Pick of the Week – The Elmhurst event NOT to be missed!

Thursday, Feb. 13

Next Stop Elmhurst: Exploring railroads at EHM

At 3 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum presents a new Throwback Thursday lecture by exhibits curator Dan Bartlett, who will talk about the earliest history of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad through the western suburbs. Held in the Education Center. Reservations required. Visit elmhursthistory.org.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12

From 7-8:30 p.m., the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host “Solving Climate Change – A Solution We Can All Like” presented by Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby at Elmhurst Public Library. Learn about one simple comprehensive Climate Solution that is rapidly growing in public and bi-partisan support, endorsed by 27 Nobel economics laureates, considered as a fair and just and effective climate policy and provides for economic growth and jobs. NOTE:  Not a Library-sponsored program. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Feb. 15

• At 10:30 a.m., age 8 through adult are invited to the Lizzadro Museum for “Rock and Mineral ID.” Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Great for rock hounds and Scouts.  Adult supervision required. Admission: $10 per person. Reservations required. Call 630-833-1616 or visit lizzadromuseum.org.

• At 2 p.m., join Dr. Roy Plotnick, Earth Science professor at UIC, as he delves into the geologic influences on Chicago’s development in “Shifting Chicago: A Tale of Ice and Water” at Lizzadro Museum, now at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook. The settlement and development of the Chicago area is the direct result of what glaciers left behind, but human activities have greatly modified the natural environment. 

Reservations recommended, regular admission applies. (630) 833-1616 or lizzadromuseum.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Beginning at 4 p.m., Elmhurst College will screen the documentary “The Area,” this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. intercultural presen-tation. in the Schaible Sci-ence Center, Illinois Hall on the campus of Elmhurst Col-lege. Admission: $10 general public; free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets available at elmhurst.edu/cultural. Info: (630) 617-5186.

Thursday, Feb 20

From 6-9 p.m. at Elmhurst Art Museum presents “Small Bits Are More,” a culinary homage to Mies van der Rohe in the newly-opened exhibition, “McCormick AfterParti.” Could Be Architecture teams up with Chicago brewery Twisted Hippo and local restaurant One Fifty One, offering specialty beer and bite-sized appetizers inspired by elemental geometry, colors, and flavors of modernist architecture. Tickets are $55 for both members and non-members. For tickets and information, visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Friday, Feb. 21 

Saturday, Feb. 22

GreenMan Theatre Troupe presents its 16th annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser, “Speakeasy or Die Hard 2″ in the upstairs banquet hall at Angelo’s Ristorante at 247 N. York St. in Elmhurst. Doors open an hour before the show. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include a buffet-style Italian feast. Cash bar. All Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at greenmantheatre.org. Tickets are not available at the door. Info: 630-464-2646.

Sunday, Feb. 23 

• At 10 a.m., Messiah Lutheran Church at 130 W. Butterfield Rd., will present A Service of Spirituals to celebrate African American History month. Singers will perform African American Spirituals within the Lutheran Order of Service. Free and open to the public. Info: 630-279-4775.

• At 2 p.m. at the Elmhurst History Museum, exhibits curator Dan Bartlett will share in-depth details about Chicagoland railroad history, the effect of the railroad on Elmhurst and the creation of the On the Right Track exhibit. Drop-in adult program in the first-floor gallery. No registration required. Info: elmhursthistory.org.

Friday, Feb. 28

Saturday, Feb. 29

Sunday, March 1

GreenMan Theatre Troupe presents its 16th annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser, “Speakeasy or Die Hard 2″ in the upstairs banquet hall at Angelo’s Ristorante at 247 N. York St. in Elmhurst. Doors open an hour before the show. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include a buffet-style Italian feast. Cash bar. All Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at greenmantheatre.org. Tickets are not available at the door. Info: 630-464-2646.

Sunday, March 1

From 8 a.m. to 12 noon, local Scouts BSA Troop 82 is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the American Legion T.H.B. Post #187, 310 W. Butterfield Road in Elmhurst. The menu will include pancakes, sausage links, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds will help underwrite the Troop’s scouting program which includes monthly campouts and high-adventure experiences. Tickets are $5 in advance of March 1 or $6 at the door.  Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at troop82elmhurst.org.

Tuesday, March 3

At 7 p.m., Elmhurst College welcomes Pulitzer prize-winning author Rick Atkinson, who will present ‘Follow the Leaders: What our Military History Teaches about being in charge.” It will be held in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College. A book signing will follow, with copies of his books available for purchase. Admission is $20 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets available at elmhurst.edu/cultural. Info: (630) 617-5186 or email marketing@elmhurst.edu.

Tuesday, March 17

• Primary Election Day – don’t forget to vote.

• Beginning at 6 p.m., the 24th annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held in the Commons at York High School. Open to all Elmhurst students in grades 2-12, regardless of school attended – public or private. Registration deadline is March 11. Talk to school chess club, or if your school doesn’t have a club, contact Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504.

Sunday, April 26

From 12 noon to 5 p.m., the Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club will host the 16th Kitchen Expedition beginning at 11 a.m. at Dan Wangler Builders, 138 W. Park Ave., where guests will enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries, while obtaining tickets and event booklets. There will be free prize drawings. Proceeds benefit Soaring Eagle Academy and the EJWC. Early bird tickets are $35 before April 1; $40 each after. Tickets may be purchase in advance at elmhurst-juniors.org.

Ongoing programs:

• Widows or Widowers (WOW) meet every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road. Admission: $5 per person includes live entertainment. Info: Dave at 630-620-4060 or visit WOW.cfsites.org.

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

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