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The Tri-Cities most comprehensive events calendar is here, in the Republican.

GENEVA – A butterfly release party is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Peck Farm Park Butterfly House, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It is the 10th anniversary event. Participants may release a live butterfly, create a butterfly craft, and enjoy a snack before earning stamps in a butterfly passport as they take on a self-guided hike. Registration is required. Space is limited. The cost is $17 per child for residents and $25 per child for nonresidents. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For information, visit or call 630-232-4542.
GENEVA – A butterfly release party is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Peck Farm Park Butterfly House, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It is the 10th anniversary event. Participants may release a live butterfly, create a butterfly craft, and enjoy a snack before earning stamps in a butterfly passport as they take on a self-guided hike. Registration is required. Space is limited. The cost is $17 per child for residents and $25 per child for nonresidents. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For information, visit or call 630-232-4542.

Do you prefer your events at a glance? Check out the day-by-day calendar in our new arts and entertainment section, PlanitKane.

Friday April 12
BATAVIA-Water Street Studios will open its latest show, "Carbon - Life, Decay and Beyond," at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the studio facility, 160 W Wilson St,, Batavia. Through "Carbon," Water Street Studios challenged artists to represent the subject in a way that brings upfront carbon, its use, its impact and its future. Best of Show will be announced at 7 p.m. by guest juror, Jess Mott Wickstrom, gallery director at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

On the second floor, in the Kane County Chronicle Gallery of Water Street Studios, the work featured will be submitted by local high school students applying for the Congressional Art Competition.
For more information, visit or call (630) 761-9977.

Friday April 12
GENEVA-Geneva History Center will host Cartoon Radio Theater, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12. More than simple storytelling or a book on tape. Cartoon radio theater is an audio movie. Listen to the talented "Need To Be Seen" Live Radio Troupe and hear radio plays at their finest. Making their own sound effects, the group will mesmerize you with two cartoon radio plays. The first is an Archie Andrews comedy, "Christmas Shopping" followed by a Dick Tracy mystery, "The Case of the Big Top Murders." Cartoon Radio Theater is a program being offered in conjunction with the Start With A Sketch exhibition and is a fundraiser for the Geneva History Center. The admission is $10 for adults and $5 for GHC members and students. Seating is limited. The Geneva History Center is located at 113 South Third Street in the heart of Geneva's historic downtown, For more information, call 630-232-4951 or visit

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 to reserve a seat. Admission is $5; Preservation Partners members are free. For information, visit

GENEVA – Peaceful Parlor has planned a class on blending organic herbal teas. The session is set from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at 212 S. Third St., Geneva. Participants will leave with two ounces of their personal blend in a classic French canning jar. RSVP is required. The cost is $15 per person. To RSVP, call 630-232-6300 or visit

BATAVIA – The United Methodist Church of Geneva has planned its second annual "Run for the Hills" 5K run/walk fundraiser. The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia. This event will help raise money for the church's high school mission trip in July to eastern Tennessee with Appalachia Service Project. The cost is $30 for adult runners and $20 for kids 10 and younger. To sign up, visit

BATAVIA – AFS Northern Illinois invites teens and adults to a free three-hour intercultural learning workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. This workshop is presented by AFS volunteers and high school exchange students, and it is open to the public. Email to register, or call 646-381-3316 for information. AFS Northern Illinois volunteers help host and send abroad high school exchange students every year working with AFS-USA and more than 50 partner organizations in other countries.

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 16
ST. CHARLES – Wasco Nursery and Garden Center has planned a session, Vegetable Gardening 101, as part of its Tuesday Lunch & Learn Program Series. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Wasco Nursery, 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles. The session will discuss the ins and outs of starting seeds vs. pre-started plants, equipment and supplies, soil types, raised beds, types of vegetables and fruits, garden layout and size, as well as dabble with some herbs. The cost is $10, which includes a box lunch. Advance registration and payment is required. Register by Friday, April 12, either in person, by phone at 630-584-4424, or email 

ST. CHARLES – The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., St. Charles, will host free zumba classes from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning April 16. Open to all. Registration recommended but walk-ins welcome. Call Cathy Winters at 630-377-2769 ext. 210 for more information.

Wednesday, April 17
BATAVIA Batavia Chamber of Commerce "Net-Working-It" event – progressive bowling – is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Funway, 1335 S. River St., Batavia. Attendees can bowl free (including shoes). Bowlers will change lanes every few frames to meet and challenge a different group. A cash bar and food provided by event co-sponsor Chick-fil-A will be available. This event is not limited to Batavia Chamber members. Call 630-879-7134 for information.

Thursday, April 18
ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Public Library will present The Storytellers Olio from 7 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Open to students and adults. Free to attend. Doors and concessions will open at 6 p.m. The program is part of the community-wide St. Charles Literature Festival. Featured storytellers include Linda Gorham, Sue Black, Marcia Gutierrez and Grammy Award winner Bill Harley. Pipe organ music will also be performed by Deborah Ayotte. Call the library's youth services at 630-584-9390 or visit for more information.

Friday, April 19
GENEVA – The documentary “Tapped” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. The church is at 110 S. Second St., Geneva. The film is part of the free monthly third-Friday Film programs which are sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. The public is encouraged to register at to receive email notices of future programs.

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 For information, call 630-513-4380.

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 For information and upcoming events, visit 

ST. CHARLES – Learn about nocturnal life during “Night Senses,” a new Learn from the Experts nature program offered by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, in conjunction with the Geneva Park District and St. Charles Park District. Attendees will learn about the adaptations for life in darkness, and explore the impact that our daily lives have on nocturnal wildlife. The program is offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. Advance registration is required. Learn from the Experts programs are for ages 16 and above. Registration is $10 per person. Attendees are asked to dress for the weather as the program will be conducted entirely outdoors. Call 847-741-8350 or e-mail to register.

Wednesday, May 1
GENEVA – The Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden will open to the public at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. A donation per person of $1 for the garden and $2 for the museum is appreciated. Both sites are in the Fabyan West Forest Preserve on Route 31, north of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. The garden will be open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays from and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The museum will open for guided public tours on Wednesdays and weekends. Both sites will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays from June to August. For information, call 630-377-6424 or visit

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 to order via PayPal or contact Michelle Clancy at

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

Wednesday, May 8
ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Breakfast Rotary and the St. Charles Park District will host a night of Bingo, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. The cost is 75 cents. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. For information, contact Meghan at 630-513-4324 or register online at

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