Community Events Calendar
Last updated 5/6/2021 at 12:05am
Nature Photography Workshop: The Minimalist Image
May 12, 15 & 19
4100 Route 53, Lisle
In this online and in-person class, explore the stark beauty of minimalist nature photography, stripping compositions down to the bare essentials and removing clutter that distracts viewers from the main subject. Learn to use minimalism to produce artistic and visually soothing images with plenty of breathing room (white space) by creating a sense of scale and considering color, contrast, texture and patterns. The first and final sessions will be online, with outdoor field trip at the arboretum with the instructor in between. Times: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. May 12 & 19 (online), 8 to 11 a.m. May 15 (in-person). Cost: $80. RR, MD
Frida Kahlo: A Politics of Subjectivity and Self-Representation
Frida Kahlo’s work, little known and appreciated during her lifetime, acquired importance and preeminence in the light of second-wave feminism, precisely because of its distinctive qualities that relate it to the feminist motto “The personal is political.” This talk will examine and contextualize specific works by Kahlo in order to illuminate the relevance of her work to contemporary issues of subjectivity, performativity and self-representation, suggesting a reading of the upcoming “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibit through this lens. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $14.50.
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. An additional audition dates is set for June 27. Fee: $25.
Mother Daughter Tea and Shopping Event
14 W. First St., Hinsdale
In honor of Mother’s Day, moms and daughters can spend some quality time together sipping some tea and enjoying a variety of finger sandwiches and sweets catered in by DiLeo’s. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20. RR
‘Marvelous Mothers of History and Today’
Available on demand throughout May
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Clarendon Hills Library presents this program by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen, in which she will weave true stories of extraordinary women doing extraordinary things into a special tale for this annual celebration of mothers. The program may be viewed on demand through the website listed above.
‘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.
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.
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.
Indoor dining, delivery available through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Hours: noon to 9 p.m.
29 E. First St.
Opening soon at new downtown Hinsdale location.
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.
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
Indoor dining, regular or noncontact delivery and carryout available. Hours: starting at 4 p.m.
777 N. York Road
Indoor dining, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Indoor and outdoor dining, carryout available. To preorder doughnuts, send a text to (708) 476-0900 with name, quantity and day to pick up. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 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.
n Toni Patisserie & Café
51 S. Washington St.
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.
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.
Indoor dining, 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
Indoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats available. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Hinsdale Book Walks
320 N. Vine St.
Discover a Hinsdale park and read a book during this new series co-sponsored by the village and the Hinsdale Public Library. Each month a book geared toward families with children under age 10 will be featured and displayed in a village park; this month’s title is “Play Outside” by Laurent Moreau. Additional walks are planned for June, July and August in different parks. Participants are invited to tag the village and library using @HinsdaleParks and @HinsdaleLibrary.
Mom and Me Tea May 20
Westmont Community Center
75 Richmond St.
Moms with their daughters or sons ages 3-10 will design and decorate a teapot planter and bracelets or keychains with charms. Participants will be provided their own kit with supplies just for them to take home. A keepsake surprise also will be provided. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $28 per couple, $26 for each additional child. 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
Hinsdale Village Hall
20 E. Maple St.
American Legion Post 250 is hosting a shredding event fundraiser, with shredding provided by Citadel Information Management. Cash donations or checks made out to American Legion Post 250 will be accepted. Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chicago Elite Youth Volleyball
Tuesdays, May 11-June 1
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
This program is designed to introduce children to the game of volleyball and continue to improve their individual skill development in the sport with instruction in passing, setting, attacking, blocking, serving, defense and movement. Players will be divided according to skill level and age and challenged accordingly. Times: 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 6-11, 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 11-14. Cost: $80.
Pickleball Summer Kick-Off
Third and Columbia streets, Hinsdale
Find out what pickleball is all about. Players of all levels are invited to a fun night of open play, skills contests, round robins, prizes, music and pre-packaged snacks. Beginners are encouraged to come learn about the sport; some equipment will be available. All ages are welcome; those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20 per person. RR
Blackwell Family Campground Opens
Blackwell Forest Preserve
Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville
Spend a night under the stars at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s family campground at Blackwell. The campground, open weekends through Sept. 25, has restrooms, showers and hand water pumps along with a water-fill station and a dump station for RVs. Campsites have electricity and can accommodate visitors with tents, trailers and motor homes. Each has a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table and can hold up to eight people, two tents and one vehicle. Camping permits must be purchased at least three full business days in advance.
World Migratory Bird Day Walk
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
Take an early morning walk through various habitats in search of birds making their way north. Bring binoculars; some are available for loan. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 7 to 8:30 a.m. RR
West DuPage Woods
Route 59 just north of Roosevelt Road, West Chicago
Search for the bright, colorful feathers of neotropical migrants on a guided hike. The program is for ages 18 and up, and masks are required. Participants should bring binoculars and water. Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $5. RR
Mayslake by Moonlight
May 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.
Perennial and English Garden Basket Sale
Hinsdale History Museum
15 S. Clay St.
The Garden Study Club of Hinsdale will hold its yearly sale, offering perennials from members’ gardens as well as English Garden Baskets, houseplants and more. Proceeds help fund the club’s ongoing maintenance of the Hinsdale History Museum Garden and other community projects. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
LEAP Club plant sale
May 15 & 16 pickup
8 E. Third St., Hinsdale
Hinsdale Central High School’s LEAP into Africa Club is holding its seventh annual plant sale fundraiser, featuring many heirloom tomato plants as well as pepper and herb plants. All proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Science & Maths Schools for children in South Africa. Order online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehwm3j620a717c43&llr=xm8v4bdab. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Color Theory Series
Wednesdays, May 19-June 30
Learn about and apply color theory using different mediums — colored pencils, crayons and markers. This is a six-week series that will build each week; participants are asked to commit to the full series. No class June 9. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. RR
Arboretum Wellness Challenge
Through May 31
This free month-long program is designed to inspire people to establish healthy habits and spend time in nature to gain the wellness benefits trees provide. Registrants will receive weekly wellness inspiration and be entered into prize drawings, including arboretum classes and a one-year membership. Participants are asked to use #MortonArbChallenge to share how they’re incorporating nature-centered wellness into their lives. RR
JUST FOR KIDS
The Picture Book Club
The Hinsdale Public Library is sharing some of the best picture books each month over Zoom. This month’s selections are “Black is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy, “Speak Up” by Miranda Paul and “One of These is Not Like the Others” by Barney Saltzberg. Read along by reserving a print copy at the library. The program is recommended for grades pre-K through third. Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m. RR
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
Your Smartphone Photo Safety Net
Learn how photo tools from Google and Amazon can make it easier to save and share treasured images in this virtual program from the Hinsdale Public Library. Hear about services that automatically back up and organize digital pictures. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR
The Role of Veterinary Technicians in Animal Health and Conservation
Get a behind-the-scenes look on Zoom into Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Hospital’s operations and the support that “vet techs” provide beyond their roles of caring for their animal patients, like support for anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and laboratory analyses as well as for conservation projects and research. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donations appreciated. RR
The Conservation of the Guam Kingfisher
Join Tim Snyder, curator of birds for the Chicago Zoological Society, as he shares the history and conservation efforts for the Guam kingfisher in this Zoom lecture. He will discuss how the species was close to extinction with the introduction of the invasive brown tree snake to the island as well as exciting current preparations being done in hopes of being able to release the bird back to protected areas on neighboring islands. Also learn how the CZS is contributing to this effort. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donations appreciated. RR
Voyagers Travel Discussion Club: Destination Tokyo
Join this virtual trip to Tokyo through the Hinsdale Public Library, with stops at the city’s most popular destinations, as well as historical context and cultural background, as Japan’s capital prepares to host the 2021 Summer Olympics. Include an email address when registering to receive an online meeting invitation. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR
The orchestra, under the direction of Philip Bauman, is a mixed group of instrumentalists consisting of student and community members who will perform a livestreamed concert featuring traditional chamber music as well as jazz, contemporary classical, theater and film music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $7 per household.
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.
A Salute to Frida
May 15 premiere
Celebrate the heritage of Frida Kahlo through the rhythm and sounds of Mexico, in anticipation of the major exhibit of her works to be held at the MAC in June. The New Philharmonic will perform works by Mexican-born composers Agustin Lara, Arturo Márquez, Manuel Ponce, Armando Manzanero and Rafael Mendez, and feature soprano Michelle Areyzaga, tenor Jesse Donner and bandoneon Ben Bogart. The virtual concert will continue to be available to ticketholders on-demand through June 15. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $51, $49 for seniors.
Available through June 15
International pianist Wael Farouk and the New Philharmonic orchestra 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 is available on demand. A video interview of Wael Farouk with MAC Director Diana Martinez and Maestro Kirk Muspratt is also available. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 per household.
‘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.
May 15 & 16
4125 Hampton Ave., Western Springs
The Theatre of Western Springs presents three one-act plays about romance: “A Matter of Husbands” by Ferenc Molnar, “A Marriage Has Been Arranged” by Alfred Sutro and “Bothered” by Colleen Neuman. The program should last about an hour without intermission. Seating is limited, and walks-ups are allowed only if capacity is not reached. Audience members should bring chairs and a hat for the sun. Rain dates are May 22 and 23 Times: 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets: At-will donations accepted.
Shakespeare Appreciation Class
Prepare for the Theatre of Western Springs’ upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with a virtual evening of conversation featuring a lecture by Courtney Beresheim, followed by a discussion of the play. Beresheim is a high school English teacher and also a member of the Director’s Workshop and Playwright Group. To access this Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81470695612?pwd=WWM0aFM3aWZaeHVwWGJEVlhtUmR0UT09 and enter meeting ID 814 7069 5612 and passcode 4384. Contact Nicole Leatherwood at nl[email protected] for more information. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
RUNS & WALKS
Walk the Walk for Mental Health
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
This 14th annual fundraising event will take place in person to support access to mental health services in the community. Registrants are asked to walk a mile and take part as a team to collect donations from family and friends. The school team with the highest participation will win a special prize, as will teams with the highest fundraising total and highest number of participants. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Start times will be set to ensure social distancing; walkers must wear a mask. Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration: $30 through May 7, then $35.
Spring 5k Run/Walk
Through May 30
Brookfield Zoo’s first-ever Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk allow participants to choose the time and place — through a forest preserve, along a waterfront trail or in a neighborhood — or, run the full 5K to compare times with other runners. Each participant receives a beanie, virtual medal and completion certificate. Race materials will be mailed. Cost: $30. RR
Armed Forces Day
Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial
7660 S. County Line Road
Major General Robert Castellvi is the keynote speaker at this patriotic celebration hosted by the village of Burr Ridge and the Veterans Memorial Committee. World War II veteran Charlie Hartley and Honor Flight volunteer Pat Liss will be presented with the Jack Schaus Patriot Award for their exemplary patriotism in support of past and present military members. Water and snacks will be provided. COVID-19 protocols apply. All are welcome. Time: 10 a.m.
May 15 & 22
Blackwell Forest Preserve
29W220 Mack Road, West Chicago
Homeowners may bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to pick up free wood chips from DuPage Forest Preserve District’s native plant nursery. A district employee will be on hand with a tractor to help; people who want smaller amounts should bring hand tools and containers. Masks and social distancing are required, and visitors must exit the nursery by 1 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aging Well Month
Through May 31
Aging Care Connections is celebrating Older Adults Month by offering 45 free virtual programs tailored for older adults that encourage learning, self-care and socialization. Topics include fitness, estate planning, real estate, music, art and history. Programs are hosted by local businesses and organizations that have an interest in the health and well-being of older adults. To access the Zoom links, visit the website listed above.
TEENS & TWEENS
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.
Mother Nature and Me: Snakes
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
Children ages 3-5 years old and their favorite adult will learn about snakes through outdoor adventures and activities. Masks and physical distancing are required. Time: 10 a.m. RR
RR - registration required
MD - member discount