Pick of the Week — the event NOT to be missed!

Thursday, April 20 — Understanding the National Housing Crisis of 2008

From 2-3 p.m. at the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., a lecture will be presented, titled, “Understanding the National Housing Crisis of 2008.” The U.S. subprime mortgage crisis was a nationwide banking emergency that contributed to the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. What were its causes and consequences, and where are we today? Free for members, $5 for non-members. RSVP at elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.


Saturday, April 22

• Beginning at 2 p.m., the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art presents a 60-minute lecture/discussion called, “What’s Up In The Sky.” Meteors, meteorites and the solar eclipse are coming our way this summer. Learn about meteorites and meteor-wrongs. In addition, learn about the solar eclipse coming this August, the do’s and don’ts of viewing an eclipse and where it is best visible. If you think you’ve found a meteorite, bring it in for identification. Regular museum admission applies. Reservations recommended. Call 630-833-1616 or visit lizzadromuseum.org.

• At 7 p.m., acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Panko will perform as part of the Music@Bethel concert series at Bethel United Church of Christ at 315 E. St. Charles Road. Tickets are $20/adults, $18/seniors, $5/students and can be purchased at musicatbethel.com or by calling 630-279-4040. A family pass is $45 for two adults and up to five children. The church is accessible and parking is free. Enter at Sandburg Middle School from St. Charles Road, or from Huntington off Poplar Street.

Sunday, April 23

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., St Peter’s United Church of Christ, located at 125 W. Church St., presents Changing Tomorrows, featuring Dianne Fuller, Development Director of the Fuller Center for Housing. Dianne will share the story of the Fuller Center’s work to repair and rehabilitate homes for the impoverished, much like Habitat for Humanity has done in this area. All are welcome to attend the worship and the reception.

Tuesday, April 25

Beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., the Elmhurst Jaycees invite the public to join them in honoring Bill Shanklin with the annual Distinguished Service Award at the Normandy Banquet Room of the Elmhurst American Legion. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the program. Tickets are $60 per person. To attend, registration and payment can be completed online through the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry‘s website at elmhurstchamber.org. Click on Elmhurst Events and locate the date of April 25. Please note that you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend or to register. Deadline to register is April 21.

Wednesday, April 26

At 7 p.m. at Bethel UCC, located at 315 E. St. Chas. Rd., presents Elmhurst Speaks: Sparking Minds, Hearts and Conversations, a new outreach of the church. This session will be Death Cafe: An Open Forum Dialogue on Death and Dying. People with different faith perspectives, or no faith at all, will discuss death without an agenda, bias or set end-purpose. It has no objectives or themes. It is not a grief support group or counseling session, and has no intention of leading people to any conclusion or course of action. Just a shared conversation about death. All are welcome. Parking is available and church facilities are fully accessible. Call 630-279-4040 or visit bethel-ucc.org for more information. To learn more about Death Cafe, visit Deathcafe.com.

Thursday-Sunday, April 27, 28, 29 and 30

York High School drama will perform West Side Story. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, March 16 at www.ticketpeak.com/res/yorkdrama.

Saturday, April 29

From 9 a.m.-12 noon, the City of Elmhurst along with Elmhurst College, DuPage County and SCARCE will host the 2017 Recycling Extravaganza at Elmhurst College, in the Alexander St. parking lot. For a complete list of recyclable items, visit elmhurst.edu/sustainability.

Sunday, April 30

• At 3 p.m., the Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra will present Totally Mozart at Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (7-22). Tickets are available from elmhurstchoralunion.org , 800-838-3006, or at the door. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

• From 2-4 p.m., meet at the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., for Elmhurst Neighborhood Tour: How the City Developed Over Time.” Explore the history of different neighborhoods throughout Elmhurst during this bus tour, beginning with the 1870s when people built homes to escape post-fire Chicago. Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVP at elmhursthistory.org (adult program section) or http://btp.me/2844002. Info: elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.

Friday, May 5

From 6-10 p.m., the Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club will hold its annual “Tickled Pink!” fundraiser at the Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave. Fun for adults and children, the adults can enjoy a night of shopping, appetizers, drinks and desserts and free prize drawings. Children can participate in crafts, hair and nails, face painting and meet Disney inspired princesses. Admission: $30/adults, $10/children younger than 10. Proceeds benefit the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Breast Health Center and the EJWC Brenda Grabacki Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, May 6

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents “Musical Monuments,” the final concert of its 56th season at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $9 for students. Group and family rates are available. Behind the Music Stand, led by audience favorite Dr. Ted Hatmaker, will take place at 5:45 p.m. prior to the concert. All are welcome. For more information, visit elmhurstsymphony.org or call 630-941-0202.

Saturday, May 13

From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the 3rd Annual Yard Sale and Green Garden Fair will be held in the parking lot of the First Congregational Church at 235 S. Kenilworth. New this year will be the sale, by We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, of native plants, sourced within 90 miles of St. Charles, Il. Food scrap amended compost will be available for purchase. Bring your own containers to fill. Or buy a rain barrel. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be there to answer gardening questions. Free and open to the public.

Ongoing programs:

• A support group for family caregivers of older adults meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library’s second floor study room. (Not an Elmhurst Library program.) Info: (630) 833-9665.

• “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst,” is at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history. Experience engaging towers filled with one-of-a-kind objects, compelling photos, and first-person video accounts from locals. View new additions to the exhibit including a feature on veterans and the Glos Mansion history. Admission: Free. Info: 630-833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org

• The Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post No. 187, hosts a fish fry every Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m.  New York steaks are available first Friday of the month. Musical entertainment follows. Karaoke on the second Friday of each month.  Bingo on Wednesdays, starting with Early Birds at 6:45 p.m.  Info: 630-833-7800


• TOPS—Take Off Pounds Sensibly—meets on Friday mornings at Grace Lutheran Church 950 S. York Road, Bensenville. Weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting from 10-11 a.m. Info: email Millie at johnreiter@sbcglobal.net


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