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Mary Lubko Center

Overview

The Wheaton Park District Mary Lubko Center isn’t just for seniors; it offers a wide variety of programs for active adults!

The Mary Lubko Center, formally known as the Leisure Center, is conveniently located in downtown Wheaton’s picturesque Memorial Park, home of the bandshell. Friendly staff are available to welcome you, answer questions, and help you get involved.

Did you know?
  • Programs are open to fun-loving adults of all ages
  • You don’t need to be a Wheaton resident to participate – you can bring all your friends
  • Membership: 3,000
  • Number of programs offered yearly: 102!
  • The Mary Lubko Center building was built in 1888 by Judge Elbert Gary to house his horses and carriages
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Mary Lubko Center Newsletter | MLC News

Have the time of your life! The Mary Lubko Center’s newsletter is distributed four times a year and includes detailed information on hundreds of programs, trips, and special events.

Call 630-665-1415 to receive a copy or join the mailing list.

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Programs | Just for Fun & Specials

Sunshine Luncheon (118162-01)

at Brookdale of Glen Ellyn

Let the sunshine in! Wear your sunny best for this beloved annual party at Brookdale Glen Ellyn. Chef Jim has created a special menu. After lunch, sit back and enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the Celtic Cowboy. Celebrate the joyful wearing o’ the green with “Danny Boy”, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, ” Galway Bay”, “MacNamara’s Band”, “The Wild Rover”, and “Mountain Dew and the Unicorn”. This program will be drive on your own. Brookdale of Glen Ellyn is located at 60 North Nicoll Avenue.

The Colorful History of the Little Black Dress (238100-01)

at Windsor Park Manor (124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream)

Versatile, dependable, and affordable, the Little Black Dress, or “LBD,” has become the fasion equivalent of a Model T Ford. In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history of this fashion icon. Learn how Chanel helped dissociate black from mourning, how Audrey Hepburn helped establish the LBD; and how it has been reinvented by everyone from Betty Boop to Prada. Don’t be fashionably late to register for this fun day with Leslie Goddard. A welcome reception will be held at 11:30A, followed by a seasonal delicious luncheon at Noon and program at 1:30P. This program will be drive on your own.

Understanding Powers of Attorney and Guardianship for Seniors

Thursday, February 21 at 1P

This program will explore the duties and obligations that are bestowed upon guardians and agents under a power of attorney. There will also be a discussion about the potential pitfalls facing individuals serving in these roles and how to limit one’s potential liability. Come out and gain a better understanding of legal options when dealing with aging family members.

Call 630-665-1415 to register.

Downsizing One Bite at a Time

Wednesday, February 27 at 1P

Have you thought about downsizing in your current home or moving to a new one, but the thought of sorting through 30, 40 or 50+ years of “stuff” overwhelmed you? Even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, you can never start the downsizing process to early. Learn practical ideas on how to start the downsizing process, get helpful tips and resources you can use now and how to get help when you need it.

Call 630-665-1415 to register.

Trust 100 Funeral Pre-Planning Program

Wednesday, March 27 at 1P

Join Family Service Counselor, Mike Malloy from the Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, as he explains why planning for funeral service should be a part of any financial or retirement plan. You will take advantage of decades of hands-on-pre-planning experience, complimentary consultation opportunities, a wide range of options and experts in Veterans’ benefits.

Call 630-665-1415 to register.

Rules of the Road

at the Mary Lubko Center from 1–2:30P

Take a free class with an instructor from the Secretary of State to help you prepare for your written test.
Upcoming dates: June 12, and October 9.

Defensive Drive

at Wheaton Park District Community Center from 9–1P

Take an 8 hour class (classroom, not driving) run through AARP.
Upcoming Date: April 24-25, Aug 28-29, and December 4-5.)

Important: Classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday, and you must attend both days to receive your certificate.
Cost: $15 with AARP card or $20 without card. Please bring a check made payable to AARP.

Tax Aide

at Wheaton Park District Community Center

Make an appointment starting on January 2 to have your taxes prepared for free by AARP volunteers. Appointments are available every Tuesday from February 5- April 9. Please have last year’s return paperwork available when you call to make your appointment. If we did your taxes last year and you were given an envelope and assigned either an A or B, tell us which letter you were assigned when you make your appointment.

Important: Bring your 2017 return and all tax related paperwork for your 2018 appointment, and please make sure to call if you need to cancel.

Call Mary Lubko Center at 630-665-1415, or the Wheaton Park District Community Center at 630-690-4880, to make an appointment.

Movie Matinees at Wheaton Public Library

225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton
Showtime is 1P. Tickets are free and are available at the Mary Lubko Center and the Library.

  • February 19 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Documentary)
  • February 22 – Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!
  • April 5 – The Wife (Rated R)
  • April 12 – A Star is Born (Rated R)
  • April 16 – First Man
  • April 19 – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • May 10 – Mary Poppins Returns

Travel | Day Trips

happy bus peopleHit the Road – Take a Day Trip!

Travel to fascinating sites in the City of Chicago, suburban areas, and even nearby states. See the best theatre, enjoy fine dining, explore museums and galleries, take a boat ride, enjoy a concert, experience the opera, discover Ethnic Chicago neighborhoods, and much more with friendly people. Deluxe Motorcoach transportation and all tickets and gratuities are included in the fee. Every trip is led by a friendly Mary Lubko Center tour escort.

Looking for something new and different?

See our current newsletter for a complete list of trips available.

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Dear Evan Hansen (137188-01) (waitlist only)
at the Oriental Theatre

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it “a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heard.” And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” The winter of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen is a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch at Petterino’s Restaurant. Lunch includes salad, dessert and beverages. Please select your entrée when you register: 1) chicken Armando with white wine sauce, 2) teriyaki glazed Norewigan salmon, 3) filet medallions with classic Dian sauce.

The Producers (137195-01)
at the Paramount Theatre

Experience this 12-time Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece. The Producers is Mel Brooks’ laugh-a-minute musical romp, packed with larger-than-life characters and some very good, bad taste musical numbers. It follows Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and his accountant, Leo Bloom, as they embark on a seemingly foolproof scheme. A delicious lunch at Arrowhead Golf Club includes soup, dessert, beverage and your choice of: 1) Angus cheeseburger with fries and slaw, 2) seasoned tilapia fish tacos or 3) chopped salad with chicken. Trip departs from Arrowhead Golf Course.

Million Dollar Quartet (118141-01)
at Theatre at the Center

There was no plan for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins to record together on December 4, 1956, but as fate would have it, they did and left behind a historic and mind-blowing album. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story, with all the raw energy and monumental talent you’ve come to expect from these music giants. Nominated for three Tony Awards, it features some of the biggest and best songs of all time, including “Peace in the Valley”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “I Walk the Line”, “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire”. Your pre-show lunch includes beverage, soup, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) broiled tilapia or 2) herb lemon chicken breast. Please make you menu choice when you register.

Devil in the White City (137196-01)
with City Ventures

Discover the mystique of the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood with its many treasures and tragedies. See the sites and hear the stories from the 1893 Columbian Exposition as described in Erik Larson’s best-selling book, Devil in the White City. Pass the Golden Lady, a replica of the Statue of the Republic who greeted visitors to the Columbian Exposition. Travel the Midway and see the site of the first Ferris wheel. While in Hyde Park, visit the prestigious Smart Museum of Art located on the campus of the University of Chicago, whose mission is to open the world through art and ideas. Travel past many impressive mansions in Kenwood including former residences of President Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Julius Rosenwald and Muhammad Ali. Tour one of Chicago’s most magnificent houses of worship, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple. This Byzantine style synagogue designed in 1924 by Alfred S. Alschuler is home to the oldest Jewish congregation in the Midwest. Lunch at Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant includes: salad, Rotolo alla Rossini (a pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach), bread, dessert and coffee, tea or iced tea.

Sanfilippo Estate Tour (237197-01)
The Sanfilippo “Place de la Musique” is known worldwide for the largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments in the world, including: music boxes and phonographs, coin-operated pianos, violin machines, photoplayers, American and European orchestrions, dance organs, fairground and band organs, calliopes and the world’s largest indoor theatre pipe organ. After our tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at Chessie’s where you will dine in a 1927 Illinois Railroad Dining Car. Lunch includes salad, bread, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) roast loin of pork, 2) chicken parmesan, 3) baked penne pasta or 4) parmesan crusted tilapia.

Footloose (218129-01)
at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre

Footloose is back! Based on the hit film, and true story of Elmore City, Oklahoma which banned dancing for 90 years. When big city teenager Ren moves to a small town, he finds that wide open spaces sometimes come with very narrow minds. Pretty soon, Ren is the rebel with a cause, winning over the hearts (and feet!) of the whole community. Packed with a top-ten hit score that includes “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Footloose”. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Dover Straits. Lunch includes soup, salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) broiled white bass, 2) golden fried tilapia, 3) chicken marsala or 4) broiled New York strip.

Notre Dame and South Bend Treasures (237198-01)
with City Ventures

Discover the History Museum and Oliver Mansion, also known as Copshaholm, built in 1895. As you are guided through this magnificent home with its original furnishings you will be given a remarkable glimpse of how this mansion appeared during the 72 years the Oliver family lived here. Explore the Studebaker National Museum and admire the extensive collection of historic vehicles. Enjoy lunch at the highly acclaimed Morris Inn on the University of Notre Dame campus. Lunch includes lemon oregano chicken breast, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Following lunch, visit the impressive and majestic Basilica of the Sacred Heart, located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. You will be awed by this spectacular House of Worship adorned with brilliant murals, a Parisian altar “flowing with gold” and intimate chapels. Walk to the nearby Grotto, a one-seventh replica of the famed Shrine in Lourdes, France. Please note: this tour requires considerable walking and stair climbing.

August Rush (237199-01)
August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Your lunch includes farmhouse salad, macadamia crusted chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Save the Date:

  • 5/8 Hamilton Exhibition
  • 5/21 Halim Time and Glass Museum
  • 5/29 Skirting the Shoreline
  • 6/11 Chicago Crime & Corruption
  • 6/19 Hamilton Exhibition
  • 6/27 Gems of Geneva
  • 7/10 Djembe! The Show
  • 7/18 Chicago Mansions & High Society
Take the bus and leave the driving and parking to the Wheaton Park District. No need for a gps. It has been a great pleasure to enjoy the diverse types of entertainment offered from the W.P.D. from stage musicals to one day trips of sightseeing and don’t forget the great restaurants that are included. My husband and I love your extended trips. We’ve even brought our family on some of them. They are always great fun and well organized. The staff is always pleasant, and very helpful. It has been a great experience working with them.You make us all feel special!
Donna and Phil Arrigo
I’ve enjoyed every day trip I’ve even taken with the [Mary Lubko Center] Leisure Center. I look forward to these outings. I’ve made new friends and I love that everyone is always happy and in a good mood. The staff are terrific.
Grace Landem

Travel | Extended Trips

Extended Travel Trips

The Joy of Travel Without the Hassle

See the USA and the world with us. Our vacation travel is fun and carefree – we’ll do all the planning and a professional escort handles all details. We offer everything from a two night trip to Door County to an eighteen day cruise through the Panama Canal and everything in between. Discover a whole new way to explore a destination. Travel with people from your own community and you’ll feel like you are traveling with family and friends.

Looking for something new and different?

See our current newsletter for a complete list of trips available.

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The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise NEW

Featuring Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic

August 17-27, 2019

From $4,249 per person, double occupancy, 2 for 1 airfare through April 2019

Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Emerald Destiny, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a seven-night cruise through 4 countries. Includes 2 nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English speaking guides.

Highlights:
– Included shore excursions escorted by local, English speaking guides in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Regensburg and Nuremberg
– All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties
– Four course lunches and dinners onboard, served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
– Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
– Complimentary WiFi onboard
– Spacious public areas with large picture windows
– Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headsets
– Two-night hotel stay and touring in Prague, the Czech Republic after cruising

Splendors of Europe River Cruise

Featuring the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

May 26-June 10, 2019

From $6,995 per person, double occupancy

Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Emerald Destiny, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a seven-night cruise through 4 countries. Includes 2 nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English speaking guides.

Highlights:
– 13 shore excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
– All meals including onboard featuring local and international specialties
– Four course lunches and dinners, served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
– Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
– Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
– Spacious public areas with large picture windows
– Enhanced touring experience with use of audio headsets
– Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on the Horizon Deck
– “Inside Balcony” with drop-down window in the staterooms Horizon and Vista Decks

Danube Delights

Featuring Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic

July 19-30, 2019

From $4,145 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Visit five countries on this seven-night cruise
– Shore excursions with English speaking local guides
– Personal listening devices for onboard excursions
– All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisines
– Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
– Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
– Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
– Variety of onboard evening entertainment
– Three-night hotel stay and touring in Prague, the Czech Republic

Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice

August 7-13, 2019

From $3,299 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Included city tour of Reykjavik with a local guide
– Experience a full-day adventure of volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal activity and nature, with a local guide, on the included South Shore excursion
– Discover the Reykjanes Peninsula and its geothermal a local guide on this included full-day excursion
– Relax in the Blue Lagoon (entrance included)
– Included whale-watching excursion with onboard naturalist guides
– On a full-day included Golden Circle tour with a local guide, see the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the “Geysir” and more natural wonders

California’s Gold and Wine Country

Featuring San Francisco, Sacramento and The Old Vine Express

September 23-28, 2019

From $3,039 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Spend 2 nights in San Francisco with narrated city tour
– Narrated bay cruise to see Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge
– Enjoy wine tastings with 4 California wineries with 1 included lunch
– Tour the Jelly Belly Candy Company
– Visit Gold Bug Mine dating back to 1888
– Private Pioneer Dinner at Sutter’s Fort Historic State Park
– Tour the California Capital Building and visit the California State Railroad Museum
– Free time in Old Sacramento, a National Historic Landmark District
– Farewell dinner and wine tasting aboard the Old Vine Express

Michigan Fall Harvest Time

October 5 – 8, 2019

From $1,079 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Take a guided tour at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm and visit a Reindeer Ranch
– Dinner and live show at Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre
– Visit Kellogg Manor House and take a tram ride through Frederick Meijer Gardens
– Visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
– Enjoy a sightseeing cruise aboard The Grand Lady
– Farm tour and a “sweet treat” at Country Dairy
– Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House
– Enjoy a ride on the Saugatuck Dunes

Best of Cuba Cruise

Featuring Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Labadee

November 6-14, 2019

From $2,299 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Take a narrated sightseeing tour of Miami to see the Historic Art Deco District, South Beach and Little Havana
– Spend 8 glorious nights cruising aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Empress of the Seas
– Visit Havana, the capital city of once off-limits Cuba and discover her sultry rhyths, larger-than-life culture and historic attractions
– Call at Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the South” with forest trails, scenic caves and a rich French colonial history
– Visit Santiago, Cuba’s cultural capital with its castles, cathedrals, quiet parks and towering landmarks including the memorial to Antonio Maceo, San Juan Hill and the Moncada Barracks
– Call at Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s private resort paradise
– Spend 3 full days at sea aboard the Empress of the Seas whose focus on Cuba culture includes special entertainment, Cuban cuisine and guest lectures

For reservations or details, please call the Mary Lubko Center at 630-665-1415.

Rent This Facility For Your Next Gathering

The Mary Lubko Center is located within Memorial Park on 2.5 beautifully manicured acres. Originally a coach house built in 1888, the Mary Lubko Center offers a casual comfortable space with classic wood paneled walls, a large stone fireplace, and beautiful views of Memorial Park. It is handicap accessible.

For information about renting this unique space, or to make a reservation, please contact Megann Panek at 630-510-5030 or mpanek@wheatonparks.org.

Mary Lubko Center Rental Brochure (PDF)

On July 25th, 2015, my husband and I got married at the [Mary Lubko Center] Leisure Center. It was every bit as awesome and gorgeous as we had hoped it would be, and more! Both of us are really interested in history, so it was really neat to be able to get married at this historic location. We had our ceremony on the beautiful back steps of the Center, and our reception in the Carriage Room. The grounds and the building are immaculately maintained–we have soooo many perfect pictures of our special day! Thank you again, WPD!
Valerie Walkowicz-Moore