February and March Events

Sat., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Frozen Film Festival Westmont
Hollywood Blvd Cinema 1001 West 75th St., Woodridge
Frozen Film Festival ages: 10+ The Progressive Village Performing Network theatre group and the Westmont Park District are ecstatic to offer our 4th annual film festival to the community. Join us as we discover filmmaking’s newest talents as we screen their films. Panel discussions of each movie will follow after the conclusion of the film and snacks will be available to purchase for all the festival goers. Judging will take place at the conclusion of the Frozen Film Festival on February 20. Awards will be given out in different categories and participants have the chance to win in multiple categories. We will judge the films in multiple categories: Comedic, Drama, Animation, Documentaries and Jr. Filmmaker. Spielberg, Cameron….could the next great filmmakers be at this festival? All of the great directors had to start somewhere! FREE

Sat., Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
GPS Explorers Waterfall Glen Nature Preserve
Waterfall Glen County Forest Preserve, Lemont
Join a GPS-based adventure using clues and coordinates and learn about the preserve’s resident plants and animals. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up; under 16 with an adult. $10 per person. Register online or at (630) 933-7248.

Sat., Feb. 20 from 7-11 p.m.
Rock the Barn for Rescue Dogs
The Dog District of Darien will be hosting a fundraising barn dance at Arabian Knights Farm at Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook.  The goal is to help bully breeds find their rightful place in the world. As part of this work, we are going to Rock The Barn for Rescue Dogs to help offset the cost of rescuing, feeding, training, socializing and marketing these dogs in need. Entertainment provided by Hind Sight. Cost is $30 – $50 includes a Rock the Barn T-shirt (to be redeemed at event)  Register online at www.dogdistrictdarien.com.

Sat., Feb. 27, 4–6 p.m.
Cross-Country Skiing After Dark : Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook
Fullersburg County Forest Preserve, 3609 Spring Rd, Oak Brook
Bring your skis and join a moonlit ranger-led tour as you learn about the forest preserve’s resident plants and animals. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at (630) 933-7248.

Sat., Feb. 27 at Ashton Place from 7-11:30 p.m.
Hinsdale South Boosters Club “Casino Night”
Join us for a casual evening of Food, Music, Casino Tables and Auction Items!
Ticket price is $50 and includes open bar & hors d’oeuvres buffet. Proceeds help support student education and activities at Hinsdale South High School. For more information visit www.hinsdalesouthboosters.org or Mary at (630) 606-8664.

Sun., Feb. 28 from 1-5 p.m.
Eisenhower Jr. High Spaghetti Dinner
The Eisenhower Jr High Band Annual Family Spaghetti Dinner will be  at Eisenhower Jr High located at 1410 75th Street in Darien. Bring the whole family to enjoy pasta, salad, bread, cake, raffles, split the pot and live music performed by the EJH Jazz Band and musical ensembles! Please email ejhbandboosters@gmail.com for advanced tickets. Advanced ticket prices are Adults $6, 1-8th grades and alumni are $3. Tickets at the door are $7 and $4. Kindergarten and younger are FREE!

Tues., March 1 from 5-7 p.m.
Cub Scout Pack 97 “BBQ in the Snow”
Give yourself a night off of cooking! Tickets are $12.00 each and the dinner includes 1/2 lb. pork chop, 1/4 chicken, baked potato, apple sauce and a bread roll. Pick up your dinner drive-thru style at Concord Elementary School (1019 Concord Place, Darien) between the times of 5-7 p.m. on March 1 and enjoy a hot meal that’s ready to eat. One meal typically feeds 2 people and all proceeds benefit Darien Cub Scouts Pack 97. To buy tickets or ask questions, please contact Margaret at mgroj74@gmail.com or call 630-885-9672.

Sat., March 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Darien Indoor Flea Market
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Avenue, Darien
Clean out those closets, attic, garage and make a little spending money for yourself. We provide one table and 2 chairs per space. You’ll need to pre-register to reserve a spot. Space is limited. So bring out your hard-to-part-with treasures and get ready to wheel-n-deal. All sellers must be set-up by 8:30 a.m. Any sellers not on-site by 8:30 a.m. will forfeit their space.

Sat., March 5, 1 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Starts at Countryside Park in Countryside.

Sat., March 5, 1-5 p.m.
Lemont St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Downtown Lemont, Illinois
Parade Route: Stephen Street to Main Street, West on Main Street to Lemont VFW Hall

Invite Friends
Sat., March 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Darien Woman’s Club Children’s Clothing Resale
Lace School, 7414 S. Cass Ave., Darien.
Spring/summer boys and girls (infant – size 16) clothing, uniforms, swim wear/accessories, spring/summer outerwear, shoes/sandals/athletic shoes/apparel – no gym shoes, baby/child equipment and outdoor play items; no car seats, bathing or toileting equipment. Visit www.darienwomansclub.org for information or to download registration forms/procedures. e-mail: resale@darienwomansclub.org
For questions: Call or text Joanna 630-689-6754 or Debbie 630-215-4942

January Happenings

Thurs., Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–noon
Darien Inflata – Palooza & Rootbeer Floats
Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Road, Darien
This event will benefit “Feed My Starving Children.”
Come jump with us as we support a good cause! Spend the night using our big inflatables, playing on the soccer field and enjoying root beer floats. SOCKS MUST BE WORN TO PARTICIPATE.
Age: 12 & under. All children must be accompanied by an Adult
$5 per person for unlimited inflatable FUN!
$1 per rootbeer float
(Cash Only!)
Phone: 630-789-6666

Sat., Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-noon
Snowshoe Hike Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center Willow Springs
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs
Learn how to use snowshoes as we explore the wonderful winter world outside ( requires a minimum 4″ snow base). Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Limit 20. 708-839-6897. FREE.

Sat., Jan. 16, from 9-3 p.m.
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Plastic Kit & Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet
Conveniently located approximately 6 blocks north of I-55 and the Cass Avenue exit, St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Avenue in Darien will host an extensive show and swap meet .  It will offer model enthusiasts exhibits and merchandise galore, whatever mode of transportation they prefer. This is not a plastic model contest. There will be at least two operating model railroad layouts and over 60 vendor tables selling plastic model kits and model railroad-related items on two levels of a building that is fully handicapped accessible with an elevator and is adjacent to a large parking lot. The family-friendly event will also offer food and raffle prizes. Admission is $5.00 for adults (18 years and older) and $2.00 for youth (12 to 17 years old). Children under 12 and Scouts in uniform are FREE! Proceeds will help support the St. John Youth Group’s trip to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July 2016. For more information, email events@sjlcdarien.org, call 630-969-7987, or visit www.sjlcdarien.org.

Sat., Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Snowman Building Contest
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove
With your team, bring your props and creativity as you compete for one of three prizes for “Best Traditional Snowman”, “Most Creative Theme”, and “Best Dressed Snowman”! Individuals can enter, or teams of up to 5 members. Individual fees are the same as the team fee. Building starts at 10:30am and judging will begin at noon. Enjoy hot chocolate during the awards presentation! Weather permitting.

Wed., Jan. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Darien Rotary Club Open House
The Darien Rotary Club will be holding an open house at the Q-Bar & Grill, 8109 S. Cass Ave., Darien.

Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bolingbrook Park District Winterfest
This FREE family event will be at the Annerino Community Center, with outdoor activities held at Central Park, both located at 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook.
Enjoy outdoor and indoor activities including Max, the Alaskan Malamute from Plummery Tails! We’ll also have story time from Fountaindale Public Library and the Hockey Puck Shoot from Rocket Ice Arena. Activities include: inflatables, photo booth, climbing wall, spin art, storytime, tattoos, cookie decoration station, indoor snowball fight, Max the dog from Plummery Tails, Fire Pit, snowball/tennis ball slingshot, snowman building contest, hockey slap shot from Rocket Ice, archery, Danceforce performance, Illusions gymnastics and storm cheerleading performance, open gymnastics.

Christmas Events

Fri., Dec. 4, 4–8 p.m.
Hinsdale 50th Annual Christmas Walk & Storybook Village
Burlington Park, 30 East Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale
Santa’s Arrival by Fire Truck; Visit Santa at the Santa House in Burlington Park
5 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony at Village Hall
Meet “Cookie” the Gingerbread Man in Burlington Park
Ice Carvers, Holiday Carolers, Trackless Train, Give-a ways and More!
Enjoy strolling Character Sing-a-longs

Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa
Faith United Methodist Church, 432 59th St., Downers Grove
Share pancakes and sit and talk with Santa. Make a Christmas art project. Face painting. Free for the whole family. 630-968-0442.

Sat., Dec. 5, 3–8 p.m.
Lisle – Once Upon a Christmas
The Museums of Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street, Lisle
Lisle Heritage Society celebrates the holidays. Activities include brick-oven baking, hay rides, blacksmithing, model railroad trains, crafts, games, music and more. Meet Santa at the Depot Museum.
For more information call the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
630-769-1000 or 800-733-9811

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:45–11:15 a.m.
Lisle Santa Train
Lisle Train Station, 1000 Front Street, Lisle
Join Santa and costumed characters for a 75- minute holiday train ride to Chicago and back to Lisle. Advance tickets required, call (800)733-9811 or (630) 769-1000. For more information call the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
630-769-1000 or 800-733-9811.

Wed., Dec. 9, 4–5:30 p.m.
Rudolph’s Holiday Party
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Avenue, Darien
At this holiday party we will be celebrating our favorite red nosed reindeer just in time for the holidays! We have some Rudolph themed crafts planned along with games to keep us busy! We will even make reindeer cookies to take home!
Age: 3-6 year olds
Fee: $12(R)/$17(NR)
Registration deadline: Dec. 7
Phone: 630-968-6400

Sat., Dec. 12, 9–10 a.m.
Hinsdale Breakfast with Santa
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 South County Line Road, Hinsdale
Breakfast with Santa
Santa is making a last minute stop by the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge to check who has been naughty or nice. Join us for an intimate morning visit with Santa Claus. The event will include picture opportunities with Santa and an expanded continental breakfast that includes donuts, bagels, juices and
coffee. Be sure to bring the camera! Code Day Time Date 202052A SAT 9–10 a.m. 12/12
Fee: $18R/$23NR per person
Questions call 630-789-7095

Sat., Dec. 19, 1–3 p.m.
Victorian Christmas – Downers Grove Museum
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove
Come to the Downers Grove Museum for a special tour of the Victorian Blodgett house. Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions while touring the holiday-decorated home with a warm cup of apple cider. This is a free event. All ages welcome.

Mon., Dec. 21, 7–8:30 p.m.
Winter Solstice Bonfire Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a nature walk, bonfire, and trimming of the wildlife tree. Family program, no organized groups please. In-person registration required starting 12/1. $3.00

November Events

Sat., Nov. 7, 1–2:30 p.m.
Recipe Swap – Downers Grove Museum
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove
With the holidays approaching, come to the DG Museum with copies of your families favorite recipes and spend the afternoon swapping with others. FREE event. Ages 15 and older. Registration is required at downersgrovemuseum.org or in person at the Lincoln Center.

Sat., Nov. 14, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Darien Holiday Craft Show
Darien Park District, 7301 Fairview Avenue, Darien
Calling all craft enthusiasts! The Darien Park District announces their 6th annual holiday craft show and sale. If you love to craft, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your talent. All work must be original and handmade. ALL SPACES ARE (10’x 8’) AND INCLUDE A TABLE AND CHAIR. There will be an additional fee of $10 if electricity is required. Anyone interested in exhibiting can request more information. This holiday craft show and sale will feature handcrafted holiday gifts and will offer something for everyone. Seller Fee: $35 Electricity extra: $10 Admission: FREE! Holiday Craft Show Phone: 630-968-6400

Wed., Nov. 18, 4–5:30 p.m.
Darien Pilgrim Party
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Avenue, Darien
Join us for our 4th annual Pilgrim Party where we create a beautiful centerpiece and decorations for your Thanksgiving dinner. We will make a delicious dessert and send you home with the recipe so you can share with family and friends. Our party wouldn’t be complete without some Thanksgiving themed games! Age: 3-6 year olds Fee: $12(R)/$17(NR) Registration deadline: Nov. 16 Phone: 630-968-6400

Fri., Nov. 27, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Downers Grove Holiday Tree Lighting
Join the mayor in the countdown to turn on the lights of the tree at the Main Street Train Station.  Over 1,000 ornaments handmade by local youth decorate the tree.

September Events

Fri., Sept. 11-Sun., Sept. 13
Darienfest 2015
Darien Community Park ~ 71st & Clarendon Hills Road
Windy City Amusements Unlimited Ride Specials, Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Noon-5 p.m. $25 Purchase at the Park Only.
General Parking at Indian Prairie Library and Hinsdale South High School
Opening Ceremony 5:30 Main Stage
9/11 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
9/12 Noon-10:30 p.m.
9/13 Noon-8 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.–Noon
Electronics Recycling Event Westchester
Westchester Water Tower on Enterprise Drive Westchester
DescriptionVillage of Westchester sponsors the Environment Sustainability Commission,for recycling of computers, monitors, tvs, dvd, vcrs, stereos, printers, fax machines, scanners, video game consoles, cell phones, mp3, ipods, peripherals, mice, keyboards. for info contact 708-345-0020

Sat., Sept. 19, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Oak Brook Oktoberfest
Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook
5th Annual Oktoberfest. Softball tournament, live music, food and beer. Also children’s activities (1-5 p.m.).

Sat., Sept. 26, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Downers Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-off
Fishel Park, Downers Grove, IL
Join us for a day of food, live music, a beer garden and fun for the entire family! DJ kicks off day at noon with music and dancing, followed by a live culinary demonstration at 12:30pmm. The Peoples Choice tasting competition will start at 1:00pm for salsa (while supplies last) and at 2:00pm for chili (while supplies last), followed y a live performance from Nick Lynch.

Sun., Sept. 27, Noon– 5 p.m.
Darien Hoe-Down
Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien
Join us for an afternoon of Pony rides, hayrides, games, food & FUN!
Phone: 630-968-6400

Sun., Sept. 27, Noon–5 p.m.
2015 Indian Summer Festival
Woodridge Park District, 2600 The Center Dr., Woodridge
Bring your entire family out for the 24th Annual Indian Summer Festival. Enjoy a bike ride or walk through the Woodridge Park District’s parks while participating in family events and eating a variety of food. Bring along clothes to make your own scarecrow–we supply the hay!
Indian Summer Festival participants can park at the Woodridge Park District Community Center and enjoy a hayride to Castaldo Park. Additional parking is available at Village Hall.
Fee: Free
For more information call the Park District at (630) 353-3300

Summer Concerts, Movies, and Farmer’s Markets

Burr Ridge Concerts on the Green
Fridays, 7–8:30 p.m.
Burr Ridge Village Center, County Line Rd. and Burr Ridge Parkway
Free concert: Contemporary music

Burr Ridge Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 2:30–7:30 p.m.
Burr Ridge Village Green, County Line Rd and Burr Ridge Parkway
Free children’s entertainment 4-5 p.m., and free adult entertainment 6-7:15 p.m.

Darien Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3–7 p.m. (June 10-September 9)
Westwood Park, 75th & Fairview Avenue, Darien
The Farmers Market will feature a wide variety of seasonal FRESH vegetables and fruits, and other fine offerings from local venders. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 630-968-6400.

Free Movie @ Darien Park District
Wednesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave.
Movies start at 12:30 pm prompt! Each week we will show a newly released or classic movie. A monthly list of movies can be picked up at our office or call 630-968-6400. Admission is free. Note: Movies are chosen for those 21 and older.

Best of Countryside 2015
July 16–19
Thursday: 5–10 p.m.
Friday: 4–11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon–11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–10 p.m.
City Park, Countryside, 6050 Ashland Ave
Tickets: 1 Day Pass — 4 hours of fun! $25
1 Night Pass — 4 hours of fun! $30
Mega Pass — $60 pre-sale until July 12th! $75 at the door

Independence Day Celebrations

Wed., July 1 to Sun., July 5
Eyes to the Skies (Carnival July 1-5, Festival July 2-4)
Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle
The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Carnival and Festival features music, food, activities for the whole family, and, of course, hot air balloons. Fireworks each night at 9:45 p.m.

Fri., July 3, 4-9 p.m. (Fireworks at Dusk)
Taste of Oak Brook
Oak Brook Sports Core Grounds
Food, music, kids activities, and fireworks!

Fri., July 3, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration
Walker Park, 7425 S. Wolf Rd. Burr Ridge
Pleasant Dale Park District will once again host a fantastic family event to celebrate Independence Day-2015 and the FIREWORKS will be held on July 3 at dusk. Starting at 5:30 p.m. food vendors will be selling snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments. Boy Scout Troop 69 will once again organize the parking on the soccer fields (weather permitting), and there will be a $5.00 fee for parking on the fields. Thank you Troop 69! Also available is Reserved Parking –stop by Walker Park in the two weeks before the fireworks, and for only $20.00 we will save you a spot in our north or south lots. Bring your family and your blanket to Walker Park at dusk to settle in for an annual tradition-our spectacular fireworks display!

Sat., July 4, 9:30 a.m.
Darien Lions Club Fourth of July Parade
The parade participants will lineup in the Jewel parking lot at 75th and Cass Ave.
The parade will proceed north on Cass Avenue to 71st Street.
At 71st Street the parade will head east until Clarendon Hills Road
At Clarendon Hills Road the parade will go south toward the end point at Hinsdale South High School.

Sat., July 4, 12:45–1:45 p.m.
Downers Grove Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
Corner of Main Street and Grant Street in Downers Grove (view parade route)
The parade steps off at Main and Grant Streets at 12:45 p.m. and heads south to Warren Avenue where it will end. Join your friends at the fireworks display, brought to you by the Village of Downers Grove, Village of Woodridge and City of Darien. The show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. at 75th Street and Lemont Road.

Sat., July 4, 2-9:15 p.m.
Bolingbrook All American Celebration
The Village of Bolingbrook and the Bolingbrook Golf Club presents 4th of July 2015, “The All American Celebration.” Hot bands and food, FREE Admission, FUN for all ages, HUGE selection of kids’ activities including inflatables and face painting, FREE shuttle buses. 9:15 p.m. — Jim Cornelison sings the National Anthem. Spectacular Fireworks Display presented by the Village of Bolingbrook
www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com | 630.771.9400 | 2001 Rodeo Drive

Sat., July 4, 4-9 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:30)
Ty Warner Park July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
Ty Warner Park, corner of Plaza Drive and Blackhawk Drive, Westmont
Food, games, live music, and fireworks at 9:30.

May Events

Fri, May 1, 7–8 p.m.
Sat. May 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Skate School Ice Show
Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien
The Darien Sportsplex is holding its 19th Annual Ice Show on May 1st & May 2nd. Everyone is invited to this event. The program includes the students from our Skate School and U.S.F.S. figure skaters. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or evening! The local skaters put on exciting performance that will entertain all ages. For more information, call 630-789-6666. Tickets are $9 each and sold in advance or at the door the day of the performance. Children 2 & under are free.

Sun., May 17, 8:30- 9:30 a.m.
15th Annual Darien Dash
71st Street and Clarendon Hills Road in Darien
Darien Dash is celebrating its 15th year, registration is now open! Run the Dash on Sunday, May 17 at Darien Community Park. The Chamber is excited to announce a new 5k and 10k race course and a FREE Fun Run for children up to 10 years old. Also new this year is Extra Early Bird registration. Once again the Chamber will award $2000 to local schools and $500 to local youth organization, school foundation or booster with the most registered participants. Register online today at www.dariendash.com

Thurs., May 21, 1-3 p.m.
Free Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Class: Medicare & Health Ins. Fraud
Join the homestead Security Training Institute at College of DuPage for this FREE series on crime prevention. This session will focus on various frauds and scams aimed at seniors. Gain the skills you need to empower yourself and protect your money, your loved one and your sense of security. To register please call 630-942-3427.

Sat., May 23, 1–2 p.m..
Civil War Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony: Private Louis Klein
St. John Luthern Church Cemetery, Clarendon Hills Road & 67th Street, Darien
DescriptionJoin the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery Trustees, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Darien Historical Society to honor one of nine Civil War veterans who have been identified and whose graves are part of an ongoing restoration project. Hear about local experience in the Civil War and see a military ceremony with Color guard, rifle, and artillery salutes, and the playing of Taps. The public is invited to attend.

Sat., May 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Christ the Servant Electronics Recycling
Christ the Servant Church at 8700 Havens Drive in Woodridge (Havens & 87th) will be having an electronic reclining event on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sat., May 30, 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downers Grove Township Family Friendly Open House
Residents are invited to come and see the office, meet the elected officials and office staff, and ask questions and/or bring their concerns at 4340 Prince St. in Downers Grove.  Hot dogs and refreshments will be served. Highway equipment used to maintain the roads in unincorporated Downers Grove Township will be available to view.
DGT will be collecting the following items during the open house: Cell phones, eyeglasses, hearing aids, worn American Flags & non-perishable food items for the FISH Pantry. For more information call: 630-719-6600 or visit our website at: www.dgtownship.com

March Events

Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hinsdale South Post Prom Craft & Vendor Show
Hinsdale South High School Cafeteria, 7401 Clarendon Hills Road
The Hinsdale South Post Prom Committee will host a spring craft & vendor show on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hinsdale South High School Cafeteria, 7401 Clarendon Hills Road. Admission is $1.00 per adult, 18 and under are free. Come and find
unique treats and gifts.

Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Recycling Event in Lisle
Dan and Ada Rice Center parking lot, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road
Recycle hard to dispose of items such as electronics, bicycles, scrap metal, building/ hardware supplies, textiles, batteries, documents for shredding and more at the annual Sustainable Saturday Event in Lisle. The Village of Lisle, Benedictine University, DuPage County and SCARCE encourages you to bring electronics, SLA, rechargeable and household batteries, bicycles, scrap metal, building / hardware supplies, textiles and more to the annual Sustainable Saturday in Lisle on March 21, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The drop-off event takes place in the Dan and Ada Rice Center parking lot located on the campus of Benedictine University, which is located at 5700 College Road.

Sunday, March 22, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Darien Lions Club 44th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Eisenhower Junior High School, 1410 75th St, Darien
The Darien Lions Club 44th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be on Sunday, March 22 at Eisenhower Junior High. The all you can eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, milk, and juice. Tickets are now available from any Lions Club Member for only $5.00, and kids 5 and under eat free. Please contact Pancake Day Chairman-Lion Andrew at 773-957-3900 with any questions.

Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser “A Taste of Route 66″
Carriage Greens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Greens Drive, Darien
The Darien Rotary Club is hosting their annual fundraiser “A Taste of Route 66″ on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 6 PM. The event will be held at Carriage Greens Country Club. A selection of local restaurants will be featuring their food, as well as a silent and live auction and various raffles. Cost is $40 per person, and all proceeds will be used by the Darien Rotary Club for their charitable endeavors. The club’s main project is “Food for Kids,” a program where the club provides supplemental nutrition to over 100 children here in Darien. To attend, visit the club’s website at www.darienrotaryclub.org or contact Chris at cgerrib@comcast.net or 630-434-5075.

Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Darien Garden Club “Spring Gardening Inspiration”
Eisenhower Junior High School, 1410 75th Street, Darien
The Darien Garden Club invites you to “Spring Gardening Inspiration” on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Eisenhower Junior High School, 1410 75th Street. The keynote speaker, Mike MacDonald, will present “My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago,” and two additional sessions will offer a choice of eight informative speakers to inspire your best garden ever. There will be vendors and a raffle, and the $40 admission includes continental breakfast and box lunch. Reservations are required. Complete speaker information and reservation form is on the website or you may contact Cathy by telephone: 630-253-2125 or via email: dariengardenclub@gmail.com

Christmas and New Year’s Events

Bolingbrook Park District Wacky Water Weeks
Escape the cold and join Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park during open swim hours for our Frozen themed Wacky Water Weeks, starting December 21st! Activity hours are from Noon-4:00 p.m.
Pelican Harbor, 200 S. Lindsey Ln.
21 – Kristoff’s Snow Day
22 – Troll Day
23 – Trivia Day
24 – Sven’s Reindeer Games
25 – No Open Swim
26 – Olaf’s Summer Party
27 – Snowflake Day
28 – Ice Sled Races
29 – Olaf’s Snowman Games
30 – Scavenger Hunt
31 – New Years Countdown
1 – Open Swim (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
2 – Singing Contest (Let it Go)
3 – Flick N’ Float: Frozen

Inflata-palooza & Root Beer Floats
Tues., December 30, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Darien Sportsplex, Plainfield Road, Darien, IL
This events benefits the Darien Park Districts Day Camp. Spend the night in inflatables, playing on the soccer field, and enjoying root beer floats.
$5 per person
$1 per root beer float

Free Movie @ Darien Park District
Wed., December 31, 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave.
Movies start at 12:30 p.m. prompt! Each week we will show a newly released or classic movie. A monthly list of movies can be picked up at our office or call 630-968-6400. Admission is free. Note: Movies are chosen for those 21 and older.

New Year’s Eve Soiree–Downers Grove
Wed., December 31, 8 p.m.–Thu, January 1, 2015, 12 a.m.
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Party like it’s 1899! Dress to impress and join the DG Museum for a Victorian New Year’s Eve Soiree! Participate in New Year’s trivia, strike a pose in our photo booth, receive your fortune for the year to come, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres while you count down to 2015! Age: 21 years + R/NR: $45 per person

Darien Park Distict Holiday Lock-In
Join us in our first ever holiday lock in! We will start the night off with pizza and snow cones. After dinner activities will include laser tag, ping pong, inflatables, a movie and more! Breakfast will be provided. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow!
Friday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
Age: 7-13 year olds
- Drop-off: January 2 at 7:30pm
- Pick-up: January 3 at 7:30am
Supervisor: Laura Tanouye
Location: Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave.
R/NR Fee: $30/$35
Note: Deadline to register 12/30.

Karaoke at the Club
Fri., January 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Downers Grove Golf Club
This January, come in out of the cold to the Downers Grove Golf Club to have a good time with some karaoke. Each Friday the Golf Club will be hosting a karaoke night from 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
This is not just for the experienced karaoke artists, but for novices as well. Pick from thousands of karaoke tracks. There will be a raffle each week, and winners must be present at the end of the night to receive prizes. Come one Friday, or join the party every Friday this January.
Wine, domestic and imported beer, and traditional sandwiches and snacks will be available for purchase. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Free Entry.

Snowshoe Hike
Sat., January 3, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.
Location: Lyman Woods
Bundle up, strap on snowshoes, and hit the trails at Lyman Woods! Join a naturalist on a snowshoe hike and discover the beauty and wonder of the winter forest. Snowshoe hikes are free with the rental of snowshoes at the Interpretive Center ($6 per pair). First come, first served. Ages 5 & up.
Hike begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about snowshoe rentals at Lyman Woods please call the Interpretive Center at 630-963-9388.