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Elgin Senior Center to present Broadway show

Updated: October 25, 2013 6:12AM

Elgin: Senior Center to present Broadway show

Senior Services Associates will hold a Welcome to Broadway show Wednesday at the downtown Elgin Activity Center, 205 Fulton St.

The event will include 11:15 a.m. lunch of BBQ riblet, bratwurst, baked beans, potato salad, apple crisp and beverages, followed by the show featuring top Broadway hits. Suggested donation for the entire event is $5 for Senior Services members and $7 for non-members.

Preregistration is required by calling 847-741-0404.

Elgin: Kane, city honoring HCE for community service

Kane County Board Chairman Christopher Lauzen recently presented a certificate of recognition to the Kane County Association for Home and Community Education. This was to recognize October as Home and Community Education month. Joan Ziethen representing the HCE board thanked the chairman and members of the board for this honor. She spoke of how HCE contributes to the community and the many hats that members wear.

The Plato Center Unit of Home and Community Education will be honored Wednesday night at the Elgin City Council meeting, with Mayor David Kaptain presenting the unit with a proclamation declaring October as HCE month and the week of Oct. 13-19 as HCE week.

A display will be at the Centre of Elgin for HCE week. The Plato Center HCE serves Elgin, South Elgin and surrounding communities. Any woman or man interested in HCE can call the Extension Office at 630-584-6166 or check the website at for a unit in your area. More information also is available from Ziethen at 847-931-8120.

Elgin: Centro Oct. 5 Gala to honor community support

Centro de Informacion will be “Celebrating America” at its gala Oct. 5. Centro serves about 16,000 individuals each year, predominantly low-income Hispanic immigrants, including assisting people on the path to American citizenship through naturalization.

Mayor David Kaptain of Elgin and Mayor Rodney Craig of Hanover Park will be recognized individually as they and the governmental entities that they lead have provided resources and support for a number of years not only to Centro but also to the Hispanic community, according to a release from the organization.

Hanover Township government will receive the Partnership Award for its longtime commitment to Centro and the Hispanic community, including the mental health program, after-school tutoring and community nurse services, the release said.

The Elgin Fresh Markets headed by Bob Tzotzolis and Frank Paganis will receive the Corporate Award because of their strong support not only to Centro de Informacion but also to the Hispanic community of Elgin, it said. The Elgin Fresh Market has backed significant projects and have work in a variety ways for many years, including providing the food at cost for the annual Thanksgiving Food Basket giveaway to 150 needy families, according to the release.

To reserve a seat or for further information, contact Jaime Garcia at 847-695-9050.

Elgin/St. Charles: Purple Lights Nights in October

The St. Charles Police Department and the Community Crisis Center in Elgin will light up the Elgin and St. Charles area during the month of October to raise awareness of domestic violence. The Purple Light Nights is a campaign designed to shine a light on a problem that is often silenced by shame, sponsors said.

People can help the Community Crisis Center by shining a purple light as their porch light throughout the month of October.

The police department will be handing out free purple lights to the first 70 participants. Participants can come to the police department, Records Department, during the normal business hours of 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, or to purchase a light, call the Community Crisis Center at 847-742-4088.

Elgin: Wild Ones to view vegetated swales Saturday

Northern Kane County Wild Ones will sponsor a tour at Elgin Community College at 10 a.m. Saturday to view the group’s vegetated swale and newly planted prairie gardens, including a green roof with herbs and vegetables for the culinary program.

A vegetated swale can be a depression or a ditch, filled with deep-rooted native plants — forbs, grasses and sedges — that will infiltrate rainwater into the ground instead of sending it off one’s own property. It also can be engineered by installing perforated plastic pipe and replacing the soil with an engineered mix of sand, compost and soil.

Participants will meet in the parking lot at Spartan and Lehr drives and tour the ECC sites, then travel to the nearby Southwest Area Neighborhood (SWAN) to look at newly installed vegetated swales in the parkways. The morning will finish with refreshments and seed collecting at the prairie garden of Pat Hill.

St. Charles: Landscaping topic of garden program

The fall series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons gardening program continues in October with What’s Trending Now in Landscape Design. The session will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Extension office in Kane County, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

This final session of the Fall Four Season’s telenet series explores current trends in landscape design. There is a fee of $10 to attend the October session. To register online, visit, or call 630-584-6166 for more information.

For more information on the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Kane County, contact Sarah Fellerer at or visit University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

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