South Elgin winter break applications open; a holiday book sale to be held Nov. 25-27 at the Elgin Library; Free admission Tuesday at Randall Oaks Zoo, Winterfest begins Dec. 3 – Chicago Tribune | Tech US News


The deadline to register children for the winter vacation camp offered by the South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department is Monday, December 5th.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-23, Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 3-6 at the South Elgin Municipal Annex at 1 W. State St.

The cost is $43 per day for South Elgin residents and $53 per day for non-residents. Babysitting before camp from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and babysitting after camp from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be available for an additional fee.

Children must bring their own lunch, snack and refillable water bottle each day.

For more information and to register, call 847-622-0003 or visit

The Gail Borden Library Foundation will hold a Mini Holiday Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 and 26, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

The sale will feature gently used books, audiobooks, CDs, puzzles and other items, most priced at $1 or $2. On Saturday, customers can buy one item and get another free at the book sale and at Gail’s Sales, the library’s used book sales area.

Proceeds from the sale are used to fund library exhibits. For more information, go to

To celebrate the Dundee Township Park District’s 70th anniversary, admission to Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee will be free on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and $3 on Friday, Nov. 25.

Winterfest weekend events from 12pm to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays are scheduled for December 3rd and 4th, December 10th to 11th and December 17th to 18th.

Attractions include holiday lights and decorations; animal caroling on Saturdays at 6 p.m.; Santa Claus visits on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and there is a bonfire every evening.

Regular zoo admission fees apply. The zoo is located at 1180 N. Randall Road.

For more information, go to


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