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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

The Illinois Brass Band will present "Holiday Classics" at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles. For details, visit illinoisbrassband.org.
The Illinois Brass Band will present "Holiday Classics" at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles. For details, visit illinoisbrassband.org.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit planitkane.com, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

DEC. 13

BATAVIA MAYOR JEFF SCHIELKE IN BOOKS BETWEEN BITES PROGRAM: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave. He will present “Batavia Literary Footnotes.” One may bring a lunch or purchase food at Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe in the library. Cost: Free. Information: bataviapubliclibrary.evanced.info/eventcalendar.asp, 630-879-1393.

MARY TODD LINCOLN’S 200TH BIRTHDAY: 6 to 8 p.m., Batavia Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson St. Batavia Depot Museum presents Donna Daniels as Mrs. Lincoln at the all-ages event with cake. She lived in Batavia in 1875. Cost: $7. Information: Register through Batavia Park District at 630-879-5235 or bataviaparks.org.

“WHITE CHRISTMAS” MOVIE SCREENING: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $6 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Information: arcadalive.com.

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.” BY CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER: Dec. 13 to 16, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. The troupe’s shows star students ages 8 to 18. Information: cytchicago.org.

DEC. 14

MUSIC BY JAKE MACK: 8 p.m., Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, 117 N. Main St., Elburn. Information: 630-365-9938, eddiegaedelpubandgrill.com.

ALBRIGHT COMMUNITY THEATRE’S “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 100 N. Island Ave., third floor of Batavia Government Center. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: albrighttheatre.com, 630-406-8838.

HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. The family show is directed by Frank Del Giudice. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: tickets at genevaparks.org, in person at Sunset Community Center or Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or at 630-232-4542.

“THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER” MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. Dec, 14, 15, 21 and 22, and 6 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23, Vero Voce Theater & School of Performing Arts, 951 State Ave, suite F, St. Charles. Cost: $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information: verovoce.com.

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE’S ORIGINAL TWIST ON “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora, just west of Route 25. It’s described as a fun-filled, action-packed and sword-swinging production. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com.

WINTERFEST HOLIDAY MARKET, PLUS EXHIBIT AND WORKSHOPS: Dec. 14 to 16, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Upstairs will be award-winning works from a 40-campus, high school student art exhibit. Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia open the market with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; it then runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. Registration is requested online for workshops for all ages. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

DEC. 15

“HOME ALONE” SCREENING: 10 a.m., Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 Theatre, 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: Free. Information: classiccinemas.com.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD LUNCHEON AT OSCAR SWAN COUNTRY INN: Noon, 1800 W. State St., Geneva. Live entertainment will be part of the New Orleans-inspired event. Information: 630-232-0173.

HOLMSTAD’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 2 to 4 p.m., Fabyan Parkway and Route 31, Batavia. Ice carving, face-painting, Santa and Mrs. Claus, food and music will be part of the family event. Information: Register at shawurl.com/3al3.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM: 4 to 7 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It starts with Nadeau’s Ice Sculptors’ two-hour demonstration. Paper Boats will perform music from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Geneva High School Choir from 5 to 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with kids from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission; some food and activities may have small fee. Information: genevaparks.org, 630-232-4542.

MOOSEHEART’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY FUNDRAISER: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, Mooseheart campus on Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia. It runs 1.8 miles. Santa will visit Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Mooseheart fieldhouse, sitting for free photos starting at 5:30 p.m., and kids can enjoy crafts, hot chocolate and cookies. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Information: mooseheart.org.

NOTHING BUT TREBLE WOMEN’S CHOIR IN HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 37W040 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. Harpist Abigail Stoner will accompany the chorus in Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” and a special guest women’s choir from Elgin High School will perform. Interested singers are welcome to join NBT. COST: Free will offering. Information: nbtchorus.com.

DEC. 16

WATERLINE WRITERS’ OPEN MIC HOLIDAY PARTY: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St., Batavia. Information: waterlinewriters.org.

DEC. 20

INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. On New Year’s Eve, Diva Montell and her band will star. Information: arcadalive.com.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly, an hour later Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 26, Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. It’s presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Aurora. Cost: Free with donations for charity welcome. Information: aurorafestivaloflights.com.

“THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED REVUE”: Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 23, Copley Theatre in the North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, across from Paramount Theatre. The production is for audiences age 18 and older. Cost: $37. Information: ParamountAurora.com, 630-896-6666.

FRIENDS OF THE BATAVIA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: through December, library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Information: friends@bataviapubliclibrary.org.

GENEVA COMMONS ICE SKATING: daily, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Ice skating and skate rental fees apply, with hours from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 13. Santa will stroll throughout the commons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 23, and afterwards will be at the Santa Station near Learning Express Toys for indoor visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Information: shopgenevacommons.com.

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT PHEASANT RUN RESORT INCLUDE A CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPECTACULAR: daily every half hour from 4 to 9:30 p.m., 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The iPanic Escape Room presents the lights-set-to-music attraction on Bourbon Street. Breakfast with Santa will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Santa’s Workshop invites families in for holiday crafts and activities from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 for a small fee. Information: Reservations at 630-584-6300; pheasantrun.com.

ZANIES COMEDY CLUB: Thursday through Saturday evening shows (except holidays), Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-524-0001, st-charles.zanies.com.

FERMILAB ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: through Feb. 27, Wilson Hall off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show features work by Jane Barthès in “An Alternative Molecular Universe” (jbarthes.com). A gallery talk is offered at noon Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Cost: Free. Information: events.fnal.gov/art-gallery.

BATAVIA BOY SCOUT TROOP 12 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT: through Dec. 22, next to Batavia Skate Park, 411 S. River St. (Route 25), Batavia. Representing 61 years of tradition, the Immanuel Lutheran Troop 12 tree lot will offer fresh, pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, raising funds for the Scouts. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Information: info@bataviatroop12.org.

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information: twobrothersbrewing.com/events.

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: flagstonecrafts.com.

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: roxcitygrill.com, 630-845-5800.

DEC. 21

“A VERY SCARY AXE-MAS” HAUNTED HOUSE: 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, Basement of the Dead, 42 W. New York St., Aurora. Cost: $22 to $45. Information: basementofthedead.com.

DEC. 31

CLUB ARCADA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH DIVA MONTELL: 8 p.m., 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Montell will appear with the This Is It dance band at the speakeasy throwback. The night offers dancing, buffet dinner, open bar and champagne toast. Cost: $175 per person. Information: arcadalive.com.

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