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Students donate hand-sewn books to Edward program; Citizen Police Academy applications being accepted; Winter Wine Walk to benefit Inside Out Club DuPage – Chicago Tribune

Still Middle School eighth-grade students donated hand-sewn children’s books to Edward Foundation’s Pediatric Child Life Program.

The Indian Prairie District 204 students created their books, and then chose to donate them to the Naperville-based facility to be given to children hospitalized throughout the year, an Edward Hospital news release said.

The students are part of Melanie LeFevre’s Family and Consumer Science Class, where they are learning sewing skills and about giving back to the community.

The foundation’s Child Life program supports hospitalized children and their families and relies on the community, which donates toys, books and money, the release said.

Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq will receive a $150 MasterCard gift card after placing third in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s annual Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Leclercq was one of eight photographers looking to take best picture honors for his photo of an eagle with outstretched wings.

Facebook users voting for their favorite photos described Leclercq’s photo as beautiful, fantastic and dramatic, with one commentator saying she loved how he captured the beauty and majesty of the bird.

Shorewood resident Joe Viola placed first in the district’s contest and will receive a $500 gift card for his photo of a turkey vulture at Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet. Romeoville resident Chad Morsch placed second and will receive a $250 gift card for a photo of a fox squirrel eating at McKinley Woods in Channahon.

The forest district’s contest began in May and ended in December, with nearly 1,000 photos submitted for consideration. Each month, judges chose five finalists, and members of the public voted for the monthly winner through the district’s Facebook page.

The final round of voting took place last week with all eight monthly winners competing for best picture. More than 1,250 votes were cast on Facebook.

Tickets are on sale for the Winter Wine Walk in downtown Naperville, proceeds from which will benefit the Inside Out Club DuPage.

The event, which allows wine-lovers to sample different varieties at a number of downtown’s shops, restaurants and spas, will take place from noon to 5 pm Sunday, Feb. 5.

Tickets are $50 each and include 11 one-ounce pours of wine, an exclusive wine glass, snacks and discounts at local shops. They can be purchased at www.downtownnaperville.com.

A portion of the proceeds go the Inside Out Club, which strives to teach kids good character, empathy, kindness and the need to help themselves, others, animals and the planet.

Applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 31, for those who would like to participate in a free 10-week Citizen Police Academy being offered by the Naperville Police Department.

Academy programs are held from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Wednesdays from March 8 through May 10. Insight into police operations is provided through classroom lectures, discussions and hands-on demonstrations, focusing on such things as police patrols, investigations, and forensics special response, a news release said.

Applications will be considered in the order they are received, with 24 people accepted.

Applicants must be 18 or older and either live or work in Naperville. A criminal background check is conducted on each applicant.

The application form is at www.naperville.il.us/cpa and should be returned to Jim Pacetti by email at [email protected], fax at 630-305-7004, US mail or in person at the Naperville Police Department , 1350 Aurora Ave., 60540.

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