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Elburn Pack 107 New Scout Roundup

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ELBURN—Elburn Pack 107 will offer a fall New Scout Roundup on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 101 E. Shannon St. This event is for new Scouts in grades first through fifth.

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills and developing a spirit of community service. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are its activities: camping, hiking, racing model cars, field trips, or doing projects that help hometowns and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing.”

For questions, contact Pack 107 at elburncubscouts@gmail.com or visit www.elburnpack107.org.

Sheriff Perez’s Car, Motorcycle Show

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ELBURN—Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s annual Car and Motorcycle Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Martin family farm, 2S111 Green Road, Elburn. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The show will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

The show will feature stock cars, modified, motorcycles, pre-1949, Best in Show, Sheriffs’ Choice, emergency vehicles, muscle cars and more. There will be prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a DJ, food and more.

Entry fee is $10. Cost for spectators is $5 per carload. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

For information, contact Janet at (630) 208-2003. In the event of rain, the show will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Big Rock Plowing Match set for Sept. 19-21

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BIG ROCK—The weekend of Sept. 19-21 will play host to the 120th annual Plowing Match in Big Rock.

A traditional competition based on Welsh heritage, this event began in 1894 under the direction of Big Rock farmers S.A. Chapman, W.D. Powell, and Walter Scott. Located just west of Aurora on Route 30, this farm show is one of the longest running events of its kind.

Activities get underway on Friday, Sept. 19, with the carnival wristband night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The concession stand will sell hot dogs, chips and pop. This year, Big Rock will welcome back Darrin Lee, who will be the DJ from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Antique Steel and Rubber category plowing begins on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. A Western & English Horse Show will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. 5-B’s Catering of Waterman at 11:30 a.m. will prepare pork chop and chicken dinners. The Ladies Fair auction will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the Jr. Fair auction will take place at 1 p.m. The round bale roll-off will be at 4 p.m.

Following a community church service on Sunday, Sept. 21, Reuland’s Catering will provide a roast beef dinner starting at 11 a.m. A watermelon-eating contest will also take place at 11 a.m. Plowing will resume at noon, and the 4-H Beef Show will begin at 1 p.m. The Prince and Princess Contest will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by Big Rock Park District Bingo at 2:30 p.m.

A must-see is the craft and art show, included in one of the last Plowing Match festivals held in Illinois. All types of hand-crafted items are available, and the event will include over 50 vendors. For more information, call Jeanne at (630) 556-3779.

Other attractions this weekend include train rides and a horseshoe tournament. For more information. call the following:

• Plowing—(815) 495-9418
• Business Space Rental—(630) 556-3171
• Ladies Fair—(630) 556-4771
• Junior Fair—(630) 556-3171
• Horse Show—(630) 556-3501
• Horseshoe Tournament—(630) 556-3547
• Prince/Princess Contest—(630) 556-3238
• Pedal Tractor Pull—(630) 327-2512
• Tractor Trot 5K fun run—(630) 417-0340

‘Cut for a Cure’ at Dave’s Barber Shop Aug. 16

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ELBURN—The community will have an opportunity to donate to the Cancer Research Centers of America during the Saturday of Elburn Days, Aug. 16, at Dave’s Barber Shop, 132 N. Main St., from noon to 4 p.m.

Nolan Allen was inspired by his cousin making the choice to shave his head in a “Saint Baldricks” event to support cancer research. After hearing about the fundraiser, he wanted to create a local event in Elburn. Fueled by another family connection, with his uncle Craig succumbing to stage four lung cancer earlier this year, Nolan doesn’t want to wait any longer to make a difference.

Understanding that most people are not willing to shave their heads bald, this event will host a great chance for people to receive a back-to-school haircut or make the “Saint Baldricks” commitment, with all proceeds being donated to cancer research.

Flapjack Frenzy: Scouts offer pancake breakfast during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Elburn Eagle Scout Jacob Sheehan and Boy Scout Jake Grisch will be working at the Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on the Saturday of Elburn Days, Aug.16, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

This year’s Elburn Days event will take place at the American Legion, 112 N. Main St. in Elburn. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the door or from any Troop 7 Boy Scout. Kids ages 4 and under eat free.

Sheehan invites the public to come to the breakfast, which he describes as a really good deal, with pancakes, sausage links from Ream’s Elburn Market, juice and coffee.

“They make some darn good pancakes,” he said.

The pancake breakfast is Troop 7’s primary fundraiser, with all proceeds helping to provide opportunities for local Scouts to attend camp and participate in other activities throughout the year.

Grisch, who will soon enter sixth grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School, recently returned from summer camp in Napowan, Wis., where he earned badges in swimming and rifle shooting and safety, and worked on a badge in archery.

Grisch said the six-day camp experience teaches Scouts to take more responsibility for themselves. He’s not sure what task he will be given during the breakfast, but he stands ready to help in any way he is needed.

“This will be my first (pancake breakfast),” Grisch said

Sheehan, who at 18 is a senior at Kaneland High School, has been a Scout since he joined the Cub Scouts in first grade. He is considered a leader in the troop, and said that much of Boy Scouts is really run by the boys.

He said he has had a lot of opportunities for leadership in the Scouts, and his experiences have helped him to gain confidence in speaking in front of groups, as well. The friendships he has made are also a major part of his Scouting experience, and he also has found that having his Eagle Scout experience on applications for schools has been a big plus for him.

Elburn Troop 7 is a very active troop, with monthly camp-outs through the year. Sheehan, along with other older Scouts, has participated in a number of week-long, high-adventure treks to places such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where they spent two weeks backpacking, and the Quetico Boundary Waters along the Minnesota and Canadian border, where their time is spent in canoes.

Kent Roethemeier, Troop 7 parent and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator, who organizes the breakfast, said the past year’s activities also included rock climbing, biking, hiking and swimming. STEM outings, such as the August Airfest in Joliet, give the boys an opportunity to learn about aviation and weather.

The troop participates in a number of local community service projects, for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Elburn American Legion, St. Gall’s Church, Marklund, the village of Wasco, the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department, as well as roadside clean-up along Hughes Road.

Elburn Troop 7 was established in 1924 and is celebrating 90 years of continuous service to the Elburn community. Roethemeier said the troop would like to invite any boy who might be interested in joining Boy Scouts to attend the Monday, Aug.11, meeting at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Stargazing event at Kuipers Family Farm

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MAPLE PARK—The annual Perseid meteor shower in mid-August will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky, and NIU’s STEM Cafe will once again be there to watch it.

STEM Cafe will present “Star Gazing at the Orchard” on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park.

At this free, family-friendly event, NIU experts will discuss everything from NASA’s latest missions to the meteor shower to the ex-planetary status of Pluto. After the talks, attendees are welcome to use NIU telescopes or bring their own to get a better view of the meteors.

Summer Reading Grand Finale Aug. 8

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ELBURN—Town and Country Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Grand Finale on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The evening will mark the culmination of the library’s “Paws to Read” Summer Reading program. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Library volunteers will serve Ream’s National Grand Champion beef wieners, Paisano’s pizza, chips and water. A “Zoo to You” petting zoo will bring goats, sheep, a donkey, a llama, ducks, bunnies and chicks. Children and adults can pet and feed them.

Stop by the Sparkles Entertainment booth and get a design painted on your face or arm.

Truly Remarkable Loon (www.trloon.com/library/index.html) will return to the library to perform his “Read Books and Juggle Everything Else” comedy juggling show at 5 p.m. This is an outdoor performance, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The next show is indoors at 6 p.m. Chris McBrien (www.magicstoryteller.biz/) and his zany puppet friends will entertain with his “Wild and Wacky Pet Show.” Chris will mix magic and storytelling while his puppets Dewey Duck, George the Giant and others amaze you with their antics.

Unscheduled Tour (www.facebook.com/UnscheduledTour) will appear for the first time at the library for a 7 p.m. performance. Unscheduled Tour features Audry Buchanan, Rich Cardia and Greg Torrence, three friends who will play your favorite rock, country and blues from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. This will be an under-the-sky performance.

Habitat restoration workday at Bliss Woods

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SUGAR GROVE—A habitat restoration workday will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will cut and stack invasive brush. Dress appropriately in layers, sturdy, warm shoes and work gloves. Refreshments will be offered at the break. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult during the workday. The workday will be canceled if the temperature is 18 degrees or below.

Bliss Woods is located on Bliss Road, a short distance north of Route 47 in Sugar Grove. Meet at the inner parking lot. For more information, email Mary at maryoxie@sbcglobal.net or call Rob Cleave at the Kane County Forest Preserve, (630) 232-5980.

Bingo at Elburn Lions Club

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ELBURN—The Elburn Lions Club hosts Bingo every Friday night at its clubhouse, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

The public is invited to attend.

Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. Jump Start Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the first of four progressive raffles. Regular Bingo games start at 7 p.m. and include two split-the-pot games.

Proceeds go toward Elburn Lions Charities for the sight and hearing impaired.

Blessing of the Manger tradition carries on at Conley Corner

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ELBURN—The Conley Funeral Home and Conley Outreach Community Services invite the Kaneland community to join in the annual Blessing of the Manger on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Conley Corner, during the Elburn Christmas Stroll. The life-size manger scene has been a Conley tradition since the early 1950s, when Chuck Conley built the first one on the funeral home lawn.

Now located on the corner of Pierce and Main, the manger features hand-painted figures and a motion-activated recording of the Christmas story, narrated by Bruce Conley and other Conley staff.

The Blessing, which takes place each year during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, includes short readings, music and candle lighting.

Elburn Leos to present Breakfast with Santa Dec. 1

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ELBURN—The Elburn Leos Club will host Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St.

The all-you-can-eat meal will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, pastries, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. There is no charge for children ages 2 and under. You can have a made-to-order omelette for an additional $2. Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Marmion Christmas Craft, Home Show

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AURORA—Marmion Academy Alumni Association will sponsor the 23rd annual Marmion Christmas Craft and Home Show on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. The cost of admission is $4 for adults, ages 12 and older.

This year’s show will feature 140 crafters in the Regole Field House and 18 vendors in Alumni Hall. Santa Claus will be visiting the show on Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m. No baby strollers are allowed in the show area.

For more information or to find out how to apply for a booth in the Alumni Association’s craft show next year, contact the Marmion Alumni Office at (630) 966-7665 or fill out an application online at www.marmion.org.

Waubonsee art exhibit explores cultural identity

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will host “Cultural Evolution?: Migra- tion, Hybridity and Multiculturalism,” an exhibit curated by Art Coordinator Cecilia Vargas, from now through Friday, July 26, in the Dickson Center’s Arrowhead Room on the Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Fri- day, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

July 27: Habitat restoration workday at Bliss Woods

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SUGAR GROVE—A habitat restoration work- day will take place on Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to noon at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve.

Work will include weed control such as pulling or cutting invasive species and any other needed task. Dress appropriately with long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves. Refreshments will be offered at the break. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Bliss Woods is located on Bliss Road, a short distance north of Route 47, in Sugar Grove. Meet at the inner parking lot.

For more information, email Mary at mary- oxie@sbcglobal.net, or call Rob Cleave at the Kane County Forest Preserve, (630) 232-5980.

Town and Country Public Library events

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ELBURN—The following summer events will take place at the Elburn Town and Country Public LIbrary, 320 E. North St., Elburn.

Summer Reading
Summer Reading is really moving along. There are already 920 children and teens and almost 400 adults registered for this year’s program entitled “Have Book—Will Travel!” Summer Reading runs from now through Friday, Aug. 2, so there is still plenty of time to sign up. Wherever you travel this summer, you can take a book, audio book or e-book to read. When you return from your trip, the library will have lots of prizes to award you.

Ravinia lawn tickets
The library has several pairs of Ravinia lawn tickets to give away to patrons. Stop in to see if your schedule allows you to take advantage of these tickets. One pair of tickets per family. Robin’s Dog Stars
Meet Robin Bengtson’s talented and furry four-legged entertainers on Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. Robin’s dogs will perform over 40 tricks. Robin will also share stories and facts about dogs. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Felting for teens
Natasha Lehrer from Esther’s Place in Big Rock invites you to come to the library to participate in a felting workshop on Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. Tweens and teens (grades six through 12) will make a felted cell phone car- rying case. Registration preferred.

‘Icarus’ Mother’ at Steel Beam Theatre

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ST. CHARLES—Steel Beam Theatre will present Sam Shepard’s one-act play “Icarus’ Mother” on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, at the theatre, 111 W. Main St. in St. Charles.

The play is about a picnic, so the audience will “picnic” on food donated by Noodles and Company and The Spice House, both of Geneva, with complimentary beer and wine included. Food service will begin at 7 p.m., with curtain at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets for this special fundraising event are $45 per person and may be purchased online at www.SteelBeamTheatre.com or by phone at (630) 945-0052.

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