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Food Drive - Fill It Up!
Announcing the Fourth Annual 2017 District-Wide SD308 Food Drive. All schools will participate in a unified effort to stock the shelves of Kendall County Food Pantry before the holiday season. This is a critical time when donations are not at their peak. The desired outcome is to align individual school donation efforts to maximize the community-wide impact of combating local food insecurity.

The winners of the food drive will be determined by the number of items collected at each school. There will be winners declared at the elementary level, junior high level and high school level. The winning teams will be announced during halftime of the Crosstown Classic game on September 29.

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School District 308 Board of Education to host Public Forum Monday, September 25

The Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education will host a public forum on Monday, September 25, from 7-9pm in the cafeteria at Thompson Junior High School located at 440 Boulder Hill Pass in Oswego.

The event will be the first of two planned public forums that gives parents and community members an opportunity to share input, comments, issues and concerns with the district and discuss the successes and challenges in school buildings.

The event is free and open to the public.


Fund Drive for Hurricane Relief
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group is hosting an all company, all day fund drive for Hurricane Relief.

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has created two ways to collect donations as a part of this Hurricane Relief Drive.
1. Donations are being accepted at
2. On Tuesday, September 26th, all 50 Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group offices across Wisconsin and Illinois are teaming up for 12 hours straight to host fundraising events. Personal and business donations in any denomination will be accepted between 7am and 7pm. Various activities will be held at each office ranging from cookouts to live music to visitors from area first responders. Checks can be made payable to “TREG Fund.”

We will have activities in each office location and more details to come on our Facebook page.

We will be hosting cookies and coffee all day from 7am to 7pm and also have a free lunch/cookout in the office for anyone who wants to stop in.

We will be collecting monetary donations at each office site.


Dog Adoption Event

September 23rd
Critter Care Veterinary Clinic
Located at 4287 Eldamain Rd in Plano
In conjunction with Kendall County Animal Control, Critter Care is hosting a dog adoption event. In addition to adoptable dogs, Critter Care will provide light refreshments. Stop by and meet some amazing dogs and see if one might be right for your family!

For more information contact Critter Care: 630-557-1502 or link to Facebook event:

Pet Luminary Memorial Service
October 4th
Critter Care Veterinary Clinic
Located at 4287 Eldamain Rd in Plano
An event to honor the memory of beloved pets.
6pm: Light Refreshments
6:15pm: Blessing & Lighting of the Luminaries
6:30pm: Remembering the Joy through photos, art and stories

Participation is free. Here's how to honor you lost pet(s):
1. Email a photo of the pet(s) you would like to remember, along with the pet’s name, your name and phone number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or, drop photo(s) off at Critter Care
2. Pick up luminary bag(s) from Critter Care
3. Decorate your luminary bag(s) in memory of your lost pet(s)
4. Bring your decorated bag no later than 5:45pm on Tuesday, October 4th or, drop it off before the 4th

For more information contact Critter Care: 630-557-1502 or Link to Facebook event:
All memories welcome


Cross Lutheran’s 136th Year of Education

The school bells are ringing signaling the start of our 136th year of Christian education here at Cross. Our new school year began with an enrollment of 283 students in 2 yr. PS - 8th grade. What a blessing to have these students and families at Cross. Please pray regularly for our students, staff, and parents.

Annual Cross Walk-A-Thon
The Cross Lutheran 8th Annual School Walk-A-Thon will take place on Friday, October 13.  This event will be the only PTL sponsored fundraiser for the 2017-2018 school year.  This year’s theme is: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

All funds raised from this event will be used to enhance and enrich the classrooms.  The goal for this year’s event is to raise $20,000.  Students will be collecting pledges from family and friends to try to accomplish this goal.  Please considering sponsoring a Cross student!

Cross is located at 8535 Route 47 in Yorkville. For information and a tour, call the school office at 630-553-7861 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


World War I Presentation
On October 10 at 7pm Howard Manthei, president of Yorkville’s Chapel on the Green, will present “World War I and Yorkville’s Response." This is an informative program on the United States’ entry into World War  I--one hundred years ago this year. 

Manthei has researched how Yorkville responded to our entering the war using the Chapel’s collection of Kendall County Record newspapers on file at the Chapel on the Green in Yorkville.  

The presentation includes a slide show of images from the 1917 Record newspaper and others of the era. The presentation will be held in conjunction with the Amos Kendall DAR chapter meeting. There is no admission charge, but donations to the Chapel's preservation efforts would be appreciated. The Chapel is located at 107 W. Center Street in Yorkville, across from the Town Square.

For more information contact Howard: phone 630.553.6287 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Schedule Updates
We will be offering Flow Yoga on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30pm beginning August 28th.

Back To School Special
3 months unlimited yoga PLUS 60 minute massage with Amber
$200 (you save $100)


The Dromen Group is exited to announce the first Won My Ride Essay Contest!
Prizes are as follows:
First Place Prize: Two year lease of a new Ford Focus SE sedan + $2,700 bonus cash
Second Place Prize: Aperion Audio Intimus 5T 2.1 home theater speaker system + $300 bonus cash
Third Place Prize: A Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7” 32 GB tablet computer + $100 bonus cash

Approximate retail value of prizes:
First place $12,350
Second place $1,450
Third place $750

​The Contest will begin at 6:00 A.M. Central Standard Time on September 1 and end when 650 entries are received, or at 11:59PM Central Standard Time on June 1, 2018, whichever occurs first. To learn more about this contest READ MORE

To learn more about The Dromen Group visit our WEBSITE


9th Annual Women's Power Lunch To Benefit Mutual Ground
Thursday, September 21
Two Brother's Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora 
Tickets are on sale for the 9th Annual Women’s Power Lunch, hosted by SHARE Fox Valley.  The 2017 event will take place on Thursday, September 21st from 11am to 1pm at Two Brothers Roundhouse in downtown Aurora.  All proceeds from the luncheon benefit Mutual Ground, a local domestic violence and sexual assault service agency.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 in advance or $60 at the door.  To purchase a ticket, or for more information, visit or If you are interested in being a Sponsor for this event, please learn more about our sponsorship levels HERE

10th Annual Walk for Hope
All proceeds from our 10th Annual Walk for Hope, Presented by Paylocity, will support Mutual Ground's mission to provide education, awareness, and life-changing services that empower individuals, families, and communities to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence.
Blackberry Farm
100 S Barnes Rd., Aurora
Saturday October 14
Register to be a fundraiser, join a team, or donate! 
Register Here:

Shelter Wishlist - We are in need of a few items for our Shelter!
Paper Towels - We are down to our last 2 rolls!
Full Size Toothpaste
Full Size Kleenex Boxes
Wal-Mart & Jewel Gift Cards
Gas Gift Cards ($15-25)
For a more detailed list visit


Treating Gyne Conditions: From Robotic Surgery to Recovery
Do you suffer from severe pelvic pain, abnormal or heavy bleeding or cysts? If you have tried medication or other treatments that don't ease your symptoms, robotic surgery may be for you.

Learn more about your options from Rush Copley Medical Group OB/GYN, Sheila Roy, M.D., at a free program. Dr. Roy will explain why patients who undergo robotic surgery usually experience:
•    Shorter hospital stay
•    Less blood loss
•    Fewer complications
•    Less pain
•    Faster recovery time
•    Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring

The newest model of the daVinci Xi Surgical Robot at Rush Copley ensures that the latest technology is used to care for patients in need of gynecological and other robotic surgery procedures. Dr. Roy will also discuss treatments for fibroids, stress urinary incontinence and other common gynecological issues facing women.

Physical therapist, Julie Kwait, CLT, MPT, will share tips on recovery from gyne procedures and how pelvic floor therapy can help women suffering from a variety of gynecological conditions.

To register for this FREE program, visit or call 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539). Raffle prizes and refreshments. Hurry, space is limited! Registration required.

Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 to 8pm
Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging, 4355 Montgomery Road, Naperville


Need Volunteers!
An Orphan's Prayer is hosting a food packing event at Parkview Christian Academy on September 16. They need 120 volunteers for all three packing sessions to help pack these meals for orphaned children in Haiti. Their goal is to pack 80,000 meals - with that number they are able to feed 70-80 children per day, all year!
To sign up go to:

The Mattress Fundraiser
Every Purchase Benefits The PTO from Parkview Christian Academy
Sunday, September 17
Center Street Campus
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Open House Newest Campus Event
On October 11th from 4-7pm, Parkview Christian Academy will celebrate God's faithfulness at an open house event - the location is 202 E.Countryside Parkway, Yorkville. Mark your calendar!
At 4pm there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Yorkville Chamber of Commerce.
At 5pm until 7pm visitors will receive live tours and enjoy community fellowship with light refreshments.



Community Book Read
Join Yorkville CUSD 115 and the Yorkville Public Library for the area's first Community Book Read. Community members and parents are encouraged to join area students in reading a common book to help emphasize the joy and importance of reading. Details are available on the district website at

September: Read the Book by Mawi Asgedom
Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

Join in a discussion at the Yorkville Public Library:
October 11 at 7pm
October 15 at 2pm
October 26 at 11am


Car Cruise and Craft Show
Join us for the 2nd Annual Camp Quarryledge Car Cruise and Craft Show benefiting Camp Quarryledge and Celebrate Differences.
Saturday, September 16

Our show has more than 300 spaces for cars. Please register your car so we know you are coming to our event. This cruise is Participant Judging, and will have dash plaques for the first 75 cars. VEHICLE REGISTRATION is $10. We will be giving awards and prizes to the fan favorite cars voted by the participants. This event is open to all vehicles.

The craft show will have vendors of custom, unique, and handmade goods from across Northen Illinois. Interested in being a vendor? Please contact Celebrate Differences.

Our Kid's Zone will feature games, a face-painter, and a visit from everyone's favorite yellow sponge!

We'll have food available, 50/50 Raffle, Bucket Raffles, and more!

You can purchase 50/50 tickets beforehand, and the day of the cruise. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Stop in to A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop in Downtown Oswego to get your tickets or visit to purchase tickets.

Celebrate Differences
Disability Awareness Center
5375 Route 34, Ste 4
Oswego, Il 60543
Check Out


Why Kind Hands Senior Care Homes exist in Yorkville
We exist because we love seniors and respect our elders and believe God would have us care for seniors giving them great care, great food, and great companionship at a great price 30-45% less than institutional care. We exist because senior care is often too expensive with unacceptable ratios of care as high as 1 caregiver to 20 residents so instead we provide 1 caregiver to 4 residents with no long term contracts. We believe in great care for seniors.

Call 630-508-8357 for a tour of either ranch style home in Yorkville.


The Great Pumpkin Pull
The Great Pumpkin Pull Saturday October 7th, 11am–3pm, Riverfront Park (131 E. Hydraulic Avenue).  Join the Knights of Columbus and the United City of Yorkville in the third annual Pumpkin Pull!  Enjoy a day filled with food, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and ending with hundreds of pumpkins floating down the Fox River for your chance at winning prizes!  Buy a pumpkin, cheer it on as it races down the river, and have your chance at winning prizes!  Pumpkins will be available for purchase throughout the event (while supplies last) for $3/Pumpkin or $5/Pumpkin Pair.  The Pumpkin Pull will begin approximately at 3pm.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO YORKVILLE.IL.US/SPECIALEVENTS OR CALL 630-553-4357.


3rd Annual "Play For The Kids" Softball Tournament
October 1st
Steven G. Bridge Park
3651 Kennedy Road, Bristol
Register your team by September 1
Registration is $300 for team of 10 players
Team Shirts will be provided
This tournament is BYOB
Divisions: Softball Pros- Co-ed Optional (All male teams must play Pros) Average Joes- Co-ed Required (2 girl minimum)
Awards & Prizes for Winners
Sponsorship Available!
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To register your team or to be a sponsor please go to or contact Nikki at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (630)553-8661


Private Music Instruction
Whether you are starting out on an instrument, or wanting private instruction for a band instrument to advance, summer is a GREAT time to take private lessons! Private music instruction is available for beginner to advanced level students ages preschool through adult. Our music program provides private instruction sessions in:

• Piano, Voice, Guitar (classical, acoustic, electric);
• Flute, Percussion, Clarinet, Saxophone;
• Bass Guitar or Harp;
• Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass  
For pricing and teacher listings, visit our online link here.

Providing affordable private instruction to students in the community. Our Lesson Internship Program creates a unique opportunity where students receive quality private instruction from trained interns at a discounted price ($15 for a 30-minute session, $22.50 for a 45-minute session, and $30 for a 60-minute session). Interns have many years of personal private lesson experience on their instrument/area of study, and must receive a recommendation from their instructor to apply for participation in the program. Once accepted, each intern is assigned a Staff Mentor who works personally with the teacher to review materials/repertoire and receive direct training in the pedagogical arts. Interns also must complete 10-15+ hours of lesson observation, and participate in all of our General Private Lesson programs (such as Evaluated Performances, Community Events, and Recitals)."


Race Me Out To The Ballfield 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, October 15th
Yorkville American Legion
Click here to signup

What better to spend a beautiful, crisp, fall Yorkville morning than running with your favorite up and coming baseball stars!!!

Join us for the 1st pitch of the "Race Me Out To The Ballpark" event. This event is sponsored by the 11U Foxes. Partcipants can register for a 5K walk/run ($25), a 1 mile fun run ($10) for kids 12 and under, and kid's homerun derby ($5). The race will start at the Yorkville American Legion. Runners will run the bases throughout the local neighborhoods and cross home plate at the American Legion Baseball Field.

Race packets will be available for pick up on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 at Mike and Denis's Yorkville location or prior to the race on Sunday morning. We have some prizes to raffle off when the race is complete. Winners need not be present and will be notified via phone/email. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at packet pickup or in advance by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also they can be purchased the day of the race.

We will also be raffling off a large LG TV. Tickets for this raffle will be $5 each.

You can register online via credit card payment. If you prefer to pay by cash/check, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All race proceeds will go toward the 11U Foxes travel baseball teams. Huge thank you to all our sponsors for this event!

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions you may have!!


Topgolf Outing
Sunday, October 8th
Register Now!
Become a Sponsor!

Deadline to register is Friday, September 22. 
Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and competition! Whether you're an experienced golfer or new to the game, all skill levels will enjoy the Topgolf experience. Bring your family, friends or coworkers and create a team of 3 or a bay of 6. Individual golfer registration is also available. Proceeds benefit Fox Valley United Way and help us fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

United Way Harvey Recovery Fund
United Way Worldwide has established the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, a national fund which will distribute 100 percent of donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead. The fund will facilitate the donation process for United Way donors and partners who want to offer financial support to storm victims in Texas, Louisiana and the affected areas. The inaugural donation to this newly established fund was from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), which made a $1 million contribution to directly support victims who have been impacted across the region.

As of September 7, the United Way Network has raised more than $26.56 million for mid- and long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Harvey.  This includes donations to the National United Way Fund and to funds set up by local United Ways.

As United Way continues to assist with recovery efforts in Texas, Louisiana and other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, United Way World Wide is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma.  In partnership with United Way Florida State Associations and our Caribbean colleagues, United Way worldwide is reaching out as Hurricane Irma moves in.  Our thoughts and prayers go to those in the path of the storm.

To learn more about how you can help through the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund click here.


New Healthy Take-out Lunch Menu - $5.50
Individual grab and go meals available in bulk for office or business catering * Healthy Fresh organic fruits and vegetables * Call or email to place your order *  Need 24 hours notice *  Free delivery on orders of $100 or more. All lunch items served with organic vegetables and fresh fruit: 
Call or email now to place an order!
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Every Sunday, 9am-1pm
Champagne Brunch Bottomless Mimosas $19.95
Brunch Buffet Adults $14.95
Brunch Buffet Kids 10 and Under $10
Kids 2 and Under Eat Free
MENU: Scrmabled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Twice Baked Hash Browns, Zucchini Bread French Toast with Bourbon Maple Syrup, Pancakes, Beignets with Salted Caramel Sauce, Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Pastries 
DRINKS: Featuring Colectivo Coffee, Fair Trade, Organic, Juice, Kombucha, Milk, Assorted Teas


Religious Education
Registration for Religious Education classes has begun for all grades.  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions offered (depending upon grade level).  Register online at or in person at 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville.

The St. Patrick Ministry of Mothers (MOMs) group will begin sessions every other Thursday beginning September 7th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish Center, 406 Walnut Street in Yorkville.  The free meeting is open to all moms, all ages, all stages and their children and is free to the public.  The kick-off meeting features guest speaker, Dr. Beth Plachetka, licensed clinical social worker, who will share insights based on the book,  Growing Up Social; Raising Relational Children in a Screen-Driven World.  Topics will include: how much is too much and at what age; how to establish healthy use of electronics; and effective responses to your child’s resistance.  Drop-ins are always welcome!


Fall Rummage and Bake Sale: Bargains galore!
Don’t miss out on the many bargains that can be found at the fall Rummage & Bake Sale (including the very popular Collectibles & Jewelry Dept.) on Friday September 15, from 9am to 7:30pm and Saturday, September 16 from 9am until noon ‘only’ at Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ. A wide and abundant selection of reasonably priced household goods, toys, books, clothing for all ages, furniture, tools, collectibles, jewelry and holiday décor items will be available. A popular addition to the sale is the Friday ‘only’ Bake Sale featuring a wide assortment of home baked goodies, which sell out quickly.  

Proceeds from the sales have helped to support the church, its facility, ministries and programs. Community based organizations including Kendall County Food Pantry, Chapel on the Green, PADS, AID, Mutual Ground, Association for Individual Development, Open Door, Wayside Cross, Feed My Starving Children, Ottawa Tornado Relief, Suicide Prevention Services, and Cornerstone Young Women's Learning Center also benefit from donations made possible by Rummage Sale proceeds.

Rally Day
Fall is almost here and schools, including our church Sunday School, are getting back into the swing of educating our youth.  Now is the time to think about registering students and tots for the YCC Sunday School program.  Please join us on Sunday, September 17th at 9:45am in our Fellowship Hall for “Rally Day.”

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for Sunday School and the children will enjoy a special breakfast treat followed by music, fun, crafts and fellowship.  Don’t miss out on this special kick off for our fall Sunday School session.

PADS Volunteer Opportunities
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  — Mahatma Gandhi. Volunteering for Kendall County PADS offers an environment to serve others in extreme need.  And, volunteers have opportunities to find out who you are while you learn about the guests in the shelter program — people who are experiencing homelessness.

If you are feeling an urge to ‘do something positive’, especially in this current environment of negativity and divisiveness, volunteering for PADS may be just the right thing for you.  A volunteer for PADS is on duty just ONE shift per month for about 4 to 4 1/2 hours (six times per year).   Tasks are shared by two men and two women each shift; food teams also are made up of 4-5 volunteers.  

Volunteers may choose which one of the seven shelter locations/ day of week and the shift that would be most agreeable to their personal schedules. To register to become a volunteer, go to the web site   Or feel free to call Anne Engelhardt, Executive Director at 630-553-5073 with your questions. Read more from Anne Englehardt.

Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) is dedicated to providing temporary, safe shelter and nourishing food to the men, women and children within Kendall County who are homeless or in need. In the past seven winters, PADS provided shelter for 397 homeless guests for nearly 9,000 overnight stays.

The county-wide New Volunteers Training will be on Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm at Yorkville Congregational UCC, 409 Center Parkway.  Advanced signup is not required for this informative, free presentation by experienced leaders.  Just come to listen, to learn, and maybe be inspired to “lose yourself in the service of others."


The Yorkville Educational Foundation is gearing up for a productive year supporting staff and students in the school district. The Foundation had the opportunity to introduced ourselves to the current school community by attending all curriculum nights in the district.

Alumni Business Owners
The Foundation would like to feature our alumni business owners! Are you an alumni of Yorkville HIgh School and a local business owner? Do you know an alumni that owns a local business? Please contact the foundation! The Yorkville Educational Foundation would like to recognize you and your business! Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the foundation by October 15.

Please visit our website
for more information.


Loving Arms offers tuition scholarships for families!

Loving Arms is a non-profit, Christian childcare center located in the Yorkville/Oswego area. Loving Arms receives donations to help families in the Kendall County area pay for tuition costs. Tuition scholarships at Loving Arms are available to all families in need and are not based on the child care assistance program standards in Illinois. We have scholarships available for children of all ages, and have additional funding available for families with children 6 weeks to 36 months of age.

If you are struggling to pay for the cost of child care, please contact Loving Arms to find out about our tuition scholarship program. If you know of someone that is struggling with child care costs, let them know that scholarships are available at Loving Arms.

For questions or inquiries, contact us using the information below:
Loving Arms Childcare Center
7481 Mill Rd, Oswego IL  60543
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Days:  Monday-Friday
Hours: 6:00am-7:00pm


Join the Edward Foundation at our 27th Annual Gala – The Big Gig: Fusion on October 14 – Edward’s most meaningful fundraising event of the year!

A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Cardiac Innovations & Structural Heart Center at Edward Hospital.

Purchase tickets, table or sponsorship - The Big Gig: Fusion is your opportunity to show your support of Edward Hospital while spending an evening with friends …old and new.

Space is limited. Reserve your tickets, table or sponsorship today by registering online at or by phone at 630-527-3954.

Can’t attend? You can also support Edward by:
•             Making a donation to The Big Gig
•             Donating sporting event/theater tickets, getaways, golf experiences and memorabilia to the silent auction
•             Purchasing a Golden Paddle Raffle Ticket
•             Sponsoring a bottle of wine for the Instant Wine Cellar Live Auction Package

October 14
6pm Cocktails
7pm Dinner, Dancing, Auction
The Westin Hotel, Grand Ballroom
70 Yorktown Center, Lombard


How to Transition to ISO 9001:2015
This course will introduce you to ISO standards and how to implement the associated Quality Management Systems. Differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 2001:2015 will be identified. How to move your company to the revised standard is also covered.
Cost: $150
Date: September 18, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Waubonsee Community College: Downtown Aurora Campus

To register, visit

Please call Workforce Development, (630) 906-4152 with questions.

Brighter Futures- Resources For Career Transition

Fall Career Fair September 22 • Aurora Downtown Campus
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Supply Chain Management: Strategy and Alignment (Online):
For more information, visit:
* October 4, 11, 18, 25 & November 1
* 8am–12pm

Ethics & Accountability (Downtown Aurora Campus)

For more information, visit:
* October 1
* 8am–9:30am

Lead by Example (Downtown Aurora Campus)
For more information, visit:
* November 8
* 8am–9:30am

Mental Health First Aid Certification
Tuesday, October 10, 8am to 4:30pm 
Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 South River Street (Room 257)
Ideal Class for: Educators, Human resource professionals, Healthcare workers, Police and other emergency responders, Social workers, Non-emergency first responders
Read More and Register

"Sneak Peek" Mini-Training: Inspiring Excellence in the Workplace

At this Sneak Peek, you will learn:

  • Insights into how you can improve employee work ethic
  • Five critical behaviors of leadership needed to create high performance teams
  • About a tool that will dramatically improve employee performance and minimize dysfunction

For more information or register at under Professional Development
Tuesday, November 7, 8 – 9:30am Aurora Downtown Campus Room, 257 18 S. River Street Aurora, IL 60506 Cost: $49 
Contact (630) 906-4152 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or more information.


Dine Under the Stars Fundraiser Dinner

September 28

Grace Holistic Center for Education would like to announce our upcoming farm to table fundraising dinner. We ask that you consider tax-deductible sponsorship donation. By giving to this annual event you will be supporting our school’s mission of integrating the mind, body and spirit with academics.
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By giving to this annual event you will be supporting GHCFE and helping us continue to provide assistance to students in our community. Your donation will be recognized at our event in several ways outlined in the included sponsorship opportunity letter, as well as social media and our website.

Your company’s generosity will make a huge difference in our community by allowing us to continue our work with these amazing children. We can only achieve our goals with assistance from members of our community like you.
Sponsorships and Registration Form

Fall Festival
October 19-22
At Kendall County Fairgrounds
Hay Rides, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Stage Coach Rides, Pony Rides, Food Vendors and more!
Free Admission
See Flyer
Hosted by Grace Holistic Center for Education
For additional information or to purchase passes in advance contact Grace Holistic at 331-207-8932


Hix Brothers Ukulele Band at the Yorkville Public Library
Tuesday, September 12 @ 7pm
Back by popular demand! Enjoy an evening of fun and entertaining music with the Hix Brothers Ukulele Band. Their playlist contains many songs from a variety of music genres.  Who knows – you might even see a hula dancer too!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and no registration is required.

Community Story Time
The Youth Service Department of the Yorkville Public Library is looking for area businesses to host a story time. If you have an interest, space & availability on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, in the morning, we would like to have a half hour story time at your place of business. Please contact Marianne Eberhardt or Jennette Weiss @ 630-553-4354 x109 for any further information.

Yorkville Public Library
902 Game Farm Rd., Yorkville


Effective Parenting in a Defective World
Raising children is challenging in today’s world. Packed with practical advice, this small group based on the study, Effective Parenting in a Defective World by Chip Ingram, will give pre-parents, parents of babies, and even veteran parents, a vision for their kid's future with life-changing help for today. This Small Group will take place on Wednesday nights (exact time TBD) at New Life Church from October 11-November 15. Childcare is provided. Cost is $10 per couple or per person if only one parent will be registering. Email Linda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions. Space is limited – register at

The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted
Imagine a marriage where your emotional needs are met. You and your spouse talk openly, you have fun on dates, and intimacy in the bedroom comes naturally. This 6-week Small Group based on the study, The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Gary Chapman, takes place at New Life Church on Wednesday nights (exact time TBD) from October 11-November 15. Childcare is provided. Cost is $10 per couple. Email Linda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions. Space is limited – register at


Now Offering Puppy Training Classes
Mid-Day Play is pleased to announce a variety of training classes to help you and your dog build a relationship!  We will be offering:

  • Puppy 101 & 102
  • Beginning Obedience
  • Adolescent Workshop

These classes are being taught by a certified dog trainer with over 20 years experience. A good training foundation is critical when raising a puppy. As a puppy moves into adolescence, it is also important to understand common adolescent behavior.

Our passion here at Mid-Day Play is to help make puppy/dog ownership as fun and exciting as possible!

Call more for information: 815-739-7669
Facebook: Mid-Day Play


Now Hiring:
To learn more about a career at Aurora based Alarm Detection Systems, Inc., please watch this video.


Join Club Goodwill REwards and you’ll earn REwards points -- reach 75 points and you’ll receive a $5 Club Goodwill REwards coupon for use on a future purchase. With Club Goodwill REwards every purchase matters.  The program is open to all customers 13 years of age or older. 

Here are the exclusive benefits of Club Goodwill REwards:
10% military discount every Tuesday
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Upcoming Events
As summer transitions to fall, head out to your local preserves to enjoy all the change in seasons has to offer!  Check out our new special events including Creatures of the Night, and our "Hoofin' It!" 5K Run and Kid's 1-mile Fun Run to support the Ellis House and Equestrian Center & Sunrise Center North's therapeutic riding programs.  Links to our upcoming program events including the "Hoofin' It" 5K registration and sponsorship forms can be found in this edition of Fall 2017 Stepping Stones Newsletter.


Golf Outing, Bridge/Euchre Tournament
The Morris Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Golf Outing and Bridge/Euchre Tournament on Monday, September 25, at the Morris Country Club, 2615 U.S. Route 6 in Morris. Guests are invited to golf, play cards, come for a casual dinner, or take part in the third annual helicopter golf ball drop, with all proceeds benefitting the Morris Hospital Patient Transportation and LifeLine® programs.

The cost for 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner is $150 per person or $540 for a foursome. Registration for Bridge and Euchre is $30 per person and includes lunch or dinner. Individual tickets for the dinner are also available for $25. A cash bar will be provided. Golf balls for the helicopter drop are one for $20, three for $50, or seven for $100.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the golf outing, or to make reservations for golf, cards, or dinner, call Hannah Wehrle, Auxiliary & Foundation Officer, at 815-705-7021. Invitations and a registration form can also be printed online at

Volunteers Needed for Rhythm of Our Youth Screenings

Morris Hospital is seeking community volunteers to assist at the Rhythm of Our Youth cardiac screening programs that will be held at Yorkville High School on October 3rd & 4th and at Yorkville Academy on October 11th. The purpose of the screening program is to prevent sudden cardiac death in area high school students by identifying those who may have existing cardiac abnormalities through an ECG screening. Register to volunteer at

Rhythm of Our Youth volunteers assist with check-in, escort participants to screening stations, or perform ECGs under the guidance of hospital staff. Volunteers may work full day shifts, 7am-3pm, or half day shifts, 7am-11:30am or 11am-3:30pm, and must be 18 years of age or older and pass a background check. Clinical skills aren’t required.

In addition to working the screening days, volunteers are required to attend a mandatory training session from 6-7:30pm at the high school the night before the screening. Volunteers can work a single screening date or multiple screening dates. For more information contact Jamie Mack at 815-705-1064, or go to

Morris Hospital Seeking Patient Transportation Volunteers
Morris Hospital is actively recruiting volunteers to help transport patients throughout Morris Hospital’s service area to their medical appointments. Currently, the Patient Transportation service provides over 17,000 rides annually, with five buses on the road Mondays-Fridays.

Both drivers and drivers’ assistants are needed. Working in pairs, drivers operate the vehicle, while drivers’ assistants help navigate the route. Both drivers and drivers’ assistants work together to safely assist patients on and off the handicap accessible bus.

Patient Transportation volunteers must be 21 or older, and drivers must have a valid Illinois driver’s license.  A CDL driver’s license is not required.

Patient Transportation volunteer shifts are typically 4-6 hours.  While it is preferred that volunteers work one shift per week, the frequency of volunteering can be adjusted according to the volunteer’s schedule.

“The volunteers with our Patient Transportation service get so much from volunteering,” says Tina Carter, Manager of Patient Transportation at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “In addition to making new friends and meeting great people, volunteering helps them stay active and gives meaning and purpose to their lives. Many of them tell me that their day is better when they help somebody.”

In addition to attending new volunteer orientation, all Patient Transportation volunteers receive thorough training in order to carry out their specific responsibilities. Uniforms and a picture identification badge are provided. In appreciation of their service, Morris Hospital provides volunteers complimentary flu shots, participation in Morris Hospital fitness classes, meals in the hospital on the day of service, and recognition for service hours.
For more information on volunteering, call Morris Hospital at 815-705-7022.


How do my contributions help KAT?
Since 2010, the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb has developed long lasting relationships and memories through the Kendall Area Transit service. As a human service agency, we strive to provide a program that is beneficial to the Kendall County community and keep thousand of Kendall County residents healthy, independent, and actively involved in the community.
Your donations will help:
•Ensure safe and reliable transportation to medical appointments, employment opportunities, grocery shopping, and more.
•Keep KAT vehicles on the road to help with the increasing demand in public transportation.
•Ensure that our Kendall County community remains active and flourishing for years to come.
Voluntary Action Center is the 501-c3 non-profit for Kendall Area Transit. All donations are tax deductible.

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