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Batavia Around the Block: July & August

Jul 05, 2017 08:30AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia United Way receives money for Kindergarten Enrichment scholarships

Batavia United Way recently announced a $2800 grant from the Batavia Mothers Club and a $10,850 award from the 100 Women Who Care organization. 100% of all proceeds go to the Success By 6 Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded to low income families with children who would benefit from Kindergarten Enrichment to learn and practice skills needed to match those of their peers. This year, 5 scholarships will also be awarded to 4 year old preschool students with the same needs.

Judging by the waiting lists for both scholarships, every dollar of these grants, and a $500 donation from Olaf Crossfit are accounted for. If you would like more information about the program or you would like to make a donation to this fund so that additional children can be considered, please contact

Volunteer with the Batavia Parks Foundation

Come help build a better Batavia! Join the Batavia Parks Foundation at the Farmers’ Market on July 1 to learn about our commitment to “putting people in the parks” and how you can participate in upcoming projects and events. A nonprofit, the BPF is dedicated to recreation and open space initiatives.

Immanuel Lutheran Church hosts giant indoor garage sale

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Batavia, will once again host its annual Indoor Garage Sale. The sale includes furniture, clothing ($1 for most items), toys, electronics, books, household items, tools, gardening equipment, bicycles, golf clubs, antiques and holiday items. The gym and several adjoining areas are filled with merchandise. The garage sale is a great way to get kids ready for school, college students set for dorm life, or outfit a new classroom or apartment. The sale will be held Thu.–Fri., Jul. 20–21, 8am–4pm and Sat., Jul. 22, 8am–12pm.

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

Looking to open doors to networking and friendship? Provide community service to individuals and their families? Raise funds to support local and international service projects?

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! Visit or email for more information.

Windmill City Festival takes place July 14–16

Windmill City Festival has long been a staple of the community and has become a tradition for many families. Are you ready to create lasting memories and enjoy countless activities over the course of two and a half days? Then stop by the Fun Zone for interactive inflatables and family-friendly attractions, participate in the golf challenge, enjoy food booths and the beer garden and listen to great live music. 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 July 14–16 to enjoy Batavia’s biggest event of the summer. For more information, including a full festival schedule, visit

Stop by the Batavia Farmers’ Market

The Batavia Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from 8am–12pm through October 28 on the newly renovated N. River St. between Wilson and State St. Come enjoy over 20 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetable, fruits, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Third Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. For more information, visit

The Batavia Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP

Patrons using their SNAP benefits at the Batavia Farmers’ Market will receive up to $25 in matching Double Value Coupons to be spent on fruits and veggies. SNAP tokens can be used same as cash to purchase items such as honey, eggs, breads, meats, cheeses, fish, and other pre-packaged baked goods. This is a great way for everyone to have access to healthy, locally grown and produced foods. For more information, visit

Enjoy Cocktails in the Park

On Sat., July 22 at 7pm, head downtown Batavia to Appleton Park (River Walk behind the City building and Police Station) for the 6th annual Cocktails in the Park. Discover downtown Batavia and enjoy an evening on the riverbanks of the Fox River with live music, drinks, small plates and more! This year, take advantage of your chance to “Win the Bar” with a $20 raffle ticket where you get an opportunity to win an entire tent full of cocktail mixers, spirits, barware and more. Everyone is welcome to this beautiful and unique event that will help raise funds for Batavia MainStreet and their revitalization efforts.

Gustafson School PTO seeks sellers and volunteers for Clothing & Toy Resale

The Alice Gustafson School PTO will host its Annual Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale from 5–9pm Fri., Sept. 22 and 8–11am Sat., Sept. 23 at 905 Carlisle Rd. in Batavia. Admission is free.

The sale will feature new or gently used infant through teen clothing for all seasons, shoes, uniforms, sporting goods, costumes, books, games, videos, CDs, toys, maternity wear, baby equipment and furniture. Income from the sale will be used for educational programs, materials, and equipment for the school’s students and staff. The PTO will receive 40% of the sales profits, while the remaining 60% will go to the participants who sell items.

Those who work a set number of hours will be eligible to shop at the Friday pre-sale. Sellers who volunteer 6–9 hours will receive a 70% sales profit, in addition to pre-sale eligibility. Sellers who volunteer 9+ hours will receive 80% profit, in addition to pre-sale eligibility. For information on selling, donating, or volunteering, call Heather at 630-709-7205 or visit

Healing Gardens holds Awakening in Nature Retreat for women

Healing Gardens’ Awakening in Nature Retreat, Women-Nature-Wisdom, takes place Sun., July 16 from 8:45am–3pm. Experience a spa for the spirit helping to awaken a strong connection to nature, spirit and authentic self. Learn how to use nature as a tool to sustain yourself in our fast paced, technological culture. Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm is located at 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-740-2597,

Neutrinos are Everywhere lecture at Fermilab July 14

As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, Fermilab is offering numerous events for the public to enjoy. On July 14 at 8pm, Chief Research Officer Dr. Joe Lykken will present on neutrinos in Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium. Neutrinos are the oddballs of elementary particles, and their peculiar properties suggest connections to many of the big mysteries of particle physics. This lecture will help the audience understand why so many physicists are betting their own futures on neutrinos, and how discoveries from the newly formed scientific collaboration DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) could change our understanding of how the universe works. To learn more about this lecture and other Fermilab 50th anniversary events, visit

Fox Valley Robotics hosts summer workshops

Fox Valley Robotics will be offering summer challenges for kids with all new and exciting programs. Lego® eXplorer Camp will test the design and building talents of the young innovators in the 1st–3rd grades. For an advanced take on Legos, how about programming a Lego robot to do some missions in the Lego Summer Camp? 4th–8th graders will take Legos to the next level with sensors, motors, electronics and a robot they program to solve a series of missions designed by the expert staff in the Lego Workshop. 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. The regular season starts in August. For more info visit or email to

Memory expert to offer strategies for seniors

As we age, keeping the brain sharp is vital to enjoying a full and rewarding lifestyle. Dr. Linda Sasser will present, “Keep Your Brain Fit and Your Memory Sharp,” on Tues., July 11 at 2pm at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia.

Sasser will describe activities attendees can use to maintain and even improve brain function. Using her distinctive method of optimizing the brain functions of attention, working memory and long-term memory, attendees will learn how to better remember names, information and tasks. Space is limited and registration is required for this free program by calling 877-226-7310 or visiting