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Slavery explored in ‘Voices’ program Feb. 12 at ECC

St. John's Lutheran School third grade students Maggie McGough Antonio Rios
Katelyn Jones read an igloo made donated gallmilk jugs.

St. John's Lutheran School third grade students Maggie McGough, Antonio Rios and Katelyn Jones read in an igloo made of donated gallon milk jugs. School families sent in over 650 empty jugs to build the igloo, which is one of the Lutheran School Week activities. Lutheran Schools Week is a national event running through February 1st.

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Updated: March 5, 2013 6:15AM

Elgin: ECC wins assembly Bellwether Award

Elgin Community College was awarded the Bellwether Award at the recent 2013 Community College Futures Assembly in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. That award comes in recognition of the community college’s Alliance for College Readiness, a partnership with Elgin School District U46, Community Unit School District 300, Burlington Central Community Unit School District 301 and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. The Bellwether Award focuses on cutting-edge programs other colleges might replicate, and Elgin Community College won it over nine other finalists in Instructional Programs and Services category.

Elgin: Slavery explored in ‘Voices’ at ECC

Elgin Community College and the Elgin Area Leadership Academy will present “Voices of the Middle Passage” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Spartan Auditorium in Building G at the college’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. The one-act play was written by retired 16th Circuit Court Judge Wiley Edmondson and is directed by Robert Hines III, ECC theatre adjunct faculty. Admission is free.

Elgin: Silent auction for Judson University missions

Judson University invites donors and bidders to participate in its annual, two-day silent auction Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Betty Lindner Commons, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. Funds raised through the silent auction will benefit Judson students as they travel domestically and internationally for their annual service learning projects. All donated items must be received by Monday, Feb. 18. Each item must have a minimum monetary value of $5, preferably new. Those interested in donating an item for bid can email Student Life Director Margaret Street at The auction will be open for public bidding from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Elgin: Judson art exhibit features Picasso, more

Judson University’s Draewell Gallery is hosting an exhibit featuring a selection of seven prints from the Draewell Print Collections through March 8. Wheaton College Art Historian Dr. Matthew Milliner also will give a lecture about the works on display at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Herrick Chapel, followed by a reception in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. Both Herrick Chapel and the Draewell Gallery, inside the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, are on the Judson campus, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. The gallery is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The prints include two lithographs and one etching by Renoir, lithographs by Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, and etchings by Whistler and Rouault. The collection was donated to the university by Dr. David J. and Betty M. Draewell in 1991.

Algonquin: Jacobs High School Pops Concert

The Jacobs High School Music Department will present its annual Pops Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jacobs, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive. The concert is the only performance during the year that showcases ever performing group at Jacobs. The Jacobs Performing Arts Boosters will hold a silent auction during the concert, including White Sox tickets, golf for four at the Golf Club of Illinois and a Wisconsin Dells getaway package. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and military personnel, all proceeds will go directly to the Jacobs Performing Arts Boosters and the music department. For questions, contact band director Anthony Gnutek at (847) 532-6277.

D300: Preschool and kindergarten registration

Preschool and kindergarten registration take place in February for the 2013-2014 school year in Community Unit School District 300. Preschool registration is open to the general public today through Friday, Feb. 8. Kindergarten registration is open to the general public Monday, Feb. 18, to Friday, Feb. 22. Call your nearest District 300 school for times. Registration is a required annual process for all students. Space is limited in the preschool program, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For forms and general information, visit

Elgin: Judson welcomes prospective students

Prospective students and their families are invited to the campus of Judson University at 1151 N. State St., Elgin, for an overnight preview from Sunday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 18, and an Academic Preview Night on Thursday, Feb. 28. Both opportunities will give students the chance to envision themselves as Judson students. During the overnight preview, students can spend Sunday night in the dorms, then attend informational sessions Monday about program areas and financial aid opportunities, a campus tour and classes in their intended majors. The academic preview night will start at 6 p.m. in the Betty Lindner Campus Commons and will include dinner, informational sessions and a campus tour. For more information, or to register for these preview events, visit or call 847-625-2500.

Hampshire: Talent show to benefit food pantry

The third annual Hampshire Middle School Talent Show will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the upstairs gym of Hampshire Middle School, 560 S. State St. The show will include acts, bands, skits, singers, dancers and more. Last year, even former Principal Jim Wallis had an act. All proceeds will be donated to the Burlington/Hampshire Food Pantry. Admission will be $2 or two canned goods for students, and $3 or three canned goods for adults. For more information, contact Mike Reid at 847-792-3205 or

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