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Batavia Around the Block: September & October

Sep 04, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

Come to the 7th annual United Fall Fest

The 7th annual United Fall Fest will be held from 3–10pm Sat., Sept. 9 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd, St. Charles. This community spirit and charitable fundraising event organized by the church and Fox Mill Community of Campton Hills is family-oriented with live music, a classic car show, a bags tournament, Kids’ Corner, food and beer tents, outdoor movie and a fireworks show. New this year is lunch and football under the tent from 12–3pm on Sun., Sept. 10! Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities. Admission is free. Interested in being a sponsor? Call Mark Molloy at 630-253-5659.,

Wrestling club hosts free rookie nights

Are you interested in wrestling but not ready to commit yet? Bring your boy or girl (ages 5–13) to one or both of the Batavia Wrestling Club’s Free Rookie Nights on Tues., Oct. 17 and Thurs., Oct. 19 from 6–7pm at the Batavia High School wrestling room. Your child will get a chance to get out on the mats with some basic instruction from coaches and learn what wrestling is all about. Parents can hang out in the gym, talk to coaches and parents who are involved in the club and see how your child feels about the sport. Details are available at or contact Andy Huck at

Oktoberfest returns Oct. 6–7

On Fri., Oct. 6 and Sat., Oct. 7, Batavia MainStreet will once again present a traditional Oktoberfest event featuring authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer! Family friendly activities will be held all day on Saturday, and official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests will be held on Friday and Saturday night. All Batavia Oktoberfest happenings will be hosted on North River St. between Wilson St. and Spring St. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Anderson Animal Shelter hosts Pets-a-Palooza at Mooseheart

Join Anderson Animal Shelter for a family and pet-friendly event and pet festival on Sun., Sept. 17 from 11am–4pm at Mooseheart Child City & School. Enjoy an exciting day of pet demonstrations, contests, adoptable animals, education sessions and plenty of vendors. If you love pets, this is the place for you! Mooseheart Child City & School is located at 255 James J. Davis Dr., Mooseheart.

Valley Sheltered Workshop BBQ is Oct. 21

Summer may be over, but barbeque is always in season! Valley Sheltered Workshop located at 325 Main St. in Batavia will be holding a pig roast on Sat., Oct. 21 from 11am–6pm. Team FIB BBQ Caterers are the pitmasters who are hosting the event and will be offering a meal to-go that includes a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans and coleslaw all for only $10. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated by Team FIB to help maintain and operate the Workshop which provides employment for adults with disabilities. Be sure to mark your calendars for a day off from cooking and stop by for some tasty “Q”. 630-879-2359,

Visit Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm

Healing Gardens will be open to the public on Sun., Sept. 10 and Sun., Oct. 8 from 11am–4pm. The mosquito free gardens are open to the public on set dates for the purpose of enjoying the natural wooded setting and perennial gardens. The admission cost is $5 per person and $10 per family. Additionally, Healing Gardens will hold special events in September and October, including a new day retreat for grief and loss on Sat., Oct. 14. Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm is located at 37W249 Dean Street, St. Charles. 630-740-2597,

Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation hosts 32nd annual Craft & Vendor Show

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 32nd Annual Autumn Craft & Vendor Show will take place Sat., Oct. 21 from 9am–3pm at Batavia High School. This show spotlights a juried selection of arts and crafts designed and created by the artist and also an opportunity for commercial vendors to display their products. The show will include a bake sale, a 50/50 Draw-Down charity raffle, and lunch services provided by McAlister’s Deli. There is a $5 admission fee ($1 off admission if you bring a new toy to donate to the ACCESS Toy Drive). Kids 12 and under are free. BMCF still has a few booths available for crafters and vendors for the show. For an application, visit or email to To purchase tickets for the charity raffle, email and put BMCF Raffle in the subject line.

Fox Valley Robotics starts up new season challenges for kids

Looking for something fun and exciting to do? Fox Valley Robotics begins their 16th season of robotics programs for kids. 1st–3rd, 4th–8th, and 8th–12th graders will design and build different types of robotic creations. Each group of kids work in small teams to accomplish a brand new challenge for the 2017–2018 season. More info for the fall season is available at, or email

Stop by The Holmstad’s 40th Annual Bazaar, “Creative Gifts and More”

The community is invited to wrap up their holiday shopping early by stopping in at The Holmstad’s 40th Annual Bazaar on Sat., Sept. 30, 9am–3pm, in the community’s Town Center, located at 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia. Come early for the best bargains!

This year’s bazaar, “Creative Gifts and More,” consists of a boutique, collectibles, and fine, homemade goods and crafts, including unique glass fusion pieces, Christmas cards, jewelry, woodworking items, books, plants, gourmet nuts and more. Browse through a variety of gift ideas, like those gently used items found at the community’s This ‘n’ That shop, and take home delicious homemade baked goods. A 77" x 62" quilt created by ladies of The Holmstad will be the featured raffle of the day. Admission is free. 877-226-7310,

Register for the 3rd annual Batavia United Way 5k walk/run

The 3rd annual Batavia United Way 5k walk/run 10k run & little kids fun run will be held Sat., Oct. 28 in conjunction with BatFest. The Start and Finish is at State/River St. and travels north on the Fox River Bike Trail. Participants who register by Oct. 9 are guaranteed event t-shirts and goody bags. In keeping with the Halloween theme, costumes are encouraged! All registered are automatically entered into a raffle so you need not be the fastest runner to win a prize.

Coinciding with the walk/run is a Community Pancake Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar hosted by Pal Joey’s Restaurant and Batavia United Way from 8:30am–12pm at Pal Joey’s. Runners, walkers, spectators and anyone interested in enjoying BatFest festivities is welcome.

All proceeds fund programs and services at 17 area non profits that serve Batavians in need. Information on both events can be found at or, or call 630-877-2780.

Don’t miss Fermilab’s 50th anniversary open house

2017 marks Fermilab’s 50th anniversary. The highlight of the laboratory’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be a big, free open house on Sat., Sept. 23 from 10am–4pm. This free event will be a rare opportunity to see parts of the laboratory that are usually closed to the public. Tours, science demos and other activities will be available for all ages. For more information about the open house and other 50th anniversary events, visit

Enjoy a day of fun at the Batavia Woman’s Club fashion show

Come and enjoy a day full of Fun, Fashion, and Surprises at the Batavia Woman’s Club 2017 Fashion Show and Luncheon. This year’s “Winter Wonderland” will take place at the Q Center in St. Charles on Sat., Nov. 4, with doors opening at 10:30am. Along with the silent auction, there will be numerous basket raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a raffle for Disney Hopper Passes, a jewelry box raffle, purse raffle and door prizes! The Woman’s Club’s style show will features clothes from FLAIR ON 3RD, bridal and evening wear from C. Rinella Designs, and the newest Jones of New York fall fashions straight from their Manhattan showroom.

All proceeds benefit “Rise from the Ashes,” a nonprofit organization that helps women with pro bono legal representation, counselors, and care when they find it necessary to leave an abusive relationship.

Tickets for this event are $55 and can be ordered at Please call or email Diane Anderson with questions or if you’d like to donate: 630-373-1793,