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The Village of West Dundee organizes and sponsors several events for the community each year, from family events and volunteer opportunities to the highly anticipated annual 3-day Heritage Fest.


Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

Heritage Fest-East Dundee
Karen Blair
kblair@eastdundee.net

www.wdundeeheritagefest.org

In mid-September (second weekend after Labor Day), the Villages of East and West Dundee host a highly anticipated 3-day community celebration to close out the summer with a bang! Our annual Heritage Fest offers a little something for everyone with no cost for admission.

Friday night features heart-pounding live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display, along with mouth-watering food and beverage options. Continuing into Saturday and Sunday, the both communitites are a-buzz with the addition of Craft & Antique Fairs, Classic Car Show, Baggo Tournament, Chili Cook-Off, Kids Activities, Carnival and more.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Heritage Fest is made possible by the generous donations of local and national businesses, who recognize the value of the festival not only as a community event, but as a powerful marketing tool. Additional business partners are always welcome. Volunteers are also sought to assist in festival operations. Please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org for details.


Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

Dickens-East Dundee
Karen Blair
kblair@eastdundee.net

www.dickensindundee.org

In the tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, each year during the first weekend of December (second weekend after Thanksgiving) downtown East and West Dundee come to life in a Victorian Christmas celebration with small town atmosphere.

The weekend kicks off with tree lighting ceremonies, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and live portrayals of Christmas scenes in the merchant windows along Main Street. Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, Christmas tree sales by the Dundee Lions Club in Grafelman Park.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.dickensindundee.org.


National Night Out

The Village of West Dundee no longer hosts a National Night Out event. Take a look at our neighboring community of Carpentersville for an NNO event.


Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

Earth Day, Every Day
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

In celebration of a continuing commitment to the Earth Day movement's goal - to create change through small steps that add up to a large collective action - the Village of West Dundee sponsors volunteer community gardening days in April, June and August. Each event focuses on maintenance and beautification of a specific area of the public landscape.

This initiative would not be possible without many dedicated community volunteers. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to participate. Business sponsors are also sought to help defray the costs of plant material and other supplies. For more information or to pledge your participation, please contact Village Hall.


Concerts & Movies In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District
www.dtpd.org

Each summer, the Dundee Township Park District puts on a series of live music concerts followed by a big screen movie in the Dundee area parks, providing free fun entertainment for residents of all ages.

Grafelman Park in West Dundee plays host to several such events during the month of July, with locations in East Dundee and Carpentersville during June and August (weather permitting). The Lions Club will be on hand with hot dogs, popcorn and more, with the proceeds used for service programs in our community. Bring your family and friends for dinner, fresh air, entertainment and community spirit!

For a complete schedule of events organized by the Park District, visit www.dtpd.org.

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Dundee Township Historical Society News

The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment. Opening day is Sunday, March 8, 2015, with a program on the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation at 2pm.

Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2015 programs.

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St. Patrick's Day Festivities

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, with festivities in both East and West Dundee. Mark your calendar, pull out your greenest garb and join the fun!

Fireworks: Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm - Set off from the footbridge

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Saturday, March 14 at 11am - Grandstand at Barrington Ave & River St (ED)

Emmett's Adult Big Wheel Race: Saturday, March 14 at 12:30pm - Washington St from 4th to 2nd (WD)

Click for more information: Parade Facebook Page Parade website Big Wheel Race Facebook Page Emmett's Event Calendar 2014 Big Wheel Race video from ABC News

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Sun
Mar 08
2015

Friends of the Fox River Second Sunday Program: "Frack Free Illinois"

12:30PM at Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road
Join the Friends of the Fox River at Schweitzer Environmental Center Second Sunday program, "Frack Free Illinois". Dr. Laura Chamberlain discusses the issue of fracking in Illinois.

Sunday March 8 at 12:30pm. $5 donation is requested, but members of Friends of the Fox River attend for free. Call to reserve a seat: 815-356-6605.

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Sun
Mar 08
2015

VFW Chili Cook-Off

12:30PM - 3:00PM at VFW Post 2298, 117 S. First Street
VFW Womens Auxiliary invites you to their 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off at Sunday, March 8. Admission is $5 and includes a sampling of each chili submission. (Children under 12 are free).

Interested in competing? For more information or to sign up, contact Diane at cakeB1@aol.com.

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Mar 08
2015

Dundee Township Historical Society Opening Day Program

2:00PM at Historical Society Museum, 426 Highland Ave
The museum at 426 Highland Ave in West Dundee will open for the 2015 season on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m.

Clark Ganshirt from the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation will give a presentation on Max McGraw, the property and their relationship with university research.

The presentation is open to the public. There is no admission charge for the program, donations graciously accepted.

Thu
Mar 12
2015

World Leaders Forum, featuring Felipe Calderon

2:00PM at Judson University
Judson University in Elgin is hosting a World Leaders Forum Presentation and Q & A event entitled "The New Global Economy", featuring the 56th President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon. A VIP Event will also be held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel that evening.

Advanced registration and tickets are required for both events. Visit www.WorldLeadersForum.info or call 847-628-2076 for more information.

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Mar 13
2015

St. Patrick's Day Fireworks

7:30PM at Footbridge

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Fri
Mar 13
2015

Spa Bleu Grand Reopening

6:00PM - 8:00PM at 106 N. Second Street
Check out Spa Bleu's newly renovated space at their Grand Reopening on Fri, March 13 from 6-9pm, and enjoy food & drink, raffles, mini services and special promotions. RSVP at 847-426-3656.

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Sat
Mar 14
2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade

11:00AM at East Dundee - Water St, Barrington Ave & River St.

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Sat
Mar 14
2015

Emmett's Big Wheel Race

12:30PM - 1:00PM at Washington St., from 4th St. to 2nd St.

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Fri
Mar 27
2015

Friends of the Fox River Movie Friday

7:00PM at Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road
Join the Friends of the Fox River at Schweitzer Environmental Center Movie Friday. Stay tuned for details or click to view the website below for more information.

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