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Updated: June 3, 2013 3:18PM

Elgin: Meet the new bison Saturday at Lords Park

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Friends of Lords Park Zoo will welcome new zoo bison Becky and Drew on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to having an opportunity to meet the new residents, the event will feature music by fingerstyle guitarist Merv Collins, non-permanent bison tattoos for the kids, balloons and popcorn. The Elgin Public Museum and Elgin Area Historical Society will also have information tables at the event, which takes place inside the zoo at Lords Park in Elgin.

Meet Becky and Sue is free to the public. For more information, email

Elgin: DayOneNetwork exec at Lions meeting

The Elgin Lions Club will hear from Stephen Taylor, the executive director of DayOneNetwork, at the club’s May 7 meeting. The network is dedicated to helping families with children and adults who have developmental delays or disabilities. The goal of the organization is to connect people with the services and support that best meet their needs in Kane and Kendall counties and Hanover Township in Cook County.

The club meets at the Elgin Holiday Inn at 6:15 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to notify club president Bill Klawitter at or the Elgin Lions Club’s phone answering service at 847-289-4206 and leave a message. The cost for the meal is $18, but attendees do not need to partake of the meal. When leaving a message, indicate if a meal is desired. Advance notification is necessary to provide adequate seating and meals.

Elgin: Technical problems for Lions Hearing Bus

The Lions of Illinois Mobile Hearing Bus that was scheduled to screen Elgin residents Tuesday at the Gail Borden Public Library was unable to perform due to technical difficulties, the Elgin Lions Club said. The club said it apologizes for the no-show, and will work to insure that the service is available to the community in the future. The club did note that 34 people were served for Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings that day.

Elgin: Retired IEA head to give talk on pensions

Elgin-area retired educators are invited to hear Janet Kilgus, a retired IEA former president, speak on matters of concern to retired teachers, school service personnel or administrators. The meeting will be held at the Hickory Stick Bar and Grill at the Highlands of Elgin on Tuesday, May 7. Refreshments and a social time will begin at 4:30 p.m. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

Those nearing retirement, those in the “class of 2013” retirees and those who are currently retired are urged to attend. The program is presented by the Northern Kane County Retired Educators (IEA/NEA). Newly, nearly and currently retired educators should contact NKCRE President Brian Moobery, or NKCRE Secretary, Larry Drafall at 847-695-5112, or email - Reservations should be made before May 3.

Elgin: Flags sought for Memorial Day program

The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, a nonprofit group which 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 — composed of representatives of more than a dozen civic and veteran organizations — is especially looking for the donation of burial flags measuring 5 feet by 9 1/2 feet which 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 which line the cemetery streets each Memorial Day during the award-winning “Avenue of Flags.”

Financial contributions to the group would also be helpful to replace many of the 2,500 smaller flags placed on veterans’ graves each Memorial Day, the association said. 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 contact Jerry Turnquist at 847-431-2472 or visit the group’s website at

Bartlett: Improv group to perform at state park

Arts in Bartlett will present The Amazing Improv-A-Maniacs, on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bartlett Nature Center auditorium at James “Pate” Phillip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road. This new improv troupe, featuring Debra Fowler, Beth Harling, Galen Malick, Martin Gonzo and Scott Surowiecki, has material which includes sketched comedy, mad-lib skits, stand-up, musical improv and improv games. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Refreshments are included. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Arts Scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Bartlett Gallery and Center for the Arts at 118 W. Bartlett Ave., #2, and at the door. For information call 630-372-4152.

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