August has arrived and summer is heading into its home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do. Here are some highly selective highlights for your week ahead:

Brookfield Concert in the Park

Pull on your cowboy hat and boots and head over to Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield avenues in Brookfield, on Friday, Aug. 5 at and enjoy the modern country music of Lincoln Don’t Lie.

The band will play from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the band shell as part of the Brookfield recreation department’s summer Concerts in the Park series. Refreshments from Zoo City Treats will be available for purchase, and admission to the concert is free.

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Giants in the Park 

Riverside Public Library and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society present “Giants in the Park” on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of the library, 1 Burling Road.

Krista August, author of Giants in the Park: A Guide to Portrait Statues in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, will present a program about Chicago’s great place of leisure and outdoor art and history museum using historic photos and highlights from the book, which will be available for sale.

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Endless Summerfest 2016

If it’s August, summer is winding down, unless you head to LaGrange’s Endless Summerfest 2016, which runs from Aug. 5 (5 to 10:30 p.m.), Aug. 6 (noon to 10:30 p.m.) to Aug. 7 (noon to 10 p.m.) at Gordon Park, Ogden and Tilden avenues in LaGrange.

The event features live music, carnival rides, food and drink vendors, bingo, a community business expo and more. Admission is $3 after 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 6. Children 12 and under get in free. On Sunday, admission is free all day long.

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International Clown Week Celebration

Everybody loves a clown, right? OK, some people are completely creeped out by them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t marvel at the men and women behind the greasepaint.

This week, you probably already have marked on your calendars, is International Clown Week. Locally, the week will be marked at an event on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Showmen’s Rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Road (you know, where the elephant statues are), in Forest Park.

The event celebrating the memory of circus artists past in the nation’s most well-known final resting place for circus artists will feature speakers, laying of flowers, circus performances, contests, refreshments and many clowns. Bring a blanket of lawn chairs.

It’s open to the public and free to attend.

Blood Donor Day

The Riverside Masonic Lodge, 40 Forest Ave. in Riverside, will host a blood donor day on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling LifeSource Blood Services at 847-803-7943. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors should bring ID and one of the following items: a Social Security card, driver’s license, state ID or passport.