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Harper College Astronomy Day

Harper College will host an Astronomy show from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Harper College Building Z, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine. The event will feature indoor astronomy displays and lectures, craft projects for children, and a college observatory tour. Telescopes will also be set up outside to view the Moon and planets. This event is for all ages. For more information, contact Charlie Klingel at 847-630-2040 or

Dividing perennials

Attendees can learn which plants are suitable for division as well as when and how to divide them. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. The event include a hands-on demonstration outside at the Conservatory, so gardeners should dress for the outdoors. The cost is $22 for residents and $33 for nonresidents. This event qualifies as continuing education credit for University of Illinois Extension-Cook County Master Gardeners program. For more information, go to or call the Conservatory at 708-386-4700.

Arbor Day Plant Sale

The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Route 53, Lisle, will host an event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 of which visitors can choose from more than 300 different types of trees, shrubs and other plants selected by arboretum experts during the Arbor Day Plant Sale.

Students to perform “Lend Me a Tenor” at Downers Grove North

Students at Downers Grove North High School  will present the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28  and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Tickets are $5 for students and $6 for adults, and will be available at the door. For more information, call 630-795-8413.

60th Anniversary Illinois Orchid Society Show & Sale

Presented by the Illinois Orchid Society in celebration on their 60th anniversary. See individual orchids in 128 classes vie for red, white, and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive “best of class” green ribbons, and the best appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from the American Orchid Society judges. There will be special orchid activities for children and presentations on the vanilla orchid. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, with a special photographer’s hour starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday. For more information visit, or call 847-835-6829.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

The Y invites everyone to its annual Family Fun Fest, Healthy Kids Day! Loads of activities encourage the whole family to get up and get moving. Join in the games and relay races, bounce on the moonwalks, or hit the pool for a run down the WIBIT obstacle course. This FREE event runs from 1:30 to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 28. The pool will be open an hour earlier, from 12:30 to 1:30, for children with special needs. For more information, visit or call 847-272-7250.

Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Historical Society Special Program

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society will host a special program in the History Center, located at 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis will portray Mary Todd Lincoln’s life during the years after the assassination of President Lincoln.

This dramatic piece is written and performed by Bakalis reflecting the spirit as well as heart of a woman with shattered dreams. Alone and emotionally abandoned, Mary Todd Lincoln experienced the loss of her mate, children and the ordeal of an insanity trial.  After the performance, the audience is invited for a discussion with Bakalis.  Tickets are $8 for members of the historical society, $10 for non-member adults and $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 630-469-1867 or email info@gehs.

‘The Cherry Orchard’

A masterful mix of comedy, tragedy and farce, “The Cherry Orchard” is the story of an aristocratic Russian family and its associates on the precipice of major social upheaval at the turn of the twentieth century.

The show runs through May 5. The days and times are  Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Location: Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St., Evanston. Tickets: $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors, $15 for Students, group rates are available. Call the box office at 847-424-0089 or online orders

Big Noise Theatre presents ‘Leader of the Pack: the Ellie Greenwich Musical’

Big Noise Theatre Company closes its 2011-12 season with the effervescent musical biography, LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL, opening April 27 and playing weekends through May 13, 2012. Performances will be held at the Prairie Lakes Theatre in Des Plaines, IL at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Blood pressure, blood sugar testing

Blood pressure and blood sugar testing will be available at The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Hwy., Suite 310, Park Ridge, on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No appointment needed. Just walk in. No fee charged, but donations welcome.




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