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Dec 01, 2017 08:30AM

Christmas around the World at Oscar Swan Country Inn

Oscar Swan Country Inn in Geneva will be hosting Saturday luncheons at noon during the holiday season. Enjoy delicious food and the charming holiday decor at this historic estate. December luncheons will feature the countries of Germany, Italy and the USA. The luncheons will include live music, and Santa is expected to make an appearance. Reservations are required. 1800 W. State St., Geneva.

 Durant House holds Candlelight Open House

Take a step back in time and enjoy the warm glow of the hearth, music in the parlor, old fashioned ginger cake and fragrant greens in every nook at the historic Durant House. The Candlelight Open House will take place Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10 from 2–6pm. Admission is $3 for Adults and $1 for Children. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Check out a show at Zanies

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Zanies in St. Charles believes that the art of standup comedy is best enjoyed in an intimate environment. With nightly shows that feature national touring comedians and local professional performers, Zanies guarantees that you will laugh. 4051 E. Main St. in Pheasant Run Resort.

Unwind with a lavender foot soak

Shopping definitely takes a toll on your feet. A great way to de-stress is with lavender blends from Pelindaba Lavender in Geneva.

Pelindaba’s blend of organic lavender essential oil and flowers, Epsom and solar-dried salts provides time-honored relief for sore feet. Sprinkle a handful of the contents into a bowl of warm or hot water and feel tension and aching in the feet soothe away. 310 Campbell St., Geneva.

Take an afternoon carriage ride at Wasco Nursery

Wasco Nursery will hold afternoon mule-drawn carriage rides through the nursery’s growing fields on Sat., Dec. 9 from 12–3pm. This is a free event; registration is appreciated but not required. 41W781 Rt. 64, St. Charles.

Discover the healing benefits of acupuncture

Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia and infertility, and it helps promote the balance of wellness. At Gehlhausen Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, Dana Gehlhausen, L.Ac., MSOM wants to help you achieve optimal health and wellness with a personalized treatment plan. Gehlhausen Acupuncture has locations at 1776 Legacy Circle, Suite 102, Naperville and 825 W. State St., Suite 119c, Geneva.

Relax with a salt stone massage at Lotus Aum

Himalayan salt stone massage is an innovative healing technique using warm salt crystal stones to ground and balance the body’s electromagnetic field, central nervous system and meridians. Lotus Aum in St. Charles offers both 60 minute and 90 minute Salt Stone Massages. The basic technique or strokes used are similar to those used in a Hot Stone massage. All of the services and classes offered at Lotus Aum are designed to bring re­laxation, reduce stress and increase mind-body-spirit balance in a safe, nurturing atmosphere…just for ladies. 317 S. 2nd St., St. Charles.

Visit the Christkindlmarket at Naper Settlement

The Christkindlmarket Naperville brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Naper Settlement. Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious smells and treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts. Christkindlmarket Naperville will be open thru Sun., Dec. 24. Admission is free. 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.

Read a good book… Book recommendations

Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago

by William Elliot Hazelgrove

Local author (St. Charles resident) William Hazelgrove’s latest book, Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago, is an engaging look at one of the toughest eras for Chicago. This is the story of a city fighting through its darkest days of crime, corruption and poverty, on its journey to host a Century of Progress, the 1933 World’s Fair. Hazelgrove has no shortage of bigger-than-life characters (some recognized, some new) whom he uses to craft a story of an era that Chicago somehow survived and went on to thrive. 


Oscar Swan Country Inn: 630-232-0173,

Durant House: 630-377-6424,

Zanies: 630-524-0001,

Pelindaba Lavender: 331-248-8954,

Wasco Nursery: 630-584-4424,

Gehlhausen Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine: 630-210-4912,

Lotus Aum: 630-549-6195,,

Naper Settlement: 630-420-6010,

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