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Free summer lunch program for Elgin youth offered

Updated: July 20, 2013 6:10AM

Elgin: Free summer lunch program for youth offered

The city’s parks and recreation department, Northern Illinois Food Bank and several local churches are teaming again up to provide free nutritious lunches to youth this summer.

“We are concerned about the health of our children, and we want to make sure that they are not going hungry and that they are learning to eat food that is nutritious,” said Elgin Parks and Recreation Director Randy Reopelle.

The lunches will be provided to Elgin-area children age 18 and under from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now to Aug. 16.

Lunch program site sponsors are the city, Salvation Army, Harvest Bible Church, Bethesda Church of God in Christ, Christ Community Church, Outreach Fellowship Christian Center and Second Baptist Church.

Lunches will be provided at the following locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods:

Eastside Recreation Center, 1080 E. Chicago St.

Clara Howard Park, Fremont Street

Salvation Army, 316 Douglas Ave.

St. Francis Park, Jefferson and Center streets

Buena Vista Townhomes, 1285 Fleetwood Drive

Observatory Park, 259 National St.

Cornerstone Park, 1540 Mulberry Lane

Harriet Gifford School, 240 S. Clifton Ave.

Clifford/Owasco Park, 825 Clifford St.

Buena Vista Apartments Clubhouse, 1285 Fleetwood Drive

To learn how to volunteer at one of the sites, call 847-931-6127.

Kane County: Bike ride set for Great Western Trail

Participants can enjoy the sights and sounds of summer with a leisurely bike ride along the Great Western Trail on Saturday as part of “The Nature Network.”

“The Nature Network” is a Forest Preserve District of Kane County program series for active adults who are interested in nature and want to meet others. Each month, we’ll host a gathering that features a nature-themed discussion or activity.

On Saturday, participants will meet at the Creek Bend Nature Center within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 9 a.m. for a bike ride on the Great Western Trail. The ride will be around 10 miles and last until about 11 a.m. Adults of all ages are welcome. There is no charge for this program, but advance registration is required.

To register or for more information, call 847-741-8350 or email LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve is at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

For a full roster of Kane forest district nature programs, visit

Bartlett: Neighborhoods sought for Night Out

The Bartlett Police Department is looking for neighborhoods interested in hosting a National Night Out block party or participating in the Neighborhood Lighting Competition on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The police department and Bartlett Fire Protection District will visit all of the participating neighborhoods to determine the best lighted neighborhood, best overall, participation, theme, and spirit block party awards that will be presented at the 20th annual National Night Out Picnic in the Park event at Bartlett Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

For more information, contact either Officer Alagna or Officer Flores of the police department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 630-837-0846 or download the National Night Out Block Party and Neighborhood Lighting information at

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