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Park Art Center exhibit to feature local artists

Opening reception to be held Friday evening

The works of local artists Tony Fitzpatrick and Kirk Kerndl will be on exhibit at Villa Park’s Park Art Center from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. The opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the center, which is located at 9 E. Park Blvd. Country Financial is sponsoring the reception.
Fitzpatrick, who is originally from Lombard, is one of Chicago’s best-known artists. Nearly 200 of his prints are at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Fitzpatrick suggested Park Art Center pair his work with the pieces of Kirk Kerndl, a realist painter from Lombard.
“I’ve always found that through my paintings I am able to find the peace and solitude that I sometimes struggle to find in everyday suburban life,” said Kerndl. “My work attempts to capture the stillness and beauty of the Midwestern rural landscape.”
Park Art Center’s gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 630-501-1455, or visit parkartcenter.org.

EISUS Fun Fest set for Sunday at Cortesi Park

The fourth annual EISUS Fun Fest will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. The event, which will raise funds for the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA), will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park, which is located at 320 E. Kenilworth Ave., Villa Park.
The festival will include raffle tickets, music, pizza, beverages and games. Entry to the event is free. The sale of raffle and game tickets generate the fundraising. All of the funds raised at the event will be donated to the ABTA.
The EISUS Fun Fest honors Susie Jurkonis, a 1994 graduate of Willowbrook High School. As a toddler, Jurkonis would sign her artistic pieces with EISUS—her first name spelled backwards.
After graduating from Willowbrook, Jurkonis attended Purdue University, where she had received a volleyball scholarship. Shortly after enrolling at Purdue, Jurkonis was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She battled for over two years before she passed away in 1998 at the age of 22.
The Susan Jurkonis Memorial Foundation provides support for brain tumor research. The foundation also provides scholarships for Willowbrook students. The EISUS Fun Fest and Susie’s Smash—a badminton tournament held each May—generate funds for the foundation.
The foundation gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department, the Kiwanis Club of Villa Park and Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2801.
For more information, or to volunteer for the event, contact the foundation at eisus15@gmail.com, or visit susanjurkonisfoundation.org.

Recreation department adds to its fleet

The Villa Park Recreation Department recently purchased a 13-passenger bus from the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA). The vehicle was due to be replaced from NEDSRA’s fleet. “The bus is a great addition to the Village of Villa Park’s fleet, and will make travel to and from various destinations much more comfortable to our participants and seniors,” stated Greg Gola, Villa Park’s director of parks and recreation. In its first excursion as part of the recreation department’s fleet, the bus transported a group of seniors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.

Villa Park briefs...

Police and fire departments holds safety seat checkup on Saturday
The Villa Park police and fire departments will hold a “Seat Check Saturday” event on Saturday, Sept. 23. The safety check will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station No. 81, located at 1440 S. Ardmore Ave.
The free safety check will take place as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Certified child passenger safety seat technicians will conduct the inspections.
According to information provided by the village, 73 percent of all child safety seats are not used or installed correctly. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the event so the technician can see how each child fits in each seat.
Seats will be checked on a first-come, first served basis.
Parents who cannot attend the Sept. 23 event can make an appointment for a certified passenger safety seat technician to conduct an inspection. Call Mary Hornback at 630-833-5350 for more information about an appointment.

Villa Park BREWFEST takes place Saturday
The inaugural Villa Park BREWFEST will take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. The event will take place at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 318 E. Kenilworth Ave. BREWFEST will feature craft beers from area breweries. Tickets are available for purchase, online only, at $59 for a Gold Pass. The Gold Pass provides early entrance from 1 to 2 p.m., as well as a food ticket, use of indoor bathrooms and a commemorative tasting glass. Several food trucks will offer a variety of food items for purchase. There will be free shuttles running from the Villa Park Metra Station, Jefferson Pool and Lufkin Pool. BREWFEST is a 21 and older event. Visit villaparkbrewfest.com for more information.

Veteran benefits event this Saturday at Villa Park’s VFW post
Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2801 will host the seventh annual veteran benefits event on Saturday, Sept. 23. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the post, located at 39 E. St. Charles Road. Saturday’s Welcome Home All Veterans gathering seeks to provide veterans and their families with information about their medical and retirement benefits. The event, which will feature music, food and raffles, also provides an opportunity for people to show their support for the military and to thank veterans for their service. For more information, call 630-474-4037, or visit WHAV.info.

Village finance department will open earlier on Wednesdays
The Village of Villa Park Finance Department now opens at 7 a.m. each Wednesday, instead of the previous opening time for the day of 9 a.m. According to the village, the early start time is intended to accommodate the schedules of residents who either commute to work or have conflicting obligations. The services offered by the finance department include the purchase of quarterly parking permits for the Metra station and utility billing, as well as other orders of business. For more information, call 630-834-8500.

Craft fair at Willowbrook on Oct. 21
The Willowbrook Parent Organization (WPO) will hold its second annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s field house. The craft fair will feature more than 150 booths, as well as concessions, raffles and the chance to take photos with Santa Claus. Admission is $3 per person. All proceeds will benefit Willowbrook students through scholarships and other student support needs. For more information, contact WPO President Elaine Ebeling at 630-890-2524.

VPJWC holds Trick-or-Trot 5K and 1K dash on Oct. 28
The Villa Park Junior Women’s Club (VPJWC) will hold its annual Trick or Trot 5K and children’s Little Devil 1K Dash on Saturday, Oct. 28. The races will start and end near the Rugaard Gazebo, located along the Illinois Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue. Participants in the 5-kilometer run/walk and the children’s dash are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the charities, organizations sponsored by the VPJWC. For more information, or to register, visit vpjwc.org/trick-or-trot-5k.