Saturday, October 15, 2005

Its Happening Downtown 10/14 - 10/21

The Season of Fall Entertainment - Did you find "Wicked" booked and expensive? Go to inexpensive-just as fun-local entertainment!
" We Only Have Ives For You: A David Ives Revue" by the Janus Theatre Company - Friday, October 14th-Sat. October 29th, 8pm
This show will be presented between October 14th-29th(Thurs., Fri. Sat. at 8pm) at Al's Cafe & Creamery. Tickets are $12 and dinner reservations can be made at Al's before the show(I know because I already made mine for this Saturday with the husband and friends!). A $2 portion of each ticket will go to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund through the American Red Cross. For more information and tickets call 847.841.1713 or go to For dinner reservations call Al's at 847.742.1180.

The Tony's Today!! - Friday-Sunday October 14th-16th
Played by our very own Elgin Symphony Orchestra between October 14th-16th. Hear excerpts from A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Single tickets start at $15 so call 847.888.4000 or go to

"Night of the Living Dead" by the Elgin Theatre Company - Friday, October 14th - Sat. October 29th, 8pm
This production will be held at Theatre 355 at 355 East Chicago St. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for youth/senior citizens. Additional performances will be held on October 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2005. For reservations or more info call the Elgin Theatre Company at (847) 741-0532 or web site at WWW.ELGIN-THEATRE.ORG.

Children's Theatre of Elgin Presents...The Wizard of Oz - Fri-Sun October 21st-23rd
So head out to the Hemmens Cultural Center to see this classic through our youth's talent!! For tickets and event information call 847.931.5900.

Organization Events - Fall Fests, Fundraising for food, Family Fun Fairs, Finding out what a week without violence is all about...
Third Annual Family Fall Fest - Saturday October 15th, 3:30pm
This fun filled event will be hosted by the First United Methodist Church in Carlton Roger's Park(adjacent to the Church).
For more details call 847.741.0038 ext. 104 or visit

Elgin Skyline Tour - Last One of the Year!! - Saturday, October 15th, 1pm
Join Mary Hill from the Elgin Area Historical Society on Saturday, October 15th at the corner of Douglas and Highland at 1pm.
The tour fee is $5 per person For more info call 847.742.4248.

18th Annual Halloween Family Fun Fair, Saturday, October 15th,10 - 2 pm
Held at the Centre's Heritage Ballroom and sponsored by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department and Sherman Health, kids and families can participate in child car seat safety checks, carnival games, craft activities, storytelling and book sale. A special costume contest will also be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with awards given to the spookiest, funniest and best overall costume!! For more information, contact Jane Gregory, special events coordinator, at 847/931-6625.

Elgin Crop Walk - Sunday October 16th, 1pm
The Elgin area crop walk seeks to reduce hunger and bring basic health care to countries around the world. Through Church World Services, the Crop Walk aids these basic needs, and 25% of everything raised stays in the community to help alleviate hunger through local pantries. The Elgin Crop walk will begin at the First United Methodist Church. A five mile and one mile walk are available. Contact Mary Hewitt at 847.741.3576 for more information.

Week Without Violence - Sunday-Saturday October 16th-22nd
Call the YWCA for further information of the below events at 847.742.7930
Sunday: Day of Remembrance - Spend some time remembering those who have been affected by violence.
Monday: Walk for Peace - Meet at the YWCA at 4:30pm(Sponsored by the YWCA Teen REACH program)
Tuesday: "I am a Peacemaker Art Show and reception" 4:30pm-6:30pm(Sponsored by the YWCA School age childcare program)
Wednesday: Self Defense Demonstration by Kim's Black Belt Academy at the YWCA at 4:30pm(Sponsored by the YWCA Board of Directors)
Thursday: "Making our Schools Safer" Peacemakers panel discussion at the YWCA at 6pm.(Sponsored by the YWCA Teen REACH program)
Friday: Open to Change - Open House Activities - Free Family Swim at the YWCA from 6:30pm-8pm.(Sponsored by the YWCA Aquatics program)
Saturday: 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - Alternatives to violence (Ages 14-17) beginning at 9am at the YWCA(Sponsored by the YWCA Southeast Asian Youth)

Buying and Selling on eBay - Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm-8:30pmWant to turn your old junk into profits? Join us to learn the basic about buying, selling, and safety on eBay.
Being held at the Gail Borden Library in Meeting Rooms A&B.

30th Anniversary Dinner for the Community Crisis Center - Thursday, October 20th
Join them as they celebrate their 30 years of service, deliver the State of the Agency address and honor Jack Shales Family with the Seigle Family Humanitarian Award.
This will be held at the Centre in Elgin. For more info call 847.697.2380.

Workshops & Opportunities for your Business/Organization and Knowledge
Downtown DNA Advertising for the Holidays
Call DNA at 847.488.1456 to find out ways that your business can advertise and promote through free postcards for Halloween, inexpensive rates through Ultimas Noticas and the Daily Herald, along with taking part in our annual Window Wonderland!!

Kane County Energy Futures: A Conference on Growth and Energy - Friday, October 21st 10am-2pm
At the Centre the Community Energy Cooperative will release the Kane County Energy Plan. This will look at how rapid growth will impact current infrastructure and what the region can do to meet the expanding needs through minimizing costs, disruptions, and environmental impacts. To find out more information and register call the Community Energy Cooperative at 773.486.7600 ext. 200 or go to

Business Happenings - Places to go to next week!!
Azteca de Oro has Re-Opened!!!
After two months of closure Azteca de Oro just opened this past Friday. So grab some friends and check out the old and the new at this restaurant, bar, and dance club!! You can find them at 260 National Street. Feel free to give them a call to welcome them back at 847.742.0859.

Business Afterhours - HCR Manor Care, Thursday, October 20th, 5-7pm
Time to meet fellow Downtown residents at 180 S. State Street for a meet and greet that the Chamber of Commerce and HCR Manor Care hosts.