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Delilah Lucas, 7, rides the teacups during a previous Swedish Days in downtown Geneva. The fest returns June 18 to 23, offering free admission, with more information at, 630-232-6060. Celebrating 70 years, the “Granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities with live music, carnival, Kids’ Day fun, Grand Parade, Sweden Väst – a tent for everything Swedish, the state’s largest music competition and multi-ethnic foods.
Delilah Lucas, 7, rides the teacups during a previous Swedish Days in downtown Geneva. The fest returns June 18 to 23, offering free admission, with more information at, 630-232-6060. Celebrating 70 years, the “Granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities with live music, carnival, Kids’ Day fun, Grand Parade, Sweden Väst – a tent for everything Swedish, the state’s largest music competition and multi-ethnic foods.

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EVERETT DEAN AND THE LONESOME HEARTS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also offered will be No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Fred Zimmerman at 7 p.m. June 19; a murder mystery lunch at 12:30 p.m. June 20, plus a mystery night at 7 p.m. June 20; the Carrie Lyn Infusion at 9 p.m. June 21; and The Rhythm Rockets at 9 p.m. June 22. Information:

LIMITED TICKETS JUST WENT ON SALE FOR COCKTAILS IN THE PARK AND FOR THE BATAVIA DINNER TABLE: July 20 and Aug. 4, respectively, downtown Batavia. The latter is a benefit for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Information:

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post now has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.


CONCERT AND MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: This summer, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. The bi-weekly concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through June. Movies on The Green will be featured at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday from June 15 through Aug. 10, beginning with “Incredibles 2.” Cost: Free. Information:

BATAVIA FLAG DAY CELEBRATION: 6 to 9 p.m., Peg Bond Center on the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. There will be food vendors, games, a historic flag display, luminaria tributes, awarding of the annual Dr. Bernard Cigrand Patriotism Award, and a presentation on the proposed 2020 Flag Day Monument. Entertainment will be provided by Batavia High School music ensembles, Batavia Community Band, and the Misty River Music Makers vocal harmony group. Information:

WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS: 8:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The Bare Hambones will play at 9 p.m. June 22. Information:, 630-513-4240.

DIO WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Other shows include Geoff Tate at 8 p.m. June 15; SouthBound & Co. in a tribute to Lynyard Skynyrd at 7 p.m. June 16; and 38 Special at 7:30 p.m. June 20. Information:

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE STAGING “SIN, SEX AND THE CIA” COMEDY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, now to June 22, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. Information:


BATAVIA AMERICAN LEGION POST 504’S FIRST 5K RUN/WALK: 8 a.m., Batavia. In addition, the Legion’s next meeting will begin at 7 p.m. June 18 at the Batavia VFW, 645 S. River St.; all veterans are invited to join. Information: to Service5K,

RECORDING ARTISTS PETRA VAN NUIS ON VOCALS AND PIANIST DENNIS LUXION: 7 to 10 p.m., FoxFire, 17 W. State St., Geneva. Information:, 630-232-1369.

NATIVE PLANT PROGRAMS: 9 to 11 a.m., River Park, 151 N. River Lane, Geneva. Landscape architect Trish Beckjord of The Conservation Foundation will share her knowledge of how to plan and manage a native garden in peak bloom. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-444-3190.

BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT’S FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND FISHING EVENT: 10 a.m. to noon, Clark Island Recreation Area, 401/411 S. River St. Open to all ages. Kids’ fishing poles and bait will be provided while supplies last. Cost: Free. Information: 630-879-5235,

LATE NIGHT FLEA MARKET: 3 p.m. to midnight, Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 Route 76, Belvidere. “Fleas on Steroids” is presented by Bob Zurko of Zurko’s Midwest Promotions, well known for his events in Kane and DuPage counties. It will feature antiques, crafts, furniture, comics, toys and memorabilia. Chris Serrone from the film “Goodfellas” will be on hand. Bring flashlights. Cost: $5 per adults, free for kids age 12 and younger. Information: 715-526-9769,,


GENEVA EYE CLINIC’S LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 1000 Randall Road, suite 100, Geneva. Guest speaker is Cody Froeter from Second Sense in Chicago. Cost: Free. Information: with RSVP requested at or 630-232-1282.

WACKY WATER OLYMPICS: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. Cost: Event included with regular admission fee. Information: 630-879-5235,

BOOK DRIVE REWARD: June 17 to 23, participating Culver’s locations including St. Charles at 111 S. Randall Road. Families who present a child’s B or better averaging report card for kindergarten through eighth grade will receive a free kid’s meal voucher, and are encouraged to take part in a book donation drive through Bernie’s Book Bank. Sought are new or gently used books for kids from birth through sixth grade. Cost: Free reward. Information:


JOHNNY RUSSLER AND THE BEACH BUM BAND WILL BE PART OF THE RIVER RHAPSODY CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m., continuing most Wednesdays through July, Batavia Riverwalk off Houston Street at 151 N. Island Ave. Cost: Free. Information:

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. On June 19, it’s “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.” Cost: $1. Information: Reservation forms for groups at


“PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS & CASH” REVUE: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Centre. The rock ‘n’ show celebrates the music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Cost: $32 to $42. Information:, 630-937-8930.

THE FREDDY JONES BAND KICKING OFF CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m. on three Fridays beginning June 21, Chicago Premium Outlets’ large green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. “Party in the Park” continues with Seattle-bred, power pop group The Posies on July 19, and Michigan-based, American rock band The Verve Pipe on Aug. 16. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information:

RELAY FOR LIFE OF KANE COUNTY: 6 to 11 p.m., Northwestern Medicine Field, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva. It’s an American Cancer Society-supported event. Cost: $15. Information:

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS: June and July, DuPage Kane County. A University of Illinois Extension educator will share updated guidelines on safe canning with the “Yes, You Can: Preserving Safely” presentation. The dates and locations are 1 to 3 p.m. June 21 at the Extension Office, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Naperville; and 10 a.m. to noon July 10 at the Extension Office, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: $8, which also includes pressure canner gauge testing. Information: Register a week in advance or more at


MONARCHS AND MILKWEED FESTIVAL CELEBRATING POLLINATORS: Noon to 3 p.m., LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. It’s presented by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Free plants will be offered while supplies last. Naturalists will lead guided hikes in the prairie. There will be crafts and butterfly-house kits for purchase. Noted folk musician Mark Dvorak will perform. Exhibiting organizations include Fermilab, Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District, Northern Kane County Wild Ones and The Conservation Foundation. Food trucks will include Bernie’s Bully Dogs, Cupcakes for Courage and Grumpy Gaucho. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-444-3190.

TITANIC EXHIBIT: Through summer, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It’s called “Tip of the Iceberg – St. Charles’ Ties to the Titanic.” Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Elanor, were returning home to their hometown of St. Charles after visiting Alice’s ill father in Finland. They would survive the sinking. Information:, 630-584-6967.


FILMS WILL BE IN FOCUS: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 W. Water St., Batavia. The LiveArt Series will feature an evening of films and film-related programming courtesy of the new AfterImage Film Festival happening this fall. “Contaminated Memories” filmmaker Debra Tolchinsky will be in a post-screening Q&A. The film is for mature audiences and includes graphic language. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information:

TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.


FABYAN WINDMILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15, on the east side of Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 25 in Geneva. The 68-foot, five-story windmill was built by Louis Blackhaus, a German craftsman, between 1850 and 1860. It now contains German, Swedish and Dutch millwright work and is one of the few in the world that’s been restored to run off natural wind energy. Private tours are also available. Volunteer millers and docents are sought by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Information: 630-232-5980.

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers weekend rides in May and daily departures from June through August. Information: 630-584-234,

THE FRENCH MARKET BY BENSIDOUN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, train station parking lot in Geneva, off South and Fourth streets. Information:


HABITAT WORKDAY: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS SEEKS DIRECTORS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: For upcoming theatrical season, based at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The season includes two musicals, “Children of Eden,” to be performed Oct. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” set for April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Rehearsals and performances take place at Waubonsee. All production roles are non-Equity and the director will be paid. Information: People may email resume and complete contact information to


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:

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

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

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