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WHERE: College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Birding tour from 9 to 11 a.m. April 29; bee program from 10 a.m. to noon May 3
COST & INFO: Free; Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at
ABOUT: Retired English adjunct faculty member John Cebula will lead the birding tour, and plans a lecture at 11 a.m. April 30. Bee expert Terry Miesle will lead a tour and discussion on native bee species.
BIRDING AND BEES EVENTS TO ALIGHT ON COD CAMPUS WHERE: College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: Birding tour from 9 to 11 a.m. April 29; bee program from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 COST & INFO: Free; Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at ABOUT: Retired English adjunct faculty member John Cebula will lead the birding tour, and plans a lecture at 11 a.m. April 30. Bee expert Terry Miesle will lead a tour and discussion on native bee species.


WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II ON THE FRONT LINES AND HOMEFRONT: 7 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Registration is suggested. Cost: Free. Information:

"SEUSSICAL JUNIOR" MUSICAL BY STUDENTS AT GOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL: 7 p.m. April 25 and 26, Gower Middle School, 7941 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge. Cost: $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

JANE GOODALL MUSICAL TO INSPIRE YOUNG AUDIENCES: 7 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presents the musical, recommended for ages 6 and older. Cost: $14 for youth, $20 for adults. Information:, 630-942-4000.

FIRST FOLIO PRESENTING "THE FIRESTORM": April 25 to 28, First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail, are thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick’s past surfaces. Information:

"KINDERTRANSPORT": 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25 to May 5, Elmhurst College's Mill Theatre, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Following Kristallnacht in 1938, the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany was formed. In nine months, almost 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent to Britain, most of them Jewish. Playwright Diane Samuels interviewed adults who were these kinder who survived the Holocaust, weaving their experiences of loss, guilt and discovery into the play. Information: Tickets at

BERWYN LIBRARY WRITER'S GROUP: 7 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Information:

RYAN CHRYS & THE ROUGH CUTS: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $10 to $13. Information:

STUDENT VOICE RECITAL BY KATHRYN RISCHE: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, 132 Recital Hall, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099,

CIRCO HERMANOS VAZQUEZ: Through April 28, North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Circus is in town. Information:

"DELICATE BEAUTY" EXHIBIT OF PHOTO MONTAGES BY JOANNE BARSANTI: 1 to 4 p.m. through April 26, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door 4. Japanese garden images underlie the show. Cost: Free. Information:

NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF POLITICAL POSTERS: Through April 28, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The museum will host "Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012." Cost: Free. Information:, 630-833-1457.

DRURY LANE THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PRESENTS "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": Daytime curtain various days of the week through June 15, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:


PLAY EXPLORES 'EURYDICE' VIEWPOINT: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through May 4, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. "Eurydice," by Illinois playwright Sarah Ruhl, reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. It is funny, sad, dramatic and surprising. Cost: $15 to $20. Information:

MORTON ARBORETUM'S ARBOR DAY WEEKEND: April 26, plus events all weekend, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. On April 26, families are invited to join Curious George in a tree planting and story time. The fun continues with a celebration in the Children's Garden from April 26 to 28, and a new block party event, featuring vehicle-free roads, live music, food trucks and a walking tour of the Arboretum's trolls April 28. The Arbor Day Plant Sale opens to the public on April 27, with the opportunity for members to begin shopping on April 26. Cost: Regular admission. Information: Full lineup at

GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE STAGING "MOON OVER BUFFALO" COMEDY: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through April 28, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York St. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-464-2646,

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information:

STUDENT WORKS PLUS "VERDANT VISIONS" EXHIBITION AT RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: Through April 27, 32 E. Quincy St. Yva Neal of Riverside's collection of works explores people's connection with nature and how it affects the psyche through interaction. RAC also celebrates artworks by Riverside Brookfield High School AP art students. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

"ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL": Wednesday through Sunday through June 23, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show, which won five Tony Awards, is the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her reclaim her life. Cost: $55 to $70; $50 to $65 for previews. Information:

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM CHILDREN'S PARTY: 6:30 to 9 p.m., DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Activities will include a screening of “An American Tail.” Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Cost: $12. Information:, 630-510-4941.

AVA MORSE EP RELEASE CONCERT: 7 p.m., Alter Brewing Company's Barrel Room, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. Cost: $8 in advance or $15 at event. Information: Tickets at;

"A BUTLER DID IT" BY GROVE PLAYERS: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 5, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. In the Robert Scott play, the three Butler brothers can't seem to agree on anything except that they don't care for each other's company. Add a detested Aunt Francesca plus a briefcase containing $1 million and the comic plot thickens. Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors. Information:

ANDREW CALHOUN AND CASEY CALHOUN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St, Downers Grove. Casey Calhoun joins her father, veteran Chicago folk artist Andrew Calhoun, on vocals. Her voice shines on songs by many artists, and adds new dimensions to her father’s vast repertoire of original and traditional songs. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

AMERICAN ENGLISH, THE BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information:, 708-788-2118.

FROGWATCH USA VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 6 p.m., Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. People with an interest in frogs and toads can become a FrogWatch USA volunteer; no expertise is required. Cost: $7 per person or $20 per family. Registration required. Information:;


TURKISH FOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Turkish American Society of Wheaton, 1415 Hill Ave. Food will be available for purchase. Information: or email

DEBUT LOCAL AUTHOR FEST: 1 to 4 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. It's described as fun for writers, aspiring writers and readers of all ages. Information:, 630-668-1374.

JEFF PANKO AND FRIENDS: 7 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The chamber music and solo repertoire program ranges from Bach and Beethoven to early 20th century. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Information:

PLANK ROAD OLD-TIME BARN DANCE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The family-friendly barn dances are informal, with no partner required. A free sing-around begins at 2 p.m. May 4. Cost: $5 for dance. Information:

WEST SUBURBAN CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m., Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Ave., La Grange. Admission is free. Information:

FISHING TACKLE SWAP MEET: 8 a.m. to noon, American Legion Hall, 900 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE HANDMADE MARKET: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., O'Neill Middle School, 635 59th St., Downers Grove. Over 80 artisans showcase clothing, accessories, home decor, apothecary and specialty items, presented by the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club. Information:

CRADLES TO CRAYONS CELEBRATING EARTH DAY WITH A DONATION OF CHILDREN'S ESSENTIALS EVENT: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at donation sites including Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. Sought will be new or gently used clothing, shoes, books, toys and related items. Information:

EARTH DAY E-RECYCLING EVENT BY SHARING CONNECTIONS FURNITURE BANK: 9 a.m. to noon, Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Ave., Downers Grove. Its collection of small hand-held electronic devices will benefit local families in need. Items accepted are working cellphones, laptops, iPods, tablets, eReaders, notebooks and iPads of any age. Information:

"ARTISTRY IN WOOD" PRESENTED BY NORTH SUBURBAN CARVERS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and 28, Cantigny's Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road., Wheaton. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information:

OPERA HIGHLIGHTS WITH SINFONIETTA BEL CANTO SOLOISTS: 4 p.m., Le Jardin restaurant at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information:


"THE WONDER BREAD YEARS," STARRING PAT HAZELL: 3 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information:, 630-942-4000.

THE MAD MONKS OF MELODY IS PART OF THE PERFORMANCE LINEUP: 3 p.m., Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. The seven-piece band will perform a lineup of Dixieland standards, pop tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, and hymns. Cost: $15. Information:

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT CONCERT: 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, 715 N. Carlton Ave., Wheaton. Cost: $25. Information:

"CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST" SURVIVOR LECTURE: 7 p.m., Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Appearing will be a senior editor at National Public Radio, Uri Berliner, who recently revealed the moving story of how his father escaped the Nazis when his parents put him on a Kindertransport, a children’s rescue train to Sweden. Cost: Free. Information:

LECTURE RELATED TO NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF POLITICAL POSTERS: 2 p.m., Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. It's presented by Dave Oberg, the museum's executive director; registration is required at or 630-530-6879. It's the last day of the museum showing "Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012." Cost: Free. Information:, 630-833-1457.

DST SISTERHOOD INVITING BERWYN AREA MEMBERS: 5 to 8 p.m., 5254 W. North Ave., Chicago. Organizers invite all DST sisters that live or work on the west side of Chicago to join a Sisterhood Sunday Game Night social for fun and fellowship every fourth Sunday. Information:


BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710,


"MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET" BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2, McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Ever since the miraculous night in 1942, when the Blessed Mother appeared to grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. Post-show discussion with director, actors and crew is planned May 10. Cost: $40. Information:, 630-942-4000.

"SECRETS FROM VERY OLD TREES": 7 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. M. Ross Alexander of Midwest Dendro and Christine Rollinson of The Morton Arboretum will describe their wide-ranging study of trees in the area and how climate change may be reflected in their growth. Cost: Free. Information:


DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER AND MEMPHIS SOULPHONY: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information:, 630-942-4000.

BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB FLOWER AND PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, north end of Springfield Park. The sale features professionally grown annuals in flats, hanging baskets, specialty annuals, tropical, grasses, vegetables and herbs. There will be perennials from members’ gardens, a Master Gardener Help Desk and raffles. Information:,

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m. to noon May 4, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8659 S. Sayre, Burbank. Saturday offers a $3.50 a bag deal. Information:

JIM GREEN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Green creates solo finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals in a fresh way. Billboard magazine named him “one of the best independent artists in the Midwest." Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

LILAC TIME: month of May, Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard. The Lombard Park District's Lilacia Park is an 8.5-acre horticultural showcase featuring hundreds of lilacs and thousands of tulips, along with special events for the festival. Information:

GLEN ELLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH VILLAGE LINKS OF GLEN ELLYN TO OFFER THREE MINIATURE GOLF HOLES: month of May, library at 400 Duane St. “Putt Putt FORE Fun” holes feature books and other fun obstacles. Youth ages 8 to 16 can register to win a free half-day golf lesson or a free bucket of range balls. The free event kicks off summer programs at the library and golf course. Information:, 630-469-0879;


ART IN WILDER PARK COMPLEMENTS LIZZADRO MUSEUM EVENTS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 5, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. The outdoor show, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at 175 S. Prospect Ave., will offer more than 100 Midwest artists. At the Lizzadro Museum, members of the West Suburban Lapidary Club will demonstrate forms of lapidary art and the Northeast Illinois Gold Prospectors will host a gold panning activity for children, weather permitting. Cost: Free. Information: 630-833-1616,;

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI ANNOUNCING BENEFIT FOR HER TELLIN' TALES THEATRE: 6:30 p.m., Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago. "Utopia," which imagines a world of inclusion without barriers, is an evening of story and song. Information:


WALK FOR WELLNESS HOUSE 3K WALK OR 5K RUN: 8:30 a.m., beginning and ending at Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. It will draw over 3,000 cancer survivors, families, friends and volunteers in support of people living with cancer. This year's fundraising goal is to raise $575,000 to benefit the programs offered at no charge to participants all year-long. Information:

EXHIBIT RECEPTION: 3 to 6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" features work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish. The show runs until June 15, and an Artists' Talk is offered at 2 p.m. May 25. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. The center's FlexSpace will display "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing your air," an installation by Yoonshin Park, featuring self-breathing pillows on the floor. The show runs until June 11. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

DUPAGE CHORALE AND DUPAGE CHORALE ORCHESTRA, JOINED BY GUEST VOCAL SOLOISTS: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The "Americana" concert of works by Amy Beach and Randall Thompson will be conducted by Lee Kesselman. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $6 for students. Information:, 630-942-4000.

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Noon to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Isle a la Cache Brigade portrays cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen from the 18th-century fur trade era in all-ages programs. May’s theme focuses on fire-starting methods. In addition, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer the Busy Beavers Craft Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and June 15. There are monthly themes – May's is creating a caterpillar to travel with you on your walks; and June, make a fish-themed craft. The program is for kids ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free. Information:


"EXPOSED" PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE BY COLLEGE OF DUPAGE'S PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM: 6 to 8 p.m., COD's McAninch Arts Center, room 278, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: Free. Information: Call photography professor Terry Vitacco at 630-942-2329.


GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB SPRING LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m., Glen Oak Country Club, 21W451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. The club celebrates its 124th annual spring luncheon, and guests are welcome. Cocktails are served at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program featuring Nostalgia Entertainment with Cynthia and Matt Gruel at 1:30 p.m. Fifties-era music is the theme of the program titled “Unforgettable.” Cost: $50. Information: To make a reservation or buy a ticket, call Mary Ann Zeitz at 630-858-8264.


LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY LILAC BUSH SALE: May 9 to 11, Lilacia Park, one block west of Main Street and one block south of St. Charles Road, Lombard. The sale is open from 3 to 7 p.m. May 9; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10; and 8 a.m. until sold out May 11. The club also is selling Lilac Time Garden Flags. Information:

MAY 10

THE GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 3 p.m. May 11, College Church, 335 E. Seminary, Wheaton. Composer, conductor, educator, church musician, organ performer, adjudicator and workshop clinician Keith Hampton will conduct his piece “Celebrate!” in the all-American concert program. Cost: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for students. Information:, 630-415-3066.

MAY 11

FAREWELL CONCERT BY CONDUCTOR OF ACAPPELLAGO: 7:30 p.m., Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Founding maestro Dennis Smith will lead Acappellago's current members and alumni in a selection of favorite pieces from its 17 seasons, plus surprises, in a performance titled "Escape to … Another Sentimental Journey." The new music director will be Vicki Linich. Cost: Free, but a $15 donation is welcomed at the door. Information:

MARK DVORAK LEADS ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP ON SONGWRITING, FINGER-PICKING AND HARMONY: 1 p.m., First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. Dvorak of Riverside is a distinguished teaching artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Those who play an instrument other than guitar also are welcome to attend. Cost: $30 for the public, $20 for Plank Road members; one can become a member upon registration. Information: Mark Dvorak at;;

PSYCHOLOGIST'S BOOK SIGNING PAIRED WITH REPTILE SHOW AND LIVE MUSIC: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Barbara's Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. Gene Carroccia has written “Treating ADHD/ADD In Children and Adolescents: Solutions for Parents and Clinicians.” The book launch will feature Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures reptile show and music by recording artist Noah Gabriel. Information:;

MAY 18

BROOKFIELD ZOO'S ROARS & POURS FOR ADULTS: 4 to 8 p.m., 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Information:

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