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Around the Block - see what's happening in Tri-Cities

Jun 18, 2015 12:37PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

At the Kiwanis "Golfing for Good" outing volunteer, Rhett Humke collects donations for the Roll the Die game from golfers Tom Maurovich, John Radman, Richard Daugherty and Stew Liechti.

TriCity Family Services expands to St. Charles

TriCity Family Services (TCFS) is expanding from its Geneva location at 1120 Randall Court, and opening a second location. The new office is located at 2570 Foxfield Road, Suite 101, St. Charles.  It is situated just north of East Main Street (Route 64) and just south of St. Charles East High School, between Dunham Road and Kirk Road. This second location will allow TCFS to offer new services, as well as expand existing ones.


You can win a 2016 Corvette Convertible

            The engine that drives the Batavia Rotary is fueled by our community. Raffle ticket sales are now available to win a 2016 Corvette Convertible or $40,000 cash prize, plus nine other cash prizes. Only 1000 tickets are sold for this raffle. Last year the tickets sold out. It’s important to purchase tickets early.

            The Rotary Club of Batavia contributes more than $40,000 annually to support the efforts of 35 local and international agencies such as the Batavia Fireworks Foundation, Batavia Food Pantry, BANA Football, CASA Kane County to purchasing digital x-ray equipment in Guatemala. By gathering weekly, Batavia Rotarians learn about community and global needs and devote time, talent and resources to support programs that display fireworks, eradicate polio, fight hunger, promote literacy and alleviate suffering in Batavia, surrounding communities and throughout the world.

Browse a selection of arts at 30th Annual Craft and Vendor Show

The Batavia Mothers Club Foundations 30th Annual Autumn Craft & Vendor Show spotlights a juried selection of arts and crafts designed and created by the artist on Oct. 17 from 9am-3pm. There will be commercial vendors displaying their products, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and lunch services. $5 admission fee ($1 off admission fee if bringing a new toy to donate to the ACCESS Toy Drive). If you are a business owner that would like to make a contribution to the charity raffle or sponsor the event please contact

Save the date for Water Street Studio’s newest fundraiser Blind Date

Water Street Studios presents their new fundraiser, the Blind Date Masquerade Benefit Gala on Nov. 14 at 6pm. The art community and its supporters will participate in the anticipated unveiling of 15 commissioned works of art. The artists were commissioned during the kickoff event in June and are well-respected local artists of various mediums.  Art enthusiasts, turned collectors, hand picked their artists and are anxiously waiting for their finished masterpiece.

In addition to the main art gallery unveiling, attendees of the Blind Date Masquerade Benefit Gala will enjoy small plates, two complementary libations, dancing, wine tasting from Elevage Wines and Spirits, Mystery Wine & Dine and the opportunity to purchase original masks designed by resident artists. Tickets are $50. 160 S. Water Street, Batavia. Rebecca Groshek, 773-896-6010

Fire up your taste buds at 5th Annual Chili Cook Off

The Batavia Viking Ring Lodge #18, in collaboration with Batavia United Way, bring you the Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off on Sat., Oct. 10 at 1pm. The event supports local non-profit agencies and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. The Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc. (CASI) sanctions this event, which means the cooks will prepare the chili on site and from scratch, with no fillers. Besides the best tasting chili winners, cooks can earn a showmanship award. New this year to the event is a community blood drive administered by Heartland Blood Centers from 10am-2pm. Tasting tickets cost $5 each and are available at the door. The entry fee to cook is $20. Viking Lodge, 104 N. VanNortwick Ave. Bill Pierson, 630-879-7934, John Dillon, 630-502-8335,

Batavia United Way walk/run joins BatFest

Batavia United Way, in conjunction with BatFest, presents their 5k walk/run and 10k run on Oct. 24 at 9 am. There will also be a Kids Fun Run for children 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged. Goody bags will be provided to all registered kids. This certified run begins on River and State Streets in Batavia and routes north up the bike path. To add to the festivities, United Way and Pal Joey’s are hosting a Community Pancake Breakfast and Bloody Mary bar from 8am-12pm for runners, walkers, and fans. Funds raised will be used to support 18 non-profits that serve Batavians, the new Success By 6 kindergarten Scholarship Program and the annual Holiday Adopt A Family program-all benefiting Batavians. Register for Pancake Breakfast tickets.,

United way launches kindergarten scholarship program

Batavia United Way is pleased to announce the launch of Success By 6, a kindergarten enrichment scholarship for low income and homeless children who would benefit from an all day Kindergarten experience, yet cannot afford it on their own. The children Batavia United Way hopes to serve with the scholarship have not had the opportunity to attend pre-school or experience learning in a classroom environment. The goal is to have the scholarship child “caught up” to their peers and any gaps closed by first grade, with a foundation set for better learning in the years ahead.  Not only will this benefit the scholarship child, it ultimately helps everyone in the classroom who desires and needs the teachers’ attention. The full cost for 1 child to enroll in Kindergarten Enrichment (administered by the Batavia Park District) is $3025.

Success By 6 is dependent upon the generous support of the community and scholarships for the Fall 2015 school year will be awarded until funds are depleted. Batavia Mothers Club, Tri Cities Exchange Club and Kiwanis are the first groups to donate funds to the scholarship program. Proceeds from the Randy Simonian World Record Scooter ride are committed to this program as well. 100% of donations noted “for Success By 6” will go to an actual scholarship and as a 501c3 charity, donations are tax deductible. 630-877-2780,

Kids can learn about wrestling at Rookie Nights

Bring your child (ages 5-13) to Rookie Nights on Oct. 20 & 22 from 6-7pm in the Upper Gymnasium at Rotolo Middle School.  Your child will get a chance to get out on the mats with some basic instruction from our coaches and learn what wrestling is all about.   Parents can hang out in the gym, talk to coaches and parents who are involved in the club and see how your child feels about the sport. 1501 S. Raddant Rd. Andy Huck,

Batavia Key Club raised $10,000 for SPRF

On April 18, Batavia High School Key Club held their annual fundraiser for the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation (SPRF). Mr. BHS, a mock male beauty pageant, raises money for this organization, which was started in 1952 and focuses on diseases of the central nervous system, such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer’s, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care, and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants.

This year, there were 11 contestants for Mr. BHS that encompassed all four years of high school. The boys were judged in four categories: formal wear, swimsuit, talent, and amount of money raised. This year Key Club raised $10,000 for SPRF. John Hix, sophomore, took the crown this year and was escorted by sophomore Maddie Watson. The contestant who raised the most amount of money was junior Alex Kielion, raising over $614.

Funding helps Fox Valley Shelter increase safety

Valley Sheltered Workshop located in Batavia was selected by the Geneva Community Chest to be a 2015-2016 funding recipient. Because of their help, the Workshop will be able to install a commercial dock door that will allow a more efficient transfer of vendor products and also create a safer environment for the employees. Valley Sheltered Workshop is a non-profit organization established in 1966 whose entire workforce is comprised of individuals with disabilities who live in the Fox River Valley area. Local companies sub-contract with the Workshop to provide business services such as light assembly, labeling and mail stuffing. Valley Sheltered Workshop staff are always happy to discuss how they can assist area businesses be more cost effective. 630-879-2359,

Golfing for Good raises 27K

On June 8, Lazarus House and St. Charles Kiwanis Foundation hosted their annual "Golfing for Good" event to raise money equally for both charity organizations.  Held at Royal Fox Country Club, 82 golfers and an additional 45 dinner guests participated.  $27,000 was raised through sponsorships, cash donations, golf and dinner fees, silent and live auctions and a tin cup raffle.

Vets helping one another

Attend the Vietnam Veterans of America’s (Chapter 693) 10th Annual Benefit Buffet on Sun., Nov. 1 from 5-8pm. There will be live music and a raffle. They work with sections of Hines Hospital to bring Veterans to sporting events and in December they assist them in sending out Christmas Cards. They also offer two $1,000 scholarships to relatives of chapter members. Reservation required. $25. Villa Verone, 416 Hamilton St, Geneva. Stanley Herzog, 630-232-1423,

Here’s what’s happening this fall at PPFV

Explore 19th century singing

Raise your voice during the signing program at Durant House Museum on Sun., Sept. 27 from 1-4pm. Visitors will explore the art of shape note singing, learn how shape note music was used in education, in the 19th century. Get a chance to try it out singing yourself. No previous music experience required to participate. Donation of $3 for adults and $1 for kids.  Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles.

Join the “Treasures of the Tri-Cities” church tour

Join Preservation Partners for its 8th annual “Treasures of the Tri-Cities” church tour on Sat., Oct. 3 from 1-5pm. The church tour will feature seven houses of worship that were built between 1842 and 1905, and range in style from Gothic to Greek Revival. $20/person.

Taste delicious heirloom apples

Enjoy apples that you have not seen in the grocery store during the Durant House Museum’s annual heirloom apple fest on Sun., Oct. 5 from 1-4pm. Step back in time at the Durant House Museum and embrace fall. Donation of $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles. 630-377-6424,

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Caption: Photo courtesy Brian DeWolf

Garfield Farm Museum Events

Harvest Days

Oct 4 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills,19th century music, and food.  $6 adults/$3 children

Blacksmithing 101 & 201

Oct 11 Staff member, Joseph Coleman’s Blacksmithing 101 lecture and demonstration at 10am and Blacksmithing 201 at 1pm will feature hands-on experience. Reservations required. $8 for 101 and $40 for 201

Barns 101 & 201

Oct 17 Staff member, Dave Bauer’s Barns 101 lecture at 10am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture

Cruise Nites in St. Charles

Come cruise down to downtown St. Charles Cruise Nites on Tues. from 5-8pm for a blast from the past in July and Aug. Cruise Nites are the perfect time for owners of classic cars to shine up those beauties and get on the road. Presented by the St. Charles Chamber and Baltria Corporation, the events feature amazing entertainment including face painting and balloon art from Midwest Fun Factory. We invite everyone to bring their pride and joy down to Riverside Avenue between Main Street and Illinois Avenue. Please enter on Walnut and South Second Avenues, on the east side of the Fox River for eight weeks of fun.

Christ Community gives to local food pantries

Christ Community Church has teamed up this summer with national program Canning Hunger to enable and equip families to collect food in their neighborhoods to help feed the hungry locally.

This all-church summer initiative will culminated this past weekend as churchgoers will brought what they’ve collected in their neighborhoods to weekend services at all four Christ Community Church campuses—in St. Charles, Bartlett, Aurora, and DeKalb. At each campus, trucks from local food pantries waited to directly accept all donations.  

Canning Hunger is a program based on a simple idea: You let your neighbors know you will be coming around to collect food and then collect whatever they can give. Not only do you then help the needy but you build community in your neighborhood.

Listen to 19th century harp singing

Learn and listen to harp singing at the Durant House Museum on Sun., Sept. 27 from 1-4pm. Harp singing, also known as shape note singing, was a common way to learn how to sing music in the 19th century. Durant House Museum is located within the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. 630-377-6424,

Mutual Ground continues to grow

Mutual Ground, which provides free services to victims of domestic and sexual violence announces the opening of their satellite office located in Bethany Lutheran Church located at 8 S. Lincoln, Batavia.   To make an appointment for counseling services, contact Nicolette Muniz at 630-897-0080.

Explore your natural side with the Kane County Autobon

Kane County Audubon is the local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society and meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of each month September through May at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles. Field trips, bird walks, and nature hikes are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year and in lieu of the meeting on the second Wednesday of August.  Enjoy nature and learn about the birds all around you. Andrini, 630-584-8386,