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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Pancake breakfest to benefit 'Habitat'

A 21st annual pancake breakfast to benefit Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing ministry, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 to 11 a.m. at at the Aurora Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn Drive.

The public is invited. 

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, and orange juice. 

Beth Conover of Aurora will lead church volunteers serving the breakfast, sponsored by the church's outreach committee. 

Admission is $7. Children under 10 are free.

Information about Fox Valley Habitat projects and volunteer opportunities will be available.

Call 630-896-1963 for breakfast information.


Waubonsee offers GED, future career training

Thanks to a bridge program at Waubonsee Community College, students can prepare for their GED test while also training for a career in health care or manufacturing. 

The tuition-free bridge program is 16 weeks long, with the first eight weeks devoted to GED/basic skills work and the second eight weeks devoted to career training. Students on the health care track train to become a certified nurse assistant (CNA), while students on the manufacturing track earn Waubonsee’s Basic Industrial Maintenance Certificate of Achievement. 

“The idea is that, once students complete the program, they’re ready to both take the GED test and get a job,” said Alyson Gaspar, Adult Education Special Programs Manager. 

Students should apply now for classes starting Jan. 21. The Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) and an interview are required.  

To apply or for more information, call an Adult Education Transition Advisor at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4661 or ext. 4244.  

Waubonsee’s bridge program is funded by a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.        

Two chances to dispose of trees in Geneva

Geneva residents will have two weeks to dispose of their live Christmas trees for free starting in January.

Trees will be collected on people's normal garbage collection day the weeks of Jan. 6 and Jan. 13 by the City's refuse contractor, Advanced Disposal. Residents must place their live tree at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.

No refuse stickers will be required for this service.

Ornaments, hooks, nails, tree stands and other hard materials should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.

All wreaths and roping must be discarded with the regular trash.

For more information, call the City's Public Works Department at 630-232-1501.


St. Charles to host indoor sidewalk sale

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, in conjunction with local merchants, has announced a Downtown Indoor Sidewalk Sale January 14-18. Participating businesses will feature a variety of post-holiday specials and promotions, and some businesses will feature extended hours on opening night, Tuesday, Jan. 14. 

For a list of participating businesses and specials, visit the Downtown St. Charles Partnership website  at http://downtownstcharles.org/sales-and-specials/


Geneva offers holiday, electronics recycling

Did you receive brand new electronics from Santa but not sure what to do with your old devices? Or maybe you had a light string burn out on the Christmas tree this year?

You can safely recycle these items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday outside the Public Works Department, 1800 South St., Geneva.

This is a self-service program. You can bring the items directly to a large container on the west side of the building and stack them inside.

Before making a  trip call the Public Works Department at 630-232-1501 for a list of accepted items.


NCC's Hamen named Iowa college president

Laurie Hamen, North Central College vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs, will become the ninth president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hamen, 54, of River Forest, has been a North Central administrator since 1996 and a vice president since 1999. Under her leadership, enrollment increased 100 percent to 2,700 undergraduates and the number of students living on campus increased 50 percent to 1,500 residents.

“My work at North Central College has provided me with considerable experience that will be directly applicable to the work I will do as president of Mount Mercy University,” Hamen said. 

Hamen’s initiatives at North Central have impacted many aspects of the College, including student recruitment and retention, Division III athletics, financial aid, expanded health services and enrollment of minority students, international students and others.


'American Showmen' at Naper Settlement

Years before he revolutionized the circus, P.T. Barnum was already the most famous name in the world. Now you can hear about the life lessons that shaped this great American showman during this presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series to be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 12 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members and youth ages 4 to 12. On the day of the presentation, ticket prices increase by $1. For more information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.com.


Suburban News Briefs compiled by local news sources and submitted items. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:28
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