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5 Things: Food, Fun and Lederhosen

The Chicago Bears 23rd annual coat drive is underway at Jewel-Osco.

If you're interested in learning more about the newest trends in fitness and nutrition, you may want to check out a free expo at the Baker Community Center in downtown St. Charles. This event is preceding the Fox Valley Marathon this weekend. 

Oktoberfest also kicks off today in Batavia, offering lots of German-style food and fun all weekend. 

Here are five things going on today.

1. is coming to the in St. Charles from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The expo is open to the public and also will include participant packet pick-up for the Fox Valley Marathon this weekend.

The Fitness Expo will feature exhibitors showcasing running gear and shoes, and information on sports, fitness and nutrition. Marathon runners will also be able to ask last-minute questions and talk with their pace group leaders. 

2. Oktoberfest starts at 5 p.m. at the . This event is sponsored by DANK of the Fox Valley and will run through Sunday.

The festival features a carnival, food, and a German beer tent. Food specialties will include fresh bratwurst, homemade potato salad, sauerkraut, schnitzel, hot dogs and french fries. 

3. at in St. Charles, which continues until Dec. 4. Donations will benefit the Salvation Army and public schools throughout the Chicago area. 

This event is being offered at all Jewel-Osco stores and area residents can drop off coats while they shop. Donations will also be taken at area Salvation Army locations.

4. Nominations should be submitted by today's deadline for the  recognition dinner on Oct. 20 where young professionals will be honored by the Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce. Nominations are being accepted for enthusiastic, energetic and creative young professionals who could become business leaders.

For more information, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060 or e-mail jcarroll@genevachamber.com.

5. Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This day commemorates Americans who have sacrificed their lives, or quality of life, for their country. It's also one of six days throughout the year that Congress has designated for the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag.

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