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Farnham sponsors zoo program at Taylor Y in Elgin

Sister Janice Rosinke

Sister Janice Rosinke

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Updated: August 26, 2013 4:11PM

State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) is sponsoring the fifth annual Community Nature and Science Exploration Day with the Brookfield Zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Taylor Family Branch YMCA, 50 N. McLean Blvd.

“The opportunity to learn about animals and nature in this hands-on, interactive event helps children learn useful skills that they can apply in the classroom,” Farnham said. “Children attending the YMCA’s day camps will have the unique opportunity to visit nature stations that explore lessons about wildlife native to the Elgin area.”

For additional information, call 847-841-7130.

Elgin: Sister celebrates 60th jubilee as nun

Sister Janice Rosinke recently celebrated her 60th jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.

A Chicago native, she entered the congregation from St. Patricia Parish in Hickory Hills. She graduated from Lourdes High School, received her bachelor of science from Loyola University and her master of business administration from Northern Illinois University.

She served as a teacher in Chicago at St. Mary of Perpetual Help, St. Roman, and Queen of Universe. Later, she was engaged in pastoral ministry/director of religious education at St. Mary Parish in DeKalb, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crystal Lake, and St. Lawrence Parish in Elgin. She also taught at Elgin Community College.

She is actively retired, continuing to minister in religious education at St. Laurence School and St. Thomas More Parish in Elgin.

The SSJ-TOSF is a community of more than 300 Franciscan vowed religious women and associate members who are dedicated to Gospel living.

Algonquin: Larsen Park storytelling fest set

The Algonquin Area Public Library in cooperation with the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department and Algonquin Events and Recreation Department will host the first Larsen Park Storytelling Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

This is a performance event of professional storytellers, a puppeteer and musical entertainers from the greater Chicago area who will perform for 20 to 30 minutes each.

There is a large shelter with picnic tables, electricity and outdoor toilets at the park at 1211 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills.

Elgin: Powell selected for Edgar Fellows Program

Selected from more than 160 nominees, Elgin Councilwoman Tish Powell will join 40 other distinguished fellows from around the state at the second annual Edgar Fellows Program Aug. 4-7 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Started in 2012 by former Gov. Jim Edgar, the executive leadership program recognizes emerging elected and appointed officials, as well as business and community leaders. The program focuses on leadership training and governing in politically charged environments.

Fellows will engage with each other and with practitioners and scholars who have excelled in the public and private sectors to work through major policy issues without allowing differences to get in the way.

Powell’s attendance will mark the second year in a row that the city of Elgin has been represented at the prestigious Edgar Fellows Program. Councilwoman Anna Moeller was selected for last year’s inaugural program.

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Kane County:

A nature program is scheduled for Aug. 8 to learn about what many consider one of the most beautiful waterfowl in North America — wood ducks.

“Wood Duck Biology and Restoration Management” is a Learn from the Experts program offered by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County in conjunction with the St. Charles and Geneva Park districts. Learn from the Expert programs are taught be experts in their respective fields, and each offers in-depth information about local ecology.

The Aug. 8 nature program will focus on wood duck identification, distribution of populations, habitat, diet, nesting, breeding and conservation. Phil Smith, ranger with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, will be the instructor.

The program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center in Saint Charles. This program is for ages 16 and above. Advance registration is required. Registration is $15 per person. Register by phone at 847-741-8350 or e-mail

Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean Street, Saint Charles.

For a full roster of Forest Preserve District of Kane County nature programs, visit

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