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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer art festivities, theater, family fun

WHERE: Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 14
COST AND INFO: $5 per person or $10 per family with children;, 630-469-1867
ABOUT: Families, couples and singles are invited to take part in a night of square dance, line dance and other varieties of folk dances, set to tunes by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. It's described as a true pioneer experience, and refreshments are included.
PLANK ROAD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY BARN DANCE WHERE: Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 14 COST AND INFO: $5 per person or $10 per family with children;, 630-469-1867 ABOUT: Families, couples and singles are invited to take part in a night of square dance, line dance and other varieties of folk dances, set to tunes by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. It's described as a true pioneer experience, and refreshments are included.

SEPT. 12

THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING THE ROCKIN' WITH ROCK BOTTOM CONCERT SERIES: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 631 E. Boughton Road. Deacon Blues will play Sept. 12 and Heartache Tonight offers its Eagles tribute Sept. 19. Information:

MARY DORRELL'S "EXPEDITION-COMPOSITION" EXHIBIT: Through Sept. 21, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-458-4500.

PAINTER JANICE NOWINSKI DISPLAYING "BODIES OF PAINT" EXHIBIT: Through Oct. 12, Riverside Arts Center's Freeark Gallery, 32 E. Quincy St. A reception and gallery talk are planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information:

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESENTS "NATURE CONNECTS" ART WITH LEGO BRICKS BY SEAN KENNEY: Through Sept. 15, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features 15, nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. Visitors also can enjoy the Troll Hunt exhibition on display through the end of summer. A Passport Europe Tasting is offered Sept. 19, with related festivities Sept. 21 and 22. Information:

"PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER" ART EXHIBIT RECOGNIZING 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: Through Sept. 15, Elmhurst College's Frick Center, Founders Lounge, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The exhibit is composed of hundreds of hand-sketched portraits of Illinois service members killed in action since 9/11. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-617-5186.

SEPT. 13

"THE COLOR PURPLE": Through Nov. 3, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned 15 Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical. It is rated PG-13. Information:

LAURA STORY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR STARS FAMILY SERVICES: Doors opening at 6 p.m., College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. The Grammy Award-winning artist will headline a benefit concert for STARS Family Services, an organization that provides holistic, full-service residential living to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Information:

RECEPTION FOR "MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: 7 to 9 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours also are planned, with both shows running to Jan. 12. Information:

OPEN MIKE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. People can bring their best two or three songs (10 to 15 minutes). The venue opens at 7:30 p.m. for first-come sign-up. Cost: $10. Information: 630-699-2973;, 630-969-9720.

FULL MOON TRAM TOUR COURSE: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night. Cost: $20 for nonmembers, with registration required. Information:

"THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL": Through Oct. 6, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. "Creepy and kooky," they are headed to Wheaton Drama in a musical comedy based on Charles Addams' publications, as well as the 1960s TV series. American Sign Language-interpreted performances will be offered. Cost: $21 to $24. Information:, 630-260-1820.

DUPAGE AME CHURCH CELEBRATING 40TH YEAR: 7:15 p.m., 4300 Yackley Ave., Lisle. Pastor James Miller and the Rev. Lana Miller will be honored for 30 years of leadership. The community is invited to hear gospel music at the church's Reunion Concert with a multigenerational choir. During the 8 and 11 a.m. services Sept. 15, two guest ministers, Dr. Eddie Wheeler of Atlanta and the Rev. Furman Miller of Greenwood, South Carolina, will preach, respectively. Also planned is a 40th anniversary gala Sept. 21 and special services Sept. 22. Information:

SEPT. 14

C.S. LEWIS' "THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS" BY THE FELLOWSHIP FOR PERFORMING ARTS: 4 and 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Set in an eerily stylish office in hell, one of Satan’s senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth. It's recommended for ages 13 and older. Information:

DUPAGE AREA MOMS' CHILDREN’S CLOTHING & TOY RESALE: 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. The half-price sale starts at 1 p.m. A portion of proceeds funds scholarships for a mom going back to school at the College of DuPage. No children younger than 13 are allowed on the sale floor before 1 p.m., other than infants in front carriers only. Information:, 630-765-5707.

DOLCE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR HOSTING WESTMONT WINE FESTIVAL: 2 to 6 p.m., 15 W. Quincy St. It's held in conjunction with the village and Westmont Special Events. It features 70 wines, a craft cocktail table, and Dolce's own coffee roaster, Dr. Bean. New this year will be award-winning barbecue and live music. Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Information:

INDOOR FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pleasant Dale Park District's Walker Recreation Center, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Information:

OLD-TIME COUNTRY FAIR – FAMILY DAY AT THE FARMHOUSE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carol Stream Historical Society, 301 W. Lies Road. It's an open-air, old-fashioned country fair at the historic farmhouse, with games, treats and music. Information:

LISLE DEPOT DAYS: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15, The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., Lisle. Events range from a petting farm and reenactors to a car show and historic-living demonstrations, co-presented by Lisle Heritage Society. Cost: Free. Information:

FARM TO TABLE – FALL HARVEST: First session at 1 p.m., Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Make butter, apple cider and corn meal in partnership with the Culinarian Historians of Northern Illinois. Sessions start at 1, 1:15, 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. for ages 18 and older. Cost: $15. Information:, 630-876-5900.

"APOLLO 11 – ONE GIANT LEAP, A SERIES OF FIRSTS WITH TERRY LYNCH": 2 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 Harlem Ave. Lynch will appear as Neil Armstrong recounting the lead-up to the first moon landing and other firsts. Registration is required. Information:, 708-795-8000.

OKTOBERFEST: 3 to 8 p.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road. Cost: $20 per adult in advance, $10 per child, including food and beverages. Information:

SEPT. 15

FESTIVAL OF CULTURES: 1 to 5 p.m., Wheaton French Market location, Main Street and Liberty Drive. The event presents storytelling, culture, food trucks, arts, activities and live music, organized by the Wheaton Community Relations Commission. More than 30 participants and groups will be at booths sharing their heritage and cultures. One can fill out a Festival of Cultures passport and win a prize. Information:

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE JR." AUDITIONS: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Westmont Community Center, 75 E. Richmond. The award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is the basis for the musical. Sign-up is requested for audition time. Check on auditions for a Halloween event performing Oct. 19 and 20. Information:

SEPT. 16

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY SHOWING "MAIDEN" DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE FIRST ALL-FEMALE CREW TO ENTER THE WHITBREAD ROUND THE WORLD RACE: 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, who became the skipper, despite her inspirational dream being opposed on all sides. She refused to give up and remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Cost: $10 for nonmembers,  $6 for members. Information:,

SEPT. 17

SCARCE PRESENTING PROGRAM ON GARDENERS, SUSTAINABILITY AND RECYCLING: 6:15 p.m., Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Kay McKeen will speak at 7 p.m. The event is offered by the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Cost: Free. 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,

SEPT. 18

NICK CAVE - VISITING ARTIST SERIES: 1 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. Cave is a messenger, artist and educator working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums inclusive of sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

CIA'S FORMER AIR AMERICA PILOT PRESENTATION: 6:30 p.m., Cornerstone Books, 22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park. The authors of "Flight – An Air America Pilot's Story of Adventure, Descent and Redemption," Capt. Neil Hansen and Luann Grosscup, a Villa Park resident, will discuss Air America. It was the CIA’s clandestine airline that operated in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War era. Cost: Free. Information: 630-832-1020.

LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD'S ART DEMONSTRATION: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. David R. Becker will demonstrate watercolor effects using acrylic paint. An author, illustrator and instructor, he is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Cost: Free, with food pantry donation appreciated. Information: Call Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145 or visit

WATER-BASED EXERCISE CLASS: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 30, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside. The WET Class at RBHS is an adult level class, which is meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance. No swimming is involved. Cost: Fall session is priced at $54 for nine classes. Information:, clicking on community, swimming pool, WET Class; or email Noelle at

SEPT. 19

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: 5 to 9 p.m., Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. It's a night of wine and food tastings, art and shopping. Cost: $10 admission at the door. Information:

HARVEST FEST: 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26, Addison Village Green and Addison Historical Museum, 1 Friendship Plaza. A new fall event is Harvest Fest, with varied musical acts, children's rides, food, drink and a Historical Museum open house and Craft & Vintage Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-693-7549.

THE COMMUNITY HOUSE'S COMMUNITY REVUE AND PATRON PARTY BENEFIT: 6:30 p.m., 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Since 1996, the local group of talented trustees and friends has been staging full-scale musical performances in celebration of friends and neighbors, all to raise awareness and funding for The Community House. Information: Tickets can be purchased at

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. various Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information:, 708-582-6510.

SEPT. 20

RUTH & MAX BLOOMQUIST: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Garrison Keillor is numbered among the veteran duo's fans. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

GALLERY THEATER OF WEST CHICAGO OPENING 10TH SEASON WITH "THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE": Sept. 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, 129 Main St., West Chicago. Curtain for the show celebrating a radio adventure is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Information: Tickets at,, 630-234-5919.

ELMHURST SYMPHONY MUSICIANS AT MAYSLAKE FOR STANGER AUDITIONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: 7 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. Information:, 630-941-0202.

"ROMEO AND JULIET": 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Saint John's United Church of Christ, 4500 Prescott Ave., Lyons. The Shakespeare play features Chicago actor Paul Willis as Romeo and the recent "American Idol" Golden Ticket winner and Chicago actress Julia Gorban as Juliet. Directed by Andy Leahy, the show is recommended for ages 12 and older. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 (cash only) at the door. Information:

SEPT. 21

"A TRIBUTE TO THE EAGLES" BENEFIT ORGANIZED BY THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS: 8 p.m., TWS, 4384 Hampton Ave. The show is a celebration of the music of the band, whose hits include "Desperado," "Take it Easy" and "Hotel California." Cost: $35, $30 for TWS subscribers. Information:, 708-246-3380.

BROOKFIELD ZOO BENEFIT: 7:30 p.m., at the zoo's Discovery Center. The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society presents its 18th annual "Wines in the Wild" fundraiser, with a 1970s theme. Information: To register for "Staying Alive!" or for details, visit or call 708-688-8393.

PLAY FOR PEACE HOLDING WORLD PEACE DAY 5K RUN/WALK: 4 to 8 p.m., Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road. Area runners and families will celebrate peace and raise funds to help children and youth around the globe. Play for Peace is an official partner of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. Information:

SEPT. 22

FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information:

SEPT. 23

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information:

SEPT. 26

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. The district seeks a pianist to accompany the 30-member chorus. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

SEPT. 27

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:

SEPT. 28

LISLE CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m., Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown Lisle. Music and food are offered at the event coordinated by the Kiwanis of Lisle and Lisle Heritage Society. Cost: Free admission. Information:

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily except fall and winter holidays, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:, 630-665-5534.

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Among items will be local produce and artisan foods. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information:

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