Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Batavia celebrates summer with Windmill City Fest


Batavia’s annual Windmill City Festival begins July 10 and continues through July 13 at the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. The fest will offer a carnival, musical entertainment, food vendors, a beer tent, and activities for all ages.

Schedule highlights include:
July 10: The festival will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. The band Back Country Roads will perform starting at 7:30 p.m.

July 11: Food booths and the beer garden will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. The Windmill Whirl 5K run will begin at 7 p.m. at the Batavia City Hall Plaza. Midwest Dueling Pianos will provide entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. Arra, a classic rock cover band, will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. 

July 12: The Batavia Farmer’s Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on River Street. A craft show featuring more than 30 vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can explore various vehicles from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A pet parade will begin at 10 a.m. Food booths will open at 11 a.m. The carnival will open at noon and will feature $20 wristbands for unlimited rides. The beer garden will open at noon. Entertainment and demonstrations also will begin at noon. A bags tournament will begin at 6 p.m. The bands Gallery and Modern Day Romeos will provide musical entertainment from 6 to 11 p.m.

July 13: The festival will open from noon to 6 p.m. The carnival will offer a $20 wristband for unlimited rides. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and will include the bands Student Body and Hillbilly Rock Stars. The schedule also will include an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. and a fire hose challenge at 3 p.m.

The festival is organized by the Batavia Park District, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Batavia.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kane County Audubon to host bird walk


Visitors can join the Kane County Audubon Society for a bird walk at 8 a.m. July 5 at Nelson Lake in the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. 

Participants will meet in the parking lot near the Nelson Lake Road entrance to the preserve. The event will include a three-mile hike through the forest preserve. Participants are encouraged bring binoculars, wear appropriate clothing, and wear comfortable shoes. 

The event is free. The society conducts a bird walk the first Saturday of each month at Nelson Lake. For more information, call Terry Murray at 630-896-3129.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cougars continue home series with Peoria


The Kane County Cougars will continue a three-game home stand with the Peoria Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. July 2, Military Appreciation Night,  at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

The Cougars will offer a salute to America’s military, including a post-game fireworks show. The night also will include a T-shirt giveaway for the first 1,500 fans ages 21 and older, and live musical entertainment after the game.

The Cougars defeated Peoria, 6-1, in the series opener July 1. The Cougars lead the Midwest League, 54-27 and are 34-9 at home.

The third-game in the series will be played at 6:30 p.m. July 3. The Cougars will then begin a road trip that will include a three-game series in Clinton, Iowa, followed by a four-game series in the Quad Cities. The Cougars will resume play in Geneva July 11 with a four-game series with the Beloit Snappers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 630-232-8811.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cantigny Park to host D-Day commemoration


Cantigny Park in Wheaton will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a variety of activities on Saturday, June 7. Programs will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Division Museum, the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the Cantigny Visitors Center.
Visitors will have an opportunity to meet World War II veterans who participated in D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944. Visitors also will have an opportunity to view a Higgins boat, a WW II landing craft. On D-Day, members of the 1st Infantry Division were carried to Omaha Beach, one of five invasion beaches, in Higgins boats. 
Cantigny Park will offer activities for all ages during the event. The park is located at 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. For more information, 630-668-5161.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Restoration group to host garden tours


Our friends at Northern Kane County Wild Ones will conduct tours of two gardens Saturday, May 24 in Elgin. The first tour will begin at 10 a.m. at 40W992 Creekwood Drive, Elgin and will feature a woodland garden near Bowes Creek. The garden includes wetland plants. 

The second tour will be conducted at 11 a.m. at 8N925 Crawford Road, Campton Hills, about one mile south from the first garden. The second garden features a six-acre savanna. Refreshments will be served after the second tour. For more information, call 847-794-8962.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Library program to highlight garden herbs


The St. Charles Public Library will host a presentation about growing and preserving herbs at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. The program will feature a master gardener from the University of Illinois Extension and will offer suggestions and recipes for using herbs in cooking. Admission is free. For more information about the program, call the library at 630-584-0076. The library is located at 1 S. Sixth St. in downtown St. Charles. (Submitted photo)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

History center to host author Annie Hansen


The Geneva History Center will host a book signing featuring author Annie Hansen and “Give Me Chocolate,” a Kelly Clark mystery, at 2 p.m., May 10. Admission is $10. Hansen is a local author, and the mystery series is set in Geneva. The history center is located at 113 S. Third St., Geneva. For more information or to make a reservation, call 630-232-4951.

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