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Last updated 5/12/2021 at 11:35pm

Join folk music's John McCutcheon for an all-request livestreamed concert April 18. (photo provided)


American Youth Symphony Orchestra

May 30

The AYSO is holding virtual auditions for all string, wind, brass, percussion and piano musicians ages 7-18. Students must have a minimum of two years of instruction/playing experience and should perform one level-appropriate piece/movement up to 5 minutes in length; memorization is strongly encouraged. The auditions will be conducted via Dropbox. An additional audition date is set for June 27. Fee: $25.


Mother Daughter Tea and Shopping Event

May 15


14 W. First St., Hinsdale

In honor of Mother's Day, moms and daughters can spend some quality time together sipping some tea and enjoying a variety of finger sandwiches and sweets catered in by DiLeo's. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

'Marvelous Mothers of History and Today'

Available on demand throughout May

(630) 323-8188

In honor of Mother's Day, the Clarendon Hills Library presents this program by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen, in which she will weave true stories of extraordinary women doing extraordinary things into a special tale for this annual celebration of mothers. The program may be viewed on demand through the website listed above.


'10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine'

Streaming now

Hinsdale Central Drama presents its Freshman Show all-virtual production, featuring 17 members of the class of 2024. The show is set in the spring of 2020 with America's teens desperate to find a way to keep themselves occupied while stuck endlessly inside of their homes. Tickets: donations will be accepted.


Mom and Me Tea

May 20

Westmont Community Center

75 Richmond St.

(630) 789-7090

Moms with their daughters or sons ages 3-10 will design and decorate a teapot planter and bracelets or keychains with charms. Participants will be provided their own kit with supplies just for them to take home. A keepsake surprise also will be provided. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $28 per couple, $26 for each additional child. RR

Hinsdale Book Walks

Through May 23

Burns Field

320 N. Vine St.

Discover a Hinsdale park and read a book during this new series co-sponsored by the village and the Hinsdale Public Library. Each month a book geared toward families with children under age 10 will be featured and displayed in a village park; this month's title is "Play Outside" by Laurent Moreau. Additional walks are planned for June, July and August in different parks. Participants are invited to tag the village and library using @HinsdaleParks and @HinsdaleLibrary.

Family Trivia Night

May 27

The Hinsdale Public Library invites families to enjoy Kahoot! games based on a variety of topics. The program is recommended for grades three and up. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR

The Progressive Farm: A Barnyard Tour

Through June 28

Kline Creek Farm

(630) 876-5900

Join a costumed heritage interpreter and explore the connections between farming at the end of the 19th century and today, looking closely at the farm's buildings, implements and animals. Masks are required, and tours are first come, first served with a 10-person limit. Times: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. tours Thursdays through Mondays.


Shredding event

May 15

Hinsdale Village Hall

20 E. Maple St.

American Legion Post 250 is hosting a shredding event fundraiser, with shredding provided by Citadel Information Management. Cash donations or checks made out to American Legion Post 250 will be accepted. Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bikes for Military Kids

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support this Rotary Club of Hinsdale outreach, in partnership with the USO of Illinois, to provide 100 new bikes and helmets to children of active military families based in Illinois. The USO will decide by lottery which kids will be presented bikes, which they will pick up in Hinsdale on May 15. The GoFundMe page link can be found at the website above.

St. Baldrick's fundraiser

Through May 20

Hinsdale Central head boys track coach Jim Kupres and head boys wrestling coach Jason Hayes are raising money for St. Baldrick's to help conquer kids' cancer by shaving their heads May 20 at the school. Their goal is to raise $5,000. Donors can go the team goal page at to contribute.


Pickleball Summer Kick-Off

May 21

Brook Park

Third and Columbia streets, Hinsdale

Find out what pickleball is all about. Players of all levels are invited to a fun night of open play, skills contests, round robins, prizes, music and pre-packaged snacks. Beginners are encouraged to come learn about the sport; some equipment will be available. All ages are welcome; those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per person. RR


Nighttime Discovery Celebration

May 21

Pulaski Woods South

9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

(312) 533-5751

In celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage month, learn more about the phases of the moon and the Lunar New Year which is observed by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage. The evening will include hikes, activities and crafts centered on honoring these traditions. Masking and physical distancing are required. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Warbler Walk

May 22

West DuPage Woods

Route 59 just north of Roosevelt Road, West Chicago

(630) 942-6200

Search for the bright, colorful feathers of neotropical migrants on a guided hike. The program is for ages 18 and up, and masks are required. Participants should bring binoculars and water. Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $5. RR

Family Forest Bathing

May 23

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Spend time as a family by slowing down and enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of nature while connecting with one another in this sensory experience. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR

Mayslake by Moonlight

May 26 & 27

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

After the sun sets, enjoy an outdoor walking tour of Mayslake's grounds while hearing about urban legends, tales of hauntings, stories of mischief and the property's history and ownership. The program is for all ages; those under 18 must be with an adult. Masks are required, and participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.

Gratitude Walk

May 29

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Mark Memorial Day by contemplating one's many freedoms on a leisurely guided walk. Bring pen and paper to jot down thoughts at four scheduled stops along the way. Masks are required. The program is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Cost: $15. RR

Hummingbird Watch

May 29

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Watch for hummingbirds at nectar feeders and native flowers while strolling through the center's sensory garden with a naturalist. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. RR


LEAP Club plant sale

May 15 & 16 pickup

Casten home

8 E. Third St., Hinsdale

Hinsdale Central High School's LEAP into Africa Club is holding its seventh annual plant sale fundraiser, featuring many heirloom tomato plants as well as pepper and herb plants. All proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Science & Maths Schools for children in South Africa. Order online at Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Unified Mindfulness

Mondays, May 17-June 28

Join this six-week series that explores the unique and fundamental skills of this evidence-based approach to mindfulness. Learn about the natural capacity of the mind and body to restore balance and well-being. Participants may experience a sense of openness and acceptance of experiences, increased energy and tranquility, along with a heightened awareness of imagination. Time: 5 to 6 p.m. RR

Health and Wellness Roundtable Discussion

May 18

Learn and engage with a panel of women entrepreneurs about different ways to be and feel healthy in many aspects of life. Presenters will speak on women and resistance training, gut health and natural solutions for energy, functional movement, looking and feeling good while in motion, and nutrition in daily life. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. RR

Color Theory Series

Wednesdays, May 19-June 30

Learn about and apply color theory using different mediums - colored pencils, crayons and markers. This is a six-week series that will build each week; participants are asked to commit to the full series. No class June 9. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. RR

Cook Well, Eat Well for Cancer

Thursdays, May 20-June 10

In this series, learn about health-supportive ingredient selection, preparation and cooking techniques to build flavor, incorporate and maintain nutrients, and bring comfort and enjoyment to meals. Weekly topics include Seasoning to Taste, Salad Daze, Recipe Globe Trotting and Farmers Markets. Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. RR


The Picture Book Club

May 20

The Hinsdale Public Library is sharing some of the best picture books each month over Zoom. This month's selections are "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy, "Speak Up" by Miranda Paul and "One of These is Not Like the Others" by Barney Saltzberg. Read along by reserving a print copy at the library. The program is recommended for grades pre-K through third. Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m. RR

Messy Art Labs

Saturdays, June 5-26

Burr Ridge Community Center

15W400 Harvester Drive

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 5-8 can paint and have fun in a way not allowed at home. Be inspired to paint, stamp, cut, paste and collage works of art. Weekly themes from an award winning children's book will be used for inspiration. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $85. RR

First Folio Bedtime Tales

Through July 15

First Folio Artistic Associates Diana Coates and Michael Goldberg will help read children to sleep with bedtime tales posted new each month and chosen specifically with little ones in mind. Two new videos are added each month.


The Conservation of the Guam Kingfisher

May 25

Join Tim Snyder, curator of birds for the Chicago Zoological Society, as he shares the history and conservation efforts for the Guam kingfisher in this Zoom lecture. He will discuss how the species was close to extinction with the introduction of the invasive brown tree snake to the island as well as exciting current preparations being done in hopes of being able to release the bird back to protected areas on neighboring islands. Also learn how the CZS is contributing to this effort. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donations appreciated. RR

Voyagers Travel Discussion Club: Destination Tokyo

May 26

Join this virtual trip to Tokyo through the Hinsdale Public Library, with stops at the city's most popular destinations, as well as historical context and cultural background, as Japan's capital prepares to host the 2021 Summer Olympics. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


A Salute to Frida

May 15 premiere

Celebrate the heritage of Frida Kahlo through the rhythm and sounds of Mexico, in anticipation of the major exhibit of her works to be held at the MAC in June. The New Philharmonic will perform works by Mexican-born composers Agustin Lara, Arturo Márquez, Manuel Ponce, Armando Manzanero and Rafael Mendez, and feature soprano Michelle Areyzaga, tenor Jesse Donner and bandoneon Ben Bogart. The virtual concert will continue to be available to ticketholders on-demand through June 15. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $51, $49 for seniors.

Peggy Seeger: Live at Cecil Sharp House in England

May 27

The singer, songwriter, feminist and icon will celebrate the release of her new album, "First Farewell", with this livestreamed performance, alongside her son, Calum MacColl. Tickets to must be purchased in advance. Time: 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 by May 22, then $20.

Rachmaninoff Concertos

Available through June 15

International pianist Wael Farouk and the New Philharmonic orchestra performance from College of DuPage's McAninch Art Center of Rachmaninoff's concertos is available on demand. A video interview of Wael Farouk with MAC Director Diana Martinez and Maestro Kirk Muspratt is also available. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 per household.


'Jason & Elvis'


The Theatre of Western Springs' newest offering from its TWS Connections series is this 15-minute film written by Steven Simoncic. Use the link listed above and enjoy the sweet, funny and touching story of a shy boy who finds courage and self confidence from the King himself.


Directors' Workshop

May 15 & 16

Laidlaw Park

4125 Hampton Ave., Western Springs

(708) 246-4043

The Theatre of Western Springs presents three one-act plays about romance: "A Matter of Husbands" by Ferenc Molnar, "A Marriage Has Been Arranged" by Alfred Sutro and "Bothered" by Colleen Neuman. The program should last about an hour without intermission. Seating is limited, and walks-ups are allowed only if capacity is not reached. Audience members should bring chairs and a hat for the sun. Rain dates are May 22 and 23 Times: 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets: At-will donations accepted.

Shakespeare Appreciation Class

May 20

(708) 246-4043

Prepare for the Theatre of Western Springs' upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a virtual evening of conversation featuring a lecture by Courtney Beresheim, followed by a discussion of the play. To access this Zoom meeting, go to and enter meeting ID 814 7069 5612 and passcode 4384. Contact Nicole Leatherwood at [email protected] for more information. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Walk the Walk for Mental Health

May 23

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

This 14th annual fundraising event will take place in person to support access to mental health services in the community. Registrants are asked to walk a mile and take part as a team to collect donations from family and friends. The school team with the highest participation will win a special prize, as will teams with the highest fundraising total and highest number of participants. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Start times will be set to ensure social distancing; walkers must wear a mask. Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration: $30 through May 7, then $35.

Spring 5k Run/Walk

Through May 30

Brookfield Zoo's first-ever Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk allow participants to choose the time and place - through a forest preserve, along a waterfront trail or in a neighborhood - or, run the full 5K to compare times with other runners. Each participant receives a beanie, virtual medal and completion certificate. Race materials will be mailed. Cost: $30. RR


Armed Forces Day

May 15

Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial

7660 S. County Line Road

Major General Robert Castellvi is the keynote speaker at this patriotic celebration hosted by the village of Burr Ridge and the Veterans Memorial Committee. World War II veteran Charlie Hartley and Honor Flight volunteer Pat Liss will be presented with the Jack Schaus Patriot Award for their exemplary patriotism in support of past and present military members. Water and snacks will be provided. COVID-19 protocols apply. All are welcome. Time: 10 a.m.

Free mulch

May 15 & 22

Blackwell Forest Preserve

29W220 Mack Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5920

Homeowners may bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to pick up free wood chips from DuPage Forest Preserve District's native plant nursery. A district employee will be on hand with a tractor to help; people who want smaller amounts should bring hand tools and containers. Masks and social distancing are required, and visitors must exit the nursery by 1 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hinsdale Farmers Market

Mondays, May 31-Oct. 25

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

(630) 323-3952

Shop the 45th annual market for the freshest in-season fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, cheeses, meats, flowers and more. Weekly fitness classes will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. in the park in conjunction with the market, and there will be children's activities, too. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The First Code Talkers

June 3


Author and teacher William Meadows will explore the origin of Native American code talking in World War I in this virtual presentation, including how the codes developed, their structure, use in combat, all groups presently known to have used them in the Great War and recognition to the present day. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR


Teen JackBox Party Games

May 28

The Hinsdale Public Library invites teens to enjoy an action-packed afternoon of JackBox Party Games on Zoom. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR


Mother Nature and Me: Snakes

May 19

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Children ages 3-5 years old and their favorite adult will learn about snakes through outdoor adventures and activities. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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