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Kane home to fall fests, family fun, theater and art

WHERE: Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6
COST AND INFO: Free to spectators; 630-365-6315,
ABOUT: The annual Fall Classic All Wheel Car Show is an Elburn Lions Club fundraiser that revs up the first Sunday in October. Around 300 to 400 cars and motorcycles take part rain or shine.
ELBURN CAR SHOW WHERE: Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St. WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 COST AND INFO: Free to spectators; 630-365-6315, ABOUT: The annual Fall Classic All Wheel Car Show is an Elburn Lions Club fundraiser that revs up the first Sunday in October. Around 300 to 400 cars and motorcycles take part rain or shine.

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OCT. 3

“WINE & DIE! A MURDER MYSTERY” BY NIGHT MOOSE IMPROV WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be The Vintage Postcard Band at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4; virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms as Satchmo in a tribute to Louis Armstrong at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5; $5 Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Dennis Christie at 7 p.m. Oct. 9; Jonny Lyons & The Pride at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; and Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Information:

BARBARO PLAYING INDIE NEWGRASS: Opening act at 7 p.m. and headliner at 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Pete Jive opens. The movie “Purple Rain” will be screened at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 for free. Folk and bluegrass songwriter Jonas Friddle will appear at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 5, with opening act Eric Lambert and Josh McPartland at 8 p.m. Cost: $10 to $20 for Barbaro and $15 to $25 for Friddle. Information:

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:, 630-896-6666.

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

OCT. 4

“MURDER ON THE NILE” BY AGATHA CHRISTIE: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5, Albright Community Theatre, 100 N. Island Ave., third floor of Batavia Government Center. Kay Ridgeway embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. A murder places all the passengers under scrutiny as tension and claustrophobia build. The show is rated PG. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-406-8838,

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 Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 847-931-5900.

RICK WAKEMAN OF YES IS PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 5 p.m. VIP event and 8 p.m. show, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by the Killer Queen tribute show at 8 p.m. Oct. 5; The Glenn Miller Orchestra at 3 p.m. Oct. 6; a silent film, “The Cat and the Canary,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, described as the original haunted mansion horror comedy; a Tuscan Under the Moon Dinner with Ron Onesti at 7 p.m. Oct. 9; Tusk in a Fleetwood Mac tribute at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; Firehouse & Vixen at 8 p.m. Oct. 11; and Blue Öyster Cult at 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Information:

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:; to see works in the series for sale, visit

OCT. 5

GIANT STEPS 5K FOR AUTISM 5K: 9 a.m. to noon, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Giant Steps presents its 13th annual Be My Hero 5K Walk for Autism. It offers a morning filled with health and wellness exercises as well as other activities for the whole family. The event is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers. Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school that serves students and young adults with autism by providing education, therapeutic services and after-school recreational programs. Participants can register for the 5K as an individual or a team to help raise money. Information:

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FALL FARM FESTIVAL: Through October, Windy Acres Farm, 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. Attractions include the freshly renovated Buttermilk Barnyard Petting Zoo, a new corn stalk maze, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, miniature golf, a zip line, giant inflatable slides on weekends, moon bouncers, an electric kiddie train, and a children’s play area with Charlotte’s Tangle Web, rock climbing, pedal tractors, rubber duckie races, horsey swing corral, and the roping rodeo toss. Homemade treats include fruit pies, and the farm stand offers an array of homegrown produce. Cost: Prices vary. Information:, 630-232-6429.

ONESTI’S WILD WEST TOWN’S FALL FESTIVAL: Saturdays and Sundays through October. All children age 12 and younger will receive a free pumpkin when they trade beads with Chief Great Eagle upon riding the park’s historic train. Big Al’s Ice Cream Saloon will offer fall treats. The Wild West Stunt Show, gold panning mine, a children’s craft center, pumpkin painting, tomahawk throwing, an escape room, museum and pony rides are part of the experience. For older kids and adults from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, there will be a Wild West Haunted Ghost Town, for which admission costs $15. Fall Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $19 per person, free admission for children younger than 4 and grandparents. Information:, 815-923-9000.

FALL FINE ART GLASS SPECTACULAR: Through Oct. 27, Murano Midwest Gallery and Gardens, 8N665 Edgewood Road, Campton Hills. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. various weekend dates. View a broad range of fine art glass sculptures from such artists as Afro Celotto, Dan Alexander, Cristiano Toso, Ben Tullman, Adriano Dalla Valentina and Alexis Silk. Cost: Free admission. Information: Registration offered at 630-858-0000,

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:, 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,

OCT. 6

“SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY” WITH ROBIN ROTELA AND DIANA STOIC: 4 p.m., Vero Voce Theater, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. They will perform a collection of songs from the 1920s to 1960s – everything from the Broadway classics of Rodgers and Hammerstein to the jazz standards of George Gershwin, plus popular hits of the Tin Pan Alley era. Cost: $15, $12 for seniors and students. Information: 630-584-0139,

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:

OCT. 7

SCREENING OF HITCHCOCK’S “THE BIRDS”: 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. It’s rated PG-13. Cost: $1. Information: 630-896-6666,

“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 shows 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,,

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:

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:

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:

OCT. 8

END OF GARDEN PICKLE CLASS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Crunchy white cauliflower, tangy green tomatoes, peppers, green beans and perhaps a squash – all veggies are welcome to join in the party. Bring an apron, knife and cutting board. Cost: $35 or two for $60. Information: Register at

OCT. 10

“GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS”: Various daytime performances Oct. 10 to 25, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The musical adaptation recommended for children ages 2 to 10 is presented by Chicago Kids Company. Cost: $14. 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 has video slot machines. Information:, 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:

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.

OCT. 11

SUBJECT AND DIRECTOR AT SCREENING OF “THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES”: 7:30 p.m., Fermilab, off Kirk and Road and Pine Street, Batavia. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Anne Innis Dagg, the subject of the film, and the director of the film, Alison Reid. It’s part of the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series. Cost: $8. 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.

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,

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;

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