Community Events Calendar

 

Hayley Rice and Andrew Behling star in First Folio's "And Neither Have I Wings to Fly," on stage through Feb. 26 at Mayslake Peabody Estate. Turn to Page 24 for details. (photo provided)

ARTFULLY DONE

Heartwork

Tuesdays monthly starting Feb. 7

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Professional artist Maureen Claffy leads this monthly series for adults focusing on art techniques through the lens of exceptional artists from around the world and on opening students' creative pathways for personal expression. The first class is waitlisted; the next session is March 7 examining color through the work of Joan Mitchell. All supplies will be provided. Register for one class or the entire series. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Art and High Energy Physics

Feb. 15

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

The library's featured artist Lindsay Olson will discuss how uncertainty and a sense of adventure have inspired her during her residency at Fermilab and the CMS experiment at CERN to create art that draws viewers in to take a closer look at the world of high-energy physics. She will share her process of combining art and science and what it was like working with scientists in one of the world's most respected labs. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

CENTRAL TIME

Student-directed one-act plays

Feb. 9-11

Hinsdale Central auditorium

5500 S. Grant St.

https://ticketpeak.co/hcdrama/events

Hinsdale Central Drama presents three hilarious and artful student-directed one-act plays, each about 25 minutes. Times: 7 p.m. Feb. 9 & 10, 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets: $10, free with activities pass.

FAMILY FUN

Greg the Groundhog and Friends

Feb. 4

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy a scavenger hunt to find Greg the Groundhog and his animal friends. Register to book a time. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. RR

Archery: Families

Feb. 18

St. James Farm

2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Kids ages 8 and up and their families are invited to learn safety tips, proper shooting techniques and basic skills - or use the skills you already have. Equipment will be provided. Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5. RR

FOR A CAUSE

Oak School book drive

Through Feb. 9

827 S. Oak St.

Fifth-graders at Oak School are collecting books with the goal of donating at least 250 new or like-new books for Oak's sister school, Drexel Elementary in Cicero. Donations of preschool to middle school level books can be dropped off in the bin at the address listed above. Questions? Send an email to [email protected]

Heartfest

Feb. 4

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

2815 Jorie Blvd.

https://e.givesmart.com/events/tAa

Join this 16th annual event benefiting kids born with congenital heart defects. Enjoy a buffet dinner and open bar along with cupcakes, specialty drinks and live music. Proceeds support medical research, summer camp scholarships for kids and high school cardiac screenings in the Chicagoland area. Any style of dress is appropriate, but wear favorite red attire. Time: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $175, $80 for children.

Soup & Bread

Feb. 5

Holiday Inn Banquet Center

6201 Joliet Road, Countryside

http://www.beds-plus.org

This signature BEDS Plus benefit will feature about 20 soups to sample. Area breweries also will be present with craft beer choices, and live music will be performed. Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, free for kids under age 12.

Sip & Shop

Feb. 7

Meredith Jaye

48 S. Washington St., Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Auxiliary invites community members to attend this fundraising event, with 15 percent of proceeds benefiting Children's Home + Aid. Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Humane society fundraiser

Feb. 9

The Design Bar

880 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge

http://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

(630) 323-5630

Enjoy an evening of shopping and socializing while supporting animals in need, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hinsdale Humane Society in honor of its 70th Anniversary. Drinks and light refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be awarded. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. RR

Cupid Courts Misericordia

Feb. 10

Various locations

http://www.cupidcourts2023.givesmart.com

The paddle community in the western suburbs will enjoy a day of paddle tennis play to raise money for Misericordia Home. Take advantage of donated lessons, equipment and time from paddle tennis pros, and try to win a raffle item. Lunch will be served following play and the raffle at Salt Creek Club, 830 N. Madison St., Hinsdale. A men's evening event will also be held at 6 p.m. See the website above for details. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. RR

GAME ON

Basketball

Mondays, Feb. 6-27

Madison School

611 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Boys and girls ages 7-9 will learn dribbling, passing, shooting, positions and the importance of teamwork through drills and games, which will be played at the end of each class. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $65. RR

Board game program

Feb. 7

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

http://www.clarendonhillslibrary.org

(630) 323-8188

Graham Carlson, community engagement manager at Fair Game board game stores in Downers Grove and La Grange, will talk about today's hottest family board games, how playing games can bring families and friends closer and create lasting memories and also let participants get hands-on with a few games. Time: 7 p.m. RR

GREAT OUTDOORS

Moon Walk

Feb. 5

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Let the full moon guide this walk in the world's largest Urban Night Sky Place. Warm up by a fire afterward. All ages are welcome. Time: 6:30 p.m. RR

Poetry Trail: Black History Month

Feb. 8

Bemis Woods-South

Ogden Avenue west of Wolf Road near Western Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(312) 533-5751

In honor of Black History Month, walk a short, looped trail and read poetry for children written by Black authors along the way. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon.

Fishing: Hard Water Classic

Feb. 11

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Anglers of all ages are invited to take part in the only competitive ice fishing tournament in DuPage, and then stick around for door prizes and awards. Those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: noon to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the event. RR

GREEN THUMB

The Magic of Heirloom Seed Varieties

Feb. 4

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Learn about what heirlooms are, how to plant heirlooms in one's garden and what a Hinsdale garden might have looked like 150 years ago in celebration of Hinsdale's 150th anniversary. The event is co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Hinsdale. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. RR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Meditation for New Beginnings

Feb. 11

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Start the year off right with meditation as instructor Zelma Chamberlain teaches effective techniques to reduce stress, enhance relaxation, promote inner growth and improve health. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RR

Cancer Thriving and Surviving

Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 23

http://www.wellnesshouse.org

This interactive online workshop will help cancer survivors build mutual support and confidence in managing their health and maintaining an active and fulfilling life. Participants learn skills to help address concerns such as fear of recurrence, fatigue, pain, nutrition and more. To register, contact Marci Goldberg at (630) 654-5102 or [email protected] Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RR

JUST FOR KIDS

My Little Pony Party

Feb. 4

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Come one, come all to Ponyville to celebrate My Little Pony! Bring your own ponies to play with and choose which activity to do. Enjoy a sweet treat and make sure to dress colorfully Time: 11 a.m. to noon. RR

LISTEN & LEARN

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Feb. 7

http://www.d181foundation.org

In this Zoom webinar, Lisa Damour, PhD, will offer guidance to adults on raising adolescents who are connected, capable and compassionate, including strategies of dealing with teens' arguments, risk taking, emerging romantic lives, friendships, social media and more. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. RR

New Orleans travel talk

Feb. 16

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Learn about the culture, sites and food of this iconic American city just in time for Mardi Gras at this Voyagers Travel Discussion Club program. Samples of food inspired by New Orleans will be available to try. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

NOTEWORTHY

Jammin' in the Stacks

Feb. 3

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

As part of its HPL After Dark series, the library, in partnership with WDCB, hosts The Alyssa Allgood Quartet, with Allgood praised for her impressive voice, original lyrics and modern approach to jazz. Beverages and refreshments will be provided. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

African American music

program

Feb. 13

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

http://www.clarendonhillslibrary.org

(630) 323-8188

Historian/musician Clarence Goodman will present "An Unfinished Journey: African American Music in its Pivotal Decades," an hour-long multi-media/concert experience that explores key songs of the 20th-century Black experience, performed with voice and guitar. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Mark Dvorak and Mean Mary

Feb. 18

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

http://www.acousticren.com

(630) 941-7797

At ease on guitar and five-string banjo, Mark Dvorak is a performer, song writer, teacher and folk historian. Mean Mary (James) plays 11 instruments and produces music. The show is part of the Acoustic Renaissance Concerts series. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.

ON STAGE

'Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical'

Through Feb. 5

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.stagedoorfinearts.com

Stage Door Fine Arts presents this beloved musical about a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers who's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. Matilda's courage and cleverness in equal amounts The school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull,, and could be the school pupils' saving grace. Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Tickets: $25-$30.

'Andy Warhol's Tomato'

Feb. 2-March 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble will transport audiences to 1946 Pittsburgh, where an 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source in this fictional take on an apocryphal story of an American legend. The production contains mature themes and language. A pre-show discussion with the director and designers will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2; a post-show discussion with the director, actors and crew will be held Feb. 10. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

'The Father'

Through Feb. 5

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

http://www.theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

The play follows Andre, a cantankerous old widower suffering from dementia, who receives regular visits from his caring but frustrated daughter Anne. His mood swings and fits of temper result from his inability to grasp reality, a confusion complicated by occasional awareness of his previous existence. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25, $12 for children and students.

Pilobolus: Big Five-Oh!

Feb. 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The innovative dance company is celebrating 50 years with this tour, bringing audiences a mix of pieces ranging from the vintage and visionary to the fresh and electrifying. After the performance the dancers will hold a 15-minute Q&A with the audience. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55-$65.

'Almost Maine'

​Feb. 10-12 & 17-19

Lincoln Center

935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

http://www.groveplayers.org

(630) 415-3682

Grove Players present this collection of scenes mapping out the nuances of relationships and the love (or lack thereof) that comes with them. Times: 8 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20, $17 for students and seniors.

'And Neither Have I Wings to Fly'

Through Feb. 26

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

http://www.firstfolio.org

(630) 986-8067

Family means everything in 1950s Ireland in this First Folio production. So it seems only natural when Eveline Donnelly abandons university to care for her widowed father. But as her younger sister prepare to leave home, a visit from her mother's ghost makes Evie begin to ask, "When is it my turn?" Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays & Fridays; 3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays (captioned performances are 4 p.m. Feb. 11 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17). Tickets: $29-$59, $20 for students.

'A Chorus Line'

Through March 19

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

http://www.drurylanetheatre.com

Experience Drury Lane Theatre's production of this iconic musical offering a backstage look at the intimate lives of dancers auditioning for a Broadway chorus, features memorable numbers including "What I Did for Love," "One," and "I Hope I Get It." Times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $85–$95, with a $5 discount for senior on Wednesday and Thursday matinées.

SENIOR SCENE

Living Well in your Own Home

Feb. 8

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Lori Gibson of Home For Life Advantage will discuss the top 10 home modifications to maintain one's independence and age in place freely, comfortably and safely for life. Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RR

Marquee FilmTalks

Wednesdays through April 19

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Join these monthly discussions using a live Zoom stream to talk about different movie topics. Light movie snacks and coffee/tea will be provided. Verify the talk date when registering each month; fees are collected at the front desk. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 per talk. RR

SIGN UP NOW

Saying Yes to Your Story

Feb. 8

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Award-winning children's and young adult author and poet Kwame Alexander, author of "The Crossover, "The Undefeated" and most recently "An American Story," will share ways to say yes to one's story and persist in the face of rejection as he shares his own publishing journey. The virtual program is an Illinois Libraries Present event and intended for students in middle and high school through adults. Time: 7 to 7:45 p.m. RR

Library Edition Book Club

Feb. 15

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Join this monthly group for a discussion of "The Hacienda" by Isabel Cañas. Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this supernatural suspense novel set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting and the woman pulled into their clutches. Copies of the book will be available to check out from the Book Club Holds shelf. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. RR

SPECIAL EVENTS

Chocolate Weekend

Feb. 4-5

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

http://www.mortonarb.org

Celebrate the cacao tree and the many delights of chocolate it provides by sampling an array of chocolates and unique items with a chocolate twist. The member preview event is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets are $17. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $16, $14 for seniors, $11 for ages 2-17. RR, MD

STEPPING BACK

Farmhouse Life in the Winter: Family Health

Through Feb. 27

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 876-5900

Enjoy a guided tour of the 1890s farmhouse focusing on a common winter experience: taking care of a sick family member. Learn about "sick foods" of the period, how candy was used as medicine and how the first floor bedroom acted as the sick room. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays. Admission: $5 suggested donation for ages 3 and up.

TEENS & TWEENS

Middle School Book Club

Feb. 9

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Join the club in discussing "Hide and Seeker" by Daka Hermon. Copies of each month's title are available to be checked out from Book Club Holds shelf. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR

Manga and Anime Club

Feb. 9

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Discuss different manga and anime while completing activities and enjoying snacks. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. RR

WEE ONES

Kid Rock I

Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 21

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 2-3 will engage in fun, creative, music-based activities, while using rhythm instruments and movement props. Activities include songs and rhymes, rhythm and coordination, fine and gross motor, imagination and sensory, listening and following directions skills. Time: 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. $51

WINE & DINE

Love is Brewing

Feb. 16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Enjoy a curated sampling of six choice beers, two featured cocktails, appetizers and live music. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $28. RR, MD

Key

RR - registration required

MD - member discount

 
 

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