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  1. 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards

    December 1, 2017 - March 9, 2018

    Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards. Ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00pm at Bryan Middle School. For more information and to nominate a deserving youth, please go to Deadline for nominations is March 9, 2018

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  2. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  3. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  4. Free Family Open Swims

    January 14, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  5. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

    January 20, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    The dream-like imagery and enigmatic paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie include spare interiors and illusionary landscapes. Her works, which were historically important in Chicago, have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits”.

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  6. IN THIS HOUSE: Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  7. Nature vs. Nurture: Then & Now

    January 27, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    Watercolor paintings by Elmhurst College graduate, Randi Holt, inspired by her wild backyard. Ceramic works by local artist, Cecilia Dohra. Both are members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. Meet the artists at the opening reception Feb 2, 2018, 7 - 9pm, free to the public.

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  8. Spring Art Exhibition Features Printmaker Michael Barnes

    January 30, 2018, 8:00 PM - March 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Michael Barnes is a master printmaker with a passion for the medium of lithography. The theme of his work addresses, in part, the absurdities of life and calls into question the historical evolution of so-called civilization. Elmhurst College will host Barnes’ exhibition Many Turns and Feats to Bewilder from January 29 through March 17 in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited. As a social critic, Barnes is part of a long tradition of visual artists whose works provide a critique of society. A professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University, he has exhibited his work worldwide. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art.

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  9. Stanger Young Artists Audition

    February 17, 2018, 8:30 AM

    The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will conduct the annual Robert Stanger Young Artists Concerto Audition for area high school instrumentalists. You may come and go throughout the day to hear outstanding young musicians perform before a panel of judges; the winner of the Audition will play a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony during its 2018-19 season. Three runners-up will perform for local groups. All winners receive cash awards.

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  10. Rock & Mineral Identification

    February 17, 2018, 10:30 AM

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds and scout badges. Scout groups require adult supervision

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  11. Exhibition Tour with Donna Seaman

    February 17, 2018, 1:30 PM

    Donna Seaman, the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, will give an exhibition tour focusing on Gertrude Abercrombie’s biography. The painter Abercrombie surrounded herself with fascinating people including jazz musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, held regular jam sessions at her home, and was referred to as "the queen of the bohemian artists." After the tour, Seaman will be available to sign copies of her book.

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  12. Rockin' Jewelry for Kids

    February 17, 2018, 1:30 PM

    This beginner’s class allows children to make their own?gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Completes Girl Scout Jewelers badge.

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  13. Mystery at the Mansion

    February 17, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Come for a cocktail, stay for a murder! Join your fellow sleuths as we unravel the mystery of a Hollywood homicide. There will be total audience participation as you follow the clues. Light appetizers, sweets, cocktails and coffee will be served. 21 and older.

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  14. Alpine Creek Dental Movie Outing

    February 19, 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Free Movie Outing, call 630-941-9229 to register

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  15. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture by Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes

    February 21, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    As senior pastor and teacher of the faith family of West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, the Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes serves as a consultant to policymakers on statewide issues such as sensible gun laws, same-gender marriage and education funding reform. On Feb. 21, Rev. Jakes, an Elmhurst College alumnus (Class of 1997), will present 'Is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 20th Century Voice Relevant in the 21st Century?' as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College. In his 15 years at West Point Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Jakes has brought a number of restorative programs to his congregation, including the Operation H.O.P.E. Food and Clothing Pantry and the West Point Community Development Corporation. The nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show recently honored him with its Biggest Giver Award for community excellence.

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  16. The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture

    February 21, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Elmhurst College Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Dr. Bernard Jakes’ commitment to the less fortunate has earned him national recognition from the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show by presenting him with The Biggest Giver Award for community excellence. His commitment to social justice, coupled with his humanitarian efforts led to his being inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of International Preachers of Morehouse College. He also serves as Co-Chaplain for African American students at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

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  17. 51st Annual Jazz Festival

    February 22, 2018 - February 25, 2018 @ Elmhurst College Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    2018 Jazz Festival: Headliners include: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Sean Jones; Jiggs Whigham, Matt Wilson and collegiate groups from across the country.

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  18. Cheers to you, Kid!

    February 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - February 24, 2018

    A NEW MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE SHOW - Recipe for murder: Take one well-known bar in Boston, add characters in a desperate race to stop criminals from taking a time-travel machine back to World War II Germany, stir vigorously, and "Cheers! Here's looking at you, kid!"

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  19. Phenomenon In Gems

    February 24, 2018, 2:00 PM

    Explore the remarkable optical illusions of colored gems. Sakina Bharani, Gemologist & Museum Docent will discuss different light effects in gems creating beautiful and rare phenomena such as stars, cats eyes, adularescence in pearls, aventurescence in Gold-Stone and many more. Where on earth can we find them? After the lecture join a guided tour of the Smithsonian Gems exhibit.

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  20. Elmhurst Choral Union: Medley of Melodies

    February 24, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Elmhurst Choral Union performs “Medley of Melodies” on Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. ECU members will sing a lively mix of choruses and solos from Broadway, opera, folk and novelty songs. The audience can meet the singers in an intimate, casual setting. Tickets are not required for this musical evening of giving back to the community. Free-will donations will be taken, and to benefit Elmhurst Choral Union’s programs. For more information, or for audio and video clips, visit Elmhurst Choral Union is an outstanding auditioned chorus performing classical masterworks and great choral music of all eras.

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  21. Common Connection Film Series: "I Am"

    February 28, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve it. Not rated. No registration required.

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