Jazz trio to perform at St. Charles Public Library
The St. Charles Public Library will partner with WDCB Jazz Radio Jammin’ in the Stacks for a jazz performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the library.
At the event, the Chris White Trio will perform jazz standards and popular songs, according to a press release from the library. The trio includes pianist Chris White, bassist Mark Sonksen and guitarist Terry Bartolotta.
The performance is part of the Sunday Concert Series at the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles.
WDCB is a listener-supported public radio station that broadcasts more than 130 hours of jazz each week from the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Jammin’ in the Stacks is its monthly concert series held at public libraries.
Elgin police to hold a library program on home security system benefits
The Elgin Police Department, in partnership with Gail Borden Public Library, is holding a “Security through Surveillance” program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Elgin library, 270 N. Grove Ave.
Police detectives will discuss the benefits of owning a home security system and the different options available, a news release on the event said.
The program is free and being offered in-person and online but registration is required. Register by going to gailborden.info/register, calling 847-429-4597 or going to the library in person.
Tap a tree, taste locally produced syrup during Maple Sugaring Days
Maple Sugaring Days will be held March 2 and 3 at Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles.
At the event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. both days, Forest Preserve District of Kane County naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree to obtain syrup and give participants a chance to try it themselves, according to a district news release said.
Attendees also can simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens, the release said.
Ice cream provided by Culver’s in St. Charles will be available to eat with the syrup, and hot chocolate available for purchase. There also will be doughnuts courtesy of Original Country Donuts in Elgin.
Syrup can also be tasted at the Maple Cafe, and available for purchase while supplies last.
No registration is required and admission is free. Creek Bend Nature Center is located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St. in St. Charles.
For more information, call 630-444-3190 or go to www.kaneforest.com.
YWCA Elgin seeking nominations for its annual leadership awards
Award nominees are being sought for the YWCA Elgin’s 40th annual Leader Luncheon, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at The Seville in Streamwood.
Individuals, clubs and organizations are invited to nominate deserving women and nonbinary people as award recipients in the following categories:
- Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts: Hillis was the Elgin Symphony Orchestra music director for 14 years and conducted the Chicago Symphony Chorus for 35 years.
- Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business and Professions: A successful local business woman for 45 years, Dorsey was instrumental in assisting women to succeed in business.
- Marguerite Henry Award for Communications & Technology: Author of over 50 books, including children’s classics, Henry held many prestigious national literacy awards.
- Harriet Gifford & Hattie Griffin Award for Education: Gifford established the first school in Elgin in 1836, initiating the foundation for local educational systems. Co-founder of the YWCA Elgin, Hattie Griffin, was an educator for over 50 years.
- Myrtle Spiegler Award for Public Service: As the first woman to assume the position of Elgin City Clerk, Spiegler designed the city flag and paved the way for women to actively participate in the field of public service.
- Betty Brown Award for Racial Justice: As a community leader and activist, Betty Brown laid the groundwork for the earliest racial equality movements in Elgin.
- Marie Grolich Award for Social Service: As executive director of the YWCA of Elgin for 20 years, Grolich spearheaded many innovative programs to benefit the entire community.
- Marjorie Leonard Award for Volunteer & Community Service: As a volunteer and humanitarian, Leonard donated countless hours to civic organizations and social agencies.
Nomination forms are available at www.ywcaelgin.org/leaderluncheon and must be submitted by midnight March 7.
Awards will be presented at the luncheon. Linda Siete, publisher of Reflejos Bilingual Newspaper, will be the event’s keynote speaker.
For more information, go to www.ywcaelgin.org/leaderluncheon or call the YWCA Elgin at 847-742-7930.