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Kane home to Bug Fest, corn boil, comedy, back-to-school fun

BUG FEST
WHERE: Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park, on Route 25 north of Route 56, between Batavia and North Aurora
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17
COST AND INFO: Free admission; foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/free-bug-fest-2, 630-897-1808
ABOUT: Insects and the fascinating world of bugs will take center stage at the family-friendly, stroller-friendly event. The 10th anniversary Bug Fest features fun and educational attractions with a swarm of bug-related activities, demonstrations and crafts. One can enjoy the pollinator express for $2 a ride or unlimited rides for $10, with tickets available online. Because parking is limited at the site, free event shuttle service is offered at nearby Schneider Elementary School at 304 Banbury Road, North Aurora.
BUG FEST WHERE: Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park, on Route 25 north of Route 56, between Batavia and North Aurora WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 COST AND INFO: Free admission; foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/free-bug-fest-2, 630-897-1808 ABOUT: Insects and the fascinating world of bugs will take center stage at the family-friendly, stroller-friendly event. The 10th anniversary Bug Fest features fun and educational attractions with a swarm of bug-related activities, demonstrations and crafts. One can enjoy the pollinator express for $2 a ride or unlimited rides for $10, with tickets available online. Because parking is limited at the site, free event shuttle service is offered at nearby Schneider Elementary School at 304 Banbury Road, North Aurora.

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AUG. 15

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 has video slot machines. Information: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

GENEVA CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through August, Fourth and James streets behind Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. It also features food and a disc jockey. Cost: Free. Information: www.geneva.il.us/calendar.aspx?EID=2097.

AUG. 16

DIONNE WARWICK: 8 p.m. Aug. 16, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. (Route 25), Aurora. She will star in “An Evening with Dionne Warwick.” Other standouts at the park will include Poi Dog Pondering at 8 p.m. Aug. 24. Cost: Prices vary. Information: RiverEdgeAurora.com, Paramount Theatre box office at 630-896-6666.

“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.

THE VERVE PIPE CAPPING CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m., Chicago Premium Outlets’ green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. “Party in the Park” concludes with Michigan-based, American rock band The Verve Pipe. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information: premiumoutlets.com/chicago.

COMEDIAN MIKE TOOMEY WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be an R&B jam with Sam Savage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17; Sinatra Sundays featuring Ron’s Family Feast with Vince Amore at 3 p.m. Aug. 18; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Mike DiDomenico at 7 p.m. Aug. 21; an R&B lunch with Sam Savage at noon Aug. 22; and Tony Ocean and the Turn Back Time band at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Information: arcadalive.com.

WEST SUBURBAN PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON’S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED “FASTING COUGARS”: Now to Aug. 31, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.

STC LIVE! PROVIDING SUMMER FUN: Every Wednesday and Friday evening through Aug. 30, various venues in downtown St. Charles. Information: downtownstcharles.org/stclive.

AUG. 17

BACK TO SCHOOL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It offers games, activities, crafts and a birds of prey presentation. Food will be available for purchase. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-232-4542, genevaparks.org.

‘LEAVE IT TO BEAVER’ STARS AT ALL NIGHT FLEA MARKET: 3 p.m. Aug. 17 until 3 a.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Bringing celebrities and collectibles to town will be the Wheaton All Night Flea Market, this year highlighting the stars of television’s “Leave It to Beaver” – on hand will be Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers. Other celebrities include Kristy McNichol of TV’s “Family.” Cost: $9 per adult, free for children age 12 and younger. Information: 715-526-9769, zurkopromotions.com/wheaton-illinois-all-night-flea-market.

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.

AUG. 18

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING PERFORMANCE FOLLOWING LAST INSTALLMENT OF OPERA ARIAS TIED TO CHURCH SERVICE AND BROADCAST: 9 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 18, Elgin First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM). Fox Valley Lyrical Productions (formerly Soirée Lyrique) will hold a benefit event at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at the church, following the last event of the series. While listening to the acclaimed singers at the benefit, audience members can enjoy refreshments and view auction items. The group is asking for donations only. Information: foxvalleylyricalproductions.org.

AUG. 19

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.

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.

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AUG. 21

RECEPTION FOR ART EXHIBIT BY SHANTHI CHANDRASEKAR: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Fermilab, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show “Cosmic Design” will be on display until Oct. 28. A gallery talk is planned at noon Aug. 21. Chandrasekar is a multimedia and multidisciplinary artist with degrees in physics and psychology. Her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. The gallery is free and open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Information: events.fnal.gov/art-gallery.

STORY TIMES AT CREEK BEND NATURE CENTER: 10:30 to about 11:15 a.m., LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the St. Charles Public Library host the series for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. The program will feature finger plays, stories and songs. Cost: Free. Information: kaneforest.com, 630-444-3190.

AUG. 22

ART EXHIBITS: Through Sept. 7, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The “Water Street Studios’ Artist Collective Group Show” hangs in the Dempsey Family Gallery and Dave Sobotka’s photography exhibition titled “two-sides” in the upstairs gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. WSSAC members include Jeffrey Brooks, Richard DeVeau, Maureen Gasek, Lisa Goesling, Deborah Glascott, David Hauptschein, Chris Hodge, Kevin Hunter, Lisa Hutler, Anke Korioth, Bill McGrath, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, Colin Sherrell, Steve Sherrell, Perry Slade, Carol Weber, David Wensel and Angela Wilson. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

AUG. 23

BHS CORN BOIL: 5 to 7 p.m., Batavia High School. The marching band, dance and cheer members will entertain the fans. Proceeds benefit Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School athletic programs. Cost: Admission is free, with tickets for meals available online and at the door for $8 for adults, $7 for students, $28 for family of four and $5 for senior citizens age 60 and older. Information: bataviabulldogboosters.org/Corn-Boil-Tickets-2015-Adul.

AUG. 24

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.

AUG. 25

GENEVA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, South Third Street in downtown Geneva, plus displayed vehicles on bordering cross streets. The show is preceded by special events detailed on the website, all part of the fundraising that this year benefits the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva. The world-class display will include antique, classic and modern automobiles. For 2019, a special focus will include Stutz, Allard, fin-tailed automobiles, the centennial of Bentley and the Sports Car Club of America’s Diamond Anniversary. Cost: Free to spectators. Information: genevaconcours.net.

HEIRLOOM GARDEN SHOW: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, Garfield Farm Museum, five miles west of Geneva, just north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Gardeners show off their favorite heirloom flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, important to promoting historic genetic diversity. There are no fees for exhibitors. Lectures are welcome. Visitors can check out the museum’s own antique flower garden. There will be tours of the 1846 teamster inn and tavern and the museum’s prairie. Cost: $6 donation for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger. Information: 630-584-8485, info@garfieldfarm.org,

FAMILY FUN DAY: noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Peck Farm. It offers roast marshmallows around the campfire, games and other festivities. Picnics are welcome. Cost: $5 per Geneva Park District resident and $7 for a nonresident; use code 3611928-02 to register. Information: 630-232-4542, or genvaparks.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.

AUG. 26

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. 27

ESSENTIAL OILS AND YOGA MAKE-AND-TAKE WORKSHOP AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, where the farm store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: $20. Information: RSVP to Libby at lcpelka@gmail.com; heritageprairiefarm.com; check website for dates of dinners at the farm.

AUG. 29

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. 30

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.

SEPT. 13

THE TYLER KRIENITZ BAND CAPPING GROOVIN’ IN THE GROVE: 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Lawn of Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive. The concert is suitable for residents of all ages and attendees may picnic, bring a lawn chair and an adult beverage. The series is presented by the Sugar Grove Arts and Entertainment Committee. In case of a rain cancellation, the show will be rescheduled to the following Sunday afternoon, if possible. Cost: Free. Information: 630-466-4686, www.facebook.com/groovin60554, groovininthegrove60554@gmail.com.

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