Toddler open gym in York Center
Join the York Center Park District for Open Gym. Your child will have room to run, skip, hop and play. Tumbling mats, basketball hoops, scooters and more will be available to help burn off some energy and get active. Adult supervision is required for this program. Ages: 1-3 years. Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16. Time: 9-10 a.m. Fee: $25 (10 weeks)/$3 daily drop-in fee. Register by Friday, Aug. 31. Visit or call 630-629-0886.

Children’s programming at Villa Park Library
Starting on Sept. 1, the Villa Park Public Library is moving its popular Saturday morning storytimes to a new time. “Marvelous Mornings” will still take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month, but will now be held an hour later, from 11–11:45 a.m. “Baby Playtime” is on Tuesdays, Sept. 4 and Oct. 16, and on Thursdays, Sept. 6 and Oct. 18, from 9:15–10 a.m. All infants and pre-walkers with an adult can drop in, meet other babies and their adults, and play with the baby toy box. Siblings are also welcome to attend. “Toddler Playtime” is on Thursdays, Sept. 6 and Oct. 18, and on Monday, Oct. 15, from 10:15–11 a.m. All walkers with an adult can drop in, meet other toddlers and their adults and play with the toddler toy box. Siblings are also welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the library’s website at or call 630-834-1164.

Plum Library programs
Genealogy Club Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Join the library for a roundtable discussion on solutions to brick walls and hear success stories from other members. iPad & iPhone Helpdesk Wednesday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Did you recently purchase an iPad or iPhone? An expert volunteer will answer your questions and cover the basics for using your iPad or iPhone to its maximum potential. Make your transition to using your new iPad or iPhone more seamless. Open to Helen Plum Library cardholders. To schedule an appointment, please call Katie Cortesi at 630-627-0316, ext. 237.

Glen Crest to hold blood drive Aug. 29
Anyone who gives blood between 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, will receive a free Chicago Bears long-sleeve shirt. The blood drive will be in the cafeteria of the school at 725 Sheehan Ave., Glen Ellyn. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. You can schedule a time at: You can also call or text your name and desired time to Camille from Heartland Blood Centers at 847-305-9998 to be added to the schedule. The blood drive is open to anyone in the community. A photo ID is required to donate. It is recommended that a donor eat something within four hours prior to donation. In order to donate, you need to be at least 17 years old and in good health. (Sixteen-year-olds can donate with parent permission.) You must weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated blood for at least eight weeks. To determine if you are eligible to donate, contact Heartland Blood Centers at 800-786-4483.

Tiny Tumblers in York Center
Children ages 3-5 can join the YCPD and learn basic tumbling skills like balance, stretching, somersaults and cartwheels. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes to class. I. Tuesdays, Sept. 4-25. II. Tuesdays, Oct. 9-30. Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Fee: $15/resident; $18/non-resident. Register by I. Tuesday, Aug. 28; II. Tuesday, Oct. 2. Visit or call 630-629-0886, York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.

Glenbard East Class of 1998 Reunion Oct. 6
The Glenbard East Class of 1998 20-Year Reunion is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6. Contact the reunion committee with any questions or if you are interested in attending this event, at or check out the Glenbard East Class of 1998 Facebook page.

Patron Appreciation Day at Jefferson Pool
Villa Park Parks and Recreation will hold the final Patron Appreciation Day at Jefferson Pool on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the last day of the pool season. Spend the day at the pool with family and friends enjoying the music and entertainment provided by DJ Superman and Coach Josh. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

Prairie Weavers Guild to meet Sept. 4
Jennifer Chou, a weaver of extraordinary, complex cloth on her computer-driven loom, will present a program on utilizing Fiberworks PCW weaving software in your design process at the monthly meeting of the Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild on Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. Chou, a longtime IPW guild member and a teacher at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, will show you how to put the magic of weaving software to work in your designs. She will discuss simple drawdowns to multi-shaft structures and free design; she also will cover automatic options, block substitution, color use, weave as drawn in, and printing options. The guild is open to anyone interested in weaving. Monthly meetings are held at the Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard, September through June.

Free concerts at Cantigny
Sunday, Sept. 2. Free Concert: Chris Walker Band. Band shell, 3 p.m. Grounded in soul, the Milwaukee-based Chris Walker Band presents funk-infused rhythms with pop melodies that recall Prince, Bruno Mars and James Brown. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10). Monday, Sept. 3. Free Concert: Wayne Messmer Big Band. Band shell, 3 p.m. Celebrate Labor Day with a local legend. Wayne Messmer, the popular national anthem performer at Chicago Cubs games, will sing favorites from such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin. Backed by a powerhouse big band, Wayne will bring you back to a simpler time when lyrical love songs filled the radio airwaves. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Knitters, crocheters wanted
Persons of all ages who knit or crochet are invited to participate in the 22nd annual Crochet & Knit-A-Thon (CKAT) now through Dec. 12. The CKAT is part of a larger clothing drive, called Snug Hugs for Kids, which provides warm winter clothing for children served in Illinois by Children’s Home & Aid. All volunteers are encouraged to register, especially those who will attend the local CKAT event to spend time with fellow crafters and view the items being donated. Registration forms can be obtained by emailing or by picking one up at select yarn shops in the Chicagoland area.


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