by Dave Noble, The Elmhurst Funion Weekender
ELMHURST – Unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend should make it easy to get out there and do something fun in Elmhurst! Here are five suggestions for fun things to do around town.
Save a spot on Spring Road for the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Expect a warm reception from the homeowner and neighbors when you stake claim to one of the best viewing locations on Spring Road by leaving lawn chairs and other spot-saving items in the front yard of someone’s house. With two weeks of unknown weather conditions before the parade on March 5th, it’s best to use a tarp and chain everything to a nearby fire hydrant or mailbox.
- Date/Time: Now through Sunday evening
- Location: 600 block of S. Spring Road
- Ages: Any
- Cost: Free!
Ride along with a real-life parking enforcement officer and learn the tricks of the trade during the Elmhurst Police Department’s Parking Citation Volunteer Program this Saturday and Sunday. You’ll cruise the downtown streets and parking garages of Elmhurst at speeds of up to 10 m.p.h., run license plate numbers and listen in as violators use profanity and plead for a warning.
- Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (register online)
- Location: The Elmhurst Police Department
- Ages: 18 and older
- Cost: Free! (Volunteers must clear all personal parking and traffic tickets before taking part)
Attend an Elmhurst College lecture on the misconceptions of Coyotes and other wildlife spotted in town
Elmhurst College Department of Animal Science Professor Victor Ferguson shares his experience and knowledge from over 40 years of observing wildlife – both mythical and real – and sheds light on some of the misunderstood creatures spotted around Elmhurst, like coyotes and ligers.
- Date/Time: Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Frick Center Founders Lounge, Elmhurst College
- Age: Any
- Cost: $8 ($6 for Elmhurst College Students with ID)
Clean up the dog poop in your backyard
- Date/Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday during daylight hours
- Location: Your backyard
- Ages: 8 and older (recommended)
- Cost: Free!
Walk, Run or Ride on the Prairie Path
- Date/Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours
- Location: The Illinois Prairie Path
- Ages: Open
- Cost: Free