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Bartlett center invites couples to ‘re-tie’ knot Feb. 14

In honor Valentine’s Day Victory Centre Bartlett is hosting Vow Renewal Ceremony Thursday February 14 2:30 p.m. senior supportive living

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Victory Centre of Bartlett is hosting a Vow Renewal Ceremony on Thursday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m., at the senior supportive living community located at 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL.

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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:13AM

Bartlett: Couples ‘Re-Tie’ the Knot Valentines Day

Studies show that couples tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives than their single counterparts. There’s no better time than Valentines Day to verify the positive effects of cupid and no better place than Victory Centre of Bartlett to find local couples whose love has stood the test of time. In honor of Valentines Day, Victory Centre of Bartlett is hosting a Vow Renewal Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the senior supportive living community located at 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Chaplain Laurie Geschrey will officiate the ceremony, John LaBorn will play music, and wedding cake will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Rose Simone at 630-213-0100.

St. Charles: Vero Voce School plans auditions

Vero Voce School of Performing Arts in St. Charles will audition young actors age 8 to 15 today and Saturday, and on Feb. 1 and 2, for a new production of “An Evening of Short Stories” to be performed in April. The selected students will participate in rehearsals and theatrical instruction for three nights a week for six weeks starting Feb. 26. Vero Voce was established in 2001 specializing in private voice, piano lessons and musical theatre coaching. It includes a 5,000-square-foot facility with multiple studios, classrooms, and a black box theatre at 951 State Ave., Suite F, in St. Charles. Auditions will be held by appointment at Vero Voce. For times and to schedule an audition, call 630-584-0139 and leave a message. The audition will consist of readings from the scripts. “Sides” will be available for download at on the auditions page. These excerpts need not be memorized. The plays in this production include “The Tall-Tale Tournament,” “One Hundred Words,” “Melinda’s Incredible Birthday,” and “How to Choose A Boy.” Tuition, payable upon registration, is $324, for a total of 36 hours of instruction and rehearsals. This will include two free tickets to one of the four productions.

Huntley: History group sets ‘Movies and Popcorn’

Join the Huntley Historical Society for an afternoon of movies and popcorn 1 p.m. Sunday at the Huntley Park District’s REC Center on Mill Street. The afternoon will feature videos, made by the Huntley Historical Society, of longtime residents telling what Huntley was like in years gone by. Huntley natives tell tales of their early days growing up in the town and relate stories from their parents, grandparents and other ancestors about Huntley 100 years ago and more. Thelma Akerberg, Doris Marsh, Mary Beth Manning and Barbara Ernesti are among those featured in the interviews, relating how generations of their families made Huntley what it is today. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Nancy Bacheller at 847-669-3341 or Pam Fender at 847-302-6772, or send a message to

Elgin: Boy Scout Troop 18 spaghetti dinner Feb. 2

Boy Scout Troop 18 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Thomas More School Gym, 1625 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. The meal is all you can eat for $5 per person; children age 5 and under eat free. Tickets for prize drawings are also available for sale during dinner.

Algonquin: Trade old items for “new to you”

Cleaning out closets, drawers and shelves? Visit the Algonquin Area Public Library at the Harnish Main Library at 2600 Harnish Drive, and exchange old items for “new to you” items. The Library will host a puzzle exchange, children’s book swap and a craft exchange from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Bring your old puzzles, no pieces missing and in good condition, and exchange them for the same number of “new to you” puzzles. Please drop off items beforehand, including your name, so all of them can be ready to go. Otherwise, please arrive at 1:30 p.m. to drop off puzzles before the doors are opened.

Future exchange programs at the library include:

Presidents’ Day Book Swap, 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Join the Library at this Youth Services Book Swap. Bring your gently used paperbacks to the book swap and trade your book for someone else’s. Please note that only gently used children’s books with minimal wear and tear will be accepted at this event. Water-damaged, ink-marked, torn/missing pages, coloring/activity books, etc. cannot be accepted. Please limit the number of books you bring to 15 or less per child.

Craft Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. Do you have extra craft items sitting around? Would you like to trade them for something new? Package similar items, in usable condition, in see-through bags and bring them to the library before the exchange, so we may have them arranged in advance. Otherwise, please arrive at 1:30 p.m. to drop them off before we open the doors. Please bring bags to carry home your new goodies.

St. Charles: Library to host several programs, events

The current issue of Discover Your Library features news and events from the St. Charles Public Library and is available on the library’s website, The Library is located at 1 S. Sixth Ave. Call 630-584-0076 or Youth Services at 630-584-9390. Follow the Library on Facebook—Kids, Teens and Adults or Twitter. Library programs planned are:

St. Charles Writers Group meets Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. On Jan. 26, the group will discuss plot: structuring your story and novel; and on Feb. 9, it will discuss proportion: how much is too much? The group is designed for writers age 18 or older. Questions? Call Penny Walsh at 630-584-0076, ext. 260.

For Twenty and Thirty Somethings: If you are between the ages and 20 and 40, join this group for networking and learning opportunities in a fun social environment. Get a jump start on our community reads title — “The Brief History of the Dead” by Kevin Brockmeier, an evocative tale of adventure, apocalypse and the afterlife — by discussing it at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Szechwan Restaurant, 117 W. Main St. RSVP to 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or to

Boy and Girl Scout leaders, consider the library for your troop’s needs with the following upcoming events. The Library Tour and Hunt Workshop for Girl and Boy Scouts of all ages is from 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 Scouts will discover Library resources and practice locating them with clues on a library hunt customized by grade level. Scout leaders, please register your troop for events. Find out more about Scout programming at the library on our website at

A Scout workshop for Girl Scout leaders will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 p.m. In partnership with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, this Library workshop addresses the Girl Scouts USA National Program Portfolio including the new “Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, the Journeys” and how to customize it for your troop. Registration required.

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