ART GENEVA — Start With a Sketch Exhibition, through Nov. 2 at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. The exhibition highlights the rich culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to our community. Including some well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and many Hanna Barbera characters along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic trip. Other local celebrities include George Borg, John Jarvis, Charley Krebs, Evans and Rebecca Krehbiel, R.J. Ogren and Tom Lichtenheld.
GENEVA — The next monthly meeting of the Kane County Genealogical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the first-floor meeting room of the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. The topic of the meeting will be "Researching Your Chicago Ancestors," presented by Steven Szabados. This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Szabados is a board member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America as well as the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal. All are welcome to attend. For information, call 847-697-1029 or visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilkcgs.
GENEVA — Learn to "Clear the Clutter with Feng Shui" at an upcoming event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Carlson’s Flooring and Seigle’s Cabinet Center, 728 W. State St., Geneva. Speaker Joan Kaufman ASID, IIDA, FSII of Chicago Feng Shui will reveal how Feng Shui can help uncover the impact of clutter in your space. Find out why clearing a drawer can resolve issues and how making space in your bookshelves can create opportunities. All guests will receive a complimentary copy of "Take the U Out of Clutter" written by Mark Brunetz, celebrity designer and co-host of Style Network’s Clean House. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 26, by calling Carlson’s at 630-232-4964 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATAVIA — At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, the public is invited to spend time “In the Garden with Jane Austen” and with author Kim Wilson, who will discuss the role gardens played in the lives and loves of Austen and her characters. "Pride and Prejudice," the classic tale of love and social commentary by 19th century novelist Austen, is the One Book, One Batavia 2013 selection. For information, visit www.OneBookOneBatavia.org, or call 630-879-1393, Ext. 200.
BATAVIA — A Vision Board workshop will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Shine, 5 N. River St., Batavia. Hailed by life coaches, trainers and scientists as one of the most effective techniques to turn your goals and dreams into reality, Vision Boards help you generate an artistic, big-picture representation of what's truly important in your life. The resulting clarity and focus is step one toward fulfilling your life's purpose. No special art skills required. $45 includes all supplies. Call 630-482-9700 or email email@example.com to register. Space is limited.
BATAVIA — “Taking Tea with Jane Austen” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Batavia Public Library, 10S. Batavia Ave. Batavia. Eileen Shafer, author of Royal Teas with Grace and Style, will demonstrate a favorite ritual of Jane Austen's era during "Pride and Prejudice," the classic tale of love and social commentary by 19th century novelist Austen, is the One Book, One Batavia 2013 selection. For information, visit www.OneBookOneBatavia.org, or call 630-879-1393, Ext. 200.
ST. CHARLES – A moderated discussion, "Jesus: Fact or Fiction?" is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles. Two friends, one a Christian and the other an atheist, will bring to the public the discussion they usually have while eating breakfast together. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions during the second part of the event. It is free. For information, visit the “When We Gather – News” webpage at www.HosannaChurch.com, call 630-584-6434 or send an email to Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.
GENEVA – The Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia will host a “Breaking the Silence” domestic violence panel at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. Panelists include Jamie Mosser, Domestic Violence Unit supervisor at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office; Jim Kintz, founder and president of Fox Valley Court Watch; Sgt. Branden Gentry, Kane County Sheriff Office Patrol Division; Sheila Gray, Court Advocate-Program Coordinator at Mutual Ground; Judge Linda Abrahamson, 16th Judicial Court associate judge; Kathryn McGowan Bettcher, managing attorney with Prairie State Legal Services; and Anna Whitmer, Abuse Intervention Program coordinator at Community Crisis Center. There is no cost to attend. For information on the Zonta Club, visit www.zontasaintcharles.org.
ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Park District will have a program, "It's My First Job: Now What?" The program is for those 15 and older to learn how to prepare for meetings, what their employer might expect from them and what they can expect on their first day. The class includes basic money-management guidelines. The class meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. The fee is $16 for residents and $24 for nonresidents. Advanced registration is required. Visit www.stcparks.org for information.
COMEDY ST. CHARLES – An event, Laugh Out Loud with Bob Smiley, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Smiley is billed as "the country's No. 1 choice for clean and hilarious comedy." The cost is $30 to $75. For information, visit www.oshows.com.
BATAVIA — Batavia Library's lunchtime program, Books Between Bites, offered at noon Thursday, March 21, will feature Diane Capitani, of the Jane Austen Society of North America, who will examine the idea that money – not love – is what keeps the plot turning in "Pride and Prejudice." The classic tale of love and social commentary by 19th century novelist Austen, is the One Book, One Batavia 2013 selection. For information, visit www.OneBookOneBatavia.org, or call 630-879-1393, Ext. 200.
CHURCH/RELIGION ST. CHARLES — The 11th annual Here I Am Lord Vocations Conference will be at 6:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 at St. Patrick Parish, 6N491 Crane Road in St. Charles. Both Friday and Saturday evening programs are for families and are free. Come early to visit displays from 60 religious communities, Lighthouse Catholic Media and Outside da Box (Eric Groth). Friday night features talks from Religious, John Lamperis, music, skits and witnesses. The evening ends with Msgr. Dan Deutsch from Holy Cross Parish in Batavia leading a Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by a Healing Prayer Service.
CLUBS/SERVICE GENEVA – Altrusa of Fox Valley will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd. Members will work on blankets to be donated to Mutual Ground. Altrusa of Fox Valley is an international organization made up of professional women of the Fox Valley area. Members are committed to the improvement of individuals through literacy projects and programs. Call Sandee Jensen at 630-365-5685 for information.
DANCE ST. CHARLES – The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., is hosting free line dancing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. It is open to all. No partner is necessary. Call Cathy Winters at 630-377-2769, Ext. 210, for information.
FAMILY ST. CHARLES – Chicago Fun Family Palooza is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 and 10 at the Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. Activities include an indoor zip-line, inflatables, carnival rides, magicians, game shows, rock-climbing wall, pony rides and petting zoo. General admission is $8. The unlimited activity wristband, which includes general admission, is $15. Admission free for children younger than 3. Free parking. Visit www.chicagofun.com/palooza for more information.
ST. CHARLES – A breakfast with the Easter Bunny event is set from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. Children ages 1 to 6 can decorate their own bunny-face pancake for breakfast, color bunny pictures, have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and end the event with the Bunny Hop. The per-person fee is $9.50 for residents and $14.50 for nonresidents. Children 12 months and younger are free. Advanced registration is required for adults and children. For information, visit www.stcparks.org.
ST. CHALRES – An Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early to receive instructions. Meet at the entrance to River View Miniature Golf. The event is free.
GENEVA – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is set for 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. The breakfast includes pancakes and pictures with the Easter Bunny. The cost for residents is $4 per person; nonresidents, $6 per person. Children 1 and younger are free, but they must be registered. Advance registration is required. Early registration is recommended. For information or to register, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
FESTIVALS/PARADES ST. CHARLES – More than 30 volunteers age 13 and older are needed for the March 16 St. Patrick's Parade in downtown St. Charles. Parade pacers, banner carriers, general volunteers and parade marshals are needed. Depending on the area of interest, volunteers would be required to arrive one to two hours before the 2 p.m. start. Fill out the volunteer form on the St Patrick’s Parade website, www.downtownstcharles.org/stpats. For more information, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership at 630-443-3967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD/DRINK GENEVA — Fridays@5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through March 29 at Gibby's Wine Den, 1772 S. Randall Road, Geneva. Wines by the glass, craft beer and small bites. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Visit www.gibbys-wine.com or email email@example.com.
GENEVA — Bowl Us Over, the Geneva Academic Foundation’s Bowling & Silent Auction, from 8-11:30 p.m. March 9 at Bowling Green in West Chicago. Register online at www.gafgeneva.org by Feb. 22.
BATAVIA — Moon River Mingle, a wine and craft beer-tasting and silent auction to benefit Elderday Center in Batavia, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Interiors for Business, 409 North River St., Batavia. A selection of wine and craft beer will be offered from Gibby's Wine Den and Stockholm's, as well as hors d'ouevres from some of Fox Valley's favorite dining establishments. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. RSVP to Elderday at (630)761-9750 by Feb. 27.
ST. CHARLES – CASA Kane County’s annual Children’s Champion Celebration will take place on Saturday, March 2, at the Q Center, 1405 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles. This year’s theme, "I am for the child," will be in honor of the organization's 25th anniversary. There will be silent and live auctions, a grand raffle, formal five-course dinner, complimentary professional photos, musical entertainment and dancing to the music of Soda. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased for $20, or seven for $100. To purchase tickets, call Lauren Egan at 630-444-3108. Tickets to attend the gala cost $150 per person and may be purchased by calling the number listed above. For information, visit www.casakanecounty.org.
ST.CHARLES — Savory Sips Wine Tasting Event, from 4-7 p.m Saturday, March 9, at The Wine Exchange, 1 Illinois St., St. Charles. An evening of wine-tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, socializing and building community to benefit TriCity Family Services. Admission: $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door. Ticket will include one ticket for a prize raffle. Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $5 each, or five tickets for $20. All proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services. Visit www.tricityfamilyservices.org/savory_sips.html or call 630-232.-1070 for information.
GENEVA — The Geneva Rotary benefit dinner event is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Villa Verone, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. The event includes a buffet dinner, magic show, silent auction and more. Tickets cost $25 per person. Tickets can be obtained from Geneva Rotarians. For information, visit www.genevarotary.org. All proceeds will be used for Geneva Rotary scholarships, club service projects and grants for local charitable groups.
BATAVIA — Scissors will be cutting and clippers buzzing for the 2013 Cancer Community Awareness event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at Katrina Salon & Spa, 8 N. River St., Batavia. The St. Patrick's Day family event provides an opportunity for individuals to donate their hair in support of charitable organizations who create wigs for cancer patients and for people with other medical conditions that cause permanent hair loss. Additionally, funds raised during the event will benefit The Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund to support melanoma awareness, survivorship and healing programming. More information can be found at www.jacksfund.org. Attendees who donate their hair (must be 8-10 inches in length) at the event will receive a free haircut by Katrina Salon stylists. Call to make an appointment.
GENEVA — The Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley’s Trivia Bee for Literacy, Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Teams of three will compete to answer questions on a variety of topics for the chance to earn awards and prizes. Proceeds will help helped hundreds of Fox Valley adults read, write and speak English more effectively. For information about organizing a team or how to become a literacy volunteer, visit lvfv.org or call Peg at 630-584-4428.
MUSIC ST. CHARLES — The Northern Illinois University Steelband will present an eclectic mix of music covering a variety of genres when it makes its third concert appearance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at www.NorrisCulturalArts.com or by calling 630-584-7200.
POLITICAL EVENTS ST. CHARLES — A town hall forum for the four St. Charles mayoral candidates is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Baker Community Center auditorium, 101 S. Second St. It is sponsored by community group 2R2R. Candidates are Ray Rogina, John Rabchuk, Jotham Stein and Jake Wyatt. They will have time to introduce themselves and discuss their experience and goals. Residents will have the chance to ask questions.
BATAVIA — A Batavia Aldermanic Candidate Forum will be hosted from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. The candidates for alderman all have been invited to the City Council Chambers to delineate their views on a variety of topics. Open to the public.
ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles municipal candidates forum is set for March 12 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The forum starts at 6 p.m. The event will feature an equal chance for all mayoral candidates to answer six predetermined questions selected by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.
THEATER ST. CHARLES — "The Art of Murder," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 17, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Fox Valley Repertory. $32. www.foxvalleyrep.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATAVIA — The Batavia Public Library presents the One Book, One Batavia main event, “Jane Austen Speaks,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. During this program, actress Debra Ann Miller’s portrayal of the author will delve into Austen’s personal life. For information, visit www.OneBookOneBatavia.org, or call 630-879-1393, Ext. 200.
YOUTH ST. CHARLES — The Easter Bunny is making his rounds through the St. Charles Park District. Each registered participant, ages 1-7, will have the opportunity to get a picture taken with the bunny and receive a chocolate treat. Parents, the bunny will call when he is on his way. The fee for one child is $17 for residents and $25.50 for nonresidents. Additional child fee is $3 for residents and $4.50 for nonresidents. Choose Saturday, March 16, between 9 a.m. and noon, or March 23 between noon and 3 p.m. Advanced registration is required. For information, visit www.stcparks.org.
GENEVA – Youths ages 10 to 14 can take part in the Teen Night Owl Egg Hunt, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Wheeler Park, 499 Wheeler Drive, Geneva. Participants can search for eggs filled with candy and prizes at the Geneva Park District event. The hunt begins at 7:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own flashlight. Dress appropriately for the weather. The cost for residents is $5 per person, and the cost for nonresidents is $8 per person. Advance registration is required
MISCELLANEOUS GENEVA — Afternoon Tea from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays in February at the Little Traveler, 404 S. Third St., Geneva, in the store's tea room. Call 630-232-4200 for more information.
GENEVA — One Cool Winter’s Night from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Experience a fun night of retail exploration made shimmery by outdoor luminaries and indoor boutique charm, topped off with a sultry after party at EvenFlow Music & Spirits. Tickets are available for sale, for $10 at Cocoon, Odalisque Beauty Apothecary, 318 Coffeehouse, EvenFlow Music & Spirits and others. A ticket will get you into the participating stores and a free cocktail at the after party.
GENEVA — A Spring Splurge Craft and Vendor Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Fabyan Elementary School, 0S350 Grengs Lane, Geneva. The cost is $2. For information, visit www.fabyanpto.org/springsplurge.
BATAVIA — Spring Into Life, Settle Into Healing: Rejuvenating Yoga Practice with Crystal Bowl Sound Healing at 4 p.m. March 3 at Shine, 5 N. River St., Batavia. An enlivening and expansive yoga practice led by Jennifer Biddle is followed by a magical sound healing featuring the crystal bowls of Yolanda Lozano. The combination of yoga and healing vibrations inspired by the season creates a sense of overall well-being and peacefulness. Call 630-482-9700 or email email@example.com.
GENEVA — The Western Avenue School PTO has planned its semiannual clothing and toy sale for March 8 and 9 at the school, 1500 Western Ave., Geneva. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 8 and from 8 to 11 a.m. March 9. The sale will feature infant through teen-sized clothing, shoes, toys, books and more. No strollers or children younger than 10 will be allowed on Friday night. For information, call 630-463-3500 or visit www.geneva304.org/was.