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Knights of Columbus: The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 11091 will hold its general meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in McDonnell Hall, 119 S. Hubbard St. in Algonquin. For details, call the parish office at (847) 658-7625 or visit

VFW Post 2298: The Tri-City Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298 invites the community to its Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 8 p.m. at the post home, 117 S. First St. in West Dundee. The Saturday Steak & Lobster Night starts at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the post home. On some Saturdays, there is live music. The newly remodel hall is available for rental. For details, call (847) 428-9006.

LITH American Legion: The Auxiliary of Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231, 1101 W. Algonquin Road, will host a meat raffle from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Visit

Wild Ones: The Northern Kane County Chapter of the Wild Ones will host the seventh annual native plant sale will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive in Elgin. This year, they are offering 128 different species of native plants, some in plugs and some in pints, as well as a selection of 14 different species of native trees and shrubs in 3- or 5-gallon containers. Come early for the best selection. They have experienced native gardeners to answer any questions. They accept cash, check and credit cards. For information, call (630) 200-5665 or visit

St. Charles Singles Club: The St. Charles Singles Club invite singles, age 40 and older from all towns, to meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Mother's, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. To attend, call Marianne Malone at (630) 251-2531. Visit

Kane Co. Audubon Society: All day on Saturday, May 4, join the 48th annual Spring Bird Count -- County Wide. Make your contribution to citizen science! Join a team and head out to various locations in Kane County to count all the birds in a given area. For details, contact Jon Duerr at (630) -485-1005.

On Monday, May 6, join a bird walk and house tour at 8 a.m. at Farnsworth House, 14520 River Road in Plano. Come see this architectural treasure and bird the grounds of the Farnsworth House. Designed by Mies van der Rohe and built in 1951, the house has glass walls and was built as a country retreat along the Fox River. It was a private residence for over 50 years but is now operated as a public museum. Space is limited so contact Bob Andrini to reserve a spot at (630) 584-8386.

The monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Drive in St. Charles. Nature photographer Noppadol Paothong presents "The Amazing Grouse." He is also a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation. For more than 15 years, he has been documenting rare and endangered species, primarily grassland grouse and their fragile habitat. For details, call Bob Andrini at (630) 584-8386.

Elgin American Legion: American Legion Post 57, 820 N. Liberty St., Elgin, will host its monthly country dance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

The post continues its popular "Second Wednesday Spaghetti Nights" from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8. Cost is $7 per person. The menu includes spaghetti, Cesar or regular salad, garlic bread, and, for an additional low charge, dessert.

Poppy Days will be May 9/11. The annual Mother's Day buffet will be 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 12. For details, call (847) 741-1669 or visit

Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee: The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee will hold its Native Plant Sale from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the McHenry County College cafeteria (indoors), 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. There will be more than 150 species available, with native plants for every environment: prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland. Quantities are limited. Most plants cost $3.50 to $7.

There also will be organic heirloom garden vegetables and herbs from W & M Landcorp Organic Nursery.

Come early for the best selection. Books and field guides are available for purchase. Check or cash only; no credit cards. ATM on site.

For a plant list or information, contact or visit

Proceeds benefit the educational outreach and outdoor classrooms.

Elgin Kiwanis: On May 7, learn about trauma informed care of the Kiwanis Club of Elgin meeting. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend a weekly lunch meeting, held at noon each Tuesday at The Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way, Elgin. For details, call Karen Maki at (847) 695-7589 or visit

Izaak Walton League: The next meeting of the Elgin Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay St. in Elgin. Maria Cumpata, who was appointed Elgin's Parks and Recreation Director in December 2018, will speak about what is new within the parks and recreation department and what exciting things are on the horizon.

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Fox Valley Woodworkers Club: The Fox Valley Woodworkers Club meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. The club generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. Tom Sharp will once again auction off tools and wood working related items to raise money for the club. Visit

Elgin Area Historical Society: The annual Elgin Mayor's Awards for Preservation ceremony will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at First Universalist Church, 263 DuPage St. The ceremony honors outstanding contributions to Elgin's heritage and educates the general public of the value of older architecture, neighborhoods, and history. It will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m.

The Elgin Area Historical Society offers the Hillside Cemetery Tour with Bill Briska from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11. Tucked into the Elgin Sports Complex is the burying ground for the old Elgin State Hospital. Tour the cemetery with historian Bill Briska to discover this little known site and some stories is has to tell. The tour is free but donations accepted. Register at

Elgin Lions: The Elgin Lions Club next meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the American Legion, 820 N. Liberty St., Elgin For information, contact James Beam at (847) 695-0623 or Visit The club provides eye care for those in the community who are in need, but have difficulty affording it. This is especially true for students at Elgin Area School District U-46. The club realizes that if students have eyesight issues, they cannot learn effectively.

The majority of the funds collected go to purchasing eye care for students that need such assistance in District U-46. The club also participates in many charitable causes and provides donations to other worthy charitable organizations.

Fox Valley Bike and Ski Club: The Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club invites bicyclists of all levels to attend the monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 8. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Learn about the Transamerica Trail, the 4,235-mile route that made cross-country cycling famous. Adventure Cycling Tours offers different ways to ride it. Tracy Stollberg chose to ride it self-contained in 2018. Hear about Stollberg's journey and Adventure Cycling's support while he rode from Virginia to Oregon. Tracy and his wife,

Mary, became members this year. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

It begins at 7 p.m. with a brief social period, followed by a program and 8 p.m. club announcements/business. Visit

Elgin Area Women's Connection: The Elgin Area Women's Connection invites you to the luncheon meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Villa Olivia Country Club, Route 20 and Naperville Road in Bartlett. A representative from "Phil's Friends," an organization that was formed to encourage those who are going through difficult times due to illness, will speak. The inspirational speaker will be Lori Boruff from Aledo, Ill. She will speaking on "Lose Your Worry, Live Your Wonderful Life." She is a life coach, speaker, author and a Christian communicator co-director. Cost for program and lunch is $17, with complimentary child care. For reservations, call Jan Lister at (630) 837-2632 or Carolyn at (630) 213-1205 or email by Monday, May 6.

Huntley Rotary Club: On Mothers' Day Weekend, pianist Lyudmila Yasinetskaya, formerly with the Odessa Philharmonic in Ukraine, will be the featured artist for a concert to benefit student scholarships and the End Polio Now campaign on Saturday, May 11, at Huntley High School.

The concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Huntley.

Instrumentals and vocals also will be presented by seven local student performers. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, 23719 Harmony Road, Huntley.

Selections will include Johann Sebastian Bach, Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zamoroko, Eduardo di Capua, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

Enjoy a variety of classical piano: Pastorale and Fantasy Impromptu, plus vocals "Santa Lucia," "O Sole Mio" and "Over the Rainbow."

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors or $10 for students.

Tickets are available online to, at the door, or call (858) 876-8279. Visit

Algonquin Garden Club: The Algonquin Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11. The sale site at 1140 E. Algonquin Road, just east of the river on Route 62. Look for Fountain Plaza and they will be set up just west of the water tower. The sale will include hundreds of plants including hanging baskets, geraniums, tomatoes, and perennials dug from members' yards! The proceeds from this sale will benefit community beautification and civic projects as well as provide botany scholarships for local students. Visit

Bull Valley Garden Club: The Bull Valley Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. until sellout Saturday, May 11, in the parking lot of the former Bohn's Ace Hardware, 150 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock. Members will sell unusual perennials and grasses from their lawns and woods and offer pots of herbs and lettuce varieties. Intrinsic Perennial Gardens will sell spring-blooming perennials that are grown to withstand the Midwest's hot summers and cold winters. The garden club will use the proceeds from the sale for horticulture scholarships for area students. For information. call (815) 354-3842.

Hampshire VFW Auxiliary: The Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8043 Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Hampshire Township administration building, 170 Mill Ave.

The April meeting, led by president Donna Proffitt, opened with a prayer by chaplain Elaine Setter, followed by the reading and approving the secretary and treasurer reports. An installation of officers will be held at the May meeting. The officers are: Donna Proffitt, president; Mary Ebert, senior vice president; Jerrilynne Partlo, junior vice president; Frances Steuhler, secretary; Arlene Reiser, treasurer; and trustees: Jackie Eberly (three-year), Mary Ebert (two-year), and Barbara Getzelman (one-year). The committee chairwoman will remain the same for the upcoming year.

Poppy Days will be Friday and Saturday, May 24-25. For eligibility requirements for new or transferred members, call Arlene Reiser at (847) 683-3443.

NARFE: The Greater Fox Valley Chapter 2181 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hold its next chapter business meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Elgin American Legion Post 57, 820 N. Liberty St. in Elgin. Guest speakers are Cherie Aschenbrenner, Elgin's Community Outreach Specialist, and Lt. Kevin Williams of the Kane County Sheriff's Office. Their presentation will be a "Personal Safety Talk." The business portion of the meeting and agenda items will resume immediately after the speaker's presentation. At the business meetings, they offer legislative updates on current legislation. Coffee and dessert will be served after the chapter meeting.

Altrusa of Elgin: On Thursday, May 16, the Altrusa International Club of Elgin will hold its 70th annual Altrusa Woman of the Year Award dinner to honor a woman from the greater Elgin area who is committed to community service This year's recipient is Gwen Gage of Elgin.

Members reside throughout the Northern Fox Valley area, including Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Bartlett, Hampshire, Huntley and Pingree Grove. The club sponsors a number of projects in the community through volunteerism and monetary support. Follow the Altrusa International Club of Elgin at Altrusa-Elgin, IL on Facebook.
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Date:May 2, 2019
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