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Kane home to festival fun, theater, music and nature outings

WHERE: Dock at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles
WHEN: 5:45 p.m. departure Oct. 11 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18
COST & INFO: Prices vary; 630-513-6200,
ABOUT: As the autumn colors change on the banks of the Fox River, people can still enjoy two more paddlewheel riverboat rides. The scenic trips are offered aboard an attraction that's now a facility of the St. Charles Park District. From the dock in Pottawatomie Park, passengers board for a trip that travels northward and back. Early reservations are suggested.
PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOAT RIDES WHERE: Dock at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles WHEN: 5:45 p.m. departure Oct. 11 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 COST & INFO: Prices vary; 630-513-6200, ABOUT: As the autumn colors change on the banks of the Fox River, people can still enjoy two more paddlewheel riverboat rides. The scenic trips are offered aboard an attraction that's now a facility of the St. Charles Park District. From the dock in Pottawatomie Park, passengers board for a trip that travels northward and back. Early reservations are suggested.

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OCT. 10

“GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS”: Various daytime performances Oct. 10 to 25, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The musical adaptation recommended for children ages 2 to 10 is presented by Chicago Kids Company. Cost: $14. Information:

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 Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11; The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Comedy and Cannoli with Fred Rubino at 5 p.m. Oct. 13; $5 Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Fred Zimmerman at 7 p.m. Oct. 16; and Coco Montoya at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Information:

TUSK IN A FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE IS PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Firehouse & Vixen at 8 p.m. Oct. 11; Blue Öyster Cult at 8 p.m. Oct. 12; George Thorogood and The Destroyers at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15; Saga at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Flying Colors with District 97 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; and The Artimus Pyle Band in a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd with Blackfoot at 8 p.m. Oct. 18. 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 ages 8 and older. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with four-show packages starting at $72. Information:, 630-896-6666.

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.

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Indoors, the Chroma exhibit features the work of 40 artists until Oct. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

OCT. 11

OPENING ART RECEPTION: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. WWS welcomes “A Lifetime in the Making” paintings by Ted Stanuga and sculptures by John E. Bannon, plus Michelle Rial’s “Water Glass” exhibition upstairs. The show runs until Nov. 2. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Appetizers will be provided by Veritá Batavia. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information:

“THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)”: Oct. 11 to Nov. 3, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Directed by JoAnn Smith, Neil Simon’s revision of his classic comedy looks at divorced opposites sharing the same apartment and gets a fresh spin with female leads. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $23 to $28. Information:, 630-587-8521.

SUBJECT AND DIRECTOR AT SCREENING OF “THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES”: 7:30 p.m., Fermilab, off Kirk and Road and Pine Street, Batavia. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Anne Innis Dagg, the subject of the film, and the director of the film, Alison Reid. It’s part of the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series. Cost: $8. Information:

FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS STAGES “CHILDREN OF EDEN” MUSICAL: 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, Waubonsee Community College Auditorium, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. From composer Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”) and writer-director John Caird (“Les Miserables,” “Jane Eyre,” “Candide”) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about family, love and faith, announced the troupe. Cost: $22 for adults and $16 for students. Information:

“THE CREATURE CREEPS”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall just west of Route 25 in downtown Aurora. It’s a creepy comedy by Jack Sharkey complete with a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist’s absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you’ll lose count, announced the troupe. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military, police and fire personnel. Information: Reservations at, 630-897-9496.

SOUL’D AS IS: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. It’s followed by Eclipse Chicago in a tribute to Pink Floyd at 8 p.m. Oct. 12; the Georgia Rae Family Band, with The Lucky Ones opening at 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and Orlando Peña and the Midnight Purchase, with Bubbles Brown opening at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Information:

FINAL EXHIBITION OF FOX RIVER PAINTINGS: Through Nov. 15, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St. A “Fox River Testimony” collection of original Fox River oil paintings is by plein air artist Joel Sheesley, artist-in-residence for The Conservation Foundation’s Art of the Fox program. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information:; to see works in the series for sale, visit

OCT. 12

HAUNTED QUARRY: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. It is not suitable for kids younger than 10. Cost: $10, and cash or credit card will be accepted at the door; advance ticket purchase at $8 per ticket is available through Oct. 11. Information: 630-879-5235,

DANCING QUEEN IN A TRIBUTE TO ABBA: 3 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort’s Mainstage Theater, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by the She Gees at 3 p.m. Oct. 13. The She Gees is a female-fronted, disco-powered, fully choreographed journey through the music of the Bee Gees. Information:

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN PIRATE HORSE SHOW: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Equestrian Events, 45W017 Welter Road, Maple Park. Captain Hook’s group of horseback riding pirates will battle another band of buccaneers in pursuit of treasure and the return of Hook’s fair maiden. The event features Mario A. Contreras and His Mighty Pirate Crew. Kids in costume will receive hot chocolate and a Halloween treat. Cost: $40 for adults, $25 for children age 12 and younger, with appetizers included. Information: Tickets at

FALL FARM FESTIVAL: Through October, Windy Acres Farm, 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. Attractions include the freshly renovated Buttermilk Barnyard Petting Zoo, a new corn stalk maze, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, miniature golf, a zip line, giant inflatable slides on weekends, moon bouncers, an electric kiddie train, and a children’s play area with Charlotte’s Tangle Web, rock climbing, pedal tractors, rubber duckie races, horsey swing corral, and the roping rodeo toss. Homemade treats include fruit pies, and the farm stand offers an array of homegrown produce. Cost: Prices vary. Information:, 630-232-6429.

ONESTI’S WILD WEST TOWN’S FALL FESTIVAL: Saturdays and Sundays through October. All children age 12 and younger will receive a free pumpkin when they trade beads with Chief Great Eagle upon riding the park’s historic train. Big Al’s Ice Cream Saloon will offer fall treats. The Wild West Stunt Show, gold panning mine, a children’s craft center, pumpkin painting, tomahawk throwing, an escape room, museum and pony rides are part of the experience. For older kids and adults from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, there will be a Wild West Haunted Ghost Town, for which admission costs $15. Fall Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $19 per person, free admission for children younger than 4 and grandparents. Information:, 815-923-9000.

FALL FINE ART GLASS SPECTACULAR: Through Oct. 27, Murano Midwest Gallery and Gardens, 8N665 Edgewood Road, Campton Hills. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. various weekend dates. View a broad range of fine art glass sculptures from such artists as Afro Celotto, Dan Alexander, Cristiano Toso, Ben Tullman, Adriano Dalla Valentina and Alexis Silk. Cost: Free admission. Information: Registration offered at 630-858-0000,

APPLE PICKING AND FALL FESTIVITIES: Apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays through October, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. The shop and bakery are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. One can take a scenic ride around the farm on its railroad and enjoy pumpkin farm activities including pig races on the weekends, slide mountain, rat rollers, barnyard ballgames, 5-acre corn maze, jumping pillow, petting zoo, haunted forest and hay rides. Information:, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 apples grown are available that week.

OCT. 14

“THREADS – A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The center’s chief curator Meg Bero of Batavia and curator Laura Russman co-curated the exhibit. The museum shows 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844,,

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. 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:

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. 17

“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR.” PRESENTED BY CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATRE: Oct. 17 to 20, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. Information:,

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES ON “THE INNOCENTS ABROAD” BY MARK TWAIN: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The presenter is Barbara Kalina. Information:

OCT. 18

DIVAS3: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. Three female singers with powerhouse voices sing the biggest hits of the greatest divas in music history. The vibrant show spans four decades covering the 1960s through the 1990s with hits by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer plus ABBA. Individual members of the group have starred in shows in Las Vegas, as well as appeared on TV’s “The Voice,” “The Winner Is” and “American Idol.”Information:, 630-937-8930.

YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “THE WALKING DWARVES”: Oct. 18 to 26, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. With a touch of the walking dead, the all-ages show is a zombie fractured fairy tale. Thanks to some prompting from a conniving Magic Mirror, the vain queen poisons apples with a “special ingredient” (that just happens to be plutonium), leading to a kingdom-wide plague of zombie dwarves. There are two casts. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25; 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26; and 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. Cost: $10 each. Information: Tickets at and at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, or by calling 630-232-4542.

NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Join naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The evening starts with a brief presentation, and then the group heads out for a flashlight-free night hike. “Creatures of the Night” covers nocturnal animals such as owls, bats and skunks. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-444-3190 or;

OCT. 19

BATAVIA MOTHERS’ CLUB FOUNDATION’S AUTUMN CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Batavia High School gymnasium, 1201 Main St. The show also will include the popular bake sale, a charity raffle, a 50/50 raffle and lunch service. Information:

“THE HEADLESS HESSIAN OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER AMERICAN HORROR STORIES”: 8 p.m., Fermilab, off Kirk and Road and Pine Street, Batavia. It’s part of the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series. The intrepid actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back, this time with a series of classic American horror stories, including one by Edgar Allan Poe, a creative retelling of the Lizzie Borden axe murders, and a reimagining of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Four actors, live sounds effects, and original music transport audience members back to 1946, when imagination created vivid horrors. Cost: $25 for adults, $13 for people age 18 and younger. Information:, 630-840-ARTS (2787).

ESCAPE THE MANSION TO DEBUT: Various times that day, Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. The center transforms into a mansion rumored to be haunted. Use your wits and teamwork to escape the mansion before being trapped forever. Groups of 10 will be given the opportunity to participate in the escape-room style event within a 25-minute time frame. It’s suggested for ages 6 and older. Sign up as an individual or as a group (no more than 10) for one of the designated times. Registration is recommended. Cost: $10 for Park District residents and $15 for nonresidents, with tickets available online and at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center and Sunset Community Center. Information:, 630-232-4542.

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,

OCT. 20

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:

OCT. 24

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. 25

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.

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