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'50 Years' in Focus' photography exhibit
Photographs by Lombardian newspaper photographer Steve Spoden are now on display in the Lombard Historical Society's temporary exhibit "50 Years in Focus—Steve Spoden: A Retrospective." The exhibit is located in the Victorian Cottage Museum's backyard Carriage House at 23 W. Maple St. Also on display, with other permanent exhibits in the Carriage House, is Pete Kramer's nostalgic remembrance of Lombard's DuPage Theatre. "50 Years in Focus" will be on display through Nov. 18. The hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

'Works on Paper' exhibit at Elmhurst College
    Three Chicago-based, Latino artists will exhibit their works on paper this fall at Elmhurst College. Herman Aguirre, Javier Chavira and Gabriel Villa are stylistically diverse artists who work in a variety of media. The “Works on Paper” exhibition can be viewed days and evenings through Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Inaugural Catholic Women's Breakfast Oct. 28
    The inaugural Catholic Women's Breakfast, sponsored by Sacred Heart, Christ the King and St. Pius X Catholic churches, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Center, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard (enter parking lot next to the school). Pre-registration is required by Oct. 21 and is available at the above parishes or call Patricia Quetsch at 630-627-0544. Patrick McCormack, host of the Patrick McCormack show on Relevant Radio, will be the guest speaker, along with Ceil Ryan, blogger, writer and speaker. Visit www.sacredheartlombard.org for more information.

Classes with Villa Park Recreation
    Villa Park Recreation has several upcoming classes for kids to keep them busy this fall. Toddlers ages 18-36 months can participate with parents in "Exploring Toddler" where they’ll have a great time moving and exploring colors, books, songs and other activities. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy "Mad Scientists Laboratory" where they will try experiments that will explode and erupt and "Dino Hour," a fun-packed hour of dinosaur fun. "Jugando Se Aprende…Learn While Playing" is a unique class for ages 4-6 that combines literature, art and large motor play as children learn Spanish. For specifics on these classes such as class day, time and fees, visit www.invillapark.com or call the Recreation Department office at 630-834-8970.

Make a Halloween centerpiece at VP Library
    Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens will be at the Villa Park Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7-8 p.m. All attendees will create their own Halloween centerpieces. Registration and a $17 fee are required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. 

Halloween program at York Center Park District
    Celebrate Halloween with the York Center Park District as staff magically transform the York Center Park District into Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. There will be games, a pumpkin patch, hay rides and much more. Score 10 points for Gryffindor by wearing your most creative Halloween costume for the annual costume contest. All ages, Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at the YCPD Gym, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard. Fee: Free (concessions and raffles will be available for purchase). Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886.

Church seeks crafters for holiday craft show
    First United Methodist Church seeks crafters for the Saturday, Nov. 4, holiday craft show. Tables are $35. For information or an application, contact Alice at 630-930-7696.

Free luncheon to honor veterans
    Veterans and their families are invited to the annual free luncheon in their honor at Ascension of Our Lord Church, 1 S. 314 Summit Ave., Oakbrook Terrace, on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference. RSVP to 630-627-3613.

Catholic Charities fundraiser Nov. 3
    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet is hosting “Playing for Miracles,” a fun and lively fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 3, at The Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard. The event, presented by Hollywood Casino Aurora & Joliet, features open bar, gourmet dining stations, charitable gaming and extraordinary prizes. Tickets are $125 each and are available online at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org or by calling 815-724-1140. All funds raised will be directed to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet.

Campus Visit Day at NUHS Nov. 4
    Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard. Campus Visit Day at National University is unique. Hands-on activities and real life scenarios are designed to let you experience life as a student. Get a first-hand account from current students and talk to NUHS graduates who are now practicing professionals. Explore career degree programs in chiropractic or naturopathic medicine, oriental medicine and acupuncture. Or, learn how you can finish your bachelor’s degree in National University’s bachelor of biomedical science degree program. Breakfast and lunch are included at Campus Visit Day. Also, as a welcome gift when you attend, you will receive a $500 tuition credit for your first trimester in one of the NUHS professional programs (DC, ND, or MSAc/MSOM), or a $250 tuition credit for your first trimester in the undergraduate or certificate programs. RSVP online today and reserve your spot at www.nuhs.edu/visit.

'Why People Need to Run for Office' at Cantigny
    Tonight, Oct.19, 7 p.m. “Why We Need People to Run for Office” at Cantigny. Melissa Mouritsen Zmuda, associate professor of Political Science at the College of DuPage and author, will speak on the importance of running for local elections and making a difference in your own community. Gain insights into the process and learn more about why local government is so important. The program is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, and is open to the public and free to attend. Discussion sessions will follow to help attendees brainstorm how they can put the speakers’ ideas into action. Coffee and dessert will be served. A complete schedule of concerts, workshops and special events is posted online at Cantigny.org.

'Lil Chefs' with York Center Park District
    Join the York Center Park District for some food making fun. Participants ages 3-5 will make a different snack each week. The children will practice measuring and pouring while making some delicious treats! Wear an apron or play clothes. Dates: Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 22). Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $20/resident; $23/non-resident. Location: Preschool Room. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Halloween event in Villa Park
    Villa Park Recreation is holding a community event called Halloween Happenings on Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to come in costume to trick-or-treat outdoors at each “Spooktacular” Halloween scene created by local merchants and organizations. After trick-or-treating head inside for Halloween fun that includes a visit from Jim Nesci and his Cold Blooded Creatures featuring Bubba the alligator. Halloween Happenings will be held rain or shine at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa. The outdoor trick-or-treating at this event is free; the fee for both the outside and inside activities is $5 per person (pre-registration) or $8 at the door (space available).

Lombard Garden Club to meet Oct. 27
    Friday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m., in the Lombard Community Building at 498 E. St. Charles Road, the Lombard Garden Club members and guests have the opportunity to become acquainted with live owls. The owls come with Mark Spreyer from the Stillman Nature Center. His talk is titled, "Who's Who of Owls." He is going to share with the audience the habitats, traits and differences of owls. This is a free event.  Guests are welcome. Call 630-832-6425 to make a reservation.

Auditions for 'Stella & Lou' Oct. 29-30
    Audition dates at Village Theatre Guild: Sunday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. Performances will be Jan. 19 to Feb. 10. The auditions will consist of readings from the play itself. No appointments are necessary and head shots/resumes are helpful, but not required. Bring all conflicts to audition. Scripts are available for perusal at the VTG library. Audition sides are available on the VTG website at villagetheatreguild.org. This is a community theater production with no pay. All questions may be addressed to the director, Cynthia Katz at 630-717-6993 or email: cakatz3@gmail.com.

'The Science of Mind Games' at Plum Library
    Kick off the Spooky Season with a fascinating program by expert William Pack at the Helen Plum Library, 110 W. Maple St., on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. Join him on an exploration of the real science of how our brains trick us into seeing and believing things that don’t exist. We dare you to take the journey through how our brain finds patterns and solves problems efficiently - except for when it lies to us.
Registration is required and open to everyone. Call 630-627-0316 or visit helenplum.org to register.

Crafters are wanted to knit and crochet winter items
    Crafters nationwide are sought to participate in the 21st annual Crochet & Knit-A-Thon (CKAT) now through Dec. 14. The CKAT is part of the larger Snug Hugs for Kids clothing drive. Handcrafted winter apparel sized to fit children 1-7 years old are needed most, however, clothing sized to fit children 8-18 years old are also welcome: hat and scarf sets or separates; sweaters, slippers and afghans; baby items (sweaters, caps, layette sets and blankets). All participants are encouraged to register, especially those who will attend the local CKAT event to spend time with fellow crafters and view the items being donated. Registration forms can be obtained by emailing wecare@merlins.com  or obtained at select yarn shops in the Chicagoland area.  Merlin is also seeking individuals or groups wishing to volunteer their time by working at the event.  Knitting or crochet skills are not required to volunteer and interested parties are encouraged to email wecare@merlins.com for more details.

Elmhurst College band tribute to Ross Kellan
    This year’s fall concert by the Elmhurst College Music Department will be a musical tribute to Ross Kellan, a revered faculty member who was conductor of the Elmhurst College Symphonic Band, Music Department chair from 2009-11, and chair of the Music Education Division. He passed away this summer.  James Hile will conduct the Wind Ensemble and Joseph Manfredo will conduct the Symphonic Band. The fall band concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free. For more information on Elmhurst College Bands or to receive a schedule of upcoming performances, visit elmhurst.edu/music.

Crafters Garage Sale Oct. 21
    What: Crafters Garage Sale. When: Saturday Oct. 21. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Community Congregational Church, 410 S. Cornell Ave., Villa Park. This garage sale is for crafters. Items available may include: stamps, paper, ink, ink pads, cutting tools, ribbon, yarn, kits, dies, cricut cartridges, storage containers, etc.). Items are new or gently used. You are sure to find great bargains.

Adult programs at Plum Library
    Windows 10 Monday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. Are you ready to upgrade your windows operating system but want to know more first? Plum staff will walk you through the newest features and outline the key differences between Windows 7, 8 and 10. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316. Genealogy Club Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Join a round-table discussion on solutions to brick walls and hear success stories from other members.

'Creature Feature' at Plum Library
    "Creature Feature" Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:15 p.m. Children in grades K-3, with a participating adult can attend for facts and stories about the amazing critters in the world around us. Kim will introduce participants to different animals or insects at each session. Be sure to check the library website to find out which creatures will be featured at each session. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.