days!, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will hear, “If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!” by Kim Norman and “Winter is for Snow” by Robert Neubecker, and do a craft project.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

HE HAD A DREAM

Your children will understand the reason why Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated during a special program, noon-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 1st Ave. and 31st St., Brookfield. Families will hear the “I Have a Dream” speech and performances by four musical groups, plus do a craft activity.

For details, call (708) 688-8000 or go to www.czs.org.

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