Raging Waves Waterpark and Living Social
The frosty weather only makes your family long for summer even more. As soon as it heats up, skip the kiddie pool out back and explore the waterpark equivalent of the Outback at an Australia-themed aquatic playground with this offer:
• $79 ($159 value) for a family four-pack
• Includes four tickets, four tube rentals, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks + bucket of fries
See here for details
Knights of Columbus - Holiday Help Line 630-882-3341
Many 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 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
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
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.
American Family Insurance Brad Jensen Agency
Our holiday open house will be held on Friday, December 20,2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. We will be collecting items for the Safe Passage Program, such as food items, health & beauty items. A representative from there will be here to answer any questions about the program. You can visit their website: safepassagedv.org to see their wish list of items they need.
Enter to win one of five $5.00 Subway gift cards, or one $10.00 gasoline card.
NIGHT OF COMEDY at New Life Church
New Life Church will be hosting A Night of Comedy with, Barnes & Miner, on Friday, December 20th, at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. As comedians and writers, Barnes & Miner, have spent the majority of their careers in Hollywood and have performed in venues all across the nation. Invite your friends to join you for an incredible night of laughter! Dessert and coffee will be served, childcare will be provided, and tickets are only $5.00 each. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today! You can purchase your tickets online at nlcyorkville.org/events.
Christmas Eve Services
Christmas Eve is always a special time at New Life Church! We invite you and your family to join us for one of our four Christmas Eve Services starting at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm, on Tuesday, December 24. We will sing Christmas Carols together, light candles, as well as conclude our Message Series, The Relevance of Christmas. Invite your friends and family or maybe someone you know who doesn’t normally go to church to attend one of these special Christmas Eve Services with you. Each service fills up quickly so make sure to arrive early! Merry Christmas!
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Evening Showing of It's a Wonderful Life!
St. Patrick Catholic Church will be showing the classic film, It's a Wonderful Life! at the Parish Center, 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville, on Sunday, December 22 at 6:15pm. The film will serve as a wrap-up of our Advent message series on It's a Wonderful Life!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses
Come celebrate the birth of the savior with St. Patrick Parish this Christmas! We invite you and your loved ones to attend one of four Christmas masses. Our Christmas Eve pageant begins at 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 24followed by Mass at 5pm. Also on Christmas Eve, caroling begins at 11:30pm followed by Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day we invite you to come celebrate Mass with us at 8am and 10:30am, Wednesday, December 25. Remember, It's a Wonderful Life! Merry Christmas.
Give the Gift of Life. This Holiday Season with Heartland Blood Centers!
Donate Blood Heartland’s Yorkville Facility located 728 E. Veterans Parkway, Suite 112 (Located behind Blackstone Restaurant) or any Mobile Blood Drives. Between December 21st thru December 31st. All blood donors will receive a Certificate Good for (2) Two Quarts of Oberweis Ice Cream! To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or schedule online www.heartlandbc.org. Please join us. Bring a friend! Photo ID Required.
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.
Christ Campus Annual Live Nativity
Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm.
Live animals and roles of Mary, Joseph, Wise Men and Shepherds played by parishioners.
All are most Welcome
2800 Grove Road. (near Grove and Caton Farm)
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.
The SAL( Sons of the American Legion), has a breakfast on the 2nd Sunday of the month until April. Please come on out for a wonderful buffet breakfast with delicious food from 7:30-10:30. We also have a burger and a draft beer every Monday for $2.00 from 5:00-7:00. Come on out and join us. Also every 2nd and 4th Monday we feature Trivia night from 6:30-8:30. All are welcome to join us. Come have a great burger and draft beer and test your mind with friends playing trivia. Come in any time to watch the Bears game any time they are playing. Our Hall is available to rent for any occasion, call for pricing and any questions you may have. We feature Bingo every Thursday evening from 7:00-until its over, food available from 5:00-7:00. Bring a friend. Please make a note that our fish fry will be closed for the months of December and January and will resume again in February. Call if you have any questions. 630-553-7117. We are also open to the public Monday-Saturday for lunch from 11:00-2:00. We feature great burgers, chili and daily specials. Please come in for a great lunch...carry outs available also. Thank you for supporting the American Legion. Please pray for our troops and their families that are not able to be together this Holiday Season. God Bless our troops.
Mutual Ground has an opening for a Prevention Education Specialist
Part Time Position 24 to 30 hours per week. Candidates must be available for work from mid August 2013 to approximately June 13, 2014. Flexible schedule Monday through Friday with availability from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Provide age appropriate sexual assault and education programs for area schools to increase knowledge and awareness about these issues.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Present education programs on sexual assault to area school students, staff and parents.
Prepare and update education materials on sexual assault prevention for distribution throughout service area.
Provide information and referral to victims of sexual assault/abuse.
Maintain records on all clients served.
Promote institutional advocacy to insure sensitive, responsible treatment of sexual assault victims.
Provide statistical information for data collection.
Ensure confidentiality at all times.
Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Education.
Experience with public speaking.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Valid drivers license and reliable transportation. Proof of insurance.
Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and ability to maintain professional boundaries.
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!
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Right now there are more than 30 boys on the waiting list for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall counties. Finding mentors for these boys is no easy task. This January, in celebration of National Mentoring Month, BBBS will partner with Buffalo Wild Wings for the 30 Men in 30 Days Challenge. The campaign is similar to other state-wide BBBS campaigns for recruitment. Interested men are asked to visit Buffalo Wild Wings and inquire about becoming a Big Brother in Aurora on the 8th and 29th, and Oswego on the 13th and 20th in January between 6-8 PM. To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact BBBS of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties at 630-844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org/bbbs.
And don't forget to mark your calenders for Bowl For Kids' Sake 2014!
March 1st: HomeTown Lanes, Plano IL 7:30-9:30pm
March 7th: Parkside Lanes, Aurora IL 4:00-6:00p
March 9th: Parkside Lanes, Auroa IL 2:00-5:00pm
March 14th: Parkside Lanes, Aurora IL 4:00-6:00pm
March 15th: Yorkville Bowl, Yorkville IL 6:00-9:00pm
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
Edward-Elmhurst offers Online Test to Determine Risk for Anxiety Disorders
Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare has added AnxietyAware to its menu of online assessments to help people determine if they’re at risk for one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults age 18 and older, but only about one-third of those receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders also include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorder.
AnxietyAware, www.edward.org/anxietyaware, is a free, five-minute online screening to help identify a person’s risk of an anxiety disorder. A mental health professional at Linden Oaks at Edward reviews the confidential questionnaire and responds with a personalized assessment and recommendations about next steps. If a person’s assessment indicates a heightened risk of anxiety disorder, they’ll receive a call within 24 hours from a Linden Oaks clinician who will offer a free mental health assessment. If contact information is not submitted, a phone number at Linden Oaks is provided so a person can schedule a free assessment.
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.