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Holiday Magic, Brookfield Zoo's annual display of more than 1 million twinkling LED lights and special activities opens tomorrow, Nov. 26, and continues through Dec. 31. See the Holiday Happenings listing on Page 28 for more information. (photo provided)

Artfully done

Studio Vino: Wine and Paint

Dec. 16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere to try painting with an instructor's guidance through the materials and techniques. The canvas, paints, brushes and stemware will be provided, and the evening will have uniquely themed project. Bring home a masterpiece at the end of the night. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $45. RR, MD

Natural by Design

Through Dec. 31

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

https://www.dupageforest.org

(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. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

FAMILY FUN

Hinsdale Turkey Trail

Through Nov. 28

https://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

Families are invited to find turkeys all over Hinsdale. Take a walk around town and search #HinsdaleTurkeyTrail or @HinsdaleParks on social media to see others on their search. Use the clues and map posted on the website listed above to find all of the turkeys in town, take a selfie while enjoying the hunt and post how many turkeys found by tagging @HinsdaleParks and #HinsdaleTurkeyTrail. To become part of the trail, download and print a turkey to color from the website (or pick up a copy at Village Hall) and hang the decorated turkey in a front window or outside for pedestrians to see, or bring it to Kramer Foods to display in the store window. Post a photo to social media with #HinsdaleTurkeyTrail.

Busy Bags

Dec. 3

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Pick up a December kit at the library containing fun activities and a treat to keep the family busy all month long. Kits will be available for in-house pick up. Hinsdale residents will be given priority. RR

Blood Drive

Dec. 14

Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane

https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

The American Red Cross will conduct this blood drive for volunteer donors to fulfill that need for patients in the community. Appointments are required. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. RR

GREAT OUTDOORS

Fossil Hike

Nov. 27

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

https://www.fpdcc.com

(630) 257-2045

Find out why dinosaur fossils aren't found in the Chicago region, but ancient marine fossils are. Participants should bring sturdy shoes and bottled water for this 2-mile hike to visit a fossil bed. Time: 1 p.m. RR

Waterfowl Walk

Nov. 28

Danada Equestrian Center

3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 942-6200

Search for the bright, colorful feathers of migrating waterfowl on a guided walk. The program is for ages 12 and up. Binoculars are recommended. Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $5. RR

Cross-Country Ski Seminar

Dec. 4 & 12

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

https://www.fpdcc.com

(630) 257-2045

Learn the basics of cross-country ski equipment - including classic, skating and telemark equipment - and how to prepare for one's first cross-country skiing experience. Time: 9 a.m. RR

Winter Bird Watching

Dec 4

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

https://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Bundle up and bring a pair of binoculars on a bird watching hike along the trails. The program is for ages 10 and up. Limited binoculars will be available to borrow. Time: 10 a.m. RR

Cast-Iron Cooking

Dec. 4

Churchill Woods

21W200 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Those ages 8 and up are invited to help prepare a hearty meal over an open campfire while learning tips for cooking with cast iron in this DuPage County Forest Preserve District program. Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

Backyard Wild Dogs

Dec. 4

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 942-6200

Coyotes have a fascinating natural history and play an important role in the environment. Learn how coyotes have become so successful in the Chicagoland area, and finish with a hike at sunset to hopefully hear these singing dogs. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $5. RR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Creative Arts for Self-Care

Dec. 2

https://www.wellnesshouse.org

In this Wellness House virtual program, Twist Out Cancer's Jacqueline Carmody will introduce the concept of art therapy and using creative arts as a form of healing within the cancer community. The program will conclude with an experiential portion during which participants are invited to create art from their own home. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

JUST FOR KIDS

Thanksgiving Extravaganza at the Library

Nov. 26

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Looking for something to do Thanksgiving week? Stop by the library for exciting activities, like making ornaments for decorating the trees at Burlington Park, Thanksgiving crafts and other surprises. Hours: 1 to 3 p.m.

LISTEN & LEARN

Online Shopping Hacks

Dec. 2

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Looking for ways to save a little money this holiday season? Learn a variety of techniques to use to beat the system and find discounts on everything from snacks to eBooks. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR

Kitchen Tech: Knives Out

Dec. 9

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Learn about the most important tool in the kitchen, including using the most common knives, which ones to use when chopping, slicing or dicing, what to look for in buying a knives and how best to care for them. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

NOTEWORTHY

DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble

Dec. 3

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The ensemble will perform from its repertoire that spans more than a century of large jazz ensemble compositions, including original work from members of the ensemble. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.

DuPage Chorale

Dec. 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The vocal group will perform its Fall Repertoire featuring Schubert's Mass in G, Bob Chilcott's "Song my Heart Has Taught Me" and Canadian favorites. The DuPage Chorale Orchestra will accompany. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 for seniors, $7 for students.

Chamber Orchestra

Dec. 7

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

Director Philip Bauman will lead the orchestra, performing both traditional literature for small orchestra/chamber from the 1600s through the 20th century as well as less traditional chamber orchestra styles such as jazz, contemporary classical, theater and film music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.

ON STAGE

'Stove Toucher'

Thursdays to Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 19

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

What happens when one achieves the high-rolling lifestyle - at 13 years old? This extraordinary and funny coming-of-age story set during the 1970s skateboard boom follows a semi-pro boarder who opens a successful business, gets interviewed by Charlie Rose and falls into drugs, all before high school. The play contains adult themes and language. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

'Shrek The Musical'

Dec. 11-12 & 17-19

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

https://theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this fairy tale adventure features all the beloved characters from the film about an unlikely hero, Shrek, who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and the result is ogre-sized fun. Patrons need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building. See the website above for more details on COVID-19 protocols. Times: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays (no 7 p.m. show Dec. 19), 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets: $15, $12 for ages 18 and under.

RUNS & WALKS

Jingle Dash 5k Community Walk/Run

Dec. 5

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale

https://www.runsignup.com/Race/IL/Hinsdale/JuniorsJingleDash

The Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club Education Committee is holding this inaugural event as a fundraiser for college scholarships for area high school students. The event will feature post-race snacks and a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Participants are invited to dress in their most festive holiday gear. Time: 8 a.m. Cost: $45; kids in strollers are free. RR

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Cat café

Dec. 6

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

This safe, socially distanced program allows for mingling with shelter cats and kittens in the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center's Elinor & Jake Brickman Education Center. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and masks are required. There's a maximum of 20 attendees per session. Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: $10. RR

STEPPING BACK

Prohibition in Chicago

Dec. 1

https://www.cantigny.org

Jonathan Knotek of Chicago Prohibition Tours will discuss how prohibition came to be in January 1919 with ratification of the 18th Amendment, including who supported it, who opposed it and the many unintended and yet predictable consequences prohibition delivered on society. This program is part of the Virtual Headlines from History series. Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Hinsdale and World War II

Dec. 7 opening

Hinsdale History Museum

15 S. Clay St.

(630) 789-2600

The Hinsdale Historical Society will present the exhibit "Remembering Pearl Harbor & WWII, Hinsdale's Efforts at Home & Abroad," showing the faces and describing the efforts of the hundreds of Hinsdaleans who either served abroad or supported the cause from home through a nationally recognized canning organization and scrap metal drives. An open house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, with snacks available and comments at 7 p.m. The exhibit was created with the help of Hinsdale American Legion Post 250 and will remain up through the spring. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in December, and by appointment.

TEENS & TWEENS

Teen DIY Soap Making

Dec. 8

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Make some homemade soap for yourself or to give as a gift. Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. RR

Key

RR - registration required

MD - member discount

 
 

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