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Batavia Around the Block: January & February

Jan 10, 2017 12:06PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Fermilab celebrates 50th anniversary

Have you been to Fermilab lately? The national accelerator laboratory is holding several special events in 2017 to mark their 50th anniversary. On Sat., Jan. 21, the band Mucca Pazza will kick off the celebrations with a concert in the Wilson Hall Atrium. For a complete list of the year’s events, watch Neighbors or visit

Fermilab holds lecture on the lab’s first 50 years

On Fri., Jan 27 Dr. Chris Quigg will give a lecture at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium covering the laboratory’s first 50 years. A half-century ago, the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory began to grow on the Illinois prairie. Through the intelligence, ingenuity and industry of many gifted people, it grew into one of the world’s great research institutions—a truly national resource for American physicists and a treasured destination for legions of international colleagues. Dr. Quigg will trace the lab’s evolution from start-up to world-leading center, highlighting landmark research results while recalling iconic moments and extraordinary characters. The lecture starts at 8pm and costs $7. 630-840-2787,

Join Fermilab for an afternoon of science fun

The Fermilab Family Open House is a party for children of all ages to learn about the world of physics. Watch Mr. Freeze’s cryogenics show, explore physics concepts with hands-on activities, ask a scientist your physics questions, take a tour and more. This event takes place Sun., Feb. 12 from 1–5pm. The event and tours are free. Registration is only needed for tours. For more information, visit

PechaKucha moves to Fermilab

“The art of concise presentations,” February’s PechKucha-Batavia moves to Fermilab on Feb. 16. The theme is “The Tiniest Things Matter.” Doors open at 5:30pm; program starts at 7pm. $5. Don’t miss it!


Join the Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia

Members of the Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia strive to empower women through service and advocacy, raising funds to support local and global projects that benefit women and families. Becoming a member of Zonta is a great opportunity to meet wonderful people while getting involved in your community.,

Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation holds 3rd Annual Bunco Charity Fundraiser

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 3rd Annual Bunco Charity Fundraiser will take place Feb. 25 at the Batavia Moose Lodge, 1535 S. Batavia Ave. Come out for a fun night of rolling dice for a great cause. This year’s theme is “I love the 80s—Totally Rad Bunco.” There will also be a raffle, silent auction, heads or tails game and more.

All participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the dice will roll at 7:15pm. A selection of appetizers, snacks and desserts will be offered. A cash bar will also be available.

All money raised from this event goes directly back to the community through the schools or local organizations that focus on helping children and families. For more information visit, email or call 630-748-1501.

Holy Cross Catholic School to hold open house Jan. 29

Holy Cross Catholic School, (Grades Preschool through 8th) will hold an open house from 12:30–2pm on Sun., Jan. 29. Holy Cross provides academically challenging, faith-based education to more than 400 students. Over 30% of the school’s graduating 8th graders received scholarships this past year to schools such as Marmion, Rosary, Aurora Central Catholic and Saint Francis.

Holy Cross will also begin an all day Pre-K program for four-year old students in 2017. The school currently has preschool programs serving ages 2–4. Holy Cross preschool teachers have a combined experience of over 50 years working with young students. Holy Cross is located at 2300 Main St., Batavia.

Photo courtesy Geneva Chamber of Commerce—Georgia Schwender

Take a tour of the Fabyan Japanese Garden in Winter.

Go on a guided winter walk at Fabyan Japanese Garden

On Sun., Jan. 29 and Sat., Feb. 11 from 1–2pm, join PPFV staff for a hearty, approximately 40 minute guided tour of the Fabyan Japanese Garden. The tour will start at 1pm at the western garden gate. The tour is $5 per person, with no reservations needed. The garden is within the Fabyan Forest Preserve located at 1925 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva. Please note these tours can only happen if there is a foot or more of snow on the ground and temperatures are not dangerous. Proper winter boots and attire is encouraged. On the day of the tour please call 630-377-6424 and listen to a message to ensure the tour is happening.

Free memory loss support group for caregivers offered monthly at the Holmstad

The Holmstad Helping Hearts, a free family and caregivers support group offered at The Holmstad, is offered the first Thursday of the month from 1:30–2:30pm in the Town Center classroom at The Holmstad, located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. Registration is not required to attend the support group, but you must reserve a spot for your loved one requiring care by calling Brenda Lowden, RN, at 630-879-4034 or emailing her at

Community Resource Expo takes place Feb. 4 at the Eastside Community Center

The volunteer spirit runs deep in Batavia! Volunteers are a vital part of the success of any organization and truly make a difference in the community. In parks and recreation alone, more than a quarter of a million people nationwide donate their time and expertise annually, saving agencies and taxpayers millions of dollars.

Come the Community Expo at the Eastside Community Center at 10am Sat., Feb. 4 and learn about local opportunities to volunteer. Local organizations will be on hand with information about volunteer opportunities. The Eastside Community Center is located at 14 N. Van Buren St. 630-406-5282,

Fox Valley Robotics hosts events for kids

Want to take a break from the winter weather with something the whole family can do? Fox Valley Robotics’ youngest LegoWolves members in 1st–3rd grade will be heading over to Fermilab for this year’s open house “Creature Craze” displaying their mechanical Lego Models on what they learned about honey bees and the animals that share their habitat.

Fox Valley Robotics/Batavia Robotics will host 36 high school teams on Sun., Feb. 12 from 10am–3pm as they compete on a 12'x12' playing field with four robots at a time. This year’s event will be challenging as the teams will attempt to shoot balls into a 4' high vortex, activate beacons based on color and raise a 21" diameter ball attempting to cap the vortex in this year’s game “Velocity Vortex.” Jan., Feb., and March will have more events with different age groups including the state Vex competition.,

Batavia United Way’s 2016 Adopt a Family program a success

The 2016 Batavia United Way Adopt A Family Program proved to be the most extensive to date with 93 families adopted and 234 children served. Counselors and social workers from seven Batavia public schools selected families most in need of holiday assistance and secured wish lists for each child in these families. Clothing, winter coats, boots, trolls, makeup, scooters, books and video games surfaced on many wish lists.

All of the gifts were delivered to the very hospitable team of professionals at Louise White Elementary School, host of this event.

Batavia United Way and its Board of Directors thanks Batavia Women in Business, BYB, Chip In , Batavia Mothers and Women’s Clubs and the many businesses, individuals and families who together delivered a Christmas miracle to neighbors in need.

Come to the 56th annual Cat Show and Feline Expo

The Championship and Household Pet Cat show is Feb. 26 & 27 at Kane county Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd. This event features 225 cats competing for “Best in Show”. An Education Ring presents speakers on topics of feline health. There will also be numerous vendors and shelters with cats available for adoption. For more Information and a $1 off coupon, visit