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Friday, March 29-Saturday March 30
GENEVA-The Sixth Annual Geneva Film Festival continues Friday March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at State Street Dance Studio, 319 1/2 E. State Street, Geneva. Since its beginning in 2007, the Geneva Film Festival has grown in popularity and status in the independent film festival community. Festival organizers are looking forward to an even bigger and better 6th annual event in 2013. Last year’s selection of world-class films originated from 16 different countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and India to name a few. For information and a complete list of films and show times, visit http://www.genevafilmfestival.org
Saturday, March 30 BATAVIA – The annual Mooseheart Easter Egg Hunt is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse, which is off Route 31. The event is free to the public. There will be thousands of eggs and prizes on the stadium field turf, as well as photos with Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), bounce houses, games, snacks, petting zoo, pony rides and face painting. Visit www.mooseheart.org for information.
ST. CHARLES – Help discover and document the giants as part of the Illinois Big Tree Registry. This statewide program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees. Learn how to get involved during a workshop led by Jay Hayek, extension specialist forester with the University of Illinois. The workshop is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Creek Bend Nature Center, which is located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles, within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Registration for this “Learn from the Experts” program is $15 per person and is for adults ages 16 and older. To register, call 847-741-8350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 29 ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Children’s Theatre, 111 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles, presents "The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny," a musical at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Tickets for the children’s theater are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Make reservations online at www.SteelBeamTheatre.com or by phone at 630-587-8521.
BATAVIA – Unity of Fox Valley has scheduled a Good Friday Taize Service for 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at 230 Webster St., Batavia. A Taize service engages the senses through music, silent prayer and chants. All faiths and beliefs are welcome.
Tuesday, April 2 ST. CHARLES – A free low impact aerobics class will be held Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. beginning April 2 at the Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave. Open to all. Registration is recommended. Call Jolene Noel with Cadence Health at 630-938-9405.
ST. CHARLES – Learn how to get your yard ready for spring during the Wasco Nursery and Garden Center's Lunch & Learn "Spring Cleaning Your Yard & Garden" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles. Matt Zerby, owner of Wasco Nursery, will discuss the proper timing, effective products and tools to use and the preventative actions necessary to help a lawn and garden remain beautiful throughout the year. The cost is $10, which includes a box lunch. Advance registration is required. Register by Friday, March 29, in person, by phone at 630-584-4424, or email at email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 3 Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez is accepting applications for his Spring 2013 Citizens Police Academy. Anyone who works or lives in Kane County is welcome to apply. The academy will start from 6 to 9 p.m. April 3 and run for 10 consecutive Wednesdays. For a copy of the application and information about the Sheriff’s Citizens police Academy, visit www.kanesheriff.com.
Thursday, April 4 GENEVA – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, announced the start of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 14th District of Illinois. The winner's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for an entire year. Entries for the competition are now being accepted and must be submitted to Hultgren's district office by Thursday, April 4. The district office is at 1797 W. State St., Suite A, in Geneva. For information, contact Ruth Richardson in Hultgren’s office at 630-232-7104.
BATAVIA – An event, Conservation @ Home, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at city hall, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. The event is an extension of the Conservation Foundation’s existing homeowner education and watershed protection effort – the Conservation@Home program, which encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water. Homeowners participating in Conservation @ Home can have a personal visit to their yard to offer specific advice. Qualified participants can become a C@H member, earn a yard sign and a one-year membership to The Conservation Foundation for $50.
Friday, April 5-Sunday April 7 ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Farm Bureau's eighth annual Touch a Tractor event is set for April 5-7 at the front lawn of the bureau's office at 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles. The event goes from noon to 4 p.m. April 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7. The event benefits the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment, participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals, and enter for a free chance to win apedal tractor. Bringing non-perishable food items to the event will earn visitors an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing and will be donated to a local food pantry. Refreshments will be offered to help raise funds for the KCFB Foundation. Scholarship recipients for 2013 will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, April 7. Visit www.kanecfb.com or call 630-584-8660 for details.
Sunday, April 7 ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Children’s Theatre, located at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, presents "The Princess and the Moon," a story about Princess Lizzy, who wants to be a knight and dreams of fighting in tournaments, slaying dragons, and doing all the things that good knights do. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from April 7 through 28, with an additional 10:30 a.m. performance on Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and may be purchased online at www.SteelBeamTheatre.com or by phone at 630-587-8521.
BATAVIA – High school juniors and seniors can take a free practice ACT test from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Test-takers should bring a calculator, pencils, water and an energy snack. Kaplan Test Prep will score the tests and contact participants with test results. Registration is required. Participants are asked to register early, as there is a minimum number required to hold the event. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call 630-879-1393, ext. 200.
BATAVIA – A free community class is set from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Shine, 5 N. River St., Batavia. Participants will be introduced to the concepts and beginning poses of yoga. Registration is not required. For information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENEVA – The Fox Valley Dental Hygienists Society has planned its next meeting for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. The subject will be, "An Update on Drug Therapy Considerations in Dentistry: A Pharmacist's Perspective." For information, visit www.fvdhs.org.
Monday, April 8 ST. CHARLES – The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., will offer free computer classes beginning the week of April 8. The class is available to seniors, those of low income and to the unemployed and underemployed. Classes meet for two hours a week for six weeks. Classes are free, but registration is required. Call Cathy Winters at 630-377-2769 ext. 210 for information.
Wednesday, April 10 BATAVIA – A STEM Career Expo is set from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at Wilson Hall at Fermilab, which is at Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. This annual event gives high school students the chance to meet professionals in science, technology, engineering and math careers, and ask them one-on-one questions. There will also be a series of panel discussions. For information, visit http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/careerfair.
Saturday, April 13 GENEVA – Mark Nussbaum of Architectural Consulting Engineers will present his talk on Historic Structures and Green Technology on Saturday, April 13, at the Fabyan Villa Museum, 1511 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. The program will be at 10 a.m. at the Fabyan Villa, where a geothermal system was installed this past fall. Nussbaum is a mechanical engineer specializing in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Space is limited. Call 630-377-6424 or email email@example.com to reserve a seat. Admission is $5; Preservation Partners members are free. For information, visit www.ppfv.org
Sunday, April 14 BATAVIA – A Wonders of Science Show is set for 1 p.m. April 14, at the Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall at Fermilab, which is at Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show is a fast-paced demonstration of scientific concepts, geared toward children. Presented by a group of high school teachers, the show aims to make science fun and accessible. The cost is $4 per person. For information, visit http://ed.fnal.gov/events/wos.
ST. CHARLES – Ventriloquist and comedian Taylor Mason will perform a family-friendly show at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Buy advance tickets at either Rejoice Lutheran Church, ON377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva, or at the Wool & Co. knitting shop at 107A W. Main St., St. Charles, across the street from Hotel Baker. Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for those ages 4 to 18 and free for those 3 and younger. Prices at the door are an additional $2. Tri-Cities area musician Patrick James will open. Proceeds from the show will help support Rejoice Lutheran Church's high school missionary trip this summer to repair hurricane-damaged homes in North Carolina. For information, contact Rejoice Lutheran Church at 630- 262-0596 or visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org.
Monday, April 15 ST. CHARLES – Sculpture in the Park will begin the week of April 15 at Mount St. Mary Park. This year's exhibit includes 11 works of art from nine sculptors nationwide: "Bomb Pop" by Howard Russo, St. Charles; "Seuss's Needle" by Todd Willing, St. Charles; "My Rescue" by Martha Cares, Sawyer, Mich.; "Solitude" by Douglas Eageny, St. Charles; "Stars on the Wind" by Richard Taylor, Milwaukee, Wis.; "Mr. Eggwards" by Kimber Fiebiger, Minneapolis, Minn.; "Quarks VI" by Guy Bellaver, St. Charles; "Fox River and Padre Pio" by Titus Tomescu, Chicago; and "Leo and Sympatico" by Pokey Park, Tucson, Ariz. The public is encouraged to visit the park during the installation. For information about Sculpture in the Park, visit www.stcparks.org.
Friday April 19-Saturday, April 20 ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Community Garage Sale, a fundraiser for the STC Underground teen center, is set for Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Participants keep all the profits from their sale. For the participation fee of $30, the site will be listed in the promotional guide and online. Participants will receive yard signs, balloons and guides promoting the sale as well as ads in newspapers. Sign up before April 11 and receive the early bird rate of $20. Registration forms and tour guides are available online at www.stcunderground.com. For information, call 630-513-4380.
Saturday, April 20 ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Park District has planned a kite-flying event, which is set from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Mount St. Mary Park, which is off Prairie State, east of Route 31. Advance registration is required for the free event, and it can be done at www.stcparks.org.
Monday, April 22 ST. CHARLES – Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors will host its first "Guest Bartender Night" fundraiser to raise funds for its newly established FVJS Scholarship Fund. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 22, at McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. Two FVJN participants will act as bartenders for the evening. The evening will include prize raffles as well as a 50/50 raffle. In addition, amazing local guitarist, singer and songwriter Jim Green will perform. He is graciously donating his time for this event. All funds raised will be used to establish the new FVJS Scholarship fund. To donate to the raffle, e-mail Kimberly Fivelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.
Tuesday, April 26 BATAVIA – A triple gong immersion session is set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at Shine, 5 N. River St., Batavia. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and being a mat or blanket if desired. The cost is $25. For information, send email to email@example.com.
ST. CHARLES – St. Charles' annual Arbor Day event featuring live music, a tree raffle and tree care demonstrations is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at Lincoln Park, which is at Fourth Street and Route 64 in St. Charles. Children in the fifth grade and younger may enter an art contest. Draw or create artwork all about trees. Sixth-graders through adults may enter a writing contest. The subject is "trees in my life" and essays should be no more than 300 words. Winners will receive a prize and special recognition at the Arbor Day festivities. Winning submissions will be displayed at the St. Charles Municipal Building through April. Submit entries no later than April 5 to the Public Works office at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “Arbor Day Contest." Entries can be mailed to or dropped off at the city of St. Charles, Attn: Public Works – Arbor Day Contest, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Photos are welcomed but optional. Include your name, address, phone number and current grade level, if applicable.
Friday, May 3 GENEVA – Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets will be hosting, “Thank You for Being a Lifesaver,” its annual dinner and auction, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Mill Creek Golf Club, 39W525 Herrington Drive in Geneva. All proceeds will benefit the dogs and cats in H.E.L.P. foster care. Tickets include dinner (barbecue beef brisket, blackened chicken, vegetable lasagna, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, classic tossed Caesar salad, dinner rolls, mini sweet tray, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee). An open bar will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. Cash bar after 7:30. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit www.helpinganimals.org to order via PayPal or contact Michelle Clancy at email@example.com.
Sunday, May 5 GENEVA – The Orion Ensemble’s “Folk Inspirations with a Mexican Flair” concert program takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive in Geneva. Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. For tickets or information, call 630-628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.