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Talk205 - April 6

In this issue –

  • York Drama Stages Big Fish - Ticket Sales April 7, 8 & 9
  • GPS Presents Three ‘Hot Topic’ Parenting Programs in April
  • Youth Job/Volunteer Fair, April 15 in the York High School Commons
  • Foundation’s Top Pizza - You Decide, April 16 in the York Commons
  • Journey to Overcome Cyberbulling With Jillian JensenApril 21
  • City of Elmhurst Sustainability Task Force Hosts Public Workshop
  • LWV Presents Stormwater: From the Ground UpApril 23
  • Exemplary Youth Service Awards Airing on Government Channels
  • Eighth Grade Promotion Days Set for District 205 Middle Schools
  • Summer School Offerings Posted Online - Including Music Program
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

YORK DRAMA STAGES ‘BIG FISH’ - TICKET SALES THIS WEEK - 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.‚Äč This production is recommended for the entire family.

Tickets are 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.

GPS PRESENTS THREE ‘HOT TOPIC’ PARENTING PROGRAMS  – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS), Navigating Healthy Families, 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. Mr. 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 MSNBC.

In addition, Parents, Teens, Parties and the Law: Emerging Trends will be the topic on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 PM in the auditorium at Glenbard East, 1014 S Main St. in Lombard. Learn from an impressive panel of experts what your parental responsibilities are, how to negotiate the parent/teen relationship, and tips to secure a positive future for your child. The panel of experts includes: Milton Creagh, humorist and author of Nobody Wants Your Child, who also hosts the PBS television award-winning series Parenting Works; the Honorable Judge Christopher Stride, Associate Circuit Judge 19th Judicial Court; and Detective (Ret.) Bruce Talbot, who was named "Police Officer of the Year" by the Illinois Crime Commission in 2000, and is a published author in both the popular press and in scientific research journals. This frank presentation is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 16 Recognizing and Treating the High School Blues will be presented by Dr. Jason Washburn from noon to 2:00 PM at Glenbard South High School, 22w750 Butterfield Rd. Teenage depression is much more common than one might think. It’s more than feeling sad, and it isn't just a bad mood - it can alter every aspect of an adolescent’s life. The focus will be on educating participants about teen depression and differentiating serious depression from the typical ups and downs of adolescence. Dr. Washburn is the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology and is the author of Self Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Problems.

YOUTH JOB/VOLUNTEER FAIR AT YORK HIGH SCHOOL ON APRIL 15 – Kids: are you looking for a summer job, service hours or the chance to volunteer? The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with partnering agencies – the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, District 205, the YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst – are presenting the first annual Youth Job/Volunteer Fair. The Fair will feature opportunities from more than 20 organizations, agencies and employers and will be held in the York High School Commons on April 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. There is no need to register; just stop by! The York High School College and Career Center will be open for students who wish to work on a resume or apply for a job online. Work permit forms will be available for those under 16 years of age.

As a follow-up, the Elmhurst Public Library will hold a Teen Resume/Interview Workshop on April 22 at 6:30 PM for youth in grades 9-12, in Meeting Room B. Learn how to write your resume and get tips on giving a memorable interview. Registration begins April 6 online, in person or by phone. Please visit http://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org for more information.

DISTRICT 205 FOUNDATION HOSTS TOP PIZZA - YOU DECIDE! - District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is once again hosting its Top Pizza event on Thursday evening, April 16, from5:30-7:30 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 visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

JOURNEY TO OVERCOME CYBERBULLYING WITH JILLIAN JENSEN - On Tuesday, April 21 Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare) and North Central College are sponsoring a parent/student education event entitled My Journey to Overcome Cyberbullying: A Night with Jillian Jensen, featuring international recording artist, as well as American Idol and X-Factor contestant, Jillian Jensen, discussing her experiences and a message related to bullying prevention through story and song. The event will take place at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 East Benton Ave., from 6 to 8 PM.

This free presentation will also feature Trish Prabhu, a 2014 Google Global Science Fair Finalist. Trish is a 14-year-old Neuqua Valley High School freshman whose research into cyberbullying led to her groundbreaking development of the anti-bullying app called Rethink. Registration is not required, but is appreciated as seating is limited. Call 630-527-6363 or visit www.edward.org/classes.

SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE HOSTS PUBLIC WORKSHOP – The City of Elmhurst Sustainability Task Force is hosting a public workshop to gain community input that will be used to develop a community-wide sustainability plan. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at City Hall, from 6:30-8:30 PM in Council Chambers located on the second floor.

The City of Elmhurst defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present while preserving our resources and ability to grow and meet the future needs of the city and its residents. The Sustainability Task Force wants to hear your thoughts, ideas and hopes in building an eco-friendly future for the City of Elmhurst. This open discussion format will be led by moderators who will guide groups through five areas of focus – land use, water, energy, transportation and waste.

All residents are invited to attend and families are welcome to bring school-aged children who want to contribute to the discussion. The success of any planning effort requires active public participation and community involvement. Your feedback is extremely important and will be used during the assessment phase of the planning process.

LWV PRESENTS STORMWATER: FROM THE GROUND UP – The League of Women Voters of Elmhurst, in partnership with the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, presents Stormwater: From the Ground Up, April 23, beginning at 7 PM, at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave.

Excessive stormwater becomes problematic when homes flood. Less visibly, stormwater carries pollutants to streams, rivers and Lake Michigan, causing beach closures, erosion and disrupting ecosystems. Green infrastructure solutions can supplement our sewer systems to help prevent flooding and, at the same time, improve the environment and beautify our neighborhoods. 

Krista Grimm, representing the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region, will present information on stormwater management and protecting Lake Michigan and local waterways. Grimm is an urban planning consultant whose interest in water policy matters grew after her first trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the Great Lakes in 2005. She will discuss how individual homeowners may employ green practices at their own homes, while addressing how solutions with an even greater impact require efforts at the community and regional level.

This program is open to the public. Space is limited and RSVPs are encouraged:ecoolcities@gmail.com or 630/426-9789. This is not a District 205 or Elmhurst Public Library-sponsored program. For additional information, visit www.lwvelmhurst.org.

EXEMPLARY YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS AIRING ON GOVERNMENT CHANNELS – On March 19 at Sandburg Middle School, 157 youth volunteers were recognized by the City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth for providing outstanding volunteer service to their community. Seven groups and 21 individuals were nominated (please see program). Two groups and six individuals were honored as exemplary, as identified by a panel of independent judges. All were congratulated by Mayor Steve Morley and Superintendent Dave Pruneau. The program was videotaped by Broadcast Production Services, Inc. and will air on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 PM during April and is also posted on www.elmhursttv.com.

8TH GRADE PROMOTION DATES SET – Dates for the promotion of District 205’s eighth grade students have been set, provided no further emergency days are used this school year. Ceremonies for Sandburg and Churchville Middle Schools will be held on June 2 at 6 PM and 8 PM, respectively. Bryan’s ceremony will be held on June 3 at 7 PM. All three will take place in the York High School Campbell (Green & White) Gym.

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 in early March. Please use the District 205 Webstore link. The deadline for registration isFriday, May 8. 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 in March. 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.

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 Began 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


  • Spirito! Singers Auditions for 2015-16 Season – Ragazze – For Girls Grades 5 to 8 Includes Multi-Level Classroom Theory Training And Bravura – For Young Women Grades 9 to 12 Concert, Recording and Touring Ensemble – Call 630-581-5440 To Schedule An Audition
  • 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
  • Glenbard Parent Series – Navigating Healthy Families – April 14 – May 11 – Seven Programs Left In The Series
  • 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
  • Elmhurst Recycling Extravaganza  Elmhurst College April 18 – 9 AM to 12 Noon –Household Recycling Items
  • City of Elmhurst Sustainability Task Force Wants To Hear Your Thoughts – April 22 –City Hall Council Chambers – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Light Refreshments
  • 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 tommoran@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


  • 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


  • YMCA  Website


  • Boy Scout Troop 17 Presents A Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast – April 11 – 8 AM to Noon – Tickets At Door – Adults $8 – Seniors and Children – $6 Advanced Tickets ($1 Discount) –pancakes@troop17elmhurst.org
  • Boy Scout Troop 14 All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner – April 11 – 4 to 8 PM $7 Donation – Children 4 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 atwww.elmhurstkofc.org
  • Elmhurst Junior Women's Club  Tickled Pink  Proceeds Benefit the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Breast Health Center & EJWC Brenda Grabacki Scholarship Fund – May 1 – 6 to 10 PM – $20 General Admission Tickets – $5 Children Under 10


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


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


  • 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 – 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