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Students ElgHigh School line up spell out EHS school’s football field last month during school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports)

Students at Elgin High School line up to spell out EHS on the school’s football field last month during the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) kickoff assembly. | submitted

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Updated: October 21, 2012 2:26PM

The Elgin Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today in the first-floor meeting room of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. After the business meeting, Dan Niemiec will be the guest speaker, presenting the topic “Ellis Island Immigration.” Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy columnist for Fra Noi since 2004. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers in Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies and has traced his Italian and Polish lines. The public is invited to attend the meeting and program. To learn more about the Elgin Genealogical Society and upcoming programs, visit the website

St. Charles: Ecologist to talk crayfish on Saturday

Learn about local crayfish on Saturday at a Learn from the Experts nature program offered through the Kane County Forest Preserve District. Ecologist Jessi DeMartini will lead this class on Illinois’ fascinating crustaceans. The program will cover the basics of crayfish biology as well as handy tips that help distinguish between species. Special emphasis will be placed on red swamp and rusty crayfish — two non-native species that have become problematic in the Chicago area. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and begins with an indoor lecture at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, at 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. Afterward, the group will travel to nearby LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve for an outdoor, in-the-field session. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve is located at 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. Registration is $15 per person. Register by phone at 847-741-8350 or email Learn from the Experts programs are taught by experts in their respective fields and offer in-depth learning opportunities about local ecology. These programs are for ages 16 and up, and registration is required. For a full roster of Forest Preserve District of Kane County nature programs, visit the website

Elgin: Church to host Fall Festival on Saturday

Children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors are invited Saturday to Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, for a day of fun, food and activities (inside and out) for the whole family. There will be pumpkins, apple cider, doughnuts, a corn roast, pulled pork with Carolina coleslaw, children’s games, face painting, a bounce house and crafts. Spend an hour or two, or all day. At 7 p.m. toes will be tapping and faces will be smiling with entertainment by the Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band, designated by Chicago Magazine as “best new bluegrass band.” Tickets for the concert are $15 with advance purchase or $19 at the door. Call 224-535-9261 for information. All profits from this family fun event will go directly to the ELCA 100 Wells Challenge and will help provide wells in areas worldwide where clean water isn’t available.

East Dundee: Anniversary Celebration at Immanuel

This weekend and every weekend, Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Dundee will be worshipping at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. At all three services this weekend, Immanuel continues its 150th Year Anniversary Celebration, with the Rev. Dan Gilbert as the guest preacher. Communion is served this weekend at the Sunday 10:45 service. Faith Factory for children and Acts 2 Bible classes are offered between Sunday services at 9:30. On Wednesday, Pastor Phillip Baerwolf shares the message for Immanuel’s PPP midweek worship sermon series. This is an informal “Piano, Prayer and Preaching worship” meeting at 7 p.m.

Immanuel is a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and is located on the corner of Main Street (Route 72) and Van Buren in East Dundee, two blocks east of the Fox River. For more information, call William Gade, director of music and worship, at 847-428-4477 or visit Immanuel at

East Dundee: Photo storage tips from expert

Dundee Library will host “the ABCs of Photo Organization” on Saturday. Whether you have a collection of treasured photos or your camera is loaded with digital photos, you can learn how to turn them into an organized collection at “the ABCs of Photo Organization” at 1 p.m. at the library, located at 555 Barrington Ave. (Route 68) in East Dundee. Monica Lee of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers will explain how to organize a lifetime of family photos. She will inspire and teach how to conquer this daunting task, including home movies, slides, and digitizing old photographs. The program is free. Registration is recommended. To register, visit the library’s “Events & Registration” page at; stop by the Information Services Desk; or call 847-428-3661, press 3. The Fox River Valley Public Library District/Dundee Library’s Randall Oaks Branch Library is located at 500 N. Randall Road in West Dundee. For more information, visit the website at or call 847-428-3661.

Algonquin: 20s & 30s Reel Editions Café Chat

Algonquin Area Public Library has designed a new discussion group for young adult suburbanites. This isn’t a traditional discussion group. This is a literate, unorthodox new discussion group for participants in their 20s and 30s. While attending, individuals have the opportunity to gossip about edgier films and favorite books, or chat in-depth about television shows and videogames. This library program takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Café Firefly, at 301 S. Main St., Algonquin. Joining with Café Firefly, to use their space, allows this program to be a leisurely library experience in a social environment.

Elgin: Program — Laughter helps one man cope

On Sept. 27, First Congregational Church of Elgin will host a one-man show called “Laughter is Sacred Space.” In the show, writer and actor Ted Swartz offers audiences a glimpse into his own journey. In this warm, funny and heartbreaking show, Ted weaves stories from his childhood as a Mennonite middle child through failed business, young marriage and seminary into acting and the creation of a theater company, Ted and Lee Comedy, with friend and creative partner Lee Eshleman, a partnership that ended when Lee took his own life in 2007. Admission is $10 at the door; doors open at 6:30 p.m. More information and RSVP are available on Facebook at

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