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Updated: May 28, 2013 7:47PM

Elgin: Flag donations sought for Memorial Day activities

The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, a nonprofit group THAT has worked in cooperation with the city of Elgin since 1892 to coordinate the city’s programs, is seeking the donation of burial flags and financial contributions to buy new flags for the city’s Memorial Day program at Bluff City Cemetery.

The association — comprised of representatives of more than a dozen civic and veteran organizations — is especially looking for the donation of burial flags measuring 5 by 9½ feet that have been used to drape the coffins of veterans during funerals. The flags will be used to replace some of the more than 500 flags that line the cemetery streets each Memorial Day during the award-winning “Avenue of Flags.”

Financial contributions to the group also would be helpful to replace many of the 2,500 smaller flags placed on veterans’ graves each Memorial Day. Used burial flags may be left at Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, during normal business hours. Financial contributions for flags may be sent to the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, P.O. Box 6612, Elgin IL 60121.

For more information, call Jerry Turnquist at 847-431-2472 or visit the group’s website at

South Elgin: Smelt Fry to honor passing of Lions Club member

Lion Joe Groth always had two passions in life. First was fishing, and second was community service. About three years ago, he combined these two passions to benefit the community of South Elgin by organizing the first of several annual Smelt Fries.

Groth was in the middle of planning his next smelt fry when he fell ill and passed away last month. In his honor, the South Elgin Lions Club will host its annual Smelt Fry Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Dinner cost is $8, and carry-out will be available. Dinner includes smelt, fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, tartar sauce and butter. For those who do not like smelt, a hot dog dinner will be available for $2. Beverages are not included; however, a cash bar will be open with $1 draft beers.

The South Elgin Lions Club is at 500 Fulton Ave. For more information, call Lion Gary Deihs at 847-888-9575.

South Elgin: Girls Scouts and restaurant teaming up

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for the Eat Wings-Raise Funds Program. The restaurant, at 402 Randall Road in South Elgin, will donate 10 percent of all food purchases to the Girl Scouts on Sunday from 11 a.m. to closing. To ensure Girl Scouts receive the funds, customers must present a flier to their server. This flier is available online at For more information, call Vicki Wright at 847-741-5521, ext. 7134.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves more than 18,000 girls and 5,500 adult volunteers in parts or all of 16 counties including Kane and DuPage.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit or call 1-800-242-5591.

Sleepy Hollow: Wild Ones to take tour on Saturday

Northern Kane County Wild Ones will visit three unique properties on the west side of Sleepy Hollow Road starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The properties take one through breathtaking hills and valleys, that are part of the Gilberts moraine, carved out by the Wisconsin glacier, the group said.

The first stop will be 1218 Timber Drive, Sleepy Hollow, at the home of Sue and Ed Harney. The next property is at 36W357 Oak Hill Drive, Sleepy Hollow, home of Pat Glen. From there, the group will tour the privately held Sleepy Hollow Ravine, with the permission of the owner. The southern portion of this ravine has been designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

All are welcome to take the free tour, and no reservations are required.

Elgin: Quilt show to be held at Art Showcase

The Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. on the eighth floor, will feature the venue of a “Collection of Retrospective Quilts, Circa 1860 to 1990” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

At 10 a.m. May 4 and 2 p.m. May 5, a noted quilt historian and certified quilt appraiser, Linda Honsberger of Racine, Wis., will lecture on the quilt collection. Charles Burnidge will present the history of the collection at 3 p.m. May 5. This is not a venue for children due to the historical nature of the quilts. The photographic works of John R. Grady will be featured in the Photography Gallery. This is the first time in 10 years that the John Grady collection will be exhibited.

Elgin: Judson Friends to hold annual garage sale

The Friends of Judson University will hold its annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. All proceeds will go to scholarships for students at Judson University.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at First Baptist Church, 1735 W. Highland Ave. Donations will be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.

There will be a wide range of items for sale including furniture, tools, children’s clothing and toys, house wares, linens and bedding, seasonal items, books, jewelry and many more miscellaneous items.

For more information on how to donate or how to become a member of The Friends of Judson, call 847-515-1145.

St. Charles: Free spaghetti dinner to be held at church

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday for anyone who attends the event, held monthly at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25).

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of this event, The Need to Be Seen Radio Troupe will perform old-time radio comedies during dinner. Guests come from all over the Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call Joe at 630-890-6586.

Kane County: Senior strolls offered in preserves

Seniors can take a leisurely guided walk through natural areas in the Kane County forest preserves.

Each month, Forest Preserve District naturalists lead a hike as part of the “Senior Stroll” program series. Along the walk, attendees learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. “Senior Stroll” begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. This nature program is free. Registration is not required.

Next up in the series is the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 2.

In June, “Senior Stroll will be at Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve, 9N420 Crawford Road. Elgin, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 6.

For more information or to view the full roster of forest district spring nature programs, visit

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