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Tutoring sessions set for Literacy Connection in Elgin

Updated: October 26, 2013 6:23AM

The Literacy Connection helps adult learners throughout Elgin and 15 other northwest suburban communities reach their literacy goals. Volunteer tutors meet with their learner for one to two hours weekly at a convenient public place and time. Individuals interested in tutoring complete a tutor training course for a total of 12 in-classroom instruction hours.

The next tutor training course will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 12 at Gail Borden Public Library, South Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. Training is free, but requires a $25 textbook fee.

Registration is recommended for those interested in attending. Call the Literacy Connection at 847-742-6565 or email for more information. Registration is also available at; select “Literacy Connection Tutor Training” on 10/5/13 and complete the online form.

The Literacy Connection serves Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Cary, Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts, Hanover Park, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Streamwood and Schaumburg. The agency provides customized one-on-one adult tutoring, English conversation groups, and family literacy programs.

Elgin: Judson accepting film fest submissions

Judson University is accepting film submissions for the 10th annual Imago Film Festival, which will be April 1 to April 5, 2014, at the university, 1151 N. State St.

The Imago Film Festival showcases faith-based independent films that emphasize image and story. The early deadline for submission is Dec. 15 with a fee of $30, and the late deadline is Feb. 15, 2014, with a fee of $40. Submissions must be less than 30 minutes in length in DVD format and deal with images and stories about the spiritual journey of the human experience through any genre the filmmaker sees fit.

For detailed submission information, including the official submission form, visit For specific questions, contact festival director Terrence Wandtke at

Elgin: Judson will host enrollment meetings

Judson University’s School of Leadership and Business will host enrollment meetings for adults seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees on three separate dates in October at its Elgin and Rockford campuses.

The Elgin campus will host two separate meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, in the Lindner Tower at 1151 N. State St. The Rockford campus will host a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 1055 Featherstone Road. To register for one of the Elgin meetings, contact Debbie Hendricks at or 847-628-5025, or contact Jose Resto at or 847-628-5024. To register for the Rockford meeting, contact Tasha Hunter at or 847-628-5028.

Elgin: Elgin High student named to advisory council

Elgin High School senior Destiny Alicea recently was named to the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Commission.

Alicea will serve with 17 other high school students from across the state to provide student input regarding Illinois’ education policies. She volunteers at her church and is involved in the Elgin High mentor program Link Crew. She also has demonstrated a dedication to the field of education since her freshman year, when she began taking Childhood Education courses. Alicea now is participating in an education internship, where she spends two hours per day assisting sixth-grade teacher Lucas Kelly at Huff Elementary School in Elgin. After high school, she plans to pursue a degree in education in hopes of becoming a teacher.

Elgin: U46 mathematics coordinator leads group

U46 Mathematics Coordinator Kevin Wiland recently was chosen to serve as president of the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago through 2014.

More than 400 active members, including several U46 teachers, are part of the professional organization of mathematics teachers. It kicked off its 100-year anniversary Friday at the Fountain Blue in Des Plaines. For more information about the organization, visit or email Wiland at

Elgin: ECC group honors Creekside School principal

Elgin Community College’s Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) recognized Creekside Elementary School Assistant Principal Aaron Mendoza during the college’s recent 24th annual Kick-Off Breakfast for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mendoza was honored for continued excellence in serving the Latino community during the event, which featured keynote speaker Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is an alumni of Elgin Community College and has served as an OLAS officer and executive treasurer for student government. As an OLAS Officer, Mendoza participated in grass-roots movements to promote educational and leadership opportunities for Latino students and the Hispanic community in Elgin. He has worked in various roles at Elgin School District U46 for nearly 10 years.

Elgin: Preschool to hold Pedal Palooza fundraiser

New Creations Preschool, a ministry of Epworth United Methodist Church, 37W040 Highland Ave., Elgin, will celebrate the beginning of the school year with a Pedal-Palooza Fundraiser on Oct. 5.

The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, at the northwest corner of Randall Road and Highland. During the event, preschool students, alumni and friends of New Creations up to 10 years old will ride laps on bikes and tricycles to raise pledged money for the preschool.

“We love to give our students the opportunity to practice large motor skills and enjoy playing outside,” said Penny Ball, director of New Creations. “This event will be a fun, active and healthy way for the students to get involved supporting their own school.”

The event will include two separate 20 minute periods for kids to ride around a track, as well as entertainment for those who attend, including a cake walk, games, hot dogs and bike decorating.

People can donate cakes or cupcakes for the cake walk, sponsor a child, or attend to show support. For more information, call 847-931-5088 or email

Hanover Twp.: Tutoring for students offered

Starting Oct. 15, certified primary and secondary education teachers who specialize in assisting students with homework comprehension and completion will work with small groups of students based on age, subject matter and learning needs identified by referring teachers.

Students who attend regularly and bring their school materials/assignments to each session improve in academic performance and become more self-confident. Parents also have the option of attending a free seminar that will offer useful tips and skills to use at home that will help their child or teen succeed, according to a release from the township.

For a tutoring application, visit and click Youth and Family Services under the Department tab. Tutoring is offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at the Streamwood High School Sabre Center, 701 W. Schaumburg Road in Streamwood.

The Hanover Township tutoring program fee is $45 per child per semester. Payment plans are available. Students must live in Hanover Township and must currently be in grades two through 12 to qualify for that fee. Contact the township for non-resident fees. A parent/guardian for second- through eighth-grade students must remain in the building during their child’s Tutoring Session.

For questions about the Hanover Township tutoring program, call 630-483-5799 or visit under the Youth and Family Services Department.

Huntley: Disney’s High School Musical at school

Disney Channel’s hit movie musical “High School Musical” comes to life on the District 158 Performing Arts Center Stage, 13719 Harmony Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the box office starting one hour before each performance or online at

Elgin: William Ayers to speak Thursday at ECC

William Ayers, former distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be the first guest of Elgin Community College’s 2013-2014 Humanities Center Speaker Series on Thursday. Ayers, who was a founding member of the radical Weather Underground Organization in the 1960s, will speak from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Building B Community Room at ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The event is free and open to the public. Ayers’ talk will focus on ”Democracy and Education: Teaching for Liberation.” For more information, contact David Zacker, professor of humanities, at 847-214-7344.

Elgin: Marc Cohn performing Sunday at ECC

Marc Cohn comes to the ECC Arts Center with special guest Rebecca Pidgeon for an evening of pop and soul. Located in Building H on the Elgin Community College Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, the performance will be at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $36. For tickets or more information visit or call 847-622-0300.

For this performance, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Cohn performs both his own works and covers of the music that molded him as a musician. Time Magazine calls Cohn “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade,” and Bonnie Raitt says “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know.”

Cohn is well known for classics like “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and “True Companion.” After taking a decade-long sabbatical, Cohn returned in 2007 with “Join The Parade.” Inspired by the events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, “…Parade” has been described as his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

Cohn’s recent album “Listening Booth: 1970,” (2010) is devoted to covers of some of 1970’s greatest songs such as Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” and Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Cohn’s most recent project has teamed him up with Mary Chapin Carpenter for Marc Cohn and Mary Chapin Carpenter Summer Tour 2013.

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