Open slots at Minecraft-inspired kids’ camp;  East Dundee celebrates Monday night on a downtown cruise;  ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to Screen at Festival Park – Chicago Tribune

Openings remain for Snapology’s Epic Mining & Crafting Camp, which will take place from 2-5 pm Monday through Friday, July 18-22, at The Ed Schock Center of Elgin.

The camp is designed for children ages 7 to 12, who will participate in activities inspired by the Minecraft video game.

The cost is $150 for Elgin residents, $175 for non-residents. Campers bring their own water and snacks.

To register or for more information, call 847-531-7000.

East Dundee will host a free night cruise from 5-9pm on Monday July 18 on North River Street in the city’s downtown district.

The family event is open to all makes and models of cars, which can be displayed for free. Anyone wishing to include their car in the event must enter North River Street from the main entrance on Barrington Avenue.

Food and drinks will be available at Duke’s Blues N BBQ, Mockingbird Bar + Garden and DC Cobbs.

The cruise is being coordinated by the Midwest Racing Preservation Association. For more information, go to or call 847-426-2822.

A free outdoor concert with the Brass From The Past band will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 19 at Wing Park Bandshell in Elgin.

Ban specializes in wind hits from the ’60s to now, including songs by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Chicago, Prince, James Brown, Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, and Tower of Power.

Attendees should bring chairs or blankets to sit on and bug spray. For more information, go to concerts.

The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department screens the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” at 8:30 pm on Friday, July 22, at Festival Park in downtown Elgin.

Food and beverages will be available from the Que Pasta and Joe + Doe trucks before and during the screening. Attendees must bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, and snacks. Coolers are allowed, but not alcohol.

The film ties into the Gail Borden Public Library exhibit in Elgin that explores both the film and the book.

For more information, email

South Elgin will host free special events next week at Panton Mill Park at 100 N. Water St.

An evening cruise is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, from 6 to 8 pm in the park parking lot at 100 N. Water St. No registration to attend or showing of a vehicle is required. Food will be available from the Brothers BBQ truck.

From 6:30 to 8 pm on Wednesday, July 20, Gen Fuze will perform covers of classic rock songs and current hits. Food will be available from the Danny’s on Douglas truck.

At dusk on Friday, July 22, the animated feature film “The Mitchells vs the Machines” will be screened. Concessions will be available starting at 6:30 pm

For more information, call 847-622-0003.

Elgin Recycling has signed a contract to lease a 63,800-square-foot industrial site at 1101 Wesemann Drive in West Dundee’s Oakview Corporate Park.

According to Timothy Scott, director of economic development, planning, zoning and urban design for West Dundee, developer Opus overbuilt the location in 2021 for its client, Great Lakes Technologies/Wen Power Tools, to accommodate growth and/or other tenants.

The addition of Elgin Recycling essentially completes the 180,623-square-foot building, Scott said.

Elgin Recycling was looking for a location near its headquarters at 46 East End Drive in the Gilberts with strategic transportation access, he said.

The company will use the West Dundee facility to dismantle and recycle IT equipment.

Elgin-based School District U-46, Community Unit School District 300 and Burlington Central Community Unit School District 301 will each receive a $50,000 infrastructure grant from the Illinois Department of Education.

A total of $30 million in school maintenance grants are being distributed to districts across the state. To be eligible for the money, applicants had to match state funds and commit to completing the proposed projects within two years.

Projects for which these grants can be used include upgrades to heating and cooling systems, improvements to ventilation systems, and increased accessibility in school buildings.

For a complete list of recipients and awards, go to


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