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The Holly Jolly Market and Festival, including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a fireworks show, will be held from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 26 at Oasis Fun Center, 7877 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The Holly Jolly Market and Festival, including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a fireworks show, will be held from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 26 at Oasis Fun Center, 7877 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Elk Grove Township

Elk Grove Township unveils new Mobile Dental Clinic

Elk Grove Township, which includes parts of Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows, recently purchased a new Mobile Dental Clinic to replace one that had served the community for 12 years. The new Mobile Dental Clinic is 40 feet long, weighs 12.5 tons and features two exam rooms. The clinic originated in partnership with Northwest Community Healthcare to provide a mobile facility for community members who do not have access to dental health care due to financial barriers. In the last 12 years, the clinic has provided 2,200 days of care for services in excess of $6 million to 28,000 patients. The clinic has received $1.66 million in funding from NCH, as well as $744,000 in grants and $1 million in additional funding from other participating townships. In addition, NCH recently developed a relationship with Midwestern College of Dental Medicine to provide the mobile clinic with fourth-year dentistry students in an effort to provide more patient visits. For more information about the Mobile Dental Clinic program, contact the Elk Grove Township General Assistance Department at (847) 437-0300, via email at or visit


Library to host off-site program on Alzheimer’s, dementia

The Indian Trails Public Library District will present a special off-site program, Alzheimer’s Disease: Our Modern Epidemic, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Wheeling Pavilion Center, 199 N. First Street. Presenter Carrie Jackson, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, will discuss how to recognize symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and how to find resources for assistance. In addition, Jackson will provide information on why the disease is taking such a large toll on society. Admission is free. Registration is required. To register, and for more information, call Adult Services at (847) 459-4100, Ext. 312 or visit


Village offers Winter Food Scrap Composting Program

The village announced that its Yard Waste and Food Scrap Composting programs will end Dec. 16 and resume again on March 17, 2017. However, residents will have an opportunity to continue in the Food Scrap Composting Program, as Groot Industries is offering a winter subscription program — at a seasonal cost of $125 per household — for pick-up every other Friday from Dec. 23 until March 10, 2017. In order to participate in the Winter Food Scrap Composting Program, contact Groot at (800) 244-1977 no later than Nov. 30. For more details, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 381-7903 or via email at — or visit

Tinley Park

ComEd to conduct vegetation management activities

The village announced that ComEd will conduct vegetation management activities on distribution circuits in the Tinley Park area within the next few months. Vegetation management is a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of power outages. Qualified line-clearance workers, contracted by ComEd, will perform the tree pruning work. Supervisors and general foremen will be in close contact with the crews to ensure that the work is performed safely and properly. To view a map of the area affected by vegetation management activities, visit For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, visit or call (800) 334-7661.


Public Works employees graduate from statewide training program

The village reported that six members of Schaumburg’s Engineering & Public Works Department leadership team recently became the village’s first graduates of the Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI), a three-year training program that provides mid-career development and training for municipal and county supervisory employees. A total of 50 participants were part of the first graduating class that included employees from across the state. Schaumburg’s graduates are Brian Wagner, Superintendent of Utility Services; Tim Molitor, Water Division Foreman; Scott Finander, Landscape Division Foreman; Thomas Doonan, Fleet Division Foreman; Carmen Zepeda, Sanitary and Sewer Division Foreman; and Kristin Mehl, Senior Civil Engineer. All graduates were recognized during IPSI’s 15th Annual Institute, in downstate Effingham, on Oct. 6. For more information, call (847) 895-4500 or visit


Holly Jolly Market and Festival to include annual tree lighting

The village announced that the Holly Jolly Market and Festival, including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a fireworks show, will be held from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 26 at Oasis Fun Center, 7877 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event includes an opportunity to meet Santa Claus, Storytelling with Mrs. Claus (presented by the Niles Arts and Culture Council), children’s activities and crafts, a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting, trolley and train rides, live music by The B-Side Band and a performance by the Gemini Junior High School Band. Food and beverages (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase. In addition, attendees can ride a horse-drawn sleigh with a donation to Toys for Tots or a non-perishable food item. Vendors at the market will offer a variety of holiday wares and food items for sale, including Christmas ornaments, poinsettias, roasted nuts and more. Admission to the Holly Jolly Market and Festival is free. For more information, call (847) 588-8000 or visit


New Drug Collection Unit installed at Police Dept.

The city announced that it has installed a Drug Collection Unit in the lobby of the Countryside Police Department, 5500 East Ave., after receiving a grant from CVS Pharmacy. The unit was installed to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medication (including controlled substances), and will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The city’s intention is to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, especially among teens. For more information, call (708) 354-7270 or visit

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