EYPN Judging Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland

1441370_10151772149570920_2796441_nOn Saturday, December 6 from 12-5:30pm, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin presents their 16th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland holiday event and Elgin Young Professionals Network will play a role.

This year EYPN members Krisilee Murphy, Saul Acevedo, Angela Carlson, Emily Tyler and Jen Crazythunder will all serve as judges for the storefront window decorating contest. Jason Pawlowski and Kari Christensen will also serve as photographers at the Photos with Santa activity at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street.

The decorating theme for this year’s Window Wonderland is “Holiday Scenes from the Silver Screen”. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, Santa’s Crew live reindeer, chestnut roasting and much more. The day will culminate with the City of Elgin’s annual tree lighting at 5pm at 150 Dexter Court.

For more information about the 16th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland, visit the DNA website at www.DowntownElgin.com or follow Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL on Facebook

Holiday Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop

1724549_629572160486398_2458379013185361641_nAs you prepare your holiday shopping for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend, Elgin Young Professionals Network invites you to join them for their next Cash Mob on Wednesday, December 10 from 4-9pm at the Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor in downtown Elgin above the new solo Restaurant and Wine Bar. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street during this time to fulfill the rest of your holiday shopping needs.

EYPN encourages everyone to “Mob” the Pop-Up Shop as their Cash Mob target this season. Mobbers are asked to go and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses.

EYPN promotes these Cash Mobs as a way to recognize and support the local businesses that provide Elgin with its character, economic partnerships and the real customer service that helps make the unique variety products they sell even better. Just because a big box store is bigger…doesn’t mean they have more to offer than our local small businesses.

Tell your friends and family to join us for a night of shopping small with EYPN in downtown Elgin.

For more information or to RSVP, visit our EYPN Cash Mob Event Page on Facebook.

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov 10-16

ehfth14You better not pout or cry because we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of this week’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events for you to unwrap.

This year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays promotion, co-sponsored by the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events sure to fill the brisk Elgin air with the warming spirit of the season.

This week’s slate of Elgin Home for the Holidays events includes a roll of the dice to support the efforts of a vital community non-profit, chamber performances by a renowned area youth symphony orchestra, and a Christmas tree auction that can help brighten the lives of those afflicted with mental illness while simultaneously brightening up your home for the holidays:

pads-logoLet the good times roll on Friday, November 14 at 6:30pm at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold Street in Elgin, at the PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament. Join them for a night of fun and friendly competition. Enjoy two rounds of dice tournament play as well as dinner and soft drinks. Prizes will be given out for most wins, most losses and most Buncos. No experience necessary! Tickets are only $25.

30th-anniversary-logoOn Saturday, November 15 beginning at 9:30am at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, give the gift of literacy this holiday season. The Literacy Connection’s Volunteer Tutoring takes only 1-2 hours per week to work with adults who need to improve their reading or English skills. You do not need to be a teacher or to speak a foreign language to tutor. You only need to be 18+ years old and able to read, speak and write English. They have 130+ people on their waiting list for a tutor. You could help an adult with limited English discover their full potential and make a profound positive impact on his or her life, resulting in a rewarding experience in your own life.

festoftreesThere’s only a few days left to enjoy the Ecker Center for Mental Health‘s annual Festival of Trees Display at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will continue to be displayed at the library thru Friday, November 14 at noon and are sponsored by individuals and organizations and decorated by volunteer designers/decorators.

Ecker_Festival_of_Trees_Logo_2014Then on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 5:30pm all of these beautifully decorated trees will be sold to the highest bidders at the annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Enjoy a sparkling evening of fun, exquisite culinary service, live and silent auctions, raffles, prizes, live music and, of course, the stars of the show…the trees! Proceeds benefit the Ecker Center for Mental Health. For more information or to purchase your tickets for the Festival of Trees Auction, visit www.FestofTreesElgin.org.

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 16, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Chamber Music Institute concerts at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. The concerts feature EYSO students in small chamber ensembles. The event is free and open to the community!

EACContinuing now thru the end of December 2014, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Holiday Wish List. Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

We would also like to thank everyone who shared in the holiday cheer at our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event on Saturday, November 14 at Gail Borden Public Library. If you missed the event, please feel free to browse our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off Facebook photo album.

Special thanks to:

- Our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Brittany Mitchell and Elaina McCalmont for all of your time, dedication and hard work on this year’s program;

- Elgin Young Professionals Network members Elissa Kojzarek, Christina Pearson, Jason Pawlowski, Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo and Justin Budd for your volunteer service at the event;

- All of the Gail Borden Public Library staff, lead by EYPN Board Member Stacy Michel;

- All the participating Elgin area non-profit organizations who joined us for our non-profit expo;

- Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices for providing the musical entertainment;

- Elgin 360 Photography Club photographer Paul Conarty for manning the holiday photo booth;

- United Way of Elgin for coordinating the Reading with Mrs. Claus activity;

- Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service for providing the holiday horse drawn carriage rides along the Fox River;

- Brian Fletcher of the Daily Herald for helping promote the kick-off event as well as the November and December calendar of events.

For a complete and detailed listing of all of this year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events or to find out more about the participating non-profit organizations, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.