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  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 12, 2014 9:45 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • GreenRoom Improv signs on for extended stay at Hemmens Dec 12, 2014 11:39 PM
    GreenRoom Improv has extended its stay as resident improv group at The Hemmens Cultural Center through December 2015! For over 14 years GreenRoom has been performing their unique, family-friendly improv show for thousands of people both old and young alike and they will continue to hold the popular First Fridays Improv each month at the Hemmens’ lower level 200-seat Cabaret Theater in the Round.

     
  • Presence St. Joseph Hospital earns recognition from Joint Commission Dec 12, 2014 11:33 PM
    Presence St. Joseph Hospital has once again been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for specific conditions.

     
  • Side Street Studio Arts celebrates artist-members with week of visual, performing art Dec 12, 2014 7:17 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court in downtown Elgin, will spend Dec. 16-21 celebrating its artist-members. The week will feature live theater and dance performances by Valerie Meachum and Liliana Reyes and a visual art exhibition featuring the work of Jane Erlandson, Doug Hanson, Jim Lloyd, and Side Street’s Assistant Director Roberto Martinez all in Next Door Theater.

     
  • Zonta Club presents “Amelia Earhart,” a first person portrayal Dec 13, 2014 12:08 AM
    Get to know Amelia Earhart on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the St. Charles Township offices at 1725 Dean St. in St. Charles. The Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia proudly presents "Amelia Earhart," a first-person portrayal by Leslie Goddard.

     
  • Westminster Christian School announces Illinois State Scholars Dec 12, 2014 11:00 PM
    Westminster Christian School Principal Carolyn Palmer is pleased to announce that Angela Bavaro from the graduating class of 2015 has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state.

     
  • Book signing fundraiser for Vision of Restoration Dec 11, 2014 7:31 PM
    On Nov. 15, on a snowy Saturday night, the Acquaviva Wine Bar in St. Charles was the place to be. Nicole Poole-Lawson, founder of Sisters Serving Volunteer Organization, hosted a fundraiser and book signing at the venue for Vision of Restoration in Maywood, Ill.

     
  • ECC board candidates can file nominating papers Dec. 15 Dec 15, 2014 9:23 AM
    Two six-year terms for the office of trustee at Elgin Community College District 509 will be elected at the Consolidated Election held April 7, 2015. Prospective candidates can begin filing nominating papers on Dec. 15.

     
  • St. Charles drill teams raise $100,000 at Kick-A-Thon 2014 Dec 15, 2014 9:37 AM
    Each year, the St. Charles North and St. Charles East high school drill teams unite to raise funds to help fight cancer.

     
  • Join in Christmas Barn Service with Grace Lutheran Church Dec 9, 2014 8:39 PM
    Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake invites you to share part of your Christmas Eve celebrating with them. They offer three services on Christmas Eve that fit many tastes and schedules.

     
  • Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin hosts successful toy drive Dec 9, 2014 11:52 AM
    Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin, in conjunction with the Marine Corps League Elgin Detachment 077, hosted it annual Toys For Tots drive on Dec. 6. Late donations, which are being accepted through Saturday, Dec. 13

     
  • Sign up for Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    Registration is now open for The Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k on April 26 at McHenry County College. Sign up now for a special rate through Dec. 31.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 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.

     
  • Holiday blood drive at Sherman Hospital set for Dec. 22 Dec 8, 2014 9:03 PM
    Adding “donate blood” to the top your holiday to-do list could provide a lifesaving gift for someone this holiday season. Donation centers seek blood products year-round to supply health care facilities across the country, but the need over the holidays is greater as high school and college students go on break and fewer blood drives are held. “It’s a commitment, but people need to understand what a lifesaving effort donating blood is,” says Dr. Bruce Hyman, vice president of medical management at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. “You want it on the shelf when you need it. It’s vital for hospitals to stock adequately for emergencies and trauma situations.” Sherman Hospital is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers for a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
  • 9-foot menorah to light up Elgin as part of world’s largest Hanukkah observance Dec 9, 2014 2:20 PM
    Chabad Jewish Center of Elgin will ignite a public 9-foot menorah erected at Gail Borden Public Library, followed by a communitywide celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, which falls on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

     
  • Join in 2nd annual TubaChristmas Concert Dec. 13 Dec 9, 2014 11:55 AM
    Cambridge Music Outreach invites all tuba and euphonium players to perform in its second annual TubaChristmas Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Algonquin Commons. This is a free performance of traditional Christmas carols arranged especially for the warm, rich sound of the Tuba-Euphonium choir.

     
  • Anderson Animal Shelter holds collection drive Dec. 13-14 Dec 9, 2014 11:56 AM
    Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin is asking you to help them raise funds by cleaning out your closet and home of any unwanted jewelry, clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, bedding and linens, bath items, electronics, toys, small furniture, small appliances, books, magazines, CDs and more.

     
  • AID receives grant toward ‘Living Room’ program Dec 9, 2014 11:56 AM
    The Association for Individual Development is the grateful recipient of a $24,925 grant from the INC Board, NFP to be used towards the “Living Room” program.

     
  • Gerald Subaru joins in 2014 “Share the Love,” selects CASA Kane County as “Hometown Charity” Dec 5, 2014 10:33 PM
    Gerald Subaru recently announced that they will be participating in the 2014 “Share the Love” program that offers the opportunity for new car buyers to select a charity in their community to receive a $250 donation.

     
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