DuPage County Calendar of Events Feb. 28 – March 7

Travel expert Rick Steves will present Travel as a Political Act, part of the Roland Quest Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. March 2 at Elmhurst College.

March 2

Dr. Seuss Day
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday with a day of green eggs, sneedles and whos. Read and share Dr. Seuss books. Play with ooblek, try green eggs and ham, and craft the cat’s hat. Then discover Ted Seuss Geisel, the man behind the zany rhymes and beloved stories. Explore Geisel’s lesser-known works, including his political cartoons. Registration is required. Call (630) 420-6010.

Rick Steves and “Travel as a Political Act”
3:30 p.m. book signing, 4:30 p.m. lecture
Elmhurst College, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 S. Prospect, Elmhurst

Travel expert Rick Steves, best known as the host of the acclaimed PBS television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” and the author of several bestselling guidebooks, will present Travel as a Political Act, part of the Roland Quest Lecture Series at Elmhurst College. Steves believes there is more to travel than good-value hotels, great art and fine cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can enjoy themselves and come home with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world. In a slideshow lecture drawing on lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia and the Middle East, Steves will talk about the transformational power of travel, and how to travel thoughtfully and gain a broader perspective.

March 3

Polar Plunge
1 p.m.
Oak Brook Bath & Tennis club, 800 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook
$100 suggested donation

The Polar Plunge, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is an opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters. Participants may register until 11:45 a.m. the day of the event. For more information, call (630) 545-3402.

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Red Arrow Tap Room, 111 E. First St., Elmhurst

Five Girl Scout Cookies flavors will be paired with five local craft beers. Red Arrow is supporting Girl Scout Troop 43001 from Bryan Middle School. The troop will be onsite selling cookies. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the troop.

National Meatball Day – Swedish Style
4:30-7 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia
$13 adults, $6 children 3-10 years old, free for children under 3

Celebrate National Meatball Day Swedish style with a benefit dinner for the Swedish American Children’s Choir. The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and dessert. Also featured for sale will be Swedish gift items, Swedish and American baked goods, Swedish antiques and a Swedish wood carver. All proceeds will benefit the 19-year-old choir’s performance tour fund. Dinner tickets are by reservation only and carry out orders are available. Call the choir office (630) 414-9700 for reservations.

March 3-March 4

Maple Sugaring
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. All ages are invited. No registration required. Questions? Call (630) 876-5900.

March 4

Myths and History of the Great Highland Bagpipes
2 p.m.
Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville

In this interactive demonstration during the library’s Sunday music matinee, J. Kevin Chapman will share the story of one of the oldest instruments played today. Advance registration welcome, but not required.

March 7

Global Flick: “Neruda”
1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showings
McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

In this Chilean 2016 film, an inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. In Spanish, with English subtitles. For more information, call (630) 942-4000. 


–DuPage County Calendar of Events Feb. 28 – March 7–