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From fun at the fair to cocktails in the park or Shakespeare, check out entertainment in Kane County

The Geneva Classic Car Show is a popular destination from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through August at Fourth and James streets behind the Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. The shows are sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, with more information at genevachamber.com.
The Geneva Classic Car Show is a popular destination from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through August at Fourth and James streets behind the Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. The shows are sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, with more information at genevachamber.com.

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.

JULY 18

KANE COUNTY FAIR: Now through July 21, fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It promises down-home fun from live music, food and 4-H competitions to a carnival midway and specialty acts. Information: kanecountyfair.com, 630-584-6926.

CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY’S ADULT ACTORS PRESENT “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK”: Through July 26, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The one-hour, interactive musical adaptation is recommended for children ages 2 to 10. Cost: $14 to $18. Information: pheasantrun.com/chicago-kids-company.

KANE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: 7 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Tina Beaird will present a webinar on “Great Lakes Regional Archives (Chicago) – Getting the Most Out of Your Visit.” Time will be allotted for group discussion about a recent program on “One Touch Genealogy Research – How to Handle a Record Just Once.” Visitors are welcome. Registration is requested through the library. Information: bataviapubliclibrary.evanced.info; John Balk at johnbalk.kcgs@gmail.com, 630-204-2199, kcgsillinois.org.

DIVA MONTELL IN A LUNCHEON SHOW AS PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: Noon, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Nick@Knight with Nick Pontarelli and Gina Knight at 9 p.m. July 20; Sinatra Sundays featuring Ron’s Family Feast with Jack D’Amico at 3 p.m. July 21; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Dennis Christie, 7 p.m. July 24; a murder mystery, 7 p.m. July 25; and The Flat Cats, 9 p.m. July 26. Information: arcadalive.com.

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: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

JULY 19

STC LIVE! PROVIDING SUMMER FUN: Every Wednesday and Friday evening, various venues in downtown St. Charles. Information: downtownstcharles.org/stclive.

“SEUSSICAL” MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 20 and 3 p.m. July 21, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Up and Coming Theatre Company and Elgin Summer Theatre partner in the production. Cost: $20, $15 for students, seniors and kids, and $25 at the door. Information: Tickets at 847-931-5900, www.hemmens.org.

PHAMOUS MOCKINGBIRD: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The schedule also presents Five Rounds at 8:30 p.m. July 20. Information: otpwasco.com, 630-513-4240.

JULY 20

COCKTAILS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Appleton Park on River Walk just east of Batavia Government Center. It offers live music, drinks and small plates. Information: downtownbatavia.com.

MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: Through Aug. 10, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday. Schedule is July 20, “Homeward Bound”; July 27, “Finding Nemo”; Aug. 3, “Back to the Future”; and Aug. 10, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Cost: Free. Information: shopgenevacommons.com/portfolio-items/2019-summer-concert-series.

A SURE THANG HEADLINING: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place, Aurora. It’s classic soul and R&B featuring the duo Thomas Melvin and Lionel “Mick” Ducker. Cost: $10. Information: themusicvenue.org.

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people age 62 and older; $10 for age 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888, airclassicsmuseum.org.

JULY 21

AWAKENING IN NATURE RETREAT: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Healing Gardens, 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. Awakening In Nature will host a retreat led by Deborah Marqui, social worker and owner of Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm. Through journaling, poetry, drawing, time in nature and sharing, the retreat offers a way to reconnect with oneself. Cost: $85, with scholarships available. Information: www.awakeninginnature.org, 630-740-2697, deb@dmarqui.com.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, BLACKBERRY SMOKE AND SHOVELS & ROPE: 7 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. (Route 25), Aurora. The Mavericks with special guest Los Lobos will appear at 7 p.m. July 26. Information: RiverEdgeAurora.com, 630-896-6666.

RIVER PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m. each Sunday in July, the park’s stone amphitheater at 151 N. River Lane, Geneva, off Peyton Street. The series is sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. Appearing July 21, The MacCartyns Harmony will offer rock from the late 1960s, followed July 28 by the Northside Brass musicians who have performed with such artists as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnics. In case of inclement weather, performances will move inside the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St. Cost: Free, with donations to the commission welcome. Information: www.genevarts.org, 630-938-4530.

JULY 23

ST. CHARLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CAR SHOW: 5 to 8 p.m., corner of Riverside and Second avenues. The theme will be Family Bike Night, with a decorating contest. Cost: Free. Information: info@stcharleschamber.com, 630-584-8384.

NEW PLACE THEATRE STAGING “MACBETH”: 7:30 p.m. July 23 and 30, in the outdoor courtyard at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Route 25 in downtown Aurora. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner and drinks service. Running time is about 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. Cost: $10 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students. Information: newplace.ticketleap.com/macbeth or newplacetheatre.com for details.

ILLINOIS BRASS BAND IN OUTDOOR SHOW: 7 p.m., GreenFields of Geneva, 0N801 Friendship Way, at main entrance parking lot. The series will feature the 30-piece Illinois Brass Band, playing marches, American songbook, classical and jazz, and will wrap up with the group called Unscheduled Tour, complemented by a car show, at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-984-5311 or www.GreenFieldsGeneva.org/Summer.

SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUTH: July 23 to 25, Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Township, five miles west of Geneva. The camp is for youth ages 8 to 15. Information: garfieldfarm.org.

JULY 24

RIVER RHAPSODY CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m., continuing most Wednesdays through July, Batavia Riverwalk off Houston Street at 151 N. Island Ave. The country band Billy Croft & The 5-Alarm will star. Cost: Free. Information: bataviaparks.org.

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. Schedule: July 24 - celebrate Christmas in July with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”; July 31 - “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; and Aug. 7 - “Wonder Park.” The series will be shown at all Classic Cinemas locations. Cost: $1; groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a group rate that includes refreshments. Information: Reservation forms for groups at www.classiccinemas.com/wmms.

JULY 25

“THE TEMPEST”: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays between July 25 and Aug. 4 in the outdoor courtyard of the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. It is directed by Toria Hollyn and produced by Julane Sullivan, president of the Batavia Arts Council. In case of rain, the Shakespeare at the Centre show will move indoors into the Black Box theater at the center. Cost: $12. Information: bataviafineartscentre.org and shakespeareonclark.com.

“HISTORY HAPPY HOUR” RIVERBOAT CRUISE PRESENTED BY ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM AND ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT: 6 to 7:30 p.m., aboard the Fox River Queen paddlewheel boat based in St. Charles. Passengers will learn how the river helped form the communities that exist today along its shores, some of the other historic commercial boats that have operated on the waterway, and historic locations along the route such as the famous Al Capone hideaway. Cost: $35, including appetizers and two drink tickets. Information: Register at www.stcmuseum.org; 630-534-2334, info@stcmuseum.org.

JULY 26

DOCUMENTARY “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., downtown Geneva. From coastal cities to the U.S. heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. The movie is part of the monthly fourth Friday film program sponsored by the Social Justice Team and the Green Sanctuary Team of UUSG, the oldest church in Geneva. The public is invited. Cost: Free. Information: One may register at www.uusg.org/friday-flicks to receive email notices of the programs; uusg.org, 630-232-2350.

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.

JULY 27

COCKTAIL PARTY FARM DINNER BENEFIT FOR BRIDGES ACADEMY AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM: 6 p.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, where the farm store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: $100. Information: heritageprairiefarm.com.

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.

JULY 28

OPERA ARIA EACH WEEK TO BE PART OF RELATED CHURCH SERVICE AND BROADCAST: 9 a.m., Elgin First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The two-month theme is “Proverbial Opera,” an exploration of King Solomon. The service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM). On July 28, tenor Franco Martorana will perform “Vesti la giubba” from “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Services with arias and varied performers will continue Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Information: foxvalleylyricalproductions.org.

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: bensidounusa.com.

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

JULY 30

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: stcmuseum.org/events, 630-584-6967.

AUG. 1

MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8:30 p.m., River Park on North River Lane, Geneva. Its Park District will show “The Meg,” rated PG-13. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information: genevaparks.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.

AUG. 3

“THE COMEDY OF ERRORS” BY CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: 6:30 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. A specially equipped truck’s stage will unfold and a company of professional actors will share a 75-minute production on its exclusive suburban stop. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Concessions include a diverse menu and bar. Outside food is welcome and two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person, but no other outside beverages. Cost: Free admission through support of the Dunham Fund. Information: RiverEdgeAurora.com or 630-896-6666.

AUG. 5

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 foxcountryplayers@comcast.net.

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: fineline.org.

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: fermilabnaturalareas.org.

AUG. 8

VISIT MUSEUMS AFTER HOURS: 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Aurora. Participating are the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, Grand Army of the Republic Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center, plus the Santori Public Library. The museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Cost: Free, with free trolley rides as part of the evening. information: www.auroradowntown.org.

AUG. 16

“BAT WATCH” IN NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Burnidge Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin. It is led by naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-444-3190, programs@kaneforest.com to register; www.kaneforest.com.

AUG. 17

CONCERT CANCELLATION FOR BRANDY, EN VOGUE AND ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Previously set for Aug. 17, Aurora’s RiverEdge Park. As RiverEdge works to find a mutually agreeable new date, the venue is refunding all tickets in patrons’ original form of payment. Information: 630-896-6666.

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