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A&E calendar: Music, theater and more in Kendall County

Yorkville High School's Theatre Department will present the "Alice in Wonderland" on the YHS stage on March 16 and 17.
Yorkville High School's Theatre Department will present the "Alice in Wonderland" on the YHS stage on March 16 and 17.


YHS presents "Alice in Wonderland" March 16-17: Yorkville High School Theatre Department will present the beloved classic "Alice in Wonderland" on the YHS stage on March 16 and 17. Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Showtime is 7 p.m. on both nights. Join us in Wonderland where “we’re all a little mad!”


Joliet Symphony Orchestra movie tunes: Join the JSO on the red carpet at 3 p.m. April 21 and 22 as they perform music from your favorite movies. From blockbuster hits such as “Indiana Jones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” to classics like “Wizard of Oz” and Erich Korngold’s score to “Sea Hawk,” this concert will have something for everyone. We’ll also be joined by our own celebrities, violist Kayla Cabrera and soprano Anna Valcour, the winners of the JSO Concerto Competition. Concert will be held at Sexton Auditorium in the Moser Performing Arts Center at the University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. For information or to purchase tickets, visit


Art & Fashion Showcase at Oswego museum: Get a rare glimpse of treasures from the Little White School Museum’s collections during the special Art and Fashion Showcase, set for a 10-day run, March 17 through March 25. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is located at 72 Polk St. (Polk at Jackson) in Oswego. For information, call the museum at 630-554-2999, send an email to, or visit

Waubonsee hosts Hmong America Exhibition: Waubonsee Community College, in partnership with Northern Illinois University’s Pick Museum of Anthropology, will host “In/Visibility: Hmong America and the Art of Storytelling.” The exhibition will feature first-person reflections, textiles and artwork by Aurora native and Waubonsee alumna J. Tshab Her. The presentation considers how Hmong life has changed since refugees first entered the United States in the 1970s and what it means to be Hmong American today. The free exhibition will continue at Waubonsee's Aurora Downtown Campus Library, located at 18 S. River St., through April 14. Visit for information.

Native American artist showcased at Aurora University: “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” a 40-year retrospective of more than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by the late Wiyot tribe artist (1946-2016), will be hosted by Aurora University through April 13 at the university’s Schingoethe Center, 1315 Prairie St. in Aurora. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The Bartow exhibit is part of the university’s 2017-18 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series. 

Festivals/special events

HCE essential oils program: Kendall County Association for Home and Community Education is hosting "Essential Oils 101" at 5 p.m. April 10 at the Rush Copley Meeting room in Yorkville. This free beginners' workshop is open to all area residents. For information, call Joan at 630-567-6407.

Big Pig Mother Son Tournament: The Oswegoland Park District will host the Big Pig Mother Son Tournament on Saturday, March 17. Moms and sons will team up in this game of shooting accuracy. Every player registered by March 5 gets a Big Pig tourney T-shirt. All registration closes at 4:30 p.m. March 15 to ensure the brackets are ready for competitors. Register today at

Bunny Hop 2018: Presented by Oswego downtown association, the annual Bunny Hop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in downtown Oswego. Families are invited to stroll from store to store to fill their Easter baskets with goodies from the local downtown association members. Kids are invited to get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny at The Garden Faire. Wristbands for each Bunny Hop participant are $2. Get your map and don't forget it's B.Y.O.B. (bring your own basket).

Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt in Yorkville: Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Services for this fun, family event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Beecher Community Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. Families will eat a hot breakfast with the Easter Bunny, create crafts, play games, and then at 9:15 a.m. hunt for Easter eggs. The hunt will be held outside, so dress appropriately. Cost is $6 per person and includes breakfast, activities and the egg hunt. Registration is required and all ages are required to register. For information or to register, call the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357 or visit

Montgomery Easter egg hunt: The village of Montgomery and the Community Christian Church are teaming up to offer a free Easter egg hunt and related events for children from 10:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 24. The egg hunt will take place at Montgomery Park at the corner of Mill and River streets with more activities nearby at the Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River St. In case of inclement weather, the Easter egg hunt will take place inside the Village Hall. All participants should be at the park at least 15 minutes before their scheduled start time and should bring a bag or basket in which to collect eggs. The Easter Bunny will preside over activities at the Village Hall, including free refreshments, cookie decorating, face painting and more.

Easter Eggstravaganza March 24: The free 2018 Easter Eggstravaganza, hosted by Your Performing Arts Center in Yorkville, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Then enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, temporary tattoos, live performances, games and free registration for YPAC classes. Food, refreshments and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. YPAC is at 2161 Illinois Route 47, Yorkville. RSVP at

Plano Biz Bunny Hop March 24: The second annual Biz Bunny Hop is set for Saturday, March 24 from noon to 2 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Plano. Kids will visit local businesses and find Easter Eggs. Maps are available for a $1 cash donation that will go towards future events. Each participating hopper will need a map. Maps will also be able to be turned in for an Easter basket raffle. There will be ceramic eggs hidden along the way. Last stop will be at Arts on Fire Plano "Paint Your Own Pottery". Hoppers can chose to take their eggs home and paint or glaze at the studio for a reduced studio fee of $2. Other activities at the studio include live animals, a visit with the Easter Bunny and more.

Bunny Brunch March 18: The first Community Bunny Brunch at Beecher Center in Yorkville is set for Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fun, family-friendly event will include a complete breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes and more. After brunch there will activities including pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, face painting and more. There will be two Easter Egg Hunts at 11 a.m. and noon. Discount tickets are available until March 17. Purchase discount tickets online at (click on fundraisers) or at Grace Holistic Center for Education during school hours at 210 Beaver Street, Yorkville. For more information call 331-207-8932 or email or go to

Egg Hunt on the Island: All ages are invited to search for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys on Stolp Island in downtown Aurora from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Free kid crafts, snacks and trolley rides. For information, visit

Murder mystery dinner fundraiser: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is celebrating 20 years in Kendall County by teaming up with Your Performing Arts Center and hosting a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner on April 7 at Timber Creek Inn and Suites in Sandwich. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a reserved table of 10. Proceeds will benefit CASA Kendall County and Your Performing Arts Center's Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased at

Project Greenway Recycled Fashion Show: Prepare your best looks for Earth Couture on the Oswego runway this spring. The Oswegoland Park District encourages aspiring artists and designers to try their hand at recycled fashion in the upcoming Project Greenway Recycled Fashion Show at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Fox Bend Golf Course, 3516 Route 34 in Oswego. Repurpose discarded items into an accessory or go all out and create an outfit to walk down the “greenway” in the second annual show. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $2 more at the door. Contact Cori Veverka at 630-554-4433 or for information about participating in or attending this event.

Downtown Aurora Magic June 9: Downtown Aurora Magic, a one-day festival, is set for Saturday, June 9. Tickets will go on sale on March 24 at 9 a.m. through Tickets will be $10 per person for witches and wizards ages 5 and up. Proceeds from the festival will be shared among several local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit Downtown Aurora Magic on Facebook.

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