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  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    March 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

    Experience the latest enhancements to this interactive journey through Elmhurst history. Take a trip back in time via the tabletop map, explore the object towers and watch a video on Elmhurst history. View the History Spotlight in the second floor hallway that showcases special objects and photos from the museum’s collection that currently features items from Elmhurst’s airport.

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  2. Spring Members Show

    March 10, 2018 - April 21, 2018

    Contemporary artworks by 50 local artists in a variety of media and styles, most available for purchase. Meet the artists at a reception open to public, Friday, March 16, 2018 from 7-9pm. Open 11-5 Tu W Th Sa Su / 11-7 Friday.

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  3. Rescuer of Once Loved Things: The Art of Donna Castellanos

    March 17, 2018 - May 6, 2018

    Donna Castellanos collects and transforms everyday objects, which she calls "once loved things", into a bold hands-on exhibit. Visitors experience the museum galleries as if they were a home; each room includes worn and well-loved items that share a commonality, from repurposed encyclopedias to antique musical instruments. Both nostalgia and inclusion are strong motifs throughout the exhibition, as visitors are invited to add their own contributions.

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  4. Snoopy and the Red Baron

    March 23, 2018 - June 17, 2018

    The World War I Flying Ace debuted in 1965, and the character has become one of most recognizable Peanuts personas. This new traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA tells the full story of the charismatic and beloved character from its early origins to Schulz’s detailed WWI research. Learn about this favorite Peanuts storyline through reproductions of Schulz’s original comic strip artwork; WWI artifacts, film, rare collectibles, photos and more.

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  5. Monstrous Regiment

    April 13, 2018 - April 29, 2018

    The comic fantasy Monstrous Regiment is an adaptation of the best-selling 2003 Discworld novel, which premiered to great praise at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre in 2014. The play is a wickedly funny look at the absurdities of war and the ambiguities of identity as our heroine, Polly Perks, must disguise herself as a young man to join the army in the search for her missing brother. In her quest, she soon discovers that she’s not alone in protecting a secret and that nothing in war is as it seems.

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  6. Artwork of Terri Shimkus

    April 21, 2018 - June 2, 2018

    Mixed media artwork by local artist, Terri Shimkus. Meet the artist at a reception open to the public, Friday April 27, 2018. Open 11am-5pm Tu Th W Sa Su / 11am-7pm Friday

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  7. Courts Plus Health and Wellness Fair

    April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Discover tips and resources for maintaining a health lifestyle! Meet with personal trainers, complete a free health screening and pick up free samples from health vendors. Attendees can win raffle prizes and giveaways. Stop by and receive a two-week free trial membership to Courts Plus!

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  8. Artist-led Tour and Activity

    April 21, 2018, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join artist and educator Donna Castellanos on an in-depth tour of her exhibition. She will then lead a session in which participants are invited to use found materials to make their own artwork.

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  9. The Real Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen & the WWI Aviators

    April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM

    Join University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign history professor, author, and scholar Peter Fritzsche as he explores the myth and reality of the chivalrous solo pilots who played a legendary role during World War I and across the 20th century. Learn about the origins of the “dog fight” and its obsolescence by the end of the Great War, which killed off many of the most famous aces (including Richthofen). Learn about new squadron leaders like Hermann Goering who followed the WWI aces.

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  10. Common Connection Film Series: "A Plastic Ocean"

    April 25, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    When he discovers the world's oceans brimming with plastic waste, a filmmaker investigates the pollution's environmental impacts. Not rated. Popcorn provided. Registration required.

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  11. 2018 Top Pizza taste of Elmhurst

    April 26, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Pizza vendors from across our fair city and beyond will be generously offering their pie creations for tasting, and guests will get to vote for their favorites-all for a good cause! A variety of specialty pizzas as well as cheese and sausage varieties will be available. Grab dinner to or from activities, or before the always amazing York High School musical. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs that enhance education for students in all thirteen public schools.

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  12. Author Visit: Devin Murphy

    April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The only thing better than reading a great book is meeting the great mind that produced that book. Join us for an evening with acclaimed author Devin Murphy as he shares his experience writing his debut novel, The Boat Runner, described by The New York Times as “chilling” and “riveting.” It’s the little-known story of young Dutch boys used by the Third Reich and the courageous boatmen who risked their lives to sabotage the Nazis and transport refugees. After, enjoy a brief Q&A and book signing.

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  13. Elmhurst H2O: Our Water Supply and Our Connection to Salt Creek

    April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Learn about the Elmhurst Public Water Supply, the Clean Drinking Water Act, the annual Consumer Confidence Report, and challenges facing today's public water systems. We'll also touch on Elmhurst’s connection to Salt Creek, how stormwater impacts the waterway, and future plans to protect the Creek. Opportunity for Q&A will follow the presentation. Hosted by Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and League of Women Voters of Elmhurst. This is not an Elmhurst Public Library-sponsored event.

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  14. Fiddler On The Roof Spring Musical

    April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018

    Spring Musical performance from local 5th - 8th grade Elmhurst students.

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  15. Elmhurst Art Museum: Soirée 2018

    April 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Join us for the Elmhurst Art Museum’s Soirée 2018, honoring Suellen Rocca. Proceeds will be used to help the Elmhurst Art Museum enrich people’s lives by deepening their knowledge of art, architecture and design, increasing their understanding of the relevance of visual art in society & sparking the development of individual creativity. This event will be in honor of artist and curator Suellen Rocca. In the 1960s, Rocca and 5 other artists formed the groundbreaking group the Hairy Who, known for their powerfully graphic images and brazen sense of humor. Rocca began teaching at Elmhurst College in 1983, and since 2006 she has been the Curator and Director of Exhibitions for the College’s collection of Chicago Imagist art. The 2018 Soiree, presented by EAM’s Sustaining Fellows will include cocktails, a multi-course dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions filled with artworks by established and emerging artists as well as a fabulous selection of vacations and experiences.

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  16. Elmhurst Kitchen Expedition

    April 29, 2018, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    The Elmhurst Kitchen Expedition showcases seven stunning kitchens in Elmhurst decorated by local designers and florists. The Expedition is a great way to support local charities while gathering inspirational design ideas. The event begins with a coffee and pastry kickoff at Dan Wangler Builders. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Proceeds from the Expedition will benefit Synapse House and the Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club Charity Fund.

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  17. Elmhurst Choral Union: American Voices

    April 29, 2018, 3:00 PM

    Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra present great American poetry set by great American composers. Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Thomas Jefferson provide the inspiration for music by Howard Hanson, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre. Elmhurst Choral Union is joined by a professional orchestra under conductor Scott Uddenberg. Tickets are available from , 800-838-3006, or at the door.

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  18. Elmhurst Choral Union: American Voices

    April 29, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra present great American poetry set by great American composers on Sunday, April 29. Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Thomas Jefferson, and traditional American folk songs provide the inspiration for music by Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, and Randall Thompson. Elmhurst Choral Union is joined by a professional orchestra under conductor Scott Uddenberg. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (7-22). Tickets are available from , 800-838-3006, or at the door. Elmhurst Choral Union is an outstanding auditioned chorus performing classical masterworks and great choral music of all eras.

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