Community Events Calendar
Last updated 4/15/2021 at 12:29am
Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Revolution
John Paris, College of DuPage professor of history and Latin American Studies, covers the social and political consequences of the Mexican Revolution, how it sparked the Constitution of 1917 and its impact on members of Mexico's art community, including Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, in this virtual program livestreamed on the website above and on Facebook. Time: 7 p.m.
Erin Wiersma, Terry Conrad & John Sabraw panel discussion
As part of The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series, these three artists will take part in a virtual panel discussion moderated by David Ouellette. Wiersma's artistic practice focuses on the body's capacity to absorb and respond to an environment, and she is creating works on paper with the land at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, one of the few remaining protected grasslands in the world. Conrad is interested in the community aspects of printmaking and the trace materials found within the landscape. Artist, activist and environmentalist Sabraw produces paintings, drawings and collaborative installations in an eco-conscious manner, working toward a fully sustainable practice. The program is free. Time: 11 a.m. RR
Frida Kahlo, America and the Impact of Place
In this virtual lecture, Celia Stahr, author of "Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist," details Kahlo's early days in San Francisco, New York and Detroit in the 1930s during the early days of her marriage with Diego Rivera. This period saw major steps towards Kahlo's creative awakening, which Stahr will explore. A streaming link will be sent to ticket holders. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $10
American Youth Symphony Orchestra
The AYSO is holding virtual auditions for all string, wind, brass, percussion and piano musicians ages 7-18. Students must have a minimum of two years of instruction/playing experience and should perform one level-appropriate piece/movement up to 5 minutes in length; memorization is strongly encouraged. The auditions will be conducted via Dropbox. Additional audition dates are scheduled for May 30 and June 27. Fee: $25.
'10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine'
Hinsdale Central Drama presents its Freshman Show all-virtual production, featuring 17 members of the class of 2024. The show is set in the spring of 2020 with America's teens desperate to find a way to keep themselves occupied while stuck endlessly inside of their homes. Tickets: donations will be accepted.
Hall of Fame nominees sought
Through May 1
The Hinsdale Central Foundation is accepting nominations for 2021 inductees to the Hall of Fame. Honorees will be recognized, along with 2020 inductees, at a Sept. 30 dinner at Ruth Lake Country Club. Individuals who have distinguished themselves and exemplify the values and traditions of Hinsdale Central are eligible; nominees do not have to be Central graduates. More information is available on the website listed above.
Teacher Appreciation Week fundraiser
Through May 3
Consider making a donation to the Hinsdale Central Foundation in honor of someone who is special to a student - a teacher, coach, sponsor, counselor or staff member. The honored individual will receive a letter with a personalized message included and a special certificate to display. Donations will help support programming that benefits teachers, students and families throughout Red Devil Nation.
9 W. First St.
Curbside pickup, delivery and Grubhub delivery available for take-and-bake pizzas, cooked pizzas and other items. Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
114 S. Washington St.
Limited indoor dining, curbside pickup and free delivery available, plus frozen pizzas available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Café la Fortuna
46 Village Place
Curbside pickup and Door Dash available. Hours: 7 a.m. to noon Monday to Saturday.
25 E. Hinsdale Ave.
Limited indoor seating, delivery available through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Hours: noon to 9 p.m.
777 N. York Road
Limited indoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash available. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
9 S. Lincoln St.
Takeout, pickup and delivery available. Only three customers are allowed inside the shop at a time. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
35 E. First St.
Limited indoor dining, outdoor dining in heated tent, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats available. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
40 Village Place
Regular or noncontact delivery and carryout available. Hours: starting at 4 p.m.
777 N. York Road
Takeout available. Hours: 11:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Tuesdays.
8 E. First St.
Limited indoor dining, outdoor dining in heated tent, curbside carryout and delivery with DoorDash and Grub Hub available. Hours: noon to 2:30 p.m. weekdays for lunch, 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 5 to 10 p.m. weekends for dinner.
43 S. Washington St.
Limited indoor dining, carryout available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
18 E. First St.
Limited indoor dining, outdoor dining in heated tent, curbside pickup available. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
26 1/2 E. First St.
Limited indoor dining, carryout available. To preorder doughnuts, send a text to (708) 476-0900 with name, quantity and day to pick up. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
Sweet Ali's Bakery
13 W. First St.
Curbside pickup available. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Toni Patisserie & Café
51 S. Washington St.
Limited indoor dining, carryout and delivery through Door Dash and Grub Hub available. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
112 S. Washington St.
Limited indoor dining. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday & Tuesday through Thursday; 5 to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday; closed Mondays.
44 S. Washington St.
Carryout and delivery available. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
13 Grant Square
Limited indoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats available. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Trees in Bloom Woodland Family Hikes
Wednesdays & Saturdays in April
4100 Route 53, Lisle
Get inspired by the beauty of some of the earliest bloomers in the arboretum's collections, and learn how to plant and care for a tree sapling to take home on this guided, family-paced hike. Times: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $17. RR, MD
Virtual Family Bingo Boogie
Families are invited to join this Hinsdale Public Library virtual program to play a few rounds of Bingo and dance to some favorite tunes. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR
The Progressive Farm: A Barnyard Tour
Through June 28
Kline Creek Farm
Join a costumed heritage interpreter and explore the connections between farming at the end of the 19th century and today, looking closely at the farm's buildings, implements and animals. Masks are required, and tours are first come, first served with a 10-person limit. Times: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. tours Thursdays through Mondays.
FOR A CAUSE
Mother's Day flower sale
April 19 order deadline
Hydrangeas and geraniums in a variety of colors are available in this fundraiser sponsored by the Women's Society of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs. Order online and pick up plants from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at First Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs (enter the parking lot off Woodland Avenue). Profits from the sale will be used to fund support of nonprofit organizations locally and in the wider world. Call Nancy DiCiurcio at the number listed above with any questions.
Park Clean-Up Day
In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Hinsdale residents of all ages, Scout groups, churches, businesses and service organizations are invited to give back by helping spruce up the village's parks. Projects will include planting, painting, debris removal and more. Individuals and/or groups may request a specific park to work at. Plant donations are welcome. Time: 4 p.m. dusk.
RISE Field Hockey
Thursdays, April 22-June 3
Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale
Kids ages 5-14 can try out this sport. Players must bring shin guards, a mouth guard and water. Sticks are recommended, but loaners will be available; stick packages are available to purchase. Times: 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 5-9, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 10-14. Cost: $175 for ages 5-9, $245 for ages 10-14. RR
3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook
Discover new and exciting nature facts and finds while exploring a preserve on a casual 2- mile guided walk. Masks are required. All ages are welcome; those under 18 must be with an adult. Times: 9 and 11 a.m. Cost: $5. RR
Women's Outdoor Adventure Series: Fishing
Wood Dale Grove
Wood Dale Road north of Lake Street, Wood Dale
Enjoy great camaraderie while learning about fish ecology and identification as well as techniques and regulations. The program is for ages 18 and up, and masks are required. Participants are encouraged to bring fishing gear, as a limited supply is available; bait will be provided. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $5. RR
Spring Wildflower Walk
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
Learn to identify the diverse and short-lived woodland and prairie wildflowers on a naturalist led guided hike. The program is for ages 10 an up and the pace is average to slow. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR
Spring Sensory Night Hike
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
Join a naturalist on a hike along the trail, opening the senses to the tunes and wonders of the night. Ages 10 and up are welcome; the pace is average to slow. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 8 p.m. RR
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
Join this one-mile hike in search of wildflowers while listening to stories about the many ephemeral wildflowers that bloom during spring at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR
Mayslake by Moonlight
April 26 & 27
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
After the sun sets, enjoy an outdoor walking tour of Mayslake's grounds while hearing about urban legends, tales of hauntings, stories of mischief and the property's history and ownership. The program is for all ages; those under 18 must be with an adult. Masks are required, and participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15.
Growing Equity through Planting Trees
This online panel discussion will explore partnerships between communities of color and tree planting organizations to help improve tree canopy in the places that need it most. Panelists will share the benefits that trees provide; discuss how to form transformational partnerships that empower community members in decisions, planting, and care; and share examples of successful collaborations with community tree planting efforts. A small-group break-out session to discuss real-world strategies on the topic will follow the panel talk. Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free, $10-$25 donation suggested. RR
Starting Your Vegetable Garden
April 21, 28 & May 5
This three-week online Morton Arboretum course led by Kasey Eaves, owner of Vivant Gardening Services, will equip new gardeners with the knowledge needed to start growing vegetables and other edibles. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $60. RR, MD
Spring into Gardening
1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Cantigny horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare one's garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start a garden on the path to greatness. This walk will take place in the outdoor gardens, and group is limited to 18 individuals. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: Free with paid parking. RR
Native Plant Sale
Through May 13
Gardeners are invited to plant local and think global by buying native plants through this annual DuPage County Forest Preserve District event. A catalog with photos, descriptions and prices is available at the website listed above. Plant pickup will be curbside May 14-15 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. There is a five-plant minimum on orders and no in-person shopping this year. Proceeds from the sale will support forest district educational programming.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
Dr. Parth Modi, urologic oncologist at UChicago Medicine, will discuss when active surveillance is a viable option, considerations and risks, and what to expect out of the monitoring process in this virtual program, which is part of the Top Doc Lecture Series. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. RR
JUST FOR KIDS
First Folio Bedtime Tales
Through July 15
First Folio Artistic Associates Diana Coates and Michael Goldberg will help read children to sleep with bedtime tales posted new each month and chosen specifically with little ones in mind. Two new videos are added each month.
LISTEN & LEARN
Financial Awareness 101
April 17 & 24
The Work + Shop
14 W. First St., Hinsdale
The series continues with expert presentations on "Making a Large Purchase and How to Finance It" April 17 and "Investing 101" on April 24. RSVP to [email protected] Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m. RR
'Mindwise: A Guide to Understanding the Minds of Others'
In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago award-winning psychologist Nicholas Epley reveals what scientists have learned about our ability to understand other people and the surprising mistakes we often make. This Zoom webinar presentation modeled after Epley's book, "Mindwise," will not turn other people into open books, but will provide the wisdom to revolutionize how to think about them - and yourself. This livestream event will also be recorded and made available only to those who register. The program is presented by The Community Speaker Series, District 181 and District 86. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR
Simple Strategies for Sustainability
Learn simple strategies anyone can follow to help keep the planet healthy for future generations in this virtual Hinsdale Public Library program celebrating Earth Day. Receive tips on shopping, like which products to avoid, as well as easy composting methods and better ways to reuse and recycle items, including a simple upcycled craft using items at home. An online meeting invitation will be sent before the session. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR
Learn about the benefits of using a Chromebook, how it differs from a PC and how to get the most out of using one in this online program. Include an email address when registering to receive the meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
April 17 premiere
International pianist Wael Farouk and the New Philharmonic orchestra will give a livestream performance from College of DuPage's McAninch Art Center of Rachmaninoff's Concerto 1 in F-sharp minor, Concerto 2 in C minor and Concerto 3 in D-minor. Following the premiere, the concert will be available on demand through June 15. A video interview of Wael Farouk with MAC Director Diana Martinez and Maestro Kirk Muspratt is available at the website above. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 per household.
Join the performer tabbed "folk music's Renaissance man" for his livestreamed concert, "The Old Home Place: An All-Request Show with Old Friends." Requests can be made in the program's chat feature. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $20, $30 for families, $10 for students. RR
The Tower Chorale Rocks
Through May 11
The Tower Chorale's mini virtual pops concert, featuring classic rock songs, "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John, "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King and an exciting a cappella eight-part arrangement of "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra, is available on the website listed above. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated and can be made through the website. Time: 3 p.m.
'Jason & Elvis'
The Theatre of Western Springs' newest offering from its TWS Connections series is this 15-minute film written by Steven Simoncic, directed by Angelee Johns, and featuring TWS actor Jason McCargo and Children's Theatre student Cooper Brown. Use the link listed above and enjoy the sweet, funny and touching story of a shy boy who finds courage and self confidence from the King himself.
'War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast
April 15-18, 22-25
College of DuPage's College Theater virtually presents this radio-play-within-a-play, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, as a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and a timely reminder of what fear can do to a society. A streaming link will be sent to ticket holders. A post-show discussion with the director, production team and actors will be held on Zoom. April 15. Time: 7 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $16 per household.
Naz Drama will share its spring musical as a pre-recorded production with ticketed showtimes. Cast members include Hinsdale residents Lorraine Healy (Miss Hannigan), Harrison Gianares (President Roosevelt), Emma Francis (Perkins/Boylan Sister/chorus) and Olivia Schaff (July). Time: 7 p.m. April 16-17, 1 p.m. April 18. Tickets: $18 single viewer, $22 two viewers, $30 family of five, $40 watch party of six or more.
RUNS & WALKS
The Champion of Trees 10K
April 17 or 18
4100 Route 53, Lisle
Join this 11th annual 10K run and walk, socially distanced and following a course through the breathtakingly scenic spring landscape of the arboretum. Participants in the virtual Champion of Trees 10K can run or walk on the course and date of their choosing. The event supports the arboretum's work to plant and protect trees. Start times: 7 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50. RR, MD
Walk for Wellness House
Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's event will take place at various places. Registrants will commit to walking 1 mile (or a 10 Step Walk) during one-hour reserved time slots at Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale; at forest preserves in Cook or DuPage counties; or any location of choice. Registrants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. There are extra incentives for individuals and teams that reach fundraising milestones. Cost: $30. RR
Earth Day: A Party for the Planet
3300 Golf Road
Zoo visitors can learn steps anyone can take to make a difference for animals across the globe. The zoo will also collect electronics, textiles, used books and other recyclables (visit the website above for a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items). Drive into the north parking lot and representatives from the zoo and its partnering organizations will collect the items. Reservations are required for zoo admission but not for recycling drop-off. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. recycling drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. zoo. Admission: $24.95. $19.95 for seniors, $17.95 for ages 3-11 plus $15 parking.
TEENS & TWEENS
Teen JackBox Party Games
Join this Hinsdale Public Library Zoom program for an action-packed afternoon of JackBox Party Games. An online meeting invitation will be sent before the session. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. RR
Mindfulness for Teens
Teens are invited to relax their bodies and minds by practicing mindfulness in this Hinsdale Public Library group Zoom session, using breathing methods, guided imagery and more to help reduce stress. Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
RR - registration required
MD - member discount