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In Our Towns: South Elgin Lions Club fundraiser is Dec. 11

Updated: November 29, 2013 11:26AM

The South Elgin Lions Club will host its third fundraiser for the club’s annual Christmas food and toy baskets for area needy families.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at Wise Guys Pizzeria, 325 Randall Road.

The $10 per-person event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner (dine in or carry out) with spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. Wise Guys Pizzeria is splitting the proceeds 50/50 with the Lions Club, with proceeds going to the Christmas food and toy baskets. Kids 12 years old and under eat free during the event.

“We consider the programs and contributions to be highly important. Some of our fellow neighbors, friends, and co-workers are faced with financial troubles throughout the year and more so over the holiday season,” said Lion Gary Hyman in a release form the club.

“We have averaged approximately 200 families requesting assistance from our club and it remains our goal to continue to be able to provide food, coats, and toys to all local families that need our help,” Linda Scham, public relations chair for the South Elgin Lions, said in the release.

The goal this year is to raise more money and collect more food for the basket drive, she said.

Residents unable to attend this fundraisers may make direct monetary donations to the South Elgin Lions Club, 500 Fulton St., South Elgin, IL 60177. Include “Food Basket” on the memo line of your check.

Elgin: Christmas program set by Bible Church

Elgin Bible Church will present “Christmas, an Evening of Hope and Joy” on Dec. 6.

This event is sponsored by the Women of Faith organization, but it is not just for women. Stories and songs will be shared that bring the wonder of Christmas to life, a release said.

Also featured will be the Dove Award-winning musical guest, Francesca Battistelli.

The free program begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Elgin Bible Church, 1580 E. Chicago St., Elgin, or 847-888-1978.

Elgin: American Legion Post 57 December events

American Legion Post No. 57 at 820 N. Liberty St. has a number of events open to the public in December. They include:

Family Burger and Steak night each Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Also featured on Thursday nights is the popular pull-tab game, Lightning.

Friday Night Fish Fry each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Bingo also is held on Fridays starting at 7 p.m.

2nd Wednesday Spaghetti Night on Dec. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sunday bingo each week starting at 1:30 p.m.

2nd Sunday Breakfast on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The annual Pearl Harbor Day Lunch on from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is $5 with World War II veterans eating free.

A New Year’s Eve Party starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

The American Legion hall is available for rental and there are still open dates for the holiday season. Call 847-741-1684 for more information.

Elgin: VFW Post 1307 slates December events

VFW Post No. 1307 at 1601 Weld Road has scheduled several events open to the public for December. They include:

Wednesday night Lightning games starting at 6:30 p.m.

“3rd Wednesday for Veterans” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. These special evenings welcome all veterans — and all supporters of veterans — and will include presentations and job interviews for veterans, their spouses, their children, and those interested in veterans. For more information, call Bob Getz at 630-777-8574 or the Elgin VFW at 847-888-9809.

“Queen of Hearts” raffles each Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday night bingo will not be held in December but will resume in January.

Elgin: Woman’s Club sets program on bereavement

The Elgin Woman’s Club will hold a gala holiday luncheon and meeting at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Villa Olivia Country Club, Route 20 and Naperville Road, Bartlett.

The program will be presented by the Rev. Wanda Henry-Jenkins, bereavement and volunteer services manager at Vitas Innovative Hospice, Inc., and will feature a presentation entitled, “Holiday Hope After Loss.”

Cost for the luncheon is $20 payable by check or cash at the door the day of the meeting. Members and guests are asked to make reservations by calling the EWC hotline at 847-622-3614. In addition, all those attending are asked to bring a $5 grab bag gift.

The club meets monthly from September to May at area restaurants and other locations for luncheon meetings and programs. Women interested in receiving more information about the Elgin Woman’s Club may also call the EWC hotline.

Elgin: Studio to hold benefit for cancer victim

In support of 27-year-old Jonah Czerwinskyj’s fight against colon cancer, Side Street Studio Arts will host Jonah’s Black Friday Benefit Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

The evening of music and art is a collaboration between Oscar Villalpando of local band Circus and the Fog and SSSA, and will feature works by various artists, which will be up for auction, and musical performances by area bands.

There is a $5 suggested donation at the door, and all proceeds will go towards helping Czerwinskyj pay for his chemotherapy treatment.

“This is part of being a community,” said Tanner Melvin, founder of SSSA. “Someone needs help, and people step up. We are really pleased at the number of artists, musicians, and residents, who have already contributed to helping another member of this community when it is needed.”

SSSA is still taking donations from artists of visual art works to be auctioned off at the event. Interested artists can contact Melvin at or 847-429-2276. Additionally, if people would like to make a donation, but are unable to attend the event, they can do so at by clicking on the “Donations for Jonah” button on the homepage.

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