Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov. 1-8

ehfth14Once tricks and treats give way to snow covered streets, you know the holidays can’t be far behind. So why not come home for the holidays…to Elgin?

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 include a donation drive, a landmark anniversary celebration, the return of a beloved Elgin Christmas tradition, a holiday concert by one of Elgin’s most treasured performing arts institutions and more:

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 2, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra opens up the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays calendar of events with their Things That Go Bump concert at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 2pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Things that Go Bump is a concert filled with music of the dark side, featuring works of Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Mussorgsky, and more

EACBeginning Monday, November 3 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.

festoftreesAlso beginning Monday, November 3 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Ecker Center for Mental Health presents their annual Festival of Trees Display. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will be on public display at the library thru Friday, November 14 and are sponsored by individuals and organizations, decorated by volunteer designers/decorators and later sold at the Festival of Trees Auction on Saturday, November 15 at the Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates. 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.

Kickoff_HorseCarriageWe will officially launch the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays campaign on Saturday, November 8 from 1-4pm at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, at the Elgin Home for the Holidays Kickoff Extravaganza. Ring in the holiday season in Elgin with free horse drawn carriage rides outside the library along the Fox River, live holiday entertainment, a non-profit expo featuring this year’s EHFTH participating non-profit organizations, kids’ craft activities, Reading with Mrs. Claus – presented by United Way of Elgin, and the Ecker Center Festival of Trees all at this free, fun holiday event. The Elgin Home for the Holidays Kickoff Extravaganza is co-sponsored by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library.

30th-anniversary-logoLater on the evening of Saturday, November 8 starting at 6pm, the Literacy Connection invites you to help them celebrate their landmark 30th Anniversary at Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin. The fundraising event includes speaker Rob Shindler – author & adult literacy advocate, plus a buffet dinner & cash bar, and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $75 each and available at www.ElginLiteracy.org. Business attire.

Also our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you 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.

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.

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