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Reading Buddies, DNA on Elgin Kiwanis agenda

Updated: August 23, 2013 6:11AM

Elgin: Reading Buddies, DNA on Kiwanis agenda

Topical programs are fixtures of the weekly meetings of the Kiwanis Club of Elgin. Programs and events scheduled for upcoming weeks include:

July 23: Diane O’Connor, United Way of Elgin, will discuss the Reading Buddies program. Reading Buddies are trained volunteers who commit to at least 30 minutes per week, reading to children in participating schools.

July 30: Don Obenauf, economic development director for the Downtown Neighborhood Association, will update members on the DNA’s economic development efforts in Elgin.

The Kiwanis Club of Elgin, now in its 93nd year, serves the Kiwanis International mission — to change the world one child at a time, one community at a time. The Elgin noon club has donated more than $1 million to organizations in Elgin and South Elgin.

Persons interested in joining the club are invited to attend a weekly lunch meeting, held at noon each Tuesday at The Hickory Stick Bar & Grille Restaurant, 875 Sports Way, at the Highlands golf course. For more information, call Karen Maki at 847-429-5976.

Elgin: Make It, Bake It sale at Taylor Y on July 27

Senior members at Taylor Family YMCA in Elgin will host a Make It, Bake It sale 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s perfect for garage salers who no doubt will be out and about at that time,” said Birdie Bednarski, membership director for the Y. “The only difference is we’ll be selling homemade baked goods and crafts, not your typical garage sale items.”

The sale will be held in the lobby of Taylor, at 50 N. McLean Blvd., and will be open to the public. Items for sale will range from fudge and Key Lime pie to fashion scarves and stained glass art objects.

Proceeds will support YMCA scholarships.

For more information or to donate items, contact Bednarski at 847-888-7410, ext. 14, or at

Elgin: Public Museum book sale seeks donations

The Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology is soliciting book donations for an Aug. 3 book sale to help offset the costs of educational programming. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.

In keeping with the museum’s mission, donations of books relating to natural history, physical science and anthropology on all reading levels are appreciated, as is some light fiction. Relative periodicals also are welcome.

Books can be dropped off at the museum during normal hours, which are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. If this is not possible, call at 847-741-6655, and museum staff will make arrangements for your donation. The museum is in Lords Park at 225 Grand Blvd.

Dundee Twp.: Assessor’s office hours extended

To accommodate taxpayers unable to visit or contact the office during normal business hours, the Dundee Township Assessor’s Office will remain open for extended hours to answer questions regarding the 2013 property assessment.

The hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3.

Appointments are strongly suggested but not required. The assessor and staff will take phone calls and meet with taxpayers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The deadline to file 2013 assessment appeals to the Kane County Board of Review for property in Dundee Township is Aug. 12. To obtain assessment information about a property in the township, you can visit the online property search database at or call the assessor’s office at 847-428-2634.

West Dundee: Bii salon to hold Challenger benefit

Bii Hair Salon will hold a benefit cut-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the salon, 1955 Huntley Road. The event will benefit the Illinois District 13 World Series Challenger Little League Team and help “send ’em to the series!”

A haircut from a Bii-certified hair artist will be available for a minimum donation of $25. Children’s “clipper cuts” will be $15. Appointments are suggested and should be made by phone, 847-428-8821. Online booking option not available for this. Sponsor a $100 makeover for a Challenger player mom and receive an exclusive, limited-edition commemorative T-shirt.

Challenger, a division of Little League, is geared toward children with mental or physical disabilities. The program offers these children a chance to play organized Little League baseball. The Illinois District 13 Challenger Team — which includes children from Dundee, Carpentersville and Gilberts — has been selected to play in an exhibition game on Aug. 24 at the 2013 Little League World Series in Volunteer Stadium, South Williamsport, Pa.

The 15 area players will represent more than 30,000 Challenger players in more than 900 leagues around the world.

Elgin: Annual Walkabout scheduled for Aug. 2-4

The Janus Theater Company will presents the sixth Walkabout: Theater on your Feet in downtown Elgin, running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-4.

Select plays will be featured, along with additional evening performances. Tour guides will lead groups of people to downtown locations where they will see the plays performed. The event is sponsored by the Janus Theater Company along with Elgin Public House, Side Studio Arts, Al’s Café and Chooch’s Pizza. The event will run in conjunction with the city of Elgin’s Art & Soul festival in downtown Elgin.

Evening tours run Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. (tours approximately every 15 minutes until 8 p.m.). Day tours run Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (tours approximately every 15 minutes until 3 p.m.). The starting location is the Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. Tickets can be purchased online for $18 at Tickets for the day of the event can be paid by cash or check. Call 847-841-1713 to reserve your spot. Reservations are essential online or by phone. To learn more about Walkabout, go to or on Facebook at Walkabout 2013.

Elgin: Vex theater to have shows at Art & Soul fest

Vex Theatre Company will present two all-new shows n conjunction with the Art & Soul on the Fox art fair on Aug. 3 and 4. In the daytime, Vex performs a free outdoor show for kids called “Ninja Pirate Princess” while later in the day, they present an indoor show for adults called “Muse” at the Elgin Art Showcase.

The children’s show will be held at the Kids Stage at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. both days. The adult show will be held at 164 Division St. at 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 4.

Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made at or by calling 847-991-8081.

Elgin: Wood chips again available at Burnidge

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will once more offer wood chips for landscaping free to the public.

Wood chips will be available for pickup Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road west of Elgin. Chips may be picked up as soon as the preserve opens at sunrise, through 5 p.m. both days.

Residents need to bring their own shovels and containers. The public is welcome to take as many wood chips as they can haul away. A district staff person will be on hand with a loader tractor between 8 a.m. and noon on July 27.

The chips are from hardwood trees removed throughout Kane County because of storm damage or clearing efforts. None of the wood chips are from ash trees.

For more information, call 630-232-5980 or visit

St. Charles: Arts Center receives $20,000 grant

The Fine Line Creative Arts Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to be used toward the cost of installing lighting at the arts center’s new entrance and expanded parking lot.

Located in St. Charles since 1989, Fine Line is one of only a few nonprofit art centers in the country where internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops, and to where members and students come from surrounding communities as well as from across the country.

“Through generous donations like this from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, Fine Line can continue to promote public awareness of the arts, support art experiences, and nurture the creative spirit within a comfortable, inspirational environment,” a release said.

The Community Foundation has been awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations since 1948. To learn more, visit

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is at 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. For more information, visit

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