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  • AARP volunteers at Warren-Newport library help preparing income tax returns Feb 23, 2015 5:07 PM
    The room was full as 12 volunteer tax preparers helped individuals complete their income tax returns Monday at Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee. Volunteers with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide began helping low- and middle-income taxpayers Feb. 2 and will continue doing so until Apr. 13.

     
  • Arlington Heights honors its Hearts of Gold Feb 21, 2015 9:03 PM
    The Rev. Arnold Perham, 85, found himself front and center before the sold-out crowd at Arlington Heights’ Hearts of Gold dinner, as the first award winner of the evening, Mentor of the Year. “Someone noticed you doing something out of the ordinary,” said Steve Fromm, chairman of the Special Events Commission. “But your actions weren’t ordinary; they’re exceptional.”

     
  • Woodlands Academy’s Lenten service project aims to start music program at African school Feb 20, 2015 1:50 PM
    Traditionally the Ash Wednesday liturgy at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart marks the start of a major service project.

     
  • Arlington Heights knitting class helps mothers in need Feb 16, 2015 1:00 PM
    The women who meet every Monday morning in the arts and crafts room at the Arlington Heights Senior Center think of their classes as something of a knitting circle. Sure, they registered for a knitting and crocheting class through the Arlington Heights Park District, but most of them also enjoy the weekly camaraderie of being together and working for a cause.

     
  • Bartlett school, Elgin church help students, orphanage in Ghana Feb 16, 2015 5:33 AM
    Two ongoing fundraising projects at a Bartlett elementary school and an Elgin church will help feed 300 schoolchildren in Ghana and support an orphanage in that West African nation. “Our goal is to be able to raise funds to pay for a trimester worth of lunches for the school,” said James Reed, fifth-grade gifted program teacher at Sycamore Trails Elementary School spearheading the project. Reed, 40, of Elgin, also is leading the effort to fund an orphanage built through his charity — Two Pennies Ministry.

     
  • Volunteers to clear buckthorn in Prospect Hts. Feb 13, 2015 6:18 PM
    The Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission is holding a Volunteer Work Day 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Prospect Heights Slough, along Hillside Avenue east of Elmhurst Road.

     
  • Maine West students stage anti-violence flash mob Feb 13, 2015 8:49 PM
    Several student groups worked together to create a flash mob Friday in the Maine West High School cafeteria as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women.

     
  • Treat your valentine to free pasta at Elgin Have a Heart dinner Feb 11, 2015 3:16 PM
    If you’re a pasta lover with no plans for Valentine’s Day, consider attending the Have a Heart community dinner in Elgin. The sixth annual meal, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Elgin’s First United Methodist Church, will feature a new twist this year — a spaghetti cook-off.l

     
  • The man behind the mask: Vernon Hills man becomes an Iron Hero Feb 7, 2015 9:11 AM
    When James Speers of Vernon Hills walks into a room dressed as Iron Man, people's faces light up. Kids and adults alike fight to have their picture taken with him. Speers, who builds Iron Man suits and makes public appearances for charity, says this is his way of making a difference. “It’s not about the money or the power,” he says. “It’s about the decision to help others.”

     
  • Demand is up for FISH Food Pantry Feb 4, 2015 3:41 PM
    Grateful is only one adjective volunteers at the FISH Food Pantry are using to describe the outpouring of support area residents showed during the recent holiday season. Overwhelmed, appreciated, and thankful are others.

     
  • People get barefoot in Bartlett for park project Jan 31, 2015 5:52 PM
    Inspired by the ice-bucket fundraising challenge that went viral last year, about 20 people shed their shoes and socks and stood in snow Saturday to support a Bartlett park project.

     
  • Elk Grove group sends 5,000 pizzas to Afghanistan Jan 29, 2015 3:45 PM
    Elk Grove Village-based Pizzas 4 Patriots is shipping 5,000 pizzas to Afghanistan so that soldiers can enjoy a taste of home while watching the NFL championship game. DHL Express is donating the resources of its global express shipping network to send enough pizza to feed every U.S. soldier stationed in the country.

     
  • Mundelein fire blood drive: Jan 28, 2015 4:56 PM
    Mundelein Fire Department and LifeSource will team up to host the “Everyday Heroes Blood Drive” on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mundelein Fire Station #1 1000 N. Midlothian Road.

     
  • Group that gives books to at-risk kids gets big donation from Goddard School Jan 23, 2015 4:11 PM
    The Goddard School donated 25,000 new and gently used books to Bernie' s Book Bank in Lake Forest on Friday to coincide with National Reading Day.

     
  • Stevenson High students honor MLK through public service Jan 19, 2015 5:35 PM
    About 200 Stevenson High School students traveled to eight sites across Lake County for volunteer projects on Monday, completed the Lincolnshire school's second annual Day of Service. It was again scheduled to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

     
  • Harper students join Saturday in MLK Day of Service Jan 16, 2015 5:41 PM
    Harper College students are taking part in the community college’s first MLK Day of Service Saturday, Jan. 24. They’ll work on a service project, design a mural of King and hear from keynote speaker Noelle Jones, founding English teacher at the Greater Lawndale High School for Social Justice in Chicago.s

     
  • Geneva Idol karaoke event set for Friday at EvenFlow Jan 15, 2015 11:38 AM
    The Geneva Academic Foundation will return to EvenFlow Music & Spirits Friday, Jan. 23, to host the second annual GAF Geneva Idol Karaoke event.

     
  • Barrington Area Conservation Trust to host woodland clean up Jan 14, 2015 6:02 PM
    The Barrington Area Conservation Trust is hosting a work day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help restore an oak woodland at the trust's new Far Field Preserve in Barrington Hills.

     
  • Chicago Bear delivers pro apparel to Allendale kids Jan 13, 2015 11:52 AM
    Imagine the confidence boost of going on your first job interview in a suit given to you by Bears’ middle linebacker D.J. Williams.

     
  • Mundelein blood drive: Jan 13, 2015 6:21 PM
    The Mundelein Fire Department is working with LifeSource to host a “special emergency blood drive” on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mundelein Fire Station 1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.

     
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