Church Women United
Friendship Day celebrated
Church Women United will gather to celebrate May Friendship Day on Friday, May 4 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 235 E. Lundy Lane in Leland. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served, followed by the program “Listening to My Sisters.”
During the May program, they always collect the “Fellowship of the Least Coin” offering. Women at May Friendship gatherings across the world save whatever is the smallest coin of their country. Each time they say a prayer they set aside a coin and bring them in May. All proceeds from this special offering are used to help causes for women and children in many countries including our own. All area women are invited for a morning of fellowship and worship.
Planting lunches served
The ladies of the Suydam United Methodist Church, at the corner of Illinois Route 23 and Suydam Road, are serving planting lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Wednesday through May 9. A varied menu is prepared each week with a choice of two soups, hot sandwich, side dish and dessert or casserole with side dish and dessert. Homemade pickles and beverages are included.
Carryouts are available by calling the church at 815-498-2626 after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A free-will offering is accepted. Area farmers, farm wives, friends and neighbors are invited for food and fellowship.
Club hosts perennial plant sale
The Newark Garden Club will host its annual perennial plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Newark BP station. A good selection of hostas, day lilies, double irises, asters, mums, phlox and other hardy perennials will be available to purchase. The plants come from members’ private gardens and are appropriate for this area.
The Newark Garden Club is a group of plant lovers. Members plant and maintain the park in downtown Newark and have activities for the public on the Fourth of July and at Christmas time. The club is always looking for new members; learn more at the sale. Remember Mother’s Day on May 13 with a plant from the sale.
League fine arts fair
Norway Fine Arts Fair, hosted and sponsored by the Norway Improvement League, is set for Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at the Norway Community Building. This will be a juried fair with more information upon request. Contact Kathy Hanson at 815-341-5786 for information or an application with the criteria for the acceptance process. Find the Norway Fine Arts Fair on Facebook or email NorwayFineArtsFair@norwayil.org.
For information about the Norway Improvement League, contact Brenda Brown at 815-488-2567 or visit the NIL website at www.norwayil.org.
Chamber hosts golf fun day
The Plano Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual “duffer” golf day on Friday, May 4 at Cedardell Golf Club, 14264 S. Hale St. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tee off at 1 p.m.
Individual golfers register for $35; a foursome is $140. The golf package includes a buffet lunch, nine holes of golf and two carts per foursome. For more information, call Rich Healy at 630-552-7272.
Swing dance at the Legion
Plano American Legion Leon Burson Post 395 and Talk of the Town Swing Band will host a big band swing dance from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at the Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St. A free lesson will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5, and all donations benefit Honor Flight Chicago to send World War ll veterans to Washington, D.C. Nondancers are invited as well to enjoy the music of days past.
Reulands dinner at St. Mary’s
Grilled pork chops and chicken will be featured at a drive-thru or dine-in dinner hosted by the St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7 at St. Mary School, 817 N. Center St. Reulands from Aurora will do the cooking.
A presale special is in effect through April 29 and each meal ticket can be purchased for $11. Ticket prices will increase after April 29. Diners have a choice of a two-piece pork chop or chicken meal or a combo. Each meal comes with German potatoes, applesauce, coleslaw, roll and butter. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office, at the Wash House Dry Cleaners or by calling Barb at 630-569- 4866. Drive-thru dinners will be distributed in the west parking lot of the school. Dine-in guests are asked to park in the angled parking spaces in the front of the school.
‘Science Tests Faith’
“Science Tests Faith” will be presented from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Monday, May 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1001 N. Center St. Tim Francis, founder of You Shall Believe Ministries, will discuss recent miraculous events, including the discovery of a consecrated Communion Host which turned to living flesh and blood, a statue of the Crucified Christ which weeps tears and blood and the filming of a woman who is said to bear the stigmata, the wounds of Christ.
Francis will explore what the investigative team discovered and how the results led him to a profound deepening of his own faith and a desire to share these scientific findings with others. Francis believes that DNA and forensic studies present a strong testimony for a renewed love and belief in the true presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Skeptics and people of all religious backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Rotary scholarship fundraiser
The Plano Rotary Club will host a barbecue drive-thru dinner, catered by 5 B’s Catering, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the intersection of U.S. Route 34 and Ben Street.
Tickets are $11 for a choice of two pork chops, half chicken or combination and side dishes. Tickets are available at the Plano Chamber office at 7050 Burroughs Drive.
Free oil change for single moms
Plano Christian Church, 9 Schomer Lane, is sponsoring free oil changes for single moms on Saturday, May 12 at the church. Call the church office at 630-552-7640 by Friday, May 4 to register with the make, model, year, engine cylinder size and engine liter size of the vehicle.
St. Paul hosts rummage sale
The St. Paul Catholic Church gigantic annual rummage sale is back from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 3 and 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 4 in the parish hall, 340 W. Arnold St. Park in back and enter through the south entrance.
Cancer support group meets
The “Movin’ On” Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at Fox Valley Older Adult Services, 1406 Suydam Road. Everyone touched by cancer is welcome.
Baseball dinner and auction set
Sandwich Boys Baseball will host its seventh annual dinner, auction and dance on Saturday, May 5 at the Fox Valley Older Adult Center in Sandwich. This event includes an awards ceremony honoring past and present board members, presidents, coaches, volunteers and community sponsors. The auction will include donations from various business, autographed memorabilia and tickets to sporting events.
Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. To make a donation or purchase tickets, call Steve Schiera at 815-570-9822 or email to SandwichBoysBaseball@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.sandwichboysbaseball.org.
Does my child have autism?
Join Dr. Karyn Erkfritz-Gay, PhD and the KishHealth Sytem Child Development team as they explain the symptoms, screenings, assessment and treatment options of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The free class is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 7 in the Valley West Medical Office Building. Registration is required for this program and closes three days before the program. A minimum number of participants is required. Call 815-786-3962 or visit www.valleywest.org/programs.
Suicide survivors meet
A local support group for survivors of suicide meets from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Monday of the month at Salem Lutheran Church, 1022 N. Main St. The next meeting is Monday, May 7. For more information, call 815-341-8856 or 630-482-9696.
Woodbury PPA fundraiser
Woodbury PPA is sponsoring a barbecue dinner, by 5 B’s Catering, and bake sale fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at the school, 322 E. Third St. Dinners feature either two pork chops, half chicken or a combination for $11 or a hot dog dinner for $5.
Tickets may be ordered in advance from the school or PPA members Ronda Scherer, 630-552-1824; Natalie Bobee, 630-688-6386; Neil Ahrens, 815-786-4041 or Lawrie Knepper, 815-786-6296.
Dodgeball tourney aids pantries
The Sandwich Fire Department’s third annual dodgeball tournament is set for Saturday, May 12 and will benefit the Harvest Chapel and Cornerstone food pantries. Spectators are welcome for $5 each or $8 per family. Concessions will be available from Johnny K’s with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the pantries.
For more information, contact Derek Haggerty at email@example.com or 630-270-9847.
Vote in baby contest
The GFWC IL Somonauk Junior Woman’s Club is conducting a baby photo contest in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Vote for your favorite baby at the Somonauk Public Library, Citizen’s First National Bank in Somonauk, Bud’s Citgo and Casey’s in Somonauk.
Cast votes with cash in the can of the cutest baby. Voting ends May 1. Winners receive gift certificates.
Your Family, Your Future
Matt Evans and Dave Weeks, CFP, of the Weeks Financial Group will present a financial planning workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 or 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 5 at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Refreshments will be served.
The event is free, but RSVPs are requested by visiting weeksfinancial.com or calling 630-753-9326.
Early registration available
Somonauk Christian School is accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. Request an application by phone at 815-498-2312 or online at www.somonaukchristian.com. SCS is a non-denominational Christian school providing quality educational training for students in pre-K (age 3) through high school. Call the school to schedule a visit to learn more about Somonauk Christian School.