Easter Egg Hunts and Breakfasts

Oakbrook Terrace PD Kids & Doggie Easter Egg Hunts
Sat., April 12, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
1 S 325 Ardmore Ave, Villa Park
Dogs at 9 a.m.; kids at 10 a.m. $5
Preregistration is required at www.obtpd.org or 630-627-6100

Oakbrook Terrace PD Bunny Breakfast
Sat., April 12, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fitness Center, 1 S 325 Ardmore Ave, Villa Park
All ages, fees apply. www.obtpd.org or 630-627-6100

Burr Ridge Flashlight Egg Hunt
Thur., April 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Burr Ridge Community Center, 15W400 Harvester Drive
Get your friends together for this awesome Egg Hunt. Search for “glow in the dark” eggs in the Harvester Park Wetlands with special egg-finding flashlights! New prizes and challenges await this year’s hunt. Before the hunt, there will be games in the Community Center. Be sure to dress according to the weather conditions. Meet in the Burr Ridge Community Center Lobby. Includes eggs, flashlight and beverage. Ages 10-14. Fee: $15.00. Residents $18.00. Non-Residents Note: For further information and to register, please call 630-920-1969.

Downers Grove Bunny Hop & Egg Hunt
Thur., April 17, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Lincoln Center; 935 Maple Avenue
Come out and play with your favorite Bunny! Make a craft, enjoy refreshments, play games and dance. Don’t forget your camera for a photo with our furry friend! Finally, follow us to the gym where the Bunny has left plenty of colorful eggs for you to hunt. Be sure to bring a basket! Adults must accompany children. For ages 1 – 5 years & adult. R/NR fees: $18/$26.

Downers Grove Flashlight Egg Hunt
Thur., April 17, 8:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Fishel Park, Downers Grove
Grab your flashlights and head to Fishel Park where you’ll search for candy stuffed eggs under the moonlight. Participants with food allergies may be exposed to allergens. Register early and save. The hunt starts at 8:45 p.m. sharp, so arrive early! Don’t forget to bring your own flashlight! For ages 6 – 12 years. Fees before April 7: R/NR – $6/$9. Fees after April 7: R/NR – $9/$12. Phone: 630-963-1300.

Darien Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Darien Community Park, Plainfield & Clarendon Hills Rd. and Westwood Park, 75th and Fairview
The Easter Bunny will be leaving eggs for all Darien children, ages 2-8. Don’t forget to bring a bag to collect your eggs in! Starts at 9 a.m. SHARP.

Darien Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Sat., April 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave., Darien
A “Hopping” good time will be had by all when you have breakfast and visit with the Easter Bunny. We’ve got some surprises planned that are sure to bring smiles to the kids faces. Space is limited. Reservations must be made in advance. Activities are provided for children ages 2-9. Age: All ages. Note: Any family members attending must have a reservation. Registration deadline April 14. $10/$13 – Ages 2-9 $12/$15 – Ages 10-Adult.

Westmont Bites with the Bunny
Sat., April 19, 9:1 5 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Westmont Community Center
Let’s have some bunny fun at a fabulous breakfast buffet. It’s all you can eat – muffins, bagels, granola bars, doughnut holes, and assorted cakes. Also, there will be fruit, milk, water, juice, and coffee. Little hands will be busy when they decorate their own egg and color an Easter picture to try to win a prize. It all takes place in a warm and relaxed setting where children and adults come together to begin the holiday weekend. Take all the pictures you want with our special guest – the Easter Bunny! Then, it’s just a hop away to the Babe Ruth Field for the annual Easter Egg Hunt to collect eggs with candy and prizes. Don’t forget the camera. Doors open promptly at 9:15 a.m. You must pre-register. Hurry, this is a sell-out event! Children under age 2 are free.

Westmont Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., April 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Westmont Community Center, Little League Baseball Field
Kids will have fun gathering eggs filled with candy and toys! It’s our traditional egg hunt, held behind the Community Center. Children will be divided into four age categories. Adults may accompany their 2-3 year olds and special needs children. 4-5 year olds, 6-7 year olds and 8-9 year olds must find the eggs on their own. If they collect a “golden egg” they get an extra prize. The Easter Bunny himself will there to greet you! Don’t forget your camera so you can take a picture in front of the new bunny house. Be prompt as we start on time. No registration necessary.

Burr Ridge Spring “Eggs” Stravaganza
Sat., April 19, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Walker Park Soccer Field
The bunny has left 10,000 eggs filled with goodies. There are 6 golden eggs on “bunny fields.” If you find the golden egg, please bring your egg to the front desk of Walker Park. Your golden surprise will be waiting for you. When your basket is full, hop on down to the Gazebo for a cookie and juice. If it is raining, the event will be canceled and not rescheduled. Free.

Willowbrook Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., April 19, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Borse Community Park, 208 Midway Drive
11:00 a.m. sharp Please call the Village to pre-register at 630-323-8215.

Oakbrook Terrace Spring Egg Hunt / Kite Fly
Sat., April 19, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Stella Mae Swarts School, 17W160 16th St, Oakbrook Terrace
Twelve dozen plastic eggs are hidden for the children ages 0-9 to find in the different age groups. After the egg hunt the Easter Bunny gives each child 0-9 a basket. For children ages 10-12 there is a Kite Fly. This event if free to residents and $5.00 to non-residents. You must pre-register for this event. For information contact Lori at (630) 941-8300 x 338.

Fun in February

Downers Grove Ice Sculpture Festival: “Going for the Gold”
February 7-9 (Friday – Sunday)
Enjoy the unique ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown, while you enjoy the array of events happening all weekend. This year we have added a live carving demonstration on Friday evening. As always, there will be live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For times and details, go to downtowndg.org or call 630-725-0991.

Burr Ridge Lincoln Penny Carnival
Mon., February 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Burr Ridge Community Center, 15W400 Harvester Drive
Celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday with a “penny carnival.” Have fun playing games, making crafts, and eating popcorn. Ages 4-8 Fee: $16.00 Resident $19.00 Non-Resident

Westmont Frozen Film Festival
Sat., February 22, 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
Westmont Comunity Center, 75 E Richmond St, Westmont
The Westmont Community Theatre Group, the Progressive Village Performing Network, and the Westmont Park District are proud to offer our 2nd annual film festival to the community. Join us as we discover filmmaking’s newest talents as we screen these films. Panel discussions of each movie will follow after the conclusion of the film and snacks will be provided to all the festival goers. Over the course of the day, you will see a variety of shorts, including animation, comedy and drama; you, the audience members, get to be the judges! Spielberg, Cameron could the next great filmmakers be at this festival? All of the great directors had to start somewhere! ages: 10 years and up.
Phone: 630-963-5252

58th Annual Antique Show in LaGrange
Feb. 20 – 22
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S Kensington Ave, LaGrange
Feb. 20, 5:30-9 p.m.: Wine and cheese
Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Luncheon and bistro
Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Luncheon
www.emmanuel-lagrange.org
708-352-1275

Upcoming Winter Events

Darien Indoor Flea Market: Sat.,  February 1, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave., Darien

Wonders of Winter: Sat., February 1, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Mayslake, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook
Description: Discover the fun of visiting a forest preserve in winter through horse-drawn hayrides, ice fishing, geocaching, nature hikes and more at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Activities ongoing. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call (630) 933-7248.

Hinsdale South High School A Cappella Concert: Tues., February 4, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
HSH Little Theater, 7401 Clarendon Hills Rd, Darien

Literacy DuPage Is Training Tutors

Help change someone’s future. Become an adult literacy tutor today. Literacy DuPage is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides accessible and customized tutoring for adults. These tutor training sessions will prepare you to tutor other adults so that they can read, write, speak, and understand English. Please plan to attend all 6 sessions: February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and March 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indian Prairie Library. There is a $25 fee to help cover the cost of materials. For more information, refer to Literacy DuPage’s website http://www.literacyvolunteersdupage.org or call 630.416.6699.

Recycling & Shredding Event at the Library on Saturday, Oct. 26

From 9 a.m. to noon, the parking lot at the Indian Prairie Public Library at 401 Plainfield Rd. in Darien will be a recycler’s dream. In partnership with S.C.A.R.C.E., the Lions Club, DuPage County, Goodwill, Working Bikes, and the VFW, local residents can watch their documents shredded on site (limit four boxes) and drop off the following materials to be recycled. For questions, contact S.C.A.R.C.E. at 630/545-9710.

Altoid Mint Boxes, American Flags, Bicycles, Buttons, Cardboard, Cell phones, Carpeting (Dry Carpeting and Padding [300 SF limit], Clothing, Electronics (computers, VCRs, keyboards, cables, etc.), Extension cords, Furniture, Eyeglasses, Hearing aids, Household items (gently used), Ink cartridges, Keys, Musical instruments, Neck ties, Paper shredding (limit four boxes), Rulers, Sewing machines (working), Shower chairs, Toys, Typewriters, Walkers, Wheelchairs, and Yarn.

Goodwill Items Will Be Included in Oct. 26 Recycling Event

Goodwill has agreed to take part in our recycling event on Oct. 26. So, in addition to what was listed before, people can also bring furniture, clothing, and gently used household items. See below for full list.

Recycling/Shredding Event at Indian Prairie Library October 26, 2013

From 9 a.m. to noon, the parking lot at the Indian Prairie Public Library at 401 Plainfield Rd. in Darien will be a recycler’s dream. In partnership with S.C.A.R.C.E., the Lions Club, DuPage County, Goodwill, and the VFW, local residents can watch their documents shredded on site (limit four boxes) and drop off the following materials to be recycled. For questions, contact S.C.A.R.C.E. at 630/545-9710.

Altoid Mint Boxes, American Flags, Bicycles, Buttons, Cardboard, Cell phones, Carpeting (Dry Carpeting and Padding [300 SF limit], Clothing, Electronics (computers, VCRs, keyboards, cables, etc.), Extension cords, Furniture, Eyeglasses, Hearing aids, Household items (gently used), Ink cartridges, Keys, Musical instruments, Neck ties, Paper shredding (limit four boxes), Rulers, Sewing machines (working), Shower chairs, Toys, Typewriters, Walkers, Wheelchairs, and Yarn.

AARP Tax-Aide Needs Volunteer for the 2014 Filling Season

Looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in our community?  The AARP Tax-Aide Program is now seeking volunteers for the 2014  tax season.  You don’t have to be an AARP member or have an accounting or tax background to volunteer.  It is important to be somewhat familiar with income taxes, for example, by having prepared your personal income tax returns, and to be computer literate since all returns are prepared on the computer.

Income tax preparation and assistance is offered free of charge to low and middle income taxpayers with special assistance to those 60 and older.

To volunteer, visit aarp.org/taxaide website or call 1-800-227-7669.

Recycling and Shredding Event Oct. 26

Sat., Oct. 26, 9 a.m.–noon (in the library parking lot)

IPPL is partnering with S.C.A.R.C.E., the Lions Club, and the VFW to offer onsite shredding and collection for many recyclable items including:

Altoid Mint Boxes
American Flags
Bicycles
Buttons
Cardboard
Carpeting
Cell phones
Electronics
Extension cords
Eyeglasses
Hearing aids
Ink cartridges
Keys
Musical instruments
Neck ties
Rulers
Sewing machines (working)
Shower chairs
Toys
Typewriters
Walkers
Wheelchairs

Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks

Bolingbrook Fireworks
July 4, Fireworks 9:15 p.m.
Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook

Downers Grove Fireworks
July 4, Fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.
75th Street and Lemont Rd.

Lemont Fireworks
July 3, 4 p.m. to dusk, Fireworks at dusk
Centennial Park, 16028 West 127th Street

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Fireworks
Festival run from July 3-7, with the largest fireworks display on July 4 at 9:45 p.m., smaller displays at 9:45 p.m. on July 3, 5, & 6.
Lisle Community Park west of Rt. 53, east of Yackley Ave. and South of US-34.

Oak Brook’s Taste of Oak Brook
July 3, 4-9 p.m., Fireworks at dusk
Oak Brook Sports Core Grounds, 800 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook

Pleasantdale Park District Fireworks
Walker Park, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge
July 3, celebration starts at 5:30, Fireworks start at dusk

Other Illinois Fireworks Displays

Permanent DuPage County Electronics Recycling

Accepted Items:
Desktop and laptop computers, TVs, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, small appliances (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), toner cartridges, extension cords, game consoles, copy machines, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, cables and cords, speakers, tape players, scanners, modems, routers, stereos, docking stations, network hubs, telephones, and circuit boards, Rechargeable Batteries Only

SCARCE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn; (630) 545-9710

Downers Grove: 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. – noon; Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue (in the employee parking lot at the rear of the building, off Curtiss St.);
630-434-5500

Lisle: 3rd Saturday of the month; 9:00 a.m. to noon. 4930 Lincoln Ave. (Rt. 53), just south of Ogden Ave., just north of Lisle Police Department. Look for the sign on the West side of Rt. 53.  630-271-4100

Naperville: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Public Works Recycling Drop Off Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive; (630)420-6095

Wheaton: 2nd Saturday of the month,   9 a.m. – 12 noon; 820 W. Liberty Drive (Public Works Storage Lot) across from Public Works Garage, just west of Carlton