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Talk205 - March 23


In this issue –

  • York Drama Stages ‘Big Fish’ - Ticket Sales Begin March 24
  • Elmhurst Commission on Youth Honors 157 Student Volunteers
  • Elmhurst Community Programs Airing in March
  • Summer School Offerings Posted Online - Including Music Program
  • Youth Job/Volunteer Fair April 15 - Registration Closes Wednesday
  • York Symphony Strings to Perform with Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra
  • Reminder: Spring Break March 30 – April 3
  • GPS Presents: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, April 8
  • Mark Your Calendar for the Foundation’s Top Pizza Event, April 16
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

YORK DRAMA STAGES ‘BIG FISH’ - TICKET SALES BEGIN MARCH 24 - Based on Tim Burton's 2003 Fantasy Film Drama and the 1998 book of the same title, Big Fish explores the reconciliation of a father and son through fantastical stories. During the show, the audience meets witches, giants, werewolves and mermaids - all part of a dying man begging with his all-too-realistic son to understand the father he was. Big Fish had its professional opening in Chicago (starring Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin) before moving onto Broadway. The Broadway production was directed and choreographed by the great Susan Strommen. Filled with soaring melodies and incredible heart, Big Fish will remind you what life is all about.​ This production is recommended for the entire family.

All seats are reserved and advanced ticket sales ($9/$7) will begin on Tuesday, March 24 from 11 AM to 1 PMand 6 to 8 PM. Ticket are also available on April 7, 8 and 9 from 11 AM to 1 PM and 6 to 8 PM at York's Baker Auditorium (door #2). Email yorkdramatickets@gmail.com for more information.

ELMHURST COMMISSION ON YOUTH HONORS 157 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS – On Thursday, March 19 at Sandburg Middle School, 157 youth volunteers were recognized by the City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth for providing volunteer service to their community. Seven groups and 21 individuals were nominated (please see program). Two groups and six individuals were honored as exemplary. All were congratulated by Mayor Steve Morley and Superintendent Dave Pruneau.

Exemplary Volunteers are selected through a blind review process, based on a specific rubric. This year's panel of judges were: Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief, Dominic Panico; District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald; and Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, Diane McGinnis.

Ken Bartels, Senior Vice President of the Community Bank of Elmhurst, served as Master of Ceremonies. York All Youth Relay Team senior chairpersons Jack Gergets, Matt Hogan, Erin O'Neill and Veronica Wegner spoke as student representatives.

The PADS Band, which was honored last year and recently featured on DuPage Engaged, entertained at the dessert reception both last year and this, under the direction of York High School Band Director Mike Pavlik. York's La Brigade Restaurant again provided cupcakes for the reception and City Centre donated $5 gift certificates to each honoree.

This program will air during the month of April on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 on Sundays and will also be available for viewing on ElmhurstTV.com.

ELMHURST COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AIRING IN MARCH – Programs airing on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 during March, as well as on www.elmhursttv.com, include:

  • Elmhurst District 205 Choral Festival EOKT#1298 - Sundays and Tuesdays @5:30 PM
  • Elmhurst PTA Council presents, “The Cost of Free Public Education…under the new reality” EOKT #1297 - Sundays @7:30 PM & Fridays @4:00 PM
  • Elmhurst League of Women Voters Candidate Forum/April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election EOKT #1296 on Mondays @3:00 PM & Wednesday @ 7:00 PM.
  • 19th Annual Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade EOKT1299 featuring the York HS Marching Band– Saturdays @3:00 PM and Sundays @ Noon (beginning March 21)
  • School District 205 Board Meetings air every month on Thursdays @2:00 PM on Channel 6.

SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE – District 205’s Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th – 7th grade band and orchestra students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Registration is online and opened on Monday, March 9. Please use the District 205 Webstore link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 8, 2015. For complete details, read the letter to parents from K-8 Music Coordinator Brian Berg.

York High School Summer School dates and academic course offerings have now been set; open registration began on March 6 at 9 AM. Session I will run from June 8 – 25 (with no school on Friday, June 12 and June 19); Session II will run from June 29 – July 16 (with no classes on Friday, July 3 and 10). In case of a weather emergency, June 26 will be added to Session I and July 17 to Session II. Registration information is posted on the Summer School page of the York website. Summer Athletic Camp information is also available by clicking here.

YOUTH JOB/VOLUNTEER FAIR REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY – Your organization is invited to be part of the first Youth Job/Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, District 205, the YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair - which is free to all participants - will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on April 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. Registrations are due by Wednesday, March 25.

Businesses and organizations are urged to participate for the following reasons: Increase public support and visibility for your organization/business in the community • Communicate your organization’s mission • Meet potential volunteers/teen workers face-to-face • Display job and volunteer opportunities • Build connections with other non-profits and businesses • Network and make new contacts • Expand your number of volunteers/teen worker contact list • Demonstrate your support for the youth of our community. To access the registration form, please click on this link: http://elmlib.org/teenjobfair

YORK SYMPHONY STRINGS TO PERFORM AT AUDITORIUM THEATRE On March 30 and April 1, members of the York Community High School Symphony Strings will perform side-by-side in two concerts with conductor Emanuele Andrizzi and the Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra. During the Wednesday, April 1 performance, York students will play on the historic and beautiful stage of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre as it celebrates its 125th anniversary. The collaborative portion of the performance will feature Gioacchino Rossini’sOverture to William Tell. The same performance will be presented in Elmhurst at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on Monday, March 30.

Details are as follows:

Monday, March 30, 2015
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free concert, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Vivid 2015 Concert

Auditorium Theatre, 5 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605
Free concert at 7:30 PM; ticket required.

Tickets available through Ticketmaster for a fee of approximately $1 at this link.​

REMINDER: SPRING BREAK AND APRIL NON-ATTENDANCE DAY – Hopefully, some warmer weather this week will help us “think spring.” District 205 Spring Break is just around the corner: March 30 through April 3, 2015. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6.

GPS PRESENTS: AN ANTIDOTE TO THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS MANIA  – The Glenbard Navigating Healthy Families Parent Series (GPS) presents Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, with New York Times reporter Frank Bruni at 7 PM Wednesday, April 8, at Glenbard West High School, 670 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will give students and their parents a new perspective on the deeply-flawed college application competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Mr. Bruni will show that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors’ mansions or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Many kinds of colleges—large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands—serve as ideal springboards for people who become hugely successful. And he'll talk about how to make the most of college and the real building blocks of success and happiness.

Bruni is a prize-winning New York Times Op-Ed columnist who has served as a White House reporter, Rome bureau chief and a frequent commentator on CNN and MSNB.

DISTRICT 205 FOUNDATION HOSTS ANNUAL TOP PIZZ EVENT - District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is once again hosting its Top Pizza event on Thursday evening, April 16, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons. Elmhurst area pizzerias will be showcasing their specialty pizzas, including cheese and sausage varieties. For $10 per person, attendees will get to taste every pizza vendor’s offerings. Raffle tickets for a Skyzone Party valued at $250, as well as desserts and soft drinks, will be available for purchase that night.

This is a great family event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Or, join us before attending the York Spring musical! To purchase tickets visitwww.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

POSTINGS ON THE VIRTUAL BACKPACK  The District 205 Virtual Backpack page is a great place to find student and family-oriented activities offered by non-profit agencies in our community. Please check it often under the Community Events link on the District homepage or access it directly at www.elmhurst205.org/flyers. The following items were recently posted:


  • York Summer School – Academic & Athletic
  • Instrumental Music
  • Worlds of Wisdom & Wonder


  • College of DuPage Summer Youth Academy
  • ICCP Summer Youth Enrichment Classes & Athletic Camps – Registration Now Open
  • Summer @ Illinois Tech – For Middle and High School Students Interested In Technology – Business – Architecture Science – Engineering – Computers
  • YMCA Summer Camps  Registration Begins February 1 – Traditional Full-Day – Kindergarten – Preschool – Teen – Specialty And Sports Camps – Extended Care Available
  • Volleyball Camp  Elementary School & Middle School  June 12 – 14 AM Session – $85  PM Session $100 – 7 to 11 Years – 9 to 11 AM  And 12 to 14 Years – Noon to 2:30 PM
  • 2015 Basketball Skills Camp At Elmhurst College  For Boys and Girls Ages 4 To 14
    Session 1 – July 21 To July 24 – Session 2 – July 27 To July 30 – Cost – $210 Per Camper/Camp
  • American Music Institute – Summer Music Camps for Ages 5 to 18 – June 22 to 26


  • A Book Above – Our Nation’s Literacy – A Wake-Up Call – Sponsored by Readers Ignite
    March 23 – 7 PM – $5 Donation Suggested – Limited Seating Available
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre – Auditions For Unintentionally Hilarious 8 Improve Comedy Group – March 23 – 6 to 8:30 PM – For Grades 6 To 8
  • League of Women Voters Of Elmhurst Discussion On Human Trafficking – March 26 – 7 PM – Elmhurst Public Library
  • 30,000 Easter Egg Hunt – Sponsored by Bethel AG – April 4 at 10 AM – Berens Park
  • Elmhurst City Centre – Hop On Over To Downtown Elmhurst  – April 4 – Hop at the York Theatre – 11 AM – Easter Bunny and DJ At The Plaza - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Glenbard Parent Series Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania –  April 8 at 7 PM – Glenbard West  – Free and Open to the Public
  • Are You An Active Parent? Bensenville Park District – Attend A Free Parenting Class – 6 to 8 PM –Three Classes – First Class April 14 – en Espanol – First Class April 30 in English
  • The Elmhurst Commission On Youth  Teen Summer Job And Volunteer Fair  Looking For A Summer Job or Volunteer Opportunity? – April 15 From 3:30 – 7:30 PM – York Community High School Commons – For Grades 6 To 12
  • District 205 Foundation  Elmhurst's Top Pizza  You Decide – April 16  5:30 to 7:30 PM –York High School Commons – $10 Per Person
  • York Student Council Senior Citizen Prom  No Date Needed  Live Band May 3 – 2 to 4 PM – York Commons $5 Admission Includes Band and Refreshments RSVP to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285
  • Spring Road Business Assoc. & Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Pet Parade – May 16 at 1:00 PM – Pets of All Breeds and Species May Be Entered – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM –Free Moonjump– Bike Decorating – Face Tattoos – Pet Portraits Fill Out Registration Form To Participate
  • 19th Annual Elmhurst Museum Day  May 17 – 1 to 5 PM – All Elmhurst Museums Are Free – Activities – Games – Prizes– Ride the Trolley To All 3 Museums


  • Winter/Spring Program Guide


  • Learn to Swim – Spring 2015  From April 12 To May 23 (6 Weeks) – Registration Begins in March – For 6 Months to Adult


  • Recycle Your Old Vases  York High School Commons – Vases Will Be Donated to Random Acts of Flowers Also Collecting Bouquet Stand – Bouquet Picks – Wire – Baskets – Ribbons April 19 – Noon to 4 PM


  • A German Life Against All Odds, Change is Possible – Bernd Wollschlaeger Holocaust Education Project – Free Admission – April 7 – 7 PM Frick Center
  • Carl Bernstein – The Legacy of Ben Bradlee – Journalism Then And Now – April 13 – 7 PM – Frick Center
  • Inside The Hot Zone  Story of the Ebola Virus – Featuring Richard Preston
    April 30 – 7 PM – Hammerschmidt Chapel
  • All Tickets (Unless Otherwise Specified)  $10 at Door or elmhurst.edu/tix  – Free for Elmhurst College Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni



  • Calendar of Events


  • Register For Spring Volleyball – Season Starts March 25 – May For Grades 3 to 5 and Grades 6 to 8
  • Register for Flag Football  Season Starts April 5 – May 17 For Kindergarten to Grade 4


  • Sled Hockey Benefit Game Hornets Youth Sled Hock vs York Hockey Club  March 23 at 7:55 PM – Addison Ice Arena
  • Elmhurst Lions Club 29th Annual All You Can Eat Pizza Party  Sandburg Middle School – March 28 – 5 to 7 PM –Ticket Price – $7 Or Family Price (5 or More) $35 – Age 6 And Under Free
  • Muscles 4 Marshall – Fundraising Event Spaghetti Dinner – April 18 – 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM – $20 pp – Children Under 10 Free With Accompanying Adult – Tickets Available at www.elmhurstkofc.org


DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Visit The Museum At The Mall – Open 7 Days A Week at Fox Valley Center  Free Parking – Pay As You Will Admission

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Main Page
  • Calendar of Events – March Through May

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Programs and Classes for Kids and Adults

Lizzadro Museum

  • Calendar of Events  January Through March – Classes and Events


  • Volunteer at Aspire – Many Opportunities Available Single Project – Group Activities – Special Events Call 708-547-3550 x 3554 for More Information


  • SERG PTA Presents: Seizure Education Training  Learn The Impact Seizures and Epilepsy Have In A School Setting  Presented By Anastasia McCargo of the Epilepsy Foundation – March 19 –7 to 9 PM – D205 Center, 162 S. York St. – Everyone Welcome


  • Join Girl Scouts  Make A Difference In Your Community
  • American Music Institute  50% – 1st Month Till March 31
  • District 205 STEM Education – Importance of STEM  & Opportunities – Watch Video Presentation AND PowerPoint with Summer STEM Opportunities for Students


  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association  Spring League Registration Spring Season – April 12 to June 7 for Grades 3 to 8 – Beginner/Experienced Players Welcome – New – Grades K to 2 Clinics and Purple League for Grades 3 to 8
  • Elmhurst College Volleyball Clinics for Elementary & Middle School  March 8 – April 19 – May 2– May 10 – Fee Is $50 Each Clinic – Register 3 Days Before Clinic Date
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club Under 7 Soccer Program For Boys and Girls  Grade 1 – Soccer Skills Training and Games – April 7 – Tuesday and Thursday 4 to 5:15 PM