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Learn about Asian culture and explore the continent's native trees at the Destination Asia Festival Saturday at the Morton Arboretum. See Page 30 for details. (photo provided)


'Capturing Nature: One Piece at a Time'

Through Sept. 25

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 933-7200

The free nature-themed art exhibit from the DuPage Art League marks the reopening of Mayslake Hall to the public and features works by 40 artists in mediums that include pastels, watercolors, oil, acrylic, drawings and photographs. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Sagawau Art: Landscapes

Sept. 26

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

(630) 257-2045

Learn how to compose a beautiful landscape with a scene at Sagawau using drawing and painting techniques that incorporate depth and distance into the composition. The program is for ages 14 & up. Masks are required indoors. Time: 1 p.m. RR

Natural by Design

Oct. 1-Dec. 31

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Take in an exhibit that combines decorative arts and the architecture of Mayslake Hall to highlight how people are not distinct from nature and how places people call home are filled with connections to the natural world. The exhibit is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Masks are required indoors. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Tree Spirit Woman

Thursdays, Oct 7-Dec. 9

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Work on collages and mixed media projects in an inspiring studio-style class with weekly discussions and demonstrations designed to further composition skills and collage techniques. A supply list will be provided. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $125. RR


HC Hall of Fame Dinner

Sept. 30

Ruth Lake Country Club

6200 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Central Foundation will induct nine individuals - six from the class of 2020 and three from the class of 2021 - into its Hall of Fame. They are Skip Begley, Jack Brennan, Rolf Groseth, Carolyn Kubitschek, Cathy Richardson, Bill Zillman, Tomi Adeyami, Harrison Bull and Tim Seeden. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $125.


Fishing: Families

Oct. 9

Wood Dale Grove

4N499 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale

(630) 933-7248

Learn basic skills to help make family fishing outings successful. Participants should bring their own fishing gear if able; some gear will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait will provided. All visitors must wear a mask when inside forest preserve buildings. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per participant age 5 and older; free under age 5.


Habitat for Humanity Restore Drive

Sept. 25

Hinsdale Central

5500 S. Grant St.

[email protected]

Donate gently used furniture, tools, home goods and building materials to the Hinsdale Central Habitat for Humanity chapter by bringing donations to the circle drive in front of the school. For large donations, send an email to the address listed above. For details on acceptable items, go to Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Prairie Stroll

Sept. 26

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Take a guided stroll around the prairie and learn why September is called the golden month. The hike is for ages 10 & up and the pace is average to slow. Masks are required indoors and for those unvaccinated outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Time: 11 a.m.

Guided Hike of Arboretum's Trails

Sept. 30

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 719-2468

Hike the Arboretum's lesser-known trails with a naturalist guide. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air while you learn about the history of the arboretum and the plants and animals that call it home. Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cost: $23. RR, MD

Kayaking: Basics

Oct. 2

Herrick Lake

3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton

(630) 933-7248

Learn paddling strokes and safety tips in a one-person kayak in this DuPage County Forest Preserve District program. Equipment will be provided. The program is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Dress to get wet and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, extra shoes and a towel. Masks are required indoors. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $20. RR


Chicagoland Daylily Society

Oct. 10

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Join the society for the presentation "Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter" by American Daylily Society garden judge Joy Detmer. The gathering will also feature the annual photo contest and election of 2022 officers. Time: 2 to 4 p.m.


Hot Topics in Prostate Cancer

Sept. 25

Join top oncologists, surgeons and health care professionals in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest updates in the research, treatment and side effect management for prostate cancer in this virtual event. Updates in Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Panel will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., and Benefits of Exercise for Prostate Cancer will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Hours: 9 a.m. to noon. RR

Health & Wellness Week

Through Sept. 26

Support Hinsdale's health and wellness industry during this inaugural event offering specials at participating establishments. Learn more at the website listed above.

Meditation Class

Sept. 30, Oct. 7 & 21

(630) 323-8188

Join this virtual introduction to a variety of meditation practices and techniques from Susan Wilkens of Dancing Cranes Yoga. Participants will try the different approaches and experience the effects while also learning about modern scientific research that supports meditation's health benefits. Register for each class separately. Time: 2:30 p.m. RR

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy During Cancer Treatment

Oct. 7

Treacy Adamo of Hinsdale Advanced Eye Care will talk about how different types of cancer treatment can cause changes to one's sight and vision, common vision-related side effects, overall ocular health and preventative eye care measures. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR


Park Clean-up Day

Oct. 7

Locations to be determined

(630) 789-7090

Community members are invited to give back to the parks that make Hinsdale a great place to live by planting, painting and removing debris. Volunteers of all ages, scout groups, churches, businesses and other service organizations are welcome. Requests to work in specific parks are accepted as are plant or project donations. To sign up, submit the form available on the website listed above. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] Time: 4 p.m. to dusk.


Who Would Win Kits

Oct. 4

(630) 986-1976

Sign up for one of these kits from the Hinsdale Public Library inspired by the "Who Would Win" book series and use the booklet provided to create a personal ultimate critter showdown. Pick the two animals for a fight, research them, decide what their fight would look like and, ultimately, who would win. RR

School's Out Day: Funtopia

Oct. 11

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to spend their day off school at this indoor adventure park in Naperville. Extended hours are available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for an additional $30, $20 for members. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $75. RR, MD


High School 101: Smoothing the Transition

Sept. 28

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park invites the community to sign up for this virtual program, part of its Parent Speaker Series. The presentation, conducted via Zoom features panelists from Nazareth's faculty, staff and administration. Register at the website listed above under the Student/Parent tab. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Shakespeare Sessions

Tuesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Hinsdale's Susan O'Byrne, who holds a doctorate in English literature, will lead this series of eight sessions discussing many aspects of Shakespeare, from comedies and tragedies to sonnets to performance and identity. No prior knowledge or exposure to Shakespeare is necessary - just an open mind, sense of humor and taste for adventure. Sign up for single classes or all eight. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $30 for single session, $220 for all eight. RR, MD

'The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World'

Oct. 5

Speaker Jamil Zaki weaves together the latest science with engaging real-world stories, offering a revolutionary perspective on empathy and how to develop it as a skill in this Zoom webinar. The program is the first in the 2021-22 Community Speaker Series presented by Hinsdale High School District 86, Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 and the District 181 Foundation to provide families with information and advice about a variety of important issues in education, wellness and parenting. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Social Media Accessibility

Oct. 5

(630) 986-1976

Learn to apply Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) to make one's social media presence accessible and friendly to all. Business owners, marketing professionals and anyone eager to make their social media more user-friendly is invited to this virtual program, presented by Mark McCarthy, an accessibility engineer at the University of Illinois System and co-sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and Hinsdale Public Library. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Voyagers Travel Discussion Club: Seattle

Oct. 6

(630) 986-1976

Whether ready to travel or looking for a virtual escape, learn a perfect four-day itinerary for a visit to the Emerald City. Explore Seattle's vibrant neighborhoods and beautiful surrounding areas in this virtual program, including ideas for day trips outside of the city. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Sons of the Never Wrong

Oct. 9

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

This is the second performance of the 2021-22 Acoustic Renaissance Concert season. Shows are available in person or via livestream. Proof of vaccination and face masks are required to attend in person; the livestream option can be viewed up to two weeks after the performance. Season tickets include reserved seating in the front rows. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.


Pat Tomasulo Comedy Show

Sept. 25

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-4043

This program is part of the TWS Performance Series of Fundraisers. It will contain adult language and content. Guests must show proof of vaccination (CDC card only) to enter, and must wear a properly fitted mask at all times. Those not vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test; see website for details. Times: 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $35.

'The Legacy of Sherwood Forest'

Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 25-Oct. 31

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

Walk a roughly 1.5-mile hike alongside actors as they perform this walking play live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. The play features the modern-day descendants of Robin Hood, who join forces to discover the mystery of who - or what - is casting a dark shadow on their beloved woodland playground. Oct. 7 and 17 shows are low-impact hikes designed for those with lower mobility. Time: 4 p.m. Tickets: $25, $15 for children. RR

'The Jigsaw Bride: A Frankenstein Story'

Oct. 13-Nov. 14

First Folio

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

This world premiere, written by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Hayley Rice, tells the eerie and suspenseful tale of noted scientist Maria von Moos, who - 100 years after the death of Victor Frankenstein - decides to excavate a ruined castle deep in the Geneva woods. Inspired by Mary Shelley's "The Bride of Frankenstein," this play continues the electrifying legend. Proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test and masks required. Previews run Oct. 13-15. Show times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 3 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $49-59, $44-$54 for seniors, $20 for students.


Rotary Run Charity Classic

Oct. 3

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The 27th annual CARA-certified run/walk event will wind through the historic streets of Hinsdale, starting and ending at The Community House, where people can enjoy vendor/sponsor booths, refreshments, music and more. Participants can choose from a 3K run, a 5K run and a 10K run, as well as a 3K walk, the 5K Walk 'n' Roll and The Mutt Strut. Proceeds will benefit charities including The Community House, District 181 Foundation, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation and Ray Graham Association-Hanson Center. Time: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25 per person, $95 per family through Sept. 27, then $30/$100. RR


Hinsdale Farmers Market

Mondays through Oct. 25

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

(630) 323-3952

Shop the 45th annual market for the freshest in-season fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, cheeses, meats, flowers and more. Weekly fitness classes will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. in the park in conjunction with the market, and there will be children's activities, too. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Heart Saver CPR

Sept. 27

KLM Park

5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

The Heart Saver AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) course is intended for people who need or desire certification in CPR but are not healthcare professionals. Time: 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50.

ALCW Prospective Member Coffee

Sept. 29

Assistance League Chicagoland West office

120 Ogden Ave., Suite 100, Hinsdale

[email protected]

Interested community members are invited to this informational coffee to learn more about the nonprofit's programs and volunteering opportunities to serve children and families in need throughout the local communities. To RSVP for the coffee or to learn more about Assistance League, email Sara Carr-Legg at the address listed above. Those who attend should be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask inside to keep everyone safe. People also may attend via Zoom. Time: 10 a.m. to noon.


Destination Asia Festival

Sept. 25

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and more. Be transported across the globe by performances, demonstrations, shopping and art vendors and local food trucks. Explore the arboretum's tree collections from China, Japan and Korea. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by timed admission. Admission $16, $14 for seniors, $11 for ages 2-17. MD

Big (and Small!) Dog BBQ

Oct. 2

Pet Rescue & Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale

(630) 323-5630

The Hinsdale Humane Society invites adopters and their alumni pets, volunteers and supporters of HHS to enjoy burgers, brats and chicken wings, chips, cookies, beer, whiskey, cigars and more, and Diesel's Doggie Ice Cream just for the dogs. There also will be raffle items, a beer pull, bags tournament, face painting and dog pie eating. HHS Humane Heroes members will receive special discounts during the event. Times: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $10 for first 10 tickets. RR


UH-1 'Huey' helicopter exhibit

Through Sept. 30

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 260-8162

Cantigny Park's First Division Museum will display this iconic symbol of the Vietnam War. The Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, or "Huey," was the workhorse for the U.S. Army assault units. The museum will also exhibit and interpret pieces from its historic military vehicle fleet from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in September, weather permitting. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; closed Mondays. Admission: Free with $5 parking.

The Great Chicago Fire

Oct. 4

(630) 986-1976

Take look back at the Great Chicago Fire on the 150th anniversary of the event through a virtual presentation by Hinsdale native Olivia Sobieraj. As newly homeless Chicagoans fled their charred city, suburbs along the train lines like Hinsdale saw their populations tick up. Of course, Chicago rose from the ashes to become the Second City. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Pee Wee Floor Hockey

Oct. 19-Dec. 14

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Kids age 4-6 will learn the game of hockey before the skates go on. Drills for stick handling, passing, shooting and goalie skills as well as team drills will be covered. Participants should bring a labeled face covering and water bottle. Time: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Cost: $72. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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