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TriCities Magazine: Un-Plug August/September 2019

Aug 20, 2019 02:04PM ● By Hannah Ott

Auction goers consider their bids at last year's AID Benefit and Auction. This year, the event will be Oct. 10. (Image source: AID)

Artisans wanted for the Autumn Craft & Vendor Show

The 34th Autumn Craft & Vendor Show will be at Batavia High School this Oct. 19. The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation (BMCF) is currently looking for participators who wish to sell their artisan gifts at the event or provide donations for the charity raffle. Proceeds from entry, the raffle and ever-popular Bake Sale will go to support community organizations and schools through the foundation.


Relax with Tai Chi or Yoga in the Garden

Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm will present Tai Chi in the Garden and Yoga in the Garden on Sept. 8. Weather permitting, Tai Chi will be from 11:30am-12:30pm with instructor Jarett Sanchez of Fox Valley Tai Chi. Yoga will be from 1-2pm, taught by Nancy May of Yoga from the Heart. Please register via and Stone Hill Farm is located at 37W249 Dean St. in Saint Charles.

Give your nature-loving kid a party they’ll remember

Woodland-themed parties are now available through the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Experience a party in the great outdoors at LeRoy Oakes, followed by free time at Creek Bend Nature Center. Choose from a naturalist-led, one-hour activity of your choice or a discussion around a cozy campfire. Parties include nature-themed party favors, while families bring their own food, drinks, cake and decorations.


AfterImage Film Festival Trailer Extravaganza

On Aug. 23, at Playhouse 38 in Geneva, see previews of films that will be part of the new AfterImage Film Fest this fall. There is a wide variety of films, including documentaries, dramas and stop motion animation. Content is suitable for all ages. Beer and wine will be available. Learn more about AfterImage in the Last Look section.


2019 Batavia Block Park & Taste of Batavia

This Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1, visit the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia. From 4-9pm, there will be a Pie Bake-Off, Classic Car Cruise, fantastic live music, dancing and a huge kid’s area for play and lawn games. It’s a great way to make the most of your weekend along with the community.


The 43rd Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival

The Fox Valley Folklore Society, Geneva Park District and City of Geneva will present this yearly festival at Island Park on Sept. 1 & 2. From 11am-6pm, visitors of all ages (kids 12 and under are free) can hear live folk music and storytelling on eight stages. Bluegrass, Irish traditional and Sacred Harp choral music will also be performed. On Sunday, the day is extended with the Old-Time Community Barn Dance, 6-7:30pm, and Ghost Stories, 7:30-10pm.


Festival of the Vine

Enjoy wine, food and fun at Geneva’s annual Festival of the Vine, Sept. 6-8. The fall festival brings plenty of samples at its Flavor Fare, wine tastings from around the world, the Fine Arts & Crafts show, floral and farmers’ markets, live entertainment and children’s activity booths. Trolley and carriage rides are available for scenic, safe traveling. Hours are Fri. & Sat., 10am-10pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.


ArtsFest St. Charles

The 9th annual ArtsFest presents ‘all of the arts, all over town’ from Sept. 6-15. Event organizer, the St. Charles Arts Council, will have a pop-up gallery and its 2nd annual Poetry Crawl where poems are placed in the windows of downtown businesses. Also visit All Things Art’s Open Studio, the St. Charles Library for historic photos celebrating 185 years, 116 Gallery for glass art and Fine Line Creative Arts Center for an all-media national exhibit, Chroma. More events are listed online and on our Music & Theatre pages.


9th Annual United Fall Fest

The United Fall Fest will be on Sept. 7, 3-10pm, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., Campton Hills. The all-ages, charitable fundraising event includes live music by the School of Rock and Deluxe Edition, a classic car show, beer and wine tent, bouncy houses, face painting, outdoor movie and hay ride. Smoked beef brisket and pulled pork will be available. Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles will have kids enthralled, and the fun night ends with a fireworks show.

Mallory Blomquist of St. Charles enjoys fun at the United Fall Fest, scheduled for Sept. 7. (Image source: United Fall Fest)


Lazarus House Open

Lazarus House will host its golf outing fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 13 at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago. Starting at 11am, have a splendid day of golf followed by a buffet dinner, raffles and awards for categories like Longest Putt and Straightest Drive. All proceeds will benefit Lazarus House operating funds. Make your reservation today via Darlene Riebe.


The Classic Car Show in St. Charles

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is hosting The Classic, its annual car show, on Sept. 13 & 14 at Baltria, 4200 E. Main Street. It will showcase a variety of cars, include VIP opportunities at the Pavilion on Friday and have live entertainment on Saturday with Rick Lindy and the Wild Oats. There will also be carnival rides for kids on Saturday, booths and food vendors. Hours are 5-8pm, Fri. and 10am-4pm, Sat.


40th Anniversary Gala for Fine Line Creative Arts Center

Plan to attend Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 27. It will be at the Q Center in St. Charles. The not-for-profit arts center supports artists and the community with classes, exhibits and arts and crafts opportunities in a natural setting. Purchase tickets online or by phone to support 40 years of art inclusiveness in the TriCities.


Annual Bazaar at Covenant Living at the Holmstad

On Sept. 28, peruse hand-crafted items at, newly titled, Covenant Living at the Holmstad. This is the 42nd year the bazaar will open to the public, and admission is free. From 9am-3pm, there will be a huge selection of baked goods, wood and needle crafts, seasonal wreaths, designer knits and plants along with second-hand treasures. Cards, cash or checks will be accepted. There will be drawings for cash prizes and a hand-made quilt. Proceeds go to the residents’ Benevolent Care Fund, Batavia Library and CHIP IN Batavia.


NAMI 5K Run for Mental Health

On Oct. 5, 9am, enjoy a brisk run in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots collective that provides mental health resources. The run will begin at the Peg Bond Center by the Batavia Riverwalk. It includes a quality T-shirt and has a live DJ and prizes at the end. Online pre-registration, for individuals and teams, closes at noon on Oct. 3.


Benefit Auction for the Association for Individual Development

The Association for Individual Development (AID) will host a themed Benefit Auction on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the lovely Fishermen’s Inn, 43W901 Main St., Elburn. The organization has helped individuals with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges since 1961. Tickets will be available online in early Sept.. You can also support AID by donating auction items like tickets, gift cards or sharing a timeshare getaway.


Association for Individual Development: 847-931-2294

Batavia Main Street: 630-761-3528

Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation: 630-282-3153

Covenant Living at the Holmstad: 877-226-7310

Healing Gardens: 630-740-2597

Fermilab Dance Programs: 630-584-0825

Festival of the Vine: 630-232-6060

Fine Line Creative Arts Center: 630-584-9443

Forest Preserve District of Kane County: 630-444-3190

Fox Valley Folk Festival: 630- 897-3655

Lazarus House: 630-587-2144

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 630-896-6264

St. Charles Arts Council: 630-443-3794

St. Charles Chamber of Commerce: 630-584-8384

United Fall Fest: 630-253-5659