Elgin News Digest: Castro holding coffee event for residents at Elgin McDonald’s; Dundee Library holding a solar eclipse watch party April 8; Hollis Prize competition winner to perform April 14 at Elgin library

Castro holding coffee event for residents at Elgin McDonald’s

State Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, is holding a public coffee event to meet with residents from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Bear Family McDonald’s, 1480 Larkin Ave. in Elgin.

The gathering is an open forum for community members to speak informally with Castro and others in attendance about issues facing the region and state, a news release said.

“The voice of community members shapes the work I do each day — in our district and in Springfield,” Castro said in the release. “I encourage anyone who wants to meet and chat about how we can work together to make our neighborhoods even stronger to stop by and join us.”

Coffee is being provided for free by the McDonald’s franchise.

For more information on the public event, call 847-214-8864 or go online at SenatorCristinaCastro.com.

Dundee Library planning a solar eclipse watch party April 8

The Dundee Library will host a watch party for the solar eclipse Monday, April 8, and is giving away special glasses so it can be viewed safely.

In the Dundee area, a nearly full solar eclipse will occur between 12:50 p.m. and 3:22 p.m., with maximum coverage happening at 2:07 p.m., according to the library’s website. The library also plans to live stream NASA’s coverage of the event and will be offering related crafts and activities for patrons throughout the day.

The Dundee Library is located at 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee.

For more information, call 847-428-3661 or go to www.frvpld.info/blog/eclipse-watch-party.

Hollis Prize competition winner to perform April 14 at Elgin library

The winner of the Hollis Prize, an annual competition for music students at Millikin University in Decatur, will present a solo recital from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

A competition at the university on Saturday, April 6, will determine the winner, according to the Millikin website. The winning prize is $2,000 and the chance to play at the Elgin library.

For more information on the recital, go to attend.gailborden.info/event/9206917.

Registration underway for Elgin Lions Drug-Free Dash on April 20

The Elgin Lions Club’s Drug-Free Dash, a 5K run and 2-mile walk, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20, outside the Gail Borden Public Library at 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

Registration is underway, with the entrance fee being $5 for runners 20 or younger and $30 for runners 21 or older, according to the event’s website. The walk entry fee is $5 for those 20 or younger and $20 for anyone 21 or older.

Event proceeds benefit the Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Elgin, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing underage drinking and substance use among minors.

For more information, go to elginlions.org/drug-free-dash or email cshelgin@gmail.com.