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NeighborWorks Day is June 4 - Come Join Us!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Homeowners in the NOSEE Neighborhood have been selected to have chain link fences removed, exterior repairs done and landscaping projects completed at no cost to themselves. Once the work is completed, volunteers and area families will enjoy a community lunch supplied by In the Neighborhood Deli and a community resource fair featuring representatives from local social service and non- profit organizations.
Block by Block Beautification and Community Building
“The mission of NHS of the Fox Valley is creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their neighborhoods. This is a terrific example that demonstrates our mission” says Dave Kaptain, Mayor of Elgin and President of the NHS Advisory Board. “Through the generosity of local businesses, community groups, the City of Elgin, area volunteers, ECN and NHS of the Fox Valley, residents of one of our oldest neighborhoods will learn first- hand that Elgin is truly a community that cares!” For more info contact Johnny Placeres @ 847-695-0399
***Together We’re Elgin…a community cookout***
Join us on June 4 as we celebrate a great day of community togetherness at our 2nd annual Together we’re Elgin community cookout. The day will begin early as NHS fox Valley and Neighbor Works partner with The Elgin Community Network and help to further beautify some homes in Elgin.
After the work, the fun starts. Meet back at Garfield school at noon and enjoy a community cookout. EVERYONE is invited to this free cookout. We will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Also, there will be a social service fair showcasing services for some of our great NFP agencies in Elgin.
There will be games for the kids and music as well.
There will be limited seating so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information or to volunteer call Jeff at 847-888-9486 or email at email@example.com
Wednesday, June 8 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location Brewster Creek Lodge
6N921 Route 25
More Info Americans for Prosperity and the Kane County 9/12 invite you to attend the “State of Kane County” Town Hall meeting with Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay.
We encourage you, your friends and neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity to hear about the future of Kane County, learn more about your county government and how your tax dollars are being spent to support it.
Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay… will provide a presentation reviewing the ‘State of the County” followed by a public Q&A session.
The growth of Kane County from virgin prairie to an agricultural/industrial area is a study in the evolution of modern government. Kane County is the fifth most populous County in the state. According to the census bureau, as of 2009 Kane County’s population is estimated to be over 511, 892 and is steadily increasing due largely to expansion from the Chicagoland area.
The Kane County Board is now struggling with the problem of maintaining the traditional beauty and open spaces of Kane County despite the pressures for rapid development of the agricultural areas. The decisions made today will influence the future growth of Kane County
The Center for Cultural Interchange is bringing a group of French students to Elgin for the very first time! We are looking for host families for this summer, from August 1 to 21. If you want to have a cross cultural experience for you and your family, this is a great opportunity!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Shimmy for the Cure
Dancers fighting cancer…one shimmy at a time!
Sponsored by Diva Ventures and
VFW Watch City Post 1307 Ladies Auxiliary
Sunday, June 12, 2011
1601 Weld Road
Elgin, Illinois 60123
For the Benefit of the Cancer Aid and Research Fund
(Sorry, children 5 and under not permitted)
Buffet lunch will be served.
Doors open at 12:30pm
Show starts at 2:00pm
Reservations are REQUIRED!
Call Donna at 630-212-2017 or email email@example.com for payment information
BUFFET LUNCH!–VENDORS!–RAFFLES!–CASH BAR!
Historic First Congregational Church of Elgin Walking Tour This Sunday
By popular demand, we will offer another opportunity for you to join the 175th Anniversary Walking Tour! Plan on touring the original log cabin location and other historic sites associated with the church’s early history. This 60 minute leisurely walking tour will also explore other sites associated with Elgin’s reputation as a “City of Churches.” Led by Historian Jerry Turnquist, the walk begins at First Congregation Church (Corner of Chicago and Center Streets)this Sunday, June 12th at 12:30pm.
Rich L. Jacobs
First Congregational Church of Elgin’s
175th Anniversary Celebration Committee
From the City of Elgin Website:
Mayor Kaptain to Host “Listening Sessions”
Residents of Elgin will have the opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions to Mayor David Kaptain during the “Mayor’s Community Listening Sessions”, scheduled to take place through live on-line webchats each month throughout the year.
The first live online chat will take place on June 20th at 7:00 p.m. Residents can log in to participate online at http://www.cityofelgin.org, or can attend the live session at Sherman Hospital, 1425 N. Randall Road in the Lake Level Meeting Rooms 1-3. Residents can type in comments and ques-tions and the mayor will respond directly in the webcast.
The purpose of the listening tour is for the newly elected mayor to hear directly from residents on issues, ideas and concerns they would like to share with their city government. These sessions are intended to provide a forum to discuss the important policy issues that will shape the future of our community. Residents are encouraged to participate either online or in person.
The monthly discussion subjects may vary, but will center around three main questions that will be posed to residents:
What should the city start doing?
What should the city stop doing?
What things should the city continue to do?
In addition to the online chats, other Mayor’s Community Listening Sessions will be scheduled at various locations throughout the city, including a neighborhood meeting on July 11, at Calvary Baptist Church, 551 Arlington Avenue and another online chat on July 25, at the Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road.
Residents can check out the complete summer schedule of Mayor’s Listening Sessions and live webchats at the city’s website http://www.cityofelgin.org/mayorkaptain. More meetings will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 847-931-5667.
The session seemed to go well Monday - there is archived footage - the next session is July 25th at Rakow Library branch.
Summery of June 20th: http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.aspx?NID=1268
Archived video: http://cityofelgin.adobeconnect.com/p9sqctpsctl/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal
Join us on Saturday June 18th for planting the “Great Elgin Pumpkin Patch” - starting at 2pm inside the Gardens at Lords Park Zoo!
Families are invited to plant their own pumpkin seeds and tend to the farm zoo gardens. Return in the fall and take your own “baby” pumpkin home!
Also, check out the Juneteenth: African American Tales of Resistance family fun program at 1pm at the Elgin Public Museum beforehand!
From the Facebook site /ElginCommunityGardens
Plant a pumpkin seed and watch it grow. We’re planting Elgin’s GREAT Pumpkin patch and would like you to join the fun! ECGN will provide the pumpkin seeds!
Start off your afternoon at the Elgin Public Museum’s for their fun Juneteenth celebration at 1:00 pm - then come on over to the Lords Park Zoo gardens at 2:00 pm and plant your very own pumpkin!
In October we’ll have a super harvest party! You are welcome to come out the 3rd Saturday of the months to pull weeds, water, and care for your vine.
We’ll also be doing basic garden maintenance to our cornfield and planting of additional seedlings to our already seeded raised beds on this date.
Gail Borden Library Board Meeting, Tuesday June 14th at 7:00pm (at the Library, of course)
Why is this important?
Well, you might have read in the papers that a Library Board Member, Randy Hopp, was arrested for beating up his very elderly parents. You also might have read where he has been banned from the Gail Borden public library due to abusing the staff, banned from Judson College library, banned from ECC…
The June 14th meeting will discuss Elgin resident requests for him to resign. I hope that anyone who loves our library will come and attend, to show our support for the institution.
“show our support for the institution.”
If only we could get rid of that pesky institution formally known as representative democracy; oh what a wonderful library we would have.
Did anyone watch the thunder boat races Saturday? If so, what did you think? Were there 10,000 people there like they thought might come? Any crashes? Does it look like you could watch for free on the other side of the river?
I would have thought they would have had an article after the first day describing how enjoyable it was so they could pull in more people for Sunday.
“Does it look like you could watch for free on the other side of the river?”
You would have made a great mayor, Clarence…..(LOL)…!!!
The only reason I briefly ran for mayor was because no one else was running against him. Before it was time to file I walked my subdivision with Councilman Kaptain and encouraged him to run for Mayor. If he would have done that then I would have run for councilman. It was not the right timing for Councilman Kaptain so I decided and then undecided to run.
Just like the elginite had a very effective part in helping Mayor Schock to lose this past election, I too played a role with blogging about his weaknesses. So effective that the day after he lost his election I was banned from the bocajump sight which receives 30,000 a year from the city of Elgin and I did not receive one thin dime for my content on that sight.
Combos - is your legal name Dave Reinert? Your preoccupation with my running for mayor briefly leads me to believe you might be him. If you are Dave Reinert you are probably a bit embarrassed to post with your real name since Mayor Schock lost. Everybody is laughing out loud at Dave Reinert since Mayor Schock lost. Ha Ha Ha
You would have been the first mayor in Elgin’s history who would have told his constituents how to sneak around on river banks and sit on sidewalks outside outdoor music festivals to avoid paying entrance fees.
Headline in the newspapers-”Elgin Mayor Hides in Garbage Can To Avoid Paying Entrance Fee”
A civic leader we could have all been proud of….
A civic leader we could have all been proud of…..
Fourth of July parade starts at 9am:
Elgin Opera Training and Performing Ensemble (EOTPE) presents “Ole! La Fuerza de la Música!”
“The 2011 Tropical Summer Jam Car & Motorcycle Show takes place on Sunday, July 10 at 9AM in the parking lot in front of City Hall at 150 Dexter Court in downtown Elgin.”