Kane gun buyback exhausts gift card supply on day one; ECC will organize college and career preparation sessions; Elgin Library Programs Exploring Tea, Coffee, Diamond Book – Chicago Tribune

The second day of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office weekend gun buyback event had to be canceled after organizers ran out of gift cards due to high turnout.

Held at the Kane County Health Department in Aurora, more than 100 firearms were turned in on Aug. 27, according to a news release.

The majority were old guns and revolvers that people didn’t know how to dispose of, officials said.

The no questions asked amnesty event allowed anyone to hand over a gun in exchange for a $100 gift card from the Community Christian Church.

Sheriff officials said they plan to “meet with our community partners and assess the need for” future buyout events.

Elgin Community College’s College Transitions and Secondary Partnerships Division will be offering free college and career readiness workshops throughout the 2022-23 school year.

All are free, open to the public and intended for middle and high school students and their parents.

Topics include exploring and applying for college, paying for college, and preparing for a career. Sessions will also cover early college credit options available through ECC, such as dual credit and advanced placement. Most workshops are virtual, with some having presentations in English and Spanish.

The college will also offer on-demand sessions for educators and school professionals to stream directly to schools and classrooms.

For more information or to register for upcoming workshops, visit elgin.edu/CCRevents. To register for on-demand sessions, visit elgin.edu/CCRondemand.

Kane County’s Forest Preserve District will offer “Nurtured by Nature,” a monthly series of skydiving hikes designed to allow participants to experience the healing effects of nature, district officials said.

Programs will include gentle stretching, deep breathing and a focus on awareness, organizers said.

The hikes will be from 10-11 a.m. Sunday and are scheduled for Sept. 11 at Lone Grove Forest Preserve, 49W055 Perry Road in Maple Park; Oct. 9 at Campton Forest Preserve, 4N379 Town Hall Road in St. Charles; and November 6 at Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve, 42W855 Bahr Road in Hampshire.

The program is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Registration is required and can be done by calling 630-444-3190 or emailing p[email protected]

For more information, visit www.kaneforest.com.

Among the free September programs offered at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin are an event exploring teas from around the world, a celebration of World Coffee Day and a discussion with author Anita Diamant.

  • 2 p.m. On Tuesday, September 6, Tom Hill, owner of Steep N’ Clay Tea & Pottery Shop in downtown Elgin, will offer tea samples while talking about various blends from around the world.
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Diamant will discuss his novel, “The Red Tent,” which has been published in 25 countries and has been made into a miniseries by Lifetime, along with his other books.
  • 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, National Coffee Day will be celebrated by tasting a variety of Starbucks coffees while learning about blends from countries around the world.

All three are being held at the Downtown Elgin Library, 270 N. Grove Ave.

To register, go online to gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597, or visit any library branch.

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