Community Events Calendar


Raise money for the Hinsdale Historical Society's Zook Home & Studio while touring the historic home of Mimi and Dan Collins at 420 S. Park Ave. and learning about its restoration. Turn to Page 22 for details. (file photo)


Adult Inter-Faith Fellowship lunch

Oct. 11

Union Church of Hinsdale

137 S. Garfield Ave.

(630) 794-0664

The Adult Inter-Faith Fellowship, formerly Men's Club/Adult Fellowship, invites all to a special opening luncheon. The AIFF's goal is inclusivity and fellowship, while also supporting charities that address hunger, domestic violence and other worthy causes. This month the AIFF welcomes local vocalist and song writer Ellie Banke, who will perform in the sanctuary after lunch. The group will host catered lunches with entertainers or paid speakers every second Wednesday of the month through June. Reservations should be made by Oct. 4 by calling Elizabeth Young at the number listed above. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $15 (cash only).


Humane society drive

Sept. 29

Hinsdale Central

55th and Grant streets

Hinsdale Central cheer and football, along with Falcon cheer and football, are holding a supply drive at the Hinsdale Central varsity football game to benefit the Hinsdale Humane Society. A wish list of items that can be donated at the game is available at the website above. Team members also will walk the stands to collect cash donations. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sip and Shop for Mend A Heart

Sept. 30

J. McLaughlin

53 S. Washington St, Hinsdale

(630) 468-2597

Join hostess Bridget O'Meara for a festive afternoon of sips and shopping in support of the Mend A Heart Foundation, with 15 percent of purchases being donated to help improve the lives of children born with congenital heart defects. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m.

n Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Through October

For Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the just1mike foundation is collecting $24 donations (or more, if so inclined and able) to honor Clarendon Hills' Michael Brindley, who died of SCA in 2016, and support free in-school heart screenings, AEDs and SaveStations.


Pickleball Workshop

Oct. 2 & 5

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

Learn or improve one's pickleball game with a review of basic rules, strokes, scoring and strategy in a friendly small group setting. Shoes appropriate for court play and safety glasses are recommended. All equipment will be provided; participants can bring their own paddle if desired. Additional workshops are offered weekly on Mondays and Thursdays through Dec. 21. Time: 10:45 to 12:15 p.m. Cost: $92. RR, MD

Girls basketball skills clinic

Oct. 21

Hinsdale Central main gym

5500 S. Grant St.

This clinic for girls in first through sixth grade will be led by Hinsdale Central team members and coaches. The training is for all skill levels, beginner to advanced, and girls will be grouped based on ability. All proceeds go to the Hinsdale Central girls basketball program. The registration deadline is Oct. 19. Time: 2 to 3:15 p.m. Cost: $20. RR


Take Home Craft: Laced Paper Plate Pumpkin Face

Oct. 6

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Kids in kindergarten through second grade can pick up a kit at the library to create a laced pumpkin face by painting, cutting, gluing and lacing. RR


ReThink Retirement

Oct. 9

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

Join this free monthly Golden Brunch Club meeting and explore the options seniors have as they age. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of each, and the discussion will include the cost of health care and how to protect assets against the high cost of future care. Brunch-worthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. RR

What's the Buzz on Honey Bees?

Oct. 10

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Longtime beekeepers Charles and Karen Lorence will talk about the amazing and beneficial insects critical to the food chain, including their jobs, the products of their hive, pollination and plants they love. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

Coming of Age in a Digital World

Oct. 18

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

In "Growing up in Public: Coming Of Age In A Digital World," media expert and author Devorah Heitner will discuss how social media and constant connection are stretching thin the boundaries of privacy for children. Learn to help tweens and teens navigate boundaries, identity, privacy and reputation in their digital world and cut through the overwhelm to connect with and support kids as they figure out who they are. The program is part of the Community Speaker Series sponsored by District 181, District 86 and the District 181 Foundation. Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m.


'The Drowsy Chaperone'

Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Westview Hills Middle School

630 65th St., Willowbrook

The play is a loving send-up of a Golden Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. When a man puts on his favorite record and the 1928 musical comes to life, an evening of madcap delight ensues. Cast members include Hinsdaleans Susan O'Byrne (title role) and Art Andersen, and local grocery store manager Mike Kinnavy. Buy tickets online using address listed above or at the door. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20.


Rotary Run Charity Classic

Oct. 1

Start & finish at The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

Join this 29th annual event with races for every member and ability level in the family while raising money for local and international charitable work. The activities begin with the 10K Run at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 8:45 a.m., the 3K run at 8:50 a.m., and the 5K and 3K walks and the Mutt Strut at 8:55 a.m. Pets and strollers are allowed only in the Mutt Strut. To guarantee T-shirt size and availability, register by Sept. 15. Cost: $25, $95 for a family by Sept. 26; $30/$100 last minute. RR


Microsoft Excel Basics

Oct. 2 or 4

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

(630) 323-8188

Learn to create, format and save a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, along with the most commonly used functions the software offers. Laptops will be provided. Times: 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4. RR

Neighborhood Feud!

Oct. 4

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Join this live and interactive game show event as "neighborhoods" work together as a group to guess answers to survey questions. Prizes will be given, and popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $18. RR, MD

Chills and Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones

Oct. 4

Stephen Graham Jones, author of "The Only Good Indians" and "Don't Fear the Reaper," will talk scary stories, horror and more in this online program. The recipient of several awards, including the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Bram Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Award, Jones is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR

Château du Parc

Oct. 5

420 S. Park Ave., Hinsdale

Enjoy an evening of music, food and preservation as Mimi and Dan Collins open up their home to give others an opportunity to see historic preservation and restoration in action. Learn about the before and after of their home's transformation via the Hinsdale Historical Society Historical Tourist app. The home will also be open to the public for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 for $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the Zook Home & Studio. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $150. RR

Author Visit with Angelique Burrell

Oct. 12

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Hinsdale Central High School teacher Angelique Burrell will celebrate the release of her new young adult novel, "A Mark in the Road," with a reading and Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the library starting Oct. 3; Burrell will sign copies after the program. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Self-defense Workshop

Sept. 30

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Middle school and high school students will discuss and be introduced to basic physical self-defense skills and techniques. Topics will be presented at an age-appropriate level, with training aimed at empowering attendees with life skills to help them confidently transition into new situations. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41. RR, MD


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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