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C-SPAN coming to Elgin:
As part of its historical "American Writers" series, C-SPAN will make a stop in Elgin on Thursday. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the C-SPAN mobile television studio will travel to the Gail Borden Public Library to celebrate the end of its summer reading program. Then, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Elgin Historical Society Museum, the cable network will record discussions with area historian E.C. Alft, Jerry Turnquist of the historical society, and resident Medina Gross as they talk about authors Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser. In addition, Elgin High School students will show their meatpacking business documentary "American Dream/American Tragedy," which is based on Sinclair's novel "The Jungle."
Cary program holds registration:
It's not too early to register your kids for the Cary Park District's Extended Time program, which offers day care services before and after school. The program is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grades. The morning session goes from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. while the after-school session lasts until 6 p.m. Parents can register at the park district and will need to bring a month's fee as a deposit. It costs $80 a month for the morning session, $150 for the after-school session and $230 for both. The park district does offer full day care for morning kindergartners. For more information, call (847) 639-7448.
Elgin Commission holds hearing:
The Elgin Heritage Commission is holding a public hearing tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall to solicit opinion on the designation of the Lords Park neighborhood as an Elgin Historic District. Residents from any part of Elgin are welcome to comment on the proposed designation.
Sherman holds second car wash:
Top administrators at Sherman Hospital in Elgin again will wash cars for charity Wednesday. The car wash runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sherman Hospital Resource Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. A car wash costs $3, and a van or truck wash costs $4. All proceeds will go to the hospital's campaign to help United Way of Elgin. Last year, the hospital raised $65,000, and hopes to top that this year.
Dryer lint the cause of fire: A Carpentersville family of six was displaced Monday morning when their townhouse ignited because of lint build-up in the home's dryer, authorities said. No one was hurt in a fire about 10 a.m. Monday at 2124 Morningside, Unit A. Carpentersville fire Lt. Christopher Bolliger said the fire began in the first-floor laundry room and traveled to the attic of the two-story townhouse before it was extinguished half an hour later. The fire engulfed the home and caused some smoke damage to the adjacent unit to the east, Bolliger said. Residents of that home were evacuated. Authorities did not know if they were able to return to the home. The local chapter of the American Red Cross placed the family of the home where the fire started at the Days Inn in Elgin, Bolliger said. …