Darien Around the Block: November & December
Acappellago December concerts celebrate Christmas in the Americas
Take an a cappella holiday voyage with Acappellago to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, and discover how our neighbors celebrate Christmas in song. The program will continue the celebration in the U.S.A., with spirituals, Appalachian folk songs and new music by composers from Villa Park and Northbrook.
Concerts will take place on Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30pm, in the Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook and on Sun., Dec. 3, 4pm, at the Congregational Church of Batavia 21 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia (across from the library). Admission is $17 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. 708-484-3797, acappellago.org
Darien Woman's Club holds annual soap collection drive
This year marks the fifth year that the Darien Woman's Club will collect shampoo, conditioner, body wash, liquid hand soap, bars of soap, liquid dish soap and laundry detergent for local families in need during the holiday season. This collection is made possible by members of the community. Without you, the Darien Woman's Club could not provide 250 families with much needed soap products. Your contributions have truly made a difference.
This year, the soap drive will begin on Wed., Nov. 15 and extend through Wed., Dec. 6. Please watch for soap donation bins placed throughout the community. Exact locations will be publicized as soon as possible. darienwomansclub.org
SEASPAR Holiday Spectacular promises cheer and inspiration
The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) will host its 11th annual Holiday Spectacular event on Mon., Dec. 4 at 7pm at the Theatre of Western Springs.
The Holiday Spectacular is a showcase of SEASPAR participants with disabilities’ talents in various arts such as song, music, dance and theatre. Most of the performers hone their skills in SEASPAR’s year-round programming that includes voice and instrument lessons as well as dance and drama groups.
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 Avenue in Western Springs. For more information, visit SEASPAR.org or call 630-960-7600.
Special needs drama group performs Beauty and The Beast Jr.
Lyons Township Adult and Continuing Education’s Actors with Special Needs drama group will perform Beauty and The Beast Jr. under the direction of Christine Rehak-Grohne. The performance will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 at 2pm at Lyons Township High School (South Campus), 4900 South Willow Springs Road, Western Springs. Tickets are $5 and complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission. The cast is comprised of actors from all over the Western suburbs, including several Darien residents.
This holiday season, come see the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway classic, Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star. Performances of 42nd Street continue at the Drury Lane Theatre until January 7. The Drury Lane Theatre is located at 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. 630-530-8300, drurylanetheatre.com
Chicago pastel painters exhibit at Mayslake Peabody Estate
From November 8–December 3, enjoy works of art by pastel artists from around the country at Mayslake Peabody Estate. The Chicago Pastel Painters Sixth Biennial National Juried Open Exhibition will take place at the Estate, Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm and Saturdays, 9am–1pm. All ages are welcome. This is a free event and registration is not required. Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. 630-206-9566, mayslakepeabody.com
Veterans History Project continues at the Indian Prairie Public Library
Since 2000, the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has been collecting, preserving and sharing oral histories of men and women who have served their country. The Indian Prairie Public Library began collecting stories of local wartime veterans for the project in 2002, and is recognized as a Founding Partner. To be interviewed for the Veterans History Project, contact Joe Popowitch at 630-887-8760 ext. 240. ippl.info
Seniors help one another and bring out their best
When Seniors Helping Seniors launched their in-home care services over a decade ago, the organization established itself as the only national caregiver and companionship organization that matches seniors who need help with engaging, local seniors who can provide the assistance. The care providers help with things like hygiene and personal care, companionship, transportation, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and medication reminders—just about anything non-medical that might help someone to thrive in their home.
If you know someone who needs a little help or a lot, or if you are interested in becoming a caregiver and you are over the age of 50, contact Seniors Helping Seniors at 630-324-6086 (DuPage County), 815-710-0005 (Will County). SeniorsHelpingSeniors.com
Have Pizza with Santa at the Darien Park District Community Center
The Darien Park District has invited Santa to join them for a pizza party, Fri., Dec. 1, 6:30–7:45pm at the Darien Park District Community Center. Besides having pizza and a beverage, you will have the opportunity to make a craft, play some games and do some jumping in a bounce house. Weather permitting, there will also be a candy cane hunt outside, so dress warm and bring your flashlight. This event is for children age 2 and up, and parents must pre-register by November 27. The Darien Park District Community Center is located at 7301 Fairview Ave. in Darien. darienparks.com
Picosa presents Americana concert Dec. 5
Picosa’s Americana program weaves together the works of five composers for an exciting journey through American musical style of the 20th and 21st century on Tues., Dec. 5th at 7pm at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook. Music lovers will enjoy experiencing Picosa’s signature symphonic sound and welcoming community at every program of virtuosic chamber music. General Admission tickets for the concert and dessert reception are $25 with discounts available for seniors and students. Picosa is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. To purchase tickets visit PicosaMusic.com.