Palatine library goes to the dogs

Palatine has always been a canine-friendly kind of a town.

The Palatine Park District provides a dog park at the Plum Grove Reservoir on Algonquin Road, south of Harper College and used to offer the popular Puppy Paddle (yes, I know the demise of that special event is a sore spot with some residents). Streetfest includes a Pet Parade. And now the Palatine library is getting in the picture as well, offering a new program called Read to Rover.

Read to Rover gives kids in grades 2-5 experience reading to special therapy dogs. Library officials say this stress-free, nonjudgmental environment allows children to build confidence in their reading. Dogs and their caregivers are provided by Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy.

The program will be offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Registration is required. To reserve your 15-minute reading slot, register in person at the Reader Assistance Desk. This program is for Palatine Public Library District cardholders only.

Anniversary: Congratulations to Salon MMM in The Shops at The Providence Lofts in downtown Palatine, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Owners Michelle Szczesny, Melissa Carroll Churma, and Mary Kay Currie hosted a party Aug. 15-16 to thank customers and the community for their support. They served light Italian fare, paired with signature Salon MMM martinis and a phenomenal dessert table. Local businesses including; Dobys, Giannis Cafe, Gumbo a Go Go, Lamplighters, Stoney River, and Polished Nail Salo contributed to the event. The salon is continuing to honor a Grand Opening $10 discount for new clients through Oct. 31.

Oktoberfest: The Sons of the American Legion are celebrating Oktoberfest from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 3, at the American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine, to raise funds for Legion Family Charities.

"We want to invite the community to join us for some traditional German food, music and beer to celebrate Oktoberfest," said Jeff Johnson, commander of the S.A.L. "Most residents don't even realize that our bar is open to the public and that we have one of the coziest, friendliest establishments in town. We will be holding our celebration in our family-friendly hall and in our bar."

Tickets cost $10 at the door and includes all-you-can-eat German food. A cash bar for beer and soda will be open in the hall and a full service bar is open in the bar area. Traditional German music will be played throughout the evening.

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