Westmont Around the Block: August/September 2019Aug 16, 2019 02:20PM ● By Hannah Ott
September 8 is Frida Fest at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. Celebrate the life and culture of Frida with performances by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Mariachi Monumental de México and headliner ARTrageous. (Image source: MSN.com)
Donate diapers, pull ups and wipes to the
People’s Resource Center
The People’s Resource Center (PRC) always has an urgent need for diapers, pull ups and wipes. “They make a big difference to families who visit the food pantries for essential items because they are expensive and cannot be purchased with food stamps,” states Susan Manning of PRC. Bring packages, in sizes 4, 5 and 6, to either PRC location: 104 Chestnut Ave., Westmont or 201 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton. peoplesrc.org.
Bring your ideas to life
If you are curious about 3D printing or want to explore circuits or sew one-of-a-kind clothes visit the Makery at Westmont Public Library. They provide the tools; you bring the creativity. The Makery offers workshops, checkouts for portable tools, and access to equipment and space to create during regular open lab hours. Located in the first floor Community Meeting Room, to work on a project or learn how to use our tools. The Makery is open Mondays, 10am–2pm, Thursdays, 5:30–8:30pm and the first and third Saturdays of the month, 1–4pm. westmontlibrary.org
Holy Trinity Parish Fest is fun for the whole family
Enjoy a carnival, food, craft show, bingo games and live music at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Hours are Fri., 5-10pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-10pm; and Mon., 1-5pm. Wristbands are $25 all days except Monday when they are $20. Park in the Commuter Lot at 111 S. Cass Ave, Westmont. Contact Holy Trinity at 630-968-1366
Promenade your pet in the park
The 8th Annual Westmont Pet Promenade and Party in the Park has been rescheduled for Sun., Sept. 22 from 11am–2pm. Bring your pets to Ty Warner Park and enjoy a day in the park together. Vendor booths have pet related items. Don’t have a pet? There will be plenty on hand. Bubba the alligator returns with the Cold Blooded Creatures demonstration. See a live demonstration of sheep herding, police K-9 unit demonstration and find a pet at the animal shelter booths. The highlight is the pet promenade around the park with judges handing out contest prizes. The Westmont Public Works Department will have trucks to touch and you can make a kite. Contact 630-960-5553 or visit westmontchamber.com.
Don’t miss the Senior Lifestyle Expo
Plan to visit Aug. 20 & 21 from 9am–2pm at Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. Presented by Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois, the 2019 Expo will feature more than 130 booths, an entertainment stage, health and wellness info, an all new Tech Connect area, interactive activities and educational seminars. Tickets are free with registration. For more information about seminars, presentations and entertainment and registration, visit seniorlifestyleexpo.org
First Folio Theatre presents The Guys
Based on a true story, The Guys recounts the relationship of Joan, an editor, and Nick, a New York city fire captain who is in search of a writer to help him prepare eulogies for the men in his company lost in the 9/11 attacks. Tickets are $35. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Performances take place Sept. 9–11 at 8pm. First Folio performances are at the Mayslake Peabody Esstate in Oak Brook. Firstfolio.org
Have a wild night with Emily
Join the After Hours Film Society for a screening of Wild Nights with Emily on Mon., Aug. 19. Molly Shannon stars as poet Emily Dickinson in this biographical comedy exploring an irreverent side to the poet that was covered up for years. Show begins at 7:30pm at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Tickets are $6 for members, $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets call 630-534-4528 or visit afterhoursfilmsociety.com.
Katherine Rondeau with Eric Lambert at Two Way Street
Hear classic folk music with a modern twist at Two Way Street Coffee House on Aug. 23. ArtsDupage.org describes Katherine Rondeau’s singer-songwriter style as “full-throttle” and “strong, soulful and warm.” Eric Lambert is a 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner who plays American hits with influence from bluegrass, blues, rock and soul. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:15pm. Bring a donation of $5-10 if you’re inclined. Two Way Street is located at 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove.
Broadway Kids to present Disney’s Frozen
Does your child love acting out scenes from Frozen and belting out “Let it Go”? They will surely love to do it on-stage through the Bam Theatre. The school will have a “workshop style” course this fall on Saturdays and various weekdays for $495. Choose from two sessions, depending on your schedule: 12-3pm or 3-6pm. Practices take place at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield St., Hinsdale. They will all lead up to performances on Dec. 6-8 & 13-15.
Darien Lions Club Candy Day
On October 11 &12, The Darien Lions Club will be on street corners and in front of local businesses collecting for Candy Day. Support the organization and its many programs that help the community. The Darien Lions would also like to thank the community for their continued support.
Celebrate the life and culture of Frida Kahlo, the influential painter and self-portrait creator. On Sept. 8, the McAninch Arts Center (connected to College of DuPage) will kick-off its year-long Frida celebration with an outdoor festival. They will have live music, visual art and dance as well as authentic Mexican food vendors from 1-9pm. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Mariachi Monumental de México and headliner Artrageous are just a few of the performers. The event is free and open to the public.
College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K
Thousands attend the Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K at College of DuPage (COD) every year. On Oct. 5, the event will be open from 2-8pm at the college, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. The run/walk 5K begins at 4:30pm. The event also includes over 15 food trucks, a 100-yard Youth Dash (for kids ages 4-9) and Touch-a-Truck. Proceeds will fund scholarships for each high school district served by COD to assist local graduates who can’t afford costly loans. Visit cod.edu/5K to register.
Kid Rock Fall Jamboree at Cantigny
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, visit Cantigny Park for the Kid Rock Fall Jamboree. The music, dance and activities are for kids ages 1-5. The parent-child event will have a fun autumn theme with props, and it goes from 6-6:45pm. Cost is $12 per child plus the small parking fee at entry. Register at Cantigny.org or call 630-260-8162. Kid Rock has been providing these events since 1995, and they’re always a blast. Learn more at rockitkids.com.