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Elgin NAMI Kane North chapter to host holiday brunch

Pioneer Sholes School will host their Christmas Open House from 2 5 p.m. Saturday Dec 8 Sunday Dec. 9.

Pioneer Sholes School will host their Christmas Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.

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Events and happenings in area communities this weekend and beyond.

Updated: January 8, 2013 6:13AM

NAMI Kane County North will be hosting their annual Christmas Brunch, in lieu of the General Monthly Meeting. The group is inviting NAMI members , Family-to-Family Education course graduates, or anyone interested in meeting people who advocate, educate and support persons with mental illness and their families, to join them from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Ecker Center for Mental Health, 1845 Grandstand Place, Elgin, 3rd Floor. Bring family members, or a friend, as well as a small dish to pass, and join us in good cheer. For more information, contact Laurie at 847-695-7957 or Katie at 847-426-4594.

St. Charles: Taize service at Episcopal Church

St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Rte. 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information on other services, the outdoor labyrinth, education classes and outreach opportunities is available from or 630-584-2596.

Elgin: Heartland Voices in concert this weekend

Heartland Voices, an Elgin based adult choral ensemble, continues its 14th concert season presenting “Home is Where the Heart Is,” holiday concerts. At 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8, Heartland Voices presents a family concert featuring the Elgin Children’s Chorus Treble/Intermezzo Choir under the direction of Lisa Bettcher and accompanist Reid Spears. The children will present a French carol, “He is Born”, and a “Hanukkah Dance” in addition to combining with the women of Heartland Voices singing “Do You Hear What I Hear”. The Heartland Voices portion of the concert, conducted by Dr. John G Slawson with accompanist Dr. Paul Satre will include selections by Andre Thomas, Francisco Nunez, Donald McCullough and Moses Hogan. The 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Concert will feature the Elgin Children’s Chorus Concert Choir under the direction of Jay Kellner. This young choral ensemble will sing such pieces as “Silent Night” arr. By Franklin, “Christmastime is Here” by Vince Guaraldi, “All is Well” by Michael Smith and Wayne Kirkpartick, and “The Kalanta of the New Year” arr. by Malcolm Dalglish. Heartland Voices will adorn the beautiful sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with works by Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen and Moses Hogan including “O Magnum Mysterium, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King.” Both choirs will combine singing several selections including “African Alleluia” and “Hope for Resolution”. Heartland Voices will conclude the concert with their signature work, Donald Fraser’s “This Christmastide”.

This Saturday’s concerts are in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 216 East Highland Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets visit their web site at or call Heartland Voices at 847-429-9486.

St. Charles: Store to benefit Lazarus House

Sensible Threadz, a discount retail and resale store at 208 S. Kirk Road in St. Charles, is collecting cough and cold related items for Lazarus House in St. Charles. During the full month of December, its customers can bring in any cough and cold related item such as: adult and children’s Alcohol-free cough syrup, adult and children’s fever reducers and pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, etc...), decongestants, lozenges, or any other alcohol-free cough or cold remedy items, and they will receive an in-store credit of $2.50.

Since launching Sensible Threadz Nov. 1, 2010, the store has continued to support many local Community Shelters and Organizations within the local community. Any questions regarding this collection can be referred to Carol Frey, owner at 630-587-0736. Store hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Visit, facebook, twitter, or Pinterest. Lazarus House provides food, safe shelter, case management and support services to homeless persons in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County. Persons in need of help are encouraged to call 630-587-2144.

Kane County: Bar group to hold Ask A Lawyer Day

The Kane County Bar Association will conduct monthly “Ask A Lawyer Days” during 2012, due to the popularity of the program offered all of last year and which was established during its 150th anniversary celebration a few years ago.

The next “Ask A Lawyer Day” will be held on Saturday, Dec 8. Members of the public are encouraged to call 630-762-1900 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon for a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. This public information service (sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association, and supported by the Illinois State Bar Association) is a great opportunity to ask questions and find direction for any legal matters you may have.

Last month, dozens of callers were helped with legal problems regarding issues in real estate, landlord/tenant, criminal, estates and wills, divorce, child custody, collections, bankruptcy, and traffic. There is a very high call volume, so please keep trying if the phone lines are busy, as volunteers are not able to retrieve messages left on the voice mail.

Elgin: Christmas Concert for the Community

Judson University’s Center for Worship in the Performing Arts invites the community to gather for a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in Herrick Chapel. The concert will feature the combined choirs of Judson University and area churches, including First Baptist Church of Elgin, Elgin Evangelical Free Church and Meadows Christian Fellowship of Rolling Meadows. The choirs will be accompanied by the Judson Community Orchestra and directed by Dr. Warren Anderson, the director for the Center for Worship in the Performing Arts and the university’s dean of chapel. A free will offering will be taken at the concert, but no admission is required.

St. Charles: Open House at Pioneer Sholes School

Start your holidays with a step back in time by visiting the one-room school house at the LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Pioneer Sholes School will host their Christmas Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.

Visitors will see the one-room school house that dates back to 1872 decorated for the holidays. Local children have made decorations similar to those of the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy a skit, songs and poetry performed by our junior docents at 3:30 each day.

Materials will be on hand for children to make an old fashion Christmas craft of their own to take home. While having some refreshments visit with some students who had attended the one-room school before it closed in 1947. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

After your visit to the school stroll down the road to the Durant House Museum. Your old time Christmas experience continues in this 1843 home. The warm fire, candle light, Christmas carols, and refreshments will make your day complete. The Durant House is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Both museums are located in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve just off Dean Street north of Route 64 in St. Charles. Call 630-762-9746.

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