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Updated: April 29, 2013 11:50AM

Elgin: Literacy Connection seeking trivia bee teams

The Literacy Connection’s 16th Annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. The agency is accepting team registrations for the trivia competition and donations to support the basket raffles, grand prize raffle, and silent auction.

The event featured 26 teams in 2012 and hopes to have 30 teams competing in 2013. All teams compete for prizes and an opportunity to claim bragging rights as top team. The “Bee Team” won in 2012, comprised of individuals from a West Dundee pub quiz group. The competition consists of three rounds of questions from a variety of categories. Refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar — new this year — will also be available.

Teams are comprised of no more than four members and require a $400 entry fee. Companies, small businesses and community members are eligible to form teams and participate in the competition. All proceeds from the annual signature event support The Literacy Connection’s Adult and Family Literacy Programs. Visit or call 847-742-6565 to learn more how to register a team or make a donation.

Elgin: Natural egg dyeing at museum on Saturday

Natural egg dyeing will be demonstrated from noon to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., in Lords Park. A variety of natural dyes such as onion skins, turmeric (a spice), beets and blueberries will be used. This technique comes from Native American and pioneer days when chemical dyes and the food coloring were not available. No registration is required for the drop-in program. The cost is $2 for two eggs. Call 847-741-6655 or email for more information, or visit

Fox Valley: Heartland Voices concerts scheduled

Heartland Voices concludes its 14th season with “Celebrate America,” two concerts to honor the choral works of American composers.

A concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Hampshire High School will follow a day of choral clinics, conducted by Rollo Dilworth, associate professor of Choral Music Education in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Dilworth is recognized nationally as a choral conductor and clinician. He will be the clinician during the school day on April 5, working with chamber choirs from Hampshire, Jacobs and Dundee-Crown high schools.

A second concert by Heartland Voices will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin.

Elgin: Benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley will present James Otto in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Otto is a country music star with a powerful voice that draws in people even if they are not country music fans, sponsors said. Otto also has played for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $40. Tickets can be purchased at

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that transforms lives through affordable homeownership. Habitat rehabs and builds homes for low-income families and upon completion sells the homes at no profit with interest-free financing. Home building labor costs are kept down by the involvement of thousands of construction volunteers. Concert proceeds will help build homes locally. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, visit

Elgin: Using Internet for genealogy research

The Elgin Genealogical Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the first-floor meeting room of Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Kristen McCallum will present the program “Getting the Most out of Internet Archives.” She will demonstrate how the content of Internet Archive can be searched for a wide range of media that adds to genealogical information. She is a reference librarian at the Algonquin Public Library and is an experienced genealogist. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit

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