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Spring fever: 5 ways to celebrate the season in the West Chicago area

Crowds gather at the 2013 Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago. The city will again host the annual event May 17.
Crowds gather at the 2013 Blooming Fest in downtown West Chicago. The city will again host the annual event May 17.

After months of snowy cold, spring finally has arrived, and the sun is hopefully here to stay.

As May approaches, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the weather – or stay in, if any spring showers decide to pay a visit.

1. Celebrate the outdoors

The city of Warrenville will host its 29th Arbor Day celebration Saturday.

Hosted by the city’s Environmental Advisory Commission, the event will take place from 10 a.m. until noon in the rear parking lot of the Warrenville Park District Recreation Center, 3S260 Warren Ave.

The celebration will feature a tree dedication ceremony, musical performances, door prizes, exhibits and guest speakers. Complimentary refreshments also will be available.

While supplies last, visitors will receive a choice of several native trees and shrubs to take home and plant in their yards.

For information about the event, contact Assistant City Administrator Jennifer McMahon at

2. See a toe-tappin’ show

Spring is the time for musicals, and, luckily, West Chicago has more than one.

WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2013-14 season with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” from May 8 through 11.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. May 8 through 10 and 2 p.m. May 11 at Community High School, 326 Joliet St. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

WeGo Drama also invites young princes and princesses to “be their guests” during Tea with Belle at noon in the high school commons before Sunday’s matinée performance. This has a separate admission of $5.

Gallery Theater will present “Songs of Life” from May 9 through 11.

The musical is a story of family relationships and love filled with many familiar Broadway songs.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. May 11 at Gallery Theater, 203 Turner Court.

Tickets cost $9, but there will be a special discount for all moms on Mother’s Day. Senior and student tickets are $8.

3. Have a ‘hole lot of fun’

The West Chicago Public Library District will host its first Hole Lot of Fun event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the library, 118 W. Washington St.

Staff will transform the library into an 18-hole putting course that will wind through the stacks and reading and meeting areas.

This inaugural program is open to all ages.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library will be served at the “19th hole.”

The library will be open for business during its normal Saturday hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although there will be extra traffic from the golfers, staff will make every effort to provide their customary service to library users.

4. Enjoy ‘blooming’ downtown

It’s that time of year again – time for West Chicago’s annual Blooming Fest.

The festival will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. May 17 in downtown West Chicago.

The event combines the West Chicago Garden Club’s popular plant sale with a craft show, children’s activities, music, food and fun.

Downtown merchants and restaurants will offer special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales.

For information, call City Hall at 630-293-2200, ext. 135.

5. Remember the fallen

Winfield Boy Scout Troop 575 will host the village’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at 8 a.m. May 26 at Creekside Park between Church Street and Winfield Road.

The event will honor Winfield veterans and feature memorial readings, a flag-raising ceremony, the laying of flowers and a guest speaker.

A pancake breakfast at St. John the Baptist Church, 0S233 Church St., will follow the ceremony and benefit West Chicago resident Alex Novak, a member of Boy Scout Troop 575 who was seriously injured in an automobile accident.

The cost for the breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger.

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