Elgin offers extra brush, limb pickup after storm

A highly destructive storm passed through Elgin last Friday resulting in hundreds of downed trees and power lines, many road closures and approximately 20,000 people without power.

The city will conduct a citywide brush and tree limb pick up to assist with residential cleanup efforts. Residents should place brush and tree limbs out with their regular garbage and recycling collection and expect items to be picked up no later than the day following their regular collection day.

For example, residents with garbage collection on Monday will receive brush and tree limb pick up by Tuesday, and those with collection on Friday will receive brush and tree limb collection by Saturday. Brush and tree-limb collection will end on Saturday, Sept. 13.


Waubonsee hosts job fair in Aurora Sept. 19

Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora Campus will be the destination of choice for job seekers in the region, when the college hosts its Fall Job Fair on Friday, Sept. 19.

The job fair, which is presented through a partnership with Hollywood Casino and the State of Illinois, is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and Library at Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St.

Representatives of more than 60 employers are expected to be on hand to meet with job seekers that day. For a complete listing, visit

One-on-one appointments are also available through Waubonsee’s Career Services Department.

For more information, contact Waubonsee’s Career Services Department at (630) 466-7900 ext. 2368 or email

View early 20th century farming at St. James

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites history buffs and farming fans to St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville for a look at early 20th-century dairy farming at the free “Dairy Day at St. James Farm” on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the event, visitors can help make butter the old-fashioned way or try milking Maggie the Milking Cow. Guided covered wagon rides along part of the “milk and newspaper run” of the former CA&E Railroad will highlight history of dairy farming in the region. A costumed interpreter portraying Marion McCormick, who purchased the property with her husband, Chauncey, in 1920, will share stories from the farm’s early days and explain how St. James Farm set the benchmark for dairy farms throughout the Midwest.

“Dairy Day at St. James Farm” is for all ages and does not require registration. The main entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25 mile north of Butterfield Road. For more information, call Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248.


Geneva seeks feedback on long-term planning

The City of Geneva is seeking community feedback on its long-range planning goals as officials continue crafting a vision for the future.

Residents and business owners are invited to a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James St. The meeting is being organized by the City’s Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC).

Participants will have an opportunity to hear the latest about the City’s strategic plan and provide input on its vision and goals. Committee members will explain the purpose behind the plan’s seven visions and ask the audience to help prioritize individual goals.

For more information about the town hall meeting, email Assistant City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins or call City Hall at 630-232-7494. More information about SPAC can be found on the City’s website.


Benefit garage sale for Aurora Lions Noon Club

A third annual benefit garage sale will be held by the Aurora Noon Lions Club from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, at Luigi’s Pizza parking lot, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora.

The public is invited.

Proceeds will benefit Lions vision- and hearing-conservation programs.

Luigi’s game room will open at 9 a.m. Pizza and other refreshments will be available at the restaurant.

For more information, call (630) 896-9861.


‘Words of Hope’ open mike event at library

“Words of Hope,” an open-microphone event to spotlight mental illness, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. in Geneva.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Community members are invited to contribute poems, songs and stories that bring words of hope.

Bree Carey, Geneva High School student and founder of the non-profit A Cutter’s Guardian Angel, will emcee.

ACGA and the library are co-sponsors.

Advance registration is recommended at

Call Kimberly Gotches, library public relations and adult program associate, (630) 232-4806, for more information.


Help plant 600 oaks at Johnson’s Mound

Help plant 600 oak trees in under three hours.

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is calling for volunteers of all ages to help plant trees at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve as part of National Public Lands Day.

This tree-planting event is one of many that will take place across the country on Sept. 27.  National Public Lands Day is America’s largest single-day volunteer event dedicated to improving public lands.

Tree planting begins at 10 a.m. sharp, and will last until all 600 oaks are planted (or 1 p.m. — whichever  comes first).

Volunteers should bring work gloves. Holes are pre-dug. The district needs volunteers to plant the  trees, tamp down dirt, water and mulch.

Groups of less than 10 do not need to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more, please contact the  volunteer coordinator at 630-208-8662 or email to RSVP.

Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve is located at 41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn.

For more information on the Johnson’s Mound tree planting, visit our Web site at 

For more details on other National Public Lands Day events, visit 


—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.