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Hinsdale Central musicians will perform festive music at Jingle Bell Java Dec. 6 at the high school. See the Holiday Happenings listing on Page 30 for details. (file photo)

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Studio Vino: Wine and Paint

Dec. 16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere to try painting with an instructor's guidance through the materials and techniques. The canvas, paints, brushes and stemware will be provided, and the evening will have uniquely themed project. Bring home a masterpiece at the end of the night. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $45. RR, MD


Busy Bags

Dec. 3

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Pick up a December kit at the library containing fun activities and a treat to keep the family busy all month long. Kits will be available for in-house pick up. Hinsdale residents will be given priority. RR


Blood Drive

Dec. 14

Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane

The American Red Cross will conduct this blood drive for volunteer donors to fulfill that need for patients in the community. Appointments are required. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. RR


Chicago Elite Volleyball Winter Break Camp

Dec, 20-22

The Community House

415 W Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 6-14 can join this camp to learn about to the game of volleyball and continue to improve individual skills in the sport. The program develops important skills such as passing, setting, attacking, blocking, serving, defense and movement. Developmentally appropriate equipment and games are used in a fun and positive environment. Players will be divided according to skill level and age and challenged accordingly. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $90. RR

Soccer Made in America

Dec. 20-22

Oak Brook Park District

1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 4-14 will learn proper technical skills while enjoying playing soccer. Players will be challenged to improve on a daily basis. Participants must bring their own soccer ball and a water bottle to camp. Each participant receives a T-shirt, certificate of achievement and participation in contests with awards. Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $149. RR

5 Star Soccer Camp

Dec. 27-29

Hinsdale Central High School

5500 S. Grant St.

(630) 789-7090

This program is the ultimate winter co-ed mini-camp for kids ages 5-12 looking develop fundamental technique while creating an atmosphere that unlocks the game within each child. Campers receive a T-shirt and must bring a ball. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $80. RR


Cross-Country Ski Seminar

Dec. 4 & 12

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

(630) 257-2045

Learn the basics of cross-country ski equipment - including classic, skating and telemark equipment - and how to prepare for one's first cross-country skiing experience. Time: 9 a.m. RR

Winter Bird Watching

Dec 4

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Bundle up and bring a pair of binoculars on a bird watching hike along the trails. The program is for ages 10 and up. Limited binoculars will be available to borrow. Time: 10 a.m. RR

Cast-Iron Cooking

Dec. 4

Churchill Woods

21W200 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 933-7248

Those ages 8 and up are invited to help prepare a hearty meal over an open campfire while learning tips for cooking with cast iron in this DuPage County Forest Preserve District program. Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

Backyard Wild Dogs

Dec. 4

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-6200

Coyotes have a fascinating natural history and play an important role in the environment. Learn how coyotes have become so successful in the Chicagoland area, and finish with a hike at sunset to hopefully hear these singing dogs. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $5. RR


Preventing and Managing Lymphedema

Dec. 7

In this virtual Wellness House program, breast surgeon Dr. Rabia Bhatti of AMITA Resurrection Medical Center will talk about lymphedema, the swelling of arms after breast cancer surgery, and share insights why the condition develops, how it can be prevented, ways to recognize it early and treat it, and common myths regarding the condition. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. RR

Improving Intimacy after Cancer Treatment

Dec. 9

Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, and nurse practioner Angelica Kozlowski of Northshore University Health System will discuss common sexual problems associated with cancer treatment and provide tips on how to improve intimacy, sex and one's relationship in this virtual program. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR


Winter Break Scavenger Hunt

Dec. 20-31

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Visit the library to find the hidden pictures, solve the puzzle and win a prize. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Delights of the Tallgrass

Dec. 3

Make a cup of hot tea, snuggle under a warm afghan and join prairie steward and writer Cindy Crosby for this interactive online immersion into the tallgrass prairie in winter. See the aesthetic beauty of the snow-covered grasses and wildflowers in cold weather through colorful images of winter on the prairies. Follow animal tracks to see what creatures are out and about and learn how birds, pollinators, and mammals use winter prairie plants. Then listen as Crosby shares brief readings about the prairie in winter that will engage your creativity and nourish your soul. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $17. RR, MD

Kitchen Tech: Knives Out

Dec. 9

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Learn about the most important tool in the kitchen, including using the most common knives, which ones to use when chopping, slicing or dicing, what to look for in buying a knives and how best to care for them. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble

Dec. 3

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The ensemble will perform from its repertoire that spans more than a century of large jazz ensemble compositions, including original work from members of the ensemble. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.

DuPage Chorale

Dec. 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The vocal group will perform its Fall Repertoire featuring Schubert's Mass in G, Bob Chilcott's "Song my Heart Has Taught Me" and Canadian favorites. The DuPage Chorale Orchestra will accompany. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 for seniors, $7 for students.


'She Loves Me'

Dec. 3-5

Hinsdale United Methodist Church

945 S Garfield St.

BAMtheatre's Conservatory Ensemble will perform this double-cast production set in a 1930s European perfumery. Shop clerks Amalia and Georg, unbeknownst to the other, both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper and live for the love letters that they exchange. But the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Be entertained by all the twists and turns as they discover their true loves. Times: 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $20 plus fees.

'Shrek The Musical'

Dec. 11-12 & 17-19

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this fairy tale adventure features all the beloved characters from the film about an unlikely hero, Shrek, who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Patrons need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building. See the website above for more details on COVID-19 protocols. Times: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays (no 7 p.m. show Dec. 19), 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets: $15, $12 for ages 18 and under.


Jingle Dash 5k Community Walk/Run

Dec. 5

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club Education Committee is holding this inaugural event as a fundraiser for college scholarships for area high school students. The event will feature post-race snacks and a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Participants are invited to dress in their most festive holiday gear. Time: 8 a.m. Cost: $45; kids in strollers are free. RR


Cat café

Dec. 6

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

This safe, socially distanced program allows for mingling with shelter cats and kittens in the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center's Elinor & Jake Brickman Education Center. Beverages and snacks will be provided. There's a limit of 20 attendees per session. Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: $10. RR

Next Chapter Book Club

Dec. 16

Hinsdale Public Library

20 Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

This program is for anyone 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities, regardless of reading ability. The goal of this club is to read an entire novel by taking turns reading aloud. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. RR


Hinsdale and World War II

Dec. 7 opening

Hinsdale History Museum

15 S. Clay St.

(630) 789-2600

The Hinsdale Historical Society will present the exhibit "Remembering Pearl Harbor & WWII, Hinsdale's Efforts at Home & Abroad," showing the faces and describing the efforts of the hundreds of Hinsdaleans who either served abroad or supported the cause from home through a nationally recognized canning organization and scrap metal drives. An open house is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, with snacks available and comments at 7 p.m. The exhibit was created with the help of Hinsdale American Legion Post 250 and will remain up through the spring. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in December, and by appointment.


Teen DIY Soap Making

Dec. 8

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Make some homemade soap for yourself or to give as a gift. Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. RR

HPL Teen Book Club

Dec. 14

(630) 986-1976

Avid readers are invited to join this Hinsdale Public Library group to discuss new and riveting YA books via Zoom. Copies of each month's title are available to be checked out from the Book Club Holds shelf. Time: 4 to 5 p.m.


T-Ball Training Camp

Dec. 27-30

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids ages 4-6 will learn the basics of batting, base running, catching and throwing using safe and developmentally appropriate equipment through a series of fun games and activities designed to reinforce fundamental skills and incorporate game situations. Participants should bring a labeled mitt and water bottle. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $56. RR, MD


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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