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Kane home to solar tour, family festivals, documentary, opera

OLD ELBURN HALL OKTOBERFEST (plus Sept. 25 show)
WHERE: The Old Elburn Hall, 130 N. Main St.
WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28
COST AND INFO: Free admission, with no reservations taken; facebook.com/oldelburnhall
ABOUT: The Old Elburn Hall will tap a firkin of beer from Werk Force Brewing for its first Oktoberfest party dubbed Sausage Fest, also offering German and craft beers along with soft drinks. A polka band plays between 4:30 and 8 p.m. Ream's Meat Market will cook traditional sausages and offer homemade sides. The firkin contains Werktoberfest beer, a malty lager made for the season. Traditional costumes are welcome. And check out the Sept. 25 concert by Cassondra featuring Nico DiDonna at www.facebook.com/events/493804731456938.
OLD ELBURN HALL OKTOBERFEST (plus Sept. 25 show) WHERE: The Old Elburn Hall, 130 N. Main St. WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 COST AND INFO: Free admission, with no reservations taken; facebook.com/oldelburnhall ABOUT: The Old Elburn Hall will tap a firkin of beer from Werk Force Brewing for its first Oktoberfest party dubbed Sausage Fest, also offering German and craft beers along with soft drinks. A polka band plays between 4:30 and 8 p.m. Ream's Meat Market will cook traditional sausages and offer homemade sides. The firkin contains Werktoberfest beer, a malty lager made for the season. Traditional costumes are welcome. And check out the Sept. 25 concert by Cassondra featuring Nico DiDonna at www.facebook.com/events/493804731456938.

Readers can post events to the online calendar. Visit bestofthefox.com/calendar, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

SEPT. 26

DISNEY’S “NEWSIES – THE BROADWAY MUSICAL”: Through Oct. 20, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. It’s described as a refreshing, inspirational, feel-good show for the whole family. Jim Corti directs the Broadway Series opener, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. “Newsies” is suggested for ages 8 and older because of some adult language and mild violence. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with four-show packages starting at $72. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.

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.

HOTEL CALIFORNIA’S EAGLES TRIBUTE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Downtread with Lynch Mob featuring George Lynch at 8 p.m. Sept. 27; comedy and conversation with “The Sopranos” cast at 8 p.m. Sept. 28; Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals at 3 p.m. Sept. 29; Air Supply at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29; Adrian Belew from King Crimson at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2; and Rick Wakeman of YES at 8 p.m. Oct. 4, preceded by a VIP option. Information: arcadalive.com.

SEPT. 27

DOCUMENTARY “THE SUPER FOOD CHAIN”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. It explores the facts and myths behind superfoods, and reveals the ripple effect of the superfood industry on farming and fishing families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Haida Gwaii. The film is part of the fourth-Friday film program sponsored by the church’s social justice team. The public is encouraged to register at www.uusg.org/friday-flicks/ to receive email notices of future programs. Cost: Free. Information: www.uusg.org, 630-232-2350.

ROSIE AND THE RIVETS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Tony Ocean, at 3 p.m. Sept. 29; $5 Cover Magic Wednesdays starring John Sturk at 7 p.m. Oct. 2; a Diva Montell lunch and show at noon Oct. 3; “Wine & Die! A Murder Mystery” by Night Moose Improv at 7 p.m. Oct. 3; The Vintage Postcard Band at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4; and virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms as Satchmo in a tribute to Louis Armstrong at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Information: arcadalive.com.

SEPT. 28

SALVATION ARMY’S FIRST FOX VALLEY RIVER RIDE: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at Mount Saint Mary’s Park in St. Charles off Route 31. The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps presents the family-friendly fundraiser to provide support for people in St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva, Aurora, Elgin and surrounding communities. It’s a ride – not a race. Three lengths of suggested trails will be offered for expert, novice and family riders, stretching from Aurora to Carpentersville. At check-in with refreshments, each rider will receive a ride bag containing a route map, goodies, T-shirt and fitness tracker. Tire checks and general maintenance are available on-site. A meal follows. Information: Sign up at www.salvationarmyriverride.org.

ANNUAL HOLMSTAD BAZAAR FUNDRAISER: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Covenant Living at the Holmstad, Route 31 at Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. It will feature wood crafts, designer knits, needle crafts and seasonal wreaths, along with second-hand treasures of jewelry, furniture, books and a flea market, plus plants, a quilt raffle and bird houses. It offers baked goods, candy and gourmet nuts. Coffee, sweets and a light lunch will be available. Credit cards are accepted. Cost: Free admission and free cash drawing. Information: www.covlivingholmstad.org.

ILLINOIS SOLAR TOUR: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at towns across the area such as two homes in Wheaton plus Batavia, Elburn, West Chicago, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, La Grange, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge. More than 130 homes and businesses across the state will open their doors for the event hosted by the Illinois Solar Energy Association. Cost: Free. Information: www.illinoissolartour.org.

CHICAGO BLUES GUITAR LEGEND LURRIE BELL AND BAND: Opening act at 8 p.m. and headliner at 9 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The Vernon St. Blues band opens. The Brother Brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, preceded by The Corner Boys at 7 p.m. Barbaro will play indie newgrass at 8 p.m. Oct. 3, preceded by Pete Jive at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 to $20 for Bell. Information: themusicvenue.org.

BLUE SKY FARM GOAT YOGA: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 8S890 Mighell Road, Sugar Grove. It’s described as a little bit yoga, a little bit animal therapy and a whole lot of fun. Spend an hour interacting with the goats while led through a gentle flow yoga class. Afterwards, one can visit the other animals that call Blue Sky Farm home. Cost: $20 to $35. Information: shawurl.com/3brm.

FINAL EXHIBITION OF FOX RIVER PAINTINGS: Through Nov. 15, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St. 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. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his experiences with the project in a 160-page coffee table book. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: www.theconservationfoundation.org/elginart; to see works in the series for sale, visit artofthefox.org.

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.

APPLE PICKING AND FALL FESTIVITIES: Apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays through October, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. The shop and bakery are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. One can take a scenic ride around the farm on its railroad and enjoy pumpkin farm activities including pig races on the weekends, slide mountain, rat rollers, barnyard ballgames, 5-acre corn maze, jumping pillow, petting zoo, haunted forest and hay rides. Information: kuipersfamilyfarm.com, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 apples grown are available that week.

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.

SEPT. 29

LAZARUS HOUSE PRESENTS “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA” WITH DINNER AND MUSIC: 4:30 p.m., Villa Verone, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Social hour starts at 4:30 p.m. with an Italian buffet dinner donated by Villa Verone, and cash bar available. The concert begins about 6 p.m. and features Vincent McPherson, a local artist who will perform various opera arias and musical pieces. Proceeds support the homeless shelter, its center for transitional living, and outreach program serving men, women and children from Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and western rural Kane Country. Cost: $75. Information: Early reservations suggested by calling Lazarus House at 630-587-2144 or visiting lazarushouse.net/special-events.

KANE COUNTY DOLL SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Information: www.kanecountydollshow.com.

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. Information: 630-584-8485, garfieldfarm.org/calendar.html

OCT. 4

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.

OCT. 5

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Antiques, collectibles, refurbished furniture and holiday decorations will be among the wares offered by the Kane County Flea Market. A country breakfast is served Sundays. The rain-or-shine show is held on the first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Cost: $5 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Information: kanecountyfleamarket.com, 630-377-2252.

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.

OCT. 6

HARVEST DAYS: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, just north of Route 38, Campton Hills. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food are featured at the 1840s living history site. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Cost: $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 13. Information: 630-584-8485, garfieldfarm.org/calendar.html

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.

OCT. 7

“THREADS: A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The center’s chief curator Meg Bero of Batavia and curator Laura Russman co-curated the exhibit. The museum exhibits 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844, mbero@aurora.edu, aurora.edu.

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Indoors, the Chroma exhibit features the work of 40 artists until Oct. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: fineline.org.

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.

HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. 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.

OCT. 10

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.

OCT. 11

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.

OCT. 12

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.

OCT. 18

NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Join naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The evening starts with a brief presentation, and then the group heads out for a flashlight-free night hike. “Creatures of the Night” covers nocturnal animals such as owls, bats and skunks. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-444-3190 or programs@kaneforest.com; www.kaneforest.com.

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