There's plenty to do in Elmhurst this weekend, and we have a time change to boot. Won't it be nice not to be sending the kids out the door to school in the dark?
The time change also means we get one extra hour of sleep (or activity, depending on your preference). From the looks of things, that extra hour is going to come in handy. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night, so you won't be an hour off all day Sunday.
Saturday, Nov, 6
- Immaculate Conception High School will take on Stillman Valley High School at 2 p.m. at Lewis Field in Plunkett Park, Elmhurst. The varsity Knights football team beat Byron in Byron Oct. 30 35-27 in the first round of the IHSA State Playoffs. The Knights are now 7-3 on the season and finished the regular season at 6-3, 4-1 in the SCC Gold.
- It's the best gift you can give yourself: A Morning of Wellness. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health, 1200 S. York Road, will offer the services of health experts to get you on the road to wellness. Start with a screening: blood pressure, diabetes, body fat analysis and foot. Several physicians also will host informal discussions about the latest trends in diabetes care, treatments for stroke, and cardiology and oncology trends. Complete the morning by enjoying a healthy breakfast from CHOW in Elmhurst. Cost is $5.
- If you've been thinking about joining Courts Plus, 186 S. West Ave., but you're just not sure, come and visit the place during a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can sample group exercise classes, aquatics programs, Kids Plus activities, tennis, racquetball and more. Stay for food, music and giveaways. Everyone who shows up will get a free T-shirt just for stopping by. Courts Plus and Lifesource also will hold a blood drive in the parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve a time by calling (630) 833-5064, or walk-ins are welcome. Courts Plus also is offering 50 percent off initiation and upgrades through Nov. 8.
- The 34th annual Visitation Council of Catholic Women will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valentino Center at Visitation Church, 779 S. York St. The sale will feature more than 30 vendors of hand-crafted items, Granny's Attic, a raffle tree, kids' booth, country bakery, the Craft Ladies and food, served all day. For more information, contact Gail Vitek at (630) 834-7538.
- Speaking of crafts, the Elmhurst American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual craft show and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the post home, 310 W. Butterfield Road. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For information, call (630) 833-7800. All proceeds benefit the ongoing programs of the auxiliary, which benefit the community and veterans.
- It is worth the trip to Peoria's Detweiller Park to see our legendary York Cross Country Team compete in the state finals. The boys placed first and the girls placed third at the Niles West Sectional Meet Oct. 30, and both boys and girls teams are moving on to the state finals. Duke fans are welcome to join the teams as they look to carry on the York tradition.The girls meet is at 1 p.m., boys run at 2 p.m.
- Kids will be camped out at churches all over the suburbs this Saturday for the seventh annual Sleep Out Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. and going all the way through Sunday morning. An estimated 1,500 DuPage County teens and young adults will sleep outside for this fund-raiser, which also serves as a community "eye-opener" for homelessness. Four Elmhurst churches are participating: First United Methodist, Elmhurst Christian Reformed, St. Peter's UCC and Christ United Methodist. Groups of teens, individuals and families will sleep in tents, boxes or cars to raise money for Bridge Communities, an organization that provides housing and other services for homeless families in DuPage County. Last year's event raised more than $100,000 for Bridge Communities' programs, which include a two-year transitional housing program for families, life-skills mentoring, an auto program, financial counseling and employment training. Sleep Out Saturday will kick off with an outdoor rally from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6, at Bridge Communities, 505 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. It will feature live music, Koz from The Mix 101.9, an interactive game show and testimonials from formerly homeless families who are graduates of or participants in the Bridge Communities program. Call (630) 545-0610 for information or visit www.sleepoutsaturday.org.
- The Elmhurst Art Museum's Associate Board will host an ARTini Party fund-raiser at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Guests will enjoy martini's and hor d'oerves, plus a preview of the museum's new exhibitions, Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay, and the reopened Mies van der Rohe McCormick House, one of only three residences in the United States designed by the architect. Tickets to the event are $60, and proceeds benefit the museum's exhibitions and educational programs.For more information, contact Stuart W. Henn at (630) 834-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Nov. 7
- The opening reception of Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay, and a curator talk with Dr. Matthew Welch, assistant director and curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill. The exhibition features not only the work of master potter and artist in residence Richard Bresnahan, but that of Kevin Flicker, professor and ceramicist at University of Minnesota-Morris; Stephen Earp, ceramicist and writer from Shelburne Falls, Mass.; Sam Johnson, professor and ceramicist at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University; and Anne Meyer, ceramicist and sculptor from Saint Joseph, Minn. Each presents different creative approaches using indigenous materials in relationship to the environment. See the Patch events calendar for upcoming workshops with Bresnahan and potter John Nester. For information, call (630) 834-0202 or visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.
- Sports commentator, author and longtime Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford will present College Sports: The Hype and the Hypocrisy at 7 p.m. at Elmhurst College Hammerschmidt Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave. His talk, part of the 2010 Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Journalist and award-winning broadcaster Deford is described by The Sporting News as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media" and by GQ as "the world's greatest sportswriter." His commentaries may be heard every Wednesday on Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He also is senior correspondent on the HBO show Real Sportswith Bryant Gumbel and senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated. He also has written 16 books and has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Deford also has won an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award. Visit www.elmhurst.edu for more information.