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Kane home to Illinois' largest folk music festival, flea market, goat yoga, leading scientist

FOX VALLEY FOLK MUSIC AND STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
WHERE: Island Park at routes 38 and 31, Geneva, with parking on both sides of the Fox River
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2; plus 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1 for barn dance followed by ghost stories
COST AND INFO: Suggested donation is $25 per day for adults or $15 for teens and elders, free for children age 12 and younger; foxvalleyfolk.com, 630-897-3655
ABOUT: Dozens of musical acts will converge for the 43rd annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival on the Labor Day weekend. It's been a labor of love for the volunteer-led Fox Valley Folklore Society who will present 100 hours of folk music, dance, stories and workshops on eight stages, along with food, artisan vendors and a children's area. People are welcome to bring picnics. Barring extreme weather conditions, performances go on rain or shine.
FOX VALLEY FOLK MUSIC AND STORYTELLING FESTIVAL WHERE: Island Park at routes 38 and 31, Geneva, with parking on both sides of the Fox River WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2; plus 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1 for barn dance followed by ghost stories COST AND INFO: Suggested donation is $25 per day for adults or $15 for teens and elders, free for children age 12 and younger; foxvalleyfolk.com, 630-897-3655 ABOUT: Dozens of musical acts will converge for the 43rd annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival on the Labor Day weekend. It's been a labor of love for the volunteer-led Fox Valley Folklore Society who will present 100 hours of folk music, dance, stories and workshops on eight stages, along with food, artisan vendors and a children's area. People are welcome to bring picnics. Barring extreme weather conditions, performances go on rain or shine.

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AUG. 29

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TAKE PART IN CULVER’S BENEFIT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29, participating locations across the region including St. Charles and North Aurora. The event is called “ButterBurgers & Badges.” Officers will provide table service for guests dining inside, and will assist at the drive-thru, collecting donations for their service. And $1 for every purchase of any size Culver’s Concrete Mixer will benefit Special Olympics. Athletes will be on-site to meet and greet guests. Information: www.soill.org/event/butterburgers-and-badges.

ELIOT CHANG: Aug. 29 to 31, Zanies comedy club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up is Rob Sherwood from Sept. 5 to 7. Information: 630-524-0001, st-charles.zanies.com.

SOULSHINE IN AN ALLMAN BROTHERS TRIBUTE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Big Suit in a tribute to The Talking Heads at 8 p.m. Aug. 30; Faces of the King tribute to Elvis at 8 p.m. Aug. 31; The Sweet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; and Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy at 8 p.m. Sept. 6. Information: arcadalive.com.

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.

JONNY LYONS & THE PRIDE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Aug. 30; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Jeff Jay at 7 p.m. Sept. 4; Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; and The StingRays at 9 p.m. Sept. 6. Information: arcadalive.com.

THIS SUMMER’S LAST GENEVA CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 5 to 8 p.m., Fourth and James streets behind Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. It also features food and a disc jockey. Cost: Free. Information: www.geneva.il.us/calendar.aspx?EID=2097.

ART EXHIBITS: Through Sept. 7, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The “Water Street Studios’ Artist Collective Group Show” hangs in the Dempsey Family Gallery and Dave Sobotka’s photography exhibition titled “two-sides” in the upstairs gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. WSSAC members include Jeffrey Brooks, Richard DeVeau, Maureen Gasek, Lisa Goesling, Deborah Glascott, David Hauptschein, Chris Hodge, Kevin Hunter, Lisa Hutler, Anke Korioth, Bill McGrath, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, Colin Sherrell, Steve Sherrell, Perry Slade, Carol Weber, David Wensel and Angela Wilson. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

AUG. 30

BLUE SKY FARM GOAT YOGA: 6 p.m., 8S890 Mighell Road, Sugar Grove. One can spend an hour interacting with goats while led through a gentle flow yoga class. It’s also offered at 10 a.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 12. Cost: $20 to $35. Information: shawurl.com/3bn6.

WEST SUBURBAN PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON’S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED “FASTING COUGARS”: 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; check for discount offers. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.

STC LIVE! PROVIDING SUMMER FUN: final Friday evening, downtown St. Charles. Information: downtownstcharles.org/stclive.

AUG. 31

SUGAR GROVE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays into September, village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center parking lot, 10 Municipal Drive. Information: www.sugargrovechamber.org/news-posts/sugar-grove-farmers-market-2.

GOAT YOGA AT RUSTIC ROAD FARM: 10 a.m., 1N292 Brundige Road,
Elburn. The beginner class is intended to combine yoga practice while mingling with baby goats. Cost: $30. Information: tinyurl.com/y4x88jhd.

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, 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.

INVISIBLE CARTOONS, A SMILE-ROCK BAND: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Cost: $10 general admission. Information: themusicvenue.org.

ALLEY ART FESTIVAL: Noon to 5 p.m., Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora, just west of Route 25. More than 60 artists will offer art, jewelry, pottery and handmade goods. Live music kicks off at noon on the new Agnes Mundy Park stage with Zach Goforth, followed by the Town Band at 3 p.m. and headliner August West at 4 p.m. The PIEproject Foundation offers free yoga at 1 p.m., and Eastern Fire Belly Dance performs at 2 p.m. Information: www.alleyartaurora.com.

APPLE PICKING SEASON: Saturdays and Sundays through October, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. One also can visit the shop and bakery open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $10.99 per person, which includes a quarter-peck bag of apples; admission is free for children age 2 and younger. Information: kuipersfamilyfarm.com, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 grown are available that week.

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SEPT. 1

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. Check the website for prairie tours and a variety of events. Information: 630-584-8485, garfieldfarm.org/calendar.html.

SEPT. 4

DISNEY’S “NEWSIES – THE BROADWAY MUSICAL”: Opening with previews, 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 until Oct. 20. “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.

BATAVIA MOTHERS’ CLUB FOUNDATION LAUNCHES MEETING SEASON: 7 p.m., Batavia Public Library. In addition to charitable projects, the club offers recreational activities for moms, couples and families; and play groups for moms and kids among activities. Members meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. from September through May, usually at the Batavia Public Library. Information: membership@bataviamothersclub.org, www.bataviamothersclub.org.

SEPT. 5

SENIOR STROLL GUIDED KANE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE WALK: 10 a.m. to noon, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Naturalists lead the program, which lasts about an hour, with social time and refreshments following. Cost: Free, and registration is not required. Information: 630-444-3190, kaneforest.com.

COOKING CLASS ON “PLEASING PAIRINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS”: 5:30 to 8 p.m., The Emporium at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora. Chef Dave will provide variations on basic potato recipes and top the evening off with pumpkin tiramisu. Cost: $39.95, which includes two drink tickets, demonstrations and sampling. Information: 630-966-7775.

SEPT. 6

FESTIVAL OF THE VINE: Sept. 6 to 8, downtown Geneva. Information: www.genevachamber.com.

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. The semi-professional ensemble-based troupe specializes in improvisation and produces a full season of shows each year. “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.

“DOES AI (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) SPELL THE END OF SOCIAL INTERACTION?” LECTURE: 8 p.m., Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series presents Justine Cassell of Carnegie Mellon University. She will describe some unexpected results about the ways in which social interaction can support and improve task performance in people, and how social interaction can profitably be integrated into AI. Cassell has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the past eight years on topics concerning the impact of AI and robotics on society. Cost: $8. Information: 630-840-ARTS, events.fnal.gov.

SEPT. 8

A BOWL-A-THON TO BENEFIT THE BEN SMILES MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: Noon to 3 p.m., St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St. The family-friendly fundraiser will include two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and snacks, roaming magic by Scott Piner and face painting. There will be raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the foundation, formed in 2017 in the memory of Benjamin Gerlach, a young triplet brother. The fund’s mission is to provide adapted toys, devices and communication tools to children with motor/cognitive delays. Information: Lane reservations can be made at bensmiles.org/events.

SCANDINAVIAN DAY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. The 40th annual festival will offer live music, food and beverages, crafts, pony rides, face painting, children’s playground, Vendor Walkway, living history booths along the Fox River and beer tasting. Events will open at 10:30 a.m. with an outdoor church worship service. ABBA Dancing Queen performs at 12:30 p.m., plus Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago, Chicago Swedish Glee Club and Leikarringen Heimhug Dancers. Montgomery-based Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge will make waffles with lingonberries, and members will offer Norwegian knit items, collectibles and homemade cookies, breads and Norwegian cakes. Cost: $10, free for children 12 and younger. Information: 847-695-6720, scandinaviandayil.com.

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.

SEPT. 9

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.

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.

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.

SEPT. 10

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.

SEPT. 12

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.

SEPT. 13

THE TYLER KRIENITZ BAND CAPPING GROOVIN’ IN THE GROVE: 7 p.m., lawn of Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive. The concert is suitable for residents of all ages and attendees may picnic, bring a lawn chair and an adult beverage. The series is presented by the Sugar Grove Arts and Entertainment Committee. In case of a rain cancellation, the show will be rescheduled to the following Sunday afternoon, if possible. Cost: Free. Information: 630-466-4686, www.facebook.com/groovin60554, groovininthegrove60554@gmail.com.

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.

SEPT. 14

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.

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.

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