Book Lovers' Day: Get recommendations for great fall reads from the Readers' Advisory staff while you enjoy a light lunch; noon today, Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 Central Road. Free. Register: (847) 259-6050 or www.rmlib.org.
Big Band Memories: Chicago band leader Steve Cooper shows rare films and videos of the most popular performers and songs from the days of the Big Bands, shares behind-the-scenes stories and performs a few numbers on the trumpet; 1 p.m. today, Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Free, but must register: www.vapld.info; (224) 543-1485; or in person.
'Madama Butterfly' Lyric Opera lecture: 2 p.m. today, Prospect Heights Library, 12 Elm St. Free, but must register: (847) 259- 3500, ext. 35, or www.phpl.info.
Staying Healthy: Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Rene Ficek answers nutrition, weight management and chronic disease management questions; 3-7 p.m. today, Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating, 115 S. Wilke, Suite 103, Arlington Heights. Free. No appointment or purchase necessary. Info: (847) 870-2222 or www.seattlesutton.com/.
Family Game Night: 6:30 p.m. today, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St. Classic and new board games. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Info: dppl.org.
'Nightmare Before Christmas': Film shown at 6:30 p.m. today, Hoffman Estates Branch Library, 1550 Hassell Road. Free. Info: (847) 885-3511 or programs.stdl.org.
Project Passenger Pigeon: Steve Sullivan of the Prairie Woods Audubon Society explores Project Passenger Pigeon, the causes of the birds' demise, lessons for habitat preservation and species conservation; 7 p.m. today, Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Sullivan is the curator of Urban Ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Peggy Notebaert Museum. Free. Info: www.pwa-il.org.
Houdini/His Life & His Legend: Presented by magician William Pack; 7 p.m. today, Roselle Public Library, 40 S. Park St. Free. Register: (630) 529-1641 or www.roselle.lib.il.us.
'Rory O'Shea Was Here': This moving comedy-drama tells the story of a young man who moves into a home for the disabled and his connection to one of the residents there, a man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. 7 p.m. today, Harper College, Building J Theatre, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Free. Info: calendar.harpercollege.edu.
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