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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer family fun at the holidays, theater, concerts

SALT CREEK BALLET TO STAGE 'NUTCRACKER' WITH ORCHESTRA
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15
COST AND INFO: $44 for adults, $34 for youth; 630-942-4000, atthemac.org
ABOUT: A lavish new production of "The Nutcracker," presented by the critically acclaimed Salt Creek Ballet of Westmont, promises to dazzle with stunning costumes and magical effects. Among the visual treats is a Christmas tree that grows nearly 60 feet tall, 125 elaborate costumes, internationally recognized guest soloists and live music by New Philharmonic playing the beloved Tchaikovsky score for this sugarplum holiday treat. It's under the artistic direction of Sergey Kozadayev.
SALT CREEK BALLET TO STAGE 'NUTCRACKER' WITH ORCHESTRA WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 COST AND INFO: $44 for adults, $34 for youth; 630-942-4000, atthemac.org ABOUT: A lavish new production of "The Nutcracker," presented by the critically acclaimed Salt Creek Ballet of Westmont, promises to dazzle with stunning costumes and magical effects. Among the visual treats is a Christmas tree that grows nearly 60 feet tall, 125 elaborate costumes, internationally recognized guest soloists and live music by New Philharmonic playing the beloved Tchaikovsky score for this sugarplum holiday treat. It's under the artistic direction of Sergey Kozadayev.

DEC. 12

CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST BY BERWYN'S 3RD WARD CLUB: Underway. Judges travel the ward and make a list of their best decorated choices, to which they add any nominations received by Dec. 16. Prizes are restaurant gift certificates. Information: To nominate yourself or a neighbor, contact club President Richard Leja at 3rdwardclub@gmail.com.

DUPAGE CARE CENTER'S ADOPT-A-RESIDENT PROGRAM SEEKING PEOPLE TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS HAPPIER: Offered by the center in Wheaton. It serves over 300 residents, ages 18 to over 100, who are without financial means, and with physical challenges that require full-time skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Adopters receive a list of holiday gifts for the resident. Information: 630-784-4260 or Elizabeth.walker@dupageco.org.

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" – THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC: 7 p.m., Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. Even those who have seen the film multiple times will learn something new about the movie from historian Leslie Goddard. Cost: Free, with registration requested. Information: clarendonhillslibrary.org, 630-323-8188.

HOLIDAY JAZZ FEATURING VOCALIST PETRA VAN NUIS AND PIANIST LARRY HARRIS: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Registration is requested. Information: www.lagrangelibrary.org, 708-215-3200.

DEC. 13

HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY: 5 to 9 p.m., Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Join the Hinsdale Historical Society Women's Board on a holiday trolley tour of the best lit homes of Hinsdale. Tours begin and end at Immanuel Hall and run 20 minutes. Cost: $25. Information: www.hinsdalehistory.org, shawurl.com/3c3u, 630-789-2600.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" STAGED READING: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Performers include NBC 5's Dick Johnson. Cost: $18. Information: thecommunityhouse.org.

DEC. 14

TURKISH COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TAS Wheaton Cultural Center, 1415 Hill Ave., Wheaton. The group will prepare and then dine on Tavuklu Pilav, Sarma and Sekerpare. All are invited. Cost: $10. Information: Reservations at info@taswheaton.org.

LOMBARD FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY PARADE: 10:30 a.m., Lombard. Firefighters will travel south on Main Street from St. Charles Road, collecting items from people along the way. Donations will benefit the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry, Outreach House, and Teen Parent Connection. Information: villageoflombard.org/toyparade.

CRAFT FAIR: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Madison Elementary School, 150 W. Madison St., Lombard. The school's PTA will host the winter craft and vendor show. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-827-4100.

"THE POLAR EXPRESS" MOVIE: 9:30 a.m., York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst. Hop aboard for a free showing of the animated film based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg (classiccinemas.com). After the movie, stop by Elmhurst City Centre plaza to see the holiday display, take photos with Santa, and hear holiday tunes. Visit the Elmhurst History Museum booth to snap a "Polar Express" picture and pick up a coloring sheet and golden ticket while supplies last. No registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. Dec. 14 and 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and 19, La Grange Area Historical Society, 444 S. La Grange Road. Kids can enjoy treats and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories. Cost: $10 to $15. Information: lagrangehistory.org.

FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY MOVIES – "THE POLAR EXPRESS": 10:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd. "The Grinch" will be shown at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Cost: Free. Information: glenarttheatre.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Noon to 4 p.m., Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St. The Hinsdale Historical Society event will feature Santa, music, crafts and refreshments. Cost: Free, with registration requested. Information: hinsdalehistory.org, 630-789-2600.

FAMILY HOLIDAY PARTY: 1 to 4 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. View the holiday display in the McCormick House, enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and hands-on art activities. Santa plans a surprise visit at 2 p.m. Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/events/family-holiday-party, 630-834-0202.

AMERICAN WIND BAND FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT: 3 p.m., Nazareth Academy, 1209 Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. Cost: Free. Information: americanwindband.org.

DEC. 15

ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE MARKET: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information: zurkopromotions.com/wheaton-chicago-illinois-antique-vintage-flea-market.

BENSENVILLE HOLIDAY ICE SHOW & SKATE WITH SANTA: 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively, 735 E. Jefferson St. Join skaters from the Edge's Learn to Skate and competitive figure skating programs in the annual event for the whole family. Cost: $8, less for kids. Information: shawurl.com/3c57.

THE FESTIVE SINGERS, AN A CAPPELLA QUARTET: 2 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. The concert includes contemporary Christmas and Hanukkah favorites. Cost: Free, with registration requested. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

FEATURED ARTIST RECEPTION FOR DARCY BERG: 2 to 4 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. She will exhibit photography and fiber artwork. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

YULETIDE SWING: 2 p.m., Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard. Jazz up your holidays with cheery arrangements performed by vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: helenplum.org, 630-627-0316.

ELMHURST CHORAL UNION AND ORCHESTRA IN THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS: 3 p.m., Hammerschmidt Chapel at Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave. It's a joyful mix of Christmas music for chorus, orchestra and soloists. Vivaldi's "Gloria," a medley of Alfred Burt carols, and music of Leroy Anderson are featured. Pre-concert talk starts at 2 p.m. Cost: $10 to $25. Information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4297584; elmhurstchoralunion.org.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: 3:30 p.m., Hinsdale Central High School, 55th and Grant streets. The West Suburban Symphony and its chorus celebrate the season, and Santa will drop in at intermission. Information: westsubsymphony.org/concerts-details/merry-0246813597.

AUDITIONS FOR GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE'S "SPEAKEASY OR DIE HARD 2": 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst, at the First United Methodist Church. Performances of the murder-mystery dinner theater production will be at Angelo’s Ristorante from Feb. 21 to March 1. No appointments are required to audition. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff. Information: Audition details at gmttauditions@gmail.com; 630-464-2646, www.greenmantheatre.org.

DEC. 16

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. In "Joyeux Noel," the guns of August 1914 mark the start of the first worldwide war. In the first months, hundreds of thousands die. On the first eve of Christmas since the beginning of hostilities, one small sector of the battlefield, Scots and French soldiers opposite Germans, spontaneously breaks out in peace in the true story. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

DEC. 18

"OWL PELLET INVESTIGATORS": 6 to 7 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Join a naturalist to investigate the connections between owls and their environment, and learn how to dissect an owl pellet to see what the owl had for dinner. Cost: Free for ages 10 or older. Information: Register by Dec. 17 at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.

DEC. 20

SHOW BY RIVERSIDE TOWNSHIP RADIO PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m., Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Road. It will offer a "Suspense" series episode, "Back for Christmas," and a "My Favorite Husband" series episode, "George's Christmas Presents." Cost: Free monthly shows. Information: riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

CHRIS MCINTOSH AND ALVIN MCGOVERN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The holiday show is likely to include a special guest or two. Cost: $10. Information: www.twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

KINDER CONCERT: 4 to 4:30 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Music from Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker Suite" will be featured in the Kinder Concert Series. A special invitation is extended to children and their families, as well as members of the community of all ages. Bethel’s minister of music, pianist Jeffrey Panko, and narrator Jenny Riddle, known for her dramatic book reviews, will bring the story of the "Nutcracker" to life through word and music. Cost: Free, with a donation of $5 per family suggested to benefit scholarships. Information: 630-279-4040; bethel-ucc.org.

DEC. 21

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The program offers a craft activity in the museum; drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The theme will be snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org.

HOLIDAY MAGIC SHINES AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Various December dates, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. The zoo’s 38th annual Holiday Magic is the region's longest-running lights festival. A 600-foot tunnel with thousands of colorful LED lights synchronized to music is just one of the event's many attractions. Cost: Fees vary. Information: CZS.org/HolidayMagic, 708-688-8000.

ART EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 4, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The painter is Jennifer Oldis-Kryczka. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday except major holidays. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

DEC. 23

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: choral-aires.com.

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. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.

DEC. 26

CLASSES AND EVENTS AT LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART: Varied dates, in its new location at 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE REMEMBERED: Events underway, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The museum commemorates the 75th anniversary of the World War II battle with exhibits, lectures and book signings. The First Division Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: www.fdmuseum.org.

"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 are planned. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon most Thursdays, 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.

"ON THE RIGHT TRACK – BY RAIL TO CHICAGO & BEYOND" EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. New exhibit explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

DEC. 27

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: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

JAN. 7

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, www.post80.org.

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