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  • NIU Jazz Lab Band releases DVD, performs semester’s final concert Nov 13, 2014 1:22 PM
    The Northern Illinois University Jazz Lab Band, directed by Rodrigo Villanueva, will perform its last concert of the fall semester at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. The concert will feature NIU Jazz Studies faculty Reggie Thomas and Fareed Haque. The concert also will serve as the official release of the first Jazz Lab Band DVD.

     
  • CASA Kane County puts $25,000 grant to work for kids Nov 20, 2014 2:31 PM
    CASA Kane County, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children, was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used to recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers who serve as the Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem for children who have been abused or neglected in the Kane County juvenile court system.

     
  • Drop off Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at Hosanna! Lutheran Nov 12, 2014 11:47 AM
    Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles once again will be a regional drop-off site this year for Operation Christmas Child. This ministry project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has collected and hand-delivered more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy kids in over 130 countries since 1993.

     
  • Albright Theatre hosts auditions for “The Mousetrap” Nov 11, 2014 8:42 PM
    Albright Theatre Company will hold auditions for “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 and Monday, Dec. 8. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks may be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, by invitation only.

     
  • African Guitar Summit to perform Nov. 15 in Batavia Nov 11, 2014 11:33 AM
    The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series presents the “African Guitar Summit,” a Juno Award-winning gathering of six guitar masters, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $28 or $14 for those 18 and younger. Indulge in the sounds of the finest Canadian guitarists of African origin — 2005 Juno Award winners for World Music Album of the Year —African Guitar Summit. This collective unites the talents of six musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with African Guitar Summit.

     
  • Local author encourages children to stretch their imaginations Nov 11, 2014 9:57 AM
    Linda Brodine, St. Charles resident and children’s book author, has published a second volume of Quilt-Stories titled “Gramma, Please Tell Us More Stories!”

     
  • Kaneland High to stage murder mystery Nov 11, 2014 9:53 AM
    The Kaneland High School Theatre Department and director Christina Staker will present “The Butler Did It,” a murder-mystery comedy that spoofs English mystery plays with an American twist.

     
  • Back to Antarctica, a little delayed, for NIU scientists Nov 10, 2014 5:07 AM
    Two NIU professors from Elburn are happy their research on what's happening beneath Antarctica's ice sheets and shelves is back on track this year, after the federal government shutdown last fall threw a big monkey wrench in their plans.

     
  • Join Agatha Crispy in “Murder by Indecision” Nov. 21-22 Nov 10, 2014 8:53 PM
    Performances of “Murder by Indecision” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Kaneland Harter Middle School Cafetorium. You get double the fun and double the suspense with this murder mystery comedy within a comedy. Age has caught up with Agatha Crispy, the world’s best known mystery playwright, as she attempts to crank out her newest and last manuscript. Senility is setting in and the words just don’t flow like they used to. Ignoring her pestering agent Ruth Less, Agatha sits down to write, wrestling with her characters and babbling to her imaginary friend Typy, the typewriter.

     
  • Grace Lutheran hosts rummage, bake sale Nov. 14-15 Nov 8, 2014 8:33 PM
    Members of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake will host their annual Autumn Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. There will be many household items for everyone’s use, including many furniture items, seasonal decorations, Christmas lawn decorations, tools, workbench and riding lawn mower. Many items are $1.

     
  • Learn about wills, estates planning Nov. 16, 18 at Grace Church Nov 8, 2014 8:29 PM
    Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake will offer a Wills and Estates Planning presentation at noon Sunday, Nov. 16, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18. Do you know the difference between a will, a living will, and a trust? Which would work best for your situation? Have you named a guardian for your children in case something happens to you before they are grown up? Who should have power of attorney and how does it work? These are some of the questions that will be answered by Hampshire attorney and church member Cathy Reif.

     
  • “Cottages of the Woods” annual Scandinavian Arts Sale: 18 cottages open doors Nov 8, 2014 8:19 PM
    Ted Bowman of Elgin has been carving dala horses and dala rocking horses for decades. He will demonstrates his talent and sell his carvings with dozens of other artists at the fifth annual “Cottages in the Woods” Scandinavian Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16, at Good Templar Park in Geneva.

     
  • ESO to perform “America’s Musical Treasures” Nov. 15-16 Nov 7, 2014 9:17 PM
    Andrew Grams will be returning on Nov. 15-16 to conduct the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s concert, "America's Musical Treasures." Joining Maestro Grams and the ESO onstage will be pianist William Wolfram. This ESO concert will feature music from some of our nation’s favorite composers, including Aaron Copland, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Leonard Bernstein.

     
  • Rosary and Marmion join to perform ‘Cinderella’ Nov 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    Audiences will be transported to the land where dreams come true when Rosary High School and Marmion Academy join in a production of “Cinderella, the Enchanted Edition” at Rosary High School’s McEnroe Auditorium. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, senior citizens and children.

     
  • Metra trains to Western suburbs delayed Nov 6, 2014 5:56 PM
    Trains traveling to Geneva, West Chicago, La Fox, and Elburn are operating approximately 15-60 minutes behind schedule due to an earlier collision with a semitrailer truck.

     
  • Noted author and cultural historian to speak at Batavia library Nov. 12 Nov 6, 2014 1:41 PM
    Nicholas A. Basbanes, noted Massachusetts author and cultural historian, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Batavia Public Library. His presentation, “Pondering Paper — 2,000 Years Young” will highlight how paper has influenced and revolutionized civilization since its invention during the Han Dynasty in China (206 BC-220 AD).

     
  • Friendship Village has received the Village of Schaumburg’s Most Improved Landscaping /Residential Award Nov 4, 2014 11:37 AM
    Friendship Village has received the Village of Schaumburg’s Most Improved Landscaping /Residential Award

     
  • NIU Law Health Advocacy Clinic opens its doors in Aurora with dedication ceremony Nov 4, 2014 7:35 PM
    Northern Illinois University College of Law officially opened the doors to its new Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora at Hesed House Community Resource Center. Representatives from NIU Law and the city of Aurora, as well as alumni, students and faculty from the school celebrated the opening of the school’s new clinic with a dedication ceremony on Oct. 30.

     
  • Hair Cuttery’s Share-a-Haircut program to benefit veterans Nov 3, 2014 9:49 PM
    This Veterans Day, Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, is giving back to former service men and women through its Share-a-Haircut program.

     
  • Paws In Time Pet Resort opens second location Nov 3, 2014 8:33 PM
    Paws in Time Pet Resort, located on the borders of Batavia, Geneva and West Chicago, has just opened a second location in Oswego. The new 7,500-square-foot location also features nearly 12,000 square feet of outside play area covered in astroturf.

     
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