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CONTRA DANCE PLUS ROOSEVELT
WHERE: Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills
WHEN: Settlers dance at 7 p.m. July 6 and Roosevelt event at 5 p.m. July 13
COST & INFO: Donation of $10 for dance; $50 for Roosevelt benefit with advance purchase required; 630-584-8485, info@garfieldfarm.org, garfieldfarm.org
ABOUT: At the dedication of the restored 1906 dairy barn, Joe Wiegand will portray Theodore Roosevelt, sharing stories of his youth, his adventures and dedication to country. A Settler's Eve Dance 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; homemade pies will be available. Drop-in tours are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday until Sept. 29.
CONTRA DANCE PLUS ROOSEVELT WHERE: Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills WHEN: Settlers dance at 7 p.m. July 6 and Roosevelt event at 5 p.m. July 13 COST & INFO: Donation of $10 for dance; $50 for Roosevelt benefit with advance purchase required; 630-584-8485, info@garfieldfarm.org, garfieldfarm.org ABOUT: At the dedication of the restored 1906 dairy barn, Joe Wiegand will portray Theodore Roosevelt, sharing stories of his youth, his adventures and dedication to country. A Settler's Eve Dance 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; homemade pies will be available. Drop-in tours are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday until Sept. 29.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit planitkane.com, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

JULY 4

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. American English will appear at 8 p.m. July 12. Information: RiverEdgeAurora.com, 630-896-6666.

JULY 5

THE METEORS APPEARING FOR ’60S NIGHT AS PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Cadillac Casanovas playing rockabilly at 9 p.m. July 6; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast and vocalist Lee Stevens, 3 p.m. July 7; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Marshall Brodien Jr., 7 p.m. July 10; and Alain Quinn and Voja, 7:30 p.m. July 11. Information: arcadalive.com.

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: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

JULY 6

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. July 6 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7, 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.

MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: This summer, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10. Schedule is July 6, “Night at the Museum”; July 13, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”; July 20, “Homeward Bound”; July 27, “Finding Nemo”; Aug. 3, “Back to the Future”; and Aug. 10, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Cost: Free. Information: shopgenevacommons.com/portfolio-items/2019-summer-concert-series.

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 performance, 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: RiverEdgeAurora.com, 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.

JULY 9

A SILENT FILM NIGHT WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It features a Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton comedy showcase, with live accompaniment by organist Jay Warren on Arcada’s 1926 pipe organ. Cost: $10. Information: arcadalive.com.

ESSENTIAL OILS PROGRAM AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM FARMHOUSE: 6:30 p.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, where the farm store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The doTerra essential oils program includes alternative sunscreen and other products. Cost: $10 for workshop; register at lcpelka@gmail.com. Information: heritageprairiefarm.com, 630-443-8253.

JULY 10

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. Schedule: 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 www.classiccinemas.com/wmms.

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 at go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk.

JULY 11

GENEVA CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6 to 8 p.m., Fourth and James streets behind the Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. The shows are sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Information: www.geneva.il.us/calendar.aspx?EID=2097.

AMMA WILL BE LEADING PROGRAMS AT HER CENTER IN ELBURN: July 11 to 13, M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Road, Elburn. Amma, one of India’s beloved spiritual leaders and an internationally known humanitarian, will visit her center. Individuals may experience a personal blessing (hug) from Amma, enjoy inspirational live music, meditation, spiritual discourse, healing arts and vegetarian food throughout the three days of public programs. Cost: Free. Information: chicago@macenters.org, 630-387-5077, macenters.org.

KEVIN MCCAFFREY: July 11 to 13, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information: st-charles.zanies.com.

VISIT MUSEUMS AFTER HOURS: 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 and Aug. 8, downtown Aurora. Participating are the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, Grand Army of the Republic Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center, plus the Santori Public Library. The museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Cost: Free, with free trolley rides as part of the evening. Information: www.auroradowntown.org.

MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8:30 p.m., Moore Park in Geneva. Between now and Aug. 1, the Park District will show films, including “Mary Poppins Returns,” July 11, Wheeler Park; and “The Meg,” rated PG-13, Aug. 1, River Park. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information: genevaparks.org.

JULY 12

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 show truck to enhance the experience. Cost: Free. Information: 630-466-4686, groovininthegrove60554@gmail.com.

RECEPTION FOR ART EXHIBITION BY FATHER AND SON – PAINTER AND DIGITAL ARTIST STEVE SHERRELL AND SCULPTOR COLIN SHERRELL: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Show runs to Aug. 3. The upstairs space will display “Aurora Art League – Celebrating 100 Years of Art in the Fox Valley.” A cash bar is available. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

“SEUSSICAL” MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. July 12, 13, 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. July 14 and 21, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Up and Coming Theatre Company and Elgin Summer Theatre partner in the production. Cost: $20, $15 for students, seniors and kids, and $25 at the door. Information: Tickets at 847-931-5900, www.hemmens.org.

WINDMILL CITY FESTIVAL: July 12 to 14, Batavia Riverwalk, downtown Batavia. It will feature live music, food booths, beer garden, pet parade, talent show, golf challenge, craft and vintage market, children’s activities and games. Cost: Free admission. Information: windmillcityfest.org.

JULY 13

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: garfieldfarm.org.

THE SMILEY TILLMON BAND: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place, Aurora. Information: themusicvenue.org.

“FIREFLY FIREWORKS” IN NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Campton Forest Preserve, 4N379 Town Hall Road, St. Charles. It is led by naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. In August, “Bat Watch” is offered from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Aug. 16 at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-444-3190, programs@kaneforest.com to register; www.kaneforest.com.

JULY 18

BEACH BALL BONANZA: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. So Long Summer & Swim is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost: Events included with regular admission fee. Information: 630-879-5235, bataviaparks.org.

JULY 19

PHAMOUS MOCKINGBIRD: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The schedule also presents Five Rounds at 8:30 p.m. July 20. Information: otpwasco.com, 630-513-4240.

THE POSIES IN CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m., Chicago Premium Outlets’ green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. “Party in the Park” features the Seattle-bred, power pop group, and will close with Michigan-based, American rock band The Verve Pipe on Aug. 16. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information: premiumoutlets.com/chicago.

JULY 20

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: downtownbatavia.com.

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.

JULY 22

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.

JULY 23

ILLINOIS BRASS BAND IN OUTDOOR SHOW: 7 p.m., GreenFields of Geneva, 0N801 Friendship Way, at main entrance parking lot. It will feature the 30-piece Illinois Brass Band, and will wrap up with the group called Unscheduled Tour, complemented by a car show, at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-984-5311 or www.GreenFieldsGeneva.org/Summer.

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 foxcountryplayers@comcast.net.

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.

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: stcmuseum.org/events, 630-584-6967.

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers daily departures from June through August. Information: 630-584-234, stcriverboats.com.

JULY 25

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.

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

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.

JULY 26

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.

JULY 28

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.

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