Elgin-area barbershops offer free back-to-school haircuts

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For the second calendar year, many Elgin-area barbershops will give cost-free haircuts for college students in need on Aug. 14 prior to they head again to school.

Haircuts and hairdos will be made available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boys and Ladies Club of Elgin, 355 Dundee Ave., Elgin. It is open to students from kindergarten through 12th quality.

Wilbur Dumas Jr., who opened Lincoln Avenue Barbershop in Elgin 5 decades in the past since he preferred to give back to the local community, is primary the work. Dumas, 39, of Elgin, is a item of the Boys and Ladies Club of Elgin and a graduate of Larkin Higher College in Elgin.

“We bought about 20 barbers,” Dumas explained. “We are accommodating the Elgin-location Boys and Women Club youth and any individual that … won’t be able to afford haircuts.”

At previous year’s occasion, Dumas and fellow barbers furnished 42 free of charge haircuts. Attendance was constrained owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This 12 months is going to be much bigger,” Dumas stated. “Family members are wanting ahead to this. I want this to get more substantial and greater each and every year. You appear great, you experience very good. That is constantly been my motto.”

Taking part businesses incorporate Sauvage Barber Parlor in South Elgin, Fade Stars Barbershop in Elgin, In The Cuts Hair Studio in Elgin, Tapered Edges in West Dundee, and Bea’s Contact of Design in Elgin.



Cost-free college supplies

Dumas is coordinating the hair cutting with Elgin’s yearly backpack giveaway arranged by Elgin Metropolis Council member Corey Dixon.

It is the fifth year for the backpack giveaway, which will offer absolutely free college materials to students from reduced-profits people from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 14, said Dixon, a childhood friend of Dumas.

Dixon mentioned COVID threw a major curveball into his back-to-college barbecue bash generally held at Wing Park in Elgin. This 12 months, the giveaway is transferring indoors to the Boys and Women Club.

“We are still heading to give backpacks, school provides and foods to households,” he said. “We strategy on supplying absent at minimum 100 (backpacks).”

There also will be social support companies delivering tax preparation and monetary administration consulting to families.

Dixon said he wished to emphasis more on the hair slicing and styling part of the event this calendar year.



“It is qualified at whoever demands it. It will not issue if you are Black, brown, white, Hispanic, Asian. We have persons who can slash anyone’s hair,” Dixon stated. “We are partnering with Black-owned and Hispanic-owned organizations.”

Puerto Rican competition

Festivities for Aurora’s Puerto Rican Heritage Week concluded Sunday with the 50th once-a-year Puerto Rican Heritage Festival in downtown.

The occasion was structured by the town of Aurora and the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, which was started in 1972 as the Aurora Puerto Rican Parade Committee. The team hosted the city’s initial Puerto Rican Parade 50 yrs in the past.

Muslim report

The latest “Illinois Muslims Report,” detailing the community’s demographics, belongings and needs, was launched past 7 days.

Illinois is house to the most significant per capita Muslim populace in the nation that also is younger and numerous racially, ethnically, and politically. Thousands of Illinois Muslims done surveys, participated in emphasis groups and shared enter supplying insight into their communities. Here are find conclusions from the report:

•Politically, 58% of these surveyed determine as Democratic, and 38% recognize as impartial.

•Participants described obstacles to cost-effective, culturally ideal mental wellbeing solutions. Muslims have been significantly less very likely than the common community to seek out out treatment solutions (13% vs . 24%) despite suffering from mental disease signs or symptoms at the exact same level as the normal inhabitants (47% and 51%, respectively).

•Roughly one-3rd (35%) of respondents reported psychological wellness indicators but did not find therapy since the expense was a barrier.

•63% of Muslims surveyed were being married 29% treatment for aged kin.

•Survey individuals claimed a have to have for much more responsive Muslim sacred areas that just take their viewpoints into thought.

•75% of Muslims surveyed are registered to vote, with an extra 16% expressing an intention to register.

•23% volunteered for a political campaign in the previous 12 months, compared to 17% of the normal public.

Scientists from the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, College of Illinois and Institute of Social Coverage and Understanding have been working on the challenge for 3 many years.

To critique the whole report, visit ispu.org/illinois-muslims-report-1/.

Deaf companies

A new enterprise targeted on individuals with listening to disabilities opened this weekend in Aurora’s Fox Valley Shopping mall.

Deaf Welcome Studios founder Theressa Dubois was joined by Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, other elected officers and group members for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

The small business, found on the reduced level of the mall, is devoted to bridging the gap in between deaf lifestyle and the hearing earth. It trains and gives indicator language gurus for the television, media, music, ministry, and movie industries who can assistance with deaf-inclusive conferences, broadcasts, length-studying classes, schools and church buildings, among the other teams.

The facility has a point out-of-the-artwork studio that can livestream on several platforms and accommodate a live studio audience.

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