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Town hall on opposition to recreational cannabis

    "Opposing Big Cannabis": A town-hall discussion about new recreational cannabis will be held Thursday, May 25, from 8-10 a.m. at Linden Oaks Naperville Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St., Naperville, presented by Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. To reserve a seat contact bigcannabis.eventbrite.com. There is no fee to register but seats are limited. Questions? Contact bsack@edward.org. Breakfast will be provided.

Program on attracting birds and butterflies

    Master Gardener Judi Davenport presents a Lilac Time program on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. with advice on how to encourage birds and butterflies into your yard. Attendees will learn how to attract pollinators and a variety of birds with the use of certain types of feeders and easy to grow plants and shrubs. Everyone attending will be entered in a drawing for birds and butterflies themed prizes. Light refreshments will be served. Register in person, by calling 630-627-0316 or on the Helen Plum Library Web site. For specific gardening questions, visit the U of I Extension Master Gardener Help Desk every Tuesday in June from 6:30–8 p.m. in the library lobby. For more information about any of the programs or services available at Helen Plum Library visit www.helenplum.org or call us at 630-627-0316.

Free concert at Cantigny

    Monday, May 29, free concert: Steve Cooper Orchestra, band shell, 3 p.m. Swing music rules as a Cantigny big band favorite returns to the park for this special Memorial Day performance. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with paid parking ($10).

Dementia care support group May 23

    Dementia Care Support Group meets Tuesday, May 23, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Terra Vista each month for ongoing advice, information and support from dementia-care professionals. Facilitated by Natalie McFarland, BSN, R.N., Terra Vista’s Alzheimer’s expert and Certified Dementia Care Trainer. RSVP by phone or e-mail: 630-534-0886 or info@terravista.org.

Summer camp with Villa Park Recreation

    Villa Park Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for Summer Camp for kids ages 5-12. Summer Camp runs 10 weeks from June 5 to Aug. 11 and meets daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa. You can register children by the week or by the day. Register your camper for all 10 weeks of camp by May 30 and pay your fees in two installments.  If a camper needs to extend their camp day, Sunrise and Sunset Camps are available for additional fees. Camp is packed with outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, games, sports, fishing, cookouts, special events, weekly field trips and afternoons at Jefferson Pool. All activities are included in the camp fee. Each week of camp has a different theme that is celebrated on Theme Fridays. Call 630-834-8970 for camp fees and information on the different weekly themes and field trips.

'Family Field Day' at St. James Farm

    Welcome summer at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s fun-filled, family-oriented “Family Field Day at St. James Farm” on Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville. See ongoing horse and riding demonstrations, dog obedience and field trials, sheepherding demonstrations, raptors and reptiles from Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, and cows from Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Enjoy pony and hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, food vendors, live music and a display of vintage tractors with ties to the preserve’s agricultural history. Visit with forest preserve district rangers and St. James Farm staff and volunteers as well.
Admission and parking are free, but there are small fees for children’s activities and wagon rides. The entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25-mile north of Butterfield Road. For more information check out the “Family Field Day: Top 10 Things to See and Do” photo gallery, visit dupageforest.org/familyfieldday or call St. James Farm at 630-580-7025.

Lombard Garden Club meets May 25

    On Thursday, May 25, at 1 p.m., the Lombard Garden Club meets in the Lombard Community Building, St. Charles Road and Grace Street in Lombard. Guests are welcome and should call 630-620-8938 to make a reservation. The program features Kim White, know as the The Natural Naturalist, who will present a program about "Bio-mimicry: The Role of Nature in the age of Technology." She asks the question, “How are scientists using what we are learning from nature and applying it to technology? Make a note – meeting date is on the fourth Thursday instead of the usual fourth Friday of the month.

Juried art exhibition at Elmhurst College

    The annual Spring Invitational Juried Student Exhibition highlights the accomplishments of Elmhurst College art students doing exceptional work. This year, the exhibition includes artwork in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpting, ceramics, graphic design and digital art. Prizes will be awarded by artist Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, who currently is featured in South Shore Art’s renowned Outstanding Midwest Artist Series. The exhibition runs until May 27 in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Free wood chips at Blackwell

    The public is invited to pick up free wood chips on Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s native plant nursery at Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W218 Mack Road in West Chicago. Individuals may bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to take mulch. A district employee will be on hand with a tractor to help fill trailers or truck beds. People who want smaller amounts should bring their own containers. The nursery entrance is located on the south side of Mack Road about 0.5 mile east of Route 59. For more information on the free wood-chip pickup, call 630-876-5920 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Program on ethics and senior scams

    Lombard Place, 300 W. 22nd St., Lombard, will present a spring continuing education class on ethics and senior scams Tuesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. There will be drinks, appetizers and tours from 5:30-6 p.m., with the presentation promptly at 6 p.m. RSVP to Becky Mayer at 630-426-6750. Seating is limited to the first 20 to reserve. 1 CEU will be provided to social workers, nurses and licensed nursing home administrators.

Program on women of NASA at VP Library

    Speaker, writer and space geek Beth Mund will visit the Villa Park Public Library on Monday, May 22, from 7–8 p.m. Mund formerly worked in the Public Affairs Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. She will discuss the insights and inspiration from the Hidden Figures story and the NASA women who helped make history. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Relay for Life fundraiser May 23

    Relay for Life Lombard/Addison/Villa Park
is hosting a fundraiser at Brick's Wood Fired Pizza Cafe, 2770 S. Highland Ave.,
Lombard, on Tuesday, May 23, from 4-7:30 p.m. Mention Relay for Life and 15 percent of sales will be donated to help fight cancer.

Pool passes on sale in Villa Park

    Villa Park Recreation announces that season pool passes are now on sale at early bird prices. Use your pool pass to attend both Jefferson Pool, 341 N. Harvard, or Lufkin Pool, 1000 S. Ardmore, all season. Prices are the same as last season so be sure to take advantage of the early bird price through June 10. Resident passes for ages 3-59 are $53; seniors ages 60 and older are $48. Season and multi-use passes are the size of a key tag and contain a barcode that will be scanned at the front gate of each of the pools. Passes are sold at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa, and the Community Recreation Building, 320 E. Wildwood.

Honoring Civil War soldiers

    On Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m., Glen Ellyn Historical Society members invite guests from Glen Ellyn and Lombard to join them as they plant American flags on the 60 Civil War soldiers’ graves at the Forest Hill Cemetery, located at Riford Road and West St. Charles Road. The annual placing of flags on the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers is a symbol for village residents to be aware of the history that is evident in Forest Hill Cemetery. Call 630-469-1867 for information. The flags are to be taken off the graves on Tuesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. Call 630-469-1867 for information and check the Web site at www.glenellynhistory.org.

YMCA golf outing fundraiser

    20th annual Tri-Town YMCA Golf Classic June 23.  Join the Tri-Town YMCA at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park and help raise the funds for camp and afterschool scholarships for families in need. Participants will play shotgun start, best ball—it’s a ton of fun in nine holes with raffles, silent auctions and prizes (you might even win $25,000 for a hole in one). $75 includes golf, cart and dinner. It’s all FOREtheKIDS. Register at www.tournevents.com/tritownymca.

Career workshops at Villa Park Library

    Feeling stuck in your current job? Bring an open mind to "Career Passioneering" at the Villa Park Public Library and begin the career path that you design. Meetings will take place on Saturdays, May 27, June 17, July 29, and Aug. 26, from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Tom Somora, an employment services representative with IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Services), will provide participants with the necessary tools to re-enter the job market and find a rewarding and fulfilling career. Each two-hour session is designed to provide practical, actionable and relevant advice to those who are attempting to revive an old career or begin a new one. Registration is required for each session. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Chair PiYo in York Center

    Want to try a new and fun way to get exercise? Give Chair PiYo a try. PiYo is a blend of Yoga, Pilates and more done to some great tunes. The poses are modified so that they can be done while seated in a chair or standing behind a chair for added support. These adaptations make PiYo accessible to people of all abilities, who want to improve muscle tone and strength. Additional modifications are provided as needed. Participants also work with resistance bands and light weights to promote toning of the arms and legs. The entire body is targeted during this routine. This class will make you stronger, improve your balance, promote better breathing habits and reduce stress levels-all while having a good time. Mondays, June 5 to July 10 (no class July 3); 3:30-4:30 p.m.; $35/resident; $40/non-resident; 18 years and up. Register by one week in advance. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Plum Library adult programs

    "Get Fit with Technology" Monday, May 22, at 3 p.m. Learn more about wearable technologies that will help you stay healthy over the warm months and into fall. Participants will also look at helpful smart phone apps to track steps, heart rate and nutritional intake. "Declutter with Craigslist" Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Clean out that closet. Give new life to household items you no longer use and learn safe methods to make transactions when selling or buying. Helen Plum Library card required for these programs; register at helenplum.org or by calling (630) 627-0316.

Exam study nights at VP Library

    The Villa Park Public Library will be open an extra hour on Tuesday, May 23, on Wednesday, May 24, and on Thursday, May 25, for High School Exam Study Nights. All high school students are invited to stop by the library from 5–10 p.m. for quiet study time, complete with free wi-fi and snacks. A therapy dog will even visit from 7-8 p.m. to provide students with a much needed study break. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.