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

Saturday, Oct. 14 — Ignite Fitness fundraiser for ECAF

From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a fitness competition will be held at Ignite Fitness, 263 No. York, for the Marc P. Frontier, a resident who passed away suddenly in September of 2015. Ignite will also host a kid-friendly BBQ fundraiser and atet-party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF). For more information, visit ignitefitnessgroup.com and click on the Marc P. Frontier event link.


Friday, Oct. 13-Saturday, Oct. 14

Lions Candy Days will take place on both days. Be on the lookout for Lions in yellow vests on the street corners handing out Lions Club candy. Donations of all sizes are very much appreciated. Info: elmhurstlionsclub27.wildapricot.org or email: elmhurstlions@gmail.com

Saturday, Oct. 14

• From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wild Meadows Trace, the Elmhurst Park District presents its annual Family Fall Fest. Wear your Halloween costume and bring a treat bag to enjoy trick-or-treating at Safety Town, games and crafts, an inflatable corn maze, family photo opportunities, food trucks and much more. Free and open to the public.

• Geologist Sara Kurth, presents an introduction to rocks and minerals for ages 8 to adult at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., starting at 10:30 a.m. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds, Boy and Girl Scout merit badges. Scout groups require adult supervision. Parties of 10-or-more are encouraged to schedule a private class. Fee: $5 per person; reservations are required. Info: call 630-833-1616 or go to lizzadromuseum.org.

• A pre-concert Oktoberfest fundraising dinner will kick off the opening of the ESO’s season. From 5:15 p.m., to 6:30 p.m., concert-goers can enjoy grilled bratwurst and roast pork loin accompanied by traditional German side dishes. Tickets: $30 per person. Reservations can be made on the ESO web site elmhurstsymphony.org or by calling the ESO Box Office at 630-941-0202, and are due no later than Friday, Oct. 6.

• At 7 p.m., the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens its 57th season under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, with Mozart and Beethoven Gems, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church (ECRC) with a concert of music. Visit elmhurstsymphony.org or call 630-941-0202 for tickets and information. ECRC is located at 149 W. Brush Hill Road. The church has accessible parking and facilities; parking is free.

Sunday, Oct. 15

From 12 – 4 p.m. there will be an open house at Fire Station #2, located at 601 S. York, to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week with the Elmhurst Fire Department. Learn about fire safety while enjoying games and activities, along with light refreshments. There will be a high angle rope rescue at 12:30 p.m., firefighter fashion show at 1:30 p.m., simulated EMS response at 2:30 p.m., bouncy house from 1 to 3 p.m., AirMed1 Helicopter at 3 p.m. (weather permitting), and a child safety seat booth. Info: lauren.wulf@elmhurst.org or call 630-530-3090.

Sunday, Oct. 22

The Elmhurst Leos Club, the Lions youth group, is hosting a Family Fall Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pumpkin Patch at the Abbey. The event is open to the public. Tickets for activities are available for purchase at the Family Fest. Info: elmhurstlionsclub27.wildapricot.org or email: elmhurstlions@gmail.com.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., the York Dukes of Distinction Alumni program will be held in York Commons, honoring six outstanding graduates, the earliest from the class of 1953, the most recent from 1986. The program is free and open to the public.

Friday & Saturday, Nov. 3-4

The 7th Annual Holiday Market returns to Wilder Mansion, bringing holiday shoppers a wide selection of one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, handbags, glass, ceramics, fashion, photography, gourmet food and unique holiday gifts. Hours are Friday from 4-9 p.m., including Doti Liquors selling wine; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Park District and produced by RGL Marketing. Info: (630) 712-6541 or visit rglmarketingforthearts.com.

Sunday, November 5

Fro 2-3:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum presents The Disco Invasion in Films of the ‘70s. To be held in the Education Center at 120 E. Park, the program will be led by filmmaker and college teacher Peter Hawley, who will talk about movies like Saturday Night Fever, Thank God It’s Friday, Boogie Nights and many more. Tickets: Members-FREE, Non-Members $5. Registration required at elmhursthistory.org in the Adult Programs section. Info: elmhursthistory.org

Ongoing programs:

• The annual Lions Pumpkin Patch is now open at The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes are available at various prices. The patch is open daily through Oct. 31. Info: elmhurstlionsclub27.wildapricot.org or email: elmhurstlions@gmail.com

• The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) will host the annual Fall Members Show, featuring a variety of its members’ original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., now through Nov. 4. Info: elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org.

• Now through Nov. 26, the Elmhurst Art Museum is showing Hebru Brantley: Forced Field, a solo show of new work by Chicago-based world-renowned artist. Brantley’s pop-infused contemporary art is inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

• Over the weekends now to Oct. 15, Greenman Theatre Troupe will perform Urinetown the Musical at their performance space at 232 S. York St. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 630-464-2646 or greenman-theatre.org.

• 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.

• EXTENDED through Dec. 31, the Elmhurst History Museum hosts Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died. It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. Disco Demolition Night exploded on July 12, 1979 in the middle of a White Sox double-header and it remains one of the city’s most controversial sports history moments. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM. At Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Free admission. Info: elmhursthisto-ry.org or 630-833-1457

• 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.

• 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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