Knights of Columbus - Holiday Help Line 630-882-3341Many families are faced with unemployment or reduced work giving rise to financial stress within the family. Over the last five years during the Christmas season the Knights of Columbus have helped 100's of families in need and families with foster children with Thanksgiving/Christmas meals or Christmas presents and clothing for their Children. Our Holiday Help Line is open now to allow families in Kendall County to easily contact us for help. For more information please go to our website.
If you need help with Thanksgiving/Christmas meals or Christmas presents for your children or know of a family in need in Kendall County, the Knights are ready to help. Please note that all contacts remain confidential. Please call our Holiday Help Line Number: 630-882-3341.
If you would like to help with the project in any fashion please call the number and leave your contact information or go to ourwebsite: www.SantaCharity.org
Kendall County Historical Society at Lyon Farm
Our Christmas Parties will be held on December 1st and December 8th. Hours 1-4pm. Admission $3 all ages. We will have several different crafts to be made by the children, roasted chestnuts, Story telling, light lunch will be available. Most importantly Santa will be on hand to hear all of the children's wiches.
We have a few dates left in December for your company Christmas parties. If you are still making plans and have not found the perfect place, give us a call and see if we would fit your needs. Jan at 630-244-5554.
Fox River Academy of Music and Art - Greetings!
The holiday season is just around the corner!!! The Fox River Academy is offering many different ways to celebrate through music and art, from community performance activities to gift workshops and art projects. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
This annual workshop series is a festive way to get into the holiday spirit, meet new friends, and create unique seasonal items....providing a way for kids (and adults!) to be a part of the season's giving through their creativity. All sessions produce quality, personal, and artistic works of art. Hot cocoa is served at each workshop. All Holiday Workshops are at Fox River's current campus on 4785 Rt. 71, Oswego. NOTE: Workshop registration is through the Fox River Academy at 630-551-4321.
PARIS CRAFT HOLIDAY SNOWMAN
Instructor: Sandy Lowder
Tuesdays, December 3-17th/ 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: FRA (4785 Rt. 71)
Ages: 7 and up
Instructor: Tricia Frost
Saturday, December 7th/ 2:30-4:30pm
Location: FRA (4785 Rt. 71)
HOLIDAY CARD MAKING
Instructor: Meghan Gatenby
Saturday, December 14th/ 2:30-4:30pm
Ages: Kids of all ages
Kendall County Forest Preserve and the Yorkville School District 115.
Thursday, December 5th 6-8pm
Come out to Hoover Forest Preserve’s Meadowhawk lodge to celebrate the Christmas season with the whole family and the big man in red himself, Santa Claus! Santa will be available for pictures throughout the evening so don’t forget your camera.
*Professional photographs will also be taken by Moments to Remember that may be purchased online.
*Children of all ages can write letters to Santa while enjoying a delectable array of cookies and hot chocolate.
*Special guest performances by the Yorkville Middle School and the Yorkville 6th Grade Alternative Strings.
*Pictures with Santa
Meadowhawk at Hoover Forest Preserve
11285 W Fox Rd, Yorkville, IL 60560
Please contact Tina Villarreal for more information about this event: (630) 552-5253
Ellis House & Equestrian Center - Final Fun Night of 2013
Friday, December 6th please join us for our monthly Family Fun Night from 4p-7p with special guest Nicole Davis from Moments to Remember, by Nicole as well as Santa and our very own reindeer Polly. Of course we’ll have pony rides, face painting, crafts and much more. For more information please visit our website at www.ellishec.com or contact us at 815.475.4035.
The Yorkville Junior Women’s Club’s annual “Homes for the Holidays” House Walk has become a Yorkville tradition with 250-300 people attending each year! This year's House Walk, being held on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 4pm, will feature four beautiful homes in the Yorkville area.
Come and walk through the unique homes on display and see each one decked out for the holidays in its own way. Sponsors being featured in the homes this year are Heritage Home Décor & Design, Olde Creek Farm, The Yorkville Flower Shoppe, Bittersweets, Desgin99, and Highland House Gifts & Décor. Included in the ticket price is a wonderful lunch being held at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club with two seating choices…11am or 1pm. Reservations are made by contacting Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, once you have purchased your tickets.
New this year is a Christmas Bazaar being held at the lunch location. Several vendors will be there to help you get your Christmas shopping off to a great start. But don’t worry, the amazing raffle baskets that are featured each year (all valued at $100+ each), will still be available to try to win as well.
Tickets are available at the following locations: Heritage Home Décor & Design, Nanette’s Boutique, Castle Bank, Yorkville Public Library, Village Grind Too, The Olive Gallery, and online at www.yorkvillejwc.com. A "no lunch" ticket option is available for purchase online only. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up on the day of the House Walk, Saturday, December 7, at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, 7671 Clubhouse Dr. (Rt. 126) in Yorkville, starting at 9:45am.
The Yorkville Junior Women’s Club wishes you and yours a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Country Comfort Boarding & Grooming - Pet Food Drive - Benefiting Kendall County Animal Shelter & Kendall County Food Bank
Drop Off Location & Hours:
Country Comfort Boarding & Grooming
3215 Cannonball Trail
Yorkville, IL 60560
Holiday Pet Photos with Santa, Sunday December 8th, 12-3pm
Wish List Information can be picked up at Country Comfort Boarding & Grooming or online
Wish List: Digital Camera,, DustBuster/Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum, Canned Pumpkin, High Quality Dry Dog Food/Puppy Food, Canned Dog/Puppy FoodDog Treats, Kongs, Buster Cubes, Dog Buckle Collars-All Sizes(Especially Medium & Large), Easy Walk Harnesses-Medium and Large, Dog Leashes-No Retractable Leashes, Dog Crates-All Sizes, New or Gently Used, Metal Pooper Scoopers, High Quality Dry Kitten Food, Cat Litter-Clay, Non-Clumping, Cat Carriers-All Sizes, New or Gently Used, KMR-Kitten Milk, Replacer Kitten Bottles & Nipples, Meat Baby Food (With No Onion Powder), Waterproof Heating Pads, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Dish Soap, Waterproof Aprons, Latex Free Surgical Glovesm Cotton Balls, Gauze Pads.
The Beacon-News Free Seminar on Social, Mobile, Local & Search Marketing
December 10, 2013, 7-9am
Breakfast will be served at 7am, Session will start at 7:30am
Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville
Yorkville Dairy Queen Specials...now till Christmas we will be having a gift card special were if you buy a $25 gift card you get a free small blizzard of choice... if you buy a $50 gift card you will receive a free meal... second special we are doing is an everyday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the $5 buck lunch in that we have three choices 1/4 grill burger with cheese, chili cheese dog, or 3 piece chicken strip basket... all of these choices come with a fries, drink, and a sundae.
Sense of Samadhi - Holiday Gift Basket Super Satya Special!!!
It is available for $200!
Here is what it includes:
*One month of unlimited yoga
*TWO hour long sessions with any Satya healer: massage, esthetician, reiki, hypnotherapy, past life, automatic writing, etc.
*$50 of your choice of product from the Satya store.
Ocean of Devotion Gong Wash With Preston Klik
Saturday, December 21st
Preston Klik's Ocean of Devotion Gong Wash Sound Healing-Meditation is a gentle-but-dynamic, 60-minute acoustic journey, often very quiet, but at times powerfully intense. Preston plays a 36-inch heart gong, plus crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, ocean & water & thunder drums, 2 smaller gongs, chimes, etc. His "portable temple" is surrounded by candles. This richly cinematic musical odyssey-meditation is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear, heart, body, mind, and spirit.
Benefits of the Gong Wash include:
1) Removing barriers between yourself and your full expression of love.
2) Using sacred sound to dissolve and release dis-empowering stories.
3) Aligning yourself with Source so Spirit can express through you, AS you.
EARTHMOVER CREDIT UNION TO HOST COOKBOOK FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL WOMAN
Earthmover Credit Union (ECU) is currently selling cookbooks through the month of December to help raise money for Tara Hanson, 36, of Aurora. Tara was recently involved in a softball accident that resulted in a fracture to her nasal wall, cheekbone, and eye socket. She had surgery on her eye, and has a long road of healing ahead of her. She does not have any health insurance. There are 5 different kinds of cookbooks sold at $6 each at any Earthmover location: Homemade Classics, Slow Cooker, Best of the Holidays, 5 Ingredients or Less, and Cookies & Bars. In addition, Earthmover Credit Union is accepting monetary donations at each of their six branches.
Earthmover Credit Union is a not-for-profit and member owned financial institution that has been in operation for over 50 years. There are five branches conveniently located in Yorkville, Montgomery, Oswego, Aurora, and North Aurora. For more information visit here or search Earthmover Credit Union on Facebook.
Three job openings at Mutual Ground.
Provide support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence including Orders of Protection, filing criminal charges, and general navigation of the legal system.
Bilingual Court Advocate
Provide support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence including Orders of Protection, filing criminal charges, and general navigation of the legal system.
Bilingual Transitional Housing Advocate
Manage all aspects of the Transitional Housing Program along with domestic violence counseling and advocacy for transitional housing clients. A few of the essential duties and additional responsibilities include assisting clients to find affordable safe and permanent housing, money management goals, conduct weekly home visits to monitor resident living conditions, screening and processing all applicants for housing program. Selected candidate will also provide statistical information, serve as back-up for domestic violence advocate and participate in monthly supervision and meetings.
Mutual Ground, Inc.
(630) 897-0084 ext. 161
Fox Valley United Way - LIVE UNITED Forgotten Teens
What is Forgotten Teens?
The Forgotten Teens program began in 2001 as a collaboration between Fox Valley United Way, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and local community service groups. The Forgotten Teens program helps teenagers from age 14 to 19 who may not receive gifts during the holiday season. Too often the teenagers of lower income or underprivileged homes are overlooked and experience a holiday season with no gifts. This program provides an opportunity for students to raise resources to provide gifts for the Forgotten Teens in their community.
How does it work?
Service groups work in collaboration with the Fox Valley United Way to coordinate fund raising activities at the school and at the local community levels. The money raised by your school will go directly towards the purchase of gifts or gift cards for the registered teens. Some of these activity examples might include the following:
• Bake, craft or art sales
• Hold a raffle or auction
• Social media campaign
• Have a penny war
• Bail me out challenge
• Hold a walk or run
Who are the recipients of the gifts?
Local community teens between the ages of 14 and 19 whose families have applied for the program will receive these gifts. Their applications are reviewed by Fox Valley United Way staff, social workers and school counselors. An applicant interview is conducted by a social worker to determine the needs of the teen.
Why should your school group participate?
1. There are many teens in your community who will not receive gifts this holiday season. This group project develops a great sense of pride and accomplishment for giving back to those who are less fortunate.
2. Forgotten Teens is a great community service project that allows students to earn valuable community service hours towards graduation.
3. Most holiday assistance programs only provide assistance to families with children up to the age of 13. Forgotten Teens fills in the “gaps” to these assistance programs.
4. Your contribution will make a difference and brighten a teen’s holiday season.
Thank you for participating in Forgotten Teens Holiday Assistance Program!
Fox Valley United Way - Holiday Assistance Program. You can make a difference.
While many parents are telling their children to expect fewer gifts under the tree this year, a large number of children in our community won't be receiving any presents at all without our help.
The Fox Valley United Way is committed again this year to organizing a holiday assistance program for families who have no means to celebrate. Won't you join us? You'll be amazed at how it brightens the season for you and your family as well!
Kendall County Forest Preserve
The Children’s Nature Initiative is asking for your help to create a safe natural space where children can connect with our environment. It will be a space where trees, trails, rocks and water are not just landscaping but essential components for learning and play.
Through a partnership with the Kendall County Forest Preserve District, the Children’s Nature Initiative intends to redevelop a half acre plot at the scenic Hoover Forest Preserve to create the Nature Exploration Station. This wide-ranging nature play space will include a children’s garden, outdoor stage, art and music areas, forts, cultural interpretation area, a water feature and more. There is no other place like this in northern Illinois.
Creating an outdoor play space in Kendall County like the Nature Exploration Station was the dream of Stephanie Harvey-Tansey and Dr. Natalie Lambajian-Drummond from Whole Child Pediatrics in Yorkville. Unfortunately, Stephanie will not be here to see the dream become a reality as she passed away earlier this year from an undiagnosed heart condition. Now, Dr. Natalie, Jessica Harvey (Stephanie’s sister-in-law) and Shanna Pinks (Stephanie’s cousin) have formed the Children’s Nature Initiative to complete her goal, and the Nature Exploration Station’s children’s garden will serve as her memorial, “Stephanie’s Garden.”
The Children’s Nature Initiative recognizes your dedication to your community and appreciates your support for local organizations. Through tax deductible donations from local individuals, groups and businesses like yours, we will be able to provide a magical natural space for the children in our community.
Partners will be featured on a beautiful permanent display at the Nature Education Station as well as mentioned in the press. The partnership levels are as follows: roots – up to $100, trunk – up to $500, branches – up to $1000, leaves – up to $5000, crown – more than $5000. You can pledge through crowdtilt or checks can be made out to Forest Foundation of Kendall County or donations can be mailed to Forest Foundation of Kendall County, PO Box 143, Yorkville, Il. 60560. The Forest Foundation will mail out a receipt with a tax ID number.
Waubonsee Community College - Adult Literacy Project
• Work with individual students learning English or basic literacy skills OR assist teachers in English as a Second Language (ESL) or Adult Basic Education (GED) classes
• Choose your own schedule
• Ongoing support and professional development
• Free training
Contact: Elsie Mills, Volunteer Tutor Coordinator
January 18 & 25th, 2013 (both days required)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
New Aurora Campus
Waubonsee Community College
18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506
Kendall Area Transit (KAT) NEW KENDALL COUNTY WEBSITE
Earlier in the year, the Kendall County Board became resolute in improving the County website with the goal of improving transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement. Well, after a summer of planning and I.T. development, the new website has been unveiled! Have you had a chance to see it yet? In addition to being much sleeker and more user-friendly, the site features much more information than before, such as budgets, tax information, and contact information. The KAT portion of the site includes new links,
including holiday schedule, KAT newsletters, Park and Ride information, and a link to the KAT Facebook page! Let us know what you think by visiting www.co.kendall.il.us/kendall-area-transit.
The Kendall County Forest Preserve District has several new VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS!
Volunteers are a great asset to the Kendall County Forest Preserve District. Volunteers can assist with education programs, the Laws of Nature Center, Natural Areas Restoration as well as the Hoover Volunteer Program. So if being outdoors and maintaining the natural areas sounds good to you, then volunteer with our Natural Areas Restoration team. But if you enjoy learning and promoting the history of Kendall County, then come maintain our Native American Neshnabe’k Village or provide resources as a docent with our Hoover Volunteer Program.
Senior Services Assoc. in Yorkville
VOLUNTEERS AGE 55+ NEEDED FOR RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed in Oswego & Boulder Hill
Volunteers, age 55+, using their own automobile, are needed to deliver meals in the Oswego and Boulder Hill areas on Mondays and Wednesdays. Meals are picked up at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Washington Street in downtown Oswego then delivered to the area’s fragile elderly and disabled ensuring a daily nutritious meal and enabling them to live independently in their home.
Delivery volunteers are required to have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, as well as pass a background check. This is a great volunteer opportunity for solo volunteers, friends to volunteer together, husband and wife teams. Children are also permitted to make deliveries with an accompanying adult. Is it your time to give? Looking to get out of the house and help a neighbour? This is the opportunity for you.
Medical Pedicures and Laser Treatments have arrived at the Foot & Ankle Centers
The offices of Dr. Paul Bishop and Dr. Tom Rappette are offering new treatments in foot care.
The first is a Medical Pedicure at our new Foot Spa. At the Foot & Ankle Centers, we offer Waterless Pedicures in a safe, sterile environment with a licensed nail technician. We practice the same sterilization techniques that we use for surgical procedures. Even our nail polish will not be used from one patient to the next.
Laser treatment of nail fungus and warts is now available. Many people suffer from unsightly toenails caused by a fungus. Unlike oral medications that can affect liver and/or kidney function, laser treatment offers a safe and effective way to treat these nails.
For additional information, go to www.FootAndAnkleExperts.com. We’re also on Facebook at “Foot and Ankle Centers.” Call the Foot & Ankle Centers today to schedule your appointment: Yorkville – 630-553-9300, Morris – 815-942-9050 or Sandwich – 815-786-9451.
Solar Rebate - Independence Renewable Energy
The Illinois solar and wind rebate program is taking applications. This is a great chance, combined with the federal 30% tax credit, to have over 50% of a system paid for by the government.
For you or any one you know who is interested in solar energy, please pass this along.
Contact me for more info.
Independence Renewable Energy
ETA PVI-L1 Installer
The new 32,000-square foot Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care will open to patients on Monday, November 18. For more information and to register, call (331) 221-2273.
Rush-Copley Emergency Center - The First Emergency Center Serving Kendall County 24/7
Kendall County residents now have quality emergency care closer to home. Rush-Copley's Emergency center offers emergency care - anytime - for thousands of area residents. From fevers to coughs to broken bones and more, the Emergency Center delivers peace of mind with treatment that is available 24/7. If further attention for hospital-based care is indicated, an on-site ambulance and helipad are available for transport.
Rush-Copley Emergency Center staff includes board-certified emergency physicians and emergency-trained nurses who offer the expertise and personal attention patients appreciate. The more than 6,000-square foot facility has three treatment rooms and a procedure room. The facility features comprehensive diagnostic services including X-ray, MRI, CT, mammography, ultrasounds and laboratory services.