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Soccer registration in Villa Park
Mark your calendars for spring soccer registration with Villa Park Recreation.  Priority registration will be held at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee during these priority dates is $52. The seven-week spring soccer season will kick off on April 8. Practices begin the week of March 20.

Vegetable gardening program Feb. 22
In partnership with Grow Healthy Villa Park, the Villa Park Public Library will be offering an informational gardening program to teach community members how to enhance their own gardens or contribute to the new Villa Park Community Garden at Westmore Park. This session, "Vegetable Gardening," will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7–8 p.m. Attendees will learn the basics of vegetable gardening, including how to prepare the soil, choose the right location, and select plant varieties. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. To find out more about the Villa Park Community Garden, visit the village’s Web site at www.invillapark.com. 

Adult programs at Plum Library
“Make Your Heart Happy” Monday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. In honor of American Heart Month, learn about cardiovascular health and wellness in this program by Dr. Natha of the Pain and Wellness Group. Discover new ways of thinking, moving and dieting to gain and maintain a healthy heart.     Adult Craft Night: Rustic DIY Wooden Signs Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. While supplies last. The library is borrowing a page from HGTV star Joanna Gaines’ book and making rustic wooden signs for your home sweet home. Register at helenplum.org or by calling 630-627-0316.

Science club at Villa Park Library
The Villa Park Public Library will host an all-new "Science Minors: MSI Kids Club." Upcoming sessions will be held on Wednesdays, March 1, March 8 and April 5 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Children ages 8 and older will be “Playing Around” to investigate the science of toys. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Youth programs at Plum Library
“Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind” Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Recommended for families with school-age children. The Science Alliance is back to present exciting chemical reactions. Experiments will involve color changes, a mysterious genie, gooey gak, springy superballs and more. Electrifying displays of fire and liquid nitrogen will thrill while providing the opportunity to discuss the principles of chemistry and emphasize safety precautions when attempting these amazing experiments. Free tickets are available at the Youth Services desk.
“Foosball” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 4:15 p.m., grades four and up. Is winter starting to drag? Is your mom sick of hearing you say you’re bored? Come to the library to make your own foosball table and never be bored again, or at least for a little while. Register by calling 630-627-0316 or at helenplum.org.

Scouting badges with Villa Park Recreation
Villa Park Recreation now offers a one-stop shop for earning scouting badges.  Badge classes are led by COOL SCIENCE, youth protection trained and certified instructors. The instructors will lead and coordinate class activities.  Activities are designed to fulfill badge requirements and all materials and supplies for class activities are included. Visit www.invillapark.com or call the recreation department at 630-834-8970 for a list of available badges.  Badges can also be tailored to a particular troop’s needs.

Elmhurst faculty art exhibition
Members of the Elmhurst College Department of Art will display their distinctive artistic visions during Multiple Visions II, the College’s Art Faculty Exhibition now through Friday, March 17, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. The exhibition features painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, digital art and graphic design. A public reception will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Founders Lounge. An artists’ talk begins at 5 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Director of Exhibitions Suellen Rocca at 630-617-6110 or srocca@elmhurst.edu.

Dementia caregiver support group
Thursday, Feb. 23, 10-11 a.m. Where:  Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, 1635 S. Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. Join Terra Vista at its next monthly Alzheimer's support group and exchange stories with people having similar experiences, ask questions and share concerns in a safe setting, learn possible solutions to challenging circumstances, and receive information about available resources. The support group will be led by Natalie McFarland, R.N., BSN and Terra Vista's Alzheimer's expert and certified dementia care trainer. RSVP: e-mail info@terravista.org or call 630-534-0886.

Rep. Conroy to host Youth Advisory Committee
State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, will host a Youth Advisory Committee Monday, Feb. 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at her full-time constituent services office, located at 28 S. Villa Ave. in Villa Park. Conroy also invites young people interested in government, political science and public policy to submit a résumé for an internship. To apply for an internship with state Rep. Deb Conroy, submit a resume to repdebconroy@gmail.com.

Genealogy program at Villa Park Library
The Villa Park Public Library will present Genealogy Online Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6–7:30 p.m. At this hands-on class, attendees will explore popular online genealogy databases, including familysearch.org and findagrave.com. Participants must have basic mouse, keyboarding and web navigation skills. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.

Teen open gym in York Center
York Center Park District will be hosting Open Gym on select Fridays. Participants will be rotating games including floor hockey, dodgeball, wipeout, volleyball and basketball. There will be chips, water and Gatorade for participants. Registration is required one week in advance. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Crafters wanted for spring show
The Christian Church of Villa Park is seeking artists and crafters for its seventh annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, May 6. The entry fee is $25. For more information or an application, send an e-mail to ccvpcraftfair@yahoo.com or visit the church Web site at www.ccvponline.net. The deadline for submitting applications is March 27.

Photography exhibit on Underground Railroad
The Sheldon Peck Homestead is displaying photographs from artist Jeanine Michna-Bales, featuring haunting photographs of Underground Railroad. The exhibit is free (suggested donation $2) and open to the public during regular business hours. A reception for the artist is being held Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., where she will give a presentation on her work and sign books. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine, tickets $5 member/$8 nonmember on sale at www.lombardhistory.org.

Senior Men’s Club to meet  Feb. 21  
The Lombard Senior Men’s Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Lombard Bible Church, 111 S. Park Ave., Lombard. The club will show the video “First Air War," the development of the first fighter plane. All men 55 and over are welcome. For more information, call 630-629-6822.

Movie Night at Faith United Methodist Church
Faith United Methodist Church at 815 S. Finley Road will be having a Movie Night on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. The movie will be "The Angel and the Badman" with John Wayne. Pizza will be served. For more information, contact Kris Johnson at 630-901-5415.

'Rat Pack Jazz' at Trinity Lutheran
Trinity Lutheran School presents "An Evening of Rat Pack Jazz" on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst.  Enjoy a family style dinner followed by entertainment with Trinity’s own Sinatra-style crooner Frank Lamphere and his five-piece band; danceable classics by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis and more. Tickets are $60 per person available through secretary@trinitylombard.org or call 630-627-5601.

Calvary Episcopal offers 'helping hands'
The “helping hands” of Calvary Episcopal Church is a mission to help the church's neighbors in the community.  What kind of help? Chores, errands or miscellaneous tasks; the volunteers intend to offer assistance for any and all requests that are possible.  If you could use a helping hand, then, send your request to helpinghands@calvarylombard.org or you can call 630-620-8899. Someone will respond within five days of your request.

Campus Visit Day at NUHS March 4
Campus Visit Day at National University, 200 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, is Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Hands-on activities and real life scenarios, a first-hand account from current students are included. Explore career degree programs or learn how you can finish your bachelor’s degree in National University’s bachelor of biomedical science degree program. Breakfast and lunch are included at Campus Visit Day. Also, as a welcome gift when you attend, you will receive a $500 tuition credit for your first trimester in one of the NUHS professional programs (DC, ND, or MSAc/MSOM), or a $250 tuition credit for your first trimester in an undergraduate BS Program. RSVP online today and reserve your spot at www.nuhs.edu/visit. If you have any questions about this event, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-826-6285 or admissions@nuhs.edu.

4-H International Night Feb. 24 in Wheaton
Visitors to the 4-H International Night will “travel” to the different countries by visiting the 4-H club booths, earning punches to a passport each time they answer a trivia question correctly for a country. The DuPage County 4-H event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, and guests can enter from Manchester Road, with the event in Building 1. All ages are welcome to attend. There is a suggested donation for admission is $1 per person. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, contact the office at 630-584-6166.

Villa Park Recreation hiring lifeguards
Villa Park Recreation is hiring lifeguards to work at Jefferson and Lufkin Pools this summer. The recreation department uses the American Red Cross certification program, which requires lifeguards to be at least 15 years of age and be able to pass a preliminary swim test that includes a 300-yard swim, treading water for two minutes with only the legs, retrieving a 10-pound brick from a depth of 9 feet then swimming 20 yards with the brick. Successful completion will give certification in Lifeguard Training and First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer for two years. The cost of the Lifeguard Certification program is $270 for Villa Park residents, $273 non-residents plus a $35 fee paid directly to the American Red Cross. Call 630 834-8970 for details.

Picosa to perform music of Chicago composers
Picosa brings a vibrant concert program to the stage on March 4 at 3 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.  Picosa showcases its signature symphonic sound with innovative programming that brings the art of virtuosic chamber music to every concert experience. General admission tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors and students. Picosa is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Parent-tot sensory play in York Center
Come to the York Center Park District to explore and play. Tots will 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, March 1-22 (four weeks). Time: 9:15-10:00 a.m. Fee: $10/resident; $12/non-resident. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 22. Visit www.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

AAUW scholarship program
The Lombard Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications for its 2017-18 “Return to Learning” Scholarship.  This scholarship in the amount of $1,600 will be awarded to a qualified woman completing an undergraduate or master’s degree, or a certification program, not including a doctoral degree. Women residents of Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights and Glen Ellyn are eligible to apply. Application forms are available at http://lombard-il.aauw.net/.  Applications complete with transcripts and recommendations must be postmarked by April 1. For more information, contact Laurenel Driscoll, Lombard AAUW Local Scholarships chair at 630-624-7657 or laurdris@att.net.

Program on bats at garden club meeting
On Friday, Feb. 24, the Lombard Garden Club members and guests are treated to an interactive program titled, "Incredible Bats." The presenters, Dan and Sharon Peterson, have performed these presentations for over 20 years with their incredible bats program. They serve as ambassadors for the flying mammals by dispelling myths, detailing their importance in ecosystems and warning of threats to their survival. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at the Lombard Community Building, 433 St. Charles Road in Lombard. Guest are welcome. There is no charge for this program. Call 630-916-1369 to make a reservation.

Barn Dance at Grace Lutheran Feb. 26
Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Avenue in downtown Glen Ellyn invites the community to a free, all-ages Barn Dance from 2-3:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Jonathan Whitall and Friends provide live fiddle music with extra accompaniment and contra dance caller, Meg Dedolph teaches and calls the dances. Previous experience is not necessary to enjoy this event. Steps are simple to learn and appropriate for all ages. For information and encouragement call Dedolph at 773-960-9364. For directions to Grace call the church office at 630-469-1555.

Poetry contest for tweens and teens
Tweens and teens are invited to share their finest poetry and photos at the Villa Park Public Library’s Blackout Poetry Photo Contest, held during Teen Tech Week, March 5–11. Kids ages 11 and older can create their own blackout poetry, which the library will then post onto its Instagram account. The best submission will even win a prize. For more information, visit the library’s Web site at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164.