Updated: August 18, 2013 6:15AM
Elgin: Yard sale this weekend for Make-A-Wish, Team Meg
Megan Neisendorf understood the power of a wish. With Make-A-Wish’s help, Megan was able to take the trip of a lifetime to Nashville in 2001. While she was there, Megan attended the CMA awards and met many of her favorite country music artists. Megan’s strong spirit is continuously recognized and has inspired her family to bring the same joy to other children by participating in Adopt A Wish.
In her memory, Megan’s family founded Team Meg, and since 2009 the organization has raised more than $27,000 to adopt four wish children from the Kane and DeKalb county areas.
This year, the organization hopes to raise $7,500 to adopt another wish. This year’s fundraiser will be a yard sale Friday and Saturday at 10N831 Route 47 (a quarter mile north of Plato Road).
A variety of antiques, collectibles, household items and children’s clothes will be on sale. Highlighted items include an antique telephone booth, John Wayne memorabilia and the remaining inventory of an online gift store.
General donations for Make-A-Wish also will be accepted. For more information about Team Meg, visit www.walkrunwish.org.
For more information on Make-A-Wish, visit www.illinois.wish.org.
Elgin: Walk with Mayor set for this evening in Valley Creek
Mayor Dave Kaptain and Activate Elgin will lead a walk through the Valley Creek neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. today. The purpose of the Walk with the Mayor program is to promote walking as a way to get exercise, which leads to a healthier lifestyle.
“I want to encourage all Elgin residents to exercise regularly, so that they can enjoy the benefits of better health. I am an avid walker and invite our residents to walk with me when I come to visit their neighborhood,” Kaptain said. “Research has shown that by walking 30 minutes, five times a week, we can halve the risk of heart disease and reduce stress, cholesterol and blood pressure.”
The walks typically take about 45 minutes and provide an opportunity to talk with the mayor and also for neighbors to get to know one another. Today’s walk will start at Creekside Elementary School, 655 N. Airlite St.
Activate Elgin is a coalition of community partners promoting communitywide efforts to improve health, well-being and overall quality of life. For more information, call 1-847-931-6127.
Elgin: Free dental care for kids to be offered Friday, Aug. 9
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, along with Elgin Community College and Greater Elgin Family Care Center, will host Dentist By 1 to provide free dental care to underserved Illinois children age 5 and younger.
The event, part of a two-day educational session for local dentists, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9, at the ECC Dental Clinic at 1700 Spartan Drive, Building A. Illinois children age 5 and younger will receive preventive dental care at no cost and with no need to schedule appointments.
The event is open to up to 60 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Services offered will include dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, preventive education and referrals for additional care if necessary.
The visit also can satisfy the mandatory dental screening for kindergarten. Written parental/guardian consent is required prior to any services being performed.
Questions can be directed to 630-718-4764 (Spanish-speaking callers can direct questions to 630-718-4957).
Dentists and dental teams (minimum of two and maximum of four members per team) interested in volunteering can contact the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation at 630-718-4764 or email@example.com. Teams can also register online at ddilsite.com/dentistby1seminar.
Elgin: Hanover Twp. hosts school physical and immunization clinic
Hanover Township, Kid Care Medical Partners, and Advanced Family Dental will host a “Back-to-School School/Sport Physical and Immunization Clinic” from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the township’s Community Relations Office at One American Way in Elgin.
School physicals are required for students entering kindergarten and sixth and ninth grades, and dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten and second and sixth grades.
Physical exam, immunizations and dental exams are free with Medicaid. Residents without Medicaid will be charged $5 per immunization, $25 per physical exam and $15 per dental exam.
Residents are asked to register ahead of time by calling the township at 630-483-5665 or Kid Care Medical Partners at 630-599-5480.
Elgin: Graffiti program Thursday at Elgin Public Museum
The Elgin Public Museum will host a program Thursday that discusses the impact of graffiti on the city of Elgin.
Regardless of the motive — tagging a garage, TPing a house, painting flowers on a wall or egging a car — they are all forms of vandalism.
Aaron Neil from Elgin’s Public Works department, police Officer Mike Martino and Elgin Councilman Terry Gavin will discuss how the city is dealing with these wide-ranging forms of vandalism. After the presentation of Elgin’s policies, the floor will be open to questions and discussion.
While at the Elgin Public Museum, audience members can explore the exhibit that inspired the program — Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti. The program investigated the pervasiveness of graffiti in contemporary society and considers both its artistic merit and transgressive nature. It was created by the graduate students enrolled in NIU’s award-winning Museum Studies program.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the museum, 225 Grand Blvd. Cost of the program is $5 per person (EPM members $4).
Contact EPM to reserve a seat at 847-741-6655 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanover Township: Help available for electric bills
Help is on the way for qualifying residents seeking financial assistance with their summer electricity bills. Starting this week and running through July 26, or until funds are exhausted, residents can come to the Hanover Township Senior Center to apply for assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Residents will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program is designed to help eligible low-income households pay for summer energy service and provides a $150 payment to electric providers. Assistance is targeted to the following households:
Seniors age 60 or older.
Persons with disabilities receiving Social Security benefits or with a pending determination at Social Security Administration. A letter of documentation will be required.
Families with children less than 5 years old as of the date of application.
Those with medical conditions that would be aggravated by extreme heat. Required documentation must include a doctor’s certification letter dated within the last 90 days, stating that the medical condition would be aggravated by extreme heat.
Residents seeking assistance in applying will need to bring Social Security cards for all household members, proof of 30-day income for all household members (includes Social Security, unemployment, pensions, wages, etc.) and the most recent electric bill.
For more information, call the Hanover Township Senior Center at 630-483-5600.
Kane County: Senior Stroll scheduled for Aug. 1
Seniors are invited to join Forest Preserve District of Kane County naturalists each month on a stroll through natural areas.
During each Senior Stroll, participants visit forest preserves to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. On Thursday, Aug. 1, they will walk through Campton Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The stroll starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and sunscreen. This is a free program, but donations are welcome to cover the cost of refreshments. Registration is not required for Senior Stroll.
In the event of severe weather, call 847-741-8350 for cancellation information. Campton Forest Preserve is at 4N379 Town Hall Road, St. Charles.
For a full roster of forest district nature programs, visit kaneforest.com.
Kane County: CASA holds Facebook ‘like’ project
CASA Kane County would like to increase its Facebook “likes” to 5,000 by the end of the year. “Operation Facebook” has begun and will continue until Dec. 31, with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) asking supporters and friends to reach out to their contacts and connect to the page. CASA Kane County will use Facebook to interact with supporters and ultimately reach out to new individuals as well.
For more information on the Facebook project, contact Lauren Egan at email@example.com or 630-444-3108. To learn more about the CASA Kane County program, visit www.casakanecounty.org.
Kane County: National groups awards health department
The Kane County Health Department was honored at the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials for developing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. “A Collaborative Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)” was one of 38 public health programs developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award.
The Kane County Health Department’s innovative Community Health Assessment work was jointly funded and completed with the five hospitals serving Kane County, two of the largest United Way chapters, and a local mental health 708 Board.
More information about the CHIP is available at www.kanehealth.com/chip.htm. For more information about the NACCHO Model Practice Awards and to view a list of other award winners, go to www.naccho.org.