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Kane home to jazz, comedy, festivals and family fun

FUNWAY ATTRACTIONS
WHERE: 1335 S. River St. (Route 25), Batavia
WHEN: Open daily
COST AND INFO: Fees vary; 630-879-8717, funway.com
ABOUT: Funway is Illinois' largest entertainment center, offering everything from a roller rink to bowling, arcade games, and outdoor attractions. Don Sinnott (shown) rounds a corner while trying out a new, fifth-of-a-mile winding go-kart track. The entertainment center's recent expansion also includes an 18-hole miniature golf course.
FUNWAY ATTRACTIONS WHERE: 1335 S. River St. (Route 25), Batavia WHEN: Open daily COST AND INFO: Fees vary; 630-879-8717, funway.com ABOUT: Funway is Illinois' largest entertainment center, offering everything from a roller rink to bowling, arcade games, and outdoor attractions. Don Sinnott (shown) rounds a corner while trying out a new, fifth-of-a-mile winding go-kart track. The entertainment center's recent expansion also includes an 18-hole miniature golf course.

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SEPT. 5

ALEX MURPHY JAZZ TRIO IN AUTUMN-THEMED PROGRAM: 8 p.m., Vero Voce Theater at 3755 E. Main St., Suite 158, St. Charles. Cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with advance ticket purchase recommended. Information: verovoce.com or 630-584-0139.

COMEDIAN ROB SHERWOOD: Sept. 5 to 7, Zanies comedy club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-524-0001, st-charles.zanies.com.

THE SWEET WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy at 8 p.m. Sept. 6; Kix and Quiet Riot at 8 p.m. Sept. 7; The Diamonds and The Crystals at 5 p.m. Sept. 8; Buster Keaton in the silent film “Three Ages” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; and The Soul Commitments and Van Morrison tribute at 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Information: arcadalive.com.

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM STORE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Information: heritageprairiefarm.com; check website for dates of dinners at the farm.

DETROIT’S LAURA RAIN AND THE CAESARS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be The StingRays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6; no cover for either show. Next up will be the Rhythm Rockets at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Vince Amore, at 3 p.m. Sept. 8; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring John Measner at 7 p.m. Sept. 11; and Jonny Lyons & The Pride at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Information: arcadalive.com.

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.

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SEPT. 6

OUTDOOR SHOW BY AARON KAMM AND THE ONE DROPS: 8 p.m., River’s Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. If show moves indoors because of poor weather, the music will start at 9 p.m. Cost: $12. Information: 630-406-9200, theriversedgebatavia.com.

“BROADWAY GENDER BENDERS” LAUNCHING SEASON: Sept. 6 to 22, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. The musical revue is conceived, directed and orchestrated by Douglas Orlyk. It features Broadway hits with a twist: The ladies sing “men’s” songs and vice versa. The cast stars Marc Beth of St. Charles, Karen Bronson of Oak Park, Tony Calzaretta of Schaumburg, Terry Christiansen of St. Charles, Pam Hart of West Chicago, James Mueller of Chicago, Christine Pfenninger of Lombard and Barb Rieger of Elmhurst. Information: steelbeamtheatre.com, 630-587-8521.

FIRST FRIDAYS IMPROV COMEDY: 8 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. GreenRoom Productions’ improvisers take audience suggestions and turn them into comic theater pieces. It’s a semi-professional, ensemble-based troupe. “With competing improv teams, improvised songs, audience members on stage, and tons of energy, these family-friendly shows are ones you won’t soon forget,” according to organizers. Cash bar is offered. The next dates are Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information: cityofelgin.org/calendar.aspx?eid=8722, 847-931-5900.

ELGIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Sept. 6 to 15, Elgin sites including the Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Information: www.elginfringefestival.com.

SEPT. 7

HISTORIC ELGIN HOUSE TOUR: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8, starting at 364 Division St., Elgin. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 the day of tour, $5 less for seniors, and $10 for students age 18 and younger. Information: historicelginhousetour.com.

UNITED FALL FEST: 3 to 10 p.m., Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles. There will be live music, a classic car show, bags tournament, bouncy houses, face painting, reptile show, outdoor movie, food, beverages and fireworks. All proceeds benefit charity. Cost: Pay only for concessions, face painting and hay ride. Information: unitedfallfest.com.

SUGAR GROVE FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through September, village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center parking lot, 10 Municipal Drive. Information: www.sugargrovechamber.org/news-posts/sugar-grove-farmers-market-2.

ANTONY AND THE TRAMPS: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Cost: $10 to $15 in advance, $5 more at the door. Information: themusicvenue.org.

APPLE PICKING SEASON: Saturdays and Sundays through October, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. One also can visit the shop and bakery open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $10.99 per person, which includes a quarter-peck bag of apples; admission is free for children age 2 and younger. Information: kuipersfamilyfarm.com, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 grown are available that week.

SEPT. 8

THE NINTH ANNUAL 5K DOG WALK & FUN RUN BY THE OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOM AWARENESS ORGANIZATION: 8:30 a.m. to noon, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, Shelter 2, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Scott Mackay of 95.9 The River returns as master of ceremonies, and dogs will be available for adoption from groups including Midwest Greyhound Adoption and H.E.L.P. (Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets). The event raises funds for the One Health approach to educating pet owners and those who work with pets about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer. Cost: $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $25 for students, $10 for dogs, and free for children younger than 12. Information: ovariancancersymptomawareness.org/events.

RECYCLE THE DAY BAND TO PERFORM AT CHURCH’S COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Noon to 3 p.m., Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive, Geneva. There will be food trucks and activities for children and adults, including a beer tent, ax throwing, car show, pony rides and petting zoo. Raffles include Bears tickets. Proceeds from the Last Call Before Fall festival will benefit Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Cost: Admission and parking are free. Information: LastCall@rejoicegeneva.org, rejoicegeneva.org.

TOURS AT GARFIELD FARM MUSEUM: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday through Sept. 29, 3N016 Garfield Road, just north of Route 38, Campton Hills. It’s open year-round by appointment. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Check the website for prairie tours and a variety of events. Information: 630-584-8485, garfieldfarm.org/calendar.html.

SCANDINAVIAN DAY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. The 40th annual festival will offer live music, food and beverages, crafts, pony rides, face painting, children’s playground, Vendor Walkway, living history booths along the Fox River and beer tasting. Events will open at 10:30 a.m. with an outdoor church worship service. ABBA Dancing Queen performs at 12:30 p.m., plus Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago, Chicago Swedish Glee Club and Leikarringen Heimhug Dancers. Montgomery-based Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge will make waffles with lingonberries, and members will offer Norwegian knit items, collectibles and homemade cookies, breads and Norwegian cakes. Cost: $10, free for children 12 and younger. Information: 847-695-6720, scandinaviandayil.com.

SEPT. 9

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers various departure dates and times. 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.

SEPT. 10

ART EXHIBIT “COSMIC DESIGN” BY SHANTHI CHANDRASEKAR: Until Oct. 28, Fermilab, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. 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.

SEPT. 13

THE TYLER KRIENITZ BAND CAPPING GROOVIN’ IN THE GROVE: 7 p.m., 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.

RECEPTION FOR FINAL EXHIBITION OF FOX RIVER PAINTINGS: 6 to 8 p.m., Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St. Show runs Sept. 14 to Nov. 15. A “Fox River Testimony” collection of original Fox River oil paintings is by plein air artist Joel Sheesley, artist-in-residence for The Conservation Foundation’s Art of the Fox program. He will give a brief talk at the reception at 7 p.m. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his experiences with the project in a 160-page coffee table book, which will be available for purchase, along with a selection of prints. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: The reception is free, but registration is required at www.theconservationfoundation.org/elginart. Information: To see works in the series for sale, visit artofthefox.org.

NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES KICK OFF WITH FLYING SQUIRRELS: 7 to 8 p.m., Elburn Forest Preserve, 45W061 Route 38. Join naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for the monthly after-hours programs. The evening starts with a brief presentation, and then the group heads out for a flashlight-free night hike. Next will be “Cicada Songs & Katydid Calls” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road, Elgin. “Creatures of the Night” follows from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. It covers nocturnal animals such as owls, bats and skunks. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: Register for one or more programs at 630-444-3190 or programs@kaneforest.com; www.kaneforest.com.

SEPT. 14

SINGER-SONGWRITER MICHAEL HEATON AND HIS BAND: 8 p.m., Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. Small Shiny Things will open the night. All door proceeds will go to benefit 4-year-old Victoria “Turtle” Williams and her family as they fight pediatric cancer. Cost: $10 donation. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The concert also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the indoor Harris Theater at Millennium Park in Chicago. The ESO kicks off its 70th season with Liszt and Rachmaninoff, conducted by Music Director Andrew Grams and featuring pianist Dinara Klinton. Information: elginsymphony.org.

BATAVIA ROAD RALLY: Team check-in at 1:30 p.m., Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St. Batavia Park District debuts an excursion into Batavia as participants compete through a series of hints, clues and activities. Teams will earn points along the route as they test their knowledge of Batavia history and navigation of the city. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 12. The Eastside Community Center playground dedication will take place immediately after the Road Rally at 4:30 p.m., and will include a ribbon-cutting, family games and giveaways. Cost: Rally fee is $10 per team. Information: To register, call 630-879-5235 or visit bataviaparks.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.

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.

SEPT. 15

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.

SEPT. 16

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.

SEPT. 19

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.

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.

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.

SEPT. 20

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.

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