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Conroy to host Coffee Shop Stop March 25
    Members of the community will have the opportunity to share their opinions on state issues and gain insight on legislation up for debate in Springfield at a Coffee Shop Stop hosted by state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, on Saturday, March 25, from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Corner House located at 100 W. St. Charles Road in Lombard. The Coffee Shop Stop event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Conroy’s constituent service office at 630-415-3520 or repdebconroy@gmail.com.

Astronomy program for kids March 27
    What lies beyond the twinkling stars in the night sky? Children ages 9 and older can learn all about planets, galaxies and more at "Astronomy Fun for Kids" at the Villa Park Public Library on Monday, March 27, from 1-2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Estate/garage sale at St. John's March 31, April 1
    St. John's Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, will hold a huge estate/garage sale Friday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be furniture, collectibles, antiques, Elvis memorabilia, records, books, household items, tools, electronics, children's toys and much more. All proceeds will be given to various missions.

Lombard Park District job opportunities
    Looking for summer job opportunities? The Lombard Park District is looking to hire in the categories of day camp counselor, water park staff, sports instructor and preschool instructor. Go to www.lombardparks.com and click on the link to "job opportunities."

Trinity Lutheran School seeks sellers for garage sale
    Trinity Lutheran School PwTL seeks sellers for its Indoor Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, April 22, in the school gym.  Cost is $30 plus $10 refundable deposit. For an e-mail application form or an information packet, e-mail PWTL@TrinityLombard.org.

Town Hall meeting in Villa Park tonight
    In an effort to bring state government to the residents of the 23rd State Senate District, Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hosting a community town hall meeting tonight, March 23, 6-7 p.m. at the Villa Park Library, 3095 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. The meeting gives residents the chance to ask Cullerton questions and discuss issues important to the 23rd Senate District. For a complete list of community town hall meetings, visit www.SenatorTomCullerton.com or call his full-time Villa Park Office at 630-903-6662.

Village Theatre Guild presents 'The Laramie Project'
    The Village Theatre Guild presents "The Laramie Project" Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. on March 24 through April 15 with a Thursday 8 p.m. show on April 13. Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2 and 9, and Saturday, April 15. All tickets are $18, available by calling 630-469-8230, or by going online to www.villagetheatreguild.org.
Hadley Hill and Benedict L. Slabik II of Lombard are among the cast.

Presale orders for FPDDC Plant Sale
    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites gardeners to get ready to go native by placing presale orders now through April 17 for its 10th annual Native Plant Sale. This year’s sale will be at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook on Friday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardeners who place presale orders can pick them up at the public sale May 12 and 13, or they can do all of their shopping at the sale at Mayslake, where they’ll also be able to get advice from forest preserve district experts. New for 2017, they can also pick up orders May 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago (plants will not be available for sale outside of the presale orders at Kline Creek Farm).
The Native Plant Sale catalog, which includes photos, descriptions and prices, is available at dupageforest.org/nativeplantsale. Gardeners can pay for presale and same-day orders with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. All proceeds will support educational programming at the district.

Community invited to serve on District 88 committees
    Glenbard District 87 invites the public to serve on a board of education committee. Community members will be appointed to serve on each of the board’s four committees, which include:  Student Performance and Achievement; Policy; Finance and Facility; and Communication, Legislation and Partnerships. Each committee includes board of education members, Glenbard District 87 administrators and community representatives. Applications to serve on a committee are available at www.glenbard87.org/files/Application2017.pdf. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, April 4. Further information is available by contacting board of education secretary Roberta Crowe at roberta_crowe@glenbard.org or 630-942-7670. Committee applicants will be interviewed during an evening session in mid-April.

Mayslake series final performance April 46
    The Elmhurst Symphony Musicians in Performance at Mayslake series concludes its 2016-17 season with “All That Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. ESO Assistant Conductor Allison Gaines will lead a selected group of ESO musicians in an evening of jazz—with strings attached. Tickets are adults, $25; seniors, $23; students, $7. Call 630-941-0202 for tickets or visit http://www.elmhurstsymphony.or g/Concert-Seasons/MayslakeSeries.aspx for tickets and information.

St. Paul prayer vigil March 31
    St. Paul Lutheran Church invites the community to take part in a Prayer Vigil on Friday, March 31. All are welcome to drop in any time for a few minutes or more, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.  The vigil will consist of silent prayer and meditation.  Organizers will be available to provide guidance, but instead of a formal worship service, the vigil is intended to be silent and filled with personal prayer. People of all faiths and walks of life will be welcomed. Prayer requests and general questions about the vigil can be e-mailed to the church office at alice@stpaulvp.org. St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 545 S. Ardmore in Villa Park.

Youth programs at Plum Library
    "Chess at the Library." Chess coach Bennett Joseph returns to the library. Grades one through eight. Register online at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316. "Let’s Get Started" Tuesday, March 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interested in joining your school’s chess club? Fascinated by this challenging game? Learn the basics of the game. "Improve Your Game" Thursday, March 30, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Already know the basics but want to develop a competitive edge? Work to improve your game.

ESCONI gem and mineral show March 25-26
    The annual ESCONI gem and mineral show will be held on March 25-26 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester, Wheaton. The show features exhibits from Chicago’s own Field Museum of Natural History, the Lizzadro museum and ESCONI member collections. Other activities include craft demonstrations, book sales, gem, jewelry, fossil and mineral dealers as well as live and silent auctions featuring rare minerals and fossils including Illinois’ state fossil Tully Monsters. For the kids there will be kids' corner and geode cracking where children under the age of 16 get a free geode to crack at the geode booth. For more information, visit http://www.esconi.org or call 224-231-7301.

Breakfast with the bunny in Villa Park
    Hop over to the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa and enjoy Villa Park Parks and Recreation’s Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, April 8, at 9 am. Enjoy breakfast, an outdoor egg hunt and a visit with the bunny. After breakfast everyone will head outside (rain or shine) for an egg hunt. A special prize will be awarded during each hunt, in each age group, to the child who finds the golden egg: under age 2; 2 to 4; 5 to 7 and ages 8 and older. Parents may assist children ages 4 and younger. Priority registrations are being accepted now. Day of event registration will be accepted pending availability. Call 630-834-8970 or visit www.invillapark.com for fees.

Women's choir to perform at Grace Church
    The Women's Chamber Choir of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago will perform Sunday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 1100 S. Fairfield, Lombard, under the director of Dr. Betty-Ann Lynerd, associate professor of music.

Girls camp at Cantigny
    Tuesday, March 28, "Spring Fling: Girl’s Craft Camp" in the Visitors Center, 10 a.m. to noon (first of four sessions). This four-day (March 28-31) craft camp for girls ages 8-14 coincides with spring break for most area schools. Campers will make decorative cards, jewelry, beauty products and more – take home a different project each day. Cost: $85; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or call 630-260-8162.

Storytimes at Villa Park Library
    The Villa Park Public Library offers a variety of drop-in storytimes for young children. These storytime sessions introduce children to the world of language and books and include stories, rhymes, music, movement and other fun activities. Marvelous Mornings are held on Saturdays, April 1 and April 15, from 10–10:45 a.m. Children and their adults can enjoy stories, songs, and activities, including a fun “make and take” project. Family Storytime is held every Tuesday from 10–10:30 a.m. (No class will be held on March 28.) Young children of all ages and their families can stop by for stories, music and movement. Children under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Story Circle of Preschoolers is held every Wednesday from 9:30–10 a.m. (No class will be held on March 29.) Designed for children ages 3–5 to attend independently, this is a lively program of imaginative stories, learning games and musical fun. These storytimes do not require registration. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Boppin' Tots! Parent Time
    Calling all tiny singers and swingers. Bring your moms, dads, and friends and join the York Center Park District's boppin’ band to learn songs, dances and all about instruments. Adult supervision is required for this program. Ages: 0-3 years. Date: Wednesdays, April 5-26. Time: 9:15-10 a.m. Fee: $10/resident; $12/non-resident. Location: Gym. Register by Wednesday, March 29. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Adult programs at Plum Library
 "Walking with your Ancestors" Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Nancy Shepherdson, author of "Ancestor Hunt," shows you how to follow in your ancestors’ footsteps with an ancestor-hunting trip. Learn the tricks you will need to track down the significant places in your family history and plan your adventure. Registration required; visit helenplum.org or call 630- 627-0316 to register. "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. How do you decide if you should move from your current home and when? Come and learn the difference between independent living, assisted living, memory care, rental and CCRC housing and why there is a need for so many senior living options. This is the second event in "Preparing for the Golden Years: A Three Part Series." Be sure to look for part 3, “Seniors Home-Selling Seminar” on Apr 5. Individual registration is required for each event; visit helenplum.org or call 630-627-0316 to register.

DuPage Children's Museum Learning Labs
    DuPage Children’s Museum Learning Labs: "Wheels, Levers & Pulleys I," grades kindergarten through two Wednesday, March 29, at 9:30 a.m. "Wheels, Levers & Pulleys II," grades three and up: Wednesday, March 29, at 11:15 a.m. Register online at helenplum.org or by calling 630)-627-0316.