Reenactors to depict Civil War experience in Bensenville

At a Civil War encampment at Fischer Farm Museum in Bensenville, families may think they've stepped into the early 1860s.

Novelist, beer expert to lead talks at Helen Plum Library in Lombard

An author shares publishing tips, and a brewer teaches a home-brewing class this month at the Helen Plum Library in Lombard.

McCormick Museum and Idea Garden to debut features at Cantigny

Cantigny Park in Wheaton formally will introduce new attractions in the gardens and Robert R. McCormick Museum during a special evening Wednesday, June 11. The event, which has a casual, open house format, is free, including parking.

Pet camp offered youth by Hinsdale Humane Society

Young people get to experience “Adventures in Animal Awareness” as part of Hinsdale Humane Society’s summer pet camp.

Fundraiser to suit 'Downton Abbey' fans to a 'tea'

An invitation is extended by the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Historical Society to attend the fourth annual Spring Tea Fundraiser at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

ˇViva la Fiesta! to open at Brookfield Zoo

Guests visiting the more than 2,000 animals across 216 acres at Brookfield Zoo this June can enjoy the zoo's ˇViva la Fiesta! from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, June 7 to 15.

Historical observance of Memorial Day set at Kline Creek Farm

At "Memorial Day Remembered," visitors can honor America’s soldiers at a special event featuring 1890s speeches and activities from “Decoration Day,” the precursor to Memorial Day.

RA Sushi to serve up week-long benefit for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

RA Sushi reports it's gearing up for its 10th annual Nicky’s Week fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. From May 25 to 31, the restaurant will donate 100 percent of sales from a special menu of food and beverages to the hospital. RA Sushi has three Illinois locations, including Lombard.

'Glad Rags and Giggle Water' to transport benefit guests to 1919

Supporters of Mayslake Peabody Estate and history buffs are invited to “Glad Rags and Giggle Water,” a 1919-themed fundraiser, unfolding from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the estate in Oak Brook.

Dine Away Hunger to help People's Resource Center

To help fight hunger in DuPage County, mark your calendar for the Dine Away Hunger event May 14, when restaurants in Westmont, Oak Brook and Downers Grove donate 10 percent of sales to the People’s Resource Center food pantry.

Spirito! Singers on the move from Elmhurst concert stage to White Sox ballpark

Spirito! Singers announces concert plans and offers a bus trip to hear the chorus sing the national anthem at a White Sox game in June.

Archaeology program in Westchester to track prehistory of Salt Creek Valley

A multimedia presentation spanning 10,000 years of occupation by prehistoric Native Americans within the Salt Creek Valley will be presented by the Salt Creek Greenway Association in Westchester.

Free Comic Book Day to arrive Saturday at suburban shops

The first Saturday in May is the annual Free Comic Book Day at participating shops, including businesses in La Grange, Villa Park, Downers Grove, Wheaton and Naperville.

ChildrenUP benefit in Elmhurst to support education in Uganda

ChildrenUP presents the fundraising event "Reaching for the Stars" from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst.

Bethel Church to present Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' on Good Friday

Everyone is invited to attend Good Friday services at Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst at 7 p.m. April 18 to hear Olivier Messiaen's “Quartet for the End of Time,” presented as part of a contemplative worship service led by Bethel's senior minister, the Rev. Gretchen Sylvester.

Earth Day Fest, Market near

Carol Stream welcomes an Earth Day Festival and Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Craft show at Odeum in Villa Park

Explore the work of 350 artists and exhibitors who will share their handcrafted talents at Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair.

Fitness, art, book and film to be part of celebration at Villa Park Library

An array of enrichment programs will highlight National Library Week from April 13 to 19 in the Villa Park Public Library.

Razny Jewelers in Addison teams with Swiss watchmaker for autism month

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Swiss watchmaker Breitling and Razny Jewelers will donate 20 percent of proceeds from the sale of any Breitling timepiece with a blue dial at Razny's Addison store to the Els for Autism Foundation.

Global missionary to speak at women's luncheon

The women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St., DeKalb, will host their annual Spring Banquet on Saturday.

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