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Around the Block: November & December

Oct 29, 2018 11:01AM ● By Hannah Ott

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Bizet, Chopin and Saint-Saëns

If you love composers like Bizet, Chopin and Saint-Saëns, then the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has the perfect performance for you. On Sunday, November 11, the symphony will show “French Connections,” an assortment of classical music by French-born and French-influenced composers. The symphony will play with talented organist, Michael Surratt, and pianist, Adam Nieman. It will begin at 3pm and is located at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church at 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. Purchase tickets at or call 630-941-0202.

Tim Timmons Concert and Benefit Night for the LOVE Christian Clearninghosue

Support a community helpline with a fun, family-friendly benefit night. On Saturday, November 17, the LOVE Christian Clearinghouse will hold a silent auction, dinner, and Tim Timmons concert to benefit their call-in center. For the past 33 years, volunteers at LOVE provided community resources and solutions for neighbors in need. Dinner and silent auction starts at 4:30pm. Concert starts at 6 with Tim Timmons going on at 7. Tickets are $30 Adult; $10 Children under 12 and can be purchased at The benefit is located at 98 E. Chicago Ave in Westmont.

Imagination Ball for The DuPage Foundation

The Dupage Foundation is excited to host its own “world of pure imagination” this November. The Imagination Ball, a benefit night with a fun Willy Wonka theme, will take place on Saturday, November 17. Enjoy dinner, dancing, trivia and a host of surprises inspired by the classic story. Dress in colorful, formal attire like Wonka himself. The DuPage Foundation’s new sponsors will be there: Little Friends, NAMI DuPage, and Teen Parent Connection. The event will go from 5:30pm to midnight at the Westin in Yorktown Center. For questions contact Kait Balsewicz at

Woodridge Rotary Club presents Violin Rock Show for Autism Services

The Woodridge Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser for autism. On November 24, they will host The CoverGirl’s Violin Show featuring The Danhattans, a rock-inspired performance. All proceeds will go directly to fund transition scholarships for young adults with autism in the community. Tickets include dinner and 2 drinks and are $75 each or $500 for a table of 8. The show will be from 6-10pm and takes place at Seven Bridges Golf Club at 1 Mulligan Dr. in Woodridge. For more information contact

Salt Creek Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Come see Salt Creek Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. On November 24 and 25, the traditional holiday classic will come to life. See a variety of colorful characters and hear Tchaikovsky’s beautiful composition played by the Chicago West Chamber Orchestra. Showings are on Saturday at 1 or 5p and on Sunday at 1pm. Sunday’s performance also includes admission to meet characters, step on stage and later enjoy refreshments in a winter wonderland. Tickets range from $22-$48 depending on age, seat and date. For more information and ticket sales visit (800) 514-3849 

The Giving Tree and Food for Fines return to the Indian Prairie Library

Give back through the Indian Prairie Library this winter. The library will be collecting winter accessories through their Giving Tree from November 25 to December 14, in collaboration with the Teen Advisory and Service Committee. After donating, one can also sign and hang an ornament. The library will also have the Food for Fines program from December 1 to December 9. Bring nonperishable food items or personal care products and they will waive $1 of fees per item. All items will be collected by Our Lady of Peace and of Mt. Carmel ministries. The library is located at 401 Plainfield Road in Darien.

Holly and Hope Holiday Luncheon at Cantigny

Enjoy a nice lunch, silent auction and raffle in support of the People’s Resource Center. The luncheon will be on November 28 and will also include a champagne reception and program. The event is from 11:30am-2pm and takes place at Le Jardin Restaurant in Cantigny Park. Tickets are $80 each or $750 for a table of ten. Please kindly register by November 16 at 

The 14th Annual Vendor and Craft Fair at St. John Lutheran Church

All are welcome to the St. John Lutheran Church’s craft fair. On Saturday, December 1, you can purchase unique, handmade or retail gifts from 65 vendors. There will be food, a bake sale and a raffle with prizes from each vendor. Entry is free. The event is from 9:30am-2:30pm. Candy Cane Lane will be open to entertain kids from 11am-1:30pm. Proceeds benefit the church’s Early Learning Center Fund. The church is at 7214 South Cass Ave in Darien. For more information or vendor sign-up email

David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown

Get ready to dance in your seat like Snoopy on his dog house with this Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown. On December 1, David Benoit, a Grammy-nominated artist, shares his love of jazz with songs from Vince Guaraldi’s timeless holiday album. The show will include special guest, Sara Gazarek, winner of the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. The show starts at 8pm and takes place at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall. Tickets range from $40-$55. Contact (630) 637-7469 for tickets or go to

Darien’s Tree Lighting celebration and visit from Santa

The Darien Historical Society welcomes you and yours to the annual Tree Lighting celebration. On Sunday, December 2, be there when the switch is thrown and take part in the joyous occasion with hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. The Eisenhower Junior High School chorus will also be there spreading holiday cheer with carols. The Tree Lighting takes place on the corner of 75th and Cass Avenue and begins at 4pm. For additional questions contact Alice Brennan

Restoration-in-Progress Tours at Peabody Estate

Learn about the past -- and future -- of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate as it undergoes restoration this fall. From now until December 5, the Restoration-in-Progress tour will show you the beautiful Tudor-Revival style of the mansion as you learn about its history and plans for renovations. Tours are on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-12pm. The estate is located at 1717 31st St. in Oak Brook. Tickets are $8, no registration needed. Ages 18+ unless accompanied by an adult. Call (630) 206-9566 for questions. 

Bittersweet Christmas Band at Two Way Street Coffee House

The holidays are full of surprises but so is the Bittersweet Christmas Band. On Friday, December 7 they will play at the cozy Two Way Street Coffee House. Phil Cooper, Kate Early and Margaret Nelson will join songwriter Susan Urban for a variety of holiday songs. Vocal harmonies and the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand drum and percussion instruments make this a unique, festive experience. Doors open 7:30pm, band begins at 8:15 pm. Admission is $10. Two Way Street is located at 1047 Curtiss Street in Downers Grove. For questions contact (630) 969-9720 

A Celtic Christmas with Gavin Coyle benefitting People’s Resource Center

Enjoy Christmas classics from America and Ireland at this benefit night for People’s Resource Center. On Friday, December 14, award-winning artist Gavin Coyle and his band of talented musicians will play holiday favorites with a Celtic sound. The show is from 8pm-10pm and tickets are $35. It takes place at the McAninch Arts Center located at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn. For tickets and more information visit