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Westmont Around the Block: August & September

Aug 01, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

PVPN hosts night of family entertainment

On Sun., Aug. 13 from 5–7pm, the Progressive Village Performance Network (PVPN) will host a night of family entertainment and freshly grilled dinner including entrees, veggies and dessert. Enjoy a night under the stars and a variety of talent at this PVPN fundraiser. This event is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Discounts are available for performers.

Solar eclipse talk at the library

On Mon., Aug. 21, a spectacular total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918. On Thurs., Aug. 17 at 7pm, Rick Gering of The Naperville Astronomical Association will provide a solar eclipse overview at the Westmont Public Library. Come to this talk to maximize your enjoyment of this celestial event.

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. 14–18 from 9am–12pm. A healthy snack will be provided each day.

Camp Learn-A-Lot takes place at Bethel Early Learning Center, 36 North Grant Street in Westmont. The cost is $110 for the week with a class maximum of 20 children with 2 teachers. This camp is for children aged five and attending Kindergarten in the fall. Call Lisa Graziano at 630-968-3232 or email today to reserve your child’s spot at Camp Learn-A-Lot.

Chicagoland Daylily Society sale is Aug. 12

The Chicagoland Daylily Society will hold a daylily sale on Sat., Aug. 12, 10am–2pm, at 41 S. Stough St., Hinsdale. The Daylily Society will have beautiful daylilies available for purchase at reasonable prices. The sale will include beginner’s tables, collectors’ tables, named varieties, new colors and unusual forms, ruffles, teeth, and newly hybridized unnamed seedlings. Enjoy the camaraderie of daylily lovers in the garden of one of the Society’s members. In case of storms, the sale will proceed on Sun., Aug.13.

Opera meets Broadway at Mayslake

On Tues., Aug. 8 from 7:30–8:45pm, visit Mayslake Peabody Estate and hear arias, duets and ensembles from Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Performances will be accompanied by performer narratives and commentaries on the selection. Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at 1717 31 St., Oak Brook. 630-206-9566,

Happy hosta shoppers at last year’s auction
and plant sale. This year the auction and sale will be held again at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 West 8th St.

Hosta auction and plant sale

Hostas and other shade plants will be the main attraction at the Northern Illinois Hosta Society Auction and Plant Sale on Sun., Aug. 13, 1:30pm at Hinsdale Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. All plant lovers are invited to come bid and buy top quality plants at reasonable prices.

A wide variety of new and classic hostas and companion plants will be available. Most will be auctioned, but many will be available for sale at the Bargain Table for as little as $5 per plant. A raffle will allow lucky winners to take home a mature, desirable hosta. Arrive early for a preview. Refreshments available throughout the afternoon. Everything will be sold by 4pm. 224-622-1171,

Take a Theatre-Hike® at the Arboretum

On select weekends in August, September and October, the Morton Arboretum will hold a series of Theatre-Hikes®. Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Theatre-Hikes® are approximately two hours in length and will not exceed two miles in hiking distance. For performance information and dates, visit

Fine Arts Festival celebrates 41 years

The Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival will be celebrating 41 years this fall. The festival is held in the middle of award winning, historic, Downtown Downers Grove, Sept. 9 & 10 from 10am–5pm. 50 artists will line Main St. with a variety of mediums and price points. Live music, boutiques, cafes and a children’s art area will complement the high caliber of art that will be present at the show.

Green fair at the DuPage County Fairgrounds

The annual SCARCE Green Fair will be held Sun., Sept. 30 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds from 10am–4pm. Come interact with a variety of environmentally friendly vendors covering cost-savings products, energy saving strategies, water conservation, composting and more! This fun, family event will also feature STEM/STEAM activities and plenty of food. 630-545-9710,

Robert Russo stands with one of 
the Holly Days houses he 
renovated for his Eagle Scouts

Westmont resident Robert Russo renovates Holly Days houses for Eagle Scout project

Earlier this year, Westmont High School student Robert Russo of Boy Scout Troop 6 renovated two Holly Days houses for his Eagle Scout project. Russo came up with the idea for the project after meeting with Bob Fleck, Executive Director of the Westmont Park District, and Jim Flynn, his Eagle Scout mentor on the project. These Holly Days houses are two of the many housing displays the park district puts up every winter to promote the many “Holly Days” activities throughout the village.

Over the course of the project, Russo learned a lot of valuable lessons in planning, estimating and revising. Additionally, Russo took pride in the fact that future generations of families will enjoy the two holiday displays that he and his team had built. The park district has plans to decorate the inside of the holiday houses and display them for the community.

Russo is thankful for all of the scouts and adult leaders who helped him on his Eagle Scout journey. A 3.9 GPA student and high school athlete, Russo plans to play football and study engineering at college this fall.