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Darien Around the Block: July & August

Darien Historical Society plans fundraising for historic Cass Flag

Community still counts as it did long ago in pre-Darien days. That’s when the residents created the Cass Flag for their 4th of July/Independence Day Parade. That same spirit of caring about home town connections and progress enlivens the city of Darien today.

Plans for fundraising for the newly acquired, hand-made Cass Flag are uppermost on the agenda for the Darien Historical Society. Restoration of this amazing artifact should touch all ages. The significance of this aged symbol of positive thinking and pride cannot be over-stated. As agents of civic history, the society will ask for your personal and community support in the form of donations and attendance at events. Let’s “Flag It for Darien!” Contact the Darien Historical Society at 7422 Cass Ave., or call 630-887-7060 for information.

Microchips help reunite families with their lost pets

The doctors and veterinary care team members at Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic (BRVC) remind all pet families in Darien and surrounding communities that Wed., Aug. 15 is National Check the Chip Day. Pet owners are encouraged to microchip their four-legged family members or check and update the contact information registered with their pet’s microchip company.

To assist families in making sure they are reunited with their lost pets, Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic is offering a microchip event from 10am–12pm, Sat., Aug. 18 where pets can be scanned for a microchip or have a microchip implanted. Owners who would like a chip implanted in their pet on Aug. 18 may do so for a $20 fee (cash or check only) which BRVC will donate to DuPage Animal Friends. BRVC is located at 8120 S. Cass Ave. 630-338-0014,

Discover the Darien Garden Club

The award-winning Darien Garden Club will feature presentations before the general meetings in July and August. On Mon., July 9, 7pm, Charlene Cebulski will present on “Ponds & Water Gardening.” Learn what is involved in maintaining a pond and the rewards of this hobby. Then, on Mon., Aug. 6, 7pm, Cindy Crosby will talk about “Dragonflies and Damselflies.” Darien Garden Club general meetings take place at St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien.

The Lisle Community Band performs Thursday nights this summer

The Lisle Community Band will perform on Thursday nights at 7pm, June 21, July 12, July 19 and July 26. The Lisle Community Jazz Band performs Thurs., Aug. 2 at 7:30pm. All Lisle Community Band Concerts are held at the Lisle Park District Band Shell east of Sea Lion Aquatic Park. Admission is free. Bring Lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be for sale. In case of rain or excessive heat, concerts will be held in the Lisle High School Auditorium.

St. John Lutheran Church launches new food ministry

Are you in need of food assistance? Do you know of someone in need of food assistance? St. John Lutheran Church, located at 7214 S. Cass Ave. in Darien, has launched a new food ministry and looks forward to serving you or someone you may know. The church will provide one pre-packed bag of non-perishable food items once per month per household. Both individuals and families are welcome to participate. The only requirement is a photo identification card for registration. Distribution of food will occur on the second Tuesday of each month from 1–2:55pm and on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4–5:55pm. 630-969-7987,

It’s time to register for Vacation Bible School

St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Ave., Darien will host its annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Mon., July 16 through Fri., July 20 from 9–11:45am. It will offer 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 theme Splash Canyon. Each day children will enjoy Bible stories, games, snacks, crafts, music and outdoor recreation. A free Family Fun Night featuring a hot dog supper and program by the children will be held as a culminating event.

The materials fee for VBS is $20 per family regardless of the number of children if you register online before July 6. If you register online after July 6 or at the door, the material fee is $25 per family. Register online at For more information, call 630-969-7987 or email

Pet-palooza at IPPL July 21

Calling all party animals! Celebrate the dog days of summer—and the Indian Prairie Public Library’s 30th anniversary—at PET-PALOOZA on Sat., July 21, from 12–3pm. The library’s birthday “paw-ty” promises fun for all ages, and full schedule of activities will be available at starting July 9. Following Pet-palooza, there will be an all-ages outdoor concert performed by Darien native Andrew Salgado. The country singer and songwriter now working in Nashville will perform from 3:30–5pm on the library lawn.

DuPage Senior Citizens Council to host Senior Dance Party

The DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) senior dance party will be held on Thurs., July 26th from 4–8pm at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. In addition to the music and dancing, the event will include dinner. Hamburgers, chicken and a vegetarian meal will be offered.

Although this dance party is targeted to seniors, people of all ages are welcome to attend. The dance party is free of charge to seniors over age 60, although a donation to help defray costs is appreciated. There will be a $7 charge for people under age 60. If you plan to attend, please call DSCC at 630-620-0804 to RSVP. DSCC anticipates 500+ people at this dance party.

Enjoy a free July 4 Concert at Cantigny

On Wed., July 4 at 3pm the Southwest Community Concert Band will perform at the First Division Museum plaza at Cantigny. Enjoy patriotic music and more at this spirited Independence Day performance. The Southwest Community Concert Band, established in 1982 and under Musical Director Ray Forlenza, is always a popular attraction at Cantigny. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10). Cantigny Park is located at 1 S. 151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630-668-5161,