Toy makers have come all the way from Edo, Japan, to demonstrate their craft, deftly carving wooden tops and whirlybird toys as part of the 33rd annual Ginza Holiday, the Japanese cultural festival held all weekend on the grounds of the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee. There will be traditional drum players, classical dancers, and a Japanese palm reader; martial-arts and origami demonstrations; pottery, calligraphy, and flower exhibits; and traditional foods for sale. A $2 donation will be accepted at the gate; children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult get in free. Doors are open 6 to 10 tonight; 11:30 AM to 10 PM Saturday and Sunday. Call 943-7801 for information.
The Department on Aging and Disability is sponsoring Swiggy's Friday Night Juice Bar--dancing, games, videos, popcorn, and cheap nonalcoholic drinks--for 18- to 25-year-old disabled Chicagoans and their guests. The affair runs from 7 to 10 at the department's center, 2102 W. Ogden; admission is free. Call 226-2525 or TDD 744-0319 for more.
For 12 years, Mozambique has been torn by a brutal civil war in which more than 100,000 people, many of them children, have been killed. The Chicago chapter of Africare--a Peace Corps-like organization that sponsors medical, irrigation, farming, and antipollution projects in Africa--is raising funds to start a goose farm in Mozambique. For $35 you can sail, along with Merri Dee and Walter Payton, on tonight's Midnight Cruise on the Spirit of Chicago, which leaves Navy Pier at 11 PM. You must call for reservations: 846-5703.
The art of bonsai was inspired by the gnarled trees that grow naturally in nearly barren rook crevices and is meant to reflect the mutability of living things. Bonsai trees, dwarfed by pruning and by the wires that bind their tiny branches, may still live to be more than 100 years old. The Chicago Botanic Garden's annual Bonsai Show runs from 9 to 5 today and tomorrow in the education center of the garden, which is on Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, a half mile east of the Edens Expressway. Admission is free; parking is $2; there is a $1 charge for demonstrations of bonsai techniques, which will be held in the auditorium. 835-5440.
The Saint Sebastian Players are raising funds for their fall season and for the Saint Sebastian school with their Windy City Baseball Card Show. Dealers will offer unopened packs and complete sets of cards, collector's items, and posters. Videos of highlights from World Series and All-Star games will also be shown. Look for it in the church hall, 810 W. Wellington, from 10 to 7; $1.50 for adults, $1 for kids under ten. Details at 477-4685.
One hundred years ago the Irish played a version of football in which the members of whole parishes ranged across miles of countryside. That game has evolved into Gaelic football--a swift, rough, catching-and-kicking game played with only 15 on a side. The score is kept in the usual confusing British manner. Today it's the reigning County Meath champions against County Mayo in the All-Ireland Football Semifinals. The game will be beamed live, at 9 AM, from Dublin onto big screens in the auditorium of the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, and in the hall at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th in Tinley Park. Tickets are $20, which includes coffee, tea, and soda bread; children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free. Call 282-7035.
If you want to find out what kind of hardware or software you should--or shouldn't--buy, come pick the brains of some real computer whizbangs at CACHEfest '88, the 12th annual flea market and swap fest of the Chicago Area Computer Hobbyists Exchange. It goes from 11 to 4 today at the DeVry Institute of Technology, 3300 N. Campbell. There's no admission fee; call 965-3467 for details.
Firecrackers and the traditional Chinese lion dance start off Argyle Uptown Feet '88 today at noon. Local ethnic dancers and musicians will perform on the stage at Winthrop and Argyle, and there will be sidewalk sales and ethnic-food vendors out until dusk along Argyle between Broadway and Sheridan. Free. For more call 728-1030.
Twenty or so years from now, you may be grateful for any extra shade you can get. The National Arbor Day Foundation is giving away ten Colorado blue spruce seedlings to anyone who joins the foundation this August. Membership is $10, which should be sent to the foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, by August 31. Call (402) 474-5655 with any questions.
In authentic tapestry, the designs must be woven into the fabric--and by hand. Fifty contemporary tapestries from 16 countries are on display through Saturday in the fourth-floor exhibit hall of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It's open 9 to 7 today through Thursday, 9 to 6 on Friday, 9 to 5 on Saturday. There's no admission fee; call 346-3278 for information.
Registration for ten-week spoken foreign language courses starts today at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake. The beginners' classes--in your choice of Chinese, French, or Spanish--run September 30 through December 10, 5:30 to 8:15 every Friday evening and 9:30 to 12:15 every Saturday morning; $30 per course for Illinois residents. Eight-week conversational classes in Dutch, Gaelic, and Hindi-Urdu will also be offered, one evening or morning a week, for $15. Call 984-2816 or 984-2883.
Do you know that there's no such thing as a brontosaurus? Have you kept up on the controversy about whether dinosaurs were warm- or cold-blooded animals? You don't need to know the answers to become a volunteer tour guide for the Field Museum's dinosaur exhibits. Free seven-week training sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9, starting tonight at the museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. You must call to register; 922-9410, ext. 360.
Thirty years ago, the shaman--part healer, part seer, part priest--was a powerful leader in the Inuit culture of arctic Canada. These men and women went into trances, supposedly leaving their bodies and taking on animal forms as they tried to communicate with the spirit world. This faded tradition has been caught in the brilliantly colored lithographs and stone cuts by contemporary artists on display through September 5 at the Field Museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. The museum is open 9 to 5 every day; admission is $2, $1 for those under 17, free to children under 6, and 50 cents for seniors. Call 322-8854.
Are there social advantages to putting your child into day-care? Know what to look for when you choose a center? Dr. Mark Swislow will lecture on Day-care Centers and Children: Are They Compatible? tonight at 7 at Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge in Evanston. It's free; call 492-6170 to register or for more information.
The Daley Bicentennial Plaza will be the dance floor, and the lake and the skyline the backdrop tonight, when Stanley Paul and his orchestra play medleys of songs from the 40s to the 80s. The free dance, which is sponsored by the Park District, will be held from 7:30 to 10:30. If it rains, everyone will move indoors. The plaza is at 337 E. Randolph in Grant Park. Call 294-2493.
Why would you want to spend $10 to feed a roach for a year when plenty of them seem to be managing just fine on their own around your home? Hey, this is educational. Your donation will allow you to officially adopt one of these little skitterers--and it'll stay in the Brookfield Zoo. Zoo personnel promise to send you a certificate of adoption, a fact sheet, the quarterly newsletter--you'll even be invited to the annual picnic for "parents" in the spring. Of course, if your taste runs more toward tree shrews, you can adopt one of those for $20. Or you can share the parenting of an everyday lion or elephant for $20. Send contributions to the Brookfield Zoo Parents Program, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois 60513 (485-0263, ext. 321).