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Pick of the Week – An event not to be missed!

Saturday, October 24 – It’s Boo-tiful Saturday in City Centre

Elmhurst City Centre will host its annual Boo-tiful Saturday Halloween event in downtown Elmhurst beginning at 9 a.m. when the doors open at York Theatre. Following a free screening of the movie “Casper” (rated PG) at 9:30 a.m., kids are welcome to trick-or-treat throughout the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wear your costume and bring your own treat bag. Info: 630-993-1600 or visit


Thursday, Oct. 22

• At 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters will hold a panel discussion at the Elmhurst Public Library to discuss the lack of a state budget and its impact on local social services, possible solutions and how citizens can help end the gridlock in Springfield. Free and open to the public. This is not an Elmhurst Public Library program. Info:

• From 6:30-10:30 p.m., the Harvest Moon Gala will be held at Wilder Mansion, 211 Prospect Ave. to benefit Synapse House, a charity located in Elmhurst, which offers programs for those affected by brain injury and stroke. Tickets are $150 per person and include food by Café Amano and a silent auction. Visit for tickets and more information.

Saturday, Oct. 24

• From 1-6:30 p.m., the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation will host the Windy City Pub Crawl, led by beer and tavern historian Liz Garibay. Make time to view the Beer Chicago exhibit at the Historical Museum. Tickets are $45/Foundation members, $50/non-members and includes coach bus transportation and a commemorative t-shirt. Food and beverage purchases are on your own. Must be 21 or older to participate. Minimum 10, maximum 27. To register: or 630-833-1457.

• Starting at 2 p.m. at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., “Jewelry Craft: A Demonstration on Unique Ways to Create Settings for Stones” will be held. Visiting artist Karen Davé will show processes used to create wire wrap and silversmithing techniques. For ages 12 to adult. Info: 630-833-1616.

• Beginning at 6 p.m., the Spirito! Singers will hold their annual service award banquet at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. This year’s recipient will be Mark Dyer, who has donated his time and talent throughout the world as a ShelterBox volunteer. Tickets are $100 each and include dinner, open bar, auctions and performances by all three Spirito! Ensembles. Adults only; cocktail attire. Complimentary valet parking. For tickets and info: 630-581-5440 or visit

• Spirito Singers is holding its annual banquet fundraiser at which they salute a member of the local community with the annual Service Award. This year’s recipient is Mark Dyer, a volunteer with ShelterBox. Tickets are still available at $100 each, which includes dinner, open bar, auctions and performances by all three Spirito! Ensembles. Adults only; cocktail attire. Complimentary valet parking available. For tickets, call 630-581-5440 or visit

Sunday, Oct. 25

• From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Elmhurst Leos, the youth group of Lions Club, will hold its annual Family Fun Fest at the Lions Club Pumpkin Patch located at The Abbey, just west of York High School. Free event; some activities carry a fee. Funds raised benefit the visually and hearing impaired.

• Visitation Catholic School, 851 S. York St., Elmhurst, will hold an open house from 12 noon-1:30 p.m.  Info: 630-834-4931.

Monday, Oct. 26

After recently performing as part of the Music@Bethel series, violinist Skogen Sällström who hails from Norway, will offer another concert at 7:30 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville. His repertoire includes playing the traditional seven- stringed Hardanger fiddle. Tickets: or call 907-378-7856.

Saturday, October 31

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 148 E. Third Street, invites the public to its Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot. Kids dress in costume and collect candy and other items from festively-decorated trunks of cars. Free and open to the public. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks served for lunch. Free will collection will defray the costs. For more information, visit

Monday, Nov. 2

The Elmhurst Garden Club will meet at the Wilder Mansion. At 10:30 a.m.: White Elephant & Jewelry Sale; 11:30 a.m. Lunch; 12 noon Business Meeting; 1 p.m. Program: Victory Gardens: from WWII to Present Day, presented by Kirstin Larson. Free and open to the public. Info:

Tuesday, Nov. 3

At 7 p.m., the Crestview Garden Club of Elmhurst will meet at Community Bank of Elmhurst at Butterfield and Spring Roads. The program will be“Fall Splendor” by Nancy Carroll, who celebrates the fall season with creative ideas, horticultural and garden information, floral arrangements, recipes and projects. Guests welcome. Info: 630-808-7900.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Beginning in the York High School Commons at 6:30 p.m., the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) will recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, service and/or outstanding contributions to society. This year, eight Dukes of Distinction have been chosen by a panel of judges to be honored. The program is free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 6

From 4-5 p.m. at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., the exhibit “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” is filled with Elmhurst’s rich history in every corner. Exhibit author and history professor Dr. Virginia Stewart will be explore the theme “Hardship” at the object tower in the second floor gallery. Admission: Free. Info: 630-833-1457 or

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7

On Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-9 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., stop by Wilder Mansion for the 5th annual Holiday Market. Shop for unique holiday gifts and support local artisans. Admission is free both days. On Friday evening, enjoy a glass of wine for sale provided by Café Amano. Info: (630) 712-6541 or visit

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8

The York drama department has obtained special permission to present James and the Giant Peach. Advance ticket sales will begin October 8 to the public. (Curtain times TBA.) Tickets may be purchased at or also at the York Bookstore. All seating is reserved.

Saturday, Nov. 7

From 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., hop aboard a coach bus with beer guru Liz Garibay to visit two different breweries to learn more about beer making and its role in Chicago history. The bus leaves from the Elmhurst Historical Museum120 E. Park Ave., and returns to Pints at 112 S. York. The first stop is one of Chicago’s newest craft breweries, Motor Row Brewing, located in a historic building in the south Loop. Find out about the company and the building’s history, and taste some delicious brews. From there, it’s off to Lagunitas Brewing located in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Price: $45 for Elmhurst Heritage Foundation members, $50 for non-members. Register online at: Info: call 630-833-1457.

• Starting at 10 a.m. at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St., Sue Davidson, senior service coordinator from the Glen Ellen Senior Center shares what SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Plan) is and how to contact SHIP. She will explain the different parts of Medicare A, B, C and D and your responsibility for enrollment. She also will explain why you need to have either Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Supplement in addition  to traditional Medicare. This program is sponosored by the Senior Citizen Commission and the City of Elmhurst. There is reserved seating and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 630-306-7077.


Thursday, Nov. 19

At 6:30 p.m., come to the Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center for Thirsty Third Thursday for a Beer Talk & Tasting. Learn more about Chicago’s beer history through this month’s theme: The Saloon and Ethnic Identities, tasting by Revolution Brewing. Tour the “Beer Chicago” exhibit before the talk begins; the museum will be open until 8 p.m. Free for those 21 and older with photo ID. Drop-in program, no registration required. Info: go online to: or call 630-833-1457.

Ongoing programs:

• The 11th Annual Alumni Art Exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Accelerator ArtSpace gallery on the campus of Elmhurst College. The gallery is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m.

• Continuing through Halloween, the Elmhurst Lions Club Pumpkin Patch will be available by The Abbey on St. Charles Road, just west of York High School. All sizes and shapes available, come out any time.

• “Beer Chicago,” on display now through Feb. 14, 2016, at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Take a look at beer culture, taverns, and breweries; learn about different beers brewed right here in Chicago; encounter the “bartender” at an interactive video kiosk. Admission is Free. Info: 630-833-1457 or

• 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.  Ribs 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: or 630-833-7800.