Coming Home events planned

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ALDEN – Coming Home to Alden 2010 events will take place the last weekend in September for past and present Alden Township residents and all interested individuals.

Events begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, with a free family movie and refreshments at Alden United Methodist Church, 16532 Route 173.

The award-winning film “The Black Stallion” will be featured.

From 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 25, the church will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit the Alden-Hebron Area Food Pantry.

Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Margo Van Dan, Al Rosio and Christine Carriveau will lead children’s activities at the Alden Township Hall, 8515 Alden Road.

Adults are invited to play along in traditional games, such as hoop and stick, kick the can and bozo buckets, as well as make cornhusk dolls.

Alden-Hebron High School student and state yo-yo champion Ian Johnson will demonstrate and teach yo-yo tricks.

For lunch, sandwiches will be ordered, and the women of the Alden United Methodist Church will sell cookies to benefit their mission projects.

Those who attend the program at 1 p.m. will witness the unveiling of the plaque dedicating the Town Hall and acknowledge the Alden Township officials who worked to build it. 

This will be led by Alden Township Supervisor Preston Rea.

“Sharing Alden Stories” will feature Ken Kolls telling his stories of Alden that were handed down by the generations of his family.

After his presentation, audience members will have an opportunity to relate their Alden stories in an open-mic format.

At 3 p.m., Small Waters Education leaders Jack and Judy Speer will invited the audience to join them for a sneak preview of Alden’s newest attraction, the High Point conservation site being developed by the McHenry County Conservation District.

It contains the highest glaciated point in Illinois. Alden residents were instrumental in preserving this ecologically valuable site and are volunteering to restore it to greater biodiversity.

MCCD Trustee Martha Carver will show the progress being made in preparing the site for public access.

Attendees will be able to take a short hike up to the high point.

On Sept. 26, the community will gather at the church for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will be available for children in fifth grade and younger. Dr. Thomas A. Tufo, pianist and organist, will lead the singing.

The Rev. Diana K. Otterbacher will preach on “God’s Vision for the Earth,” based on the book of Revelation, and Annie Wadington will sing a solo, “Then Shall I Live.” After the service, the annual Alden Community Pot Luck will be served at 11 a.m. Guests are invited to bring a dish to pass.

For information, call Rea at 815-482-0220 or Jack Speer at 815-648-1372.

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