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  • Lighting of healing courtyard at Sherman Hospital kicks off holiday season Nov 26, 2014 12:07 PM
    The Advocate Charitable Foundation at Advocate Sherman Hospital kicks off the holiday season Dec. 1 with the annual lighting of the Hoffer Healing Courtyard.

     
  • Plan ahead for Black Friday shopping in the Fox Valley Nov 26, 2014 3:34 PM
    Make a plan. If you're heading out to shop Black Friday or Thanksgiving Day, that's the one piece of advice expert shoppers and mall officials say is necessary. Especially now, when some stores don't open until Black Friday, while others are open Thanksgiving and still others are offering big deals today.

     
  • Hampshire’s own Prairie View Farm Market a quarterfinalist for the 2014 Independent Small Business Award Nov 25, 2014 4:24 PM
    The national small business movement Independent We Stand announces the quarterfinalists, including Prairie View Farm Market of Hampshire, for the 2014 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses; instead of big boxes and national chains.

     
  • NARFE hosts holiday party Dec. 9 Nov 25, 2014 8:27 PM
    The National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Greater Fox Valley Chapter 2181 will celebrate its annual Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Grand Victoria restaurant, 250 S. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

     
  • Volunteers recognized for contributions to Master Gardener program Nov 25, 2014 3:06 PM
    University of Illinois Extension of Kane County celebrated its Master Gardeners with an awards and appreciation night Oct. 25 in St. Charles. The volunteer group has already completed more than 2,900 hours of service for 2014.

     
  • Extension offers tips on choosing perfect Christmas tree Nov 25, 2014 9:46 PM
    Selecting the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps. “When I was growing up, we would often cut down a Christmas tree growing on my grandparents’ farm,” said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Today you can purchase trees from garden centers, pop-up lots, big box stores, and Christmas tree farms. The following tips can help you select a fresh tree for your home and keep it looking its best throughout the holiday season.”

     
  • Side Street Studio Arts presents “Heritage” Nov 24, 2014 2:38 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin presents “Heritage,” a month-long group exhibition displaying the inheritance of artistic perspective and gifts. The mission of this exhibition is to experience not only the highs and lows of personal artistic endeavors, but also the relationships formed through the creating and sharing of art.

     
  • ECC music ensembles put on annual holiday concerts Nov 24, 2014 6:50 PM
    33" The Concert Choir, Concert Band and the Steel Bands at Elgin Community College offer something for everyone — from inspiring choral pieces to holiday favorites and contemporary music hits served up with a Caribbean flair — during December performances.

     
  • Top ten tips for holiday food safety Nov 24, 2014 6:53 PM
    As families and friends across Illinois makes plans for their holiday feasts, the Illinois Poison Center is offering its top ten tips for proper food handling techniques this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 76 million people experience foodborne illness each year.

     
  • Community volunteers help Dundee Lions prepare to sell Christmas trees Nov 24, 2014 6:15 PM
    The Dundee Township Lions are prepared to begin selling Christmas trees this Friday, Nov. 28, at Grafelman Park in West Dundee thanks to the community’s help in unloading them. Beginning early this past Saturday community leaders, Scouts, students, police, fireman, and families joined the Lions in unloading 300 trees.

     
  • St. Charles Singers to ring in season with ‘Candlelight Carols’ Nov 26, 2014 12:07 PM
    The St. Charles Singers will present the 31st annual edition of its “Candlelight Carols” Christmas program on Friday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 7, in Chicago and St. Charles.

     
  • Songwriter Michael McDermott to perform Dec. 13 in the Listening Room Nov 21, 2014 11:41 PM
    On Saturday, Dec. 13, singer songwriter Michael McDermott will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Listening Room at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. Hailed as one of the finest songwriters in the country, Michael McDermott started performing in Chicago coffeehouses in the early 1990s, incorporating elements of Irish music into an American folk rock sound.

     
  • Stitches & Woodchips to host 13th annual Holiday & Primitive Craft Sale Nov 21, 2014 11:14 PM
    Stitches & Woodchips will hold its 13th annual Holiday & Primitive Craft Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1024 Duncan Ave. in Elgin. They specialize in quality primitive and homespun items for the home as well as unique handmade gifts. See handmade quilted items and wool designs, ornaments, shelving and more.

     
  • Sign up for Bison Feeding at Lords Park Zoo Nov 21, 2014 1:23 PM
    After the last Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten, consider landing a hand to the zookeepers at the Lords Park Zoo at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Children and adults will have the chance to participate in the morning feeding of the zoo's year-round residents: the deer, elk and bison.

     
  • Sedgebrook Woodworker Brings New Life to Old Finds Nov 21, 2014 5:59 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Families in need benefit from 8th Fair Trade Sale Nov 20, 2014 4:36 PM
    St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee will hold its eighth annual Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale, offering Christmas gift items from developing nations. Proceeds will benefit local individuals and families in the community who are in most need.

     
  • Elgin Public Museum hosts “Touching on Traditions” Nov 20, 2014 8:26 PM
    People from around the world who have made their homes in the Elgin area have brought with them a variety of beliefs and traditions. This variety has given the Elgin community a rich diversity which is now part of our cultural heritage. Start a meaningful winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum’s “Touching on Traditions,” an authentic and culturally inclusive winter holiday exhibition. It features displays and objects of traditional holiday significance from 18 displays.

     
  • Self-published authors can enter Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest Nov 20, 2014 9:02 PM
    Illinois authors who have self-published an adult fiction book may enter the second year of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project until Monday, Dec. 15. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), Illinois Heartland Library System.

     
  • Help serve the community this Christmas Nov 18, 2014 2:29 PM
    The Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County is calling for donations of new toys and nonperishable food to support underprivileged children and families through its annual Christmas Offering. It has been putting gifts under the tree for local children in need since 1979. This year, it is projected to serve 350 families with nutritious groceries as well as provide 1600 children and 125 seniors with Christmas gifts.

     
  • Lighting of healing courtyard at Sherman Hospital kicks off holiday season Nov 17, 2014 7:07 PM
    The Advocate Charitable Foundation at Advocate Sherman Hospital kicks off the holiday season Dec. 1 with the annual lighting of the Hoffer Healing Courtyard. This year’s ceremony is in memory of Dr. William T. Sheehy, a urologist on staff at Sherman Hospital who passed away in November of last year at the age of 75.

     
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