Help EYPN Support Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

angel-tree-6This year EYPN is partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army on the organization’s annual Angel Tree program to help spread joy and cheer to the less fortunate during the holidays.

At our next EYPN meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at Dog’s Paw Brewing, 74 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, you can pick up an Angel Tag, which represents the holiday wish of an area youth. If you are unable to make the 10/27 meeting, you can also contact Elissa Kojzarek at ekojzarek@uwelgin.org to have an Angel Tag sent to you.

Participants should then purchase the item listed on the tag and bring it to the November EYPN meeting on Thursday, November 19.

Let’s make 2015 a warm and joyous holiday experience!

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Dec 8-14

ehfth14Elgin Home for the Holidays, presented by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, is in full swing so join us and be sure to add this week’s slate of events from our Elgin area non-profits to your shopping list:

DECEMBER 1-15
Christmas Toy Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

Help make the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin holiday celebration a little bit more merry for a child with your donations of unwrapped toys geared for youth between 1st – 12th grade. Donations can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls of Elgin Clubhouse located at 355 Dundee Avenue.  All donations will be distributed to Club Members at our December holiday celebration.

DECEMBER 1-31
Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber
Donation Drive

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.

DECEMBER 10
EYPN Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop
Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor

4-9PM
Free Event

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor and Elgin Young Professional Network is asking interested Cash Mobsters to join them from 4-9pm and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs. As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting – taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm.

DECEMBER 11
Tinsel Time with Dave Herzog’s Marionettes
Gail Borden Public Library
10AM
Free Event

Enjoy Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, a variety show featuring puppets that sing and dance to celebrate the holiday season. Mrs. Claus will join the fun!

DECEMBER 11
Holiday Open House
YWCA Elgin
5PM
Free Event

Please join the YWCA Elgin Board and Staff as we celebrate 113 years in the Elgin community. We look forward to our lobby being packed with friends from near and far who share in the festive spirit of the season, while meeting with neighbors and enjoying the home- baked holiday treats, warm apple cider, holiday music and the YW’s Tree of Thanks!

DECEMBER 11
Downtown Neighborhood Association Annual Holiday Mixer
Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street
6PM
Free Event

Celebrate the season as well as another year of service to the downtown Elgin community. This is a cash bar event, however, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Eventastik will be served. RSVP in advance to info@downtownelgin.com.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Luncheon
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
12PM
Ticketed Event

Enjoy a festive, homemade Christmas luncheon while flower arrangements are being made. The flower arrangements will be auctioned off after lunch. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the church office through December 8th.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Posada
Gail Borden Public Library
2PM
Free Event

Bring your family and friends for a Christmas celebration ‘posada-style.’ There will be crafts, stories, Mexican punch, candy, and traditional Christmas carols in Spanish with the St. Joseph Church choir. No registration. Meadows Community Rooms.

DECEMBER 13-14
ESO Magical Holiday Concerts featuring Elgin Master Chorale
Elgin Symphony Orchestra at Hemmens Cultural Center
2:30 & 7:30PM – Saturday
2:30PM – Sunday
Ticketed Event

A truly magical experience awaits you at the ESO holiday concerts with the Elgin Master Chorale.  Featuring your favorite holiday music, the concerts are perfect for the whole family.

DECEMBER 13
Live Read Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Side Street Studio Arts

8PM
Ticketed Event

Side Street Studio Arts Live Read Series flips the script, literally on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. With the help of local artists and actors, we will create live script-reading sessions of this modern American cinema masterpiece. $5 Suggested Donation at the door - $1 from every donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin.

DECEMBER 14
Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel

9AM-12PM
Free Event

The annual Chanukah Bazaar features items for sale related to Chanukah and Judaism.

DECEMBER 14
Latke Lunch
Congregation Kneseth Israel
12PM
Ticketed Event

Family lunch featuring traditional latkes (potato pancakes) and hot dogs in celebration of the holiday of Hanukah.  Open to all ages.  Reservations a must. Call 847-741-5656 or go to www.ckielgin.org

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.

Elgin Home for the Holidays features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events.

For a list of all 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays events as well as a complete list of participating Elgin area non-profits, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

Join the Holiday Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop 12/10

felt-handmade-christmas-crafts-holiday-decorations-1Still have stockings to stuff or last minute gifts to grab? Then you need to “join the mob” this holiday shopping season with Elgin Young Professionals Network.

On Wednesday, December 10, EYPN invites you and yours to their Holiday Cash Mob from 4-9pm at the Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor in downtown Elgin above the brand new Solo restaurant and wine bar.

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor.

Cash Mobsters are asked to attend and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs.

NEWLY ADDED! As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting - taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm. Here’s to making your shopping day merry and bright with a Solo wine tasting flight!

EYPN coordinates and promotes these Cash Mobs throughout the year as a way to recognize and support the local businesses that provide Elgin with its character, economic partnerships and genuine customer service.

Be sure to 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 for the EYPN Holiday Cash Mob, visit our EYPN Cash Mob Event Page on Facebook.

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 2014 Registration Deadline Extended!

ehfth14The deadline for Elgin area non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups and places of worship to register for the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays program has been extended until Friday, September 5. Interested organizations can register online at www.ElginYoungProfessionals.com.

Elgin Home for the Holidays is a collaborative marketing and promotional effort to promote all of the wonderful holiday events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities Elgin’s non-profit community has to offer.

1459264_644824345537740_1988261367_nThe program includes a kick-off extravaganza on Saturday, November 8 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, featuring a non-profit expo, Ecker Center’s Festival of Trees, and a variety of holiday programming and family-friendly activities.

For an upfront $75 buy-in fee, all Elgin Home for the Holidays participants’ events are cross promoted thru a printed calendar of events as well as via social media and at the soon-to-be-released EHFTH website: www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

For more information about Elgin Home for the Holidays, please contact Elaina McCalmont at Elaina@little-angels.us or Brittany Mitchell at bmitchell@padsofelgin.org.

Sign Up for Elgin Home for the Holidays

ehfth14Elgin Young Professionals Network is again looking forward to working with area nonprofits on the annual Elgin Home for the Holidays  – a collaborative community partnership that brings together many Elgin area non-profit organizations to collectively promote all of the wonderful holiday activities, attractions and events the Elgin non-profit community has to offer.

The Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event will be hosted by Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, on Saturday, November 8 from 1pm to 4pm.

To participate in the collaborative marketing effort and the kick-off event, please use the link below to submit your organization’s information.  A PayPal invoice for the EHFTH buy-in in the amount of $75 will be sent to you after your form is submitted.

SIGN UP FOR ELGIN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

We encourage you to pass this information along to any organization that would be interested in participating in this effort.  The more nonprofits that participate, the bigger and better this year’s Elgin Home for the Holiday program will be!