Elgin Kiwanis Park Dedication- Post Tribune

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Written by Staff, Post-Tribune. November 22, 2013


Elgin Kiwanis Park to be dedicated on Wednesday

The city of Elgin will host a dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kiwanis Park (formally Observatory Park), at National and Villa streets.

The ceremony will recognize the Kiwanis Club of Elgin and its partners who teamed up to construct a gazebo in the park. Other organizations that assisted with the project were Lamp Inc., the Housing Authority of Elgin, Kane County Health Department and the Elgin Golden K Club. The total cost for the project was about $62,000.

“The city of Elgin is very grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Elgin for their leadership in the purchase and construction of this beautiful gazebo, which supports their continual efforts to serve the children of our community. Having the gazebo in this park allowed us to offer the free lunch program at this site for the first time this past summer” said Randy Reopelle, Elgin’s parks and recreation director. “Given the city’s limited park development funds, I see this type of community partnership as a template for future park improvements.”

For more details, call 847-931-6127.


Elgin: Sherman, city to hold family fair Saturday

Advocate Sherman Hospital, in partnership with the city of Elgin, will host the 27th Annual Halloween Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. With an emphasis on health and well-being, this free event will feature a variety of fun and educational activities.

A costume contest will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 12 and younger. Prizes will be awarded for best character look-alike, most creative and best makeup.

In addition to games, children will get a glimpse inside an ambulance, police car and fire engine during one of the tours. The fair also will feature pediatric developmental screenings, Kidcare Photo IDs, a safe-toys booth, and various health and safety information booths.

The fair will include a car seat safety check by Advocate Sherman Hospital and Kane County Safe Kids. Certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect child safety seats and provide instruction.

This event is free to the community, and no registration is required. For more information, call 1.800.3ADVOCATE or visit www.AdvocateHealth.com/events.

Elgin: Sherman set to celebrate Food Day

Advocate Sherman Hospital will celebrate National Food Day on Thursday, a nationwide movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. The lake level and café of the hospital will transform into a farmer’s market open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors from the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market will be on site with local produce, meat, baked goods and other locally grown and produced items.

Attendees can learn how to incorporate fresh foods into their diet and how to start a garden, with advice from Sherman Community Gardeners and the University of Illinois Master Gardeners. Sherman dietitians will share tips on how to shop for fresh foods and prepare nutritious meals.

Other vendors at the event include the new member-owner grocery Shared Harvest Co-Op, and Food for Greater Elgin.

Sherman’s café chefs will prepare items from the official Food Day cookbook and share the recipes. Attendees can collect recipe cards at each Food Day station for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Sherman’s Tree House Gift Shop.

For more information, call Advocate Sherman Public Affairs & Marketing at 224-783-8700.

South Elgin: Church to hold ‘Trunk-or-Treat’

Community United Methodist Church in South Elgin will host its annual “Trunk-or-Treat” community event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served, and children can “Trunk-or-Treat” for candy, play various games, and participate in other exciting activities. This free event is open to all.

The church is at 400 W. Spring St. More information is at 847-931-0563 or cumcsouthelgin@sbcglobal.net.

Elgin: ‘Trunk or Treat’ at Church In The Word

Church In The Word will host its fifth-annual “Trunk or Treat” community event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. A group of cars decorated and stuffed with candy will line up in the parking lot at 430 Airport Road for an afternoon of free food, games, costumes and candy.

Families and local businesses team up to provide this free, fall event. Children can “trick-or-treat” from one car to the next, playing games and collecting candy. There will be warm beverages and snacks, and giant inflatables for the kids to bounce around in. The Redefined Student Ministry will host a “students only” lounge for middle school and high school students.

For more information, visit www.ChurchInTheWord.com or call 224-585-9673.

Elgin: Wild Ones to hold floral arrangement class

Artist Jean Muntz will demonstrate how to arrange dried native grasses, leaves, berries, seed pods, branches and flowers into works of art at the Northern Kane County Wild Ones meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin.

Attendees are asked to bring their own vase or other container, pruners or scissors, and any dried material they would like to use or share. A limited amount will be provided. No background in floral arranging is necessary.

Kane County: Prescription drug turn in Saturday

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

People can bring medications for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office, at 37W755 Route 38, St. Charles. The service is free and anonymous. The sheriff’s office is one of several sites in the county that will participate in this initiative. If residents are not able to come to the sheriff’s office, they are encouraged to find additional sites in the community. A list of sites can be found at the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Also, the sheriff’s office does accept any unused or unwanted prescription medicines during normal office hours. People can come to the front desk at the sheriff’s office and turn these medicines in.

According to the DEA website last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (more than 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds — more than 1,400 tons — of pills.

Crystal Lake: Heart for Animals fundraiser set

A Heart for Animals has a fundraising goal of $3,000 at its Howl-o-ween Bash and Fundraiser on Saturday to pay for medical care for animals in foster care.

The event is open to adults, and children must be 11 years-old and older. No pets will be admitted.

The winner of the best costume award will win a $200 cash prize. The event includes buffet dinner, DJ, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 raffle, one drink ticket and cash bar for $30. Raffle prizes include Chicago Blackhawks tickets and other items. All proceeds go directly to benefit the rescue animals.

The Howl-o-ween Bash and Fundraiser will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at Old Towne Hall, 54 Brink St., Crystal Lake. To purchase tickets or make a donation, call 847-868-2432 or visit www.aheartforanimals.org for details. Donations are tax-deductible.