Community Events Calendar


Audition Call


Oct. 15

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Youth in second grade and up - and especially high schoolers - are invited to audition for Stage Door Fine Arts' production of the musical "Matilda." Sign up for an audition time and see requirements at the website above; those unable to attend on audition day should email [email protected] to arrange an alternate time. If necessary, callbacks will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Performances will run Jan. 27-Feb. 5. Tuition: $500 plus costume fees. Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. RR



Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Union Church of Hinsdale

137 S. Garfield Ave.

Come shop for clothing for the whole family, housewares, jewelry and more. Hours: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1.


Art for Education Sale

Through Oct. 1

Boulevard Fine Art

217 Burlington Ave., Clarendon Hills

Purchase artwork discounted 10 to 50 percent and have a portion of the proceeds donated to the District 181 Foundation. Discounts on framing are also available. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday


Camping Without Limits

Oct 1-2

Camp Bullfrog Lake

9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

(847) 533-2060

In partnership with Adaptive Adventures, this introductory camping experience provides a rich and challenging outdoor adventure experience along with adaptive cycling, climbing and kayaking for individuals with physical disabilities, their friends and families. RR

'Winnie the Pooh'

Weekends Oct. 1-30

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

The October Walking Play will feature a family friendly adaptation of the first book in the famous series by A.A. Milne. Meet Christopher Robin, Pooh and his forest companions in the arboretum's version of the 100 Acre Wood as they find friendship, mischief and honey. The play is performed by professional local actors, runs about 90 minutes long and will not exceed two miles in hiking distance. Times: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $15 for children. RR, MD

Birding by Boat

Oct. 2

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville

(630) 933-7248

Join a wildlife interpreter for a paddle on Silver Lake to look for birds along the shore. Participants can bring their own canoe or kayak or rent a kayak for an additional $15. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10. RR

Forest Hike

Oct. 3

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

(630) 933-7248

Enjoy some healthy exercise on a quick-paced 3.8-mile guided hike through the wonders of the preserve. Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cost: $5. RR


Chicagoland Daylily Society

Oct. 2

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The society will host Sandy Holmes of Riverbend Daylily Garden in Bellbrook, Ohio, and former president of Region 2 of the American Daylily Society to speak about her unique daylily hybrids and new developments at Riverbend Daylily Garden. There also will be a daylily auction, a photo contest and the election of society officers. Time: 2 to 5 p.m.


Puppy Yoga II

Oct. 1

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Experience a yoga class as rescue puppies from Mutts of the Midway roam free throughout the room. The yoga instructor will lead participants through moving, stretching and breathing exercises, at time incorporating the four-legged guests. After class, stay for a small meet, greet and play with the pups. Those 21 and older can enjoy a mimosa while they unwind. Puppies will also be available for adoption. The program is for ages 13 and up; bring a yoga mat and towel. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $25. RR, MD

Wellness House Book Club

Tuesdays, Oct. 4-25

Wellness House

131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale

(630) 323-5150

Join in a reading "Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted," Suleika's Jaouad's moving memoir of her experience of illness and recovery after a leukemia diagnosis at age 23. Jaouad's writing offers a powerful reflection on survivorship and an exploration of what it means to begin again. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR

Fitness in the Park

Mondays through Oct. 24

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this weekly series in conjunction with the Farmers Market. The series is led by a rotating group of fitness centers. The next session is Oct. 3 with Heather McCarthy. Time: 8 a.m.

Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge

Through Oct. 27

The DuPage County Forest Preserve District and Edward-Elmhurst Health is holding its eight-week challenge through which participants will receive hiking tips and insights and have access to special programs. Those who complete and track six hikes will receive a Take a Hike! Blaze Award. Visit the website above for details.


Great Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Oct. 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Decorate a literary-themed pumpkin using a favorite book, character, scene or quote at this drop-in activity. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. RR

First Aid for Kids

Oct. 8

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

This American Red Cross class for children ages 5-9 will teach basic health and safety tips focusing on shock, bleeding, choking, the Heimlich maneuver, burns, poisons and more. Participants receive a Red Cross certificate. Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $31. RR

Safari Land trip

Oct. 10

Leave from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can hop on a bus and spend their day off at Safari Land indoor amusement park in Villa Park. Participants need to bring a sack lunch. Extended hours are available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for an additional $30. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $80. RR, MD

Little Doctor's School

Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 13

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Through role-play and activities, kids ages 7-12 will learn the key responsibilities of a doctor and explore the heart, lungs and digestion using real medical instruments and practice scrubbing, suturing and tying knots like a real surgeon. Time: noon to 2 p.m. Cost: $165. RR, MD


Small Business Tips and Tactics

Oct. 3

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave

(630) 323-8188

Learn the basic steps to get started in your own business from small business owner and consultant Jennifer Barnes, who will offer strategies for determining the type of business one is best suited for, demonstrate how to write a simple business plan and cover simple marketing techniques for growth. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Helping Kids in Their Digital World

Oct. 4

To kick off its 2022-23 virtual Speaker Series, Nazareth Academy will host Dr. Devorah Heitner to present the program, "Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World." The program will be shown via Zoom, and registration is required using the website above, under the Parent/Student tab. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Protect Your Family Tree with Estate Planning

Oct. 11

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Learn how to leave assets to loved ones without court involvement with top tips from expert estate planning attorney Debra Anthony. The program is for adults of all ages. Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RR

An Evening with Jesmyn Ward

Oct. 12

The two-time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for her novels "Sing, Unburied, Sing" and "Salvage the Bones" will discuss how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice in this virtual program. Ward is a professor of creative writing at Tulane University, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR

United Foods of America: Barbecue

Oct. 13

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1986

Cooked low and slow, barbecue is one of America's favorite comfort foods. Learn about regional styles in hot spots like North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas, and stay for the tasty samples provided along the way. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

What Do You Say?

Oct. 18 & 19

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St. Hinsdale

The 2022-23 Community Speaker Series kicks off with William Stixrud and Ned Johnson providing information, advice and tips for parents on how to talk with kids to build motivation, stress tolerance and a happy home. The same program will be offered twice; it is open to the public. Times: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 or 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 19. RR


Mariachi Herencia de México with Lupita Infante

Oct. 2

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Chicago's Grammy-nominated Mariachi Herencia will pair up with Lupita Infante for an unforgettable night of classic mariachi music. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $42-$55.

Ellis Delaney with Emily White

Oct. 8

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

Spreading joy is what singer/songwriter Ellis Delaney does best, and it permeates throughout her new album, "Ordinary Love." Even amidst illness, loss, climate change and gun violence, Ellis finds joy and meaning from family, community connection and ordinary life. The concert is part of the Acoustic Renaissance Series. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.

The Doo Wop Project

Oct. 9

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Stars of Broadway's "Jersey Boys" and "Motown: The Musical" trace the evolution of Doo Wop from five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner in the '50s to the electrifying vibes of the biggest hits on the radio today. A MAC Chat discussion will be held before the program. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $43-$63.


'The Spitfire Grill'

Thursdays to Sundays, Oct. 6-16

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-3380

Enjoy this musical about a young woman named Percy who, free after a five-year prison sentence, finds a new home in the small, depressed town of Gilead, Wis., and a job at the crumbling Spitfire Grill diner. The crusty widow owner Hannah has been trying unsuccessfully to sell it, so Percy convinces her to raffle it off the grill through an essay contest. Entries come pouring in and things really start jumping. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $27, $14 for children and students.

'Clybourne Park'

Thursdays to Sundays through Oct. 9

McAninch Arts Center College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble will perform this provocative, satirical exploration of race in America wrapped in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

'Murder on the Orient Express'

Through Oct. 23

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer before they strike again in this classic Agatha Christie whodunit. 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: $69-$84, $5 senior discount for Wednesday and Thursday matinées.


Rotary Run

Oct. 2

Hinsdale's Family Run

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The 28th annual Rotary Run Charity Classic offers the whole family run/walk race opportunities while raising money for local and international charities. The morning features the Hinsdale Bank & Trust 10K Run, the Rooney Family 5K Run, the MPS Loria Financial Planners 3K Run, the Jaguar-Land Rover Hinsdale 5K Walk, the DeSitter Flooring 3K Walk, and the Murphy Construction The Mutt Strut for pets and strollers. Participants receive a T-shirt. Times: 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. starts. Cost: $30 per person, $100 per family. RR

A Walk to Remember

Oct. 15

Riverwalk Grand Pavilion

500 Jackson Ave., Naperville

SHARE's 18th annual event will benefit the agency's counseling services, bereavement training and education, and the Wings of Hope Angel Garden at Edward Hospital, an outdoor space designed to provide peace and comfort for those who have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death. Time: 8:30 a.m. check-in, 9:30 a.m. service featuring music, poetry and a reading of baby names, 10:15 a.m. walk. RR


Petoberfest Chili Cook-Off!

Oct. 9

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

(630) 323-5630

Come watch the Bears vs. Vikings game and either enter the best chili contest or purchase an entry ticket. Purchase 10 tickets to take part in the whiskey tasting, beer pull, snacks and more. A Hinsdale fire truck will be on hand for the kids. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $20 to enter contest; $10-$15 to attend; purchase 10 tickets for $10 for the whiskey tasting, beer pull & snacks.

HPL After Dark: Trivia Night

Oct. 14

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Gather a team of six to 10 and register for this fun event. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The event is limited to 12 teams; indicate the number of people on the team when registering. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Cabaret ZaZou!

Oct. 12

Leave from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Join this trip to the Cambria Hotel Theatre to see the opening of this new production from Teatro ZinZanni's. The whirlwind of live comedy, music and cirque will be served with a multi-course gourmet feast. Choose from five different entrées, which are made at the table; cocktails can be purchased individually. The fee includes round-trip motor coach transportation, brunch and the show. Time: 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Cost: $200. RR, MD


Arts and Crafts Fair

Oct. 2

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy the Cook County Forest Preserve District's 57th annual arts and craft fair, featuring art of all styles inspired by nature for sale. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hinsdale Farmer's Market

Mondays through Oct. 31

Chicago Avenue from Garfield to Washington

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

Wee ones

Little Vet School

Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 13

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids ages 4-6 will "adopt" their very own plush puppy, then roleplay the key responsibilities of a veterinarian, including how to properly perform a nose-to-tail exam, sew stitches, remove ticks, make healthy treats and vaccinate a dog. Time: 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Cost: $165. RR, MD


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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