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In Our Towns: Elgin ‘Settlement’ story topic of Jan. 21 program

Updated: January 9, 2014 9:58AM

The story of the “Settlement” in Elgin will be the topic of a program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave,, Meadows Community Rooms A&B.

It will feature stories of people who helped shape the city and its identity, the history of the Summit Park neighborhood, and residents and historians sharing publicly for the first time the story of Elgin’s early African American leaders.

The program is being sponsored by Elgin Community Network, Elgin Area Historical Society, and the Summit Park Neighborhood Association. For more information call Gail Borden Library at 847-429-4680 or visit

Kane County: Volunteers sought for CASA program

CASA Kane County will hold general information meetings on the following dates for individuals interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for abused and neglected children. If you are at least 21 years old and want to learn more, contact Sarah Baxa at

Monday, Jan. 13, 9–10 a.m., CASA offices, Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Suite 460, Geneva

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-7 p.m., Graham’s 318, 318 Third St., Geneva

Wednesdays, Jan. 15 and 22, 1:30–2:30 p.m., CASA offices

Thursdays, Jan. 9 and 16, 1:30–2:30 p.m., CASA offices

Fridays, Jan. 10 and 17, 11 a.m.–noon, CASA offices.

CASA encourages men to attend a meeting. Currently, only about 22 percent of volunteers are men, but half of the organization’s caseload involves boys and young men in need of strong role models. Volunteers must complete background checks and 40 hours of training before being sworn in by the Kane County Juvenile Court judge. All training is provided by CASA Kane County.

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Last year, the organization’s 250 volunteers provided advocacy to 556 children throughout Kane County. To learn more, visit the organization’s website at

Kane County: Snowmobile Safety Class for youth set

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will host a Snowmobile Safety Class for 11- to 16-year olds, Jan. 11 in Geneva.

State law says youths between the ages of 12 and 16 who wish to operate a snowmobile under the supervision of an adult must earn a Snowmobile Safety Certificate. Attendance at the Jan. 11 class meets that requirement, and also is valid in Michigan and Wisconsin. (Eleven-year olds may take the class, but they cannot receive their certificate until they reach age 12.)

The program is being presented by the Forest Preserve District’s Public Safety Department and all-volunteer Snowmobile Safety Patrol. Patrol members serve as ambassadors for the district by riding and watching the preserves and trails.

The Snowmobile Safety Class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Forest Preserve District administrative headquarters, 1996 S. Kirk Road., Ste. 320, Geneva. There is no charge for the Snowmobile Safety program, but register by Jan. 9. To register or for more information, contact Ron Julian at 630-546-8058.

For information on how to join the Forest Preserve District’s Snowmobile Safety Patrol, contact Volunteer Coordinator Robb Cleave at 630-364-8260 or see Additional information on the class is available at

St. Charles: Fine Arts Show seeking artist applicants

Artists who want to participate in the juried 2014 St. Charles Fine Art Show, over Memorial Day Weekend May 24 and 25, must submit an application by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Mediums accepted include Clay/Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber (non-wearable), Fine Art Jewelry, Fine Art Photography, Glass, Painting, Sculpture, and Wood. Artists must submit four images of their work, and one booth image. For more information, and to apply, visit

The 16th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 on Riverside Avenue (formerly 1st Avenue) between Route 64/Main Street and Illinois Avenue. The show will feature more than 100 selected artists of various mediums.

More information about the Fine Art Show can be found by visiting

Kane County: Bar group’s Ask A Lawyer Day set

The Kane County Bar Association will conduct its monthly “Ask A Lawyer Days” program Saturday.

On the second Saturday of each month, members of the public are encouraged to call 630-762-1900 between 9 a.m. and noon for a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. This public information service sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association and supported by the Illinois State Bar Association is an opportunity to ask questions and find direction for any legal matters you may have.

Callers are helped with legal problems regarding issues in real estate, landlord/tenant, criminal, estates and wills, divorce, child custody, collections, bankruptcy, and traffic.

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