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Batavia Around the Block: January & February

Lane Sponsors needed for Kiwanis Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser

Lane Sponsors are needed for the annual Kiwanis Bowl-A-Thon to be held on Sat., March 10. Area Kiwanis clubs from Batavia, Elgin, Geneva and St. Charles, will come together to host this exciting event, to be held at the St. Charles Bowl. The Kiwanis would be thrilled to have your support. Whether you roll strikes, spares or even gutter balls, everyone has a blast at Bowl-A-Thon.

This major fundraiser directly benefits the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation, which is dedicated to combating spastic paralysis and other diseases of the central nervous system. For more information on supporting the Bowl-A-Thon, please contact Keith Eakins at 630-921-0139 or

Marcia Boyce named 2017 Batavia Citizen of the Year

Recently, Marcia Boyce was named the 2017 Batavia Citizen of the Year. Through her tireless dedication to non-profit organizations, Marcia’s hands-on, go-getter attitude has been at the forefront of the success of many Batavia gems. From the Batavia United Way to Water Street Studios, Marcia has brought great direction to them in their time of need.

Jamie Saam, Executive Director at Batavia MainStreet, said, “I could not think of a more deserving individual to be honored as Citizen of the Year. Marcia Boyce goes above and beyond in her generosity to so many in the Batavia community. The support that Marcia gives to Batavia MainStreet as a very valuable board member as well as the support that her business, Boyce Body Werks, contributes annually helps us to focus and succeed with our goal of making Downtown Batavia the heart of the community. I am grateful to have Marcia in my life as a mentor and a friend, and cannot wait to celebrate with her in January.”

Daddy Daughter Date Night Feb. 2 at Rotolo Middle School

Valentine season is a great time to take your daughter, ages 3–12 years old, on a special date! On Fri., Feb. 2, the Batavia Park District will host a Daddy Daughter Date Night. First, enjoy a dinner starting at 4:30pm at Pal Joey’s. Then head over to Rotolo Middle School at 6:30pm for an evening of entertainment, dessert, dancing, games, photographs and a fun carnival theme. For more information, visit

Bridal Showcase at the Eastside Community Center Feb. 24

Don’t let the stress of wedding planning get you down. Attend the Batavia Park District’s annual Bridal Showcase Sat., Feb. 24, 9am at the Eastside Community Center and let quality vendors help plan your big day. Learn about a number of local services including, photography, caterers, florists and more. The first 50 brides will receive a gift.

Help an adult learn English

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley needs volunteers to help adults learn English. A tutor training workshop will be held from 6:30–9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, January 22, 24, 29 and 31 at the St. Charles Public Library.

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley provides texts, study material and training so that anyone can be a tutor. You don't need a second language or a teaching background to qualify. Once you are trained, you meet with your student for one hour each week at a convenient, comfortable and safe public location for tutoring. From week to week, you'll see your student get more comfortable and fluent in English and you will know you are making a big difference in their lives. To learn more, visit

The Holmstad launches free support group for those diagnosed with memory loss

As part of The Holmstad’s ongoing support for families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or memory loss, the faith-based senior living community offers Letters to Myself, a free support group that meets the fourth Monday of the month at 1:30pm, beginning Jan. 22, in the Town Center classroom at The Holmstad, located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia.

Letters to Myself provides those diagnosed with memory loss a safe, private place where they can share their thoughts and discuss challenges with others affected by the disorder. Loved ones or caregivers who provide transportation will be directed to an area with refreshments for waiting.

Registration is not required. For more information, call Brenda Lowden, RN, at 630-879-4034 or email her at 630-239-1133,

Batavia United Way’s 2017 Adopt a Family Program a success

The Christmas holiday was bright for the 111 families, including 264 kids, who benefited from the Batavia United Way Adopt A Family program. Families in need were selected by counselors and social workers from every Batavia School and generous individuals, co-workers, churches and clubs sponsored them

Each child received a Christmas stocking coordinated by Nan Phillips and the Batavia Women’s Club and two bags of groceries from Chip In Batavia were added to the gifts. For the second year,, owned by Batavian’s Michael & Judy Huddleston donated hundreds of new winter coats to be matched with families in need.

All gifts were organized at the annual “Drop Off  Event” hosted by Louise White Elementary School. Families picked up their bounty two days later. This truly was a Christmas miracle as the number of families adopted has tripled in the last three years. This massive display of Christmas cheer, generosity and kindness is only possible because of the 75 sponsors who make it a reality and the Batavia Public Schools Staff who have such heart for their students.

Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation holds 4th annual Bunco Charity Fundraiser

The Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation's 4th annual Bunco Charity Fundraiser will take place Sat., Feb. 3 at the Batavia Moose Lodge, 1535 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Please join the BMCF for a fun night of rolling dice for a great cause. This year’s theme is “I love the 80s – Totally Rad Bunco.” There will be a raffle, silent auction, heads or tails game and more. All participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the dice will roll at 7:15pm.  A selection of appetizers, snacks, and desserts will be offered. A cash bar will also be available.

All money raised from this event and other events through the Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation go directly back to the community through the schools or local organizations that focus on helping children and families. 630-282-3153,

Fox Valley Robotics hosts robotics events for kids in 1st–12th grade

Want a break from the winter weather and something that the family can do? Fox Valley Robotics’ youngest members LegoWolves in 1st–3rd grades will be heading over to Fermilab for this year’s open house “Aqua Adventure” displaying their mechanical Lego Models on what they learned about water and the ways we use it. Fox Valley Robotics/Batavia Robotics will host 36 high school teams in February as they compete on a 12’x12’ playing field with four robots at a time. January, February and March will have more events with different age groups. Visit or email to for details.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois hold unique fundraising event

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has announced a unique fundraising event, Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts! Participants will have the distinction of rappelling over 140 feet. This is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss. Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts will be held at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Although the event is not until Sat., June 2, registration is available now. Space is limited to the first 92 participants. Anyone over age 14 is invited to participate. Visit for more information or to register. 

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 12–4pm, 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.

Partners/Sponsors: Batavia MainStreet; Batavia Park District; Batavia Historical Society; City of Batavia; Funway Entertainment Center; Lighthouse Marketing; Neighbor Magazines