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Planetarium program to view transit of Venus

Updated: July 6, 2012 10:03AM

Elgin: Transit of Venus view at U46 Planetarium

OneDarkSky, a website dedicated to making the night sky visible for everyone, is partnering with Elgin School District U46 to view the transit of Venus beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the U46 Planetarium, 312 Watch St. Telescopes with special solar filters will be set up to display the sun and the Venus transit. The planetarium also will have special solar glasses available for purchase for $3 per pair. Parking is available at the southeast corner of Raymond and National streets. The transit of Venus is forecast to begin at 5:04 p.m. in Elgin. OneDarkSky founder Robb Walker will be on-site and set up with special solar projection equipment outfitted with a solar filter and a sun funnel. Walker will remain at the planetarium until the sun sets, at which time Venus will be about halfway through its journey across the sun’s face. More information is available at

Elgin: Next Walk With the Mayor set for June 6

Activate Elgin and the city of Elgin are partnering to get Elgin residents out and exercising on a regular basis through the newly launched Walk With the Mayor program. Residents are invited to join Mayor David Kaptain as he walks through six different Elgin neighborhoods this summer. All walks will start at 6:30 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. The next walk will take place on Wednesday and will start at Shamrock Park in the Waterford subdivision. For more information, call 1-847-931-6127.

Elgin: ECC Foundation plans Golf Classic dinner

Tickets and sponsorships remain available for the 14th Annual Elgin Community College Foundation Golf Classic dinner on June 18. The event will be held at the St. Charles Country Club, 1250 Country Club Road, St. Charles. The golf classic is one of several major events held by the ECC Foundation to raise funds to support student scholarships, innovative programs and other areas of greatest need. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner, a live auction, and an awards ceremony for participants of the day’s golf classic. The more than 40 items to be auctioned include a ride in the ReMax hot air balloon; a luxury private airplane tour around Chicago skyline for six people, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres; and a three-day weekend getaway to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. Very limited spots for the golf classic are available. The classic begins 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. lunch and a noontime shotgun golf tee-off. Cost is $375 per person. Contact the ECC Foundation office at 847-214-7377 or

Campton Hills: Volunteers dig Garfield Farm Museum

Registrations are now being taken for individuals who wish to help with an archaeological excavation beginning Wednesday at Garfield Farm Museum. Novice and experienced volunteers are needed to help excavate, screen, wash and catalogue artifacts in the vicinity of the original log house built in 1835 by the Culbertson family and later expanded in 1841 by the Garfield family. Volunteers must commit to a set schedule to participate. June’s work will be June 6-10 and 13-17. September’s two-week session will begin Sept. 26. Volunteers ages 14 to 17 years may participate with parent permission. Younger students accompanied by a parent or guardian may also participate. To register, see the dig or to financially contribute to the effort, call 630-584-8485, email or write to Box 403 LaFox, IL 60147.

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