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Around the Block: July & August

Jul 07, 2016 12:26PM ● By Neighbors Magazines


Windmill City Festival offers free family fun

This year’s Windmill City Festival takes place July 7–10. Stop by the carnival, compete in a 5k, participate in the pet parade, and dive into an ice cream eating contest. Every member of the family is sure to find a new favorite activity.

Mark your calendar and be sure to drop by the downtown area to enjoy Batavia’s biggest event of the summer.

Take a two-hour guided tour at Fermilab

Get to know Fermilab during a free, two-hour guided tour that takes you behind the scenes of America’s particle physics laboratory. Special Sunday tours will take place July 17 and Aug. 21 from 1–3pm. Visit Fermilab’s control rooms and see a particle accelerator. Then go and check out their herd of bison. Children 10 and older are welcome. Children between the ages of 10–14 need to be accompanied by an adult. Photo ID is required to enter the Fermilab site. Registration required at

Go green at the Green Fair on the Fox

Green Fair on the Fox will take place on Sat., Aug. 13 from 10am–4pm at the Batavia Riverwalk, indoor at city hall, and across the pedestrian bridge to the Farmers’ Market on River Street.

Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, organizations and individuals who raise awareness on sustainable living, physical fitness and healthy living. Participants will enjoy food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities to watch and take part in.

Fox Valley Robotics hosts summer workshops

Fox Valley Robotics will be offering summer challenges for kids with all new programs. Lego eXplorer Camp will test the design and building talents of the young innovators in the 1st–3rd grades. For 4th–8th graders, take Legos to the next level with sensors, motors, and electronics. For 8th–12th graders, the metal workshops will be focused on operator controlled steel/aluminum robots and programming. Summer registrations are open and fill up fast. Regular season starts in Aug.

Gustafson School PTO seeks sellers and volunteers

The Alice Gustafson School PTO will host its Annual Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale from 5–9pm Fri., Sept. 9 and 8–11am Sat., Sept. 10 at 905 Carlisle Road in Batavia. Admission is free.

Easy, online registration for sellers is available at For information on selling, donating, or volunteering, visit or call Heather at 630-709-7205.

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation seeking crafters & vendors

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation (BMCF) is now accepting applications for crafters and vendors for the 31st Annual Autumn Craft & Vendor Show to be held at Batavia High School on Oct. 15. The Craft & Vendor Show features handcrafted items from a variety of area artisans as well as selected vendors. The show will also include the ever-popular bake sale, a charity raffle along with concessions and lunch services. This is a well attended event with a $5 admission fee. or

Batavia Rotary’s 28th Annual Corvette Raffle

Raffle tickets are now available to win a 2017 Corvette Coupe or a $45,000 cash prize in addition to 10 other $500 cash prizes. Only 1000 tickets will be sold and are available from Rotary Club members as well as online at

Batavia Rotary contributes over $40,000 annually to support the efforts of more than 25 local agencies as well as Rotary International in promoting literacy and education, eradicating Polio and fighting hunger and suffering in Batavia, surrounding communities and throughout the world.

Batavia Boy Scout Troup 43 to hold 23rd annual fundraising dinner

Batavia Boy Scout Troop 43 is having its 23rd annual All You Can Eat Corn & Brat Dinner from 5–8 pm on Fri., July 8. Tickets are $8 in advance or $9 at the door for all you can eat corn and brats, and one drink. Kids 6 and under get a free hot dog, corn and one drink. Tasty bake sale treats will be available too.

All proceeds from this volunteer event go to fund Troop 43’s activities. The All You Can Eat Corn & Brat Dinner is at Bethany Lutheran Church. Advance tickets are available, or 630-639-8354.

Compete in the 24th annual state championship chili cook-off

The 24th annual state championship chili cook-off will be held Sat., July 30 from 1–4pm at the Batavia Riverwalk. The concessions and beer garden open at 1pm and the chili tasting starts at 2pm. For more information and to fill out an entry form, visit

Memory café meets Wed., July 27

The next Memory Cafe Fox Valley is Wed., July 27, from 10–11:30am at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. A memory café is a social gathering for individuals with memory challenges such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), mild dementia, early stage Alzheimer’s disease or similar impairments who want to enjoy the company of other individuals. New attendees are welcome; caregivers and friends are also invited.

All meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Batavia Public Library. The August meeting will be Wed., Aug. 24. Contact Sam at 630-208-9151 or Barbara at 630-643-2263.

Come down to the Batavia Farmers’ Market

The 21st annual Batavia Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from 8am–12pm through Oct. 22 on the newly renovated N. River St. between Wilson and State St. Come enjoy over 20 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Third Saturdays feature the Artisan Collective—shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers.

Congratulations Flag Day essay contest winners

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, the Flag Day Celebration Committee held an essay contest on the theme “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The contest was open to all writers with prize categories divided by age group. The winning essays were read and the eight winners were awarded on June 14 during the 100th anniversary festivities at the Batavia Riverwalk. The essay winners included: Zoe Balzanto, Hailey Lunebach, Maribeth Van Loon, Monica Barth, Rick Holinger, Yvor Stoakley, Ann Miller and Dr. Wes Ryd.

North Aurora

Join the North Aurora Days festivities Aug. 57

This year North Aurora Days is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 5th, 6th and 7th. This fun-filled weekend includes activities and entertainment like a car, truck & bike show, fishing derby, pet parade and live bands.  The sponsors, volunteers, and participants of North Aurora Days have been working hard to plan and provide a great celebration filled with fun for the entire family.

North Aurora holds a community garage sale Aug. 4–6

A Community garage sale will be held in conjunction with North Aurora Days this year. This is a Village sponsored community-wide garage sale planned for Thurs., Aug. 4–Sat. Aug. 6.

Residents who are interested in participating in the North Aurora Community garage sale must register to be included on a garage sale map. Residents can download the garage sale registration form from the North Aurora Days website at or pick up a form at the Village Hall. There is no cost to register.

Enjoy free entertainment at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil July 28–31

Free admission, free parking, free shuttle service and free bands make the Sugar Grove Corn Boil one of the most family-friendly and economical events of the summer. Although formally kicking off on Fri., July 29 at 5pm, on Thurs., July 28 the Corn Boil carnival and food by Genoa Pizza & Italian Concession are open to the public from 5–10 pm. Raffle tickets are now being sold to raise funds for the Corn Boil display of fireworks that always takes place on Saturday night.

Drop by Third Thursday Thinkers at Naper Settlement

Every third Thursday of the month in July and Aug., drop by Naper Settlement's Harvard Early Learning Playscape to experience history in unexpected ways.  July’s theme is Growing Up Wild. Come explore the sensory garden and see firsthand the growth of plants with a take-home lima bean experiment from 10:30–11am (ages 2–5) and 2–2:30pm. (ages 5–7) Thurs., July 21. Experience history through your senses as you take your young thinker on a museum adventure. Free with paid admission. 630-420-6010,

Summer Eco Camps at Abbey Farms for children entering grades 1–3

Abbey Farms, located at 2855 Hart Road in Aurora, is offering Eco Camps this summer for children entering grades 1–3. These Eco Camps are a great way for boys and girls to have summer fun while learning on the farm. Two more sessions are available, July 5–8 and July 11–15 from 12:30–3:30pm. The cost of each session is $150.

Abbey Farms' Eco Camps bring together the arts, science and play for an educational week of fun on the farm. Throughout each session, students will gain hands-on experience in the Abbey Farms garden.

North Aurora Police host an open house & community picnic 

The North Aurora Police Department will be hosting an open house & community picnic on Sun., July 10 from noon–3pm at the police station, 200 S. Lincolnway. This all-ages event is free to North Aurora residents and will feature food, games & activities, and tours of the station. There will be opportunities to meet officers, supervisors, and command staff and to learn about programs and services that the police department offers.

The Garden Clubs of Illinois presents its Biennial Standards State Flower Show

The Garden Clubs of Illinois' Biennial Standard State Flower Show will be held July 29, from 2–8pm and July 30 from 9am–3pm at Naperville Municipal Center, 400 South Eagle Street, Naperville.  The theme is "Under the Big Top" and admission is free, so come one, come all! 630-258-3118,


The Geneva Park District is showing Movies in the Park

Join Geneva Park District under the stars for free Movies in the Park this summer! See Jurassic World on July 7 in Wheeler Park. Movies begin at dusk or approximately 8:30pm. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair. Movies in the Park are sponsored by the Kane County Chronicle.

St. Peter Church hosting their final Barn Sale Sept. 17 & 18

St. Peter Church in Geneva is hosting their final Barn Sale, marking the end of a two-decade long era sponsoring this event. The Barn Sale will take place at the Kane County Fairgrounds Sat., Sept. 17 from 8am–3pm and Sun., Sept. 18 from 9am–2pm. Organizers are looking forward to another great sale featuring a vast assortment of new and gently used items for sale at bargain basement prices. All proceeds help St. Peter Church continue to provide ministries and services to their parishioners and the community at large. 630-232-0124,

Fabyan summer adventure camp for children grades 3–5

The Fabyan Summer Adventure Camp provides exciting, fun and enriching learning experiences for children entering 3rd–5th grade. Activities will include a visit from the Koi Whisperer, yoga, code breaking activities, art and a special program about insects in the Garden. The camp will meet August 1–5 from 9–11:30am within the Fabyan West Forest Preserve in Geneva. This camp is sponsored and run by PPFV. The registration deadline is Mon., July 18. 630-377-6424,

Step back in timeat the Geneva classic car show

On Thursday evenings in July and Aug. from 6–8pm, car collectors will gather at the historic Kane County Courthouse to show off their rides. Come and bop to the music of the 50s and vote for your favorite make and model. The car show takes place in the Courthouse parking lot.

Drop by the Geneva French Market

The Geneva French Market is open from 9am–2pm every Sunday through Nov. 13 in the commuter parking lot located at South and Fourth streets. Customers can find an array of products from fresh produce to fine French linens and custom made jewelry. Each year more vendors are drawn to the market because of its popularity on Sunday mornings. If you have never seen the French Market, stop by and see what you are missing.

Antique, classic and modern carson display at Geneva’s Concours d’Elegance

Come celebrate the art of the automobile as car enthusiasts gather together in the downtown historic business district of Geneva to view a beautiful collection of antique, classic and modern automobiles. The event takes place Sun., Aug. 28 from 10am–4pm. This year features the 100th Anniversary of BMW, the Twin Six Packards and the Shelby Mustangs. A perfect family event with something for everyone on Third St.

St. Charles

Support the Fox River Corridor at the Bob Leonard 5K Run/Color Run

On Sun., July 31, the River Corridor Foundation and the St. Charles Kiwanis Club will host the Bob Leonard 5K Run and a 1K Family Color Run in and around Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.

Registration is open, and fees are $35 for the 5K Run, $40 for both events, $20 for the Color Run (ages 12 and over), and $10 for ages under 12 in the Color Run. Both events start and end at the Grand Pavilion in the park, with the 5K Run beginning at 7:30am, and the 1K Color Run at 9am. Participants in the Color Run move through clouds of brightly-colored food-grade cornstarch at intervals along the course, emerging in a rainbow of color. In addition, there will be snacks, beverages, and a live DJ. Register online,

Pottawatomie Garden Club Walk is July 9

The Pottawatomie Garden Club’s Biannual Garden Walk will be held July 9, from 9am–4pm. See six glorious gardens on the west side of town. The gardens vary from lush, wooded gardens with rooms and paths created within, to an eclectic train garden. Participants also can shop at a lovely garden-themed boutique while enjoying complimentary lemonade and cookies. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door. Proceeds from the Walk support a yearly $3000 college scholarship as well as other local charities.

The St. Charles History Museum holds their first Family Fun Day

Join the St. Charles History Museum for their first annual Family Fun Day, Sun., July 31 from 11am–4pm. Bring your kids to enjoy carnival games, kid friendly food, live music, a dunk tank, face painting, a trackless train and much more. Tickets are $25 for a family of four and $10 for individuals.

The best of St. Charles Foodie Fest is July 30

Come join the St. Charles History Museum for its annual 21+ fundraising event on July 30 from 5–9pm. The Foodie Fest features a number of local restaurants, each providing a tasting of small plates of food and craft beverages.

Enjoy music by DJ Lukey Luke and dance lessons from Vargo Dance Studio. Learn a little local history at each of the restaurant booths which will feature a history of their building and historic photographs. Plus, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bid in the silent auction, play a game of Mystery Wine and Dine, and enter a raffle for three chances to win $1,000!

Cocktail Party Farm Dinner benefits Bridges Academy

Heritage Prairie Farm is kicking off another night ofspecialty cocktails, passed appetizers and food stations this summer. This Spotlight Event is in partnership to celebrate Bridges Academy. Fifty percent of all ticket sales directly benefit students at Bridges Academy a private school serving grades 1–5 throughout St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Elgin and the surrounding Fox Valley. Come to the farm for a special Friday Farm Dinner on July 15 at 6pm. Music for the night provided by Majors Junction. Desserts will be provided by Two Wild Seeds Baking Company.

Summer camp at the 1843 Durant House for children grades 3–6

Journey back in time to explore the daily challenges of pioneer life at the Durant House summer camp, Aug. 8–11 from 9–11:30am. This unique, hands-on camp for kids entering grades 3-6 provides immersive experiences where learning is fun! Some of the activities include pioneer games (bucket racing), cooking johnnycakes in a spider pan, chores on the farm and more. Participants will discover how the early settlers were great recyclers and even learn about Whatchamacallits!

Register for Anderson Animal Shelter’s 10th annual DOGLEG golf outing

Anderson Animal Shelter is hosting their 10th Annual DOGLEG Open on Fri., July 22, from 11am–7pm. This four player scramble takes place at The Highlands of Elgin, offering golfers the opportunity to experience the number one municipal course in Illinois while having fun and supporting a great cause. Each team includes cart and green fees, a hospitality gift, lunch and dinner. The evening will conclude with live and silent auctions, dinner, a cash bar and most importantly, fun! To register your team, visit

Healing Gardens open to the public July 10

Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens at Stone Hill Farm off Dean Street in St. Charles, will be Sun., July 10 from 11am–4 pm. The gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural wooded setting and perennial gardens. The July 10 opening will offer an optional outdoor “Yoga in the Garden” class from 1–2pm. 630-377-1846,

The St. Charles outdoor Farmers Market continues every Friday through October

The St. Charles outdoor Farmers Market is open every Friday through Oct. 28, from 7am–1pm. It is located at Fourth Ave. and Main St., along Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. 2016 marks the 12th season the St. Charles Farmers Market is sponsored by Baker Memorial Methodist church.

The St. Charles Farmers Market offers fresh Kane County produce, gourmet food products, fresh baked bread, garden and landscaping products, jewelry, arts and crafts and more.

“Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature” art exhibit at the Wasco Nursery & Garden Center

Wasco Nursery & Garden Center is home to an 840 sq. foot art gallery located in the newly remodeled Education Center. The gallery features artists who interpret nature using a variety of media. Right now, the Midwest Collage Society’s gallery of “Flora, Fauna and Mother Nature” is on display through July 11. Wasco Nursery is located at 41w781 Rt. 64 in St. Charles. For more information about the gallery, email