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St. Charles: Pioneer Sholes School program set

Updated: January 4, 2014 6:11AM

Pioneer Sholes School in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve will host a Christmas open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors will see the one-room school house that dates back to 1872 decorated for the holidays. Local children have made decorations similar to those of the turn of the 20th century. A skit, songs and poetry will be performed by junior docents at 3:30 each day. Materials will be on hand for children to make an old-fashioned Christmas craft of their own to take home. Some students who had attended the one-room school before it closed in 1947 also will be there. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

The old-time Christmas experience continues down the road at the Durant House Museum 1843 home. The Durant House will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Both museums are located in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve just off Dean Street north of Route 64 in St. Charles. Call 630-762-9746 for more information.

St. Charles: Workshop set on holiday gardens

Forest Preserve Ranger Jeff Perez will lead a “Holiday Garden Workshop” form 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Nature Center. He’ll provide an introduction to fairy gardens and lead class members in creating their own miniature gardens to take home.

Registration is $10 per person and includes holiday-themed materials. Call 847-741-8350 or e-mail to register. Advance registration is required.

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

For more information on the “Holiday Garden Workshop” or other Forest Preserve District nature programs, visit

Elgin: Christmas show for children scheduled

Children and their parents are invited to a free Christmas presentation at Elgin Bible Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“A Trip with Santa” will be presented by the Hands 4 Him puppet team. The church is at 1580 E. Chicago St. For more information, contact the church at 847-888-1978.

Elgin: Bible Church to hold luncheon on Saturday

The Women’s Ministry Team at Elgin Bible Church will sponsor a luncheon for ladies at 11 a.m. Saturday focusing on “Jesus, Light of the World.” The guest speaker will be Heather Lowell.

Cost is $13. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Elgin Bible Church, 1580 E. Chicago St.,, phone 847-888-1978.

Elgin: Santa’s Storybook Tea event set at ECC

The Elgin Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program is hosting its Santa’s Storybook Tea event Sunday. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the Building I Spartan Terrace Restaurant.

Parents and children are invited to participate in story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A selection of tea sandwiches, an assortment of pastries, and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday.

Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program’s Austrian and French Exchange Programs. To purchase tickets, call the ECC Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300 or visit

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