1 Int’l Drum Month
Are your noise-loving kids obsessed with drums? Then this performance in the Global Rhythms concert series-Argentina’s Che Malambo!-is a great fit. The music is accompanied by foot stomping and two types of percussion: “bombos” and “boleadoras.” $15-$47. 8-10 p.m. Nov. 8. Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago. 773-935-6875, chicagotap.org.
The Hindu festival of light begins on Nov. 3 and you can take part, thanks to the Art Institute’s Family Festival: Celebrate Diwali. Families create a work of art inspired by Indian traditions, visit the galleries of Southeast Asian art with a family self-guide and participate in a dance workshop. Free with admission. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9. 159 E. Monroe, Chicago. (312) 443-3600, artinstituteof chicago.org.
3 Veterans Day
Stop by the Des Plaines Public Library for Veterans Day Letter Writing, the chance to write an encouraging letter to a veteran or current member of the armed forces. Letters will be sent to the local VFW post to be mailed along with care packages for the holidays. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 11. 1501 Ellinwood St.,
Des Plaines. (847) 827-5551, Youth Services: (847) 376-2839, dppl.org.