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Lagattolla: Elburn Lions plan full day of pasta, eye screenings

The Elburn Lions Club will turn its monthly free spaghetti dinner into an all-day event next week, in an effort to draw more people to a free eye screening.

The event is set from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn. Lions Club member Dave Broz, the chairman for the event, said the screening speaks to the club’s mission. Its website says its “primary charter is to aid the blind and visually impaired.”

“One of our missions is to educate people about it,” Broz said.

But combining the screening with the spaghetti meal is perfect for the Elburn organization, as the group goes well beyond its mission in the community. In Elburn, the Lions Club offers a full schedule of events, with bingo, raffles, a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and the annual Elburn Days festival. Also, the club owns and maintains Lions Park, a 25-acre facility that offers a playground, picnic tables, athletic fields, a clubhouse and pavilion.

Tuesday’s event is promoted as a free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy. A machine is to be set up, and testing will be offered. It is sponsored by the club in conjunction with the Lions of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Retina Associates.

“There’s a technician who will take pictures of your eyes and forward that to a lab,” Broz said. “They’ll take a look at it, and if they see anything that would be associated with macular degeneration, then they’ll contact you and advise you to go seek treatment.”

Broz said club members hope for a big turnout at the event, and he said the club would welcome those who want to stay for the meal as well.

“It’s free, pasta dinner and lunch,” Broz said.

It’s a highlight among many coming up on the club’s calendar:

• Bingo takes place on Fridays through May 3. Doors open at 5 p.m., and early bird games start at 6:30 p.m. Bingo is at the club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

• A Texas Hold ‘em Tournament is set to start at noon Saturday at the club. The cost to enter is $75. For information, visit A registration form can be found on the website.

• A 300 raffle is set for 6 p.m. May 11 at the club. It is called a 300 raffle because only 300 tickets are sold. Prizes range from $100 to $2,000. For information, contact Cheryl Lee at 630-885-4410. The cost to enter is $25 a ticket. Dinner costs $15.

• Elburn Days will be from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18 in the area around the club. The festival is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Students honored in Elburn

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson at Monday’s Village Board meeting recognized a group of students who participated in the process that led to the village updating its Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Anderson applauded the group, led by Kaneland High School social studies teacher Mark Meyer. Students honored were Caitrin Mills, Jeremy Faletto, Paige Wagner, Madi Jurcenko, Erika Carlson, Emily Laudont, Kelly Wallner, Anthony Parillom, Nick Albano and Eric Meuer.

Anderson said he wanted student input on the plan, and he said those in the group delivered. Throughout the process, Anderson was quick to praise the feedback provided by the students.

“The comments made by this group of young people would make you as proud as I am,” Anderson said Monday night.

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

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