New citizens recognized at Elgin City Hall
June 18, 2012 4:08PM
Updated: July 20, 2012 6:01AM
Elgin: New citizens to be recognized at city hall
Anyone who recently became a U.S. citizen or knows someone who has (including international adoptees) is invited to attend Elgin’s 14th annual New Citizen Recognition Ceremony at 7 p.m. June 27 at Elgin City Hall. Participants at this short program will be provided with an individualized certificate suitable for framing and will be personally congratulated on their achievement by Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and city council members. During the ceremony, one honoree will speak about the journey to citizenship, followed by a musical selection by the Elgin Choral Union. After the ceremony, a reception hosted by state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, and state Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, will be held in the city hall lobby. Honorees may be people who live or work in Elgin, or who have taken citizenship classes or applied for citizenship in local agencies. Those who would like to participate or have any questions should call Centro de Informacion at 847-695-9050 and speak to or leave a message for Rosa.
St. Charles: Park District to welcome River Bend
The St. Charles Park District invites the public to an evening of family fun at the grand opening of its newest park, River Bend Community Park, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Situated on more than 45 acres in the Valley View section of northeast St. Charles, River Bend Community Park is located at Courier and Geneva avenues, just off Route 25. The park includes softball and soccer fields, biking trails and picnic groves, a skate park and tennis courts, fishing piers and a dog park. Special recognition will be paid to the River Bend Community Group, whose involvement was instrumental in bringing the park project to fruition; and to Midwest Groundcovers, which donated shrubs, trees and other landscaping plants and installations. Brought about through the cooperative efforts of the St. Charles Park District, Kane County Forest Preserve, and the River Bend Community Group, River Bend Community Park salvaged land that once was owned and operated by the state of Illinois as a Department of Corrections juvenile detention center. When that facility was closed by the state, the property had the potential of turning into a permanent eyesore, overrun with crumbling buildings and parking lots, barbed-wire fences and overgrown weeds. Call Laura Rudow at 630-584-1885 or visit the St. Charles Park District web site at www.stcparks.org.
Elgin: Garden walk set to show off west-side yards
Native plants, explosions of color, starting a garden from scratch or reinvigorating an older garden are among the highlights of the 2012 Fox Valley Garden Walk, sponsored by the Elgin Area American Association of University Women. The biennial event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Elgin. Proceeds benefit scholarships for women. The walk will showcase six home gardens on Elgin’s west side and the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Tickets are available at Ziegler’s Ace Hardware stores and Jewel Food stores (Elgin locations), Books at Sunset in Elgin, and Heinz Brothers Greenhouse in St. Charles. Tickets are $12 through Friday and $15 on the day of the walk, and they and will be available at each garden. For locations, find Elgin Area AAUW on Facebook and go to the events page, or go to AAUWElginArea.org; or contact Jan Jones at 847-742-3205 or via email at: email@example.com.