Welcome to the Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar Upcoming events will be published, even if they are virtual and only available online. Please remember to be safe when attending live events by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining the proper social distance.

If your club or organization is gathering during this time, live OR virtually, you can send the information to Independent@rvpublishing.com and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line.


Saturday, Nov. 21

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art at 1220 Kensington Rd., in Oak Brook will host a 60-minute “Virtual Class – Mineral ID,” led by geologist Sara Kurth. Virtually learn the techniques for mineral identification. Purchase your $10 kit online or in the Museum store. Join us from home and learn how to identify your minerals. Completes the earth science badges for Cub and Boy Scouts. Fee: $5 per person. Purchase tickets at lizzadro-museum.ticketleap.com/virtual-miniral-identification-class. Info: (630) 833-1616 or visit lizzadromuseum.org.

Sunday, Nov. 22

At 3 p.m. the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will host its next virtual musical program of the season, which will remain available through Dec. 6.   Enjoy “Mostly Mozart,” presented through an innovative use of video technology and featuring acclaimed pianist Ran Dank.

celebrate the holiday season!

Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for seniors and can be purchased at elmhurstsymphony.org or by sending a check to Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, P.O Box 345, Elmhurst, IL 60126.  For more information, email elmhurstsymphonytix@gmail.com

Friday, Nov. 28

Lizzadro Museum presents a “Slow Art Saturday,” with an intimate viewing is a crucial part of Chinese art appreciation. These ongoing gallery tours explore various topics found within the art. Join Asian Art Curator Dr. Tongyun Yin as she explores the Lizzadro Collection. Various pieces will be featured along with new topics on each date. Topics include: materials and techniques, Buddhist art, foreign influences, longevity and symbolism. Physically distance and mask required. In-person tours begin at 2 p.m. for 15-minute tour and 15-minute Q&A. Students and adults only. Limited capacity. Regular Admission applies. Make reservations online at lizzadro-museum.ticketleap.com/slow-art/saturdays.

Sunday, Nov. 29

The Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry (EYFP) is taking a contactless approach to traditional holiday food drives by holding a “Pop the Trunk” event. Those who would like to participate should bring their donations to the pantry, located at 1083 S. York St., between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. Put your donations in the trunk of your car, drive up to the pantry, pop the trunk, and volunteers will do the rest.

Saturday, Dec. 5

At 1 p.m., Single Mothers Support Group will meet at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, in the main auditorium. Enjoy a Christmas celebration, free lunch, and Christmas gifts for mothers and Christmas toys for their children. Free childcare for ages 3-12.  Masks are required for you and your children.

Sunday, Dec. 6

At 7 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ will present “We Need a Little Christmas,” a live stream musical extravaganza as part of the church’s Music at Bethel Concert Series. The concert will be live streamed to Bethel’s YouTube channel from the PianoForte Showroom in downtown Chicago. The concert can be accessed through the church’s YouTube Channel at “Bethel UCC Elmhurst,” or by going to the church’s website at bethel-ucc.org for more information.

Ongoing programs:

Available through Dec. 20, the Elmhurst History Museum presents “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space.” From Unity Temple to the Guggenheim Museum, the dynamic interior spaces of Wright’s buildings were integrally tied to the overall forms of these structures. John H. Waters, preservation programs manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, will share images and insights into the spaces that Wright created and discuss the importance of preserving his buildings for future generations. Visit elmhursthistory.org. Info: 630-833-1457.

• Rotary Club of Elmhurst holds a Zoom meeting every Thursday at 12 noon.  See what we’re all about and consider joining men and women who do good work in the community.  Contact Rotary President Charlie Laliberte for Zoom invite details. Charlielaliberte@gmail.com.

• Medicare info meetings will be held in-person at the American Legion Post #187, 301 W. Butterfield Rd. Dates are:

Tuesdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Saturdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To register, call 1-800-205-5176 or email Medicaresolutionsforseniors@gmail.com to reserve a spot. Masks required and social distancing must be respected.

• Now through Feb. 14, 2021, the Elmhurst Art Museum presents a socially-distanced self-guided, outdoor walking tour of Elmhurst’s modern architecture. Purchase admission ticket at the web site, however, admission is free during Wright Before the “Lloyd” exhibition currently on display through Feb. 14. Link to guided audio tour expires five days after activating custom code. Advanced purchase recommended. Free to members. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Current exhibitions:

Elmhurst Art Museum

NOTE: Exhibition run dates recently changed due to new Museum hours

– Wright Before the “Lloyd,” open now through February 14, 2021, features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects and is curated by Chicago’s official cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

– Art in the Post, open now through Nov. 22, displays postcard artwork created and submitted by community members reflecting on COVID-19, racial injustices and other current events.

Elmhurst History Museum

Now through Dec. 20, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior. Through reproduction drawings, house plans, and photographs, explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Limit: 5 people per group, 15 visitors per hour. All visitors are required to wear face masks for entry.

Admission is free but reservations are required for one-hour time slots at elmhursthistory.org. Info: 630-833-1457.

Lizzadro Museum

Now until January 2021, a Special Exhibit is on display called “Re-carving the Past: The Art of Chinese Bronze and Jades.” The exhibition features 11 bronzes from the MacLean Collection and 16 Jade carvings from the Lizzadro Museum illustrating the enduring importance of antiquity in Chinese art and culture. Formerly located in Wilder Park, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art can now be found at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook.


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