Saturday, Oct. 21

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 College Hill Ave., is hosting “Olympic Rocks,” a program that starts at 10:30 a.m. for ages 10-18. Geared for middle and high school students competing in Science Olympiad tournaments, this class delves into the world of rocks and minerals. Hand samples will be available, covering most of the S.O. specimen list. Topics include quick ID tips, Bowen’s Reaction Series and general rock information. Students are encouraged to sign up as a team or as an individual. Bring all your questions for this informal practice session. Info: or call 630-833-1616.


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: or email:


Thursday, Oct. 26

At 7 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 So. Prospect, the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst welcomes Illinois NOW Vice President of Communications Michelle Fadeleywho will present information on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) coalition in Illinois and its statewide strategy to have Illinois as the 37th of the 38 states needed to ratify this amendment to the Constitution.  Free and open to the public. Not an Elmhurst Library program.


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 and 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


Sunday, Nov. 5

From 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 in the Adult Programs section. Info:


Saturday, Nov. 11

From 9 a.m. to noon Stemples Cycle Center at 494 Spring Road will be the collection point for people to drop off outgrown, unused or gently-used bicycles to contribute to a charity known as, “Pedal Power.”  They bikes are given to students in Chicago Public Schools as an incentive for good grades and regular attendance.




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: or email:


  • 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: and


  • 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, Kaws and Keith Haring.


  • 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 doubleheader 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: 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

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