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WHERE: SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., downtown Aurora
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March 30
COST & INFO: Varies;
ABOUT: Children enjoy a bubble station at SciTech Hands On Museum, which is among the Aurora museums offering extended hours during spring break through March 30. The museum is home to more than 200 interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) exhibits that inspire education and imagination.
SCITECH HANDS ON MUSEUM WHERE: SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., downtown Aurora WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March 30 COST & INFO: Varies; ABOUT: Children enjoy a bubble station at SciTech Hands On Museum, which is among the Aurora museums offering extended hours during spring break through March 30. The museum is home to more than 200 interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) exhibits that inspire education and imagination.

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QUEEN OF HEARTS DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays until Aug. 15, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Information:, 630-365-6530.

AUTHOR OF “FROM CHICAGO TO VIETNAM – A MEMOIR OF WAR” TO SPEAK: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Vietnam veteran Michael Duffy will share the story told in his autobiography. Both gritty and intimate, his book includes his experience of the 1968 Tet Offensive. The 19-year-old arrived to a chaotic scene of blasts, explosions and small arms fire. Sprinting to a waiting helicopter, Duffy is lifted above the city, where he gets a bird’s-eye view of Saigon under attack. Books will be available for purchase, and registration is recommended. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or

EVENTS RANGING FROM CHILDREN’S SHOWS TO ROCK BANDS ARE PART OF THE MAINSTAGE THEATER LINEUP AT PHEASANT RUN RESORT: 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. “The Three Little Pigs” will be presented by Chicago Kids Company from March 28 to 30. The one-hour musical adaptation is recommended for children ages 2 to 10. A fairy-tale lunch preceding a performance of “Shrek” will be offered March 30 and 31, joined by characters in the Jambalaya restaurant. “Shrek – The Musical” will be staged through March 31, presented by point2productions, part of Schaumburg on Stage. Dinner-and-show packages are available for most performances. Information:, 630-584-6300,

AURORA MUSEUMS’ EXPANDED HOURS AND DISCOUNTS FOR SPRING BREAK: Through March 30. Aurora Historical Society and Aurora Public Art, both in the David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Place, will have free admission as usual. Aurora Public Art will offer a drop-in family art project from noon to 4 p.m. daily. G.A.R. Museum will open with free admission from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 and noon to 4 p.m. March 30. SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March 30. Aurora Regional Fire Museum will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 30. Information:

A GALLERY EXHIBIT BY CLAYMIRTH CALLED “BENCHMARKS”: Through March 29, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Founded in 1999 at Fine Line, ClayMirth is a collective of ceramics artists who create both functional and decorative pieces. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-9443.

ART EXHIBITIONS: Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through April 6, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Featured are new works by found object sculptor Joe Milosevich and abstract painter Richard DeVeau, who explore the use of text in “Writing on the Wall.” The upstairs gallery shows ceramic works by Ellen Judson and Marcy Rogge in “Clay on the Wall.” Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information:


DON FELDER, FORMERLY OF THE EAGLES, WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will be followed by The Musical Box in a Genesis tribute at 8 p.m. March 30 and 7 p.m. March 31; The Tubes at 7:30 p.m. April 4, joined by Off Broadway; and Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, at 8 p.m. April 5, joined by John Payne of ASIA. Coming up will be a Queen celebration starring Marc Martel, the voice, in part, of Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film at 7:30 p.m. April 25. Information:

“THESE SHINING LIVES” PLAY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 20, The Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, just off Route 25, in downtown Aurora. Based on the true story of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, Melanie Marnich’s play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Reservations are recommended. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military and local police and fire personnel. Information:, 630-897-9496.


CABARET ARTIST ARIANA SAVALAS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m. March 30 and 5 p.m. March 31, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. She is the daughter of late actor Telly Savalas. No Cover Magic Wednesdays will star Ken Mate at 7 p.m. April 3 and Tim Balster on April 10; on Wednesdays only, the club offers half-price bottles of wine, and a $9 deal on flatbread pizzas. Information:


DAVE FLEMING’S TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE CHAPLIN: 2 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Fleming incorporates slapstick, comedy, magic and juggling in his show reminiscent of the Charlie Chaplin silent movie era. Registration is required for the adult program. Cost: Free. Information: Call the reference desk at 630-879-1393, ext. 200, or visit

CELEBRATING LAUNCH OF POETRY BOOK BY CHRISTOPHER KUHL: 2 to 4 p.m., The Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., Suite 103, Geneva. “Everyday I Will Remember” is a collection of poems in two parts – the first about the carrying out of the Holocaust; the second about the relocated survivors’ lives and those of the first generation of children born to them. Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided. Information:

KANE COUNTY DOLL SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: $6 for adults, and free for children age 12 and younger. Information:

CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL BENEFIT PRESENTED BY THE AFTERIMAGE FILM FESTIVAL: 2 p.m., Charlestowne 18 Cinema at the Charlestowne Mall, 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles. Proceeds from CatVideoFest 2019 will benefit the Anderson Animal Shelter. It’s a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from unique submissions, animations, music videos and classic internet favorites. Cost: $6 tickets available through the Classic Cinemas website. Information:


EMOTIONAL WELLNESS WITH DoTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Cost: $10, including two products. Information: Email reservations to;


WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION: Through April 14, Norris Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The Watercolor 2019 show features original works in water-based media. This year’s exhibit includes 113 works by more than 50 artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Free. Information:


ON THE FOX COMEDY FESTIVAL DEBUTS WITH FOUR SHOWS: April 4 to 7, downtown Aurora venues. Among the performers will be St. Charles’ own A-OK Comedy, appearing from 8 to 10 p.m. April 6 at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St. Cost: Free, with donations welcome. Information: Matt Drufke at 815-762-9749 or,


JOHNNY V’S WILDFLOWERS, A TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND: 9:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information:, 630-513-4240.

THE “ARTICULATION” EXHIBITION: Through May 25, Haven Interiors Studio Gallery, 15 S. Third St., Geneva. “ARTiculation” is a visual dialogue by artists Corey Postiglione, Kathie Shaw, George Shipperley and Ted Stanuga. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to Geneva Community Chest. Information:;

FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays, TriCities. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Gaetano’s restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia; and 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays at First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. 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.


NATIVE ART EXHIBIT: Through April 26, Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The exhibit “Becoming – Transformations in American Indian Art” includes Schingoethe contemporary works by some of the nation’s most important American Indian artists. Also on display are story quilts from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Information:,


COMEDIAN CHRIS KATTAN & FRIENDS: April 12 and 13, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information:


FOX RIVER ARTS RAMBLE, A TWO-DAY, SELF-GUIDED TOUR: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and 14, stretching from Aurora and the TriCities to Elgin. The Ramble is a collaborative effort of Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios through Fox River Arts. Some musical performances and receptions are offered in the evening. The event includes nearly 50 locations, featuring open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours and creative spaces. Information:,


BOOK SIGNING: 2 to 4 p.m., Highpoint Church, 2301 Tanner Road, North Aurora. It’s a book release of “Once Upon A Lifetime: The Epic True Story of Corporal William Wesley Bennett, USMC,” a member of Aurora’s Fourth Street United Methodist Church for 60 years. A presentation by author Brent A. Peterson of Yorkville begins at 2:15 p.m. followed by refreshments. Signed copies cost $20. Information: Church office at 630-281-4800.

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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:

“ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS” EXHIBIT: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It explores newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. The exhibit focuses on local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from Southern slave states with a safe avenue to new homes in the Great Lakes area. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: or 630-584-6967.


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:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: 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.


BUNCO NIGHT BY GENEVA WOMEN’S CLUB: 6 to 9 p.m., Eaglebrook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva. The fundraiser offers early bird admission for $25 or $35 after April 15. The master of ceremonies will be Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. The event will have raffle prizes, door prizes, complimentary food, cash bar and wine pull. Information: 630-492-1188,,


NOTHING BUT TREBLE, A WOMEN’S CHORAL ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. April 27, First Presbyterian Church, 240 Standish St., Elgin. The “An American Tapestry” program will celebrate some of America’s greatest composers, singers and arrangers through the decades. The ensemble’s motto is “Strong Women’s Voices United in Song.” Cost: A free will offering is taken at each concert and donations are made to charitable causes. Information:

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