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  • Fox Valley Festival Chorus to perform holiday concerts Dec 1, 2014 7:30 PM
    The Fox Valley Festival Chorus presents “Hallelujah, Hodie and Hayes!,” its annual holiday concert also featuring Festival Chorus Brass. The Fox Valley Festival Chorus, under the direction of Mary Beth McCarthy, is putting finishing touches on its annual holiday concert which will include a number of favorites including “The Hallelujah Chorus,” “Hodie Christus Est,” “Santa Claus Boogie” and many more.

     
  • Enjoy old-fashioned holiday cheer at Garfield Farms Museum Nov 28, 2014 11:42 AM
    Take time away from the chaotic rush of the holiday season and travel down the country road to Garfield Farm Museum for its annual Candlelight Reception from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7. Interpreters wearing period clothing will share with guests what life was like for people during the height of the horse and wagon era.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • Kaneland High’s 37-year tradition: the Madrigal Feaste Nov 25, 2014 9:22 PM
    Celebrating holidays and traditions with families is a great way to create memories that last a lifetime. As the holiday season is quickly approaching, Kaneland High School would like to remind you of a 37-year tradition just around the corner in our community. The Kaneland High School Madrigal dinner performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 14.

     
  • Mooseheart’s Holiday Lights features new displays Nov 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    Back for its fifth year, Mooseheart’s Holiday Lights show has become a family tradition, not only for communities in Kane County, but for individuals and families who enjoy a break from the frantic pace associated with the holidays.

     
  • NIU Law alums, faculty honored by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Nov 25, 2014 7:22 PM
    Northern Illinois University College of Law alumni Kenya Jenkins-Wright (2003) and Heather Wier Vaught (2005) join clinical assistant professor Colleen Boraca in being honored as “40 under 40” attorneys by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

     
  • Holidays hit their stride with Elburn Christmas Stroll Nov 24, 2014 9:15 AM
    From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, downtown Elburn will feel like Christmas with Santa, hot chocolate, s’mores and a spectacular holiday light show.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Directing ‘The Nutcracker’ from a hospital bed Nov 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio and director of the school’s 11th performance of “The Nutcracker,” is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life. Foremost are the twins she is expecting, but the third gift was a complete surprise. “I gave my studio to Ashlie,” said founder Linda Cunningham, who lives in Batavia. “It was my Oprah moment. I said, ‘hey, I want to talk to you about something. I have a gift for you.’ She was blown away.”

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Nov 20, 2014 4:22 PM
    Phillip G. Lawson, 34, of St. Charles, was charged Monday with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of more than 15 grams of heroin, according to Kane County court records.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 4-H kids join ‘Hands On, Minds On’ day of science Nov 20, 2014 3:21 PM
    On Nov. 8, 35 youth from DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties took part in “Hands On, Minds On: Science with 4-H” at the Oswego Public Library branch in Montgomery. Designed for youth in second through seventh grade, this “Hands On, Minds On” event focused both on aerospace and healthy living. The youth took part in fun, age-appropriate, research-based activities with trained staff and volunteers.

     
  • Type 2 diabetes in spotlight for awareness month Nov 20, 2014 2:45 PM
    November is National Diabetes Month and the Kane County Health Department has been working with hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other providers to examine the issues around Type 2 diabetes in Kane County. Starting in 2012, the KCHAIN+ Diabetes Collaborative used quality improvement tools to determine the root causes of the countywide high rate of diabetes hospitalizations, as found in the 2011-2012 Community Health Assessment.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Auction at Geneva church raises over $5,000 for local organizations Nov 25, 2014 2:58 PM
    The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva raised more than $5,000 for local humanitarian organizations at its “Saturday Night Feverish” auction. More than 100 people packed the church’s historic sanctuary to bid on a variety of items, including baskets of donated goods and services from local businesses and church members. Funds raised are being divided equally between Lazarus House and Mutual Ground.

     
  • VNA Hospice offers 20th annual holiday memorial service Nov 26, 2014 12:07 PM
    VNA Hospice invites community members to their 20th annual Holiday Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

     
  • Join Agatha Crispy in “Murder by Indecision” Nov. 21-22 Nov 19, 2014 2:03 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.

     
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