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The Palatine American Legion Post 690 is collecting household items for veterans who are exiting homelessness as part of a program for Military Outreach USA from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM on October 30th through November 12th at the American Legion 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine.

The veterans who are supported in this program are moving into their first apartment or home after being homeless. Typically, these veterans will move into an empty space so they will need everything from kitchen items and cleaning supplies to linens and toiletries. The Legion will be collecting new personal hygiene items, everything for the bathroom and miscellaneous items such as smoke detectors, light bulbs as well as laundry baskets and detergent.

Military Outreach USA has a formal partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that they and their partners can work closely with every VA medical facility to ensure Veterans at the local level are being served. Their partners at the community level -houses of worship, businesses, civic groups, schools and individuals – utilize the resources and tools they provide to help meet the needs of Veterans at the local level.

The American Legion Family consists of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) and Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary began in 1919 while the S.A.L. was created in 1932 as patriotic veterans organizations devoted to mutual helpfulness. These organizations are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

For further information on the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to the American Legion, 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606, email them at clubadmin@alpost690.us or visit www.alpost690.us.


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To make sure their littlest patients and families get the care they deserve, staff at JourneyCare are creating a virtual twist on their annual Duck Race in Barrington.

The nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency typically hosts its annual Duck Race at the Barrington Park District Aqualusion Pool to raise funds for its All About Kids Pediatric program, which serves children living with serious illness and their families in Barrington and the entire Chicago region.

This year, JourneyCare is working to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 and live streaming the event from the home of a JourneyCare donor, where Duck Race participants can watch online to see their sponsored rubber ducks race to the finish line for prizes.

To learn more, visit journeycare.org/duck.

Sponsored rubber ducks race six heats down the water slide, with winning ducks’ sponsors earning prizes like tickets to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and improv theater. In 2019, race supporters raised $21,000 to support the All About Kids program that provides home hospice and palliative care to children.

The plastic ducks will once again be racing down a water slide for the 27th JourneyCare Duck Race at 4 PM Saturday. Aug. 29. Adopt a duck for $5, six for $25, or 25 for $100.

Those who sponsor a duck will then receive details on how to live stream the Duck Race this weekend.

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While the world may be on pause, homelessness does not stop. Neither does the work Home of the Sparrow does to provide families with shelter, affordable housing, case management, counseling and services when they need it most.

Due to these uncertain times, Home of the Sparrow decided to cancel “Celebration of Women” Luncheon, Casino Night Hope Benefit, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

As the nonprofit is still in desperate need of funds, Home of the Sparrow is organizing COVID-19 Relief Online Auction this month, the Oktoberfest Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 14, and another fundraiser in October.

The COVID-19 Relief Online Auction is starting at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. The online auction will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

This fundraiser will help keep the shelter open 365 days a year, and sustain its programs and services.

To participate, create a free bidding account at www.hosparrow.org/hope-online-auction-2020 and start previewing the items, baskets and packages up for auction.

With over 80 packages, there is something for everyone including trips to Disney, Vegas and Nashville, golf foursomes, date nights, spa packages, local getaways, brewery tours, dine-arounds, wine tastings, family fun, girl’s night out, jewelry and more.

Visit Home of the Sparrow for more information.

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The Barrington Area Community Foundation and the Barrington Area United Way have joined forces to create the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund.

Grants from the fund will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations serving the Barrington area, providing vital basic needs, services and resources to disproportionately impacted individuals and families, especially within vulnerable populations.

Additionally, the fund will support nonprofits that are experiencing financial hardship or providing increased support services to individuals and families not qualified for coverage by other avenues. The nonprofit community foundation board has approved a special $100,000 challenge grant that will match — dollar for dollar — donations made to the special fund.

Donations for are being accepted at bauw.org.

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About 70 volunteers in the Chicago area have joinedSavvy at Sewing,” an effort to create homemade masks for JourneyCare, a hospice and palliative care organization serving patients in 13 Illinois counties, to help protect against COVID-19.

Volunteers include “Project Runway” alum Peach Carr and a group called the Sew and Sews from Sun City in Huntley, which traded its usual quilt making to aid the effort.

JourneyCare officials stressed the homemade masks will be worn over medical-grade masks to protect them from wear and tear and extend the life of the equipment.

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Running to replace State Rep David McSweeney is Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin.

He is holding a fundraiser on February 6th from 6-8 PM at McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook Street in Barrington.

To RSVP, click here.

Source: McHenry County Blog

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December 2019, Barrington, IL –– Barrington Dance Ensemble (BDE) performed its 25th annual production of The Nutcracker at the Richard C. Johnson Auditorium in the Barrington High School. Staged by Gregory Merriman and directed by BDE’s Founder and Artistic Director Mary Brennan, over 2,000 ballet enthusiasts viewed the beloved holiday tradition during the four-show run from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24.

The hallmark of BDE’s Nutcracker each year is the stunning dancing by young performers, BDE company members, and world-class professional guest artists. The production’s iconic score and festive holiday scenes captivated audience members young and old. Audience members were welcomed by a visit from the North Pole as Santa Claus was present on opening night. Adding to the festive atmosphere, guests had the opportunity to shop for the holidays at the festive Nutcracker Shop filled with handcrafted gifts and unique treats.

Set to the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score, the audience was lost in the story of Clara’s magical gift, an exciting battle between soldiers and mice and the dreamy Land of Sweets. Acclaimed guest artists from National and Chicago regional dance companies performed lead soloist roles. Meghan Loman and Martin Justo, principal company members with Carolina Ballet Theater, returned to the BDE stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier, and wowed the crowd with their spectacular performances. Also taking the stage were 90 student dancers from BDE, the Barrington Dance Academy and other local dance studios in the Northwest Chicago suburbs.

Emma Richmond & Corinne Garrels (of Barrington and Barrington Hills, respectively) shared the role of Clara, the story’s heroine. Other featured BDE company members included Meghan Doran (Barrington) & BDE graduating senior Sasha Rice (Lake Barrington) who shared the role of the Columbine Doll. Elizabeth Yen (Deer Park) performed as the sparkling Snow Queen, partnered by professional guest artist Arionel Vargas (freelance artist, formerly with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and English National Ballet).

BDE graduating senior Maggie Pechan (Barrington) performed the role of the elegant Fairy Angel who welcomes Clara to the Land of Sweets. Graduating seniors Emma Landenberger (Barrington Hills) & Jessica Eggers (Kildeer) performed as Arabian Coffee along with professional artist Devin Buchanan. Ava Thome (Barrington) danced the spunky lead Chinese role, joined by Rose Abrahamson (Lake Barrington) and Hannah White (Deer Park). The Reed Flute variation was exquisitely performed by Mikayla Patten (North Barrington), Sasha Rice, Lucy Shannon (Barrington), and Elizabeth Yen. Kate Howell (Barrington) elegantly portrayed the role of the graceful Dew Drop fairy.

“The professional, company and student dancers outdid themselves this year rising to a praiseworthy level with their artistry and aptitude. Our dedicated staff, talented designers and wonderful volunteers played a significant role in making the shows seamless. It’s awe inspiring to witness the enthusiasm from our audience every holiday and is especially memorable for me this 25th anniversary year,” stated Mary Brennan, Founder and Artistic Director of BDE.

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Seriously ill children from across the suburbs will find added excitement while they ride a special Metra train during Operation North Pole next month.

In a first-time effort, organizers want people to pack downtown Barrington’s Metra station platform in a show of support for the children when the “Polar Express” slowly passes through at 12:44 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Operation North Pole has created a fantasy day for seriously and terminally ill kids and their families during the holiday season since 2011. The goal is for the children who have spent a lot of time in hospitals to simply have fun.

About 500 volunteers organize the holiday adventure for 75 families, with the ordinary Metra ride transformed into the Polar Express on the Union Pacific Northwest Line tracks between Des Plaines and Crystal Lake. After the train ride, a party in a “Winter Wonderland” setting will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Read more here.

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This Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM, Art in the Barn will celebrate 45 years of bringing fine art to our community. Held on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, this art show features more than 175 selected artists exhibiting works in every medium.

Situated in the barns and tents throughout the property, this beautiful fall festival draws thousands of people from the extended community for a weekend of art, entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. A wonderful way to welcome the fall season!

For complete information, click here.

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JourneyCare’s 26th annual Duck Race and Pool Party fundraiser benefits the All About Kids pediatric care program which provides comfort and specialized care for children and families facing serious illness. In honor of the VIP pediatric patients, JourneyCare staff, community members, supporters, patients and their families will gather for a splash-tacular time.

This free family event includes open swim and splash pad, games, activities, entertainment by Bob the DJ, 50/50 drawing, six duck races and 36 prizes. Guests can adopt (purchase) ducks and cheer them on as they race down the waterslide to the finish line!

In 2018 this annual event raised $21,000, and this year the JourneyCare Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 to ensure that JourneyCare keeps its promise never to turn away anyone because of the inability to pay. The race takes place from 4 to 7 PM Saturday, Aug. 10, at Aqualusion Water Park in Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

To adopt a duck or for more details visit, journeycare.org/duck.

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