ART GENEVA – Dick Locher, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and a Dick Tracy cartoonist for more than 20 years, will appear at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St. Locher will speak about his experience as an artist. Along with a discussion about his work with Dick Tracy, Locher will provide insight into the world of editorial cartooning. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 GHC members and students. For information, call 630-232-4951 or visit www.genevahistorycenter.org to register online.
CLASSES/DISCUSSIONSLECTURES ST. CHARLES – Jodi L. Manthi, principal with Invest Financial Corp. and partner in Riverstone Wealth Partners LLC, will reveal the five most important strategies women can’t afford to ignore at the American Association of University Women Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles Branch Meeting on Thursday, March 7, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles. Networking begins at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. For information, call Ann Morris at 630-584-6170 or Jean Mozzocco at 630-513-8427.
GENEVA – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a boating education class at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Gander Mountain, 2100 S. Randall Road, Geneva. Classes are certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and taught by Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. The class is eight hours, consisting of classroom instruction, reviews, stories, videos and final exam covering federal, state and local boating laws; required safety equipment; safe boating; basic navigation; boating problems; moving and storage of boats. For information or to register for a class visit http://s.flotilla41-07.org/kc22313, when registering use promo code “KC22313” for additional savings and free shipping.
GENEVA – The Geneva History Center is hosting a brown-bag lunch event at noon on Tuesday, March 12, that will focus on the differences between divorce settlements for women in the 1930s and 1940s compared with today's divorce settlements. Using divorce records, volunteer Maria Hernandez will examine how divorce settlements have changed, and will also explore how the records illustrate the type of city Geneva was economically at the time. The event will take place at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St. in Geneva. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for Geneva History Center members and students. The event is free to Herrington Circle members. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. For information, contact the Geneva History Center at 630-232-4951 or visit www.genevahistorycenter.org to register online.
ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. “The Secret Life of Birds” will be presented by nature photographer Arlene Koziol. The meeting includes snacks and a nature-related raffle. For information, call Bob Andrini at 630-584-8386.
BATAVIA-A Vision Board workshop will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Shine, 5 North 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.
GENEVA – Women of all ages are invited to a one-day retreat, “From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at First Baptist Church's west campus at 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva. Ellie Lofaro is a renowned speaker, author and teacher. Register online at www.fbcg.com. The cost is $30.
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 Jane 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 email to Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.
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.
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 Jane 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 – 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 email to Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.
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.
ST. CHARLES - Flanagan's Wake entertains audiences at 8pm Friday, March 8 at the Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, at 4051 E. Main Street in St. Charles Don't miss this hilarious interactive comedy! This hysterical performance transports the audience to the Emerald Isle to join Flanagan's closest friends to grieve as only the Irish can. Celebrate with plenty o'pints, crazy sing-a-longs, and witty tales inspired by the audience. Rated PG-13. For tickets or more information, visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
DANCE ST. CHARLES - Salt Creek Ballet presents “Alice in Wonderland” 3pm March 23 – at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, at 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles. The show will feature an all-local cast and music specifically selected from the classical repertoire to aid in the telling of this timeless story. For tickets or more information, please call 630-584-7200 ext.10 or visit www.norrisculturalarts.com.
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.
GENEVA-Mom & Son Night is planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at Geneva High School, at 416 McKinley Ave. Geneva. There will be dancing, snacks, and entertainment. The cost for residents is $10 per person, and the cost for nonresidents is $15 per person. To register or for more information, please call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
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. CHARLES – 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, and for non-residents is $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 -- St. Patrick's Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, along Route 64 in downtown St. Charles The parade features Irish dancers, authentic Irish music, floats and more! Get into the Irish spirit in Downtown St. Charles! For more information, please visit www.downtownstcharles.org. Get involved! More than 30 volunteers age 13 and older are needed for the parade. 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.
FOOD/DRINK GENEVA - Fridays@5 - 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through March 29, 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.-- www.gibbys-wine.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENEVA - Bowl Us Over –Geneva Academic Foundation’s Bowling & Silent Auction, 8-11:30 p.m. March 9 at Bowling Green in West Chicago. Register online at www.gafgeneva.org by February 22.
ST.CHARLES-Savory Sips Wine Tasting Event, 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 willbe sold at the event - $5 each, or 5 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.
FUNDRAISERS/CHARITY ST. CHARLES – An event to benefit HorsePower Therapeutic Riding is set from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Lupita's Cocina, 40W222 LaFox Road, St. Charles. Drop-ins are welcome, but organizers ask those who intend to come to RSVP by calling 815-582-0306. HorsePower is a nonprofit organization that helps those with mental and physical challenges. It is in Maple Park. Lupita's will donate a portion of the sales from the event to benefit HorsePower. For information on HorsePower, visit www.HorsePowerTR.com.
BATAVIA-Scissors will be cutting and clippers buzzing for the 2013 Cancer Community Awareness event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17, at 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 to 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. Please call to make an appointment.
GENEVA - The Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley’s Trivia Bee for Literacy, Sat., March 23 from 9am-12pm. Teams of three will compete to answer questions on a variety of topics for the chance to earn valuable 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 - Artie Shaw Orchestra Big Band Concert & Dance 8pm Saturday, March 9 at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles Performing hits like “Begin the Beguine,” “Stardust” and “Back Bay Shuffle,” the Artie Shaw Orchestra performs for a fun night of music and dancing! Tickets start at $29. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.
ST. CHARLES – Lynne Green's School of Flute has announced its 29th Annual Spring Flute Recitals to be held Saturday, March 9, at the Congregational United Church of Christ of St. Charles, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles. The recitals will be held in two parts each featuring middle school, high school, and adult performers. Flutists on the 2 p.m. session include Amy Acton, Bethany Allen, Anna Dispensa, Ann Green, Madeline Happold, Alyx Hartsock, Emily Hartsock, Alison Kummerer, Annie Mooney, and Grace Nelson (all of Geneva); also Christie Morton Miller (Naperville); Amber Urich and Rachel Urich (Elburn); and Samantha White (St. Charles). Performers on the 4:30 p.m. session include Anna Dufresne, Jacqueline Galloway, Abby Hanselman, Alina O'Donnell, Shannon Purcell, Alyssa Smith, Lucy Tykal, and Samantha White (all of St. Charles); also Ann Green, Martha Kemp, and Eric Luminais (Geneva); and Gia Tummillo Ehorn (Sycamore). The recitals are free and open to the public. For information, call 630-584-8117.
ST. CHARLES - Helen Reddy takes to the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. One of the entertainment world’s most beloved, accomplished and recognizable stars, Grammy Award winning, international mega-star Helen Reddy responsible for I Am Woman, returns to the live performance arena with a special concert. Tickets start at $29. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.
GENEVA -The distinguished Jamestown College Choir of Jamestown, N.D., one of the oldest touring choirs in the Midwest, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Dr., Geneva. The concert is free and open to the public.
This concert performance by the 53-member Choir is part of the group’s Spring Tour covering eight states. For more than 90 years, the Choir has had a reputation for excellence in choral performance and has toured throughout the United States and Europe. In May 2010, the Choir toured China, performing at Beijing Central Conservatory, Xi’an Conservatory, Shanghai Normal University, and Hong Kong Baptist University. It was the 10th international tour in the Choir’s history and the first tour to China.
A freewill offering will be collected at the concert.BATAVIA – Choral group Acappellago will present "Escape to … Blue Skies," an a cappella celebration of the weather, at the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave., at 4 p.m. March 17. Cost is $17 for adults and $15 for seniors. Call 708-484-3797, ext. 2, for information.
ST. CHARLES - WAR and Tower of Power hit the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Arcada Theatre, at 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles. WAR has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Lonnie Jordan, original lead singer, keyboardist and musical director always has been the voice of WAR. For more than 44 years, Tower of Power has been creating its own special "urban soul." Tickets start at $59. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.
ST. CHARLES - Heartache Tonight: Eagles Tribute Band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday March 23, at the Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, at 4051 E. Main Street in St. Charles. From the powerful guitar duel in "Hotel California" to the harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feelings,"classic rock fans are in for a real treat. Relive all the Eagles hits including “Take it Easy”, “Hotel California”, and more. For tickets or more information, visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
POLITICAL EVENTS ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles municipal mayoral 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.
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 City of Batavia. Open to the public.
ST. CHARLES – An aldermanic candidate forum is set for 7 to 9 p.m. March 14 at Bridges Montessori Academy, 1713 Howard St. All St. Charles candidates in all wards are invited to present their platform in a three-minute statement and answer questions from the residents. The entire St. Charles community is invited. The event is being organized by community group Concerned Coalition for Sensible Spending of St. Charles.
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. Tickets are $32. Visit www.foxvalleyrep.org, email@example.com.
ST. CHARLES – Fox Valley Repertory has announced auditions for a professional level advanced actor's master class. Auditions are set from 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 and 5 to 8 p.m. March 19 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. There is no fee to audition. For information, visit www.foxvalleyrep.org/education. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. The class is for students working or ready to work professionally.
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.
ST. CHARLES - Becky's New Car Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3 p.m. through March 17, at the Steel Beam Theatre, at 111 W. Main Street in St. Charles Check out this thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones as Becky Foster, caught in middle-age, takes the road less traveled! Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students. For tickets and more information, visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com.
BATAVIA - Hollywood Arms, inspired by the life story of Carol Burnett, performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through March 16 at the Albright Theatre, at 100 North Island Ave., Batavia. “Hollywood Arms” is the moving story of three generations of women living on welfare in a one-room apartment. The play is rated PG-14 for adult language and suggestive dialogue. For tickets or more information, please call 630-406-8838 or visit www.albrighttheatre.com.
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 am 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 non-residents is $8 per person. Advance registration is required
MISCELLANEOUS GENEVA – The Western Avenue School PTO has planned its semi-annual 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.
BATAVIA – Mothers who are looking for a way to become involved in the community and meet other moms are invited to a new member open house for the Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation. The open house will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at a member’s home. To RSVP and for information, email the chairperson of membership at email@example.com or call 630-406-9220. Members of BMCF are required to pay annual dues of $30, serve on a standing committee, participate in philanthropic and community relations activities, volunteer at each of our fundraisers, and attend monthly meetings. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May, at 7 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library.
GENEVA – The Geneva Park District's Persinger Recreation Center will offer a chance to try group fitness classes at fitness demo day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Registration begins March 12 for residents and March 19 for non-residents. Participants can pick from eight different, free-to-the-public classes to find their perfect fitness fit. The demo classes include hoops at 9 a.m., turbokick at 9:30 a.m., piloting at 10 a.m., pilots at 10:30 a.m., yoga at noon, spin at 12:30 p.m., rumba at 1 p.m. and spin at 1:30 p.m. Registration is not required. The center is at 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. To find out more, call 630-232-4501 or visit the front desk.