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Batavia Around the Block: March & April

Mar 01, 2018 08:30AM

Perform for the 4th annual Flag Day Ice Cream Social on June 10

Once again the Batavia Fireworks Committee and the Batavia Flag Day Committee are working hard to put together the 4th annual Flag Day Ice Cream Social. This event will be held on the Riverwalk on Sun., June 10.

This celebration is one of two fundraising events for the July 4th Fireworks Sky Concert (the May 4–5 Garage Sales is the other event). The Ice Cream Social is also a time when the Flag Day Committee raises funds for the building of the Flag Day Memorial in salute to Dr. Bernard Cigrand, the Father of Flag Day, who was a dentist in Batavia for many years. The goal of both committees is the same: to honor our town and country, past and present, on two of the most patriotic days of the year, Flag Day and the 4th of July.

These committees would like to invite student groups to perform on June 10 on the Riverwalk. Dance or cheerleading teams, musical groups or soloists, science or technology demonstrations, Scout presentations, etc…all are invited to demonstrate your talents and share your passion for performance with Batavia! This ice cream social is all about families enjoying the Riverwalk, supporting Flag Day and the 4th of July, and celebrating our youngest members of the community and all of their many talents.

Please consider registering your group by May 25 for the June 10 Flag Day Ice Cream Social by contacting Batavia City Hall through the following email address:

Don’t miss the 25th annual Batavia city-wide garage sale

The Batavia City-Wide Garage Sale is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and it will be biggest one yet. What once started with 25 sales has now blossomed into a yearly tradition where the residents of Batavia come together to spring clean and sell their stuff on the first weekend in May (May 4–5). This fundraiser is one of the biggest events that the volunteers of the Batavia Fireworks Committee host each year to help raise funds to put on Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert in Engstrom Park. To host a garage/yard sale, register by April 25 at and pay the $35 registration fee. All proceeds go to the Batavia Fireworks Fund.

Batavia United Way celebrates 90 years

Batavia United Way evolved from the community based organization Batavia Community Chest. In the late 1930’s concerned citizens of Batavia organized to raise dollars for charitable giving. Every year this group would organize volunteers to canvass every person in the community in order to support the agencies in existence at that time; Valley Sheltered Workshop, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the USO. From 1981- 2017 Batavia United Way/Batavia Community Chest raised and granted $3,510,740 to 50 area non-profits needing support. This does not include three years of funding for the Success By 6 Kindergarten Enrichment and Pre-School Scholarships or funds raised for the annual Adopt A Family Holiday Giving Program.

If you are a former Batavia Community Chest or Batavia United Way Board Member, please check in at The Batavia United Way is planning to honor those who built this organization at a celebration later this year.

Celebrate Earth Day at Peck Farm Park

Bring the entire family out to Peck Farm Park Sat., April 21, 11am–3pm to celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy a variety of activities including: bicycle tune-ups, free paper shredding, food and green vendors, children’s games and activities, chair massages and more. This event is sponsored by CIBC. For more information, visit

Valley Sheltered Workshop holds annual Pancake Breakfast

Valley Sheltered Workshop will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sun., May 6 from 7:30am–12pm. Pancakes, sausage, strawberries/blueberries, coffee, orange juice and apple juice will be served. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 per person (children three and under are free). There will also be raffle baskets, a silent auction and a cash drawing raffle. Valley Sheltered Workshop is located at 325 Main St. in Batavia. Stop by for some good food and a little fun that helps support a great cause! 630-879-2359,

Spring and summer clothing and toy sale

The Western Avenue School PTO will be holding its spring and summer clothing and toy sale on Fri., March 9, 6–9pm and Sat., March 10, 8am–12pm. The sale will feature spring and summer clothing along with maternity clothes, toys, bikes, books, etc. No children under the age of 10 or strollers will be allowed Friday night. Sellers and volunteers are always welcome. Western Avenue Elementary School is located at 1500 Western Ave., Geneva.

Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation Red Tie Gala is March 10

The Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation will be holding their Red Tie Gala Sat., March 10, 6–10pm at Lincoln Inn Banquets, 1345 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. The Foundation gives out $1000 cash awards to seniors at both West Aurora High and Batavia High Schools that participate in the performing arts.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope to hold spectacular “Garden Party”

Fox Valley Hands of Hope—an organization that provides critical support to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss—will hold its annual Garden Party fundraising event on Fri., May 25, at the Q Center in St. Charles. The event will feature silent and live auctions, a bevy of showcase raffles, a fashion show and a full luncheon. The Garden Party will be emceed by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina.

Area businesses and organizations are lining up to sponsor the 2018 Garden Party, and are led by the The Hoffer Foundation, EFS Foundation, Batavia Enterprises Inc. and Miscella Real Estate. A range of sponsorship packages and benefits are available; contact Mary Green at 630-232-2233 or at for information and options. Tickets to attend the 2018 Garden Party go on sale April 18.

Healing Gardens opens April 8

Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm is two acres of perennial gardens in a beautiful wooded setting in St. Charles. The gardens are open to the public on the second Sunday of each month from April through October. This year’s opening date is Sun., April 8 from 11am–4pm. The admission cost is $5 per person and $10 per family. In solidarity with the journey, cancer survivors are free. Healing Gardens is located at 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. For more information and to learn about other events at Healing Gardens, visit

Kiwanis sponsors annual spaghetti dinner

For 32 years, the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser has been the Kiwanis Club of Batavia’s way to support and provide funding for various programs they bring to the children of Batavia and BPS 101.

Currently, the Batavia Kiwanis sponsors five Youth Service Leadership Programs ranging from elementary age children to the high school. The club’s scholarship program assists in continuing education—in April three graduating seniors from Key Club will be selected from applications for a scholarship that will be presented at the annual Kiwanis Family Appreciation Night. This annual event takes place at Riverview Banquets in Batavia on Thurs., April 19 from 4:30–7:30pm. It is an all you can eat affair with a 50/50 Raffle, Gift Card Wall and more! The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children (6–12) and free for children under six.

Fox Trot returns April 28
The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation invites you to participate in its 18th annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K race on Sat., April 28 at the Batavia Riverwalk (Island Ave. and Houston St. in downtown Batavia). Both the 5K and 10K start at 8am and feature courses along the beautiful Fox River. Following the race is an award presentation for the winners of both races. The Fox Trot also features two non-competitive races designed especially for children. Pre-registration for all events is encouraged. Visit the Mothers’ Club website at to register and find more information about this fun event.

Fox Valley Robotics challenges kids at summer workshops

Fox Valley Robotics will offer summer challenges for kids with all new and exciting programs. Lego eXplorer Camp will test the design and building talents of young innovators in the 1st–3rd grades. For 4th–8th graders, take Legos to the next level with sensors, motors, electronics, and a robot with programs that students write to solve a series of missions designed by the expert staff in the Lego Workshop. For 8th–12th graders, the metal workshops will focus on operator controlled steel/aluminum robots and programming.

Summer registrations open in March and fill up fast. Fill in the “contact us” form for early notification, and do something fun and challenging this summer. For more info visit or email

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation presents “Superheroes” fundraiser

On Sat., April 21, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation will hold their annual fundraising event “Superheroes Stand Up for Kids—Be a Superhero!” from 5:30–8:30pm at the Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Enjoy the spring evening with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary drink, live music, an array of silent auction items, and special guest speakers.

Proceeds support Changing Children’s World Foundation(CCWF) empathy-based parenting and family learning programs held throughout Kane County, provided at no cost for participating families. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit