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Joe Smolecki, Elgin, removes a refrigerator door from Willow Creek in Elgin Saturday. September 15, 2012. | The creek cleanup was organized by the Izaak Walton League. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 2, 2013 6:07AM

Elgin: Cancer screening, stop smoking program

Skin cancer screenings will be performed by Dr. Suleman Bangash and physician’s assistant Kerri Danials from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center, 77 N. Airlite St.

Screening is free and appointments are limited. Call 1-877-737-4636 to schedule an appointment.

A Freedom from Smoking seven-week free program to help adults quit smoking will be held at Presence St. Joseph in May and June. It will address such as issues as what triggers the need to continue smoking and how to cope with changes in quitting.

The program will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 16 to June 27, in the St. Francis Room of the hospital. Registration is required by calling 877-737-4636. Other resources are available by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quit-line at 1-866-784-8937.

Elgin: Seminar to be held on grandparents rights

Administer Justice will hold a free seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 on grandparents rights. The seminar will be held at the organization’s Elgin office at 1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 15. Participation is free but registration is required. To register by email, contact or call 847-844-1100.

Attorney Rory Weiler of St. Charles will provide information on grandparent’s rights and how they are impacting today’s family dynamics. Weiler has been practicing family law in Illinois for over 31 years and is a volunteer with Administer Justice. Administer Justice, a nonprofit legal aid takes a holistic approach to client care providing free civil legal assistance, financial counseling, conflict resolution services and education to low income individuals. The organization served over 6,500 individuals in 2012 with the help of hundreds of volunteers who donated over 11,000 hours.

For more information, call (847) 844-1100 or visit

Dundee Twp.: Lions Club diabetes fundraiser set

Dundee Township Lions Club members will be out in the community on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, at store fronts to seek donations to fund programs to fight diabetes. Nearly 26 million Americans are fighting diabetes. Tens of millions are at high risk. More than 231,000 lose their fight each year.

You can show your support for this cause by contributing money to one of the Lions members dressed in their bright yellow vests. Giving a donation will help to continue the services that have made a world of difference in the lives of people fighting this devastating disease, the club said.

All funds received go directly to the charity. Lions is a charitable non-profit service organization that contributes to numerous charities throughout the community. People interested in making a difference by joining the Lions should contact Gene Tester, club president, at 847-807-2332).

West Dundee: Reporter to talk about Irish pub book

Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey will speak at the Lions Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Danahey’s humorous and provocative columns have appeared in The Courier-News, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Irish American News.

He recently had a book published with former Courier-News reporter Allison Hantschel — Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs. It tells the history of the Irish community in stories about its gathering places, describing how families are drawn to the pub after Sunday church, in the midst of sporting events, following funerals, and during weddings. It notes that in good times and bad, the pub has been a source of comfort, instruction, and joy — a constant in a changing world.

The meeting will be at the Village Squire in West Dundee. Although this is a regular meeting for the Lions, the public is invited. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call Gene Tester at 847-807-2332. The Lions is a Worldwide service organization for both men and women. Much of its activities are for raising money and supporting local charities.

Elgin: Izaak Walton League events set for May, June

The Elgin Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will discuss the plan for the Willow Creek Watershed and the management of the natural area at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

The plan was completed by Karen Kase, an environmental biologist, in August 2012 and will be of special interest to members and residents of the flood-prone area on Elgin’s southeast side

Members and guests will meet at the Ikes/Hanover Township Lodge at 899 Jay St. Weather permitting, they will walk the short distance to the footpath and bridges that cross both Willow and Poplar Creeks before having the discussion on stabilization.

A workday will be held starting at 9 a.m. May 18 on Willow Creek. Volunteers are needed to eliminate debris to keep the creek flowing freely. Contact John at if you’d like to volunteer or have questions. A light lunch will be served to all volunteers.

An ongoing project of the Izaak Walton League is the elimination of the invasive garlic mustard that is prevalent on the grounds. Members would appreciate any primarily black/white newspapers to aid in this project.

The annual Fish for Fun will be held Saturday, June 8 starting at 10 a.m. the even is sponsored by the Elgin Area Izaak Walton League and the City of Elgin’s Park and Recreation Department at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

West Dundee: Local figure skaters collect for pantries

Three figure skaters from Leaf’s Ice Centre — Julia Coop, Erin Dougal and Michaela Dudek — will hold a food drive on the first weekend of May during the annual ice show. They will be collecting nonperishable food items as well as money donations for the Hampshire-Burlington, FISH and Grafton Food pantries.

Donations also are being accepted now at Leaf’s Ice Centre, 801 Wesemann Drive.

The theme for this year’s annual ice show is Snow White and the Skating Dwarfs. Show times are Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

Kane County: Local NAMI group celebrates 25 years

NAMI Kane County North is celebrating more than 25 years of support, education and advocacy for persons with mental illness and their families.

The local affiliate was founded in 1987 by four mothers who were concerned about the welfare of people with mental illness. First meetings were held in the basement of Sherman Hospital in Elgin, primarily to support each other and to better understand mental illness.

As membership grew, and 501(c)(3) status was attained, the group moved meeting locations to the Dundee library, and then to Elgin Community College. In 1994, the group relocated to Ecker Mental Health Center, 3rd floor, for business/support meetings, and the affiliate name was changed from AMI of Fox Valley to NAMI Kane County. This same year, a monthly Family Support Group was established in St. Charles, which continues today. In 2010, an Elgin Family Support group was established, and meets monthly at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. In 2011, the affiliate name was changed and registered with the Internal Revenue Service as NAMI Kane County North, and was duly recognized.

For more information, visit or call 847-695-7957.

Bartlett: Police to host D.A.R.E. fishing derby

The Bartlett Police Department will be hosting its annual free D.A.R.E. Family Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Beaver Pond, Kingston Lane and Fairview Drive. Everyone is invited to participate in this friendly catch and release fishing derby with members of the Bartlett Police Department. There also will be raffles and prizes for the participants.

The Bartlett Police Department will be provide fishing bait. All participants 16 and older should be properly licensed and bring their own fishing tackle. D.A.R.E. graduates are encouraged to wear their D.A.R.E. shirts. Call the Bartlett Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (630) 837-0846 for more information.

St. Charles: Tai Chi Society classes scheduled

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the Fox Valley area is offering an accelerated beginner Taoist Tai Chi class the weekend of May 4 and 5. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For this class only, the fee is $140 for adults, $120 for students and $100 for seniors and includes a three-month membership so students can immediately commence continuing classes upon finishing the beginner module. The class will be held at the Charlestowne Mall location, lower level, next to Carson’s.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society is a 501 c 3 not for profit charitable organization. More information is available at To register, call 630-443-3489 or email

Chicago: Abbot student team chosen for NFL camp

Students from Abbot Middle School in Elgin are among those from 17 teams of elementary and middle school students from Illinois who will be at an NFL-themed training camp at Soldier Field to reward their efforts to eat healthy foods and stay active.

The student teams earned invitations to the May 4 Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Training Camp for actively engaging in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program by encouraging their peers to make healthier choices and commit to at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The student teams will receive a visit from a current Chicago Bears player who will share how healthy eating and staying active helps him perform at his best. He’ll then join the students on the field for a variety of nutrition and physical activity sessions including a breakfast tray relay; a nutrition challenge; warm-up agility exercises; and, passing, receiving and running back drills.

Elgin: Judson artist film set for 2014 release

Wanderlust Productions has launched Kickstarter campaign to fund its fourth documentary film, “Holy Ghost.” The film, set for release in 2014, will follow Judson University artist-in-residence Darren Wilson’s journey to gain a better understanding of both the power and mystery of the Holy Spirit. Its Kickstarter campaign will offer a look into the making of the film, allowing supporters to help determine what questions Wilson asks, what he films and even how the film will be put together.

To support the “Holy Ghost” Kickstarter campaign visit For more information about Wanderlust Productions and its previous films, visit

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