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.
630-739-1705
December
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
January
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.

Recycling Extravaganza

The library will host its second annual Recycling Extravaganza, a recycling and shredding event, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hinsdale South High School football field parking lot (just south of the library). Cars must enter from Clarendon Hills Road.

The event will provide on-site shredding (limit of two banker’s boxes, please) and the collection of many recyclable items, including: Altoid mint boxes, American flags, bicycles (and bicycle-related items such as parts, helmets, and accessories), books, buttons, cell phones, clothing, crayons, crutches, extension cords, eyeglasses, furniture, hearing aids, holiday lights, household items (gently-used), ink cartridges, keys, license plates, LP records, musical instruments, neck ties, paper for shredding (limit of two banker’s boxes), rulers, safety pins, sewing machines, shower chairs, toys, typewriters, walkers, wheelchairs, and yarn.

This event is being co-hosted by IPPL, Hinsdale South High School, the City of Darien, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), the Darien Lions Club, and Working Bikes. For more information, contact Joe Popowitch at (630) 887-8760 x240.

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Andrew Salgado Concert

Event Info: 7PM @ Indian Prairie Public Libary

Darien native and country singer/songwriter Andrew Salgado has come a long way since performing for his family at the tender age of five. In October of last year he won the first ever Pepsi Southern Original competition beating out over 7,000 bands and artists. Since then he has opened for and performed with Darryl Worley, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Lee DeWyze, Clint Black, and Carrie Underwood. He recently released two singles: “Dance On” and “Love Will Always Find a Way.” Andrew is an electric performer onstage, and your toes will be tapping during the show. You can check Andrew out at www.andrewsalgado.net.