Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fermilab Pumpkin Carving Contest, either by entering pumpkins in the contest or by voting!  Join the get-connected listserv to hear about fun cultural activities throughout the year! The votes are counted! See the results in the photos below.

Friday, Oct. 30, is the last day to submit your Fermilab Pumpkin Carving Contest entries. Please submit entries by Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. In all entries, please include: 1 photo with lights on 1 photos with lights off and candle lit *Bonus – send a photo of yourself with your pumpkin Voting starts tomorrow morning! Visit to vote!

This sunny Saturday, October 12, Walk 4 Animals to help the animals of the Anderson Shelter and get a chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Check-in at 9 am at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia.  See how you can help with fundraising and see further event info at

The West Chicago PADS homeless shelter will be opening in October, and we are in need of volunteers for all shifts.  We are open each Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM from October through May.  The night is broken up into four shifts: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM, 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM, and 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM.  Volunteers are asked to work only one shift per month.  We serve our guests…