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Kane home to horse show, arts celebrations, musical highlights

WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13
COST AND INFO: Free admission;,
ABOUT: Water Street Studios' 10th anniversary celebration will feature new exhibitions displaying 70 artworks from local and invited artists, an online silent art auction with 25 original artworks created by a juried list of artists, cash bar, ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., People's Choice Awards, family art activities and open artist studios.
TEN YEARS AND COUNTING WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 COST AND INFO: Free admission;, ABOUT: Water Street Studios' 10th anniversary celebration will feature new exhibitions displaying 70 artworks from local and invited artists, an online silent art auction with 25 original artworks created by a juried list of artists, cash bar, ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., People's Choice Awards, family art activities and open artist studios.

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SEPT. 12

ST. CHARLES ARTSFEST: Through Sept. 15, at venues across town. The theme of this year’s ArtsFest is celebrating 185 years of the arts in St. Charles. 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.

PARANORMAL CIRQUE: Through Sept. 15, Chicago Premium Outlets off the Farnsworth Avenue exit on I-88 in Aurora. A scary, R-rated take on circus arts is in store. Organizers state that “Paranormal Cirque is a crazy yet fun fusion between circus, illusion, theatre and cabaret in perfect harmony with the evolution of a show that brings you back to when we dream – and when we had nightmares and fantasies.” It contains adult language and content. Cost: $10 to $50. Information:

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.

JONNY LYONS AND 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 Rosie and The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Jeff Rachman, at 3 p.m. Sept. 15; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Tim Balster at 7 p.m. Sept. 18; Mike Valentine lunch and show paying a Las Vegas-style tribute to the legends of rock ’n’ roll at noon, Sept. 19; and The Nick Pontarelli Band at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Information:

SEPT. 13

NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES KICK OFF WITH FLYING SQUIRRELS: 7 to 8 p.m., Elburn Forest Preserve, 45W061 Route 38. Join naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for the monthly after-hours programs. The evening starts with a brief presentation, and then the group heads out for a flashlight-free night hike. Next will be “Cicada Songs & Katydid Calls” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road, Elgin. “Creatures of the Night” follows from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. It covers nocturnal animals such as owls, bats and skunks. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: Register for one or more programs at 630-444-3190 or;

THE SOUL COMMITMENTS AND VAN MORRISON TRIBUTE WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Kashmir’s tribute to Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m. Sept. 14; Queensryche at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19; Hairball celebrating arena rock at 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Tommy James and The Shondells at 8 p.m. Sept. 21; Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees at 5 p.m. Sept. 22, followed by a special meet-and-greet event at 7 p.m. at Club Arcada; and Dweezil Zappa at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Information:

ELGIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Through Sept. 15, Elgin sites including the Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Information:

SEPT. 14

SILENT AUCTION AND FARM FESTIVAL BY ILLINOIS EQUINE HUMANE CENTER FARM: 5 to 9 p.m., 47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park. The family-friendly event is highlighted by a silent auction with items such as resort getaway packages, local experiences, artwork, sports memorabilia and gift baskets. Offered will be hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, chocolate fountain, wine raffle, door prizes and music performed by Outpatience. All proceeds go to provide feed and other necessities for rescued horses in its care. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children, and free for kids younger than 6. Information: Tickets at; 815-761-4937.

ST. CHARLES WOMEN OF THE MOOSE CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Charles Moose Lodge, 2250 Lincoln Highway. It offers a bake sale and a Chinese auction, as well as crafters and vendors. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available. Cost: Free admission. Information:

SINGER-SONGWRITER MICHAEL HEATON AND HIS BAND: 8 p.m., Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. Small Shiny Things will open the night. All door proceeds will go to benefit 4-year-old Victoria “Turtle” Williams and her family as they fight pediatric cancer. Cost: $10 donation. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.

BATAVIA ROAD RALLY: Team check-in at 1:30 p.m., Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St. Batavia Park District debuts an excursion into Batavia as participants compete through a series of hints, clues and activities. Teams will earn points along the route as they test their knowledge of Batavia history and navigation of the city. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 12. The Eastside Community Center playground dedication will take place immediately after the Road Rally at 4:30 p.m., and will include a ribbon-cutting, family games and giveaways. Cost: Rally fee is $10 per team. Information: To register, call 630-879-5235 or visit

SEPT. 15

THE 85TH ANNUAL DUNHAM WOODS HORSE SHOW AND BENTLEY CAR SHOW: daytime, Wayne Equestrian Center, 33W219 Army Trail Road, Wayne. The horse show is presented by Wayne-DuPage Hunt. The local competition features the Wayne-DuPage Jumper Derby. The Bentley Drivers Club and Rolls-Royce Owners Club will display vehicles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a centennial celebration of Bentley Motors. Information: Wayne Equestrian Center at 630-797-5910; details on car show at 630-400-9317

NEXT OFFERING OF SPOOKY PSYCHOLOGY WITH MEGAN AND LAUREN ON MASS HYSTERIA: 6 to 8 p.m., Ghoulish Mortals, 228 W. Main St. St. Charles. There will be games, treats, prizes and conversation; they will collect donations for Darkness to Light. The two licensed therapists present various topics open to people age 18 and older. Cost: $10. Information: Tickets at

FOX VALLEY JAZZ BIG BAND: 2 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The band’s inaugural concert brings classic charts from such artists as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Phil Woods, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and local composer Matt Erion. Session Notes is a pre-concert discussion of the history of the music with director Jeff Ford. The Chris Duarte Group will appear Sept. 19, with the opening act at 7 p.m. and headliner at 8:15 p.m. Cost: $20 to $25 in advance, $5 more at the door for the Jazz Band, and $12 to $15 in advance for Duarte. Information:

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,

SEPT. 20

“MURDER ON THE NILE” BY AGATHA CHRISTIE: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27, 28 and Oct. 4 and 5, plus at 2:30 p.m Aug. 29, 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,

“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH,” THE DEBUT GENEVA COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN PLAY: 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 416 McKinley Ave. The school’s fall musical will be “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 to 9; followed by the spring musical, “Legally Blonde,” at 7 p.m. March 19 to 21 and 1 p.m. March 22. Information: Kate Woodruff, director and English teacher,

SEPT. 21

CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Batavia Government Center property on Island Avenue along the Fox River in downtown Batavia. There will be cannon, horse soldiers, medical lecture and equipment display, and a visit with President Lincoln. One can march with the troops; a signal torches nighttime demonstration starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Information:,

SEPT. 23

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:

SEPT. 24

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:

SEPT. 28

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,

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.

SUGAR GROVE FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through September, village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center parking lot, 10 Municipal Drive. Information:

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:, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 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,

SEPT. 30

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. 3

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. 4

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. 6

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:

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