* This month's "Senior Stroll" will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve, 41W600 Hughes Road, Elburn. Local seniors are invited to join this popular monthly program series. This month, they will tap maple trees and learn about the process of maple sugaring, as well as learning how to identify maple trees among all the other trees in the spring forest. It is free; donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Call (847) 741-8350. Registration is not required. Visit kaneforest.com.
* Curator Jessica McTague will present "A History of Scouting in Geneva" at 7 p.m. today in the community room at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St. This slide show and lecture will feature a behind-the-scenes account of the exhibition process and procedures for the exhibition titled, "Scouting: A Century of Values," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program will highlight loan items and donations that were acquired from community members for this special exhibition. Participants are encouraged to share their Geneva Scouting stories as well. $5, $3 for members and students. For more information, call (630) 232-4951 or visit genevahistorycenter.org.
* Author Irina Reyn will speak of the many trials faced by immigrant women as part of Elgin Community College's spring 2010 Speaker Series. "Immigrant Women: Voices of Identity and Assimilation," a lecture presented by the ECC Humanities Center, begins at 11 a.m. today in the Advanced Technology Center Auditorium on the main campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The event is free and open to the public. Reyn will discuss the challenges faced by immigrant women as they find a new voice and identity after immigrating to the United States. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 7 from Moscow and now teaches English literature and writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Reyn is the author of "What Happened to Anna K.?," a modern day version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina set in present-day New York City within a community of Russian Jewish immigrants. A round-table will follow Reyn's presentation at 12:30 p.m. in the Instruction Center, Room ICT 102. For more information about the 2010 Speaker Series, call (847) 214-7864.
* TriCity Family Services is hosting its 21st annual benefit and auction, "Spring Break" on Friday at the Eaglebrook Country Club in Geneva. The event will feature extensive silent and live auctions, a split the pot raffle, dinner and cash bar. A D.J. with an all-digital library will be taking song dedications for a $10 donation. Attendees will be invited to play the "Toss for the Cause" corn hole game to win a variety of surprise gift certificates. Live auction highlights include weeklong stays in vacation homes in Casey Key, Florida and Beulah, Mich., a Chicago Bulls VIP experience for six and a in-home gourmet dinner for 20. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Attire is casual, but no jeans are allowed per club policy. Tickets are $75 each. Reservations can be made online at tricityfamilyservices.org or call the TriCity Family Services offices at (630) 232-1070.
* Welcome spring in downtown Geneva during the First Fridays Art Gallery Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. This March, the First Fridays event includes nine downtown Geneva galleries who are hosting special events, artists show openings, or live performances in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. Galena Cellars is the newest art venue this month. A gallery directory and map is available at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, online at artgalleriesgeneva.com or at any of the participating galleries. For more information, call (630) 232-6060.
* For the first Friday Feature this month, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, will feature resident artist, Matthew J. Larson, to present his "New Classics," a DJ session, introducing the produce of his travels in rare beat and ethereal composition. …