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Batavia Around the Block: November & December

Nov 01, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

Batavia United Way hosts Adopt A Family

Once again, Batavia United Way is partnering with Batavia Public Schools to ensure families in great need are able to have a very Merry Christmas. BPS101 identifies families in crisis and wish lists are completed for each child and then sent to Batavia United Way. Batavia United Way assigns sponsors to “adopt” them, purchase items for the children and a “family gift” which allows the family a night at the movie theater, a special family dinner or other such outing. The families are assigned a number only and names are kept confidential.

Currently, Batavia United Way is seeking financial donations to supplement the sponsors shopping where needed. This is a community wide collaboration with Batavia United Way organizing the moving parts and preparing for the day families pick up all their gifts at the culmination hosted by Louise White School. For more information about Batavia United Way, Adopt A Family or how you can help, call 630-877-2780 or visit

Manski Family Foundation ongoing donation to benefit Lazarus House

The Manski Family Foundation has begun a 3 year commitment to donating much needed paper and tableware supplies to Lazarus House, a homeless shelter that serves the Tri-Cities and western rural Kane County. Chris and Laura Manski, along with their four adult children, formed their foundation as a way to help others in our communities who are less fortunate. The Manski Family Foundation would like to continue to assist other non-profit organizations and can be reached by emailing

First annual Night of Remembrance at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center   

The holidays can be a time of great joy for some but for others, the holidays serve as a reminder of people they have lost. LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is hosting its First Annual Night of Remembrance on Mon., Dec. 11, 6:308:00pm. LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is located at 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. Call 630-262-1111 to register.

Batavia Boy Scout Troop 12 to open annual Christmas Tree Lot

Celebrating 60 years of tradition, Immanuel Lutheran Troop 12 Tree Lot will offer fresh, pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping beginning Sun., Nov. 19 through Fri., Dec. 22 at 411 S River St. (Route 25), adjacent to the Batavia Skate Park. Hours: MondayFriday from 59pm; weekends 9am9pm. All proceeds directly benefit the Scouts, and cash, checks or credit cards are welcome.

Marmion Christmas Craft & Home Show Nov. 25 & 26

The Marmion Alumni Association is hosting the 27th annual Marmion Christmas Craft Show on Sat., Nov. 25 from 9am4pm and Sun., Nov. 26 from 10am–2pm at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. The cost of admission is $4 for ages 12 and older with plenty of free parking. This year's show will feature 180+ crafters and vendors in a 30,000+ square foot shopping area. Make a day of it - enjoy lunch prepared by Belgio's Catering and get your freshly baked pie sold by the Flannigan Rifles Drill Team. A "Craft Your Own Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar" will be available on Sunday for those 21 and older.  For more information please call the Marmion Alumni Office at 630-966-7628.

Visit Santa at the Geneva Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

The Geneva Lions Club will host its sixth annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Sat., Dec. 2, 7:3011am at the Geneva High School Cafeteria, 415 McKinley Ave., Geneva. In addition to free photos with Santa, the event features live holiday music and a free crafts section. Customize your pancake with a variety of fun toppings at the Pancake Creation Station! The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and Arcedium Coffee. Tickets are $7. Children three and under eat free. Purchase your tickets from a Geneva Lions member or online at A $5,000 raffle drawing will take place at 11am. Raffle tickets are $25 each. For ticket information, email

Batavia American Legion Post 504 providing “Gifts for Yanks”

The Batavia American Legion Post 504 will be conducting its annual “Gifts for Yanks” collection on the following dates:  November 3, 4 and 5 at various locations in Batavia.  All donations collected will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for various senior veterans now living at various nursing and retirement homes— Holmstad, Heritage Woods, and Batavia Rehab.

Immanuel Lutheran Church holds annual service of Lessons and Carols

The 23rd annual Service of Lessons and Carols takes place at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School on Sat., Dec. 2, at 4pm and again at 6pm in the church sanctuary. Under the direction of Sharon Dalpini, the mass choir, children's choir, and string ensemble share sacred music and readings from scripture. Immanuel is located at 950 Hart Rd., Batavia.

Geneva Beautification Committee Garden Cleanout takes place Nov. 4

The Geneva Beautification Committee will prepare the downtown Geneva gardens for winter on Sat., Nov. 4. Volunteers will meet at their gardens at 8am to clean out plantings that will not survive a freeze, prepare the soil for winter and trim shrubbery. If you have not been assigned a garden and would like to participate, report to the post office steps and members will identify gardens that could use some help. All are welcome to help close out a wonderful growing season. Contact Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494 for information.

Fox Valley Robotics hosts LEGO Robotics Regional Challenge Event

Looking for something fun and exciting to do with the family? Fox Valley Robotics/Batavia Robotics will host a double regional competition for 32 teams from around the state on Sat., Dec. 16. Kids ages 914 will compete in four different categories as they try to qualify for the state competition in January. This year the teams are challenged with “Hydro Dynamics” to come up with new ways of dealing with the use and transportation of water. They will compete in technical presentations, research projects, team work exercises and Lego robot table missions. The event will be held at Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Rd., Batavia from 10am4pm. Visit for more info or email to

Memory Loss Support Group 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, 1:302:30pm 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 The care is provided free of charge.

The Geneva Women’s Club hosting 43rd annual Holiday Craft Show

The Geneva Women’s Club is holding its 43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Show from 10am–4pm Sun, Nov. 12 at Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave., Geneva.

This unique event will feature hand crafted and unique crafts just in time for your holiday gift giving needs. The Geneva Women’s Club anticipates over one hundred different booths displaying both arts and crafts. Attendance topped out at over 2000 attendees at last year’s event. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. If you are interested in showing your unique, hand crafted items, contact or visit for an application. All proceeds from this event go to support local Fox Valley charities and Geneva High school student scholarships.

Post to Present event celebrates 60 years of skating in Batavia…a “picture perfect” American Midwestern town

60 years ago, in January, 1958, a view of skaters on the Fox River in Batavia graced the cover of Saturday Evening post. A reproduction of the cover, by artist John Falter, is prominently displayed in Batavia Public Library. A group of Batavia residents have come together to recreate the spirit of that cover with an event to celebrate 60 years of skating since that cover made Batavia famous as a representative “picture perfect” American Midwestern town. All proceeds go to ChipIn.

Post to Present is scheduled for Sat., Jan. 6th*, 2018 124pm, Batavia Depot Pond.  In the event that weather does not cooperate, a “No Ice” date will be Sat., Jan. 13th.

The event will feature open skating on the Depot Pond with music and live entertainment provided by the Batavia Community Band & Music Matters. Hot chocolate and hot dogs available from Bernie’s Bully Dogs. Batavia Park District will have fire pits roaring to keep you warm. Funway will provide a limited number of ice skates available for Rent.  The Peg Bond Center will be open as a warming area and the Batavia Museum will be open for tours.

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