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WHERE: Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29
COST & INFO: Free, with no registration required;, 630-232-4542
ABOUT: The historic Peck Farm Park house will celebrate 150 years with a fun-filled anniversary party. A sampling of events includes kid’s activities and games, sheep-herding demonstrations and butter making.
HISTORIC HOMESTEAD WHERE: Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 COST & INFO: Free, with no registration required;, 630-232-4542 ABOUT: The historic Peck Farm Park house will celebrate 150 years with a fun-filled anniversary party. A sampling of events includes kid’s activities and games, sheep-herding demonstrations and butter making.

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MAKESHIFT, A BAND WITH FOUR SIBLINGS, WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also appearing will be Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones at 9 p.m. June 28; Rosie & The Rivets, 9 p.m. June 29; Sinatra Sundays with Ron's Family Feast and entertainer Jack D'Amito, 3 p.m. June 30; and No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Keith Cobb, 7 p.m. July 3. Information:

MICHAEL PALASCAK: June 27 to 29, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information:

A TRIBUTE TO ELTON JOHN AND STEVIE NICKS WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It features Elton Dan and Gypsies, Doves and Dreams. Other shows include Zeparrella in an all-female salute to Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m. June 28, followed by guitarist Jimmie Vaughan at 8 p.m. June 29; and singer-songwriter Olivia Ports in a benefit for Make-A-Wish at 3 p.m. June 30. Information:

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOWS BY LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS: summer and fall, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. The outdoor show of works by seven artists will remain on the grounds through October. Thirty artists' works are in the indoor exhibit until June 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. 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 now has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.


CONCERT AND MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: This summer, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. The bi-weekly concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through June, with Classical Blast melding classical music into classic rock hits June 28 and 7th Heaven on June 30. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10, with "Ralph Breaks the Internet" on June 29. Cost: Free. Information:

SPAGHETTI DINNER AMONG BENEFIT EVENTS BY VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS: 5 to 8 p.m., Post 1197's riverside banquet hall, 645 S. River St., Batavia. An Ultimate Fighting Challenge takes place July 6 (streaming UFC 239); admission is free for people age 21 and older. Offered will be a cash bar and veteran-run competition barbecue team serving food, with proceeds supporting the post. It's followed by a camping event in August. Cost: Spaghetti dinner tickets cost $10 and include door prize drawings; children age 8 and younger attend for free. Information: 630-879-9630,

ROOTSY FOLK ROCK ARTIST KEVIN PRESBREY STARS: With opening act at 8 p.m. and headliner at 9:30 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place, Aurora. A Jonas Friddle album release party starts at 8 p.m. June 29. Information:


FIVE ROUNDS: 8:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information:, 630-513-4240.

TITANIC EXHIBIT: Through summer, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It's called "Tip of the Iceberg – St. Charles’ Ties to the Titanic." Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Elanor, were returning home to their hometown of St. Charles after visiting Alice’s ill father in Finland. They would survive the sinking. Information:, 630-584-6967.


PRAIRIE WALK, HISTORIC TOURS, SETTLER'S EVE DANCE: Coming week, Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Township. Drop-in tours are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday until Sept. 29. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Suggested donation is $4 for adults, $3 for children. A prairie walk is from 9 a.m. to noon June 30. Reservations are encouraged and a $6 donation. A Settler's Eve Dance at 7 p.m. July 6 celebrates the 1835 arrival of the Culbertsons and the 1841 arrival of the Garfields to the farm with traditional 1840s reels and squares dances in the restored 1842 threshing barn. It will have live dulcimer and fiddle music with a dance caller and instructor. Reservations are required, with suggested $10 donation. Homemade pies will be available. Information:

OPERA ARIA TO BE SUNG BY SOLANGE SIOR AS PART OF RELATED CHURCH SERVICE AND BROADCAST: 9 a.m., Elgin First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The two-month theme is "Proverbial Opera," an exploration of King Solomon. The service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM). The noted soprano will sing "Ebben! Ne andro lontana" from "La Wally" by Alfredo Catalani, made popular in the movie "Diva." Services with arias and varied performers will continue July 7, 14 and 28, and Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Information:


SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. Schedule: July 3 - "Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax"; July 10 - "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"; July 17 - "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part"; July 24 - celebrate Christmas in July with "Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch"; July 31 - "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"; and Aug. 7 - "Wonder Park." The series will be shown at all Classic Cinemas locations. Cost: $1; groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a group rate that includes refreshments. Information: Reservation forms for groups at

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM STORE: Reopened for the season, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information:, 630-443-8253.


FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS WITH TRIBUTE BAND BRUCE IN THE USA, FIREWORKS AND AMERICAN LEGION BAND: 7:30 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. (Route 25), Aurora. At 7 p.m. July 5, a tribute to the Grateful Dead will be performed by the Dark Star Orchestra. Information:, 630-896-6666.


BRITISH ROCK STARS INCLUDING YES: 6:30 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. It also features Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performances, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. Cost: $29 each or four for $99 for general admission, with reserved and VIP seats also offered. Information:, 630-896-6666, or the box office at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday; tickets also will be sold on-site.


RIVER PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m. each Sunday in July, the park’s stone amphitheater at 151 N. River Lane, Geneva, off Peyton Street. The series is sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. Appearing July 7 will be the Illinois Brass Band playing Broadway, marches and pop, followed July 14 by Alibi Classic playing rock and Motown favorites; July 21, The MacCartyns Harmony offering rock from the late 1960s; and July 28, Northside Brass musicians who have performed with such artists as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnics. In case of inclement weather, performances will move inside the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St. Cost: Free, but donations to the commission are welcome. Information:, 630-938-4530.

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.

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:


FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS SEEKS DIRECTORS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: For upcoming theatrical season, based at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The season includes two musicals, "Children of Eden," to be performed Oct. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," set for April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Rehearsals and performances take place at Waubonsee. All production roles are non-Equity and the director will be paid. Information: People may email resume and complete contact information to

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:


FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS: 10 a.m. to noon, University of Illinois Extension office, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. An extension educator will share updated guidelines on canning with the "Yes, You Can: Preserving Safely” presentation. Cost: $8, which also includes pressure canner gauge testing. Information: Register a week in advance or more at


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.


GROOVIN' IN THE GROVE CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m., on the lawn of the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S Municipal Drive. The Bare Hambones will appear July 12, followed by The Beach Bum Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 9, and The Tyler Krienitz Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 13. It's presented by the Sugar Grove Arts and Entertainment Committee. The Fox Valley Park District has provided a professional showtruck to enhance the experience. Cost: Free. Information: 630-466-4686,


THE ERA OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT WILL BE RECALLED DURING THE DEDICATION OF THE RESTORED 1906 DAIRY BARN: 5 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Township, five miles west of Geneva. Joe Wiegand will portray Roosevelt, sharing stories of his youth, his adventures and selfless dedication to American values at the dawn of the 20th century.  Advanced ticket purchase is required. To purchase tickets for $50 online, go to the "donate" page and enter "barn dedication" in the "special instruction" box. 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.


COCKTAILS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Appleton Park on River Walk just east of Batavia Government Center. It offers live music, drinks and small plates. Information:

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