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  • Join Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus for ‘Messiah’ Dec. 21 in Batavia Dec 19, 2014 10:42 AM
    The Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus invite you, the audience, to join in a performance of Handel’s beloved “Messiah.” This sing-long program is where the audience joins in on the famous Messiah chorales, including the Hallelujah Chorus. You may bring your own score to use, or you can purchase one at the event.

     
  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity winner in car raffle Dec 19, 2014 10:47 AM
    St. Charles car dealer has the holiday spirit. Fox Valley Buick/GMC, 1421 Main St., St. Charles, will give away a new $23,000 car Saturday, Dec. 13, to help Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery provide affordable housing.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of December 15.

     
  • Clear your calendar to celebrate the season Dec 18, 2014 9:45 AM
    Sometimes, the Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos says, we all need to clear out our busy holiday calendars to remember exactly what we're celebrating.

     
  • Algonquin church honors its longtime congregation members Dec 18, 2014 10:00 AM
    The Congregational Church of Algonquin celebrated Heritage Sunday on Nov. 2, honoring those who have been members for 25 years or more. Special honor went to Erna Houdek as a member for 75 years and who celebrated her 90th birthday that day.

     
  • Gather around the campfire to mark winter solstice Dec 17, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will hold its annual Winter Solstice Campfire at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The program is free, and all ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun. The program will include stories from different cultures, emphasizing the interplay of cultural, astronomical, and ecological events on this pivotal day.

     
  • Lincolnshire man proposes at Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show Dec 17, 2014 12:29 PM
    Lincolnshire resident Vincent Baran pulled off a big surprise last week when he popped the question to his girlfriend, licen Keaskowski, at the drive through holiday light show in Vernon Hills. The pair grew up in the area and have attended the event for years.

     
  • Sing along or just listen at upcoming holiday concerts Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is with music. Whether you perfer the stirring sounds of a brass band, the warmth of a community singalong or the harmony of a professionally-trained choir, you’re bound to find a show you’ll enjoy in the Fox Valley this weekend.

     
  • More than 50 kids participate in Mundelein’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ program Dec 16, 2014 12:31 PM
    The Mundelein Police Department and the Mundelein Super Target recently teamed up to help a group of children have a brighter holiday with the annual “Shop with a Cop” program. 

     
  • The Battle of the Bulge: A turning point in World War II Dec 16, 2014 11:27 AM
    Seventy years ago, Adolf Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive was so successful initially that it created a huge bulge in the Allied front lines. German forces penetrated deep into previously liberated Belgium — but not far enough. Determined GIs throughout the immense battlefield found their balance and defended critical highway junctions. Today, it’s best known as the Battle of the Bulge. Cantigny First Division Museum Executive Director Paul H. Herbert explains the significance of that fateful campaign.

     
  • Hidden identity a key element of comic book superhero stories Dec 15, 2014 12:43 PM
    “Why do superheroes hide their identities?”asked a young Grayslake Area Public Library patron.

     
  • Families can work together to improve communication Dec 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    In the conclusion to a series about family communication, our Ken Potts offers suggestions of steps individuals and entire families can take to improve the way they talk -- and listen -- to each other.

     
  • Round Lake Area Exchange Club names its December Hometown Hero Dec 12, 2014 9:12 PM
    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club announced that its December Hometown Hero is U.S. Army Private Second Class Margaret Wehde, an 18-year resident of Grayslake. She was registered for this honor by his mother, Stacey, also of Grayslake.  

     
  • Lisle groups help those in need regardless of the season Dec 12, 2014 11:30 AM
    Touchdown for Charity and Poised for Success are two local groups that stretch their giving spirit beyond a single holiday. The knitters and crocheters in Touchdown for Charity, based at The Nook in downtown Lisle, craft caps for premature babies and warm winter wear for families in need. Poised for Success, supported by the Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau, collects business attire to outfit women in need as they interview for jobs and enter the workplace.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of December 8.

     
  • District 200 favors further talks on school funding Dec 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    While the push to approve Senate Bill 16 may be dormant, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler says some change in school funding will come eventually. But he says he's glad parents, residents and educators have more time to voice their opinions before legislators take any votes.

     
  • Cantore focused on the future of DuPage forest preserve Dec 11, 2014 10:16 AM
    Joseph Cantore already has several goals he wants to meet as president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve commission. They include implementing a reorganization of the district and finding an executive director. “I am looking forward to doing the business of the forest preserve,” Cantore said. “There's a lot of issues we've got to get accomplished.”

     
  • Glen Ellyn District 41 liaison reaches out to Spanish-speaking families Dec 11, 2014 11:55 AM
    Since meeting Gabriela Escobar, Maricela says she has received nothing but help. Escobar has given the mother of two Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 students rides and helped her access services such as food pantry resources and park district scholarships. Escobar, 40, is the Spanish liaison for District 41, the bridge between the district and its Spanish-speaking families who helps them access resources and better understand the school system.

     
  • Naperville community treats parents of sick kids just like family Dec 8, 2014 11:00 AM
    A visit to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward Hospital is like a tour through the generosity of Naperville on a micro scale. The room is a well-stocked 1,700 square feet full of comforts for families of young patients in the pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit. “It’s compact, but we have a lot here,” said volunteer Jessica Jozwiak of Naperville. “Random acts of kindness are common here."

     
  • Take a Santa selfie, win $50 at Algonquin Commons Dec 8, 2014 11:31 AM
    Take a Santa selfie and you could win a $50 gift card at Algonquin Commons on Randall Road.

     
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