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State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) is partnering with One Light Self-Defense to bring a self-defense and self-awareness class to women in the 48th District on January 11.

The free class will be held at Park View Elementary School, 250 S. Park Boulevard, in Glen Ellyn from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Adult women are invited to bring their teenage daughters with them. Due to the interactive nature of the class, participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bottles of water will be provided.

“Those who attend this class will learn valuable techniques about where to hit an attacker, how to release a hold, and methods to improve awareness and avoid potential attacks,” said Breen. “My hope is that everyone will leave the class with a better understanding of how to protect themselves during potentially dangerous situations.”

While the class is free, donations will be taken at the door to benefit Family Shelter Service of Wheaton, a local organization supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence situations.

Those who wish to attend the class are asked to RSVP no later than Friday, January 5 by calling the Breen office at (630) 403-8135 or by using the contact form found at reppeterbreen.org.
With the holiday season in full swing, there are many opportunities for families to gather at festivals and events throughout the 48th District. To help you navigate the many offerings in this area, I have compiled a list of community events that are taking place throughout the remainder of December. Each listing includes a hyperlink to take you to a web site for additional information. May you and yours experience the richest blessings of peace and joy during this holy time!

Glen Ellyn
Glen Art Theater – Free Holiday Movies: Saturday, December 9, 16 and 23 at 10:30 am, seats are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis, Glen Art Theater, 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Visit Santa And Live Reindeer at the Glen Ellyn Fire Station: Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Santa and his reindeer will be at the Glen Ellyn Firehouse Dec. 9 for a meet-and-greet and photos, 524 Pennsylvania Avenue, Glen Ellyn

The Nutcracker Ballet: Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, meet Santa in the Lobby before the show, McAninch Arts Center, Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

New Year’s Eve Spectacular: the New Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Sunday, December 31 at 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm

Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum: Friday, November 17 through Monday, January 1

Candy Cane Hunt, Cookies with Mrs. Claus: Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 am, Community Park Bandshell - 1825 Short Street, Lisle

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park: View the holiday lights and enjoy variety of activities, including:
  • Friday, December 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides, make holiday crafts
  • Saturday, December 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides, meet Rudolph and receive your very own Rudolph nose
  • Sunday, December 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides
  • Friday, December 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides, make a Victorian craft 
  • Saturday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides, Polar Express Night in Lilacia Park, every participant will receive their very own bell
  • Sunday, December 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm, free visits with Santa and train rides
Living Nativity and Dinner: Sunday, December 10, 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 155 S Main Street, Lombard

The Story of Holly and Ivy at Montini Catholic High School: Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm, Montini Catholic High School, 19W070 16th St, Lombard

Oakbrook Terrace
Drury Lane Theatre: Several opportunities to see productions of A Christmas Carol and 42nd Street

McCormick House at Cantigny Park Community Trees Display: November 17 through December 30 from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Holiday Carriage Rides: Saturday, December 9 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm at Martin Memorial Plaza, 134 W. Front Street, Wheaton

Visits with Santa: Saturday, December 9, 16, and 23 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm at Martin Memorial Plaza, 134 W Front Street, Wheaton

Brunch with Santa: December 23, seatings are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm and highlights include a photo with Santa, balloon artist and face painters, Cantigny Park, 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Christmas Art Walk – A Gift to Remember: December 12 through 24, families are invited to explore, discover and walk through 12 stores downtown following a map through the city of Wheaton on a Christmas Art Walk

Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights and Tree Sales: Now through December 30 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm daily, lights come on at 3:00 pm at Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Avenue in Wheaton

For the second time in a week, State Representative Peter Breen’s voting record has earned him a perfect rating by watchdog groups who follow legislation in Springfield and rank lawmakers according to their efforts to protect taxpayers and improve the Illinois economy.

On the heels of being named a “Taxpayer Friend” for earning a 100% score on the Illinois Tax Survey compiled by Taxpayers United of America, Breen was recognized on December 1 by the Illinois Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) for earning a 100% score for his support of manufacturing in Illinois. Breen was one of only 18 Illinois lawmakers to receive at 100% score with TMA.

“A thriving manufacturing industry is critical to improving the Illinois economy,” said Breen. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work to help these job creators, by improving our manufacturing climate and reducing burdens placed on them.”

TMA President Steven Rauschenberger applauded Breen for being a champion for the manufacturing industry, and said, “Peter Breen continues to be a legislative leader who understands the importance of quality, high paying jobs in Illinois. His consistent voting record helps protect jobs in Illinois from unnecessary regulatory interference.”

The Technology and Manufacturing Association assists Illinois’ $100 billion manufacturing sector through advice, education, and other programs and also advocates for legislation to help the industry succeed in Illinois. Click here to view a list of the legislation included on the scorecard and a full ranking of every Illinois State Representative and Senator.