Giving Back: Animal Walk, Special Olympics, Friends of the Library and More

Those interested in giving back to the community will have plenty of chances to do so in the near future. Below, check out a list of upcoming volunteer and fundraising opportunities.


WHAT: Run 4 Ronald Fun Run

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29. Race-day registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the race set to start at 1 p.m. Games will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Beecher Community Park, 901 Game Farm Road, Yorkville

WHY GO? The one-mile fun run will include costume judging, hair feathering, a bounce house, face painting, raffles and games.

Additionally, all profits gained from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital.

NEED TO KNOW: Game tickets will be available for purchase after the race, which will be held rain or shine.

COST: $15 individual/$35 per family before Oct. 15; $20 individual, $45 family day-of registration

MORE INFORMATION: www.signmeup.com


WHAT: The Timbers of Shorewood Outreach

WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3

WHERE: The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road

WHY GO? Participants will visit with residents of the Timbers of Shorewood, an assisted-living facility.

NEED TO KNOW: Those ages 18 and up are welcome to attend this event, which is run through the Shorewood-Troy Public Library.

MORE INFORMATION: http://il.evanced.info/shorewood/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=3333&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=10/1/2011&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=


WHAT: Special Olympics Illinois Fundraiser

WHEN: All day Oct. 3

WHERE: , 1550 Douglas Road, Oswego

WHY GO? officers and others will participate in a "Tip-a-Cop" fundraiser to support the Special Olympics Illinois. will donate 10 percent of total bills to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.

Additionally, from 6 to 10 p.m., the department will sell 50/50 raffle tickets, raffle tickets to win a 2011 Harley Davidson FLSTC Softail Classic or five big-screen HDTVs, and Torch Run merchandise. All proceeds will support the Special Olympics Illinois.

NEED TO KNOW: Customers should tell servers that they are there for the fundraiser, or present pre-printed tickets for the event, which will be available at the door or in the lobby. Both dine-in and carry-out orders will apply to the fundraiser.

MORE INFORMATION: Officer Cherese Spears, 1-630-551-7359 // Connie Jackson, 1-630-551-7300


WHAT: Channahon-Minooka Rotary fourth annual October Fest

WHEN: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 1

WHERE: Dollinger Farms, 7502 E. Hansel Road, Channahon

WHY GO? Not only will this event include music, brats, beverages and live music, but it also will do some good, as fundraising will be included. Last year, funds raised went to scholarships to local graduating high school seniors; provided dictionaries to third-graders in the Channahon and Minooka school districts; provided "service above self" awards to graduating eighth-graders; gave scholarships for a weekend leadership conference; and filled other needs.

NEED TO KNOW: The catered dinner will include bratwurst, smoked pork chops, potato salad, Waldorf salad, vegetable trays and apple strudel. A variety of beer, wine, soda and water will be available for purchase. Live music will be performed from 7 to 11 p.m. by the band Living Proof.

COST: $30 per ticket

MORE INFORMATION: www.dollingerfarms.com/octoberfest.htm


WHAT: Walk for the Animals

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2

WHERE: Fox Valley Park District's Lincoln Park Dog Park, located on the south side of the park at Russell and Lakewood in Aurora.

WHY GO? Hosted by the Animal Welfare League, proceeds will go to spay and neuter costs for adoptable animals.

NEED TO KNOW? Participants will receive a T-shirt and a goody bag.

MORE INFORMATION: Email fvawlinfo@gmail.com or visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/files/u11/PawsinthePark_Flier_Fall2011.pdf


WHAT: Friends of the Library Meeting

WHEN: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 26

WHERE: Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St.

WHY GO? The Friends of the Library volunteer group will meet to plan events and programs in support of the library. Anyone interested in volunteering with the group can attend the meeting.

NEED TO KNOW: The meeting will take place in the large meeting room.

MORE INFORMATION: Call 1-815-436-6639 or visit http://il.evanced.info/plainfield/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=13952&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=10/1/2011&kw=volunteer&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=


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