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Literacy Connection to screen ‘Stanley and Iris’

Updated: March 1, 2013 6:18AM

Elgin: Literacy Connection to host movie showing on Tuesday

The Literacy Connection will show “Stanley and Iris,” a drama of illiteracy in America, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Join viewers for free popcorn in Meeting Room 1 on the second floor of the library.

The 1990 film is the story of two people who, realizing their shared fears and frustrations, find the courage to help each other learn, live and ultimately love again. The film stars two-time Academy Award winners Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro.

Advanced registration is appreciated but not required. Register on Gail Borden Public Library’s website using its Events link at

Established in 1984, The Literacy Connection is a community-based affiliate of ProLiteracy. Trained volunteers provide free, accessible and customized one-on-one tutoring. The Literacy Connection’s mission is to help adults reach their literacy goals, serving learners in 16 area communities including Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Cary, Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts, Hanover Park, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Streamwood and Schaumburg. Visit, email, or call 847-742-6565.

Elgin: Girl Scouts declare Cookie Day on Feb. 8, to offer free tastings

Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, Feb. 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will celebrate by offering a free Girl Scout Cookie tasting to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Elgin Service Center, 12N124 Coombs Road, Elgin. Find cookies and visit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois online at

St. Charles: Re-enactors to gather for Military History Fest at Pheasant Run

Thousands are expected at the ninth annual Military History Fest convention to be held this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Inside the MEGA Center will be everything from authentic militaria, books, videos and re-enacting merchandise to 14 interactive encampments (Romans through Vietnam). Authentic WW II tanks, heavy weapons, dancing, live music, seminars, workshops, and more are a part of this three-day celebration. Come meet hundreds of authentically dressed historical re-enactors and join the scores of military history buffs who have made this show their “can’t miss” event for the past eight years. It’s a family event with free kids activities, so make plans to spend the night and let the little ones enjoy all that the Pheasant Run Resort has to offer. The event runs Friday through Sunday at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $15, One Day Pass; $25, Three Day Pass; kids 15 and under free. Veterans and military personnel are admitted free on Friday. Visit or call 630-336-2614.

Elgin: Have a Heart Community Dinner set for Feb. 9 at 1st United Methodist

The 2013 Have a Heart Community dinner is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1st United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for set-up and food prep; from 10:30 a.m. for service; and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for cleanup and breakdown. To volunteer, contact Jeff Turner at 847-888-9486 or vial email at Dessert donations are accepted from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at In the Neighborhood Deli, 185 N. Edison Ave.; or from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1st United Methodist Church. Cash donations may be made at the deli and made out to the Elgin Community Network. The free meal is open to the entire community, regardless of need.

St. Charles: Winter open house planned at Pioneer Sholes schoolhouse

Chase away the winter blues and cabin fever with a visit to an 1872 one-room schoolhouse in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Visitors will experience local history at the Pioneer Sholes School Winter Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Visitors can view educational displays and enjoy a skit, songs and poetry performed by junior docents at 2:30 p.m. Materials will be on hand for children to make an old-fashion craft of their own to take home. While having some refreshments, visit with docents and some students who had attended the one-room school before it closed in the 1940s. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

After visiting the school, stroll down the road to the Durant House Museum. The winter experience continues in this 1843 home. A docent-led tour through the wood-fire-heated house and refreshments will make the day complete. The Durant House is also open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. Both museums are located in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve just off Dean Street north of Route 64.

Elgin: Group plans downtown event to support global effort against violence

One Billion Rising is a global movement demanding an end to all forms of sexual violence. Across the globe on Feb. 14, women and their male supporters will gather to dance and sing out this demand. In Elgin, women and men will participate in this event at 4:30 p.m. on the southeast corner of Route 31 and Kimball Street. Visit the website at People can watch the video on the website to hear the song and see the dance. Or view another video there that will teach the dance steps. But don’t worry about your dancing skills. Whatever one’s age and level of fitness, everyone will be welcome, and organizers hope all will enjoy themselves. Organizers plan to make this fun and lively, and passionate and powerful. People may RSVP for the event on the website. This is not required, but it would help organizers with planning. Look for updates on the website.

Elgin: Township grant applications being sought for Summer Youth Programs

Grant applications are available on the website at for Summer Programs for Youth at Risk. Applications are due by Friday, March 15. Applications may be emailed to, dropped off, or mailed to Elgin Township, 729 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin, IL 60123. If dropping off, please include seven copies. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Personal presentations are not necessary but are encouraged. Please notify the office if you plan to do a personal presentation at the April 3 Town Board meeting; the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Grants will be awarded in April and funding available in May. Call 847-741-2045.

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