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Sep 11, 2018 12:27PM ● By Tim

Mom's Connect at St. John's Lutheran

Take a walk with the Darien Historical Society
On Sat., Sept. 15 from 1–3pm, St. John Lutheran Cemetery will be open to the public for a fascinating stroll stopping at specific grave sites. 
 A costumed narrator will tell you the story of each deceased. There will be entertainment, plus quilts and bakery products available for purchase. The rain date is Sat., Sept. 22. This is a free event; donations are appreciated by both sponsoring partners, the Darien Historical Society and St. John Lutheran Church. Clarendon Hills Rd. and 67th St. www.darienilhistory.org.



Welcome to LittleTown™ at IPPL 
Indian Prairie Public Library recently unveiled LittleTown™, a space for children birth through kindergarten to explore and learn through sensory activity and imaginative play.  "Little Town" looks like a neighborhood with six imaginative play centers: a kitchen, a closet, a shop, a construction site, a train station and a park. LittleTown™ was made possible by a generous donation from the Sadowski Family, in honor of Marie “Murray” Sadowski. www.ippl.info

Halloween for ghouls and goblins at Darien Community Center
No tricks, just treats and lots of fun at the Darien Park District’s Halloween party for two–five year olds, Fri., Oct. 26, 5–6:30pm. An adult needs to come along to help your child with the activities, games and crafts. Children should come dressed in their costumes. Pizza will be served. Register by Oct. 20. The Darien Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave. 630-968-6400, www.darienparks.com 

Darien Park District holds Children’s Book Swap Oct. 17
Recycle your books for someone else’s at the park district’s Children's Book Swap. Parents can drop off gently used books Saturday thru Tuesday, Oct. 13–16 at the Darien Park District Community Center and receive a ticket with the number of books you drop off. On Wed., Oct. 17 from 6–8pm, bring your ticket to the Book Swap and pick out the number of books you have on your ticket. Books need to be in like new or gently used condition in order to receive a ticket. 630-968-6400, www.darienparks.com.

Lord of Life Lutheran celebrates 50 years
The congregation was established in 1969 in Darien. The church’s mission “We Share God’s Love” is shown in its support and partnership with over 20 local, national and international organizations providing financial donations and needed supplies. Lord of Life’s celebration throughout the year will include guest speakers, former pastors and the church’s local bishop. Lord of Life will kick off its anniversary with a picnic on Sun., Sept. 23 catered by Chucks Southern Comforts BBQ. The church is also offering a pet blessing in October, a Santa Lucia Swedish Festival in December and a banquet in May 2019. Sunday worship services are at 9 and 11am. 725 75th St., 630-323-3161, www.LordofLifeDarien.org

Trunk-or-Treat at St. John’s
St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center will host a fun-packed and family-friendly Trunk-or-Treat on Sat., Oct, 27 from 12–2pm. 
 This community event is free. 7214 South Cass Ave. All families are invited to bring their children in Halloween costume for treats, games and surprises in the trunks of seasonally decorated vehicles in the traffic-free parking lot. Activities will be moved inside if the weather is inclement. sjlcdarien.org/events/trunk-or-treat, 630-324-6582, nancy.chibe@sjlcdarien.org.




Moms Connect at St. John Lutheran Church 
Moms Connect, a group for mothers of preschoolers, will begin a new year on Fri., Sept. 14. The group meets each Friday through May from 9–10:15am on weeks when the church’s preschool is in session. Facilitated by Deaconess Phaedra Serbus, the group is open to community moms as well as those associated with the church and its preschool. Complimentary child care is provided. Moms can network with each other while gaining parenting support and encouragement. Initial discussion focuses on the book, 8 Simple tools for Raising Great Kids, by Dr. Todd Cartmell. St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 South Cass Ave., Darien. Register at www.sjlcdarien.org/events/moms-connect.