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Lunch program at Villa Park Library
    The Villa Park Public Library is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide free summer lunches for children under the age of 18 from now until Aug. 9. This program is offered at no cost to the Villa Park Public Library and its patrons. Lunches will be available at the library every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library will even screen movie shorts for children to enjoy while they eat. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Old-fashioned Fourth at Kline Creek Farm
    Enjoy Independence Day the 1890s way at “Celebrating the Fourth” on Thursday, June 29, from 1:30-8 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s living history farm at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Visitors of all ages are invited to experience the excitement of one of the country’s first holidays by playing hoops and graces and other 1890s outdoor games, touring the historic farmhouse, joining a casual game of baseball, making a patriotic craft project, churning ice cream for an ice cream social, and watching celebratory model hot-air balloon launches. At 6 p.m. costumed interpreters will present a Fourth of July ceremony featuring patriotic songs and a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by an ice cream social at 7 p.m. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Admission to “Celebrating the Fourth” is free, but wagon rides cost $5 per person for ages 5 and up (under 5 free). Adults must accompany children under 13 on all rides. Registration is not required. For more information, call 630-876-5900.

Garage sale fundraiser June 23-24
    Garage sale and vintage jewelry sale Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 619 S. Main St., Lombard. All proceeds benefit people with disabilities.

Historical society program on 'Gone  With the Wind' July 14
    An illustrated talk by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., reviews the story of how "Gone With the Wind" was made, including the two-year search for Scarlett O’Hara, the pioneering special effects, and the perfectionist drive of visionary producer David O. Selznick. She will explore the accuracy of the movie’s history and its lasting influence in shaping popular understanding of the American Civil War. This special event will be held July 14 (a week earlier then listed in issues of The Pride) at 7 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 630-629-1885 or e-mail info@lombardhistory.org. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.

Magic show at Villa Park Library
    Come to the Villa Park Public Library for an out-of-this world magic show on Tuesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to noon. At "The Great Boodini in SPACE!" children of all ages can see lasers, an 8-foot-tall walking talking robot, LED glow-in-the-dark juggling, a Super Bubble demo, and more. Free tickets are now available. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Special days at Villa Park pools
    Villa Park Recreation announces Patron Appreciation Days and Three Dollar Thrifty Thursdays at Jefferson and Lufkin Pools this summer. Spend the day on Patron Days, 1-6 p.m. at the pool with family and friends enjoying DJ music with games. Food will be available for purchase.  Patron Appreciation Days will be held at Jefferson Pool, Sunday, July 9, and Tuesday, Aug. 15. Patron Days at Lufkin Pool are Sunday, July 23. and Monday, Sept. 4. Enjoy the pools for just $3 per person on Thursdays, June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10,17, 24 and 31.

Cat Guardians bake sale June 24-25
    Cat Guardians June Bake Sale June 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Place: 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) caring humane society for homeless cats. For more information, call 630-543-3395.

Swim lessons in Villa Park
    Villa Park Parks and Recreation offers swim lessons throughout the summer at both Jefferson and Lufkin Pools. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels including parent/tot lessons.  Morning,     evening and Saturday lessons are available to work with busy schedules. Private lessons are available for children as young as 5 years old and are tailored to specific needs such as overcoming a fear of water, improving a certain swim stroke or simply learning how to swim. For information on all swim lessons, such as fees, dates and times, call 630-834-8970.

Terra Vista programs June 27, June 28
    Dementia Care Support Group Tuesday, June 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Terra Vista each month for ongoing advice, information and support. Facilitated by Natalie McFarland, BSN, R.N., Terra Vista’s Alzheimer’s expert and Certified Dementia Care Trainer. RSVP by calling Award-winning 630-534-0886 or e-mailing info@terravista.org. "Alzheimer’s Communications Strategies:  What to Say and How to Say It, Wednesday, June 28, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn the most effective and supportive communication strategies and enhance your connection with someone living with dementia. Everyone is welcome to this free seminar; 1 CE credit offered to licensed social workers. RSVP by calling 630-534-0886 or emailing info@terravista.org. Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace is located at 1635 S. Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace.

Video game tournament at Villa Park Library
    The Villa Park Public Library will hold a fun and friendly video game tournament on Friday, June 23, from 2-4 p.m. At the Super Smash Bros Tournament, children ages 11 and older can compete to become the ultimate players. All winners will even receive a small prize. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Free concert at Cantigny June 25
    Sunday, June 25, Free Concert: The Fortunate Sons. Bandshell, 3 p.m. This Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band brings the ultimate CCR experience to the stage. Each member of The Fortunate Sons was chosen to portray the playing style and appearance of CCR in its prime. Vintage instruments and costumes complete the look. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Lombard resident appears in 'spelling bee'
    Jonathan Booth of Lombard will appear in the award-winning "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Summer Place Theatre. Audience members are invited to participate in the hallowed middle school tradition of spelling complicated words while trying to suppress thoughts of cute classmates, family drama, and self-doubt. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for seniors and students, and $20 for adults. The show is rated PG-13. Experience the fun at Naperville Central High School during any of the performances June 23-25, 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit http://www.summerplacetheatre.org/Shows for the 2017 lineup and to purchase tickets.

York Radio Club 'blitz'
    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 24-25. The operation will be part of Amateur Radio Field Day, an annual contest started in 1933 that is designed to test emergency preparedness. Visitors interested in learning more about the ham radio hobby, or those who are simply curious, are welcome. More information is available at www.yorkradioclub.com.

Adult programming at Plum Library
    Genealogy Club Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Join the library for a round-table discussion on solutions to brick walls and hear success stories from other members. Drop-in program. DAR Genealogy Assistance Wednesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. A Daughters of the American Revolution representative will be available to lend a hand in your genealogy research. Drop-in program.

Youth programming at Plum Library
    Weekend Fun: Fruit Fan Saturday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. Kick start your weekend by picking up the supplies you’ll need to make a craft at home. This paper craft is perfect for looking and feeling cool. Chess At The Library: Chess coach Bennett Joseph will present a week of classes for students new to chess and those who know the basics. He’ll focus on sportsmanship, chess culture and practical techniques for winning. Plan to attend each class – lessons build on each other. "Let’s Get Started." Four lessons: Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, at 12:30 p.m. Grades 1–8. Fascinated by this challenging game? Here’s your chance to learn the basics. Improve Your Game. Four lessons: Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m. Grades 1–8. Work with Coach Bennett to improve your game. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.