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Five Reasons to Love September

The rest of this month is full of interesting events, from a 5K to fight child trafficking, to a chance to meet Sen. Mark Kirk.

The air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and fall is almost upon us. There! That’s three reasons to love September already.

What, you need more? Well, all right then. The back half of this month is full of enriching and enlightening activities. Here’s a look at five reasons September is one of the best months of the year.

1. Montgomery Community Garage Sale – Sept. 15-17. The village hosts two of these a year, and this is the second one. The summer sale, in June, saw about 75 homeowners sign up, and hundreds of people flocking to the neighborhoods looking for bargains.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and an official map showing the 70 homes offering items is available at , and on the village website. Participants had to pay $10 to get on that map, and all the proceeds will go to preserving Settler’s Cottage, in front of Village Hall. Also, the sale is timed this year to coincide with the village’s annual fall cleanup, which will happen on your regular trash day the following week. So you can get rid of any items that didn’t sell.

2. Bluegrass Jam at Dickson-Murst Farm – Sept. 18. The third of the farmstead’s annual events, the Bluegrass Jam will see musicians from the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association picking and strumming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be instrumental workshops in the afternoon, but most of the free event is unstructured—musicians will wander the farmstead and join in on songs in progress, jamming throughout the day.

The Bluegrass Jam is free, but food sales will go to help preserve Dickson-Murst Farm on Montgomery’s west side, a project of the Conservation Foundation and a tireless group of volunteers called the Dickson-Murst Farm Partners. Look for a full story on this on Thursday.

3. Stop Child Trafficking Now 5K Walk-Run – Sept. 24. We’ve already , but it’s worth plugging again. The 5K walk-run, set for 9 a.m. at , will help fund STCNow, an organization that fights child trafficking. This event was organized by Montgomery resident Carolyna Castaneda, and is one of 33 similar walks being held across the country. Check out the website.

4. Sen. Mark Kirk Speaks at Legislative Breakfast – Sept. 27. The Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting this event, which will bring Sen. Kirk to Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. It runs from 7:15-10 a.m., and costs $25. Registration is required—follow this link to sign up. If you own or represent a business, this is also a good networking opportunity, according to Chamber leaders.

5. Montgomery Economic Development Corporation Golf Outing – Sept. 29. The is celebrating its eighth year in Montgomery with a day of golf at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and golfing starts at noon. It costs $95 per golfer, and $350 per foursome, but that includes a cart, lunch, and post-golf refreshments. All proceeds will go to the MEDC, an independent corporation that works with the village to bring new business development into Montgomery, and retain those businesses already here. This is the MEDC’s one big fundraiser each year. Register online here.

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