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Darien Around the Block: November & December

Oct 31, 2016 10:49AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Darien Historical Societyhosts a Turkey Raffle Nov. 18

The Darien Historical Society hosts a Turkey Raffle on Fri., Nov. 18, from 6–10pm at Chuck’s Restaurant, 81st & Cass Ave. Pre-event discounted tickets may be arranged with Debbie, 630-325-7325, or regular price purchased at the door. Delicious pulled pork sandwiches will be available along with a cash bar. In addition to the hilarious traditional turkey raffle itself, a varied silent auction will whet your hunting appetite. Profits from the raffle support Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum at 75th & Cass Ave.

The Darien Park District hosts their 7th annual holiday craft show and sale

Calling all craft enthusiasts! The Darien Park District announces their 7th annual holiday craft show and sale, Sat., Nov. 12 from 9am–3pm at the Darien Park District Community Center. If you love to craft, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your talent.

All work must be original and handmade by the vendor. All spaces are (10' x 8') and include a table and chair. The seller fee is $35, with an additional fee of $10 if electricity is required. Anyone interested in exhibiting can contact the Park District at 630-968-6400. The holiday craft show and sale will be the perfect place to find unique, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted holiday gifts and will offer something for everyone.

Come eat pizza with Santa at the Darien Park District Community Center

Did you know that next to cookies and milk, Santa’s favorite food to eat is pizza? The Darien Park District decided to invite Santa to join them for a pizza party and they want you to be there too, Fri., Dec. 2 from 6:30–7:45pm at the Darien Park District Community Center.

In addition to pizza and beverages, there will be crafts, games and the opportunity to jump in the Park District’s bounce house. Weather permitting, there will also be a candy cane hunt outside at the end of the event, so dress warm and bring your flashlight. Children ages 2 and up and adults must pre-register. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are provided for children ages 2–9.

IPPL offers Homebound Delivery

Home delivery of library materials can be arranged at no charge if an Indian Prairie Public Library cardholder is permanently homebound due to age or disability, or temporarily disabled for at least one month due to illness or surgery. Books, including large print and audio, movies, music and/or magazines can be provided. 630-887-8760, for more information.

SEASPAR Holiday Spectacular promises cheer and inspiration

The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) will host its 10th annual Holiday Spectacular event on Mon., Dec. 5 at 7pm at the Theatre of Western Springs.

The Holiday Spectacular is a showcase of SEASPAR participants’ talents and abilities in various arts such as theatre, dance and music. No tickets are necessary for this free, all-ages event that will leave attendees inspired and filled with holiday spirit!

The Theatre of Western Springs is located at 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs., 630-960-7600.

Veterans Day and “Reflections Framed” celebration at Cantigny Park Fri., Nov. 11

More than 2,000 luminary candles will blanket the Cantigny Parade Field in honor of those who served and sacrificed for our country, Fri., Nov. 11. Visitors may walk through the rows of lights or observe the display from three sides on a designated driving route. Inside the Visitors Center, beginning at 5pm, all are invited to “Reflections Framed,” a celebration benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. The First Division Museum will remain open until 9pm—its last day of operation in 2016. Programs and parking on Veterans Day are free. 630-668-5161,

Lisle CVB’s community holiday food drive runs through Dec. 30th

During the holiday months, the need for extra assistance for families tends to increase and it is with the community support through donations that make it possible to help feed families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the spirit of the holiday season, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick-start a holiday food drive for Lisle Township Food Pantry.

The Holiday Food Drive runs through Dec. 30. You can participate by dropping off non-perishable food donations at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Ave., Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm. All non-perishable food collected will be delivered to the Lisle Township Food Pantry before the holidays. For more information, call 630-769-1000 or email

PRC’s Share the Spirit program provides gifts to families in need

For many of your neighbors in DuPage County, the holidays are a time of stress and worry. The good news is that you can change that and make the holidays hopeful for your neighbors in need.

At the holidays, People’s Resource Center (PRC) will be coordinating its annual Share the Spirit program which provides holiday gifts for children in need. You can help with the program by hosting a Share the Spirit toy drive to collect new, unwrapped children’s gifts or you can organize a fundraiser for the program. Volunteers are also needed during Share the Spirit pick-up-days to assist with organizing and distributing donations. For more information about the Share the Spirit program and the ways you can help, contact Susan Manning at 630-682-5402, ext. 254 or via e-mail at

See the tree lighting at Old Lace Schoolhouse and Museum

Tree lighting is a family affair! Bring yours to Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum on Sun., Dec. 4 at 4pm. The Darien Historical Society welcomes everyone to enjoy Christmas carols sung by Eisenhower Junior High students and the opportunity to talk to Santa indoors while sipping hot chocolate with cookies, donated by the Bank of Countryside. Thanks also to the Darien Chamber of Commerce for the handsome bunting decorating the 1859 building. Newly painted inside and out, the museum visit will be a festive, local activity to include in your holiday celebrations.

Don’t miss the Westmont Winter Wonderland

You won’t want to miss your chance to experience the Westmont Winter Wonderland, Sat., Dec. 10 from 5–8pm at the Westmont Community Center. You’ll be able to visit Santa and his elves in Santa’s Workshop, learn about dogsledding and meet some real huskies from Z-Team and board the Trackless Train for a ride around the park. Bundle up as most activities will be outdoors!

PVPN presents Inherit the Wind at Westview Middle School

The Progressive Village Performance Network (PVPN) presents Inherit the Wind, a story about Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates who is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism.

Inherit the Wind runs from Nov. 11–13 and Nov. 18–20 from 7:30–9pm at Westview Middle School. Tickets will be available at the door and online at