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The Rotary Club of Hinsdale on Saturday will present 100 new bikes and helmets to children of active military families based in Illinois. For information on how to support the cause, turn to Page 22. (file photo)

Artfully done

Meet the Artist Reception

May 25

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-2500

Meet Clarendon Hills artist Klari Barcelos as Ly Arts presents its first new gallery exhibit since the early 2000s. The show of abstract paintings titled "A Felt Sense" will remain up throughout the summer. Wine, beer and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected] Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Prismatica Kaleidoscope Experience

Through June 5

Oakbrook Center

100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

This interactive outdoor art exhibit consists of 25 pivoting rainbow prisms standing more than 6 feet tall. This special installation, currently touring the U.S. allows guests to wander and manipulate the prisms to enjoy an infinite interplay of light and reflections - or simply pose for a colorful spring photo op. The exhibit is located near the mall's Vortex Fountain and Lawn. Prismatica Night of Music will be held Friday, May 27, and Prismatica Family Day will be Saturday, May 28.

Hooking Up: Meet the Collection

Jun. 4-Aug. 7

Cleve Carney Museum of Art

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Visitors can draw links between disparate works of art while as the museum's gallery space is transformed into a creative gathering space. In this dynamic presentation, masters such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Rembrandt to 21st-century artists Maya Lin and Kehinde Wiley from the College of DuPage Permanent Art collection will be in conversation with works by notable contemporary Chicago artists. The event will also feature a locally commissioned mural, activities for visitors of all ages, collaboration with Glen Ellyn's Common Good Cocktail House and more. Visitors are encouraged to hang their own work on a dedicated wall next to those of famous artists, enter a piece of writing or visual art for publication in the "Prairie Light Review" and write letters to artists featured in the exhibition. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.


Fun Monday Nights in May

May 23

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Stop by the library on Monday for Art Night. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Poppy Day

May 19

Members of Hinsdale's American Legion Post 250 will collect donations across the village in the morning, with proceeds benefiting American Legion Auxiliary programs for veterans and youth. Donations can also be mailed to American Legion Post 250, PO Box 92, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0092.

Bikes for Military Kids

May 21

The Rotary Club of Hinsdale invites people to support its efforts to provide 100 new bikes and helmets to children of active military families based in Illinois. This is the fourth year the Rotary Club and The Community House, where the event takes place, have partnered to participate in this USO of Illinois program. Recipients are chosen by a USO lottery. To donate, visit the website listed above.

n Meet Me in Manhattan

June 10

Immanuel Hall

302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale

Support Scoreboard Charities in its fight against cancer at this dinner and drinks fundraiser in tents on the lawn of Immanuel Hall. Tickets include food from Q Barbecue and two specialty crafted drinks. Guest can also purchase tasting pours of fine bourbons from the Buffalo Trace Distillery and enjoy live music and a raffle. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $125, $200 for VIP, $50 for designated driver

Ukrainian Aid

Through June 6

(630) 319-4996

Hinsdale-based Operation Deployed is raising funds to provide medical and other humanitarian supplies for the U.S. military to distribute to the Ukrainian army, help furnish lodging and other resources for Ukrainian families who have fled to Poland and provide care packages for U.S. military support. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Email Robert Barr at [email protected] or use the information above to make a donation.

'Period poverty' drive


Candor Health Education is promoting the purchase of menstrual products through Amazon for Chicago-area female students before the end of the school year. Research reveals that almost two-thirds of low-income women in the U.S. could not afford menstrual products in the last year. A link to the Amazon page can be found on the website listed above.


Pickleball Kick-Off Event

May 20

Brook Park Pickleball Courts

East Third Street and Columbia

(630) 789-7090

Find out what the sport is all about at this evening of open play, skills contests, round robins, prizes, music and pre-packaged snacks. Beginners and experienced players alike of all ages are welcome; those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Some equipment will be available for use. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $25. RR

Lil Pint Soccer Camp

Mondays or Wednesdays, June 6-29

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 5-6 will learn the fundamentals of this sport, including dribbling, passing, shooting and goaltending, while also learning teamwork in a noncompetitive environment. Games will be played at the end of each class. The camp will be held outside, but will move into The Community House gym in case of inclement weather. Time: 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Cost: $42. RR


June 11

Brook Park Pickleball Courts

East Third Street and Columbia

(630) 789-7090

Join this second annual men's and women's mixed doubles round robin tournament. Light refreshments and a raffle are included. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each division. The registration deadline is June 1. Times: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for advanced play, 1 to 5 p.m. for intermediate play. Cost: $40 per person. RR

Tiny Tot Tennis Lessons

June 13-June 30

Burns Field courts

320 N. Vine St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 6-7 will be introduced to tennis skills including racket face control, ball bounce judgment, space management, initiating rallies, agility, balance and coordination. Players will be divided into groups based on ability level. Participants must bring tennis shoes and their own racket. Sign up to attend Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays. Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m. Cost: $72. RR


Fishing Families

May 21

Wood Dale Grove

895 S. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale

(630) 933-7248

Learn basic skills to help make family fishing outings successful. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear; a limited first-come, first-served supply will be available. Bait is provided. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $5 for ages 5 and up. RR

Forest Hike

May 23

Waterfall Glen

From Lemont Road parking lot, Darien

(630) 933-7248

Get some healthy exercise and enjoy the wonders of Waterfall Glen on this guided 3- to 5-mile hike. Park in the lot on the east side of Lemont Road 1 mile south of I-55 and meet at the information kiosk. This 5-mile hike will be on a hilly, partially forested limestone trail. Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cost: $5. RR

Nature is Accessible

May 25

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Visitors of all abilities are invited to celebrate nature through accessible activities in this drop-in event at Little Red Schoolhouse's 6,000-square-foot garden with accessible trails. Time: 10 a.m. to noon.


May 29

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

What kind of animal is an ectotherm? Learn the differences between ectotherms and endotherms while enjoying close-up encounters with amazing reptiles. Time: 1:30 p.m. RR

Story Walk: Daniel Finds A Poem

Through June 30

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

The lushly illustrated pages of "Daniel Finds a Poem" by Micha Archer come to life on large displays along a half-mile path that encourages children and their families on a self-guided exploration of their surroundings and their inspirations. Discover that nature and poetry are all around while following the story.


Free wood chips

May 21

Blackwell Forest Preserve

29W220 Mack Road, West Chicago


(630) 876-5920

DuPage Forest Preserve District is offering free wood chips to the public at its native plant nursery. People should bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to load up, and a district employee will help fill the trailers or truck beds. People who want smaller amounts should bring their own hand tools and containers to fill. Vehicles must exit by 1 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. RR


Music Inspires Health

May 24

(630) 323-5105

Gastroenterologist Benjamin Levy of University of Chicago Medicine who is also a cellist and music director of TEDxWrigleyville will discuss his experiences playing for hospital patients, as well as the inspiring transformations and family connections he's witnessed - and even play a few tunes in this virtual program for those impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Email questions to Brittany Brady at [email protected] Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Mindful Self-Compassion Series

Mondays through June 6

[email protected]

(630) 654-5116

Wellness House invites those on the cancer journey to join Marcelo Bento Soares, Ph.D, for this six-hour, four-session virtual workshop to learn essential tools for enhancing well-being and resilience, and for treating oneself with kindness, care and understanding. Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m. RR


National Scavenger Hunt Day

May 24

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

For National Scavenger Hunt Day, kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library to find the hidden objects and solve the puzzle. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hinsdale Hidden Art Scavenger Hunt

Starting June 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

All ages are invited to find hidden pieces of art all over Hinsdale. Pick up an entry form at the Hinsdale Public Library's Youth Services Desk. Completed forms will be entered into a weekly drawing.


Jessamine Chan & Emily Maloney

May 25

(630) 986-1976

Join authors Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney for a discussion about the systems of power that impact lives, families and finances, through the lens of their acclaimed books: Chan's "The School for Good Mothers" and Maloney's "Cost of Living." This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR


John Gorka with special guest Heather Styka

May 21

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

A quintessential iconic singer-songwriter of the '80s folk scene, John Gorka offers "fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor," according to the The New York Times. Heather Styka cuts to the truth with gutsy vulnerability and a heartfelt croon that brings to mind Billie Holiday or Patsy Cline combining the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country. This performance is part of the 2021-22 Acoustic Renaissance Concert season. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.


'Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I'

Through May 22

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

British tutor Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam struggle with cultural differences after Anna arrives at the royal palace in Bangkok in this Rodgers and Hammerstein tale of the human experience featuring beloved songs like "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You." Times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $59-$74.


Thursdays to Sundays through May 29

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

It's Naperville, 2012. Anne works on a new project, T.C. is working her first shift as a new manager and Candice and son Howard are back from Seattle, What follows is a day full of cups of coffee with eccentricity and meaningful conversations. The play contains adult themes and language. Times: 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 seniors.

'Descendants: The Musical'

June 2-5

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Stage Door Fine Arts presents this comedy musical based on the popular Disney Channel original movies set in the present-day kingdom of Auradon, where all of Disney's beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains who have been banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil and Jafar are given a chance at redemption by attending Auradon Prep with the children of their parents' sworn enemies. Will they follow in their parents' wicked footsteps or learn to be good? Times: 7 p.m. June 2-3; 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. June 4; 2 p.m. June 5. Tickets: $25.


Thursdays to Sundays, June 2-12

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-3380

Based on the book by Arthur Laurents, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical tells the story of Louise, who played the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s with mama Rose and her sister, and subsequently grew up to become Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous stripper. Post-show talk backs will be held Friday nights. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25-$27, $15 for students. RR


Aging Well Month activities

Throughout May

Aging Care Connections

111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange

In observance of Older Americans Month in May, Aging Care Connections in La Grange is offering more than 65 free virtual and in-person workshops throughout the month. Under the theme "Age My Way," session topics range from health and wellness, life planning, nostalgia, safety and fitness. For more information, visit the website above or send an email to [email protected]


Drumming Circle

May 23

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Encourage spring's arrival in a new way: by drumming in the warmer weather in Mayslake Hall's beautiful historic library. Bring a drum or borrow one on site. No experience is necessary. The activity can be done seated in a chair or seated on the floor; chairs will be provided. This program is for ages 12 and older; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5.


Military Appreciation BBQ

May 22

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

(630) 323-5630

The Hinsdale Humane Society, to celebrate Military Appreciation Month and kick off its veterans program, invites active military, veterans and their families to this drop-in event featuring food and beverages, shelter tours and veteran volunteer training along with bags games, music, crafts, a bouncy house, face painting and raffle. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. RR

Out of the Vault

May 26

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

With nearly 15,000 artifacts in its permanent collection, the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park is a treasure trove of military history with a national reputation. The museum's collections department will share its fascinating artifacts with guests, with stations set up throughout the First Division Museum's galleries staffed by interpreters. Visitors can also see the exhibit "The Mexican American Military Experience" showing Mexican Americans military service, specifically soldiers who served in the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission: free with $5 parking.

Hinsdale Memorial Day events

May 30

The local observance of Memorial Day will begin with a memorial service at 7 a.m. at Bronswood Cemetery. A Memorial Procession will step off at 10 a.m. from Third Street and Garfield Avenue, proceeding west to Washington Street, then north to the Memorial Building at 19 E. Chicago Ave., where a ceremony will take place. Youth groups are invited to participate.

Retirement celebration

May 31

Madison School

611 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

The community is invited to celebrate the retirement of physical education teacher Joan Rickert, pupil services administrator Donna Rusick and administrative assistant Amy Zimmerman. Rickert has taught PE at Madison for the past 16 years, Rusick has been supporting students for 11 years and Zimmerman has welcomed families to the school office for 23 years. Time: 3:15 p.m.

Hinsdale Fine Arts Show

June 4 & 5

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

More than 85 juried artists will take to the park for this eclectic art show sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. The event also features music, children's activities and giveaways. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Exhibit

Through May 31

Hinsdale History Museum

15 S Clay St.

(630) 789-2600

Visit the museum to check out this exhibit of memorabilia and images from the horrific attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays or by appointment.

People of the Prairie: 12,000 years in DuPage County

Through June 5

Elmhurst History Museum

120 E. Park Ave.

(630) 833-1457

Gain a deeper understanding of the native people who lived in the area through an archaeological lens and learn about how they survived and interacted with their neighbors. Featured displays include a timeline comparing tribes from different archaeological eras, a digital map depicting the displacement of Native people in the 18th and 19th centuries, and artifacts from archaeological sites in northeastern Illinois including tools, arrowheads, pottery and more. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.


Hinsdale Farmer's Market

Mondays, June 6-Oct. 31

Chicago Avenue from Garfield to Washington

Over 25 vendors will display the area's finest homegrown and homemade products. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cantigny Cruise Nights

Tuesdays, May 24-Sept. 6

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Bring a classic or restored vehicle to the park, mingle with fellow car enthusiasts and talk shop in the south parking lot. The First Division Museum will feature extended hours on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. starting May 31 and display military vehicles from its historic motor pool on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Enjoy live music, food service and a beverage cart offering alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink options. Lawn chairs are welcome. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Admission: Free with $5 parking.


Pee Wee Tennis Lessons

June 13-June 30

Burns Field courts

320 N. Vine St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 4-5 will introduced to tennis and skills including racket face control, ball bounce judgment, space management, initiating rallies, agility, balance and coordination. Players will be divided into groups based on ability level. Participants must bring tennis shoes and their own racket. Sign up to attend Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays. Time: 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost: $72. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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