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Kane lineup to span New Year's Eve events, concerts, theater

WHERE: Mooseheart campus on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31
COST AND INFO: $10 per car;, 630-966-2200
ABOUT: Visitors drive the 1.8-mile route adorned with dozens of light displays for the 10th annual show. Proceeds support the residential child-care facility.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT MOOSEHEART WHERE: Mooseheart campus on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31 COST AND INFO: $10 per car;, 630-966-2200 ABOUT: Visitors drive the 1.8-mile route adorned with dozens of light displays for the 10th annual show. Proceeds support the residential child-care facility.

DEC. 26

NEW MUSIC BY JUD & FRIENDS PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. Jud & Friends will take over the venue one Thursday a month to play live and release new songs. Dick Diamond and the Dusters will appear at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Information:

LAST CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE LIGHTS, FEATURING A QUARTET OF SINGING REINDEER: 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, Phillips Park, 615 S. Smith Blvd., Aurora. Festival of Lights features a 1-mile driving tour of lighted displays organized by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Aurora. Cost: Free, with donations welcome for local charities. Information:

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, it runs most Wednesdays through Sundays plus added dates. Paramount favorite Paul-Jordan Jansen returns as the Beast. It is recommended for ages 5 and older for some scary moments. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with subscription savings offered. Information:, 630-896-6666.

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT ON “THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY – THE BOYS SCHOOL OF ST. CHARLES”: Through 2019, 215 E. Main St. It explores the history of the local reformatory and its impact on the boys who attended it. It housed famed Midwest gangster Lester Gillis, aka Baby Face Nelson. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; check holiday exceptions. Information:, 630-584-6967.

DEC. 27

AN R&B JAM WITH SAM SAVAGE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by the Good Clean Fun Band at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Lee Stevens (dubbed the female Frank Sinatra) at 3 p.m. Dec. 29; an early New Year’s Eve bash with celebratory meal and dancing between 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 31, starring R&B great Sam Savage; a 1920s “Great Gatsby”-influenced New Year’s Eve party with Nick Pontarelli and special guest Diva Montell at 8 p.m. Dec. 31; Jonny Lyons and The Pride at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2; and The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Information:

“THE BALLAD OF CC SCROOGE #CHRISTMASMAKEOVER”: 8 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28 and 3 p.m. Dec. 29, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” is adapted by local playwright John David Westby into a modern tale of female redemption and joy – promising a holiday favorite with just the right blend of humor and pathos. The family show is directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller. Cost: $23 to $28. Information:, 630-587-8521.

TOASTY CHEESE FOOD TRUCK RETURNING TO TAPROOM: 5 to 8 p.m., Riverlands Brewing Company, 1860 Dean St., unit A, St. Charles. Next up will be Saturday Night Bites with Fat Tomato bringing tacos and other items from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Information:

COUNTRY AND ROCK WITH DEVON WORLEY BAND PLUS SPECIAL GUEST ETHAN BELL PART OF HOLIDAY LINEUP: 8 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Check out New Year’s Eve celebration packages with a 1920s theme at the resort online. Information:, 630-584-6300.

RATT WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by The BoDeans with special guest Dan Tedesco at 8 p.m. Dec. 28; the Bronx Wanderers at 5 p.m. Dec. 31; a Prince tribute New Year’s Eve show with the Purple Xperience at 8 p.m. Dec. 31, starring multi-instrumentalist Marshall Charloff; and the Procrastinator’s Ball featuring Mr. Blotto at 8 p.m. Jan. 3. Information:

MOOSEHEART HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW: 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31 on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora. Proceeds support Mooseheart, a residential child-care facility. The show has dozens of light displays over a 1.8-mile route and costs $10 per car. Information:

DEC. 28

RICK LINDY PART OF MUSIC LINEUP: 8 p.m., Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. And at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, a New Year’s Eve celebration features Gil DeLaPaz and PM Kool. Information:

FINAL DAY OF TOUCHING ON TRADITIONS EXHIBIT: Noon to 4 p.m., Elgin Public Museum of Natural History & Anthropology, 225 Grand Blvd. It features holiday decorations and seasonal lore from around the world. Both floors of the 1907 building are filled with colorfully ornamented trees and displays of customary items that provide a diverse cultural experience for all ages. Information:, 847-741-6655.

GENEVA GREEN MARKET THIS WINTER: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April, First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information:

DEC. 29

CIRRUS FALCON PART OF LINEUP: 4 to 7 p.m., McNally’s Pub, 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. Joe Cullen will entertain from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Information:

DEC. 31

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT SCITECH HANDS ON MUSEUM: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 18 W. Benton St., Aurora. Bring the family in for a fun celebration to end the year. Count down to noon and a 1,000-balloon drop, enjoy a DJ and games, SciTech’s Bubble Blast, craft projects, and explore the museum. The SciTech Imaginators will present “Adventures in Flight” at 11 a.m. Discounted advance tickets are offered until midnight Dec. 29; tickets also are available at the event. Information:

WILD NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. Who is awake to celebrate and who is hibernating? Celebrate New Year’s Eve early as we meet the animals and share a toast at noon. Adults can attend for free, with advance registration required for youth. Cost: $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents; space is limited. Information: 630-513-4393,

A NEW YEAR’S EVE ROARING TWENTIES PARTY: 8 p.m., Bar Louis Geneva, 1602 Commons Drive, suite 600. Information:

RIVER VALLEY RANGERS: 9 p.m. to midnight, River’s Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. The band performs progressive bluegrass/newgrass. Information:

JAN. 3

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. It’s a semi-professional, ensemble-based troupe. “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 date is Feb. 7. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 847-931-5900.

JAN. 6

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:

JAN. 9

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.

JAN. 10

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.

JAN. 11

DOWNTOWN BATAVIA INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May, Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St. The market features eight to 15 vendors. New this year, Bar Evolution will host a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, as well as a farm-fresh egg omelet station courtesy of Ferndell Farm’s eggs. Information:

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Various dates, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. 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,

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