Plans announced for Elgin Christmas tree lighting and letters to Santa; Gail Borden’s libraries challenge patrons to “navigate”; Elgin’s Mike Warren to Receive North Star Award – Chicago Tribune


Elgin’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 at Festival Park Splash Pad and the town’s Santa’s Mailbox will be available for letters beginning Friday, November 11. november.

Mayor Dave Kaptain, members of Elgin City Council and Santa Claus will be on hand for the public tree lighting event at 132 S. Grove Ave., which marks the start of the holiday season in Elgin.

Santa Claus will also respond to letters that will be dropped in his mailbox as long as they are submitted between November 11 and December 16. The mailbox will be at the Edward Schock Center in Elgin, 100 Symphony Way.

No postage is required to send or receive a letter, but those delivered to the mailbox must be sealed and include a return address so that a reply letter can be mailed back, according to a press release from the city.

The Gail Borden Public Library District uses its Pirate Island exhibit to encourage patrons to “scroll around the library” to win prizes.

Collecting stamps from five or more out of nine locations, including the Main Library and two branches, the Bookmobile, and TechKnow Mobile, earns a Collapsible Bag or Reusable Mug. Signing up for a library card or showing one already earned is also good for a free cup, according to a press release.

All three libraries are located at 270 N. Grove Ave. and at 2751 W. Bowes Road, both in Elgin and at 127 S. McLean Blvd. in South Elgin.

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The Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America, will present the North Star Award for Community Service and Leadership to Elgin resident Mike Warren at the Northern Kane County Good Scout Award Breakfast on Thursday, November 10.

Warren, a former member of Elgin City Council, is a member of the Rotary Club and the Technology in Manufacturing Association Educational Foundation and serves on the boards of Food for Greater Elgin and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. Elgin area.

Warren is also a workplace culture consultant for Rieke Office Interiors and co-owner of Brittain’s Car Wash in Elgin, which organizes fundraisers for various organizations. This year, its annual Tunnel of Terror Halloweentime car wash raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin.

The free lunch will be at 7:30 a.m. at Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road in Elgin. RSVP to attend by emailing [email protected] or calling 224-422-8296.

Darlene Riebe has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the annual Electric Christmas Parade which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 in downtown St. Charles.

Riebe has been a resident of St. Charles since 1978, according to a press release from the St. Charles Business Alliance. She worked at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, starting as a hostess and later becoming Membership Director. Currently, she is a chamber ambassador.

She also served as fundraising coordinator at Lazarus House until her retirement in 2020.

Riebe has been involved in every St. Patrick’s Day and St. Charles’s Day parade since 1999, either as an organizer or on the parade committee, according to the statement.

She was instrumental in keeping the St. Patrick’s Day parade going after it was canceled and transitioning from the holiday parade to the electric Christmas night parade, officials said.

Along with her efforts in the St. Charles parades and festivals, she currently serves on the board of directors of the St. Charles History Museum and is the new president of the St. Charles Kiwanis.

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