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Darien Around the Block: July & August

Jul 05, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

Darien Rotary goes pink

Rotary clubs worldwide fight disease, and the Darien Rotary Club is no exception. In addition to Rotary’s efforts to end polio, the Darien club is proud to work with the Darien Chamber of Commerce Women in Business group to “Paint the Town Pink.” This year the Women in Business are auctioning off hand-decorated Adirondack chairs at DarienFest (Sept. 8–10).

The Rotary club is sponsoring this fundraiser and purchased the chairs. The Women in Business coordinated with 10 area schools who will each decorate a chair. All the chairs will be sold via silent auction at DarienFest, with the proceeds going to pay for meals for cancer patients in the Darien area.

Donate artifacts to the Darien Historical Society

While sorting during summer months, consider donating artifacts, memorabilia, photos and documents that pertain to Darien’s history. The Darien Historical Society would like to talk with you (630-887-7060) or meet at Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum, 75th & Cass, at Open House times on the first and third Sunday of July and August, 1–3pm. Arrangements for temporary leasing or full donation can be made to suit your preference.

It’s time to register for Vacation Bible School!

St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Ave. will host its annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Mon., July 17 through Fri., July 21 from 9–11:45am. VBS offers classes for three-year-olds through youth in sixth grade.

Children will make new friends and have lots of fun as they explore this year’s outdoor recreation and music. The VBS theme is “A Mighty Fortress.” A free Family Fun Night featuring a hot dog supper and program by the children is the culminating event on Thurs., July 20 at 6pm.

There is a materials fee of $20 per family regardless of the number of children for those registering on or before July 8. The fee is $25 for those registering after that date or at the door. Online registration is available at 630-969-7987,

Concord Elementary participates in Art For The Sky

On Tues., May 16 Concord Elementary students, families, and staff participated in a three day, large scale art project called Art For The Sky. The image was a 100 by 100 foot Tree of Life, a symbol of Concord Elementary School’s dedication to protecting nature. 500 people, wearing specific colored t-shirts, were each a “colored dot” in the giant tree.

The project was directed by Daniel Dancer, the school’s artist in residence, who has done over 250 Art For The Sky pieces all over the country. The project has a very meaningful message about protecting and saving the earth, to see the earth from a different point of view, the sky. The project was organized by the Concord Elementary art teacher, Julie Brncich.

Celebrate Darien Day Aug. 6

The Darien Lions Club and the Darien Park District are hosting Darien Day, a celebration of Darien for all ages! This event takes place Sun., Aug. 6 from 3–10pm at Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Rd. Darien Day activities include a cookout, refreshments, a bouncy house and face painting for kids. There will also be a rock concert from 7–10pm. Darien residents of all ages are invited to celebrate Darien Day. Come out and enjoy a fun summer evening in the park.

Jump with the Darien Park District at Inflata-Palooza

Come to Inflata-Palooza, Fri., July 28 from 5–8pm at the Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd. This event, for children age 12 and under, supports “Feed My Starving Children.” Jump with the Darien Park District as they support a good cause. Spend the day using the park district’s big inflatables and playing on the soccer field. Socks are required for this event. For more information, visit

Get Your Passport at the Library

The Indian Prairie Public Library is now an official Passport Acceptance Facility, accepting DS-11 applications for new passports only. Passport acceptance hours are: Monday, Friday and Saturday, 10am–3pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3–8pm; Sunday, 1–4pm. Learn more at

Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic offers mobile vet services

Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic (BRVC), whose doctors and staff have served families and their pets in the western suburbs for more than 40 years, will offer mobile veterinary services two days each month beginning in July. Services available during a house call/mobile vet visit—offered to pet owners who live within 10 miles of the clinic—include wellness exams; vaccinations; blood draws for heartworm screening, FeLV/FIV testing for cats and other routine diagnostics; fecal and urine testing; and dispensing of medications. In addition, end-of-life care will be available to allow owners who wish to help their beloved pet pass in the comfort of their own home. Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic is located at 8120 S. Cass Ave., Darien. 630-598-0600,

SEASPAR presents Summer Golf Classic fundraiser in Woodridge on July 28

The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) is hosting its 15th annual Summer Golf Classic fundraiser on Fri., July 28. The golf tournament will take place at the Village Greens of Woodridge. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30am with a 12:30pm shotgun start. The format is a four-person team scramble. An awards ceremony, buffet dinner and raffle follow the tournament.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic will be used to support SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 630-960-7600 or visit

Join the 45th annual Darien Independence Day Parade

The Darien 4th of July Parade route is exactly the same as in 2016. Parade participants will line up in the Jewel parking lot at 75th and Cass Ave. The parade will proceed north on Cass Ave. to 71st St. At 71st St. the parade will head east until Clarendon Hills Rd. where it will go south towards the end point at Hinsdale South High School. Parade entrants should assemble in the Jewel parking lot beginning at 8:15am for the parade line up. The Parade will start promptly at 9:30am.