Archives for October 2013
When you spend money in downtown Elgin, those dollars spent at the locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development…all that with just a simple purchase!
Also, business owners – please let us know if you have specials, events, or just some good to news to share so we can help drive consumers to your business.
Stop by and see their unique vintage and retro items in their original state as well as an occasional vintage and retro item that has been refinished, redone or repurposed!
Here’s how a Cash Mob works:
1. Show up at Retro-a-Gogo, 5-6 on Thursday November 14th.
2. Invite all your friends via social media, word of mouth, Pony Express, Morse Code… whatever!
3. All participating Cash “Mobsters” agree to spend a minimum of $20 at Retro-a-GoGo… $20 for a unique gift for yourself (you deserve it!) or even a friend, will go a long way!
4. Spend the $20 and your name will be entered into a DNA Gift Certificate raffle drawing!
Start your holiday shopping early…You are sure to find that unique and fun gift from Retro-a-GoGo!
To register for workshops, go to www.elginfallback2013.even
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013
9 am – 12 pm: THE INTRGRATED PERFORMER with John Tovar and M.A.C.E. – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (mainstage), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin; Come with comfortable clothes and be ready to move!
9:30 am – 12 pm: WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN! A CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP with Rita Cochran – FREE Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin; Come with: Comfortable clothing
How much fun would it be to have your very own dragon? Students, ages 6 to 12 can create their own rendition of a mischievous dragon. After listening to the story “When a DRAGON moves in” students are guided step by step though the process of creating a dragon sculpture with colorful self-drying clay.
10 am – 1:30 pm: LANDSCAPE PASTEL TECHNIQUES with Susan Henshaw – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (lower level), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin; Come with: Basic set of Pastels, paper towel and a reference photo
10 am – 2pm: SEEING THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENSE with Susan McConnell – FREE The Art of Photography & Editing Hemmens Cultural Center (lower level), 45 Symphony Way; Come with: A camera, walking shoes, and weather-appropriate attire
Susan McConnell, an award-winning photographer/artist whose work is in several public collections and published in magazines across the country, will lead workshop participants through an interactive photography class that will include photo editing. Have You Seen Elgin Like This? Each student will have his/her photos featured on a newly created Website called, “Have You Seen Elgin Like This?”
1 pm – 3pm: CREATIVE NON-FICTION writing with Eric Burns – FREE Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin; Come with: An excerpt from one of your current projects
Eric Burns, former NBC News correspondent and winner of several major writing awards in three genres, will lead this workshop for writers who wish to improve their non-fiction abilities.
2 pm – 5pm: UNARMED STAGE COMBAT with John Tovar and M.A.C.E. – FREE Hemmens Cultural Center (mainstage), 45 Symphony Way, Elgin; Come with: comfortable clothes and be ready to move
A class for anyone with a passion for the performing arts! Come learn the most popular and commonly used unarmed techniques in theatre. From pushes, falls, hair-pulls, and more, the class will focus on safety and good partnering skills while creating the illusion of violence. This class will be taught by award-winning Fight Director John Tovar and Rachel Stubbs.
2 pm – WHY ART MATTERS: THE STATE OF CREATIVITY with Randy Cohen – Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s advocacy organization for the arts in Washington D.C. will head up a FREE Town Hall discussion about the arts & economic prosperity at the Gail Borden Library in the Elgin Room. Make sure you attend this sections with a vision for Elgin and good questions! Mr. Cohen will be joined by Sean Hargadon, chairman of the City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission, to share insightful information about the impact of the arts in the City of Elgin.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
3 pm: SOIREE LYRIQUE: Solange Sior in Recital – SUGGESTED DONATION Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor A musical performance
To register for the workshops, please go to www.cityofelgin.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1119 or www.elginfallback2013.even
For more information, contact Sean Hargadon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cityofelgin.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1119
DOWNTOWN ELGIN SHRED EVENT
Helping Elgin go GREEN
Over the years, Future Link IT has been helping you protect your electronic data and keeping it secure. Now Future Link IT would like to help you securely destroy your paper data and protect you and your customers from identity theft by sponsoring a Downtown Elgin Shred Event.
What: Downtown Elgin Shred Event
When: October 23rd From 11-2
Where: Downtown Elgin – South West Corner of Kimball St and Grove Ave in the old library parking lot. (Home of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market)
Businesses and individuals will be able to drive up and drop of any paper they would like to have shredded. It will be shredded on the spot in a commercial shred truck and then recycled, keeping your personal or customer data protected. There are no limits to how many boxes of paper that you can bring, however, if the truck gets filled before 2pm, the event is done.
For more information, contact Future Link IT at 224-523-8063 or the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456.
Elgin Public House at 219 E. Chicago St. will be hosting an Oktoberfest Dinner Pairing on Tuesday, October 22nd. Come out and enjoy some authentic German food, great drinks and a friendly atmosphere.
The reception starts at 6:30pm. It is $45 dollars per person plus tax and gratuity. To see the full menu and information, click here.
Join Grand Victoria Casino in Festival Park, 132 S. Grove on Saturday, October 13 for another Rock ‘N Roll Jackpot Concert featuring legendary bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Kay & Steppenwolf. Doors for this show open at 4 pm. John Kay & Steppenwolf get your motor running at 5:30 pm, while Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks the house starting at 7:30 pm.
Tickets start at $25 each. Buy your tickets today!
Elgin’s Signature Halloween event, Nightmare on Chicago Street tickets are now available! Tickets are available at the DNA or online. To contact the DNA, call 847-488-1456 or you may order the tickets online here.
Tickets pre-ordered are only $7, otherwise they are $10 at the gate. This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26th.
Ticket admits one adult. 17 & younger will not be admitted without a parent/guardian. Weapons of any kind will not be admitted into the safe zone.
For more information, see http://www.nightmareonchicagostreet.com/about-us/