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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

5K 'Spring Gallop' registration under way

Pre-registration for the seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 21.

The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and up. As a Chicago Area Runner's Association-certified race, the 5K Spring Gallop provides CARA members with a $4 discount off their entry fee. All pre-registered runners receive a commemorative race T-shirt.

Run on a CARA-certified course, the scenic route will take runners along paved portions of the Virgil Gilman Trail and around Lake Gregory. A new feature this year will be chip timing provided by It’s Race Time, Inc.

Handcrafted plaques will be awarded to the top male and female finishers.

Entry fee is $29 per runner ($25 for CARA members). Register online at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or visit any of the Park District’s community centers. Race-day registration is an additional $5 and available from 7:15 to 8 a.m. only. Participants should park across the street from Blackberry Farm in the Splash Country Water Park parking lot off Barnes Avenue.

For more information, call 630-892-1550.


'Rock' documentary at Aurora University

“Rock,” the fifth of six music documentaries in Aurora University's 2013-2014 America's Music film series, will be screened with a post-show discussion and live music at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at Perry Theatre in Stephens Hall, 349 S. Gladstone Ave. in Aurora.

 The free show focuses on the rise of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beach Boys.

Andrew Manion, executive vice president, will lead a post-show discussion. An AU faculty rock band will perform.

The America’s Music series will conclude with "America's Music: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop,” March 24.

The public is invited. Admission is free but registration is required. 

To register or for more information, call (630) 844-4924, email a This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Final free ice fishing clinic on March 1

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites anglers to learn the ins and outs of fishing on frozen waters during the final “Ice Fishing for Beginners” clinic of the season on Saturday, March 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale.

Participants will learn about the techniques and equipment unique to ice fishing as well as the safety practices that everyone must follow. 

They’ll see the difference between a jig and a tip up, find out which fish they can catch in winter and learn how to use an auger.  

If conditions permit, hands-on fishing will follow using provided equipment and bait. 

“Ice Fishing for Beginners” is free and is for ages 6 and up, though children under 18 must be with an adult. Advance registration is required by calling Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 on weekdays. Participants should park in the preserve’s lot on Wood Dale Road one-half mile north of Lake Street.

COD instsalls electric charging stations

Electric vehicle owners now have the ability to charge their batteries while working or taking classes with the installation of two charging stations at College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Two units, each with two charging ports, are available for a nominal charge on the south side of campus. The first, located in a staff lot just south of the Berg Instructional Center, was installed late last year. A second is located near the entrance to the newly renovated Seaton Computing Center.      

The units cost approximately $6,500 each and feature charging ports, which will fully charge a typical vehicle battery in two to three hours, Wosachlo said. 


WCC adds driver safety course at St. Charles E.

The Driver Safety Program at Waubonsee Community College has added St. Charles East High School to its list of sites hosting the college's defensive driving courses, making it even more convenient for area residents to attend a class.

The Waubonsee program had already offered classes at 10 other sites, including all four Waubonsee campuses in Sugar Grove, Plano, downtown Aurora and the Copley campus on Aurora's East Side, as well as sites in Elgin and in DeKalb County.

St. Charles East High School site will host Waubonsee's four-hour Defensive Driving Course and its highly interactive four-hour Alive at 25 program designed for less experienced drivers under the age of 25.

The courses are designed and the sites chosen to better serve those in the court systems in Illinois' 16th Judicial Circuit, which includes Kane County, and the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which includes DeKalb and Kendall counties.


Montgomery mayor on the move Saturday

Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley will host a “Mayor on the Move” on Saturdayfrom 10-11:30 a.m. in the main lobby at Planet Fitness, 1842 Douglas Road in Montgomery.

Residents are invited to drop by and meet the Village President on an informal basis and discuss items of concern with him. Everyone is encouraged to bring their comments, questions and suggestions. Optional tours of the facility will be available.

“I want to continue to meet, listen and learn from residents, and while doing so, I also plan to showcase the many great places in our town by holding these events at various locations throughout Montgomery," Brolley said. 


Preschool Fair March 22 at Messenger

Beat the winter blues and visit the Messenger Public Library,  113 Oak St. North Aurora, on March 22 for a hands-on Preschool Fair.

Parents and caregivers meet with local preschool and daycare representatives to learn more about their programs. 

Children will be able to enjoy a variety of activities from each of the schools. Attendees can enter to win a grand prize drawing! For further information visit the Messenger Library website at www.messengerpl.org  or call the Youth Services Department of the Library at 630-896-0240 ext. 2310.


59th annual Kiwanis fest, raffle on March 15

The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club will host its 59th annual Pancake Festival & Raffle on Saturday, March 15 at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave. from 7 a.m. to noon. 

The festival includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage and beverage. A donation of $6 is requested in advance or $7 at the door. Preschool-aged children are free of charge. 

For more information, visit www.naperville-evening.kiwanisone.org


West Suburban Irish to march in Naperville

The West Suburban Irish will again host an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. in and around downtown Naperville. 

The parade begins at Naperville North High School, continues south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street and west on Water Street to the Municipal Center.

For more information, visit www.wsirish.org. 


Rotary seeks non-profit groups to award grants

The Rotary Club of Naperville is currently seeking grant applications from local not-for-profit organizations to help fund programs that support basic humanitarian needs including projects that provide food, clothing, shelter, physical and mental health or education. 

The grants are funded by the Rotary Club of Naperville Charities and Naperville Rotary Charities. The 2014 application and more information is available and it can be downloaded from the Rotary Club of  Naperville website at www.napervillerotary.com. 


—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.

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