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Published: 4/24/2008 12:17 AM

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Dirk Enger, co-chairman of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, will speak about the effect of the Iraq war on veterans and the U.S. economy at 5:30 p.m. today at the Kane County Veterans Memorial, at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), Geneva.

Used book sale in Batavia

The Friends of the Batavia Public Library will host its annual used book sale this weekend. Most items cost between 50 cents and $2, excluding signed books, first editions and rare books. Also included in the sale are CDs, videos, DVDs, books on tape, records, puzzles and software. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The library is located at 10 S. Batavia Ave.

Collectors show decoys

Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles will host the National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show Friday and Saturday. Among the items on display will be antique Canadian decoys. There also will be seminars for beginner and longtime collectors. The show is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 and free for children and members of the Midwest Decoy Collectors Association. For more information, call (312) 337-7957 or go to

Holy Cross dinner

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia will hold a fundraising dinner for its new education and community center at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner and desserts and auctions. Tickets are $75 each and can be bought at the church office, 2300 Main Street, or by calling (630) 845-9505. The center is scheduled to be completed at the end of this summer.

Arbor Day celebration

The St. Charles Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day with live music, refreshments and a tree dedication at 4 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Park, along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. The free get-together also will feature a certified arborist who will be on hand to answer questions about tree care. Visitors receive a free perennial plant from Midwest Groundcovers.

Plant saplings Saturday

The Kane County Forest Preserve will celebrate Earth Day by planting 1,500 oak saplings at the Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve in Blackberry Township from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All ages are welcome to help plant. The preserve is located on Main Street, about six miles west of Batavia and a quarter-mile east of Route 47. Parking is available at the Blackberry Township building at 43W390 Main Street Road. To sign up to volunteer or for more information, call (630) 762-2741 or e-mail

Pink Floyd tribute to play

A Pink Floyd tribute band is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets to see Echoes of Pompeii are $25 for adults and $15 for children 17 or younger. Call (630) 587-8400 or go to