Our signature event is March into Health, a month-long offering of free events, activities and educational sessions put on by our partner organizations – all focused on helping our local residents adopt healthier lifestyles.
March 2 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Kickoff event featuring Wendy & DB Interactive Family Concert
Celebrate healthy fun for the whole family:
- Cooking demo and tasting with Chef Doug from Tarragon Catering
- Fresh Market fresh fruit giveaway and roaming fruit juggler
- Kids crafts and activities
- VNA Mobile Health Clinic will be present to provide free blood pressure, diabetes and BMI screenings
Free tickets to the Wendy & DB Interactive Family Concert will be distributed at the Activate Elgin lobby table from 1 – 3 pm.
March 1 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rethinking March Madness: Revolutionizing Healthy Living
Get back on track with your New Year’s resolution to have a healthier, happier life! Visit informational tables and listen to keynote speakers to learn more about health wellness and creating healthy habits. Presented as part of ECC’s Women’s History Month celebration. Elgin Community College Building B, 1700 Spartan Dr
March 1 – Noon – 1:30 pm – U-46’s Wellness Fest
Fun activities for all ages. Discover new skills and good habits to achieve personal, academic and social success. Research shows that good nutrition and physical activity before, during and after the school day is strongly correlated with positive student
outcomes. Enjoy use of the Centre for the day; this event is free and open to the community.
Partners: The Department of Food and Nutrition Services, U-46 Wellness Committee, Elgin Parks and Recreation and Activate Elgin. Held at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way
March 2 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kane County Medical Reserve Corps
Learn personal and family preparedness techniques, lifesaving skills during emergency and ways you can join the KCMRC. Kanehealth.com
Presenter: KCMRC is a volunteer agency aimed to support health and safety of local communities. Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person.
March 2 – 10:30 am – Noon – Chamber Music on the Fox – Dancing Animals
All ages. Join us for a morning of music and movement featuring Camille Saint-Saens’ delightful suite, “The Carnival of the Animals.” Cellist Sara Sitzer and french hornist Kelly Langenberg of Chamber Music on the Fox will explore musical concepts of rhythm, form, and sound production, and Dr. Kelly Stokes of the Salt Creek Ballet will teach participants a dance to accompany the live music. chambermusiconthefox.org Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 4 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Healthy Travels Lunch & Learn
Calling all seniors! Join us on a journey to discover healthy lifestyles from around the world with a Fit & Strong program with Senior Services’ Mini Vazquez and Gail Borden’s Tales and Travels program. Free healthy lunch provided. Senior Services Associates, Inc, 205 Fulton St. Please register: 847-741-0404
March 6 – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Family Zumba @ Epic Air
Mondays and Wednesdays in March 6:30 – 7:30 pm – ZUMBA at Taylor Family YMCA
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms for a calorie-burning, heart-racing, muscle-pumping and body-energizing class. You can burn between 500 and 1000 calories per class! www.taylorymca.org Taylor Family YMCA, 50 N. McLean Blvd
March 7 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Preschool Healthy Storytime & Craft
Preschoolers with a caregiver. Enjoy a healthy storytime with a Gail Borden Public Library ReaderShip storyteller followed by a craft. gefcc.org Greater Elgin Family Care Center, 373 Summit St
March 7 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Spring Cleaning Your Pantry: Food Safety
Shake off the cobwebs of winter! Spring is the ideal time to give your kitchen a healthy remodel beginning with your fridge and pantry. Please register: Call 847-622-2080 or email debra.perez@AMITAhealth.org. presencehealth.org/presence-saint-joseph-hospital-elgin AMITA Health N.E.W. You Center, 77 N. Airlite St
March 10 – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Kickstart Your Garden!
Learn how to create a sustainable garden using conservation practices and talk to local organizations about native landscaping and gardening. For tickets, click here. Forest Preserves of Cook County Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd
March 11 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Dairies to Prairies – Film and Discussion
View this feature-length documentary telling a nearly forgotten story about Elgin’s first wealth, the dairy industry, and how land use and agriculture are changing rapidly in Kane County. This documentary film is created by The Elgin History Museum and Grindstone Productions in combination with a traveling exhibit; the exhibit will not be present at this showing. sharedharvest.coop • elginhistory.org
Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 11 – 10:00 am – Noon – Growing with Farmer Pam
Show kids where food comes from, and learn how to grow it yourself with easy-to-follow demonstration of how to plant various seeds. Kids will get to keep their seed pots. Sharedharvest.coop Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the
phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin
March 12 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Elgin Alive Murky Waters: Understanding Drinking Water Issues in Our Region
We turn on faucets dozens of times a day without pausing to consider the questions that millions of people around the world worry about: Do we have enough? Is it clean? Will it endure? Learn about the current state and issues concerning our future regional and local drinking water supply from a panel of experts in water resource management. elgin-ecn.org. Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Partner: Elgin Community Network. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 13 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 270 Teens: Sushi Demo and Tasting with Chef Doug
Grades 9 – 12. Learn how to roll your own sushi with Master Chef Doug Yeomans of Tarragon Catering. tarragoncatering.vpweb.com. Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 13 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Latin Dancing
Stay healthy, stay in shape and come dance! Learn and practice salsa and bachata dance moves with dance instructor Elizabeth Sotelo. In English and Spanish. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 14 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Healthy Living: Small Business EXPO & Preschool Story Time
Spring into a healthier, happier life! Visit informational tables and listen to keynote speakers to create healthy habits. Healthy toddlers story hour. elgin.edu Elgin Community College Building B, 1700 Spartan Dr
March 14 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (English) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (En Español) – Kickin’ Asthma
Asthma is the most common chronic disorder in childhood. This session will teach you about the causes of youth asthma, its symptoms and triggers, proper use of medications, and asthma support for proper management. Refreshments, prizes and giveaways. Hosted by: The Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation. Sponsored by: The Hoffman Estates Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. cdryouthasthma.org • hoffman-estates-links.org Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave
March 16 – 8:00 am – Noon – Rx Nutrition: Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Learn how to eliminate processed foods and fast foods from our SAD (Standard American Diet) and replace them with whole foods while on a budget. Hear the latest scientific data and watch a healthy food demo by an award-winning nutritionist. Sponsors: CHEF(Community Harvest Educational Foundation) & Elgin Community College. Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr. This program is full.
March 16 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – #HealthyMe Interactive Annual Family Festival
#HealthyMe is a showcase event for youth and their families highlighting the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and child safety. Attendees will find a variety of information and resources from vendors and live demonstrations on topics important for families. Sponsors: The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Inc, Gail Borden Public Library and Create, Innovate, IGNITE! hoffman-estates-links.org Gail Borden Public Library Main Branch Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 19 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Judson Community Health & Wellness Fair
This program invites the community to enter into a time of focused health and wellness through exhibits, guest presentations, stories, raffles and fun. Enjoy the intergenerational experience with vendors and local agencies. judsonu.edu Judson University Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St.
March 19 – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm -Curves Open House
Drop in for a free strength-training workout, healthy refreshments and information about the benefits of exercise, especially for women! curves.com Curves, 359 S. Randall Rd.
March 19 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Healthy Lifestyle
Adults. Learn tips and techniques that you can use for mental health self-care. This session will address sexual health wellbeing. A light dinner will be served and goody bag will be given odhcil.org Open Door Health Center, 1665 Larkin Ave.
March 20 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Plant-Based Eating in a Carnivore World
Plant-based eating is gaining popularity and it can impact your health. Learn how to ease into this healthier and flexible style and drop the “all or nothing” approach. Take home tasty recipes to start your new routine. presencehealth.org/presence-saint-joseph-hospital-elgin AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, Diabetes Classroom-Outpatient Entrance 2.
March 20 – 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Full Moon Ride: Elgin Bike Hub
It’s the monthly Elgin full moon ride. Join us for this social, moderately-paced night ride for a few miles throughout the core neighborhoods of Elgin. elginbikehub.com Reminder: Illinois State law requires bike riders to have a clear light on the front and a red reflector or a red light on the back for night time riding. That would be the minimum attempt for safety, so let’s all be easy to see on the street. Meet at Advocate Park 179 E. Chicago St.
March 22 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Soccer and a Snack
Ages 5 – 13. Play on the indoor soccer field and learn how to prepare your own healthy snacks. Please inform us of any food allergies at time of registration. Email Courtney Suffredin at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Eastside Recreation Center ERC, 1080 E. Chicago St
March 23 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – YMCA Stress & Wellness Workshop
Discover stress management and wellness tips to keep you happy and healthy this season. Presenter: Kelly Wemken, Community Wellness Coordinator with the Taylor Family YMCA. taylorymca.org Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 24 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Elgin Bike Ride: Elgin Bike Hub
Friendly for ages 8 – 80. Explore Elgin by bike and get to know your city and your neighbors! We’ll ride low-stress routes for 3 – 5 miles. We will be using a mix of off-street and on-street routes. EAch rider will be responsible for his/her own behavior as a street user. We will try to provide helpful guidance and leadership as we ride. elginbikehub.com Meet at Festival Park
March 26 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Spring Breakout Adventures
All ages. Calling all families, friends, schools and youth organizations! Break out from the winter cold and join us during your Spring Break. Explore all that this unique 56-acre preserve has to offer, including archery, biodiversity exploration, guided hikes, fishing and orienteering. You can also master your Frisbee technique with our 18-hole disc golf course. All equipment provided. Registration required for groups of 20 or more. fpdcc.com/event Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd
March 27 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Duke Otherwise
Skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer, Duke Otherwise delights all ages with hilarious songs and an array of tunes. Please register atgailborden.info/registe, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 28 – 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – BTS Sing-Along Dance Party
Grades 6-12. BTS fans – you’re invited to a party! Sing and dance along to your favorite songs. Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 30 – CHEF Seminars These programs are full.
10 am – Buying Healthy Food on a Budget Seminar by Chef Annette Licitra, Integrative Health Coach
11 am – Preparing Healthy & Fun Snacks Demo by Chefs Dalila Gonzalez and Ryan Waesche
Noon – Chair Yoga for All Ages led by Yoga Master Boontiva Truong-Quang
Explore the connection between eating healthy food, exercising and how to do it on a budge. For those attending all 3 sessions: receive a free acupressure Yoga mat (value $50). Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Attendees under 19 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. chefillinois.org. Registration is required for each session; each class is limited to 15 people. Please register atgailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd
Sábado 2 de marzo 1 – 4 pm Inauguración de March into Health ¡Marcha hacia la salud!
La clínica móvil de VNA estará en la biblioteca para proveer exámenes de diabetes, de la presión y de masa corporal gratis. Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Estacionamiento 270 N. Grove Ave.
Sábado 9 de marzo 3 – 4 pm Café de los Recuerdos: Nuestros Maravillosos Años
Una oportunidad para compartir con las personas de la tercera edad en familia y comunidad. Traiga fotos de sus mejores memorias para recordar y compartir, y reciba consejos para ejercitar y fortalecer su cerebro. Habrá café de olla y panes dulces. Abierto a las personas de la tercera edad y sus cuidadores.
Regístrese: Tres maneras: en línea en gailborden.info/register • por teléfono 847-429-4597 • en persona Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Cuarto de la Communidad C
270 N. Grove Ave.
13 de marzo 6 – 7 pm Baile Latino
¡Mantente saludable y en forma, ven a bailar! Ven a aprender y practicar algunos pasos de salsa y bachata con la instructora Elizabeth Sotelo. Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Cuartos de la Communidad 270 N. Grove Ave.
14 de marzo 7 – 8pm Combatiendo el Asma
The Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation and The Hoffman Estates Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden 270 N. Grove Ave.
21 de marzo 5:30 – 7 pm Estilo de Vida Saludable
Acompáñanos en una sesión para adultos dirigida por Open Door Center, para orientar y aprender técnicas que puedes utilizar para una buena salud mental. En esta plática se destacará y subrayará el bienestar de la salud sexual. Se proveerán aperitivos y una bolsa con obsequios para las personas que asisten a esta charla.
http://www.odhcil.org Open Door Health Center 1665 Larkin Ave.
21 de marzo 6 – 7 pm Cuentos Sobre la Salud y Manualidades Para Niños Pequeños
Un evento con cuentos y manualidades saludables para niños pequeños en español.
gefcc.org Greater Elgin Family Care Center 373 Summit St.