Community Events Calendar

 

The annual DuPage County Forest Preserve District's Hard Water Classic at Blackwell Forest Preserve, originally scheduled for Jan. 8, has been rescheduled for Feb. 12. See Page 20 for details. (photo provided)

Artfully done

Eco Ugly Art Workshop

Jan. 22

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 206-9566

Beat the winter blahs and learn to use recycled materials to create ugly art and get inspiration for future “upcycled” projects. Materials will be provided. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

Tony Fitzpatrick in

conversation

Jan. 23

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

Join artist Tony Fitzpatrick as he discusses his artwork with director, writer and producer Steven Conrad. The program coincides with the exhibit “Jesus of Western Avenue” at COD’s Cleve Carney Museum of Art, with more than 100 distinctive Fitzpatrick works, which runs through Jan. 31. Fitzpatrick will sign copies of his new book, “The Apostles of Humboldt Park” following the program. Conrad’s portfolio includes films such as “Patriot,” “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” A streaming link option is available as is on-demand access through Feb. 25. Cost: $14.50 in person, $10 virtual. Time: 3 p.m.

Drawing Birds

Jan. 30

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

https://www.fpdcc.com

(630) 257-2045

This class will focus on sketching and developing a completed drawing of an avian subject. The program is for ages 12 and up. Time: 1 p.m. RR

FAMILY FUN

Earth Wind and Fire

Jan. 30

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

https://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy a fun, interactive evening of storytelling by the fire. Learn how the world around us was shaped by wind and fire and how those two natural forces continue to play a vital role in shaping the earth today. Time: 6 p.m. RR

GAME ON

Chicago Elite Volleyball Developmental League

Jan. 17-March 20

Score Sports Center

8300 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

https://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Boys and girls ages 8-12, beginner or advanced, will learn the fundamentals and rules of volleyball through training from skilled coaches and in games against other league teams. Teams may be co-ed; efforts will be made to place individuals from the same school on a team together. Times: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays for beginners; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays for advanced. Cost: $150 for beginners, $250 for advanced. RR

GREAT OUTDOORS

Poop and Prints

Jan. 15

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

https://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy a naturalist-led hike on the trails in search of signs of local wildlife. Learn how to identify animals just by the signs they leave behind. Time: 1:30 p.m. RR

Moon Walk

Jan. 18

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

https://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Let the full moon guide this 1-mile hike on the White Oak Trail, then warm up by a fire under the night sky. Binoculars are recommended; limited pairs will be available to borrow. Time: 6 p.m. RR

Feeder Watch

Jan. 22

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

https://www.fpdcc.com

(630) 257-2045

What birds are visiting the feeding station? Watch the feeders while learning how to identify resident birds and winter migrants. Time: 10 a.m. RR

Hard Water Classic

Feb. 12

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Compete in the only competitive ice-fishing tournament in DuPage, and then stick around for door prizes and awards. Participants should bring their own equipment and bait. All ages are welcome. Time: noon to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the event.

GREEN THUMB

Native Landscaping: All About Plants

Jan. 20

The Preserve at Oak Meadows

900 N. Wood Dale Road, Addison

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Sip a drink in the clubhouse while learning about the benefits of native plants and how they differ from other garden plants. Get tips and tricks for planting natives in the yard to attract pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies and other wildlife. Drinks will be available for purchase 30 minutes before the program starts. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $10. RR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Top Questions Breast Cancer Patients Ask

Jan. 25

https://www.wellnesshouse.org

(630) 323-5150

Dr. Kirti Kulkarni, a radiologist at UChicago Medicine and a representative from Siona Health Care will discuss topics from genetics and follow-up screenings to lymphedema and mastectomy bras in this virtual Top Doc lecture. Learn about common questions and misconceptions survivors can have during breast cancer. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

The Pine Pacer

Through Jan. 31

https://mortonarb.org

Start the new year off on the right foot with the Morton Arboretum’s centennial year Pine Pacer mileage challenge. Participants set a monthly goal to walk or run 25, 50 or 100 miles, and mileage is tracked on the virtual results website. Participants receive free admission to walk or run at the arboretum in January (but miles can be completed whenever and wherever they choose), as well as a commemorative arboretum zip-up jacket and a challenge completion sticker. Cost: $40. RR

Zumba!

Sundays & Thursdays through April 28

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Join instructor Sima Mehta Madhiwala for easy-to follow moves on Sundays and/or instructor Estela Medina’s energizing style on Thursdays to decrease one’s waistline and enjoy fellowship. This fitness party mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance combining cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Cost: $90 for 10-punch card; $15 drop-in fee. MD

JUST FOR KIDS

Pinecone Snowy Owls

Jan. 15

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Come to the library and turn a pinecone into an adorable snowy owl. Times: 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. RR

Little Medics — Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 17

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Youth ages 6-12 will explore some of the dangers in the wild such as big bites, snake bites and poisonous plants and learn how to splint a broken leg, tie a tourniquet, filter dirty water, the effects of hypothermia and 20 ways to use a bandana in emergencies. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $165. RR, MD

Snowy Winter Town

Jan. 17

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Come create your own snowy winter town at the library! Registration required. Limit 10. Time: 11 to 11:45 a.m. RR

CTWS spring classes

Jan. 18-May 5

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

https://theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

Explore and create theatrical magic together with classes for kids in preschool through high school. Programs include Lion King for ages 3-5; Musical Theatre: Mary Poppins/Mary Poppins Returns for kindergarten through second grade; Acting: LOTR/Narnia for third through fifth grades; Physical Comedy — Pranks and Pratfalls for ages 10-15; and Technical Theatre for high school. Most programs are in person; a couple virtual courses are also offered. See the website above for a full program listing and schedule. Cost: varies by age and type of program. RR

It’s Magic

Jan. 21

Westmont Community Center

75 Richmond Ave.

https://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Children ages 5-12 will learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from magician Gary Kantor to amaze family and friends. All materials are provided and each child receives a magic kit to take home. Children are grouped by age and are taught age-appropriate tricks. Time: 5 to 5:55 p.m. Cost: $20. RR

Crafts & Cartoons

Jan. 29

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Kids 5 and older are invited to the art studio to watch classic animation while making cool stuff. Supplies will be provided. Time: 9 to 10 a.m. Cost: $22. RR, MD

LISTEN & LEARN

Keep This Toss That

Jan. 15

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

The Hinsdale Public Library will host organizing humorist and bestselling author Jamie Novak virtually for de-cluttering tips through her humorous approach to what to do with all that stuff — without getting overwhelmed. Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. RR

Voyager’s Travel Discussion Club — Santa Fe

Jan. 20

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Learn about the wonder D.H. Lawrence captured when he said, “I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had.” in this virtual Hinsdale Public Library discussion of Santa Fe, N.M., a picturesque cultural jewel in the desert Southwest. Time: 3 to 4:15 p.m. RR

Raising 21st-Century Teens

Jan. 27

https://www.nazarethacademy.com

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park invites the community to sign up for this virtual program, part of its Parent Speaker Series by Dr. Ferney Ramirez, presented in Spanish. Register at the website listed above under the Student/Parent tab. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Community Speaker Series welcomes Ron Lieber

Feb. 1-2

https://www.d181foundation.org

New York Times financial columnist and best-selling author returns to present two webinars for The Community Speaker Series. In “The Price You Pay for College” Feb. 1, he will offer families a much-needed guide to help them through the difficult and often disconcerting journey. In “How to Talk to Your Kids about Money” Feb. 2, he will discuss how, when and why to talk to kids about money, whether they are toddlers or teens. Both programs will be offered via live-stream and recordings; registration is required for both. The series is presented by Districts 86 and 181 and the D181 Foundation. Time: 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2.

NOTEWORTHY

A Night at the Movies

Jan. 15 & 16

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

Maestro Kirk Muspratt will lead the New Philharmonic in performing favorites from award-winning films including “Gone with the Wind,” “Band of Brothers,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Midway,” “Independence Day” and Jurassic Park.” Pre-show MAC Chats will be held before both performances. Times: 7:30 Jan. 15, 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets: $53, $51 for seniors.

ON STAGE

Tina Turner Tribute

Jan. 15

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

https://theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

“Proud Mary” is just the beginning of the hits Dorothy Roberson and her amazing live band deliver. Come join this tribute to the Queen of Rock as part of the TWS Performance Series of Fundraisers. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 plus fees. MD

‘Naperville’

Thursdays to Sundays, Jan. 27-Feb. 27

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

https://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents this play by Mat Smart set in Naperville in 2012 at Caribou Coffee. Anne works on a new project, TC is working his first shift as a new manager and Candice and son Howard are back from Seattle. A day full of cups of coffee and eccentricity lead to conversations revealing the value of community. MAC Chats will be held at 6:45 p.m. before the Jan. 27 show and after the Feb. 4 performance. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

‘All Shook Up’

Jan. 28-30 & Feb. 4-6

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.stagedoorfinearts.com

(630) 708-7332

The music of Elvis comes alive in this Stage Door Fine Arts production. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the show is set in a small Midwestern town that is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet and a song in his heart. The repressed town begins to come alive under Chad’s influence, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. Times: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29 & Feb. 4 & 5; 2 p.m. Jan. 30 & Feb. 6. Tickets: $20-$25.

SIGN UP NOW

State of the County

Jan. 19

Westin Chicago Lombard

70 Yorktown Center

https://www.hinsdalechamber.com

(630) 323-3952

Join this business EXPO followed by a luncheon featuring DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and other county leaders discussing new laws, economic development, challenges and enhancements coming to DuPage in 2022. Time: 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tickets: $50. RR, MD

Spanish for Adults

Thursdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 24

Grand Avenue Community Center

4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs

https://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 323-7500

In this relaxed, small-class environment, participants will learn Spanish conversation, grammar and phonetics for immediate use. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Cost: $72

Archery: Adults

Jan. 22

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Participants age 18 and older will learn safety tips, proper shooting techniques and basic skills. Equipment will be provided. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $5. RR

An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jan. 26

https://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Bestselling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses her newest book, “Velvet Was the Night,” and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror in this Hinsdale Public Library virtual program. Moreno-Garcia is also the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “Certain Dark Things,” “Gods of Jade” and “Shadow and Mexican Gothic.” Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

STEPPING BACK

100 Years Around the Arboretum

Jan. 26

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

https://www.mortonarb.org

(630) 719-2468

Watch history come to life in this special centennial-themed lecture about the arboretum from two of its most knowledgeable historians. The program is in person, but also available via Zoom. Following the presentation, in-person guests are invited to a special open house of the Sterling Morton Library. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $17. RR, MD

Delightful Details

Jan. 28

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

https://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 206-9566

Learn about Mayslake Hall’s early days when Francis Peabody lived at the mansion. Hear about two different areas of the hall, and then tour each. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $10. RR

TEENS & TWEENS

Jewelry Making

Tuesdays, Jan. 25-Mar 15

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Youth up to age 15 can design and create their own jewelry, working with young designers to learn how to create beautiful handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Learn from real designers in the industry and leave class wearing a handmade creation. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $425. RR, MD

Fashion Design & Sewing Workshop

Wednesdays, Jan. 26-Mar 23

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Young fashion lovers up to age 15 can learn to use a sewing machine to create a custom garment during each class, culminating in a fashion show finale. No experience is necessary. Supplies and materials will be provided, including sewing machines; those with their own machines are encouraged to bring them. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $425. RR, MD

American Red Cross Babysitters Certification

Jan. 29

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism, safety and safe play, and first aid. The course will combine video, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion for a complete learning experience. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The program is for ages 11-15. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $105. RR

WEE ONES

Fit N Fun for Kids

Saturdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 22

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

https://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 3-6 will have a blast as they run, jump, hop, skip, stretch and play to gain strength, flexibility and cardio awareness through exercise, bean bag games, relay races, animal movements, stretching techniques, circle games, obstacle courses, tagging games, catching balls, parachute play and more. Time: 9:15 to 10 a.m. Cost: $63. RR

Key

RR - registration required

MD - member discount

 
 

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