Editorial: Kindness Campaign events continue in 2014

By on January 16, 2014

We used editorial space last fall to preview Kindness in Kaneland (KIK) Week, as well as Kindness Campaign 2013 activities. And now that 2014 has officially arrived, we’d like to shed some light on the Kindness Campaign’s upcoming fundraisers and activities.

First off is the revival of Friday Knightlife, which began last week and will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through March 21.

The newly reborn program will take place at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., and Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, and is intended for Kaneland-area students, grades fourth through eighth. The Community Center will feature activities such as basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball, Wii, air hockey and more, while the library will feature a movie, computer gaming, board games, crafts, music and more.

Java Plus Cafe at Sugar Grove Public Library will also be open during Friday Knightlife, and will offer 15 percent off coffee and live music by some of your favorite Kaneland area musicians.

Registration for Friday Knightlife is now open at www.peakforkids.org. Registration forms also available on the Kaneland School District virtual backpack system. Each student will get a free Friday Knightlife T-shirt. Cost is $75 per student; $50 for one sibling, and no charge for all additional siblings.

Later this month, The Kindness Campaign and Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) will lead a group discussion following performances of KAI’s Winter Theatre Production, “The Laramie Project,” which will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-26, in the Black Box Theatre portion of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Laramie Project” depicts the account of residents of Laramie, Wyo., following the death of Matthew Shepherd in October 1998.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, or emailing 10911@kaneland.org. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

On the lighter side, local residents will have an opportunity to bowl against bullying during the Bowling Against Bullying event on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Parkside Lanes, 34W185 Montgomery Road, Aurora.

The event is for people age 21 and older. Pizza, drinks and a raffle will be available at 7:30 p.m. Bowling will begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each, and include bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soft drinks. Tickets for groups of 10 (two teams, two lanes) are $350 and include bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soft drinks, and a free T-shirt for each of the 10 players.

The event will also feature trivia, 50/50 games, a DJ and dancing, bowling game and raffle prizes, a speak on cyber-bullying, gutter games, a disco ball and music bowling, and a cash bar.

So there you go—a handful of great events in store for the Kaneland community, and that’s just within the first three months of 2014. The Kindess Campaign will certainly add more events throughout the year. And when they do, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, feel free to get out there and experience what the Kindness Campaign has to offer.