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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:09AM

Elgin: Volunteers sought for community dinner

Volunteers and desserts are still needed for the 2013 Have a Heart Community Dinner scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the 1st United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. for set up and food prep; from 10:30 a.m. for service; and from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. for clean up and breakdown. To volunteer, contact Jeff Turner at 847-888-9486 or vial email at

Dessert donations are accepted at the In the Neighborhood Deli, 185 N. Edison Ave., from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday or at 1st United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Cash donations may be made at the deli and made out to the Elgin Community Network.

The free meal is open to the entire community, regardless of need.

Elgin: Farnham to chair House committee

State Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, has been named chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. He said he hopes to give the Elgin area greater input in the state’s economic decisions, and plans to use his role on the committee to continue his effort to improve the business climate in Illinois and create and retain jobs.

“Leading this committee’s effort to help Illinois businesses grow and help working families get ahead is a tremendous honor and responsibility,” Farnham said.

A former small business owner, Farnham said he has worked for job creation and economic development in the House, sponsoring new laws that provide companies tax credits for hiring new employees and helping small businesses expand their clientele. Farnham said he plans to meet with small and large employers in the coming weeks to discuss issues facing businesses. Farnham also is a member of the House Executive, Public Utilities and State Government Administration committees.

Farnham represents the 43rd District, which includes portions of Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin and South Elgin.

Elgin: ESO concerts to feature choral groups

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts Saturday and Sunday will highlight two local choral groups — Elgin Choral Union and Heartland Voices — along with a rising star in the piano world, Alexander Schimpf.

Guest conductor Donato Cabrera will lead the ESO through pieces by Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven.” Cabrera, who is a candidate in the symphony’s international music director search, is the resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Performances will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Hemmens Cultural Center. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased through the ESO Box Office (847-888-4000) or by visiting

Dundee Twp.: Preschool open houses scheduled

The Dundee Township Park District is hosting four preschool open houses this month.

The open houses, will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. today at Randall Oaks Recreation Center Preschool, 500 N. Randall Road, West Dundee; Feb. 12 at Washington Street Preschool, 21 N. Washington St., Carpentersville; Feb. 20 at Rakow Center Preschool, 665 Barrington Ave., Carpentersville; and Feb. 28 at Sleepy Hollow Preschool, 875 Winmoor Drive, Sleepy Hollow.

Registration for township residents is Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 665 Barrington Ave. For more information, call 847-428-7131.

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