Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions that range from a native plant sale and nature photography workshop to a production of "Peter Pan," a concert and petting zoo.
BAND MARKS MILESTONE
WHERE: Benet Academy’s St. Daniel Auditorium, 2200 Maple Ave., Lisle
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11
COST & INFO: Free; www.newhorizonsbandassoc.org
Director Maryann Flock and her New Horizons Band DuPage present a concert to celebrate 15 years of music-making. New Horizons bands exist globally to give adults 50 and older the opportunity to learn or relearn an instrument, citing proven benefits in health and mental acuity. After a decade in Lisle, the band rehearses in Naperville, and welcomes new members. Board president is Marilyn Stangeland of Downers Grove. The ensemble is a mix of novices, intermediate players and accomplished musicians.
FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY
WHERE: Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15
COST & INFO: Donation for food pantry welcome; 815-341-1145; www.lemontartistsguild.org
How to compose a great nature shot with any camera will be explained by fine art photographer Darcy Berg in a program presented by the Lemont Artists Guild. Growing up near the Wisconsin River and its abundant wildlife trained her eye on nature. Berg is also a needle artist (www.darcyberg.com). Refreshments will be served at the event.
GARDEN GOES NATIVE
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11
COST & INFO: Prices vary; catalog at www.dupageforest.org/nativeplantsale; 630-933-7208
Ecofriendly additions to the landscape will be offered at a native plant sale by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to support its educational programs. Naturalists will be on hand at the sale, featuring more than 100 species of flowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees for sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Pollinators will be a focus. "Many of the colorful native plants that attract … pollinators offer great low-maintenance additions to any garden,” says sales coordinator Marcy Rogge of the district’s office of education.
'PETER PAN' IN FLIGHT
WHERE: Lemont High School’s Performing Arts Center, 800 Porter St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, May 16 to 18
COST & INFO: All tickets cost $15 and are reserved seats; to purchase in advance, visit pac.lemont.k12.il.us; tickets also sold at the door, if available; 630-243-3286
Students from Lemont High School and local grade schools will bring the "Peter Pan" musical to gravity-defying life, courtesy of Hall Flying Effects. The high school also will host its annual “Senior Citizen Spring Social” in conjunction with a dress rehearsal Wednesday, May 15, which includes a reception at 5:45 p.m.; for reservations for the free social, call 630-243-3217.
WHERE: Goddard School, 8350 Lemont Road, Darien
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11
COST & INFO: Free; for reservations, contact 630-985-7117 or email@example.com
The Goddard School in Darien will transform into a petting zoo for a few hours Mother's Day weekend. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy the mini zoo, which will highlight farm animals. The morning includes balloon sculptures, spray-on tattoos and carnival games. Not only will children be able to see the critters up close, but they also have the opportunity to learn all about the animals in an educational environment.