Community Events Calendar


Laura Ownby stars as Julianna and Mike Janke as Ian in the Theatre of Western Springs' production of "The Other Place," on stage through Feb. 25. See Page 22 for details. (photo provided)


UCECP fundraising event

February 24

The Elm

23 W. Harris Ave., La Grange

Help raise funds for the Union Church Early Childhood Program at the "Merry on the Mountain" apres ski-themed benefit featuring an evening of live entertainment, food, drinks, bourbon tasting, silent auction, raffle and more. Proceeds will pay for building upgrades, staff development, winter and end-of-year carnivals and scholarships. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $125.


'Mean Girls Jr'

March 6, 8 & 9

Avenue Christian Church

5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills

In this BAMtheatre Broadway Kids show, Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Cady and her friends take on the school's popular trio The Plastics to end ruthless leader Regina's reign. But what happens when the lines between the real Cady and her Plastic self get blurred? Time: 7 p.m. March 6 & 8, 2:30 p.m. March 9. Tickets: $22-$26.

'101 Dalmatians Kids

March 7-9

Avenue Christian Church

5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills

In this BAMtheatre Broadway Minis show, pet owners Roger and Anita live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, until Anita's former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal their dogs' puppies for her new fur coat. Can all the dogs of London help in a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen? Times: 7 p.m. March 7, 5 p.m. March 8, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 9. Tickets: $20-$24.


Pancake breakfast

Feb. 26

Hinsdale Adventist Academy

631 E. Hickory St.

(480) 309-8345

Enjoy pancakes, eggs and drinks, with proceeds supporting a schoolwide mission trip to the Dominican Republic and the HAA home and school. Tickets are available in the HAA office or at the door. Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $12, $5 for ages 10 and under.

Troop 10 Pancake Breakfast

March 2

Union Church of Hinsdale

137 S. Garfield Ave.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, samosas and coffee at this annual fundraiser. All proceeds support Troop 10 Scouts and their Scouting experience. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $10, $7 for students & seniors, free for ages 3 and under.


Comedy for Cancer

Feb. 29

Tivoli Theatre

5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove

Start 2024 with laughter at this H Foundation fundraiser, featuring a comedic conversation with Andy Richter, and stand-up comedians Mike Toomey, Ana Belaval and Jim Flannigan, with host Steve Cochran and emcee Andrea Darlas. Attendees will enjoy tastes from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Time: 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. showtime. Tickets: $75

Tablescapes 2024

March 10

The Drake Oak Brook

2301 York Road

IWS Hinsdale Auxiliary's will hold its annual benefit for the Infant Welfare Society's Angel Harvey Family Health Center. Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch, live music, shopping from the Western suburbs' premier boutiques, a grand raffle, silent auction items and more. Additionally, each of this year's signature themed Tablescapes will be paired with a unique experience. Time: noon to 4 p.m. Tickets: $175. RR


Backcountry Navigation

Feb. 25

Camp Bullfrog Lake

9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

(312) 533-5751

This class, presented by REI, will help participants understand a topographic map and a compass and how to put the two together. Then practice taking a bearing from the terrain and map to determine one's position and plan a route. Bring snacks and water. Participants must be 14 or older; those under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $109. RR, MD


Morning of Beauty & Wellness

Feb. 24

Wellness House

131 N. County Line Road

(630) 323-5150

Come to Wellness House's Unique Boutique for a morning of pampering to help those on the cancer journey feel refreshed and empowered. Participants will enjoy a variety of beauty and wellness activities during the event. Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon. RR

Yoga In the Woods

Feb. 25

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Take in the natural beauty of the grounds while enjoying an all-levels yoga class. The program is for ages 18 and up. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. RR

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

March 6

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

Chopra Center certified meditation instructor Stephanie Frantz will teach centuries old meditation and breathing techniques to relieve stress and increase one's overall sense of well-being. Time: 1 to 1:50 p.m. Cost: $44. RR, MD


Great Wolf Lodge trip

March 1

Leave from The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can spend their day off from school enjoying this indoor water park. Extended care hours are available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for an additional $30. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $100. RR, MD


Messages in Chinese Food

Feb. 29

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Yvonne Wolf from Chinese Intercultural Consulting Services will reveal the hidden message inside traditional Chinese food such as soup, eggrolls, stir fry and rice. Gain a new perspective on the Chinese dining experience, whether it is sit-down or take-out. Food samples will be available. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. RR


Elmhurst University Jazz Festival

Feb. 22-25

Elmhurst University

190 Prospect Ave.

This 57th annual event will feature well-known professional jazz musicians and groups as well as top college and high school jazz bands from near and far. Visit the website above for the full schedule and ticket prices; a livestream option also is available.

Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

March 1

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-3380

One of Chicagoland's hottest tribute bands will perform as part of the TWS Performance Series of fundraisers. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40. RR

John Gorka

March 2

Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

11 W. Maple St.

(630) 941-7797

Enjoy the musical stylings of the singer-songwriter who the Rolling Stone once called "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement." The performance is part of the Acoustic Renaissance Concerts series. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $22.


Three One-Act Plays

Feb. 23 & 24

Westview Hills Middle School

630 65th St., Willowbrook

Westmont Performing Arts presents original three one-act plays by Mike Levins. In "The Shaving Brush," Nelly, no longer able to live independently, must leave her home of 6O years, learning what is truly important in the process. "White Chocolate Moon" follows novelist Clayton Dinsmore, who has battled writer's block for 25 years after a wildly successful debut. "The Four Questions" asks what would happen if Elijah the Prophet actually showed up in the home of a very troubled family. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10.

'The Life and Music of George Michael'

Feb. 25

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Capturing the performance and sound of one of the biggest international stars of our time, this show will feature blockbuster hits including "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go," "Freedom," "Faith," "Careless Whisper," "Father Figure" and more. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $62-$72.

'The Other Place'

Through Feb. 25

Theatre of Western Springs

4384 Hampton Ave.

(708) 246-3380

The life of successful neurologist Juliana Smithton seems to be coming unhinged as she faces divorce, a daughter's elopement with a much older man and personal health struggles. But there's more to the story as the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $28, $15 for children & students.

'Artificial Hinstelligence'

March 8-9 & 15-16

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

The Community House Players return to the stage for their hilarious antics and affectionate mockery of all things Hinsdale in this year's edition of The Community Revue. This original musical comedy promises to walk right up to the edge of appropriate humor and, sometimes, jump right by it. Proceeds benefit The Community House. Time: 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $125.


Hinsdale Memory Cafe

Feb. 28

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Join this social gathering of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Activities may include education, music, games and arts. The program is sponsored by The Birches and Independence-4-Seniors Home Care. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. RR


Sweets Tasting & Tea

Feb. 28

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St.

(630) 323-7500

Karen Gula from Candies & Ice Cream Shop will lead a brief history of chocolate and The Lilett Shop. Participants will enjoy various flavors of chocolate and additional tastings to educate their palate for comparing and contrasting with other flavors to understand how and why they complement each other. Coffee and tea also will be served. Then take home a treat and tasting notes. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $17.50. RR, MD


nWindy City Bulls offer

March 1

NOW Arena

5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates

(847) 396-9310

Hinsdale residents are invited to cheer on the Windy City Bulls, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, while also supporting Hinsdale native and G League Ignite star Matas Buzelis before the hometown kid is drafted in the NBA with a special discount ticket offer. Time: 5 p.m. door open, 6 p.m. game. Tickets: $20.


In the Belly of the Beast: King in Chicago

Feb. 28

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Chicago historian, musician and storyteller Clarence Goodman will discuss Martin Luther King Jr.'s work in Chicago, which he visited many times between 1956 and his life's end in pursuit of justice but which history seems to have ignored or forgotten. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR

Native American Women in Illinois History

March 2

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Dressed in native regalia, Kim Sigafus presents a history of native peoples in Illinois, with a focus on women, sharing stories of Singing Bird - the wife of Blackhawk - and more. Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Cost: $5. RR


Teen Game Time

March 1

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Play Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch or enjoy a classic board game in the Community Meeting Room. Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Preschool Picassos

Feb. 27

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Preschoolers can work with their parent/caregiver to create a masterpiece. Time: 10 to 10:30 a.m. RR


RR - registration required

MD - member discount


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