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WHERE: Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28
COST AND INFO: $45, with VIP option available; Jacki Rossi at, 630-323-5630, ext. 12
ABOUT: Lucy the Doberman models a German hat to highlight the Hinsdale Humane Society’s new fundraiser celebrating animal rescue with all things German at the first "Oktoberfest: Prost to the Pets." The evening will be a primarily outdoor, tented celebration of German traditions including the band Die Musikmeisters playing on the front lawn, silent auction, food, biergarten, wine, a craft beer pull and cigar bar.
HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY HOSTS OKTOBERFEST WHERE: Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 COST AND INFO: $45, with VIP option available; Jacki Rossi at, 630-323-5630, ext. 12 ABOUT: Lucy the Doberman models a German hat to highlight the Hinsdale Humane Society’s new fundraiser celebrating animal rescue with all things German at the first "Oktoberfest: Prost to the Pets." The evening will be a primarily outdoor, tented celebration of German traditions including the band Die Musikmeisters playing on the front lawn, silent auction, food, biergarten, wine, a craft beer pull and cigar bar.

SEPT. 26

HARVEST FEST: 6 p.m., Addison Village Green and Addison Historical Museum, 1 Friendship Plaza. A new fall event is Harvest Fest, with varied musical acts, children's rides, food, drink and a Historical Museum open house and Craft & Vintage Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-693-7549.


NORTH HIGH THEATRE STAGING "CLUE": 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 and 5 p.m. Sept. 28, Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St. Cost: $5 to $10. Information:, 630-795-8413.

"HOLMES AND WATSON" BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: Through Oct. 6, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Three years following the mysterious "death" of Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach Falls, there have been many who've claimed to be Holmes, all de-bunked as imposters by Watson. But now three separate men insist they are the famous sleuth. Full of twists and turns, this is a riveting and clever adventure from award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, according to BTE. Director is Ron May. It contains adult themes and language. Season tickets currently are on sale by subscription only. Cost: $40 to $42. Information: To subscribe, call 630-942-4000.

SEPT. 27

GALLERY THEATER OF WEST CHICAGO OPENING 10TH SEASON WITH "THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE": Sept. 27 to 29, 129 Main St. Curtain for the show celebrating a radio adventure is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Information: Tickets at,, 630-234-5919.

"THE COLOR PURPLE": Through Nov. 3, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned 15 Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical. It is rated PG-13. Information:

BECOME AN HERBAL GOURMET WITH MARCY LAUTENEN-RALEIGH'S SIMPLE TECHNIQUES: 1 p.m., Lombard Commons, St. Charles Road and Grace Street. Infusing herbs into butter, salt, sugar and vinegar is one of the tips in the program presented by the Lombard Garden Club. Cost: Free. Information: Reservations at 630-620-8938.

WOODRIDGE OKTOBERFEST WITH MUSIC, FOOD AND BEER: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 until 10:30 p.m., Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park parking lot, 8301 S. Janes Ave. Information:

GRAMMY-WINNING LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET: 7:30 p.m., Edman Chapel at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave. Information:

NOTED BLUEGRASS TRIO OF ANDERLIK, OTTO & CHURCH: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

SEPT. 28

BEER IN THE WOODS: 2 to 6 p.m., LaBagh Woods, 5275 N. Cicero Ave., grove two, Chicago. It's a beer tasting and nature-themed festival to support Friends of the Forest Preserves, featuring interactive live animal presentations, crafts, picnic games, a flash bioblitz, an "Ultimate Camp Site" display, bird walks, home brewing demonstrations, food trucks and DJ. Cost: $15 to $60. Information: Tickets at  

GLEN ELLYN POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLDING CAR SHOW TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crescent Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue. Information:

CHICAGO CIVIL WAR, MILITARY, AND ANTIQUE ARMS SHOW: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information:

FALL BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 0S233 Church St., Winfield. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-668-2494.

RIVERSIDE MASTERWORKS HOUSE WALK AND HOPSTOP CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: Noon to 4 p.m. for tour and 4 to 7 p.m. for HopStop, Riverside sites. Information:

BERWYN BREW FEST: 1 to 5 p.m., Berwyn Park District's Proksa Park, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. Information:

VEGAN COOKING DEMO BY CHEF ELYSABETH ALFANO: 1 p.m., Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center, 4105 Naperville Road, Lisle. She will demonstrate how to make kung pao vegan chicken and raw Brussels sprout salad. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-955-1200.

VILLA PARK BREWFEST: 2 to 5:30 p.m., Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, near Kenilworth and Villa avenues. Sampling features 80 craft beers from local and national breweries. Cost: $47 to $65, with VIP package offered. Information:

ALTER FEST: 5 to 10 p.m., Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., suite 213, Downers Grove. Information:

GUITARRA AZUL: 7 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Music@Bethel announces the return of the Grammy-nominated Guitarra Azul ensemble for its fourth performance in the concert series. Information:, 630-279-4040.

MAPLE STREET CONCERTS: 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. It's a double bill with Mark Dvorak and Illinois' own Last Acre. Information:, 630-627-0171.

LISLE CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m., Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown Lisle. Music and food are offered at the event coordinated by the Kiwanis of Lisle and Lisle Heritage Society. Cost: Free admission. Information:

ILLINOIS SOLAR TOUR: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at towns across the area such as two homes in Wheaton plus Batavia, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elburn, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, La Grange, Lisle, Naperville, West Chicago and Woodridge. More than 130 homes and businesses across the state will open their doors for the event hosted by the Illinois Solar Energy Association. Cost: Free. Information:

PAINTER JANICE NOWINSKI DISPLAYING "BODIES OF PAINT" EXHIBIT: Through Oct. 12, Riverside Arts Center's Freeark Gallery, 32 E. Quincy St. A reception and gallery talk are planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information:

SEPT. 29

CORVETTE TRIPLE CONCOURS SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Corvette Mike Midwest, 60 Shore Drive, Burr Ridge. Cost: Free to spectators; car registration underway and available at the door. Information:, 708-927-9736.

BARKAPALOOZA: 9:30 a.m. early registration, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. West Suburban Humane Society celebrates everything dog and invites people to collect pledges and walk to benefit the homeless animals in its care. Information:

INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL: Noon to 5 p.m., Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, 8301 Janes Ave, Woodridge. Information:

TAVERN DAY – A LIVING HISTORY CELEBRATION OF PIONEER LIFE AND STACY'S TAVERN MUSEUM: 1 to 4:30 p.m., Historic Stacy's Corners, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. The Glen Ellyn Historical Society presents farm animals, craft-making for kids, candle-making, corn shelling, apple peeling, and pioneer games and toys. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for members, $4 for kids ages 3 to 17. Information:, 630-469-1867.

AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR: 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 929 Maple Ave., hosted by Downers Grove Christian School. The noted African Children's Choir will present the new program titled "Just As I Am," featuring well-loved children's songs, spirituals and gospels. The parent organization Music for Life is a nonprofit relief group helping Africa's most vulnerable children. Cost: Free with donations welcome. Information: 630-852-0832.

"THE POWER OF CHILDREN – MAKING A DIFFERENCE," A NATIONALLY TOURING EXHIBIT: Through Oct.13, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. It highlights the stories of three ordinary children from different eras who faced extraordinary circumstances that can inspire others to fight discrimination and intolerance – Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, reflecting the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. The exhibit offers the last free, pop-up gallery performance at 2 p.m. Sept. 29, featuring actors from GreenMan Theatre Troupe performing a 10-to-15-minute vignette. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: in the programs section or call 630-833-1457.

SEPT. 30

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES' "ABBEY ROAD" ALBUM: 7 p.m., Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. Beatles expert Gary Wenstrup is the presenter. Cost: Free. Information: Register at

GORDON FRANCE FROM THE LA GRANGE AREA EXHIBITS "PAINTING THE TOWN!": Sept. 30 to Oct. 26, La Grange Art League Gallery, 122 Calendar Ave. A reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 for the noted artist's 35 acrylics and watercolors of Chicago streets, intersections and landmarks. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: Gallery at 708-352-3101.

HINSDALE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 14, Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. Information:

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals for the holiday season. Information:

OCT. 1

ACTRESS AND HISTORIAN LESLIE GODDARD PORTRAYS GRACE KELLY: 1 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. It's presented by the Glen Ellyn Woman's Club, which requests items for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Cost: Free. Information: Guests are welcome and should call 630-363-5327 to make a reservation.

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710,

TORONZO CANNON & THE CHICAGO WAY: 7 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Advance tickets recommended. Information:, 708-788-2118.

PUMPKIN FEST: All October, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:

OCT. 3

WHEATON GARDEN CLUB'S STANDARD FLOWER SHOW: 12:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. The show's theme is "Pollinator Power." It will include floral arrangements and table designs. Cost: Free. Information:

JACK'S PUMPKIN GLOW: Between Oct. 3 and 27, Sensory Garden Playground, 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle. The pumpkin wonderland is coming to the suburbs this Halloween season, providing a festive fall activity with a third-of-a-mile trail filled with 5,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns. Refreshments are offered. Cost: $16.99 to $27.99. Information:

"THE EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT WE CAN CREATE – LESSONS FROM MY JOURNEY CO-FOUNDING THE MALALA FUND TO NOW": 7 p.m., Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to create access to high-quality education for all children around the world. Cost: $20 for the public. Information: 630-617-5186,

COLLEGE THEATER AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE PRESENTING "THE WOLVES": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday from Oct. 3 to 20, McAninch Arts Center's Studio Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. The play by Sarah DeLappe is directed by Amelia Barrett. It's a portrait of the demands a teenage athlete, daughter, student and teammate must deal with while working to win the game of life and soccer. Information:, 630-942-4000.

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

OCT. 4

WESTMONT LIONS CLUB OKTOBERFEST: 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 and noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 31 W. Quincy St., Westmont. It offers Oktoberfest food, live music, car show, health fair and art and craft show, plus a 5K on Oct. 5. Information:

ST PETRONILLE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS' ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY: 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11, St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn. Information: 630-469-0404.

SOUTH HIGH DRAMA PRESENTS THE CHILDREN'S PLAY "THE TRIAL OF THE BIG BAD WOLF": 7 p.m., Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk St. Information:

THE GEORGE MATTSON TRIO: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The group will perform country, swing, jazz, blues and honkytonk. Mattson accompanies his big, rich voice on guitar and banjo, with Tommy Re on fiddle, and Mike Hazdra on vocals and bass. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, Holy Trinity Church, 8659 S. Sayre Ave., Burbank, two blocks east of Harlem Avenue on 87th Street. A bag costs $3.50 on Oct. 5. Information: 708-599-2040.

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours also are planned. Information:

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information:

OCT. 5

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Among items will be local produce and artisan foods. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information:

OCT. 6

FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information:

OCT. 7

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information:

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