Doings Calendar: Community events and meetings

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Pumpkin Decorating
The Hinsdale Historical Society opens the Zook Studio from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 for the first time since the architect’s studio was moved to Katherine Legge Memorial Park in July, 2005. Costs: $5 per family and free for Hinsdale Historical Society members. Register in advance by emailing by Oct. 25. Pumpkins and art supplies provided for decorating. Also, anyone can stop by to tour the newly restored first floor of the Zook Home and Studio.
Festival at Five Seasons Family Sports
Family oriented, Halloween-themed festival is on tap from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 6901 S. Madison, Burr Ridge. Features a pumpkin-carving contest, a costume contest and a pumpkin-throwing contest. All activities are free of charge, and the event is open to club members as well as the public. Geared toward toddlers to teens. Check-in registration is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Costume contest starts at 1 p.m. (Pumpkins that have been carved and decorated ahead of time, will be judged.) For the pumpkin-tossing competition, pumpkins will be provided and throwing takes place in the outdoor sand volleyball courts, starting at 2:30 p.m. Festival includes crafts activities, apple-bobbing and menu items available for purchase. Five Seasons can be reached at (630) 570-5200 and online at Information about the Pumpkin Chunk’n Contest, contact Erik Knowles at
Hinsdale Historical Society
Exhibit displaying New Village, New Journey: Hinsdale’s Immigrants on display now until Jan. 11, 2014 at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St. in Hinsdale. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit explores the immigration wave of the early 20th century as relevant to Hinsdale. The Hinsdale History Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, email or call (630) 789-2600 Ext. 0.
Handbell Choir rehearsals
The handbell choir of Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5400 Wolf Road, has begun rehearsal from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Basic music reading ability helpful, but previous handbell playing is not required. Choir is open to senior high youth and adults. Visit, or contact Patti Mangis at (708) 246-5220.
Women’s Growing Connection
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from the community are welcome and invited to attend meetings and events. (gatherings on the second Tuesday evening of each month).
Non-denominational Bible study
Coffee Break is a non-denominational women’s Bible study that meets from 9:30-11 a.m., each Wednesday at Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview, Downers Grove. Child care in the church’s new nursery. Prayer requests gathered each day. Fall study Return to Joy from Philippians. Contact: Arlene at (630) 484-5466 or the church at (630) 969-3320.
La Grange Bible Church
850 S. Seventh Ave.
The community invited to join La Grange Bible Church at 9 a.m. The Rev. Ross Bacon brings the message. Nursery and children’s church available. Sunday school classes and adult Bible study resume at 10:30 a.m. Call (708) 354-2485.
Golden Fellowship
Golden Fellowship of the La Grange Bible Church, weekly meetings at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays. Those age 55 and above are welcomed to join the group for singing, devotions, and fellowship. Call (708) 354-2485
Church Youth Group Night
La Grange Bible Church’s Youth Group Night, invites the youth of the community to join them for Wednesday Night Youth Groups starting at 7 p.m., continuing through May 14, 2014. Pioneer Girls and Awana Boys invites those age 3 to sixth grade to be a part of their group. Seventh- and eighth-graders will be part of Power Source and those in high school are invited to join Light Wave. For information call (708) 354 2485 or
Christian Meditation
As an 11th Step Practice — A group of men and women from 12-step programs, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation, meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday in St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. All are welcome. Call Janet (708) 246-4866.
Divorce Care group
Oak Brook Community Church: 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group from 7-9 p.m.Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Men’s Breakfast
Is held at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men are invited for a time of study and fellowship. Call (630) 321-6776.
Student ministry
Sunday services are offered for middle school students (fifth to eighth grades) at 9 a.m. and high school students at10:45 a.m. at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. A weekly gathering for seventh to eighth grade, Blast, meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Holmes School (5800 Holmes Ave.), and High School House Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at a church member’s home. Call Minister of Students, Kyle Alt at (630) 323-3456, Ext. 231 or email
Presbyterian youth group
Meets 5-6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771 or visit
Evangelical Covenant Church
Men’s group meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Meeting is not a Bible study for professed Christians; it is offered for those who are agnostic, nonbelievers or just searching. Confidentiality respected. Call (630) 699-3583.
Oak Brook Art League
Oil Pastel Demonstration at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at the Oak Brook Library, Friends Room. Carol Zack, a teacher at DuPage Art League, will give an oil pastel demonstration. Visit for more information.
RSVP: Ardythe Tiesenga  (630) 655-2888.
Holiday Party
At 1:30 p.m., Dec. 3, join in the Holiday Party at a private home. An interesting speaker will be attending. Try to bring some art supplies as a present to a volunteer art program in Westmont where people in transition are encouraged by the use of artistic projects. RSVP: Ardythe Tiesenga  (630) 655-2888.
Heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus
Healing Heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus seminar set to take place 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the fifth floor regional board room at Adventist Hinsdale, 120 Oak St. Those interested in hearing Gastroenterologist Dr. Daksesh Patel speak at the free seminar can register online at and clicking on “Education & Events,” or by calling (630) 856-7525.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst (630) 834-0202. Artists of all ages (from 18 month and up) can discover new ways of seeing, spark creative energy and deepen artistic skill with staff of teaching artists. Over 30 classes and camps available each session. Visit
Interfaith Career Network
Job Support Group Workshop takes place on a weekly basis, from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. (enter church on Catherine Avenue) held in Westminster Hall. Call (708) 354-0771.
Foreign language
The Language Labs is offering foreign language classes to students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, St. Isaac Jogues and Maercker Schools. Classes available in Spanish, French and Mandarin. Classes last for 50 minutes. The classes are either during child’s lunch period or just after school, one day per week. The next 20-week session begins in October. Cost: $249.
The Oak Brook Art League
For more information, call Ardythe Tiesenga  (630) 655-2888.
Oil Pastel Demonstration
At Oak Brook Library, Friends Room with Carol Zack, at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5. Respond to (630) 655-2888. Visit
Help Families in Need
Continental Toyota Scion partners with St. Francis Xavier’s food pantry in La Grange by collecting food donations at their dealership showroom at 6701 S. La Grange Road, Hodgkins. Bring any nonperishable food donations, including: cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes, canned goods, tuna, peanut butter, coffee, tea, condiments, baking goods, toiletries, diapers, baby food and formula, cleaning supplies, paper products, any ready-to-eat items with pop-top cans, utensils and juice boxes. Look for the clearly marked Toyota Tacoma in the middle of the showroom to deliver your donations.
Donors Needed for Blood Drive
The Presbyterian Church of Western Springs holds annual fall blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the church’s Jones Room. Must be in generally good physical health and feeling well that day, at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Bring identification (i.e., LifeSource or military ID, driver’s license, employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name. To schedule an appointment, contact the church office at (708) 246-5220 or and use sponsor code WS14. For more information about the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Road, Western Springs, visit
Cars needed
Auto donations are urgently needed for families throughout DuPage County in Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program. Only cars beyond reasonable repair are sold, with the funds going to Bridge Communities. Contact Karen Stewart at (630) 545-0610, Ext. 17, or Donations are tax deductible.
Carousel Shop
Donation hours have been extended to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Donations may be brought to the red door at the rear of the shop by way of the alley at 23 Calendar Ave., La Grange. Donations of clothing and shoes for men, women and children (modern to vintage), household items, artwork, and media (books, music, movies) accepted. or stop by. Also visit The Corner Shoppe, their consignment store, at 27 Calendar Ave., La Grange.
Support homeless families
Bridge Communities, Inc. is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County. Its program of transitional housing, mentoring and supportive services empowers the families to increase life skills and earning power to promote self-sufficiency, sustain permanent housing, and to break the cycle of poverty within the family unit. To make a donation to support homeless families served by Bridge Communities, or to find out how to support Bridge in other ways, call Amy Van Polen at (630) 545-0610, Ext. 12 or visit
Birding Club
The public is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club’s website,, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.
Volunteer restoration workday
Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Ages 8 and up; under 14 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7681 at least five business days in advance; groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.
Run for Kelli
The run will be held at 8 a.m. or 8:45 am. on Nov. 16, at Lyons Township High School South Campus, 4900 Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. A one-mile walk will be held starting at 9:30 a.m., with a 50-yard dash for ages 10 and under.
Costs: $25 for the run and $20 for the walk, and participants can preregister at All proceeds will go to the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Fund. (Held in memory of Kelli Joy O’Laughlin, whose life was abruptly taken by a burglar in her home in October 27, 2011). Participants are asked to pick up a runner’s bag at The Runner’s Soul, 5 South La Grange Road, La Grange, from 10 a.m. to 8p.m., Nov. 14-15; or on the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m. Visit for information on the fund and its activities.
DuPage PADS Wake-Up-Your-Spirit Breakfast
Christopher G. Kennedy will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Wake-Up-Your-Spirit Breakfast. Proceeds support DuPage PADS programs that provide housing and support services, including case management and employment to assist individuals and families who are homeless. Join DuPage PADS from 7-8:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 at Benedictine University in Lisle. Tickets are now on sale for $40 per person (purchased on or before 10/18 and $45 after 10/18). Visit or call (630) 682-3846 Ext. 2520 to reserve a seat.
Holiday Market
The Grace Episcopal Church women host the Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Admission: $5 and is good for both days, which will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale in the Parish Hall. The Holiday Market features unique and exciting vendors offering home accessories, holiday treasures, jewelry, hostess and teacher gifts, distinctive ladies apparel and accessories, linens and much more. Monies raised benefit the church’s missions. There will be a Holiday Market preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 25. Tickets are $50 each and are available through Grace Episcopal Church. Contact: Grace Episcopal Church at (630) 323-4900.
Notre Dame Christmas Concert
A 90 minute Christmas Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, providing a festive arrangement of new and traditional Christmas music, featuring the Notre Dame Adult choir, the Notre Dame Children’s choir as well as the St. Ignatius Madrigals and other fun surprises. Takes place at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Avenue, Clarendon Hills. Costs: $10 individual; $40 a family. Can pay at the door. Tickets are available at the Notre Dame Parish office at (630) 654-3365. Volunteers are needed for Friday and Saturday set-up. Call Tim Leahy at (630) 571-8580 or call the Notre Dame Parish office.
Harvest of Crafts fundraiser
Harvest of Crafts Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26, at the Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester. Craft Sale includes church-member made crafts, crafters/vendor tables, bake sale, Café, treasures and trinkets tables, and raffle. Contact the church office (708) 865-1282.
Kiwanis Peanut Days
Kiwanis Club members in La Grange, Countryside, La Grange Park and Hodgkins providing peanuts for donations during September.
Benefits non-profits that serve children and youth throughout the Western Suburbs. Specific note: Builders Club members from S.E. Gross Middle School in Brookfield and the K-Kids Club, from Brook Park Elementary in LaGrange Park, will be shaking cans and handing out peanuts.
Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show
The Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 23, in St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 S. Prairie in Brookfield, just north of Ogden Avenue at Prairie (across from the church). Shop among the fifty crafters with handmade items on display and homemade pastries. Free admission. Handicapped accessible. Lunch available. Children are welcome. The event is sponsored by St. Barbara’s Council of Catholic Women and proceeds help support St. Barbara Food Pantry and other parish-sponsored programs.
Crafters wanted
Creative crafters are needed for the Red Sled Holiday Bazaar fundraiser at Ogden School in La Grange. Crafters interested in the Nov. 9 event should contact Rachel Peterson at
CROP Walk 2013 
Walk the walk to fight hunger with the Clarendon Hills/Hinsdale/Burr Ridge 5K CROP Walk. The walk begins and ends at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. 1st Street, Hinsdale. Register at 1 p.m., Oct. 27. Step Off is at 1:30 p.m. Raise funds online at and click on Sign Up! CROP Walkers will drop off food donations at the HCS Family Services Food Pantry. Also, bring your old shoes. Check out Log
Zumba Fitness with Megan
Zumba Fitness at The Village Club, 4221 Lawn Ave., Western Springs. Every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. No registration required. Cost: $10 cash at the door. Bring water. For 13+, 18+, 65+. Contact Megan Albee with
Wellness House
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale.
Events are free, but registration is required; Register at or call (630) 323-5150.
Robert Crown Center for Health Education
Parents, scouts, and other youth groups are invited to learn how their bodies work and how to keep them safe and strong at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. Regular class fees apply. Classes taught on or before Oct. 31 cost $5 per student at the Hinsdale Center or $7 per student offsite at your school. Teachers and chaperones are free of charge. All classes taught Nov. 1, 2013 or later will be subject to the new prices including those with existing reservations. Visit Make a reservation at (630) 325-1900.
Wellness House Programs
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Events are free, but registration is required; call (630) 323-5150. Visit website to register.
Indian Prairie Public Library
401 Plainfield Road, Darien, serves Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and Darien. Call the Ask Us Desk at (630) 887-8760, Ext. 239 or go to for programs and classes. Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any library program should contact the library at least five days before the program (630) 887-8760, Ext. 243. 
Recycling/Shredding event
Drop off recycling items from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26 at the parking lot at the Indian Prairie Public Library. Also shredding service for confidential information (four box limit) is accepted. Items include: electronics such as computers, keyboards, VCRs, cables, extension cords, cell phones, ink cartridges and many miscellaneous items (see website for list). Visit under Hot Topics and click on the Recycling and Shredding headline. 
Collecting Worn American Flags
Upcoming, for Veterans Day, the library will collect worn flags at its Come to the Cabaret program at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook
Registration is required, please call (630) 368-7725
Author J. Ferdinand Rizza
Book signing at 2 p.m. on Nov. 2: J. Ferdinand Rizza, author of “Children of the Swamp” will be at the library to talk about his most recent book. He will read passages as well as answer questions. Copies will be available for purchase and signed by the author. Registration is required.
Book Review: Cheryl Strayed brought to life.
At 2 p.m., Nov. 3, Jenny Riddle brings Cheryl Strayed to life. Cheryl embarks on a 1,200 mile hike by herself along the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl shares about her life from her book “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail.”
Sahaja Meditation
At 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 for Sahaja, which is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization.
La Grange Public Library
10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange.
Register for all programs by calling (708) 215-3200. Regular Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m.
Ongoing Programs:
Writers Workshop - 7-8:30 p.m., Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. No need to register.
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, Most programs require registration.
Activity Room - Open from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for teens in sixth grade and older to complete homework and socialize with peers. An assortment of games are available when a break is needed from studying. A librarian is available to assist with reference questions.
Pack 51 Cub Scouting
For boys from first to fifth grades, for character building, fun activities, to earn cool badges and enjoy experiences. Pack 51’s next Pack Meeting is 7 p.m., Oct. 25 at Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, state Route 83 and 55th Street Contact Andrew Schmidt,, (630) 479-0255 or Cubmaster: Andrew Craig,, (630) 470-1766.
M. I. Hummel Club
LaGrange Park Chapter of M. I. Hummel Club meets at 7 p.m., every third Thursday except in January, July, August at Plymouth Place 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. For more information call Connie Clore at (815) 372-0636.
Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club
The Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club meets the second Wednesday of the month from September through June for luncheons at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is served atnoon, followed by entertainment. Contact: (708) 784-0297.
Newcomers & Neighbors
Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area is a social organization dedicated to providing an environment where residents (regardless of age or gender) can develop friendships, enjoy activities and special interest groups, and become part of the community. Open to all residents, new and established, of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont. Visit or view Facebook page.
The LaGrange Park Woman’s Club
An affiliate of the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the third Monday of the month from September to May at the Village Church, 1150 Meadowcrest in LaGrange Park. Contact: Nancy at (708) 352-9276 or Judy at (708) 352-2358.
PFLAG Hinsdale Chapter
Meeting at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 West Maple, Hinsdale. (corner of Maple and Washington, one block north of Chicago Ave.) This month’s speaker: Lynne Kennedy of the Open Door Clinic. Meetings routinely held the firstSunday of the month regardless of holidays. Meeting format consists of general announcements about local LGBT events and news, guest speakers and small group sessions. Contact the PFLAG helpline at (630) 415-0622 or Jackie Frett, or visit and parent site
Salt Creek Camera Club
Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Visitors are welcome. Contact: Ron Remley (708) 562-1164.
Pleasantdale Gardener
The Pleasantdale Garden Club of Burr Ridge meets at the Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. New members are welcome. Call (630) 985-8404 or visit
The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Western Springs meetings are conducted from 7:30-8:15 p.m. on the secondTuesday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church, 4101 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. Contact Chuck Bosko, (708) 205-3541.
Oak Brook Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Oak Brook meets at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant, 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. It meets at12:15 p.m. every Tuesday. The club is involved in charitable venues.
People in Public Speaking
Meets every Monday at noon for an hour in the McDonald’s corporate offices. Individuals may join at any level of speaking ability. People in Public Speaking is an Oak Brook branch of Toastmasters International and is open to anyone interested in joining Toastmasters. See
Lions Club
Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at Ryan’s Pub, Brookfield. Go to to request information.
Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis Club of La Grange meets every Thursday at noon at the Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., Room 108 (46th and East Avenue). The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of the world. Guests welcome. Call Carol (708) 352-2992.
Knack for Knitting or Knot
Meets 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group, ages 16 and up, meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques, beginner to advanced needle crafter. Registration not required; free. Visit
Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc.
Meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park District of LaGrange Park, 536 East Ave. The club is a congenial intermediate Bridge mix. It sponsors tournaments and going for the gold and more partners are needed. Call Vera Lynch at (708) 447-8185.
Leads Club
Ali Lassen’s Leads Club, Oak Brook Chapter, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at DuPage Club, 1901 S. Myers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. For reservations call Genny at (630) 738-6677.
All Bridge Saints
Duplicate Bridge Club, American Contract Bridge League, meets 6:45-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. First St. Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill. Call Ellie Nuellen, (815) 838-0646, or Bob Kucaba, (630) 561-4969.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District
Heritage Center: 1 S. 325 Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, (630) 627-6100; (visit offers:
National food days
Oakbrook Terrace Park District monthly series called National Food Days. Each month, a new food item will be featured at Heritage Center and residents are invited to come out and sample the selected food items for free, between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. National Caramel Apple Day on Oct. 31; National Vanilla Cupcake Day on Nov. 11; and National Cotton Candy Day on Dec. 6. Contact the Oakbrook Terrace Park District at (630) 627-6100 or visit the website at:
Monster Bashes
Held at varying times per age groups on Oct. 25 at Heritage Center. Costumes welcome, but not necessary. Held from 1-1:45 p.m., Oct. 25 for children ages 2-3 years old with a parent; from 4-4:45 p.m. for ages 3-4 years old; and from 5-5:45 p.m. for ages 5-7 years old. Costs: $15 resident/$20 nonresident. Register at least a week prior to each session.
Oakbrook Terrace Fitness Center
1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; (visit offers:
Functional Yoga — Held from 10–10:45 a.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 24 Receive the benefits of yoga without going on the floor. Costs: $30 resident/$35 nonresident.
Halloween Carnival
from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center. Wear a costume and enjoy all the activities for free, including a haunted house, bounce house, hay rides, crafts and games. Children attendees receive a treat bag.
Lake View Nature Center
17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace.
Call (630) 941-8747 or visit to register. Nature center operating hours are: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The center is closed the first Monday of each month.
Western Springs Recreation Center
1500 Walker St., Western Springs, (708) 246-9070.
Halloween Hoopla
Halloween Hoopla Party from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 28. Admission is free when you wear a costume. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween games, treat bags, pumpkin carving demonstration, a raffle and a Haunted room can be enjoyed by everyone. Halloween games and the haunted room close at 6:25 p.m. Super Stolie entertains with an Interactive Kids Concert, held from 6:30-7 p.m. Any questions or if you are interested in volunteering, contact the Western Springs Recreation Dept., 1500 Walker, Western Springs, 60558 or call (708) 246-9070 Ext. 426.
Western Springs Lacrosse
Registration for fall and winter lacrosse in progress. Program open to all surrounding suburbs. House and travel programs available for both beginners and experienced players in first through eighth grades. Information and registration forms available online at or at the Western Springs Recreation Department. (708) 246-9070. Contact:
York Center Park District
1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.
Fall brochures now available at the York Center Park District, with programs for age 2 through 102. Pick one up at the office today or visit online at to download a PDF of brochure. For more information, call (630) 629-0886.
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Ballroom Dance Beginner Level: Focusing on the Foxtrot, Waltz and Swing. No partners are necessary. From 7-8 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 14; Costs: $82/resident; $85/nonresident; At York Center Park District gym. Register now online at or call (630) 629-0886.
Clarendon Hills Park District: 315 Chicago Ave., (630) 323-2626.
Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The district’s regular business hours at the Community Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours, depending upon recreation schedules. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit
Park District of La Grange
Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange.
Go online to register for early childhood, youth, teen, adult and senior programs, as well as athletic classes and leagues, fitness classes, trips and special events. Call (708) 352-1762 or go to The fall brochure is available online at website. Click on brochure to read. Resident and nonresident registration in progress. Inclusive Recreation Programs -- Residents with special needs should let the park district and the SEASPAR know at least two weeks prior to a program’s start for accommodations. Call Laura Gallagher at (708) 352-1762.
Pumpkin Carving
Halloween activity from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. For children ages 2-6 years and their parent(s), create a jack-o-lantern at Parent & Tot Pumpkin Carving! Participants do need to bring a pumpkin, but all carving materials, decorations, etc. will be provided. Advance registration required. Drop in or register online at Stop in with proof of address to set up an online account. Costs: $15 for La Grange and Countryside residents, $20 nonresidents, and $17 for Neighborhood Network residents (Western Springs, LaGrange Park, Brookfield, McCook and LaGrange Highlands).
For more information, see the Park District of La Grange’s fall brochure or call (708) 352-1762.
Halloween Party
Party with the Park District of La Grange. Wear your costume and enjoy Halloween activities. Join in the fun from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. in La Grange. Open to children ages 12 years and younger, accompanied by an adult.
A Pumpkin Carving Contest will be judged at the party. You may provide your own pumpkins, but none larger than 12-14 inches in diameter to qualify for the contest. Completed pumpkins can be dropped off at the Recreation Center any time before 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 25. Judging takes place from 7:30-8 p.m. with winners announced at 8 p.m. For more information, see the Park District of La Grange’s fall brochure or call (708) 352-1762.
The Community Park District of LaGrange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park; call (708) 354-4580 or visit for classes.
Halloween Costume Party
Costume Party takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Wear costumes and enjoy eerie fun at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park. Carnival games will start the night out from 5-5:45 p.m., followed by an enjoyable show! Free event for anyone eight years and under, but all participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit or contact (708) 354-4580.
Adult Sports Classes
Men’s Open Gym
League is for adults 18 and older and meet at Forest Road School Gym (901 Forest Road, LaGrange Park) on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 30 through Dec. 11. Cost: $18
Spicy Salsa and Latin Dance
Learn how to Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha, and Rhumba. Adult class teaches the basics on how to lead and follow, and how to do turns and other fancy moves. Couples will not rotate partners. Singles are not guaranteed a partner. Meet from 8-9:30 p.m., Oct. 29-Nov. 19 at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Tuesdays. Cost is $41/resident, $51/nonresident.
Co-Rec Volleyball
Friendly volleyball competition where exercise and fun are the emphasis. No experienced required and new teams will be formed each week. League is for adults 16 and older and meets at Park Jr. High School (Ogden and Brainard, LaGrange Park) on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., through Dec. 11. Cost: $25
Men’s Open Gym
Men’s Open Gym league is for adults 18 and older and meets at Forest Road School Gym, 901 Forest Road, LaGrange Park on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 30 – Dec. 11. Cost: $18. Register now by calling (708) 354-4580 or visit at
DuPage Forest Preserve
call (630) 933-7200 or visit
To see upcoming events, explore the online calendar at To reserve shelters, some with built-in grills, fireplaces and electricity, fees start at $35. Reserve at least three business days in advance through Visitor Services weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (630) 933-7248 or go to district headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton.
Oak Brook Park District: 1450 Forest Gate Road; (630) 990-4233;
Fall brochure now available. See website. Registration in progress for residents, nonresident/corporate registration.
Greater La Grange YMCA
1100 E. 31st St., La Grange (708) 352-7600 offers:
Spooktacular Halloween Event
Spooktacular Halloween event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, at the Leyden Township High School North campus pool, Brainard and Cossitt Avenues., La Grange. Costs: $5 for YMCA families and $10 for non-member families. Bring your family and friends for this fun holiday event.
T-Ball/Baseball instructional program for kids age 4-7 on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. at Ehlert Park.
Flag Football League, the YMCA’s version of Monday Night Football at the MAX. This is for kids in first through fourth grades to play indoors on the fast field of the MAX.
Youth Running Club for youth ages 8-12 that meets on Wednesdays after school at the Y. Compete in a 5K race in November and December. Contact for the youth programs: Matt at (708)497-1007 or by email Register at 1100 E. 31st in LaGrange Park or online at
Greater La Grange YMCA now offers second Saturday Zumba class immediately following the 10:15 a.m. and now at 11:30 a.m. The class is free for YMCA members and $8 for guests. More information available by calling the YMCA at (708) 352-7600.
YMCA Outdoor Bootcamp
The YMCA offers Outdoor Bootcamp from 5:15-6:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at Memorial Park in LaGrange Park. Includes equal parts cardio, strength and ab work. Contact: (708) 352-7600.
4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove (office), and Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Ave., La Grange.
Provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of local park districts. Transportation is often available from SEASPAR offices. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit
The Drop In Center
Co-sponsored by SEASPAR and the DuPage County Health Department, the center at Westmont Community Center, 75 E. Richmond St., provides individuals who have mental health needs an opportunity to spend leisure time in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The program is free for everyone who attends, although there may be admission fees or other expenses for outings. Donations accepted. Individuals may choose to stop by for a few minutes or stay the entire time. The center is open on the first and third Sunday of each month (except holidays), from 1-4 p.m. at the Westmont Community Center. Schedule of activities: Nov. 3 Ornament Making; Nov. 17 Holly Days Tree Decoration; Dec. 1 Holiday Shopping; Dec. 15 Movie Out. Call Greg Pavesich at (630) 960-7600 or visit
St. John’s Lutheran Church
A sacred Christmas Concert suitable for the whole family takes place at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8. The theme is: A Little Child Will Lead Them, to be presented by St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 505 S. Park Road, LaGrange. Features St. John’s adult and children’s choirs and ensembles, orchestra and handbell choirs. Nursery will be provided at no cost. A free-will offering will be received at the concert. Contact (708) 354-1690 or visit
Carolfest, featuring Handel’s Messiah! will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Christ Church of Oak Brook. There is no admission fee for this musical event in the sanctuary at 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Childcare and cookie reception will be offered at both times. Contact: (630) 654-1882 or visit
Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church
201 N. Oak Street, Hinsdale.
Bible study
Worshipers in God’s Service — a free Bible study group for adults and children with special needs, and their families or caregivers. No cost. Monthly meetings will include movies, discussions, crafts, and more. Wheelchair accessible. Call Debby Jargstorf (708) 214-6759 to reserve a place. The Village Church of LaGrange Park, 1150 Meadowcrest Road, LaGrange Park.
Mass in Spanish
A Spanish Mass is offered each Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, presided by the Rev. Luis Andrade, priest associate. The Mass will include music familiar to Hispanics, under the direction Elvenord Vertus. The Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. is in English. All are welcome at either service. Call (630) 446-0527 or see
Women’s Bible study
Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller,, or call (630) 654-1882.
Christ Church of Oak Brook
Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook for Contact – Group of multigenerational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture,
ACT II Seniors Club:
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital offers ACT II Seniors Club, open to people over the age of 50 in western suburbs. Social and educational group hosts a variety of activities and gatherings. Most ACT II activities are held at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Patient Care Center, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. Programs are held in the Dixon Education Center Auditorium or classroom adjacent to the offices of ACT II. For membership or other information call the ACT II Club office at (708) 245-8170. For Ongoing Social/Educational events, call (630) 856-7525 for reservations to ACT II activities.
Travel Opportunities
Free Wellness Programs
Heart score Cardiac Risk Assessment (by appointment only) available at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Call (630) 856-7525 for an appointment.
Fitness Programs
Good place to start for beginning or returning exercising.
Strength-Cardio (Aerobics) -Stretch Combo meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Class also meets on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. $5 nonmember or $4 ACT II members.
Tai Chi with Mary Avila meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at no charge.
Ongoing Social/Educational
Movie Classics — offers dinner at 5 p.m., with 6 p.m. movie the third Wednesday in the Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Dixon B Auditorium.
Creative Writing
Held in the Cashier’s Conference Room at 11:30 a.m., and continues on the first and third Mondays. Experience is not necessary. Registration requested.
Walk for Health Programs
The Aging Well Community Action Teams of La Grange and LaGrange Park will hold their monthly Walk for Health from 10:30 a.m. to noon, (on the third Wednesday of each month) at the Park District of La Grange’s Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange. Begins on the indoor track at the Recreation Center. Free and no registration required. Contact Niki Chibucos at (708) 354-1323, Ext. 226 or by email at
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Offers support, information and shared experience. Meets from 1:30-3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Contact Ruth Folkening, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228.
Friday Morning Regulars
Support group for men only, related to aging issues. Meets at 8:30 a.m. every Friday. Contact Intake Office, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 215.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers information, support and shared experiences to grandparents or other relatives caring for family members’ children. Group meets at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Road, Summit, from 10-11:30 a.m. the last Thursday of the month. Contact: Ruth Folkening, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228.
Sensible Fitness
Ongoing program offered by Right-Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, Willowbrook, for older adults and their caregivers. Fee:  $64 per couple for six classes or $8 per class. To register, call (630) 850-4050. 
Arthritis Exercise
Class meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for those with arthritis and those who want to keep their bodies limber. Fee: $4 per class or $32 for nine classes. Register at: (708) 354-1323. 
Health Clinic
Patients are seen at Aging Care Connections, La Grange, on selected Thursday mornings with a geriatric physician. Contact (708) 245-4073 to make an appointment.
Will and Estate Planning
For consultation on matters pertaining to estate planning on the second Thursday of the month at Aging Care Connections, La Grange. There is no fee for the consultation with attorney. Contact Intake Office, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 215 to make an appointment.
La Grange Pointe Senior Living
51 E. Cossitt Avenue, La Grange, Complimentary parking is available at the Sixth Street and Harris deck. Register with Linda, (708) 354-7600.
Oak Brook Pioneer Program:
Is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk (630) 645-9590 or visit Registration accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
Pioneer movies:
Enjoy an afternoon movie 1-3:30 p.m., the fourth Thursday of every month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn.
Pioneer Friendly Group Exercise Classes:
The following drop-in classes are free to Oak Brook Park District members. Non-member resident senior daily fee is $6; nonresidents, $8. Location: Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Call (630) 990-4233. No registration required: Seated Aerobics; Aqua Max Mature; Arthritis Water Therapy; Pilates Plus Aqua.
Plymouth Place
Plymouth Place Senior Living: 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park.
Events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (708) 482-6511 or
Beginning Sign Language
Weekly Wednesday class — 10-10:30 a.m. second floor multipurpose room. Come learn the basics of American Sign Language led by the Coordinator at Hinsdale South’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and one of her students.
At 2:30 p.m., Oct. 23: Music with Chris Colletti, Albert Hall. Singer Chris Colletti with a big band music show.
At 3 p.m., Oct. 24: Seven Metal Singing Bowls of Tibet & Nepal, Creative Arts.
Learn about the Seven Metal Singing Bowls, gongs, chimes, bells and cymbals, and experience firsthand the therapeutic vibrations and sounds they produce.
At 2:15 p.m., Oct. 25: Flute Music by Marcia Hustad, Albert Hall.
At 3 p.m., Oct. 25: Resident Lecture: Fred and Bev Figge’s Trip to China, Dole Hall. Monthly resident lecture.
At 7 p.m., Oct. 28: Chinese Entertainment, Dole Hall. The Chinese Fine Arts Society brings dancers, youth musicians and traditional instrument performance, such as the xiao or dizi bamboo flute, and erhu and pipa strings or guzheng zither.
At 2 p.m., Oct. 27: Student Piano and Marimba Recital, Albert Hall. Piano and percussion students of Angela Kepley.
At 2:15 p.m., Oct. 31: Halloween Party, Dole Hall. Party kicks off with the pumpkin carving contest and costume parade for both residents and staff, followed by Chuck-A-Roo and the Fabulous Memories Band.
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale offers:
Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and those with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
The Community House Active Adults programs:
Adult Computer Classes:
Registration in progress for fall session adult computer classes. Four-week classes include: Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Facebook, Internet, Email and more! Small classes with hands-on, personalized instruction. Contact Kate Vogts at (630) 323-7500 Ext. 225.
Seated Exercise Classes:
Offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Increase range of motion, circulation, flexibility, balance and strength with easy-to-follow moves. Purchase 10-class punch card for $60 for members; $75 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Ageless Yoga classes:
Offered 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays.
Western Springs Seniors Club
Meets on the second Monday of the month at the Western Springs Recreation Center at 1500 Walker St., Western Springs. Call (708) 246-9070.
Men’s Bridge
Senior Men’s Bridge Club meets at noon every Thursday at Lyonsville Congregational Church, located at Wolf and Joliet roads. Men of any skill or experience level welcome. Club has three eight-week tournaments a year, with open play the rest of year. Call Vern Kramer at (708) 246-8888 or Bob Terp (708) 784-0921.
Forever Young Program:
Senior program offers bingo and sandwiches 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per bingo card. Movies and lunch 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations held 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month for $6. Activities take place at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Call Chris Yesutis at (630) 662-6220.
Families Anonymous - Support Group
For the relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioral problems. Every week beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Takes place at Brush Hill Office Center, 740 Pasquinelli Dr. Westmont.
Not Alone Support Group
Those experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or a major life transition, estrangement, separation, divorce or a feeling of failure are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month at St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Free to all. Call (708) 246-6228.
Retreats for Widowed Men and Women
Joyful Again! Two-day events are special retreats for widowed men and women who want to find joy in living again. Reflect on and recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your loved one. Takes place: 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, Our Lady of the Angels, 13820 Main St., Lemont. Contact (708) 354-7211 or email or visit (Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry, P.O. Box 1365, LaGrange Park IL 60526-9465).
Stroke Support Group
SEASPAR, in cooperation with Hinsdale Hospital and La Grange Memorial Hospital, sponsors the Stroke Support Group for those who have had a stroke and their family and friends. Provides educational sessions and how to rebound following a stroke, especially for those with communication and physical limitations. Contact SEASPAR at (630) 960-7600 (voice) or (630) 960-7605 (TDD) or visit
AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers
The AARP Tax-Aide Program seeks volunteers for the 2014 tax season. No need for accounting or tax background. Training will be provided, but being computer literate needed. Income tax preparation and assistance is offered to low and middle income taxpayers, especially ages 60 and older. To volunteer, visit website or call 1(800) 227-7669.
Veteran Advisory Council
HandsOn Suburban Chicago is seeking knowledgeable and socially active veterans to serve on a new Veteran Advisory Council. The council will meet monthly, scheduled to begin this fall. HandsOn Suburban Chicago will support the Veterans Advisory Council to provide quality services to veterans and their families and to make veterans aware of the services available to them, support the nonprofit organizations that deliver these services and to engage veterans in volunteer activities. Applicants must be active or retired military from any U.S. branch. For details and an application, contact Courtney Barden at or (847) 228-1320, Ext. 120.
Adventist volunteers
The volunteer services departments at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is in need of volunteers. Needed are clerical volunteers, help in the gift shop, reception area, transporters and surgical waiting room attendants. Call Lora Cummings at (630) 856-4000, or email her at
Meals on Wheels
The DuPage Senior Citizens Council, DuPage County’s Meals on Wheels provider, is seeking volunteers. Drivers are especially needed to deliver meals in the Westmont area. Training is provided. Interested persons should contact Cathy Jordan, volunteer coordinator for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council, at (630) 620-0804 or
Graue Mill
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at (630) 920-9720, Ext. 22, or email
King Bruwaert
King-Bruwaert House: 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Bridge kids
Volunteers to work with school age children at two Learning Resource Centers operated by Bridge Communities. The Learning Resource Centers are places Bridge kids can go for help with homework, to practice reading, and to participate in a variety of fun activities. Volunteers need to be able to work twice a month for an average of two to three hours at a time. Volunteer opportunities at either the Naperville or Westmont Learning Resource Centers -- Contact Sharon Drucker, Children’s Activities Coordinator for Bridge Communities, at or (630) 618-8194.
Youth Orchestra Auditions
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra of Chicago is seeking talented middle school and high school youth for 2013-2014 season. Visit for more information about the program. Email to schedule your audition.
The Community House offers Youth Programs:
Contact Jenna at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 or
Junior Basketball League
Introduction to basketball for first-grade boys and girls in the Jodie Harrison League. No score kept. One practice and one game per week commitment. Game days on Saturdays from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. Volunteer coaches and referees are needed. Forms can be found online or at the front desk of The Community House. (
High School Basketball League
Players from freshman to seniors form own team or individuals call Jenna at Ext. 237. Cost: $300 team fee. Games played Sundays between noon to 5 p.m., through Nov. 24. (Games or practices at The Community House or area schools.)
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