There are so many fun events in our region! Here’s a collection of many events that are guaranteed to nurture the mind and spirit.
Arlington Heights: Through the Decades
Through Aug. 12, Fri.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. This exhibition features photographs and artifacts from the Historical Society’s collections to tell the city’s fascinating story. Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights, (847) 255-1225, ahmuseum.org.
Laura Caldwell: Life After Innocence
March 15, 10 a.m. The director of a program that helps people wrongfully convicted of crimes to rebuild their lives talks about her experiences. Creative Living Series, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock,
woodstockoperahouse.com, (815) 338-5300.
Temperance and Francis Willard
March 18, 1-4 p.m. A presentation about this pioneer of the Temperance Movement. Also, General Meeting; 2012 Exhibit Grand Opening Program. Public welcome. Elgin Area Historical Society, 360 Park St., Elgin, (847) 742-4248, elginhistory.org.
Elizabeth Van Lew, Civil War Spy
March 18, 2 p.m. Learn about the leader of the most productive espionage ring of the Civil War. Registration req. $7. Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia, (630) 406-5282.
Arts and Ideas: Kent Keith
March 19, 7:30 p.m. The CEO of nonprofit organization The Robert K. Greenleaf Center talks about servant leadership. Reservations req. Aurora University, Crimi Auditorium, 407 Calumet Ave., Aurora, (630) 844-4924, AUartsandideas.com.
Treatments for GERD
March 20, 6:30-8 p.m. Drs. George Atia and Hsin-Yi Chang. Free. Registration: (800) 323-8622, Class Code 3N27. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington.
American Home Garden Design, 1830-Present
March 21, 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. How Midwestern home garden design has changed since Illinois was settled; sharing of ideas from our own gardens. $69/members, $59. Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, 4400 Ill. Rte. 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
The Intensity Frontier
March 23, 8 p.m. Dr. Stan Wojcicki, Stanford University, on muon, kaon, neutrino and nuclear studies. Fermilab Lecture Series, Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787, fnal.gov/culture.
Unsinkable Molly Brown
April 1, 4-5 p.m. Lynn Rymarz portrays this heroine of the Titanic. Century Memorial Chapel, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010.
Easy Maintenance by Design
April 3, 6:30-9 p.m. Design aspects and site strategies for a perennial garden that’s easy to maintain. $36/members $29. Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, 4400 Ill. Rte. 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
April 10, 6:30-9 p.m. Which low-maintenance perennials to combine for interesting textures and colors. $29/members, $25. Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, (630) 968-0074.
Julie Andrews Portrayal
May 13, 4-5 p.m. Jenny Riddle dramatizes the singer’s memoir, Home: The Early Years, and sings. Century Memorial Chapel, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010.
“The Civil War”
April 15, 1 p.m. General Meeting and a program on the Civil War, with speaker Jim Zingalis. Public welcome. Elgin Area Historical Society, (847) 742-4248, elginhistory.org.
Understanding Common Bowel Disorders
April 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Dr. Ben Dolin discusses IBS, diverticulitis, other common bowel disorders and colon screenings. Free. Registration: (800) 323-8622, Class Code 3G67. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington.
Robert K. Wittman: FBI Art Crime Founder
April 19, 10 a.m. The man often called the FBI’s real Indiana Jones details solving the world’s greatest art heists during his 20-year career. Creative Living Series, Woodstock Opera House, woodstockoperahouse.com.
Sleights of Mind
April 27, 8 p.m. Drs. Steve Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde on “neuromagic” – insights gained by magicians on how our brains work – and their impact on fields from the diagnosis of autism to marketing and education. Fermilab Lecture Series, Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, (630) 840-2787.
4th Annual 6o Men Who Cook
May 11, 6 p.m. Geneva Chamber of Commerce fundraiser for Geneva History Center and Geneva Lions and Rotary clubs. Sample courses and vote for People’s Choice. Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 Randall Road, St. Charles, genevachamber.com.
Latest in Breast Cancer Screenings
May 15, 6:30-8 p.m. By Dr. Kevin Kirshenbaum. Free. (800) 323-8622, Class Code 3C59. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington.
International Museum Day
May 17, 7 p.m. Includes the presentation “Small Towns,” featuring John Hallwas. Public welcome. Elgin Area Historical Society, (847) 742-4248.
The Age of Carbon
May 18, 8 p.m. Stone, bronze, iron, even silicon age. What will be the defining material of the 21st century? By Dr. Mark Hersam, Northwestern University. Fermilab Lecture Series, Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, (630) 840-2787.
Spring into Health Kids Fair
May 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Games, presentations and demos. Free. Registration: (800) 323-8622, Class Code 3N29 B. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington.