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Updated: May 5, 2013 2:51PM

St. Charles: New flooring donated to Lazarus House

After 10 years of heavy traffic, the flooring in the Lazarus House Center for Transitional Living got a much needed “footlift” thanks to a project funded by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

The CTL contains 12 dormitory-type sleeping rooms where singles and/or families live for up to two years while they are transitioning from emergency shelter life to independent living. It also contains office, lounge and learning spaces. The old stained and torn carpet was long overdue for removal and was especially unsuitable for the small children living in the CTL, according to a release from the center. Low-maintenance sanitary tile now takes its place.

“Between the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, who funded this project, and the church groups and service groups who packed and unpacked supplies and moved furniture and equipment, this project was a true community effort,” said Executive Director Liz Eakins. “Lazarus House is blessed by the generosity of so many people who work behind the scene to help us provide a hand up to our neighbors in need. We just can’t say thank you enough.”

Persons in need of shelter are encouraged to call 630-587-2144. For rental assistance, call 630-587-5872.

For further information regarding the Community Foundation, visit

Kane County: Preserve day camps set for summer

Registration is open for “Week in the Woods,” the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s popular summer day camps.

During nature camps, children explore the woods and fields with our naturalist staff. Through hikes, nature games and activities, kids discover native animals and plants in their habitats and learn the importance of living things in the web of life. Full day, half day, twilight and preschooler camps are available.

Full-day camps are offered at Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles. Half-day camps are offered at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn, and at Creek Bend Nature Center. The early evening twilight camp will be at Creek Bend Nature Center. “Little Sprouts Camp” for preschool-age children will at Creek Bend Nature Center and LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

For more information on times and costs, and to register, call 847-741-8350 or e-mail To view a full roster of Forest Preserve nature programs, visit

Bartlett: Open Mic Night is this Friday downtown

Arts in Bartlett hosts a First Friday Event, Open Mic Night, in downtown Bartlett at the Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Avenue, No. 2, on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. It will feature improvisation, music, instrument playing, poetry, singing, story telling, art and more. All ages welcome. For information call 630-372-4152, email, or

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