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Community Events Calendar


October 17, 2019

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Jennifer Torchia (from left), Philip Johnson, Tim Gannon and Linda Cunningham star in the thriller "Accomplice," which opens tonight at the Theatre of Western Springs.


Exploring the Art of Asia

Oct. 21

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Focusing on the art of India, China and Japan, Phyllis Kozlowski's lecture, part of the Armchair Art History series, will introduce some of the key works of art and architecture from each of the cultures, including Japanese block printing, the Indian Stupa and the Terra Cotta Warriors. The second program in the series, Exploring Native America, will be held Oct. 28 at the same time and location. The programs is for ages 16 and up. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $50. RR, MD

Mie Kongo lecture

Oct. 22

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Growing up on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan and now living and working in Evanston, Kongo makes multidisciplinary work including ceramic sculptures, installations, 2D work and porcelain designed objects. She is an adjunct associate professor in the ceramics department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. This lecture is part of the Visiting Artist Series to provide opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design and culture. Time: 11 a.m.

'Belief Becomes'

Through Oct. 31

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Gabrielle Tufano's abstract watercolors are on display on the second floor as part of the LyArts program. Tufano has taken inspiration from American author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury and created stunning abstract watercolor pieces that invoke the viewer to stop thinking and start feeling. Meet the artist and enjoy wine and light appetizers from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. RSVP to Jimmy McDermott at


'The Women of Lockerbie'

Oct. 17-19

Hinsdale Central High School

5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale

In Hinsdale Central Drama's freshman play, a mother from New Jersey is found roaming the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for the remains of her son, who was killed in the crash of Pan Am Flight 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. Times: 7 p.m. Oct. 17 & 18, 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets: $10.


The Science of Christianity

Oct. 26

Clarendon Hills Middle School

301 Chicago Ave.

(630) 323-0781

Mary Alice Rose, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will speak from her 20-year career in different areas of applied physical science, including meteorology and working with the Hubble Space Telescope. The one-hour talk is sponsored by 1st Church of Christ Scientist churches in Hinsdale and Elmhurst. Time: 2 p.m.

Abide With Me

Oct. 26

Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church

221 N. Oak St.

This Praise Festival of Men's Voices will feature the Hanson Place Men's Chorale, Men of A-Chord, Singing Men of Oak Brook and Hinsdale Men's Chorus. Time: 7 p.m.

Jewish-Palestinian Relations

Oct. 29

Congregation Etz Chaim

1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard

Congregation Etz Chaim, Congregation Sinai in Chicago, Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago welcome Shadi Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger to discuss Jewish-Palestinian Relationships and their work with the nonprofit group Roots to bring about peace in the West Bank. Awwad, the Roots Palestinian youth director, and Schlesinger, Roots co-founder, will share their personal, interconnected stories and present their groundbreaking grassroots initiative. Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Cherish Marriage Conference

Nov. 8 & 9

The Chapel

620 N. Oak St., Hinsdale

Best-selling author Gary Thomas draws from decades of experience with couples in leading this conference, believing that when spouses choose to notice, appreciate, honor and encourage one another, it will bring hope, light and life into the relationship. Times: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. Cost: $30 per couple. RR


Cookies and Canvas

Oct. 26

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

630) 323-7500

This class for kids ages 6 1/2 and older, along with parents, combines paints and sweets. Work with all kinds of painting approaches and take the creations home. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $25. RR, MD


Maureen Claffy Scarves Trunk Show

Oct. 25 & 26

Sweet William

15 E. First St., Hinsdale

Local artist Maureen Claffy will debut her inaugural collection of scarves during this special trunk show. Thirteen of her original paintings printed on organic cashmere-modal fabric using sustainable inks will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the trunk show will benefit Reclaim 13, a local nonprofit that brings shelter and healing to local child victims of sexual trafficking. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

Think Pink

Throughout October

Harry & Eddie's

29 E. First St., Hinsdale

(630) 590-9047

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the restaurant will donate a $1 from every sale of roasted salmon or glass of rosé during October to Livingwell Cancer Resource Center.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Nov. 3

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Enjoy barbecue from Sweet Baby Rays, brews from Motor Row Brewery and the music of The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars at this family-friendly event - including a kids games room - with 100 percent of ticket purchases benefiting HCS Family Services food pantries. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $60, $10 for ages 3-18.

Schools Count Corp. Appreciation Dinner

Nov. 6

Hinsdale Central High School

5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale

The public is invited to this free pasta dinner, at which CPS principals will express their gratitude for assistance, and Central graduate Col. Imad Haque will speak on being of service. Schools Count Corp. will offer an update on efforts in Chicago, Harvey, the Bahamas and other regions. The menu includes pasta, salad, a vegetable, dessert and refreshment. RSVP to Dick Flesher at the email address listed above by Oct. 25. Time: 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.



Mondays, Oct. 28-Dec. 16

KLM Lodge

5901 County Line Road, Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Students will learn the basics of attack and defense as well as strategies that create the foundation for their fencing game. Each class will have instruction and bouting; all equipment is provided. This class is for beginners and advanced fencers ages 8 and older and is family-friendly. Time: 4:45 to 5:45 for advanced, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. for beginners. Cost: $70. RR

Boys Lacrosse

Sundays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15

Westmont Yard

233 W. 63rd St.

(630) 789-7090

This program is for beginners and experienced players from kindergarten to eighth grade. Participants must have a lacrosse stick, mouthpiece, helmet with face guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, lacrosse gloves and cup. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $170. RR

Nerf Flag Football

Tuesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 17

Robbins Park/Madison School

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids age 5-7 will learn the skills to get started in football, including passing, catching, game rules, field positions and strategies. Games will be played at the end of each class. Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $58. RR

Jodie Harrison Basketball League registration


The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

In its 35th year, this recreational league is open to grades two through eight, focusing on instruction and helping kids learn and enjoy the game of basketball. Teams will be selected first based on years of experience and school attendance area. Evaluations will be held for those in grades four through eight on Nov. 10 or Dec. 12. Players receive a T-shirt or jersey. Practices begin the week of Jan. 6; games begin the week of Jan. 18-19. Cost: $190 for grades two to four; $205 for grades five to eight. RR, MD


Red Gate Woods: Beginning of the Atomic Age

Oct. 27

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

(630) 257-2045

What happened in a southwestern forest preserve that changed the world? Meet at Sagawau for a presentation, then drive to Red Gate Woods and hike to the site of the world's first nuclear reactor. The program is for ages 16 and up. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. RR

'The Sherlock Scandal'

Weekends through Oct. 27

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

Enjoy an interactive, outdoor theatrical experience as the famous detectives find themselves investigating a blackmail scandal with a notorious rock star and his fiancée. The arboretum's 1,700 acres of trees and landscapes serve as the stage and scenery as performers and audience members will hike about 1 mile, from one scene to another, throughout the performance, which runs about 90 minutes. The performance is for ages 10 and up. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $20, $15 for children. MD

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Nov. 2

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve

Route 53 just west of Butterfield Road, Downers Grove

(630) 206-9630

Volunteers of all ages are invited to help local habitats by removing litter. Individuals and families as well as school, church, Scout and other groups are invited. Adults must accompany children under 18. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, waterproof boots and gloves. Time: 9 a.m. to noon. RR


Suburban Garden Club

Oct. 21

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 202-5739

Speaker Nanette Kalscheur, recently retired plant and pesticide specialist at the Department of Agriculture, will talk about "New Invader Species." She has also volunteered as a master gardener with University of Illinois Extension for 22 years. Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.


Healthy Cooking for Breast Cancer

Oct. 19

Wellness House

131 N. County Line Road

(630) 323-5150

This cooking demonstration/discussion is specifically focused on healthy eating for breast cancer and is open to diagnosed individuals and caregivers. Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon. RR

'Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance'

Tuesdays, Oct. 22 to Nov. 12

Wellness House

131 N. County Line Road

(630) 323-5150

This series explores Angela Duckworth's book, in which she examines the role committed effort plays when encountering difficult life circumstances. Through real life examples and stories of those who have overcome setbacks, readers learn the characteristics of successful people and how to build grit in their own lives. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. RR

Raising Healthy Teens: Marijuana

Oct. 29

Robert Crown Center for Health Education

15 Spinning Wheel Road, Hinsdale

Robert Crown staffers Katie Gallagher, education director, and Chris Crabtree, curriculum consultant, will talk about today's marijuana and recent changes in legislation regulating it. Learn about the increasing potency of marijuana and the risks associated with teen use. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Checkmate Chess

Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 3

Burr Ridge Community Center

15W400 Harvester Drive

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 5-12 will learn how to win at chess through fun, interactive teaching periods and guided practice time under the tutelage of an experienced Chess Scholars coach. New and returning participants are welcome, and there will be a competition with prizes. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $107. RR


Wednesdays, Oct. 30-Dec. 11

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

Youth in kindergarten through eighth grade will learn cheers as well as poms choreography in this Chicago Loves Dance program. Parents are invited to join the last 15 minutes of the final class for a performance. Time: 5 to 5:55 p.m. Cost: $78. RR

Gizmos Fun Factory

Nov. 1

Leave from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can enjoy their day off school playing arcade games, riding the bumper cars and go karts, playing laser tag, riding a zip line and more at this amusement center. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $70. RR, MD


The Self-Driven Child

Oct. 22

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Clinical neuropsychologist William Stixrud and teen motivational coach Ned Johnson, co-authors of the book "The Self-Driven Child," will discuss today's common stressors and describe compassionate, concrete solutions to help children of all ages move from feelings of powerlessness to purpose, ready to take on new challenges on the real road to success. The program is part of the Community Speaker Series sponsored by District 86 and District 181. Attendees can choose from the morning or evening session. Times: 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Illinois Doesn't Have Parole - Let's Change That

Oct. 20

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

17 West Maple St.

Rebecca Bretz, executive director of Parole Illinois, and Kilroy Watkins, formerly incarcerated by IDOC, will talk about Illinois' dismantling of its parole systems in 1978, removing convicts' opportunity to be released early. Childcare will be provided and snacks will be served; free will offerings will be collected. Time: noon to 2 p.m.


The Oriana Singers

Oct. 20

Community Presbyterian Church

39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills

The Oriana Singers have been stretching artistic boundaries since first coming together in 1979. Led by noted conductor William Chin, the ensemble has been recognized by leading critics for making a difference in presenting a wide range of a cappella music for diverse audiences, its innovative programming and offering music otherwise not heard elsewhere. Time: 3 p.m.

The Four Italian Tenors: Viva Italia!

Oct. 26

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Fusing wit and charm with romanticism, lyricism and dramatic flair, the quartet will perform a salute to Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. VIP Suite Service, offering a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception followed by coffee and dessert at intermission, is available for an additional $30. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49-$59.

'Serious Fun'

Oct. 27

Hinsdale Central High School

55th and Grant streets, Hinsdale

(630) 887-7464

The West Suburban Symphony, conducted by Peter Lipari, opens its 73rd season with a concert featuring four light-hearted compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich. Time: 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $23 for seniors, $5 for teens, free for children.


'I'm Not Running'

Oct. 20

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She becomes an independent MP in Parliament and, as media and public pressure mounts on her to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonizing decision. This broadcast comes directly from the National Theatre stage in London. Times: 2 p.m. Cost: $24.


'Becky's New Car'

Fridays to Sundays, Oct. 18-Nov. 9

Village Theatre Guild

2S720 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 469-8230

This Village Theatre Guild production follows Becky Foster, caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works, and she is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. Hinsdale's Susan O'Byrne stars as Becky. Times: 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, with 3 p.m. matinées Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 27, Nov. 2, 3 & 9. Tickets: $19.99.

'The Wolves'

Through Oct. 20

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

The Wolves is more than just an indoor soccer team ready for practice. Each player is waging her own set of questions and battles. This is a portrait of the demands a teenage athlete, daughter, student and teammate must deal with while working to win the game of life and soccer. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $16, $14 for students.


Through Oct. 27

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

This rollercoaster ride of a thriller by Rupert Holmes will leave audience members gasping and guffawing at the twists and turns. Times: 8 p.m. Oct. 17-19 & 24-25; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 26; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets: $22-$24.

Sherlock's Last Case

Through Nov. 3

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 986-8067

First Folio Theatre presents this thrilling adventure mixing suspense, humor and breath-stopping surprises. When Sherlock Holmes' life is threatened, it's up to the ever-dependable Dr. Watson to solve the case. Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays; 3 p.m. Thursdays & Sundays; 4 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $34-$44, $29-$39 for seniors and students; $10 for children 14 and younger.

'The Color Purple: The Musical'

Through Nov. 3

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s, as she navigates her adoration for her sister and her beloved children, the strife of being in an abusive relationship and her own spirituality. This inspiring musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker. Parental guidance for children 13 and younger is suggested. Dining and show packages are available. Show times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays. Tickets: $55-$70.


Cantigny 5K Run/Walk

Nov. 2

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

This chip-timed event is limited to 1,000 runners, with proceeds benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. There are categories for adults, youth and tots. Optional race shirts are $10-$12. Time: 9 a.m. Cost: $20, $8 for youth, $5 for tots. RR


AARP Driver Safety Program

Oct 22 & 23

The Community House

415 Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Drivers over the age of 50 who wish to update their driving skills can take this classroom-only class. Many insurance companies offer a discount to drivers who have taken this program; participants must attend both days to receive certification. Participants must register in person. Cost: $20, $15 for AARP members. RR

Huh? Help Us Hear!

Oct. 24

Aging Care Connections

111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange

(708) 603-2277

Learn from a hearing assistive trainer how to advocate for yourself whether in a noisy environment or at a movie or performance and the best way to have face-to-face conversations. Contact Renata Vitali at to RSVP or with questions. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. RR

Financial Health Seminar

Nov. 7

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(224) 645-0971

JourneyCare Foundation is offering this free seminar focused on the estate planning documents every adult should have and how tax reform has affected estate planning, along with strategies to reduce income taxes before year end. Industry experts - including an attorney and accountant - will be on hand to answer questions. Lunch will be provided. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Studio acting workshop

Oct. 26-Nov. 10

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

Those interested in being on stage at the Theatre of Western Springs should participate in this two-week workshop, regardless of acting experience. Eddie Sugarman, TWS executive artistic director, will lead the workshop. Attendance is required at 11 of the 13 sessions; the workshop culminates in a presentation of short scenes the final evening, followed by a welcome reception. Times: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 7 to 10:30 p.m. depending on the day; see website for full schedule. Cost: $40.

Heart Saver CPR

Nov. 2

Hinsdale Fire Department

121 Symonds Drive

(630) 789-7090

The class is intended for people who need or desire certification in CPR but are not healthcare professionals. Classes include a pocket mask and training on automatic external defibrillators. Time: 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50. RR


Shredding event

Oct. 19

Parking lot

1 N. Cass Ave., Westmont

(630) 852-8633

State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-47, Elmhurst) is hosting this free event for residential use only in conjunction with the Trick or Treat Trail. There is a limit of two bags/boxes of paper documents per vehicle; no electronics will be accepted. Drivers should enter the lot off Burlington Avenue and look for reserved parking in the drop-off zone. Volunteers will unload the bags/boxes; drivers who wish to watch their documents as they are shredded may park in designated spots. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Sports and More

Mondays, Oct. 21-Nov. 18

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Children ages 3-5 will be introduced to the fundamentals of sports including basketball, floor hockey, football, kickball, soccer, T-ball and more, while developing motor skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. Time: 11 to 11:45 a.m. Cost: $50. RR, MD

Community Art Storytime

Oct. 28

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 976-1976

Kids ages 4 and up are invited join Hinsdale artist and teacher Maureen Claffy for an exploration of narrative with a fun community art project in this hands-on class. No experience is necessary. Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. RR

Little Actors Studio

Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 10

Clarendon Hills Community Center

315 Chicago Ave.

(630) 789-7090

Children ages 3-6 will take an exciting adventure each week into the imagination with changing themes, music, costumes, props and playbills while learning theater terms and enhancing their spontaneity. Time: 12:15 to 1 p.m. Cost: $65. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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