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Kaneland Connection: Elburn library's Dewey Dash offers run, fun

ELBURN – Dressing as Prince Charming or Cinderella likely won't help participants run faster Sunday morning at the Town and Country Public Library's annual Dewey Dash race.

But if they can't prevail in the race, they still might have a chance to win. Organizers of the event, which features a 5-kilometer race and a 1-mile walk and run, will encourage participants to be in costume to celebrate the theme "Once Upon a Run." Pets also are welcome. There will be prizes for the winners of the costume contest.

Advance registration information is available at the library's website – – and registration also is at 7 a.m. Sunday at the library, which is at 320 E. North St. in Elburn. The 1-mile event starts at 8:30 a.m., and it will be followed by the 5K.

Mary Lynn Alms, the library's director, said the event has a theme each year, usually an author's work. For this year's ninth annual event, she said fairy tales won out. Perhaps it will encourage more people to dress up and make it a party, which would be welcome.

"It's no Chicago Marathon," Alms said. "But it's our annual fundraiser, and we like to have fun doing it."

Traditionally, the library has used funds raised at the event to make technological upgrades. This year, she said, money raised will buy new computers and printers. Last year, she said, the event brought in $5,000. Also, the event includes tables of food from the likes of Ream's Elburn Market, Jimmy John's, Panera, China Garden and Chico's Tacos.

Participants don't have to be contenders, she said, especially for the mile event. She said youths usually are the runners in that event, but it also features families walking their dog or pushing a stroller.

The cost is $22 in advance for the 5K, or $25 on race day. In the mile, the cost for adults is the same. For youths 12 and younger, it is $12 in advance for the mile and $15 on race day.

Arts festival coming up

A full day of the arts is headed to Kaneland High School this month. The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is set from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

The 14th annual event showcases artwork from hundreds of Kaneland students, from kindergarten through high school. Also, there are performances at several venues throughout the day. All events are free.

Among the highlights in the auditorium: the Waubonsee Community College Steel Band, opera singer Margaret Fox and the M&M Dance Company.

Other performing artists include the Kaneland String Ensemble (we'll have more about that group next week), the Cubs Dixieland Band and the Bethlehem Brass. The performances will be in the auditorium lobby, the arts pavilion and the high school commons area.

There also will be a pre-K arts experience, refreshments available for purchase and visual artists in the arts pavilion, where there will be hands-on workshops.

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• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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