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St. Charles Around the Block: January & February

Jan 12, 2017 12:27PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Lazarus House is “Unmasking the Face of Homelessness”

Lazarus House is now accepting reservations for the second annual “Unmasking the Face of Homelessness,” a special gala being held on Sat., Jan. 21 at St. Charles Country Club. Enjoy a social hour filled with silent auction items, mystery wine and live music by Ben & Kristen. After dinner and sweets, partake in a fun game to win a $100 visa card, experience a heartwarming presentation and then a chance to bid on many exciting live auction items. Some live auction items include a condo in Puerto Vallarta, a framed autographed LeBron James Jersey, a Napa Valley Experience, Disney Hopper Passes, furnace installation, dining experiences and more! Reservations are $100 per person with a cash bar and can be made by calling 630-587-2144.

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

Members of the Zonta Club of St. Charles-GenevaBatavia 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.,

Join the St. Charles Singles Club

What’s on your schedule? How about dances, breakfasts and special outings with friendly singles ages 40 and up? That’s what the St. Charles Singles Club offers you. The club is celebrating its 40th year as an Illinois non-profit, with all work done by volunteer members. SCSC provides single adults an opportunity to participate in dances, games, cultural and athletic activities in a pleasant environment. It is a great place to develop new friendships and promote personal growth. SCSC welcomes all single or legally separated individuals over 40 years of age.

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.

Find a job at the Teen Job Fair

The St. Charles Park District will hold a Teen Job Fair at the Pottawatomie Community Center on Mon., Feb. 20 from 5:30–7:30pm. St. Charles Park District and area businesses will have representatives available to tell you about their companies and employment opportunities. Fill out an application on site, or take it home with you. Come prepared to ask and answer questions. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! The Teen Job Fair is offered in cooperation with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

Take a trip to the Chicago Auto Show

On Sun., Feb. 19 the St. Charles Park District will provide transportation to the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. As the nation’s largest and longest-running auto show, this event exhibits domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles, experimental and concept cars. View nearly 1,000 different vehicles at the 1.2 million squarefoot McCormick Place. Transportation, parking and admission are included in the trip’s $25 fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The trip departs from and returns to Pottawatomie Community Center. For more information, call Josh Williams at 630-513-4329 or visit

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.,

Come to the 56th annual Cat Show and Expo

The Championship and Household Pet Cat show is Feb. 25 & 26 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

50th annual Ham Radio Festival at Kane County Fairgrounds

The 2017 WCRA Hamfest is being held at the Kane County Fairgrounds Expo Center on Sun., Jan. 22 from 8am–1pm. This event features ham radios, computers, radio controls and educational forums as well as amateur radio exams, raffles and food vendors. Come enjoy the 50th annual incarnation of this great event in warm, well-lit, open indoor spaces. There is plenty of free parking right next to the building along with handicap access. w9ccuorg/hamfest

Little Naturalists at Creek Bend Nature Center

In this hour-long program for 4–5 year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through stories, nature hikes, songs, games or crafts. (Note: This is a “drop-off” program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during the program). The Little Naturalist Program takes place the last Thursday of each month, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. The program costs $5 and advanced registration is required. Creek Bend Nature Center is located at 37W700 Dean Street in St. Charles. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail to register.

Help an adult learn English with Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley is seeking volunteers to help adults learn English. If you can help, you will want to attend the free tutor training workshop that will be held from 6:30–9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12, 17, & 19 at the St. Charles Public Library.

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley provides texts, study material and training so that anyone can be a tutor. You do not need to be fluent in another language or have a teaching background to help. When you complete training, you will be matched with one adult student. Literacy volunteers meet with their students for one hour each week at a time and public location that is convenient. To register for the January workshop, or a future workshop, call Peg Coker at 630-584-4428 or visit


The NuMI focusing horn for creating neutrino beams

Photo courtesy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

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. Tickets are on sale now. Go to Tell them you read it in Neighbors Magazines.

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 startup 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!