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Sep 03, 2018 02:42PM ● Published by Tim

October Fashion show benefits Mutual Ground
The Batavia Woman’s Club presents its 10th Annual Charity Luncheon, Auction, Raffle and Fashion Show for Mutual Ground, Sat., Oct. 27, at The Q Center. Local women and children “rock the runway” for a worthy charity. Fox Valley merchants including Flair on 3rd, Directions in Clothing and Special Occasions will adorn Fox Valley “models” with their fabulous clothing. Opportunities to win two tickets to Hamilton, beautiful jewelry generously donated by K. Hollis, State Street Jewelers, and Fox Jewelers and much more! Join us to celebrate the power of women in our community coming together to help women and children who need us. Seating is limited. Doors open at 10am. Tickets are available at BataviaWomansClub.org. 

Rotary Club holds 30th annual Corvette Raffle
Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Batavia’s 30th annual Corvette Raffle. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The Grand Prize drawing for a 2019 Corvette Coupe 1LT or $45,000 takes place Nov. 17. 10 additional early bird $500 cash prizes are also available, with drawings on Sept. 17 and Oct. 18. Purchase tickets online at BataviaRotaryCharities.com. 
Donations fund many worthwhile programs for local, national and international service projects to fight hunger, provide clean water, promote literacy and alleviate suffering worldwide. The Rotary Club of Batavia meets every Tuesday, 7:15am at Denny’s, 521 N. Randall Rd., Batavia. info@bataviarotaryclub.org

BMCF holds annual craft show and raffle
The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 33rd annual Autumn Craft & Vendor Show is Sat., Oct. 20 from 9am–3pm at Batavia High School. This show spotlights a juried selection of arts and crafts designed and created by the artist. There will also be commercial vendors, the ever-popular bake sale, a charity raffle and lunch by McAlister’s Deli. Bernie’s Bully Dogs will be there in the afternoon.  $5 admission fee ($1 off admission fee if bringing a new toy to donate to the ACCESS Toy Drive). Kids 12 and under are free. 
In conjunction with the Craft & Vendor Show, BMCF will be holding a 50/50 draw-down raffle. The drawing will be held at the BMCF Craft Show. You do not need to be present to win. Only 200 tickets are being sold. Tickets are $20 each., craftshow@bataviamothersclub.org ​bataviamothersclub.org

Annual coat drive begins Sept. 21 
Help those in need in our community with donations of new or clean, gently-used winter items: coats, snow pants, snow suits, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and boots in good condition. Items are needed in sizes from infant to adult. The Coat Drive will run from Sept. 21 through Oct. 5​. Check bataviamothersclub.org or follow BMCF on Facebook for drop-off locations. philanthropic@bataviamothersclub.org for more information.

Organ concert and pig roast at CCoB
The Congregational Church of Batavia has a new organ and is celebrating by hosting an organ concert featuring several local musicians, Sun., Sept. 30. at 3pm. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. Following the concert, there will be a pig roast with kids activities from 4–7pm. Meal tickets are $9/adult, $6/child (12 & under) or $30/family pass. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or on eventbrite at tinyurl.com/ccobpigroast. The Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. 630-879-1999, congregationalchurch.org

AID benefit auction Oct. 11 at Fishermen’s Inn
The Association for Individual Development (AID) will host a “Night on the Bayou” benefit auction on Thurs., Oct. 11 at the scenic Fishermen’s Inn, Elburn. AID provides services to individuals with disabilities in the Fox Valley area. The demand for services far outweighs the current resource. AIDcares.org.

Wrestling club holds free rookie nights
Interested in wrestling but not ready to commit yet? Bring your boy or girl (ages 5–13) to one or both of Batavia Wrestling Club’s Free Rookie Nights on Tues., Oct. 16 and Thurs., Oct. 18 from 6–7pm at the Batavia High School Wrestling Room. Learn what wrestling is all about. Parents can hang out in the gym, talk to coaches and see how your child feels about the sport. Visit bataviawc.com or contact Andy Huck at president@bataviawc.com. 

Laugh for fun and health
Laughter Yoga is an applied tool in Laughter Wellness. Laughter is an exercise for your lungs which stimulates your immune system. Boosting your laughter capacity promotes your creativity, self-image and self-confidence. Laughter is also the best “ice-breaker” between people. The group meets at the Chesapeake Commons Clubhouse, 1490 Geneva Dr., Geneva on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6–7pm. Sessions are free and open to the public of all ages. Laughter Yoga is a physical workout so wear comfortable clothing. Terri Reasoner, Ph.D., 630-232-8552, treasoner@comcast.net. 

Fall fashion show for all ages, Sept. 25
Multi-generational evening celebrates beauty from the inside-on-out, 6–8pm, Tues., Sept. 25 at the Club Arcada Speakeasy. A local women’s boutique will present the latest fall trends. Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner, browse raffle baskets and dress up in 1920’s clothes if you’d like. Show your support for TriCity Family Services, a 50-year trusted community partner that provides mental health services and programs for all ages and income levels. $35 per person cost includes Italian dinner, cash bar, fashion show and raffles. 630-232-1070, tricityfamilyservices.org

Help an adult learn English 
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley is hosting a tutor training workshop for residents who would like to help their Tri-Cities neighbors learn English. The four-session workshop is 6:30–9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 9, 14 & 16 at the St. Charles Public Library.  As long as you have a command of the English language and are at least 21 years old, you can be a literacy volunteer. Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley arranges convenient, comfortable and safe public locations for tutoring. From week to week, you will see your student get more comfortable and fluent in English and you will know you are making a big difference in their life. lvfv.org to register or call/text Peg at 630-584-4428.

Annual United Fall Fest benefits local charities
The 8th annual United Fall Fest will be held from 3–10pm Sat., Sept. 8 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles. This community spirit and charitable fundraising event organized by the church and Fox Mill Community of Campton Hills is family-oriented with live music, a classic car show, a bags tournament, Kids’ Corner, food and beer tents, outdoor movie and a fireworks show. Proceeds benefit local charities. Admission is free. unitedfallfest.com, facebook.com/unitedfallfest 

Support the Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 693 is holding its 13th annual Benefit Buffet Sun., Oct. 21 from 5–8pm at Villa Verone Ristorante, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Tickets must be purchased before the event. vva.org/chapter/vva-chapter-693/. 

Pig roast supports Valley Sheltered Workshop
Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main St. , Batavia,  annual pig roast is Sat., Oct. 20 from 11am–3 pm. Team FIB is hosting the event and will be offering a meal-to-go that includes a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans and coleslaw, all for only $10. All proceeds will be donated by Team FIB to help maintain and operate the workshop which provides employment for adults with disabilities. 630-879-2359, valleyshelteredworkshop.org

Lazarus House golf outing Sept. 14
Lazarus House is hosting their first annual golf outing on Fri., Sept. 14 at Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago. Enjoy a day of golf at the Lazarus House Open followed by appetizers, awards and raffle winners. The cost is $175 per golfer. Donations are now being accepted for sports tickets, entertainment tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and golf foursomes. All proceeds benefit Lazarus House. For reservations call Darlene, 630-587-2144, or purchase online at lazarushouse.net/lazarushouseopen.

Annual Pets-a-Palooza festival at Mooseheart 
Anderson Animal Shelter invites the community to the fourth annual Pets-a-Palooza festival on Sun., Sept. 16 from 11am–4pm at Mooseheart Child City & School, 255 James J. Davis Dr. Pets-a-Palooza, which attracted more than 3,500 people last year, is a free, family and pet-centered event that celebrates the joy of animal companions. The event will feature various activities, and dogs and puppies will be available for adoption. 847-697-2880, andersonanimalshelter.org

Crafters welcome for Marmion's Christmas Craft Show
Marmion Alumni Association is accepting applications for the 28th Annual Christmas Craft Show, Thanksgiving weekend: Sat., Nov. 24, 9am–4pm and Sun., Nov. 25 from 10am–2pm at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Rd., Aurora. marmion.org/crafter.

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