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Discovery time, parent-tot sensory play
    Come to the York Center Park District to explore and play. Get ready to touch, feel and discover a variety of textures, toys and more. The park district will offer a variety of activities and sensory experiences for your toddler each week. Adult supervision is required for this program. Ages: 0-3 years. Date: Wednesdays, Oct. 4-18 (three weeks). Time: 9:15-10 a.m. Fee: $10/resident; $12/non-resident. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 27. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Pet Blessing at Sacred Heart Sept. 30
    The 18th annual Saint Francis Day Pet Blessing will be held at Sacred Heart Church parking lot, Elizabeth and Parkside, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. All animals, large and small, are welcome. Deacon Frank Annerino will bless each pet and their families. Pets will be given a Saint Francis memento and a treat.

Tavern Day in Glen Ellyn Sept. 24
    Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1-4:30 p.m., Stacy's Historical Corners at 800 N. Main St. becomes an interactive pioneer experience of life in the 1840's. There are live farm animals, a blacksmith in action, chair caning, craft-making for kids, candle making, corn shelling, harvesting home-grown vegetables, outdoor classroom, story telling, strolling musicians and much, much more. Adults $8, GEHS members $6, children 3 to 17  $3, children under 3 are free. Tickets are for sale at the event or in advance at Stacy's Corners Store. Call 630-469-1867 and check the website at www.glenellynhistory.org.

Program on Princess Diana at Plum Library
    Marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, historian Jim Gibbons discusses her royal wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, her beloved relationships with Princes William and Harry, her celebrity status and the heartbreaking car crash in Paris that took her life. Gibbons will share little known details about the “People’s Princess” on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Helen Plum Library Auditorium. Registration is required and open to everyone. Call 630-627-0316 or visit helenplum.org to register. The Helen Plum Library is located in downtown Lombard at 110 W. Maple St. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

'Civics 101' with Rep. Conroy Sept. 23
    State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, will host a “Civics 101” community discussion about the legislative process from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Funky Java located at 40 S. Villa Ave. in Villa Park. “Civics 101” provides an opportunity for more open dialogue between concerned citizens and their local officials. Conroy believes that residents should be provided ample opportunity to reach out to legislators with their questions and concerns. It is also an opportunity to learn about new legislation. To further engage citizens in the legislative and democratic process, previously introduced legislation to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote through a high school based registration program and passed legislation to bring civics education courses back into Illinois classrooms.

Plant sale at Madison Elementary Sept. 23
    The Madison Elementary Garden Club will be having a Plant Sale on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Madison's new Learning Garden. Mums, pansies, kale, cabbage, ornamental peppers and other arrangements will be available for purchase. Prices range from $4 to $20. Sale will be held in the front of Madison Elementary school located at 150 W. Madison. If rain, plant sale will be moved inside at Madison's school cafeteria (enter on blacktop).

York Center Neighborhood Block Party Sept. 30
    Join York Center Church of the Brethren, God's Congregation Worship Center and Parables Community on Saturday, Sept. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. at Villa Roosevelt Park, 14th and Luther Avenue, for an afternoon of games and sports equipment, bounce houses (one for big kids and one for little ones), the York Center Fire Department with a fire truck and local police officers. There will be a cookout with kosher hot dogs and non-dairy desserts available, and Halal food for Muslim guests. All are welcome. Bring lawn chairs. Picnic tables will be available for eating.

Meditation event for International Day of Peace
    The public is invited to Heartfulness Medication, 350 W. 22nd St., Lombard, today, Sept. 21, at noon and 6:30 p.m. to meditate together for peace. Admission is free. For more information, contact chicago@heartfulness.org or 630-328-3929. Visit www.heartfulness.org for more information.

Rummage and Bake Sale Sept. 21-23
    Lombard Gospel Chapel, 369 N. Stewart Ave., Lombard, is hosting a rummage and bake sale Sept. 21-23 to benefit families in need in our community. All proceeds from the sales will benefit Repeat Boutique based in Wheaton, a non-profit store offering clothing and houseware goods free of charge for local individuals and families in need. Many refugee families shop at Repeat Boutique for supplies when they first arrive in the country. All larger furniture remaining will go to refugee families through World Relief.

¡Fiesta Latina! Oct. 3
    The Villa Park Public Library will hold ¡Fiesta Latina! on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 4-4:30 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with stories, songs, games and tasty treats. Those under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. 

'Ageless Grace' with York Center Park District
    Turn back the clock by joining this creative, lively chair-based class set to upbeat popular music with natural moves (no choreography to learn). Ageless Grace is an anti-aging fitness program for body and brain based on the science of neuroplasticity. Each of the 21 simple tools focuses on the healthy longevity of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It works the core organs and systems of the body, activates the five areas of the brain and addresses a primary factor that causes physical aging and/or cognitive decline. Since the tools are performed in a chair, this increases stability and range of motion, so baby boomers, all ages and abilities of seniors and those with weight, joint, diabetes, MS and other challenges, as well as those in wheelchairs or with other physical limitations love it. This class is for anyone at any age who is interested in aging gracefully using timeless anti-aging techniques for the body and brain that almost anyone can do. The class is Silver Sneakers approved and free to Silver Sneakers participants with valid membership card. Wednesdays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 8; 1-1:45 p.m., recommended for ages 40 and up. Register by a week in advance. $20 per five-week class. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

'Are leaks ever justified?' program
    Allison Stanger, a professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College (and an Elmhurst College alumna), will present a program on Thursday, Sept. 28, "Are Leaks Ever Justified? The Intelligence Community and Whistleblowing in a Political World" at Elmhurst College. Her talk is part of this year’s Rudolf G. Schade Lectures on History, Ethics and Law. Stanger’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center (190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available by visiting elmhurst.edu/tix. For more information, call 630-617-5186. This lecture is sponsored in large part by BMO Harris Bank.

Auction appraisal at Villa Park Library Sept. 28
    The Friends of the Villa Park Library will sponsor Villa Park Antique Appraisals with Leonard Auctions on Thursday Sept. 28, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The event will include a presentation on the antique market and the appraisal process, with an optional appraisal of one personal item for a $5 fee. The entrance fee for this special fundraising event is $5 per person. Current Friends members will receive free entry into this program. For more information about how to join the Friends of the Villa Park Library, visit their Facebook page. Registration for the event is required. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. 

Cat Guardians Bake Sale Sept. 23-24
    Cat Guardians Back to School Bake Sale Saturday and Sunday Sept. 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 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) humane society for homeless cats. For more info call: 630-543-3395.

Brewfest in Villa Park Sept. 23
    Villa Park’s first ever Brewfest will be held at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 318 E. Kenilworth, Villa Park, from 2-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Several local businesses have come on board as sponsors for this premier festival that will feature 23 breweries sampling over 80 beers and hard ciders. Tickets are still available for purchase online.  Visit www.villaparkbrewfest.com.

Youth programs at Plum Library
    "LEGO Club" Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. (ages 5 and up, with an adult. Build awe-inspiring creations with the library's collection of LEGO bricks. Once your project is complete, staff will take a photo to display for the next month in Youth Services. Younger siblings are welcome. "Dino-Mite Craft" Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 4:15 p.m. Make It Here Craft. Open to children of all ages, with a participating adult. Create a colorful dinosaur craft. It will be a-roar-able. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.

Adult programs at Plum Library
    "Cemetery Art Symbolism" Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Learn about the rich symbolism displayed in cemeteries of the Victorian Era. Headstone art during this time period was carefully chosen by family members to properly represent the deceased, giving us many clues about the lives of the dearly departed. "Decluttering and Downsizing" Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Clutter can be unsafe and unhealthy. Learn what qualifies as clutter and what to do with it. Also learn about downsizing your belongings and why these are important steps when preparing to sell your home. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.