Around the Block
Darien Woman’s Club spring children’s clothing resale set
The Darien Woman’s Club children’s clothing resale is March 9 from 9am–1pm
at Prairieview School, 699 Plainfield Rd., Downers Grove. For more information contact Valerie at 630-852-4097 or darienwomansclub.org.
Improvements galore at Old Lace School House
There’s lots happening at Old Lace Schoolhouse and Museum. Join this historic hometown establishment on March 3 and April 7 from 1–7pm to see what’s happening. Work projects continue with the in-house filing system and safeguarding contents with archival containers. Also on the list is creating wall space for the Andermann exhibition, which will display seven newly framed family photos and the 1930s wedding dress of Malinda Andermann Wehrmeister. The not-so-fun details include addressing the ailing furnace and sump pump.
Stop by and see what’s happening. The museum is located at 75th and Cass.
Peter Pan returns to Tivoli Theatre
Join Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell, and the rest of the gang at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, for a special performance of Midwest Ballet Theatre’s (MBT) full-length, original story ballet Peter Pan March 9, 1:30pm. Tickets are available through midwestballet.org. 630-971-9751.
Darien Woman’s Club scholarship applications available
The purpose of the Woman’s Club scholarships is to encourage young people to be involved in their community and the fine arts. The Darien Woman’s Club Charity Fund, Inc. will award four scholarships to students living in Darien and neighboring areas.
Community Service: Two $1,000 Scholarships for Volunteer Service are available to high school seniors
Fine Arts: Two $350 scholarships are available for students who entered 7–12 grade for the 2013–2014 School year. Scholarship funds are to be used in the summer of 2013 for a fine arts class or camp.
Applications are available at darienwomansclub.org. All applications must be postmarked by April 3.
Cancer Smashers are at it again!
On Feb. 22, Cancer Smashers partnered up with three local Student Councils from School District 60, 66, and 61 for a friendly competition to see which district could “smash” cancer more. The exciting, inspirational, fun-filled kickoff assembly motivated the kids to fight this horrible disease. Go to cancersmashers.org to find out more and which school district won!
Darien Lions say “Thanks”
The fall months saw the Darien Lions Club involved with two of its most important fund raising/community activities—Candy Day in October and Needy Food Basket delivery in December.
The generosity of Darien area residents and businesses was simply overwhelming! Total funds raised surpassed $40,000 —enabling the Club to serve 195 families with food baskets (and gifts provided by the Darien Park District, area schools and other sources) and donate over $21,000 to the State Lions Foundation, benefiting vision- and hearing-impaired persons in Illinois. Area businesses truly stepped-up in their support; donating nearly $13,000 (and lots of food!) to the two events. The Darien Lions Club expresses their heart-felt thanks to all who gave of their time and resources to help make these efforts so successful.
Make plans for pancakes
Boy Scout Troop 101 is holding its 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast March 10 at Eisenhower Jr. High School, 8am–1pm. Admission to the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $5 per person. All children under six and Cub Scouts in uniform are free.
The Pancake Breakfast is the Troop’s largest fundraising event. Last year, more than 1000 people were served! Many families stop on their way to or from church services. Proceeds support Troop outings and other activities throughout the year.
For more information about the Pancake Breakfast or Boy Scout Troop 101, contact Scoutmaster Gary Myk at email@example.com.
Be a part of this entertaining event
The Harlem Wizards play Darien Mayhem on March 9 Hinsdale South High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 6pm; game starts at 7pm.
Join Hinsdale South High School Athletic Club and the Cass District 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence for a great night of basketball! The Harlem Wizards are a professional entertainment basketball team. There will be play-by-play highlights of the game. The Darien Mayhem players will be students, parents and teachers from Cass D63 and Hinsdale South HS.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Citizen’s Bank on Cass Ave., Cass District 63 Office, Hinsdale South High School Front Office or online at cassd63.org/foundation or 630-248-7969
It’s time again for The Big Read
The Big Read is a cooperative project of the Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Indian Prairie, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lisle, Thomas Ford, Westmont, and Woodridge public libraries that connects communities through literature. It encourages patrons at all ten libraries to read the same book.
Join this event by visiting one of the participating libraries to borrow a copy of The Shoemaker’s Wife. Purchase it at Anderson’s Bookshops in Downers Grove or Naperville for a 10% discount. Anderson’s Book Club members and shoppers at Barbara’s Bookstore in Burr Ridge get a 20% discount, and customers at Frugal Muse in Darien receive a 25% discount.
Attend book discussions and programs at any of the participating libraries.
Get news at facebook.com/TheBigRead, Twitter.com/bigread2013, or thebigread.org.
IPPL wants your stories
Along with having the latest best-sellers, libraries collect and preserve things. IPPL, is working to gather local history and preserve it. Residents who have witnessed the growth and change in the community can preserve their memories and photos for future generations with IPPL’s Local Stories Project. They would like to interview you and scan any photos or memorabilia you may have. Call Joe Popowitch at 630-887-8760 ext. 240 to arrange an interview or drop off photos.
Interviews last around two hours and interviewees will get an audio CD of the interview plus a typed transcript. Original photos will be returned. These typed transcripts and audio CDs make a touching legacy for families.
Rock and Roll with Christ the Servant Catholic Church
Christ the Servant Catholic church proudly presents its annual concert fundraiser titled “The RockNRoll Review” on April 19. Doors open at 6pm, show time is 7:30pm, 8700 Havens Dr. (Woodridge). The concert will feature the music of the 50s and 60s of Danny Lentino and the Fabulous Ambassadors plus Elvis Presley Tribute Artist—Shawn Klush. The event promises to be a high energy, interactive, and fun evening of entertainment! Call the Ticket Hotline 630-796-5654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is reserved.
St. John holds annual prayer breakfast
St. John Lutheran Church hosts its annual Prayer Breakfast on March 16 from 8:30–11:30am. Featured speaker will be Karen Hardecopf, RN, a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Parish Nurse and Lay Minister, who is associated with Bright Stars of Bethlehem.
There is no charge for the event, but a free will offering will be taken to further the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Contact the church at 630-969-7987 or email@example.com by March 11 to reserve a spot.
St. John Lutheran Church & Early Learning Center hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza on March 30 from 9–11am with an egg hunt at 10am. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to looking for treat-filled plastic eggs, games and craft making are scheduled. There will be puppet shows at 9:30 and 10:30am. The congregation’s K-9 Comfort Dog, Shami, will greet all who attend.
For more information visit sjlcdarien.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-969-7987.
Thanks, Thanks and more Thanks
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) thanks everyone who supported the Giving Tree, especially the Grandparents Club at Bethlehem Woods for their hand-knit donations. The staff at Willowbrook Corners Coalition distributed a total of 162 pieces of warm clothing.
New logo celebrates local Lutheran early learning
Since 1969, St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center has been providing quality Christ-centered early childhood education. To mark the start of registration for 2013–14, a new logo is being unveiled. It was designed by graphic artist, Tim Stahl.