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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Sculpture set to be installed near Fox

The River Corridor Foundation of St Charles (RCF) has purchased the sculpture “If I Could But Fly” and will be installed in the spring along St. Charles'  Bob Leonard Walkway on the west side of the Fox River between Illinois Street and Prairie Street.

“The purchase of this almost 6 foot bronze sculpture  'If I Could But Fly' is the final major element of the Bob Leonard Walkway," RCF Chairman Larry Maholland said. "The sculpture, along with the entire walkway, is a symbol of what can be accomplished through public and private cooperation and collaboration as well as memorializing Bob Leonard as a driving force behind this walkway.”

This purchase was made possible through funds raised at the RCF two annual fundraisers.  The Bob Leonard 5K Run, Walk and Turtle Hurdle and the Fall Concert at the Arcada Theater.  The first is organized by the Leonard Family, RCF and the St Charles Kiwanis Noon Club.  The Fall Concert is co-sponsored by the St Charles Rotary Foundation and the RCF. 

This sculpture is also symbolic because Leonard was a United Airline Captain.  He  was one of the original visionaries for development of the Fox River banks in downtown St Charles.

 

Fox Valley Festival Chorus seeks singers

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus under the direction of Mary Beth McCarthy welcomes new members for its spring pops season featuring Broadway musicals from the classic Oklahoma through the megahits of Phantom of the Opera. 

No auditions are necessary for chorus membership, just for solos. Rehearsals begin Feb. 3 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and are held every Monday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn, Aurora, Illinois. Members of the group range in age from high school through retirees and come from all areas of Kane, Kendall, and DuPage Counties. For more information see www.foxvalleyfc.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Help feed the bison at Elgin's Lords Park

The Elgin Park District invites residents to watch Lords Park Bison feedings on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Admission to the Bison Feeding in Lords Park is $2 for adults and $1 for children and offers an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which the group heads for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding. Space is limited to 12 people, call (847) 531-7000 for more information.

 

AARP grant helps ECC older workers program

Elgin Community College has been awarded a grant from AARP for its Back to Work 50+ program. The college will receive a total of $165,142, over a two-year period, which includes tuition up to $1,800 for 32 students per year. Students will receive training in the areas of healthcare, office administration, and human services. They also will be provided orientation, coaching, financial literacy, training scholarships, and special access to employers. 

The primary objective of the program is to link employers and train providers with unemployed or underemployed workers age 50 and over to create a pipeline of trained, prescreened, and qualified workers available for employment in regionally in-demand occupations.  

For more information, contact Anne Hauca, director of Workforce Transitions, at 847-214-6951.

 

Montgomery hosts program on eagles

A free presentation all about eagles will be offered at the Montgomery Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Eagles have nested along the Fox River in recent years and residents have been thrilled by the sight of these majestic birds soaring overhead. 

This presentation by Margaret Gazdacka from Red Oaks Nature Center will share information about eagles and their habitats. 

Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible. For additional information, call the Montgomery Village Hall at (630) 896-8080 ext. 1114.

 

Adult literacy group seeks local volunteers

Literacy DuPage is seeking volunteers to serve as English literacy tutors to adult learners. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is needed. 

Training sessions are being held now through June of 2014 at a library near you. 

For more information and training dates and locations, or to register, call (630) 416-6699 or visit www.literacydupage.org.

 

Julian Bond to speak at ML King tribute

Civil Rights icon Julian Bond will be the special guest speaker at Aurora’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 20, in the West Aurora High School auditorium, 1201 W. New York St., Aurora. Enter door 18. Admission is free.

Hailed as one of the most prominent youth leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Bond's 50-year career as a voice for equality and inclusion is filled with stories of hope and healing.

The annual celebration will feature the West Aurora High School Jazz Band, the East Aurora High School NJROTC, Waubonsie Valley High School’s Mosaic Choir, the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s Black African-American Student Association, the Aurora Inter Faith ecumenical group of faith leaders, and the Sign Singers of St. John AME Church.  

Residents who performed community service during the 2014 Day of Service will be recognized and students recommended by their schools to receive “Service above Self” Awards will be honored for their commitment to service.

 

WVHS Planetarium welcomes visitors

The Waubonsie Valley High School Planetarium welcomes the public to Family Nights on the first Friday of the month now through April. 

Programs, which begin at 7 p.m., are 50 to 60 minutes long and admission is $2 per seat on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information, visit http://planetarium.ipsd.org.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 16:24
 
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