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Fermilab is about to host its first ever Spanish-language Ask-a-Scientist event, which will include a talk, a tour and the chance to ask scientists questions on March 12 and takes place twice a year.


City, park district urge coyote awareness

Area coyote sightings tend to increase this time of year. To help residents safely coexistence with coyotes, the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Park District have developed a Coyote Management Plan. The Plan is available on the City website at www.stcharlesil.gov/coexisting-local-coyotes.

The Plan contains answers to frequently asked question about coyotes, information about typical behaviors, and a checklist with tips to help make your yard unattractive to coyotes.

Coyotes are common across the state of Illinois, and are necessary in order to keep populations of smaller wild animals and vermin in check. We can expect an increase in coyote sightings between now and the spring as young coyotes leave their parents in search of mates and territories to call their own. And, during winter months, coyotes are more willing to venture out of their rural or wooded habitats and into residential areas in search of food and shelter.

For more information about the Coyote Management Plan, please contact the City of St. Charles at (630) 443-3744.


Three sessions for health issues input

The Kane County Health Department seeks input on health issues in sessions this week in Elgin and Aurora.

The department’s Community Council meetings are part of the Health Department’s #GiveKaneAVoice campaign — an unprecedented initiative by the Kane County Health Department to give Kane County residents a chance to speak their minds about the ideas, concerns and opinions that will shape future health programs. The Health Department is seeking volunteers from all walks of life to discuss ways to improve the culture of health where they live, work and play.

The Council meetings will be bilingual and food and childcare will be provided.

Meetings will be held at the following times, dates and locations:

  • Elgin: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday,  at the YWCA, 220 E. Chicago St.
  • Aurora: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at the Kane County Health Department, 1240 N. Highland Ave., Room 13.

Attendees are asked to contact Terry Roman at the Health Department  romanterry@co.kane.il.us or call (630) 264-7653.


‘Speakeasy’ is site for AHS fundraiser

The Aurora Historical Society spring fundraiser will be an evening in a 1920s speakeasy.  With a hot and cool jazz band, refreshments and a cash bar, visitors will take their stand against the 18th Amendment in the same way as millions of Americans did during Prohibition — only this time no laws will be broken.

The event, titled “Joe Sent Me,”  will be Friday, March 10 from 5:30-9pm in the lower level lounge at One East Benton, formerly  Aurora Public Library but now the home of Support Techs, a business support firm.

Cost is $45 per person, or $40 for historical society members.  Reservations are a must and can be made online at www.aurorahistory.net, by calling 630-906-0650, or send  a check (payable to the AHS) at PO Box 905, Aurora, IL  60507.

More information is available at www.aurorahistory.net or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aurorahistory.


Ask a Scientist in Spanish at Fermilab

Fermilab is about to host its first ever Spanish-language Ask-a-Scientist event, which will include a talk, a tour and the chance to ask scientists questions.

“We host an Ask-a-Scientist event every month, but this is the first one we’ve put together for the Spanish-speaking community,” said Andre Salles, media and community relations specialist. “The information on our website is in Spanish, but the (event begins) with a talk about neutrinos by scientist Minerba Betancourt and featuring Spanish-speaking scientists who can answer questions, free of charge.”

The Spanish-language event is set for March 12 and takes place twice a year; English-language Ask a Scientist tours generally take place on the first Sunday of the month.

For information call (630) 840-5588, or email edreg@fnal.gov.


WCC offers wedding event planner course

Waubonsee Community College is offering a unique opportunity — the chance to become a certified wedding and event planner.

The “Become a Certified Wedding and Event Planner” course will be held on Thursday evenings through May 4 at the college’s Sugar Grove campus. In partnership with the Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute, students will learn the business, networking and client relationship management skills required to succeed in this growing industry. The course fee includes all materials, as well as an online resource center, certificate exam fee and certification designation.

Anyone interested in the course is encouraged to visit www.waubonsee.edu/communityed, call Waubonsee’s Community Education department at (630) 466-2360 or email communityed@waubonsee.edu for more information.


Forest District seeks summer seasonal help

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County seeks applicants for 2017 summer seasonal and internships positions.

Available positions include full and part-time positions. Internships and/or seasonal positions are available in the following specialties: naturalist, natural resources technician, horticulturist/garden, public relations, human resources/volunteer services, campground attendant, wildlife technician, maintenance field operations and trades.

Applicants who apply for the campground attendant or horticulturist intern must be 21 years of age or older. Applicants for other summer positions must be 18 or older. All candidates must be able to work outdoors in adverse weather, possess a valid driver’s license, and able to maintain an enthusiastic, courteous, positive attitude and team spirit.

All candidates must apply online at http://www.kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx

For more information contact Human Resources Specialist Betsy Scaletta at (630) 208-8662 or e-mail hrforest@kaneforest.com. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Tech experts to discuss tomorrow’s IT workforce

Area technology experts share their thoughts on the future of the Information Technology workforce at Tech Talk Live, a workshop featuring CompTIA president and CEO Todd Thibodeaux, from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, in the Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center, Room 1022, at the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Presented by COD Business Solutions, this workshop is designed for technology leaders, CIOs, CTOs, managers, administers, recruiters and students and is intended for those working in various IT roles, including systems, network, help desk, security, inter-networking and technical certifications.

Registration is required. The cost of the workshop is $30 for professionals and each registration sponsors a COD student to attend free of charge.


ECC partners with college on fire science studies

In an effort to make a bachelor’s degree in fire science more affordable, Elgin Community College has partnered with Anna Maria College, located in Paxton, Mass., to form an articulation agreement for students studying fire science, providing students a cost-effective pathway to achieve a four-year degree in the chosen field of study.

The pathway provides a bachelor’s degree completion option for ECC graduates of the AAS Fire Science degree, and provides baccalaureate completion options in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Systems Administration.

The two-plus-two agreement will afford students the opportunity to spend two years at ECC and then two years online with Anna Maria College.

Anna Maria College was the first four-year institution in the country to offer courses approved by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network, which was established by the U.S. Fire Administration to promote higher education in the industry and reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.

ECC students interested in additional information should contact, Sean Jensen, director of transfer services at (847) 214-7195.

–Kane County News Briefs–