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Westmont Around the Block: August & September

Jul 22, 2016 11:42AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Celebrate the 10th Family Farm Fest Aug. 6

Come celebrate the 10th Family Farm Fest Aug. 6 at the Church of the Holy Nativity. This is a free event to benefit Heifer International. There will be live animals, an organic farmers market, crafts, games and music by Claremont Band. For more information, call 630-774-3902.

Summer Kindergarten Readiness Camp at Bethel Early Learning Center

Sign your child up for a fun skills boosting week to prepare them for Kindergarten. Camp Learn-A lot reinforces social relationships through engaging and fun camp activities. The camp runs Aug. 15–19 from 9am–12pm with a healthy snack provided each day. Camp is at Bethel Early Learning Center, 36 N. Grant St. in Westmont. The cost is $110 for the week with a class maximum of 20 children with two teachers. Call or email Lisa Graziano at 630-963-3232 or today to reserve your child’s spot at Camp Learn-A-Lot!

Friends for Downers Grove Township Senior Citizens helps seniors live independently

Being independent and safe is important. Friends for Downers Grove Township Senior Citizens brings awareness to the needs of seniors in the community and provides resources to help them to thrive in their own homes. Find out how you can help by calling 630-719-6689.

Westmont Street Fair & Cruisin’ Nights continues through August

Westmont Street Fair and Crusin’ Nights takes place every Thursday night in August from 5–9pm. Come downtown to see classic cars and enjoy live music, raffles, theme nights, kid’s activities and more.

Don’t miss the last two concerts at Veterans Memorial Park

The Westmont Park District is hosting two more concerts in the park. On Wed., Aug. 10, the a cappella quartet AC Rock will sing classic rock favorites from the fifties onward. On Wed., Aug. 17 Tropixplosion will close out the summer series, playing reggae classics and pop/rock party songs re-arranged to feel like the islands. Both concerts take place at Veterans Memorial Park from 7–8:30pm. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and dance moves to the park and enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment. Before the concert, come visit the Gregg House Museum’s summer exhibit. The museum will be open from 6–7pm and will provide coupons for free popcorn at the concert!

The Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival celebrates 40 years

The Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival will be celebrating 40 years this fall. The festival is held in the middle of award winning, historic, Downtown Downers Grove, Sept. 10 & 11 from 10am–5pm. The festival will be held in the middle of Main Street. Live music, boutiques, cafes and a children’s art area will complement the high caliber of art that will be present at the show.

Experience elegant outdoor dining at the Morton Arboretum

Come to the Morton Arboretum Aug. 26, 6:30–8:30pm for an outdoor dinner. You’ll be surrounded by natural beauty as you enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal featuring fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared and served under the White Pine Pavilion. The dinner costs $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Join the Morton Arboretum for a night of delicious, farm-fresh food and enjoy live music from Ask Your Folks on an enchanted summer evening.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement

Be part of an annual autumn event that celebrates the community’s heritage. Naper Settlement will host an Oktoberfest Fri., Sept. 30 from 5–10pm and Sat., Oct. 1 from 12–10pm. Under a large heated tent, enjoy live musical entertainment ranging from classic German oompa music to classic rock, along with German beer and cuisine. Family-friendly activities will be available on Saturday from 12–5pm.

The entrance to the festival will be through the Pre- Emption House Visitor Center. Parking is available in the Municipal Parking Garage on the corner of Eagle and Aurora and in the Naper Settlement visitor’s lot on Porter Ave. and Webster St. All proceeds benefit theNaperville Heritage Society.

One author, one community: A conversation with author Elizabeth Strout

Join Pulitzer award-winning author Elizabeth Strout for a discussion about literature, reading and her recent book, My Name is Lucy Barton, released in early 2016. The conversation takes place Sept. 24 from 10am–12pm at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. Strout is the author of popular titles Olive Kitteridge and Amy & Isabelle. The author visit will be a moderated discussion with Rebecca Vnuk, a Q&A with the audience and a book signing. Westmont Public Library is one of 11 area libraries co-hosting this event.

Wonka Jr performance August 11–13

The Progressive Village Performance Network (PVPN) presents Willy Wonka Jr. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Performances are Aug. 11–13 at The Commons, 117 N. Cass Ave.

Celebrate PVPN

Come and celebrate the Progressive Village Performance Network (PVPN) on Sun., Aug. 7 at Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion with a night of family entertainment and a freshly grilled dinner of steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, potatoes, and dessert…a great dinner and entertainment, too! Festivities are from 6–8pm. The PVPN fundraiser is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Discounts are available for performers. Contact Lynda Porter at with questions.

Register for the On Par for DuPage golf outing

Join People’s Resource Center and the DuPage County Historical Museum for the 4th Annual On Par for DuPage, an Oktoberfest-themed golf outing benefiting People’s Resource Center and the DuPage County Historical Museum. The outing will be Thurs., Sept. 29 at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton and will feature 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, on course craft beer tasting, access to all golf contests and gimmicks plus an authentic German buffet dinner with silent auction and raffle. To register, go to or