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Batavia Around the Block: March & April

Feb 28, 2017 09:50AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia Historical Society Depot Museum expansion kick-off celebration is March 12

The Batavia Historical Society announces plans for a 5000-square foot addition to the Depot Museum, located at 155 Houston St. On Sun., Mar. 12, a kick-off celebration, “History Happens Here,” begins at 2pm at the Batavia Public Library. The public is invited to attend to learn more about this project.

The new space will feature special exhibition space, collection storage, along with a “Welcome to Batavia” reception area because of the museum’s proximity to the bike path. The two-level addition will be located on the north side of the present Depot Museum. The north wall of the existing museum will be opened to allow a flow between the current museum and the new addition. For more information about the project and the Batavia Historical Society, visit

Experience the Wonders of Science at Fermilab

As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, Fermilab will hold its Wonders of Science show on Sun., Mar. 19 at 1pm. This event includes a fast-paced series of demonstrations on chemical and physical phenomena that will involve you and your young scientists mentally and at times, physically. Wonders of Science is annual program provided by the Education Office at Fermilab. Each family with at least one child will receive a kit of materials that will enable them to continue their science explorations at home or in the classroom.

Wonders of Science takes place at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall and is recommended for families with children ages 7–12. Reservations are required for this event and space is limited. The advanced Registration fee is $5.

Come to Tween Night at the Eastside Community Center

The Batavia Park District will hold a Tween Night at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Fri., Apr. 21 at 6pm. Come enjoy games, sports, music, movies, dancing, food and more! This is a great opportunity to hang out with old friends and meet new kids from other schools. Concessions will be available for an additional fee. There is a $5 admission fee for this event.

Batavia United Way and Water Street Studios offer Teen Art Flow Scholarship Program

Batavia United Way and Water Street Studios have partnered in their efforts to provide services and opportunities to financially challenged youth in our community and have established the Teen Art Flow Scholarship Program. With funding from Batavia United Way, Water Street Studios is awarding scholarships to qualifying Batavia teens who would like to attend any age appropriate art class offered in their School of Art, free of charge. The goal of this program is to allow teens interested in art to follow a self-directed path for artistic exploration and to be mentored by a variety of teaching artists. The confidential application for this scholarship can be found at the Water Street Studios website page,

5th annual Find a Cure for Cancer Scavenger Hunt takes place March 10

The 5th annual Find a Cure for Cancer Scavenger Hunt is Fri., Mar. 10 in downtown Batavia to benefit LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. All teams will arrive at LivingWell Caner Resource Center in Geneva at 6:30pm for check-in, and then travel to downtown Batavia where the scavenger hunt will begin at 7:30pm. Teams will navigate throughout the downtown area for items on a list. The scavenger hunt ends at 9:15pm at Pal Joey’s where prizes will be awarded to the first place team, best costume and best team spirit. A raffle and silent auction will follow with pizza and appetizers. A cash bar will be available, and all participants will receive a swag bag from local businesses. To participate in the scavenger hunt you will need a team of four, costumes, team name, cell phone and a general sense of the downtown Batavia area.

Elderday Center offers monthly caregiver support group

Elderday center offers a monthly caregiver support group, facilitated by Mollie Blum, MSW, Director of Programs for Elderday Center. The group provides direct support services for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s and other debilitating disorders. There is no charge for participation, and the group is open to caregivers caring for people 55 years and over living in Kane County. The support group meets the third Thursday of each month at Elderday Center, 328 W. Wilson St., from 1:30–3pm. For more information contact Mollie Blum at 630-761-9750 or email

Register for Batavia’s City-Wide Garage Sale

The Batavia Fireworks Committee is holding its annual City-Wide Garage Sale on Fri., May 5 and Sat., May 6 from 8am–4pm. Residents who wish to have their garage sale location appear on the official event map and advertising materials, must pay a registration fee of $35. The deadline to register your garage sale is Wed., April 26 at 5pm.

The $35 registration fee covers all the advertising costs in all the local newspapers, radio and BATV. All registered sellers receive garage sale signs, balloons, and will be entered in a drawing for a 39" LED TV.

Over 5,000 maps are printed and distributed highlighting the registered sellers’ addresses. As always, all proceeds of the fee for participating in the City-Wide Garage Sale go to support Batavia’s 4th of July Fireworks show. Additional information and registration form are available on the Batavia Fireworks website,

Participate in the 17th annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K race

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation invites you to participate in its 17th annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K race on Sat., Apr. 29 at the Batavia Riverwalk. Both the 5K and the 10K start at 8am and feature courses along the beautiful Fox River. Following the race is an award presentation for the winners of both races. Kids can join in the fun, too! The Fox Trot features two non-competitive races designed especially for children.

Pre-registration for all events is encouraged. The pre-registration cost for the 5K is $30 per runner and the pre-registration cost for the 10K is $40 per runner. There is no charge for either Kids’ Fun Run, but a donation of $10 per child is suggested. Funds raised through this event will support local charities in the Fox Valley area, as well as Batavia schools. For more information and to register, visit

Batavia Lions Club celebrates 35th anniversary

The Batavia Lions Club is celebrating their 35th anniversary. Members meet at the Batavia Moose Lodge at 7pm the fourth Tuesday of every month. On April 8, the Lions will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30–11:30am at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren Street. The Lions welcome new members. For membership information or details about the Batavia Lions Club, call Lions President Dave Burdelak at 630-292-8214 or visit

Fox Valley Robotics hosts Vex Robotics State Competition and Summer Workshops

Looking for something fun and exciting to do with the family? On Sat., Mar, 11 from 10am–4pm, the High School Illinois Vex State Competition will be hosted by FVR/BR at Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Road, Batavia. This year’s event will be challenging as the teams will attempt to score stars and large blocks on a 12’x12’ playing field and then at the end attempt to lift their robot off the mat in the game “Starstruck.” 36 high school teams will be participating for a chance to move on to the world competition in April. Summer program registrations will open in April for a variety of new and exciting robotics adventures for kids of all ages. For more info, visit or email to