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Darien Around the Block: September & October

Sep 01, 2016 11:38AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Darien Woman’s Club holds fall children’s clothing resale Oct. 15

The Darien Woman’s Club holds a children’s clothing resale twice a year at Lace School. The fall date is Oct. 15 from 9am–2pm. Sellers can register for $7 at the Darien Park District on Sept. 17 from 9am–12pm, at Safety Village on Sept. 27 from 6:30–8pm and at Carriage Greens on Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 from 6:30–8pm.

If you don’t want to sell anything, come and shop for children’s clothing, shoes, winter outerwear, Halloween costumes, outdoor equipment and maternity wear—all good quality and at a reduced price! Sellers receive 65% and DWC receives 35%. The proceeds from the sale help provide scholarships to local students. Visit or email to for more info.

Friends for Downers Grove Township provides resources for senior citizens

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.


Octoberfest at St. John Lutheran Churchis going to be Wunderbar!

St. John Lutheran Church located at 7214 S. Cass Ave. in Darien will host an Oktoberfest on Sun., Sept. 18 from 11:30am–2pm that is sure to rival any in Munich. It will be a festive time of good fellowship featuring German food and music. This family-friendly event is open to the public. A freewill offering will be received.

Entertainment will be provided by one-man-orchestra and strolling accordion player, Joe DeLuca. For more information, 630-969-7987 or


Darien Lions Club Candy Days Oct. 7 & 8

Darien Lions Club members and friends will be out in the community, in an effort to raise funds for the vision and hearing impaired on Fri., Oct. 7 and Sat., Oct. 8. Club members give away candy and accept monetary donations. For over 22 years the people of Darien have responded quite generously and the Darien Lions Club has led all Illinois Lions Clubs on funds raised every year.

People can show their support by giving generously, underwriting the cost of a box of candy, or volunteering during the Candy Day weekend. The Darien Lions Club practices the “We Serve” motto as it continues to help out vision/hearing impaired people and needy persons locally in Darien and nearby communities. 630-852-3595,


The Darien Woman’s Club hosting Bunco for Breast Cancer benefit Oct. 5

The Darien Woman’s Club will host a Bunco for Breast Cancer event at the Carriage Greens Country Club on Wed., Oct 5 at 8pm. Admission is $10. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Darien Lions Club hosts their annual Halloween party Oct. 31

The Darien Lions Club will host their annual Halloween Party Night at the Darien Park District Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd., on Mon., Oct. 31 from 6:30–9pm. The evening is full of fun for all ages with ice skating, carnival games, a dance party and DJ, haunted graveyard, ice cream social and much more. Admission to the Party is free compliments of the Darien Lions Club and Darien Park District.

Darien Garden Club is growing strong

Since it began in 2001, the Darien Garden Club has grown into a fun-loving, award-winning club with over 50 members. Monthly meetings, educational programming, field trips, garden walks, sharing plants, community out-reach and philanthropy are all part of what the club does.

Recently, the Darien Garden Club made a donation to support the Eagle Scout project of Kyle Ciolek. His project was the installation of rain barrels at IPPL. Water collected helps water the Sunny Patch Project which provides freshly grown vegetables for local families. Come grow with the Darien Garden Club! They are currently welcoming new members.


New Veterinarian joins Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Darien

Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic co-owners Brian D. Rooney, DVM and Jeffrey D. Palmer, DVM wel­come a new veterinarian to the practice in September. Dr. Dana E. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Illinois, has practiced veterinary medicine since 2012 in the both the St. Louis metropoli­tan area and more recently in the Chicago suburbs.

Author Elizabeth Strout to speak at One Author, One Community event

Twelve area libraries, including Indian Prairie Public Library, are coming together to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, author of popular titles Olive Kitteridge and Amy & Isabelle. Her newest book, My Name Is Lucy Barton, was released in early 2016. The event will take place 10am Sat., Sept. 24 at Ashton Place, 342 75th St., Willowbrook and include a moderated discussion, a Q&A with the audience and a book signing. Register at


Teen writers can submit original compositions for IPPL’s Cool Compositions Contest

Calling all teen writers! Submit your poetry, short stories, and/or song lyrics for the Indian Prairie Public Library’s Cool Compositions Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each category. Entry forms will be available at and at the library’s Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk beginning Sept. 24. The entry deadline is Oct. 22. Winners will be announced Nov. 2 during An Evening with Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is the critically-acclaimed author of When I Was the Greatest and The Boy in the Black Suit. The contest is sponsored by The Gift of Carl Foundation.

The Darien Historical Society honors WWII veteran Ralph Andermann Oct. 2

The Darien Historical Society will officially honor Ralph Andermann, a World War II veteran at Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum on Sun., Oct. 2. Ralph is a descendant of the pioneering Andermann family in current day Darien. His most notable military service was as a specially chosen individual to develop the all-important radar technology. The open house welcomes all visitors to join the ceremony; doors open at 1pm.