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The Alyssa Allgood Quartet will perform Feb. 3 at Jammin' in the Stacks, part of the Hinsdale Public Library's After Dark series. See Page 28 for details. (photo courtesy of Matt Baker Photography)

ARTFULLY DONE

Nature Writing Workshop

Thursdays, Feb. 2-23

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

http://www.mortonarb.org

(630) 719-2468

Nurture writing skills with a guided workshop in which participants will complete writing prompts and exercises, dive into nature writing classics to see what makes them work, give and receive constructive critiques, and experiment with a variety of styles and techniques. The program is open to all levels (16 and older) and is led by Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $160. RR, MD

CENTRAL TIME

Student-directed one-act plays

Feb. 9-11

Hinsdale Central auditorium

5500 S. Grant St.

https://ticketpeak.co/hcdrama/events

Hinsdale Central Drama presents three hilarious and artful student-directed one-act plays, each about 25 minutes. Times: 7 p.m. Feb. 9 & 10, 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets: $10, free with activities pass.

FAMILY FUN

Family Fort Night

Jan. 31

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Build a fort as a family and then read books inside. Feel free to bring some fort materials. Tables and chairs will be provided. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. RR

Greg the Groundhog and Friends

Feb. 4

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy a scavenger hunt to find Greg the Groundhog and his animal friends. Register to book a time. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. RR

Saying Yes to Your Story

Feb. 8

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

Award-winning children's and young adult author and poet Kwame Alexander, author of "The Crossover, "The Undefeated" and most recently "An American Story," will share ways to say yes to one's story and persist in the face of rejection as he shares his own publishing journey. The virtual program is an Illinois Libraries Present event and intended for students in middle and high school through adults. Time: 7 to 7:45 p.m. RR

FOR A CAUSE

Oak School book drive

Through Feb. 9

827 S. Oak St.

Fifth-graders at Oak School are collecting books with the goal of donating at least 250 new or like-new books for Oak's sister school, Drexel Elementary in Cicero. Donations of preschool to middle school level books can be dropped off in the bin at the address listed above. Questions? Send an email to [email protected]

Heartfest

Feb. 4

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

2815 Jorie Blvd.

https://e.givesmart.com/events/tAa

Join this 16th annual event benefiting kids born with congenital heart defects. Enjoy a buffet dinner and open bar along with cupcakes, specialty drinks and live music. Proceeds support medical research, summer camp scholarships for kids and high school cardiac screenings in the Chicagoland area. Any style of dress is appropriate, but wear favorite red attire. Time: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $175, $80 for children.

Humane society fundraiser

Feb. 9

The Design Bar

880 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge

http://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

(630) 323-5630

Enjoy an evening of shopping and socializing while supporting animals in need, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hinsdale Humane Society in honor of its 70th Anniversary. Drinks and light refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be awarded. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. RR

Cupid Courts Misericordia

Feb. 10

Various locations

http://www.cupidcourts2023.givesmart.com

The paddle community in the western suburbs will enjoy a day of paddle tennis play to raise money for Misericordia Home. Take advantage of donated lessons, equipment and time from paddle tennis pros, and try to win a raffle item. Lunch will be served following play and the raffle at Salt Creek Club, 830 N. Madison St., Hinsdale. A men's evening event will also be held at 6 p.m. See the website above for details. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. RR

GAME ON

Indoor Beginning Golf

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-March 1

Madison School

611 S. Madison St. Hinsdale

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 5-7 will use special SNAG equipment to learn the basics of the complete swing, putting and chipping in a safe and stress-free atmosphere. Time: 5:15 to 6 p.m. Cost: $52.

Basketball

Mondays, Feb. 6-27

Madison School

611 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Boys and girls ages 7-9 will learn dribbling, passing, shooting, positions and the importance of teamwork through drills and games, which will be played at the end of each class. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $65. RR

Board game program

Feb. 7

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

http://www.clarendonhillslibrary.org

(630) 323-8188

Graham Carlson, community engagement manager at Fair Game board game stores in Downers Grove and La Grange, will talk about today's hottest family board games, how playing games can bring families and friends closer and create lasting memories and also let participants get hands-on with a few games. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Men's Bridge Open Play

Tuesdays through April 25

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Join this group for some fun bridge play and fellowship. Time: noon to 3 p.m. Cost: $2 per person. RR

GREAT OUTDOORS

Beginner Cross-Country Ski Lessons

Jan. 28 & 29

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

http://www.fpdcc.com

(630) 257-2045

Ages 12 and up can learn to ski with a certified Professional Ski Instructor of America. The program will only take place if Sagawau's ski trails are open. Call the number listed above or visit Sagawau's Facebook page for ski trail status. Time: 9 a.m. RR

Night Owls Walk

Jan. 28

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Be a night owl and join forest district staff on a night stroll. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. RR

Moon Walk

Feb. 5

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Let the full moon guide this walk in the world's largest Urban Night Sky Place. Warm up by a fire afterward. All ages are welcome. Time: 6:30 p.m. RR

Poetry Trail: Black History Month

Feb. 8

Bemis Woods-South

Ogden Avenue west of Wolf Road near Western Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(312) 533-5751

In honor of Black History Month, walk a short, looped trail and read poetry for children written by Black authors along the way. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon

Romantic Night Hike

Feb. 10 & 11

Fullersburg Woods

3609 Spring Ave.

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Experience the magic of an evening walk along lantern-lit trails on a self-guided, 1- to 2-mile journey. Follow the candlelight to roaring fires, roasting marshmallows and hot chocolate. The program is for ages 18 and up. Times: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Cost: $12. RR

Fishing: Hard Water Classic

Feb. 11

Blackwell Forest Preserve

Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road, Warrenville

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 933-7248

Anglers of all ages are invited to take part in the only competitive ice fishing tournament in DuPage, and then stick around for door prizes and awards. Those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: noon to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the event. RR

GREEN THUMB

The Magic of Heirloom Seed Varieties

Feb. 4

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Learn about what heirlooms are, how to plant heirlooms in one's garden and what a Hinsdale garden might have looked like 150 years ago in celebration of Hinsdale's 150th anniversary. The event is co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Hinsdale. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. RR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Yoga In the Woods

Jan. 29

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class with a certified instructor followed by a self-guided walk. Bring a yoga mat/beach towel & water. The programs is for ages 18 and up. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. RR

Managing Prostate Cancer Side Effects

Feb. 2

http://www.wellnesshouse.org

(630) 323-5150

Urologist Dr. Omer Raheem of UChicago Medicine will present this online Top Doc Lecture on managing common prostate cancer side effects like incontinence, erectile dysfunction, pain or discomfort and more. Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. RR

Yoga Chisel

Saturdays through April 29

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Certified yoga instructor Gerri Atkinson will show how to maximize the benefits of yoga practice by combine vinyasa flow yoga with upper body muscle conditioning exercises utilizing light hand weights for a total body workout. The class is ongoing. Participants should bring a mat. Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $115 for a 10-class punch card or $15 per class. RR

JUST FOR KIDS

Happy Little Trees

Jan. 31

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500
Kids ages 6-12 can paint along with a tranquil nature scene, inspired by everyone's favorite iconic curly headed PBS host. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. Cost: $25

My Little Pony Party

Feb. 4

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Come one, come all to Ponyville to celebrate My Little Pony! Bring your own ponies to play with and choose which activity to do. Enjoy a sweet treat and make sure to dress colorfully Time: 11 a.m. to noon. RR

Happy Hearts

Feb. 5

Wellness House

131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale

http://www.wellnesshouse.org

(630) 323-5150

This fun kids event celebrates joy and love. Parents are invited to enjoy an afternoon out while the kiddos have a fun afternoon full of games, arts, crafts and yummy treats! Dress in favorite Valentine's Day colors or attire. Contact Angela Dennison at [email protected] or (630) 654.5196 to register by Feb. 1. RR

LISTEN & LEARN

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Feb. 7

http://www.d181foundation.org

In this Zoom webinar, Lisa Damour, PhD, will offer guidance to adults on raising adolescents who are connected, capable and compassionate, including strategies of dealing with teens' arguments, risk taking, emerging romantic lives, friendships, social media and more. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. RR

NOTEWORTHY

ConcertoFest!

Jan. 28

Union Church of Hinsdale

137 S. Garfield St.

http://www.elmhurstsymphony.org

(630) 941-0202

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest soloists Jasmine Lin on the violin and Brandon Acker on the theorbo. ESO musicians Rika Seko (violin), Naomi Bensdorf Frisch (oboe) and Andrew Nogal (oboe) also will have solo turns. The program includes works by Dall'Abaco, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. The concert also will be performed at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. Time: 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets: $35, $32 for seniors.

Jammin' in the Stacks

Feb. 3

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

As part of its HPL After Dark series, the library, in partnership with WDCB, hosts The Alyssa Allgood Quartet, with Allgood praised for her impressive voice, original lyrics and modern approach to jazz. Beverages and refreshments will be provided. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. RR

ON SCREEN

'The Duke'

Feb. 1

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

This 2020 British drama-comedy is based on the true story of the theft of Goya's "Duke of Wellington" from The National Gallery in 1961. Kempton Bunton stole the portrait and sent ransom notes promising to return the painting once the government invested more in care for the elderly. It chronicles the act of good man hoping to change the world and save his marriage. Times: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

ON STAGE

'Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical'

Jan. 27-Feb. 5

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.stagedoorfinearts.com

Stage Door Fine Arts presents this beloved musical about a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers who's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. Matilda's courage and cleverness in equal amounts The school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull,, and could be the school pupils' saving grace. Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Tickets: $25-$30.

'Andy Warhol's Tomato'

Feb. 2-March 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble will transport audiences to 1946 Pittsburgh, where an 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source in this fictional take on an apocryphal story of an American legend. The production contains mature themes and language. A pre-show discussion with the director and designers will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2; a post-show discussion with the director, actors and crew will be held Feb. 10. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $42, $40 for seniors.

'The Father'

Through Feb. 5

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

https://theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

The play follows Andre, a cantankerous old widower suffering from dementia, who receives regular visits from his caring but frustrated daughter Anne. His mood swings and fits of temper result from his inability to grasp reality, a confusion complicated by occasional awareness of his previous existence. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25, $12 for children and students.

Pilobolus: Big Five-Oh!

Feb. 5

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

The innovative dance company is celebrating 50 years with this tour, bringing audiences a mix of pieces ranging from the vintage and visionary to the fresh and electrifying. After the performance the dancers will hold a 15-minute Q&A with the audience. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55-$65.

The Best of Second City

Feb. 11

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

http://www.atthemac.org

(630) 942-4000

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the world-famous comedy company as it takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. The show may contain adult languages and themes. Times: 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$48.

'A Doll's House - Part Two'

Feb. 16-26

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

https://theatreofwesternsprings.com

(708) 246-4043

The story picks up 15 years after the ending of the Henrik Ibsen play, "A Doll's House." In the final scene, Nora decides to live an independent life away from her husband and children. In making a life-changing decision, she says goodbye to her past life. But at some point, Nora must ask those who she leaves a final question. In this sequel, Nora returns to the house, but she must face the family she left behind and deal with the consequences. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25.

'And Neither Have I Wings to Fly'

Through Feb. 26

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

http://www.firstfolio.org

(630) 986-8067

Family means everything in 1950s Ireland in this First Folio production. So it seems only natural when Eveline Donnelly abandons university to care for her widowed father. But as her younger sister prepare to leave home, a visit from her mother's ghost makes Evie begin to ask, "When is it my turn?" Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Thursday, Jan. 26; 3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays (captioned performances are 4 p.m. Feb. 11 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17). Tickets: $29-$59, $20 for students.

'A Chorus Line'

Through March 19

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

http://www.drurylanetheatre.com

Experience Drury Lane Theatre's production of this iconic musical offering a backstage look at the intimate lives of dancers auditioning for a Broadway chorus, features memorable numbers including "What I Did for Love," "One," and "I Hope I Get It." Times: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $85–$95, with a $5 discount for senior on Wednesday and Thursday matinées.

SENIOR SCENE

Chicago History Museum Guided Tour & Lunch

Feb. 2

Depart from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Enjoy a 50-minute docent-guided "Highlights of Chicago" tour at the Chicago History Museum, exploring the grandeur of the world fairs of 1893 and 1933, Chicago innovations like skyscrapers and the city's diverse neighborhoods and lively cultural scene. Then relax at lunch from noon to 1 p.m. before heading home. Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $50. RR, MD

Living Well in your Own Home

Feb. 8

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

(630) 986-1976

Lori Gibson of Home For Life Advantage will discuss the top 10 home modifications to maintain one's independence and age in place freely, comfortably and safely for life. Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RR

Marquee FilmTalks

Wednesdays through April 19

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Join these monthly discussions using a live Zoom stream to talk about different movie topics. Light movie snacks and coffee/tea will be provided. Verify the talk date when registering each month; fees are collected at the front desk. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 per talk. RR

SPECIAL EVENTS

VIP PetCare Clinic

Feb. 2

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane

http://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

(630) 323-5630

The humane society hosts this monthly walk-in mobile service to offer individual care, service packages and full wellness plans. Pet food support is available upon request. Hours: 5 to 7 p.m.

Chocolate Weekend

Feb. 4-5

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

http://www.mortonarb.org

Celebrate the cacao tree and the many delights of chocolate it provides by sampling an array of chocolates and unique items with a chocolate twist. The member preview event is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets are $17. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $16, $14 for seniors, $11 for ages 2-17. RR, MD

STEPPING BACK

Farmhouse Life in the Winter: Family Health

Through Feb. 27

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

http://www.dupageforest.org

(630) 876-5900

Enjoy a guided tour of the 1890s farmhouse focusing on a common winter experience: taking care of a sick family member. Learn about "sick foods" of the period, how candy was used as medicine and how the first floor bedroom acted as the sick room. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays. Admission: $5 suggested donation for ages 3 and up.

TEENS & TWEENS

Babysitters Certification

Jan. 28

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Youth ages 11-15 will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly provide care for children and infants in this American Red Cross class. The cost includes a participant workbook, training materials as well as an American Red Cross Babysitters Training certificate. Full-day attendance is required to receive certification.. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $105. RR, MD

Tips for Admission Success

Feb. 2

http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info

Join this interactive virtual program to get tips for standardized tests, school fit, how to improve admission odds and strategies to reduce costs. There will be time for questions. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

WEE ONES

I am a Scientist

Feb. 1

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

http://www.fpdcc.com

(708) 839-6897

Children ages 4-5 with an adult will increase their wonder and curiosity by exploring, experimenting and making discoveries. Time: 10 a.m. RR

n Lil Pint Soccer

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-March 1

Madison School

611 S. Madison St., Hinsdale

http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr

(630) 789-7090

Kids ages 3-4 will learn the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and goaltending in a noncompetitive environment. Games will be played at the end of each class. Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Cost: $52. RR

WINE & DINE

Love is Brewing

Feb. 16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

http://www.thecommunityhouse.org

(630) 323-7500

Enjoy a curated sampling of six choice beers, two featured cocktails, appetizers and live music. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $28. RR, MD

Key

RR - registration required

MD - member discount

 
 

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