* Area seniors are invited to join naturalists with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for the monthly "Senior Stroll" adventures in the forest preserves. They will start 2009 with a stroll at Glenwood Forest Preserve in Batavia from 10 a.m. to noon today. This riverfront preserve is a good spot for eagle watching, so bring binoculars if you have some. Naturalists will also point out seasonal highlights such as animal tracks and winter vegetation. After the walk, there will be hot beverages and munchies to enjoy. There is no charge; donations are welcome. Glenwood Forest Preserve is located on Route 25, south of Funway in Batavia. In the event of inclement weather, call (847) 741-8350 for cancellation information.
* Betty Barsley-Marra, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Family Life will facilitate a six-week interactive workshop to help couples strengthen their relationship and improve communications. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 8 through Feb. 12. Every relationship can use a tuneup now and then. Invest some time this fall focusing on each other. The workshop will be held at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Registration online is available at web.extension.uiuc.edu/Kane or call (630) 584-6166.
* Gladly Learned returns with another fascinating presentation at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. The program on Antarctica will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the meeting room. Experience crossing the Drake Passage, the most turbulent waters in the world, and enter the icy wonderland of Antarctica. For information, visit www.geneva.lib.il.us.
* The Geneva Plan Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the city hall, 109 James St.
* The Sugar Grove Library board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the library meeting room, 54 Snow St.
* The North Aurora Riverfront Committee will meet at 4 p.m. today at the village hall, 25 E. State St.
* Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice offers Memorial Scrapbooking for those who wish to memorialize a loved one or to commemorate a life. Participants are asked to bring three photos of the loved one, scrapbooking supplies that they may have, and mementos to include. A nominal supply fee will be charged. Beginners are welcome. It will be offered from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. Registration is required at (630) 232-2233 or email@example.com.
* Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice offers Next Step, a monthly program for those who have been widowed or lost a significant other and who have already participated in some sort of grief counseling or support group. It begins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. A list of monthly topics can be found at www.fvvh.org. The program is free, but registration is required at (630) 232-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Geneva Public Library will host a traditional music program at 8 p.m. Friday with the Cooper, Nelson & Early Trio. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St. The trio plays traditional ballads, serious and comic songs, and sprightly dance tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and North America. This program is for audiences of all ages. For details, visit www.geneva.lib.il.us.
* Friday is the deadline to sign up for the exhibition basketball game. Aurora University alumni are invited to play in an exhibition basketball game at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 24, in Thornton gymnasium. Call (630) 844-5486 or email email@example.com. The alumni game will follow mens and womens varsity games against Rockford College at 2 and 4:15 p.m., respectively. Refreshments for players will follow the game. The public is invited to view the game. Admission is free to alumni. Call (630) 844-5486 for information.
* The Fox Valley Knitters Guild will host their gallery show titled "Stitches in Time Texture and Color Creating Design. …