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Learn about primates at VP Library program Where do primates live and how do they survive in the wild? These questions and more will be answered at "Brookfield Zoo Talks: Primates Around the World" at the Villa Park Public Library on Friday, July 21, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend this fascinating program presented by zoo staff and learn all about amazing primates from around the world. Free tickets are available at the library. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.
Program on Mark Twain July 25 On Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m. at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., well-known actor Terry Lynch portrays Mark Twain in the presentation titled, “Between Two Comets: The Life of Mark Twain." The Halley's Comets of 1835 and 1910 coincided with Twain's life span. Lynch, as Twain, shares his life, writings, his struggle to support his family with his work and to be accepted by society. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 GEHS members, $5 students 18 and under. Call 630-469-1867 for tickets and check the website at www.gehs.org.
Kids Klub in York Center Join the York Center Park District every Wednesday this summer for some lunchtime entertainment. These interactive children’s shows are a great free way to spend a summer afternoon. A variety of well-known acts will perform. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to our back patio/grass area. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase. Concession stand will open at 11:30 a.m. Performances are from noon to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Date: Wednesdays, through Aug. 9. "Music, Magic, and More!" July 26. Prepare for a day of magic and wonder. This show is meant to dazzle kids and engage guests with high-energy magic, audience participation and comedy. Be prepared to have a happy face for the rest of the day. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.
Touch a Truck event at Cantigny Friday, July 21, Family Night: Touch a Truck, Game Show Fun, Classic Cars & More. Visitors Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The park’s popular Friday Family Night series continues. Get close to a big rig and enjoy the music of country rocker Joe Kalish. Star in a game show too, competing with other families or friends in high-energy Versus or five-minute rounds of Trivia Blitz, a game similar to Jeopardy. It’s also Cruise Night (bring your cool wheels) and stay for Movie in the Park (“Monster Trucks”) at 8:30 p.m. Food trucks on site. Free with parking ($5).
Creative Science program at Villa Park Library Building with blocks and bricks is fun, but why should kids stop there? The Villa Park Public Library will hold "Creative Science: Building & Creating" on Tuesday, July 25, from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Children ages 5–8 will design and construct unique creations with straws, paper and recycled items. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.
Rep. Conroy hosting satellite office hours Continuing her efforts to remain accessible and bring the services of her constituent services office to every part of her district, state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is hosting satellite office hours on Friday, July 21, from 3-5 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Park District located at 172 S. Circle Ave. in Bloomingdale. Conroy hosts satellite office hours throughout her district, which includes all or parts of Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Addison, Lombard and Glen Ellyn. Conroy’s office will be available to answer questions about state issues and assist residents with issues with departments and agencies in the state of Illinois. A representative from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office will be available to help residents search the state’s ICash system for unclaimed property owed to them by the state.
Gone fishin' with York Center Park District Cast away. It’s just not summer without fishing. If you are new to fishing, the York Center Park District is happy to show you the lines. They will cover safety, baiting a hook, and catch and release techniques. Participants may bring their own poles if they would like; however, the park district will provide a fishing pole, bait, and the daily permit. Ages: 6-10 years. Dates: Mondays July 31 to Aug. 7. Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Fee: $8/resident; $10/non-resident. Location: YCPD Museum/Lake Yelenich. Register by Monday, July 24. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886.
Retro drive-in fun at New Hope Church New Hope Community Church, 230 W. Plymouth, Villa Park, is hosting a retro-feel Family Fun Drive-In Fridays at 8 p.m.: July 21, "Smurfs"; Aug. 4, "Boss Baby"; Aug. 18, double feature "The Lego Batman Movie" and "Star Wars Rogue One." Free admission, free popcorn, concession stand, in-car sound and huge screen. Bring a chair, bring a friend, bring a car.
Paul Elledge exhibit at PAC extended to July 22 The Park Art Center (PAC) Exhibit, "Paul Elledge, iPhone Once A Day, Everyday," will be extended through Saturday, July 22, at 9 E. Park Blvd., Villa Park, IL. Paul Elledge is a Chicago-based photographer with solo exhibitions at a variety of galleries across Chicago, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography. In addition, a video of Elledge in an interview format Artist Talk is now available on the PAC YouTube Channel. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. This is a small representation hand selected from a photographic documentation of over 3,000 photos. The black and white photographs encompass a variety of arenas including industrial, architectural, urban, rural, as well as the occasional vintage car or truck. Visit www.parkartcenter.org for more information.
Darlinn's Beauty Salon closing after 34 years Darlinn's Beauty Salon is closing after 34 years. She and her fellow stylists invite their longtime clients, friends and residents to a farewell open house for cake, coffee and Jan's great banana bread on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, at 301 S. Main St., Lombard.
Crafters wanted for Crafter's Holiday show Crafters are wanted for St Alexander's Council of Catholic Women in Villa Park annual Crafter's Holiday show, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Pat at 630-941-8592 or Marianne at 630-2183.
'Professional Attire Shower' July 25 Lombard Service League invites the public to attend a “Women’s Professional Attire Shower” to benefit Poised for Success, a Lombard based organization that helps area women become self-sufficient. The shower will be held at Lexington Square Residence Center on Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. Guests are asked to bring new or gently used fashion accessories (scarves, belts, jewelry, boots, shoes, purses, etc.) as donations. Donations of cash or gift cards are also acceptable. Gail Foster, executive director of Poised for Success, will present an overview of the organization and answer questions. To request a seat, contact Darlene, 630-627-1766.
Youth programming at Helen Plum Library "Minute to Win It" Wednesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. Drop-in activities recommended for children ages 5 and older with an adult. Test your skills and agility in 60-second challenges. Movie Mania: "The LEGO Batman Movie" Thursday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Drop-in family movie, children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Stay until the very end for your chance to win a fun prize. Entrance is limited by room capacity.
Refresh your soul with Heartfulness Meditation Join Heartfulness Meditation for a day full of activities designed to refresh your soul. Activities include: Yoga Session, "Brighter Minds" Whole Brain Wellness Program for Children, Meditation Master Class & Guided Rejuvenation Session, Polarity Therapy Energy Wellness Sessions. Lunch is included. Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 350 W. 22nd St., Lombard. All activities and lunch are free of charge.
VP Library to showcase live bats The Villa Park Public Library will present "Incredible Bats!" on Thursday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children of all ages can see live bats and learn all about their lives, including how they survive in the world. Free tickets will be available at the library starting today, July 20. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.
McCormick Day at Cantigny July 27 Cantigny Park will commemorate the birthday of its benefactor, Col. Robert R. McCormick, on Thursday, July 27. Art activities, a living history performance, golf games and a “pop-up” First Division Museum are planned from noon to 5 pm. McCormick Day is Cantigny’s annual gift to the community—parking, activities and birthday treats (while supplies last) are complimentary. Cantigny Park is open every day during the summer from 7 a.m. to dusk. A complete schedule of concerts, workshops and special events is posted online at Cantigny.org.
Adult programming at Helen Plum Library "Civil War and More Trivia Contest" at Four Seasons Park Friday, July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Win fabulous prizes. Test your intellectual mettle when it comes to America's most trying time. Co-sponsored by Lombard Historical Society and Helen Plum Library. For more information, visit www.lombardhistory.org. Drop-in program. "Safe Computer Practices" Monday, July 24, at 3 p.m. Learn key terminology and methods for keeping your computer secure online or while downloading software. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.
Movies in the Park with VP Recreation Villa Park Recreation is offering a free Movies in the Park program this summer. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and the family to enjoy a movie outdoors on the big screen at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth. This event is co-sponsored by the Recreation Department and the Villa Park Library. Concessions will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, including movie titles, call the library at 630-834-1164 or visit www.vppl.info. Movies will be start at 8:15 p.m. on Mondays Aug. 7 and 14.
Aqua fitness classes Villa Park Recreation offers aqua fitness classes this summer at both Jefferson and Lufkin pools. Participants can choose classes to attend and pay the drop-in fee of $7 each class (cash only) at the pool on the day of class. Deep Water Workout meets Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. followed by Aquacize from 9-10 a.m.; both at Lufkin Pool. Churn the Water is held at Jefferson Pool on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and Aqua Zumba is on Wednesdays from 7:15-8 p.m. at Lufkin Pool.