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Summer lunch program at VP Library
No school means no lunches for many children throughout the community. The Villa Park Public Library is once again partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide free summer lunches for children under the age of 18 from June 4 through Aug. 8. Lunches will be available at the library every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program is offered at no cost to the Villa Park Public Library and its patrons. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. 

LifeSource Blood Drive June 26
Culver’s of Lombard will partner with LifeSource to host a daylong fundraiser and community blood drive on Tuesday, June 26, to provide support to the families of those students injured when a backyard bonfire they were attending exploded earlier this year. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of sales generated between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. to the Glenbard East "Rams in Need" fund, which helps support students and families in need. A LifeSource blood drive will be held in the restaurant’s parking lot that day from 2-8 p.m., with all donors receiving a complimentary pint of Culver’s frozen custard. For more information, including additional donor eligibility and qualifications, or to schedule an appointment, visit LifeSource.org or call 877-543-3768. Mention Group Code 890B.

Willowbrook Class of 1968 reunion
Willowbrook Class of '68 is looking for classmates for a reunion weekend in August. For more information, contact Larry Durnil at durnil@yahoo.com.

Faith Fest June 30 at Faith United Methodist
Faith United Methodist Church, 815 S. Finley Road, Lombard, is hosting a Faith Fest on Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor community festival will feature a free children's bouncy castle, local artists' craft sale, food, and music. For more information or to rent a craft table, call Jean Jackson at 630-877-6011.

Maple Street Chapel Open House June 24
Sunday June 24, 2-4 p.m. Stop by and get a historical tour of the Maple Street Chapel and learn about its 148-year-old history.

Cat Guardians summer bake sale
Summer bake sale Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Cat Guardians, Inc., 932 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. All proceeds benefit Cat Guardians shelter, a not for profit, 501(c)(3) humane society for homeless cats. For more info call 630-543-3395.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra at Cantigny June 23
DuPage Symphony Orchestra Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. Join the DSO and Music Director Barbara Schubert for “Spanish Soundscape,” a virtual visit to the Iberian Peninsula through the works of Spanish, French and Russian composers of the 19th century. Enjoy Bizet, Fauré, Massenet and Rimsky-Korsakov, plus authentic Spanish treats by Falla and Albeniz. A Symphony Passport (non-paper ticket) is required for each concert. Cost: $30 in advance or $35 the week of show; Cantigny Park members pay $25. A passport admits one car and passengers, up to four people total. Passports may be purchased at Cantigny.org, in the Cantigny Shop or by calling 630-260-8162. Picnics are encouraged for these “Ravinia style” events, performed on the plaza outside the First Division Museum. Gates open at 6 p.m. Blankets or chairs are recommended as seating is on the lawn.

Youth tennis in York Center
The York Center Park District youth tennis program teaches participants the basics of serving, forehand and backhand shots, as well as rules of the game. Staff will run drills for each skill, as well as work on conditioning. On the final day, staff will coach participants through a set, and participants will celebrate with a treat after the set is completed. Have some fun learning tennis at the York Center Park District. Ages: 6-10 years. Date: Thursdays, July 5-26. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $20/resident; $24/non-resident. Location: Knolls Community Tennis Courts. Register by Monday, July 2. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886.

'Lunch and Learn' at Villa Park Recreation
Villa Park Recreation invites area older adults to a free Lunch and Learn event.  Casa San Carlo, Northlake, will provide a free lunch and share helpful information during three 45-minute presentations planned for older adults, their families and caregivers ages 18 and over. The presentations will be held at the Community Recreation Building, 320 E. Wildwood Ave., 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with these topics: Downsizing, June 27; Healthy Eating, July 25; and Dementia, Aug. 22. No pre-registration is required for these free presentations, just RSVP one week prior to each date by calling 630-834-8525.

Ham Radio Field Day June 23-24
In a 24-hour blitz that will include nationwide radio communications, the Elmhurst-based York Radio Club will operate at least three radio stations from the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. Visitors interested in learning more about the hobby, or those who are simply curious, are welcome. More information is at www.yorkradioclub.com.

Plum Library program
"Rock Your Story Workshop" Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. or Monday, June 25, at 2 p.m. Grades 8–12. Add effects to your photos and edit your videos to make them a hit. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to edit photos and video with Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Both dates will be offering the same instruction and content. Call 630-627-0316 or visit helenplum.org to register.

Aspire fundraiser
Aspire’s seventh annual First Taste of Summer at Aspire’s Career Academy, 4110 Litt Dr. Hillside Saturday, June 23, 5-9 p.m. The evening will feature live bands, a beer garden, food trucks, raffles, and tours of the newly-opened Career Academy. Proceeds support Aspire Careers and Aspire Living — programs that help people with developmental disabilities live and work in their communities. Tickets: $30 online or $40 at the door.

Mario Kart Tournament at Villa Park Library
The Villa Park Public Library will hold a Mario Kart Tournament on Friday, June 22, from 2–4 p.m. Tweens and teens ages 11 and older can take part in a fun, friendly tournament to determine the ultimate players. Winners will even receive a small prize. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. 

Lego Club at York Center Park District
Attention master builders. This summer York Center Park District will have a series of fun Lego challenges. Each day will have a fun theme ranging from space to building the tallest towers. Participants will have a fun time working on individual builds and have a team showdown. On the final day, builders will receive a Lego set to take home. Ages: 6-10 years. Date: Mondays, July 2-16. Time: 4:45-5:30 p.m. Fee: $15/resident; $18/non-resident. Location: YCPD Museum. Register by Monday, June 25. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886.