* Today is the deadline for crafters looking to participate in Marmion Academy's two-day Christmas Craft Show. The juried craft show will be on Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. For information or to obtain an application, call the Alumni Office at (630) 897-6936, ext. 228 or visit marmion.org/alumni/alumni.html. The fee is $140 for a 10- by 10-foot booth with electricity available for an additional charge. Qualification for entry into the show is that some element of your craft must be hand made. Last year's show featured 158 crafters and drew more than 3,400 customers.
* The Elgin Children's Chorus is celebrating its 25th season of teaching life through song. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 with unchanged voices, are invited to audition for the 2010-11 season. Auditions are being scheduled on three Mondays in August: Aug. 2, 9 and 16. All auditions take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The program features music educators, weekly rehearsals, and live performances. Members develop music reading skills, critical listening abilities, and vocal skills. There are five choirs: Treble Choir, an entry level group; Intermezzo Choir, an intermediate group; Concert Choir, our principal performing ensemble and touring choir; Chamber Choir, a select group of singers who learn advanced choral techniques; and the Boys Ensemble, a group made up of all the young men from all ensembles. Auditions are easygoing and children do not need to read music. The essential chorister attitude is a desire to have fun learning great music and a commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals and performances. To prepare for the audition, you may want to brush up on the round "Are You Sleeping?" and the song "My Country 'tis of Thee." To schedule an audition or learn more about the chorus, visit elginchildrenschorus.org or call 847-931-SING (7464).
* St. Gall Catholic Church, Route 47 and Shannon Street, Elburn, will begin accepting donations today for its 26th annual rummage sale. All items should be in clean and usable condition. Items too heavy for one person to carry will not be accepted. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays. For details, contact Annette Theobold at (630) 557-2819 or email@example.com.
* Elburn & Countryside Community Center and Home Bound Healthcare offer an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Tuesday. This is also a free event offered to any senior in the Elburn and surrounding area. …