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Darien Around the Block: March & April

Sign up for the Darien Woman’s Club Children’s Clothing Resale

Darien Woman's Club is hosting a Children's Clothing Resale event on Sat., March 17, 9am–2pm at Lace School located at 7414 S. Cass in Darien. Sellers receive 65% of the funds for their items with a $7 fee for registration. Dates to sign up are Wednesdays, February 7 and March 7 from 6:30–8pm and Sat., Feb. 24 from 9am–12pm at the Darien Park District, 7301 Fairview Ave. in Darien.  You can also sign up Thurs., Feb. 15 from 6:30–8pm at the Darien Safety Village, 7400 S. Cass Ave. in Darien. The sale includes children's clothing, shoes, outwear, toys, bikes and maternity wear.

The Gift of Carl Musical Instrument Drive takes place March 31

The Gift of Carl Musical Instrument Drive will be held Sat., March 31, 9am–5pm at the Indian Prairie Public Library. Drop off your musical instrument in the Library lobby. Refurbished instruments will be donated to local schools and music programs in need. You will receive an appraisal, a tax deduction, and the joy that comes from helping others. Instruments will be appraised by PM Music Center in Aurora. For more information about The Gift of Carl Foundation, visit

Easter Eggstravaganza at St. John Lutheran Church March 31

St. John Lutheran Church & Early Learning Center, located at 7214 South Cass Ave. in Darien, will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Sat., March 31 from 9–11am with an Egg Hunt at 10am. Jeremiah, a Lutheran Church K–9 Comfort Dog, will be on hand to personally greet everyone. This family-friendly event is open to the public free of charge. In addition to looking for treat-filled plastic eggs, children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in games and to make crafts at 9am. There will also be a puppet show at 9:30am and 10:30am. 630-969-7987,

“Get Your Kicks” at A Taste of Route 66 fundraiser

Hit the road to Carriage Greens Country Club on Tues., April 24 from 6–9pm and experience a fun-filled evening featuring the greatest taste sensations from local area restaurants, silent auction, raffles, split the pot, entertainment – something for everyone!

Darien Rotary Club is proud to host A Taste of Route 66 again this year. This annual event is the pathway for the Rotary Club to continue their service initiatives in the community. Darien Rotary Club’s signature project is Food for Kids – a program which provides supplemental nutrition to 195 school-age children in the Darien area, ensuring that when they come to school on Monday they are ready to learn. Other programs include Grants-in-Aid benefitting local civic efforts, RYLA which provides leadership training for local high school students and the Darien Rotary Dictionary Project, handing out dictionaries annually to every third grader in the Darien area (over 700 in 2017 and over 6,000 in the last 9 years). Visit for information and to RSVP.

Darien Garden Club holds Spring Gardening Inspiration event

The Darien Garden Club will hold their Spring Gardening Inspiration event on Sat., March 10 from 8am–2pm. Abigail Derby Lewis, Ph.D., Field Museum of Natural History will give the keynote address: “What You Plant Matters: the collective impact of urban habitat on people and nature.” The event will include two breakout sessions where you will learn about composting, soil, vegetables, natives, pollinators and more, with speakers, exhibits, raffles and a farm-to-table luncheon at Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien. 630-253-2125,

Safety Village of Darien offers “Children’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Smart Course”

The teachers of Safety Village of Darien will host a “Children’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Smart Course” for children of Darien and surrounding communities. This course is geared for children who are four to seven years of age. Through this course, children will learn and practice skills essential to becoming a safety-smart pedestrian and bike rider.

The safety course will take place Sat., April 28, 9:30am–12pm at the Safety Village of Darien, 7400 Cass Ave. Children should bring a helmet with them for the course. This event is $25 per child, which covers the cost of Safety Village shirts, handouts and snacks. If you are interested in signing your child up for this course, send an email to and you will receive a PDF application.

LEHSO Clothing Resale is March 10

The Lisle Elementary Home & School Organization clothing resale takes place Sat., March 10 from 7–11am and 12–2pm. The resale is a great place to find quality children's items at good values. Items include gently used infant clothing and equipment, children’s clothing, shoes, toys, sports equipment, books, movies, costumes and furniture. The resale will be held at Schiesher School, 5205 Kingston Ave., Lisle. There is free parking and free admission to the sale. For more information, visit or check out the LEHSO Clothing Resale page on Facebook.

The Kerry Piper’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration benefits St. Baldrick’s 

Willowbrook’s charming Irish oasis, The Kerry Piper, is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring three days packed with lucky fun inside the restaurant and outdoors under a massive party tent. The Kerry Piper will have extended hours Fri., Mar. 16–Sun., Mar. 18. Weekend festivities include a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event, special guest bartenders, several live bands and more. The cottage-style Irish pub will offer classic Irish dishes and drinks and truly Celtic fare for guests to enjoy.

At the 2017 Gala for Family Shelter Service, Shari Gillespie, Darien; ABC 7's Judy Hsu, Hinsdale; Heather Hildebrandt, Naperville.

Free to Fly Gala supports victims of domestic violence

On Sat., April 28, 5:30–11pm, Family Shelter Service will hold its annual fundraising gala, “Free to Fly,” at the Drake Oak Brook with proceeds supporting DuPage victims of domestic violence.

Guests will enjoy music, dancing, and silent and live auctions where they can bid on a wide variety of exclusive experiences, event tickets and specialty getaways. Raffles will include a Grand Raffle for a six-night tropical vacation.

Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service has provided thousands of families with shelter, counseling and court advocacy in order to help them find safer futures, free of domestic violence. The gala is Family Shelter Service’s largest fundraiser of the year and a critical funding source for providing shelter, counseling and court advocacy for the 2,000 women and children the organization serves annually.

Visit the new WouldShop™ at IPPL

Indian Prairie Public Library has a new creative space where kids and teens ages 8–18 can gather to design, tinker, build and make. The WouldShop™ was donated by Maria and Joe Sadowski and their family and friends in honor of Ed Sadowski. It offers hands-on learning and making through special activities and classes, as well as a variety of readily-available creative and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) equipment.

Support the Darien Historical Society

If you love the Darien Historical Society and the Old Lace School House, consider making a donation. If you shop on Amazon, do so through Amazon Smiles. Select “Darien Historical Society of Illinois” as the beneficiary and Amazon will donate .05% of every sale to DHS. The Darien Historical Society is located at 7422 Cass Ave.

Our Lady of Peace School holds annual Auction Gala

Our Lady of Peace School invites you to support their largest and most significant fundraiser—the annual Auction Gala. This event will be held Fri., April 6 at the Marriott Burr Ridge, 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy.

Our Lady of Peace School is a Catholic grade school located in Darien providing Pre K-8th grade education to more than 300 students from Darien, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Woodridge and other neighboring communities. The costs to run the school are predominately supported by tuition; fundraisers like the annual Auction Gala help keep tuition affordable for families and raise funds for other items for which the budget does not allow. 630-325-9220,