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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer chili cook-off, craft shows, theater

DOG CALENDAR TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY
WHERE: Dogs of Will County are featured
WHEN: Deadline to order online is Nov. 6
COST AND INFO: $15, with about $10 going to charity for each sale; www.willcountydogs.org
ABOUT: The deadline is extended to Nov. 6 to order a dog park calendar offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County to benefit the Will County Humane Society. Picked for the cover is Kane, shown taking a break at Whalon Lake Dog Park in Naperville. Kane, a Labrador and border collie mix, was adopted by Manuela Chairez of Bolingbrook when a coworker could no longer care for him. The calendars ship the week of Nov. 25 in time for the holidays.
DOG CALENDAR TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY WHERE: Dogs of Will County are featured WHEN: Deadline to order online is Nov. 6 COST AND INFO: $15, with about $10 going to charity for each sale; www.willcountydogs.org ABOUT: The deadline is extended to Nov. 6 to order a dog park calendar offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County to benefit the Will County Humane Society. Picked for the cover is Kane, shown taking a break at Whalon Lake Dog Park in Naperville. Kane, a Labrador and border collie mix, was adopted by Manuela Chairez of Bolingbrook when a coworker could no longer care for him. The calendars ship the week of Nov. 25 in time for the holidays.

OCT. 31

HALLOWEEN FUN FAIR: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Westmont Community Center, 75 E. Richmond St. All ages are welcome to the family event. Cost: Free. Information: westmontparks.org, 630-969-8080.

PUMPKIN FEST: All October, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information: cosleyzoo.org.

"PETER AND THE STARCATCHER": Through Nov. 9, Arena Theater in Jenks Hall at Wheaton College, 433 Howard St., Wheaton. The prequel to "Peter Pan" is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Cost: $5 to $11. Information: tinyurl.com/y5y8ybbx, wheaton.edu.

"SKELETOBER" DISPLAYS DOZENS OF LIFE-SIZED SKELETONS: Month of October, in front of La Grange businesses. A church features a singing skeleton in a choir robe, a real estate business hosts a skeleton family with a newborn, a music school's skeleton is playing a keyboard, and the skeleton in front of a fitness studio is working out with weights. Information: Map at lagrangeevents.com.

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE'S "SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE": Through Nov. 3, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. When Holmes’ life is threatened, it’s up to the ever-dependable Dr. Watson to solve the case. Cost: $29 to $44. Information: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org.

EXHIBIT BY ABSTRACT ARTIST KIP PASTA: Through Nov. 2, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road. The center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: www.addisoncenterforthearts.com, 630-458-4500.

ARTIST MAURICIO FORERO'S "SOUTHS AND NORTHS": Through Nov. 23, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: www.riversideartscenter.com, 708-442-6400.

NOV. 1

MMCI DUO OF MATTHEW MICHAEL AND CHRISTINA MARIE: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

STUDENTS STAGING "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF": 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 and 1 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, Hinsdale South High School, 7401 S. Clarendon Hills Road, Darien. Tickets offered at the door. Cost: $10 to $15. Information: www.artsdupage.org/event/fiddler-on-the-roof.

DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA PRESENTS NEW VERSION OF "DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE": 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2, school auditorium, 1436 Norfolk St. The content of the play is for mature audiences only. Tickets can be purchased in the student activities office or at the door on the night of the event. Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, free for district 99 students. Information: 630-795-8518.

AMERICAN ENGLISH'S BEATLES TRIBUTE: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

"BECKY'S NEW CAR": Through Nov. 9, Village Theatre Guild, 2S720 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The thoroughly original comedy, which has serious overtones, is a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken, a news release stated. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, plus shows at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. Cost: $19.99.
Information: 630-469-8230, www.villagetheatreguild.org.

NOV. 2

HINSDALE SOUTH POST PROM FALL CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hinsdale South High School Cafeteria, 7401 S. Clarendon Hills Road, Darien. Cost: $2, free for kids age 10 and younger. Information: d86.hinsdale86.org/Domain/9.

DISPENSA'S KIDDIE KINGDOM SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Nov. 2 to 16, Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society, 17W245 16th St. The two-week, special exhibit is on Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys. John Dispensa III will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at City Council chambers. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: obthistory.com/images/DispensaFlyer2.pdf.

CULINARY EXPERTS JUDGING 11TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF: 1 to 5 p.m., downtown Wheaton. Chili lovers can sample a variety of chili recipes prepared and served by participating restaurants and eateries and take part in a scavenger hunt at other participating businesses. Cost: $22 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Information: Tickets at www.downtownwheaton.com/all-events/chili-cook-off and at Ivy, Nani’s Pizza & Pasta, Suzette’s Creperie and the Downtown Wheaton Association. Information: 630-682-0633.

"WINGED SOULS & MILKWEED": 2 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Monarchs flock back to Mexico at the beginning of November, just in time for the Day of the Dead holiday. Program participants will prepare milkweed seeds for the Forest Preserve and take some home for their own gardens to feed monarchs next spring. Cost: Free for ages 10 or older; register by Oct. 31. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

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

CD ONE PRICE CLEANERS' ANNUAL COAT DRIVE: Through Nov. 10, at all its suburban sites. The company locations are collecting coats for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society. They will accept gently used children, teen and adult winter coats. CD One will clean all coats and deliver them for distribution in time for winter. Information: visit www.cdonepricecleaners.com.

NOV. 3

THE 10TH ANNUAL GLEN ELLYN WINTER FASHION SHOW: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 Route 53, Glen Ellyn. Fashion commentator will be Lisa Parker from NBC Channel 5. A portion of proceeds will help the YMCA. Cost: $50. Information: business.glenellynchamber.com/events/details/fashion-show-glen-ellyn-winter-showcase-11-03-2019-8996.

NOV. 4

DUFFY HUDSON AS HARRY HOUDINI: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. It's a unique experience when master impressionist Duffy Hudson brings iconic magician Harry Houdini to life. Registration is requested at bit.ly/2Zbf9ln. Information: lagrangelibrary.org, 708-215-3220.

NOV. 5

FALL FLORAL CENTERPIECE DEMONSTRATIONS: 1 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. The Glen Ellyn Woman's Club presents a local Green Branch florist, flower designer Noel Luchinski. Cost: Free. Information: Guests should call 630-363-5327 to make a reservation.

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, www.post80.org.

NOV. 6

WATER-BASED EXERCISE CLASS: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18, except Nov. 27, 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: $36 for six classes. Information: www.rbhs208.net, clicking on community, swimming pool, WET Class; or email Noelle at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

NOV. 7

SHEDD AQUARIUM – SAVING THE GREAT LAKES REGION: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. The Shedd returns with mascot Esther the Blanding’s turtle to talk about new ecological developments in the area. Information: www.lagrangelibrary.org, 708-215-3200.

ELMHURST CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS FOURTH ANNUAL GALA: 7:30 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Cost: $150. Information: ecpa-elmhurst.org.

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. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

NOV. 8

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI'S NEW SHOW: Nov. 8 to 17, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Six Stories Up – "The Deep Blue Sea" – is a show written and performed by kids and adults with and without disabilities. Sign language interpretation and audio description will be offered Nov. 10. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students. Information: tellintales.org.

CHARLIE MOSBROOK: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. President of the nonprofit FOLKNET, vice president of Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), award-winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has wowed audiences for over 30 years. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB: 1 p.m. (date change due to Thanksgiving), Lombard Commons, St. Charles Road and Grace Street. "For the Love of Lavender" will be presented by horticulturist Maggie Smith, who explains its history and describes different varieties, their care and the vast uses of lavender from culinary to aromatherapy. Guests are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: Reservations at 630-620-8938.

"EAT, DRINK, AND BE MURDERED," ANNUAL MURDER MYSTERY PLAY BY FRIENDS OF VILLA PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10, library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Cost: $12 to $15. Information: vppl.info, 630-834-1164.

FALL DANCE FUSION: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It showcases dance works by COD dance faculty and students, along with guest choreographers and dancers from the Chicago area. Cost: $5 to $10. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, 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. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

NOV. 9

THE MAKING OF "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. "It's a Wonderful Life – The Making of a Holiday Classic" is an encore presentation by actress and historian Leslie Goddard. Was Cary Grant supposed to star in the film? Is the gym-floor-turned-swimming-pool real? Did the movie bomb at the box office? Enjoy rare photographs taken behind-the-scenes and find out what happened to the cast. After Goddard's program, an optional free screening of the movie will start at about 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for GEHS members, $5 for students age 18 and younger. Information: Tickets at 630-469-1867.

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA IN DIWALI CELEBRATION: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. "Love + Light – The Jubilant Return of Diwali" honors the festival of light, with heightened themes of musical mythology, familiar traditions and dance. Featuring India’s iconic and world-renowned violinist and composer L. Subramaniam and classic Indian Bharatanatyam dance by Chicago’s Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, it will be a sweeping performance fusing Carnatic and Western classical music traditions. It will be repeated at Symphony Center in Chicago. Guest conducted by Sameer Patel, the concert will open with Beethoven’s "Leonore Overture" No. 3, Op. 72, in tribute to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and includes Stravinsky’s "Suite from The Firebird." Cost: $10 to $62 in advance online. Visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

PROJECT 88 CONCERT: 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church, 6720 W. 31st St., Berwyn. It features violinists Stefan Hersh and Agnieszka Likos, violist Sixto Franco, cellist Patrycja Likos and pianist Élider DiPaula performing piano quintets by César Franck and Dmitri Shostakovich. Cost: Free, with donations welcome to help create a Berwyn music academy. Information: project88berwyn.org, 708-788-4132.

NOTED FOLK MUSICIAN MARK DVORAK: 7:30 p.m., Acorn Coffeehouse at the Burning Bush Gallery, 216 N. Main St., Wheaton. It will be an evening of folk, blues and original song. The singer-songwriter has won awards for journalism and children’s music and received the 2013 FARM Lantern BearerAward from Folk Alliance International. Cost: $10. Information: Reservations are recommended at www.acorncoffeehouse.com or 630-393-1247; details at www.garychurch.org.

NOV. 11

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: choral-aires.com.

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals for the holiday season. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.

NOV. 14

FILM CLASSES: Various dates, First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The instructor is Sue Thornquist of Downers Grove. Different classes are offered Nov. 14 and 19 and Dec. 5 and 10. One can register by emailing Thornquist at srthorn55@gmail.com.

NOV. 16

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Each program offers a different craft activity in the museum; drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly themes are November's turkeys, and December's snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org.

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