Pick of the Week – the event NOT to be missed!

Sunday, July 31

Special Kids Day, City Works!

From 12 noon to 4 p.m., kids with special needs and their families are invited to “Special Kids Day, City Works!” at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St. Meet firefighters, paramedics, police officers, the public works team. Enjoy story time at the Elmhurst History Museum. Mayor Scott Levin and City aldermen will take your “vote” on the City’s favorites.

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Thursday, July 28

From 7-8:30 p.m., Pints at 112 So. York, will host Food Trivia Night in cooperation with the Elmhurst History Museum’s current exhibit “Eat Your Heart Out.” Test your foodie knowledge at this with an evening of fun and competitive trivia. Includes three rounds of trivia facilitated by Sporcle, one beer, and four individual appetizer bites. Adults 21+ only. Registration required: eventbrite.com/e/iconic-chicago-food-trivia-night-tickets-302975767677

Saturday, July 30

• From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Elmhurst Public Library will host an outdoor party with crafts, games, and other food-themed activities outdoors on the south lawn of the library to celebrate the Summer Reading Program. Free and open to the public. Donations to the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry will be collected. Info: elmlib.org.

• From 1 – 4 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum presents Family Day: Patterns and Nature with Raúl Ortiz. While overlooking Wilder Park, kids create their own nature-inspired paintings, led by Museum’s exhibiting artist Raúl Ortiz, known for layered and colorful paintings with a variety of collage-like effects. Free with museum admission, registration required at elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Monday, Aug. 1

At 7 p.m., the Elmhurst 100+ Women Who Care will hold its quarterly meeting at Angelo’s Ristorante. Info: 100elmhurstwomenwhocare.weebly.com or email to: elmwomenwhocare@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 3

From 4-5:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., invites you to hone your cooking skills with Chef Holston, Executive Chef at Cantigny, as he presents a pizza making workshop. Learn pizza history, decorate your own chef hat, and create a small personal-sized pizza to bake at home. Learn to make pizza dough from scratch.  NOTE: Ingredients contain potential allergens including gluten, dairy, and corn (no substitutions available). Participants must sign a waiver. Ages 6+ with an adult. Limit: 25 participants.

Admission is $20/person and registration required at: elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs.

Thursday, Aug. 4

Friday, Aug. 5

Saturday, Aug. 6

Sunday, Aug. 7

The Elmhurst AAUW will hold its annual Used Book Sale at Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Chas. Rd. Hours are Thursday, 6-9 p.m. (Preview sale, $10 admission req.); Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  $10 bag sale (fill a grocery bag with books for just $10). Books, CDs, DVDs can be donated at the Elmhurst Library, at Courts Plus or at Sandburg (preferred) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Saturday, Aug. 6

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Elmhurst Resource Center is hosting a Back to School Fair at York High School, 355 W. St. Chas. Rd. Children’s vaccines to be available, wellness resources, legal advice, careers, mini-workshops, free giveaways. “Warm Coats for Cool Kids” will be collecting winter coats. Elmhurst Lions Club will be offering free hearing and vision screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 8

• At 10 a.m., a Medicare information session will be held at the American Legion THB Post #187, 310 W. Butterfield Rd. Medicare Solutions 4 Seniors will offer free Medicare reviews and answer any questions. To RSVP, call 1-800-205-5176. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Walk-ins welcome.

• From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum offers Museum Maker Monday, when kids are invited to drop in and explore exhibits, play games, make crafts, and bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors, weather permitting. This Monday features a Hot Dog craft project (while supplies last). Appropriate for elementary age children accompanied by an adult. Free, no registration required. The museum is located at 120 E. Park Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 13

From 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, the Elmhurst Art Museum presents architect Erica Blawat who will lead an architectural walking tour of the architecturally rich City of Elmhurst—the only city with houses by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Blawat provides historic context and fun facts about architectural gems by Wright, Mies, Walter Burley Griffin, R. Harold Zook, Dirk Lohan, and more. Free with museum admission, registration required at elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Monday, Aug. 15

The Chicago Accordion Club meets on the third Monday of every month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst American Legion, 310 W. Butterfield Rd.  Visitors are welcome.  Every meeting fee includes professional musical entertainment and pizza.  Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

At 3:30 p.m., School District 205 is hosting a ribbon cutting at the new Lincoln Elementary School. Members of the public are invited to see the new school.

Monday, Aug. 17

At 7 p.m., there will be a Medicare information session held at the Knights of Columbus #1911, 537 So. York St., Medicare Solutions 4 Seniors will offer free Medicare reviews and will answer any questions. To RSVP, call 1-800-205-5176. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Walk-ins welcome.

If your club or organization is planning a special event, live OR virtually, send the information to Independent@rvpublishing.com and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line. The Calendar also appears at theindependentnewspapers.com.

Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibit

Now on display: ‘Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods.’ Explore the history of many classic Chicago food traditions as well as the often-colorful innovators and establishments that earned the devotion of generations of foodies, including Vienna Beef, Portillo’s, Lou Malnati’s and more. Info: elmhursthistory.org.

Ongoing programs:

• By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Experience local history through an award-winning exhibit about how the City of Elmhurst grew and developed over the years, including a history of the Glos Mansion and family. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Art Museum’s

new exhibition opens

Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design is currently on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum. It is a family-friendly show that features interactive learning stations that explore ways we can be inspired by nature’s incredibly resourceful designs. Featuring works by Chicago architect Alicia Ponce.

Complementing the Nature’s Blueprints exhibition this summer will be a solo show by Chicago painter Raúl Ortiz in the McCormick House. With a penchant for color and contrast, Ortiz combines a variety of different colors, patterns, and forms from multiple sources such as ethnographic patterns, architectural elements, and botanical forms. Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

 

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