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Batavia Around the Block: July & August

Join the Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation (BMCF) is looking for new members to join their dynamic and fun philanthropic organization for the 2018–2019 school year. The club will hold an open house at the Batavia Panera, 154 W. Wilson St., on Wed., Aug. 29 from 7–9pm.

Come meet some current members and find out what the club is all about. The BMCF offers friendship and support as they work together to fulfill the club’s mission of improving the lives of families and children in Batavia and the greater Fox Valley. Contact if you would like more information, or stop by the open house.

Club activities throughout the year include community fundraisers (BMCF gave over $24,000 to local charities this year); recreational activities for moms, couples and families; and play groups for moms and kids. Members meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Batavia Public Library from September through May. The first meeting of the 2018–2019 year will be on Wed., Sept. 5.

Boilin’ in Batavia Seafood Boil July 22

Come join Batavia Park District and Chef Che’ for an all you can eat Seafood Boil (‘til it’s gone), drinks and live music on the banks of the Fox River in Batavia at the newly renovated Lodge at Laurelwood, 800 N. River St., Sun., July 22. Red beans, bread pudding w/caramel rum sauce and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Tickets for this event are available at

Batavia High School Interact Club cultivates leaders

The Batavia High School Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Batavia. The 103 active members meet every Wednesday, alternating morning and afternoon, and regularly participate in community service projects. One of the club’s most visible commitments is an annual fundraiser for the UK based Sabre Charitable Trust. The club hosts an annual Fannie May candy sale to support Sabre’s work in southern Ghana. Earning $5 for each box sold, the club typically sends $2,500–$3,000 to the fund each year. Batavia Interactor support is so predictable that Sabre Charitable Trust recently highlighted the club on their website.

Local projects include Halloween Treat Bags and Valentine’s Day visits for hospitalized children, service hours spent at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and local road cleaning in partnership with their Rotary Club sponsors. The Batavia High School Interact Club is truly demonstrating that our future is in good hands.

Batavia Wrestling Club Places 14 wrestlers in state tournaments

The Batavia Wrestling Club continues to grow and succeed at all levels of competition with 14 State Placers in 2018. The BWC is a non-profit club with over 100 wrestlers under the direction of Head Coach Steve Zimmerman. Coach Zimmerman, a former IHSA State Champion from St. Rita HS, has been with the club for six years along with Coach Mike Alf, a two-time State Champion from Georgia and California.

State Placers include seven and eight year olds Jeffery Dunaway (3rd), Kai Enos (2nd) Jack Brown (1st); nine and ten year olds, Brady Garcia (8th), Jack Duraski (7th), Mason Munce (4th), Ashton Hobson (3rd); 11–14 year olds Tyler Perry (8th), Sean Scheck (5th) and Daniel Gonzalez (3rd). In the Girls division, State Placers include Leah Monroy (6th), Lily Enos (3rd), Alexis Ball (3rd) and Sydney Perry (1st). Perry is now a 2x State Champion.

It’s garage sale time at Immanuel

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia is preparing for its annual Giant Indoor Garage Sale. This year’s sale will be held Thurs., Jul. 19, 8–4pm and 6–8pm, Fri., Jul. 20, 8–4pm and Sat., Jul. 21, 8–1pm. On Saturday, all items are half-price, with a $5 Bag Sale from 12–1pm.The sale includes antiques, costume jewelry, toys, clothes, tools, linens, accessories, books, music, decorating items, housewares, holiday items, electronics, sporting equipment and furniture. After the sale, remaining items are donated to various local charities. Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 950 Hart Rd., Batavia. 630-879-7163,

Upcoming Pottawatomie Garden Club events

On Sat., July 14 the Pottawatomie Garden Club will hold its 2018 Garden Walk, “The Pleasures of The Garden” from 9am–4 pm. There will be a garden boutique and complimentary cookies and lemonade. Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at the Blue Goose, Heinz Nursery, Wasco Nursery and Planter’s Palette. Tickets can also be purchased at They are $20 the day of the walk.

On July 23 the garden club will be visiting Morton Arboretum, and on Aug. 27 Joannie Rocchi will demonstrate creative floral designs using succlulents in the most unexpected containers.

Aurora’s Downtown Taste expands

Aurora’s Downtown Taste on Tues., July 31 offers diners the opportunity to visit a variety of participating restaurants in downtown Aurora. Started by Aurora Study Circles, the popular, charitable event has grown under the direction of the Exchange Club of Aurora in recent years. The event will now be run by Aurora Downtown and it will continue to benefit the Exchange Club and contribute to scholarships for East and West High students.

Tickets for the evening cost $30 and can be purchased online at through July 31. Tickets can be purchased in person, cash only, from 4–6pm on July 31 at the welcome table at Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.;

Practice Tai Chi at Healing Gardens

Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm will be open to the public on Sun., July 8 and Sun., Aug. 12, 11am–4pm. The July and August opening will offer Tai Chi in the Garden (weather permitting) from 11:30am–12:30pm. Instructor Jarett Sanchez of Fox Valley Tai Chi will lead participants through a refreshing warm-up, a peaceful Standing Meditation Qi Gong session and an introduction to basic movements from the Yang Style of Tai Chi. No prior experience is necessary.

Healing Gardens is located 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. The admission fee is $5 per person and $10 per family. To register for Tai Chi lessons, visit or email Jarett at

Fox Valley Robotics hosts summer workshops

Fox Valley Robotics will be offering summer challenges for kids with all new and exciting programs. Lego eXplorer Camp will test the design and building talents of the young innovators in the 1st–3rd grades. 4th–8th graders will take Legos to the next level with sensors, motors, electronics and a robot with programs they’ll write to solve a series of missions. For 8th–12th graders, metal workshops will focus on operator controlled steel/aluminum robots and programming. Summer Registrations are open and fill up fast. The regular season starts in August. Fill in the contact us form for early notification and do something fun and challenging this summer. For more info, visit or email