Hospice hosts meeting for those who have lost fathers
June 5, 2012 3:06PM
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Geneva: Support meeting for those who lost father
Father’s Day is typically a happy day, celebrated with gifts and visits, but it can also be a day of remembrance and/or sadness for many. For any adult whose father has died, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering Memories of Dad — an evening of reflecting and remembering — from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at FVVH, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. The program is free with a refundable deposit, and registration is required by Thursday at 630-232-2233. Whether the death loss was recent or some time ago, Father’s Day can be bittersweet, evoking fond memories and producing a heightened sense of loss. In Memories of Dad, participants will learn comforting ways to honor their father’s memory, which could include new twists on old traditions or creating new ways to honor a father who has died. This group is a safe place to express feelings of loss and find comfort in others who have shared a similar loss. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and those who have lost loved ones, serving all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties. For more information, see www.fvvh.org.
Elgin: ECC Relay For Life takes on cancer June 8-9
Hundreds of Elgin Community College employees, students and community members will walk to raise money for cancer research during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at ECC. The event will be held rain or shine in the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center and Spartan Events Center parking lots, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. This is the 10th consecutive year the ECC Student Life Office hosts the relay, which has raised more than $400,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and services. During the event, teams of eight to 12 people spend the night walking relay-style as teammates and others camp out, enjoy motivational music, celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who lost their battle to cancer. Festivities begin with a reception honoring cancer survivors at 5 p.m. Friday. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. and include a cancer survivors’ and caregivers lap. At dusk, the college shuts off its lights, leaving hundreds of luminarias glowing to honor those who are battling cancer and to remember those who have lost their fight. To register a team for ECC’s Relay For Life, walk in the survivors’ lap or learn about event volunteer opportunities, contact Katie Storey at 847-214-7659 or email@example.com. Luminarias are available for $10 each and may be purchased by contacting the Student Life Office at 847-214-7423.
Dundee Township: Lions Club installs new officers
The Dundee Township Lions Club will induct officers for 2012-13 on Thursday. Installing officers will be District Governor Jim Addington. The new president will be Gene Tester, and Michael Dewey will be first vice president, Dick Robertson will be secretary, and Dan O’Leary will be treasurer. Other officers and directors to be inducted are Jim McClung, Mike Buhrmann, Ernie Gamino, Dave Beth, John Hollander, Bob Benedick, Ed Ritter, Herb Beck, Jeff Ikert and Nancy Hanrahan. Although Lions was established to primarily support the blind and hearing impaired, the club has taken pride in also raising funds to help the community with its many charities. On Sunday, the club will provide food for the Fox Valley Challenge League participants, and later in June and July it will do concessions for Concerts in the Park for Dundee Township.
Kane County: Next Senior Stroll travels to Hampshire
The Forest Preserve District of Kane County welcomes seniors to take a walk through the woods with us each month during its Senior Stroll program. District naturalists will lead the leisurely walks while sharing both the natural and cultural history of each area. Senior Stroll is free, and registration is not required. On Thursday, the event will be at the Hampshire Forest Preserve, 44W780 Allen Road, Hampshire. On July 5, the group will stroll through LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, at 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. The Aug. 2 program is at Dick Young Forest Preserve, at 39W115 Main St., Batavia. On Sept. 6, the program moves to Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve, at 42W855 Bahr Road, Hampshire. There will be time after each walk for socializing and refreshments. Wear sturdy shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen. In the event of severe weather, call 847-741-8350 for cancellation information. For a full list of nature programs, visit www.kaneforest.com.