Fundraiser to help homeless on tap at Durty Nellie's

Published11/19/2008 12:02 AM

A fun way to help out the homeless is on tap again this year in Palatine.

The third annual Sinatra and Pasta, a fundraiser and food drive to benefit Journeys from PADS to HOPE, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Durty Nellie's Band Room, 180 N. Smith St. in downtown Palatine.


Admission is $10 and open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring two nonperishable food items for Journeys' pantry. The pantry is in need of canned tomatoes, tomato sauce & pasta, spaghetti sauce, instant mashed potatoes, crackers, muffin mix, jelly, tuna, cereal, rice, macaroni & cheese, tuna/hamburger helper, dry soup, peanut butter and canned fruit. Condiments and plastic are also welcome.

"In the current economy, more and more people are in need of Journeys food pantry," said event coordinator Liz Noe. "I'm excited to be part of this effort to fill their pantry for the winter."

The evening includes a pasta dinner buffet, raffle prizes, and a Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes by performer Sam Magdal. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Call (847) 217-1845.

Downtown open house: Don't forget about the Downtown Palatine Business Association's Holiday Open House this weekend. For more information, visit Here is the schedule.

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Nov. 21

5-9 p.m. Wine Taste and Talk

6-7 p.m. Strolling carolers

Nov. 22

11-11:30 a.m. Winter Storytime, Palatine Bank and Trust

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Winter Art Fair, 56 W. Wilson

Noon-3 p.m. Visit With Santa Paws, Slade and Brockway

Noon-2:45 p.m. Horse-drawn carriages

5-6:45 p.m. Horse-drawn carriages

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Holiday market, Slade and Brockway

5 p.m. Tree-lighting ceremony, Towne Square

5:30-7 p.m. Visit With Santa Claus, Slade and Brockway

Christmas wishes: Palatine Optometrist Dr. Robert C. Gerowitz will be collecting toys at his office at 4880 Euclid Ave. in Palatine through Dec. 6 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois as part of their holiday toy drive.

"Toys need to be new, non-weapon toys that fall between $10- $20 in cost," Gerowitz said. Call (847) 705-7777, e-mail or visit

Thanksgiving tips: Cookbook author Renee Ferguson will speak from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Whole Foods, 1331 N. Rand Road, Palatine. This free event will include a book signing, turkey tips and tastings. Call (847) 776-8080 or visit

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