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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10
WHERE: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles
COST & INFO: $10;
ABOUT: The Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show will feature dealers from 15 states, presented by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association. The event showcases authenticated pieces from the 17th, 18th, 19th and early-20th centuries. Organizers have partnered with the St. Charles History Center and the Lombard Historical Society to promote exhibits celebrating the life of artist and abolitionist Sheldon Peck.
FOX VALLEY ANTIQUES SHOW WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 WHERE: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles COST & INFO: $10; ABOUT: The Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show will feature dealers from 15 states, presented by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association. The event showcases authenticated pieces from the 17th, 18th, 19th and early-20th centuries. Organizers have partnered with the St. Charles History Center and the Lombard Historical Society to promote exhibits celebrating the life of artist and abolitionist Sheldon Peck.

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“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” PRESENTED BY MARQUEE YOUTH STAGE: 7:30 p.m. March 7 to 9 and 4 p.m. March 10, Pheasant Run Resort’s Mainstage Theater, 451 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show features a cast of 38 students from fifth grade through high school from St. Charles and surrounding communities. Information:

THE “IMPROVISED DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS” SHOW: 7:30 p.m. March 7 to 9, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. Out On A Whim Comedy, an improv collective, will bring the role-playing game to life in a 90-minute show. The audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master. The production features artificial smoke and has a 10-minute intermission. It is not recommended for audience members younger than 16. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information:

A GALLERY EXHIBIT BY CLAYMIRTH CALLED “BENCHMARKS”: Through March 29, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Founded in 1999 at Fine Line, ClayMirth is a collective of ceramics artists who create both functional and decorative pieces. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-9443.


“SCATTER THE PIGEONS”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, March 8 to 17, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Lives are upended when a real estate developer threatens to buy the Citron Court Trailer Park. Amid fears, fights and flying meatballs, Maddie and her friends attempt to celebrate her birthday, and search for a foothold of happiness in their uncertain futures. The comedy-drama of loss and love by Gary McGowan is directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller. Cost: $22 to $28. Information:, 630-587-8521.

HENHOUSE PROWLERS: 8:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The noted bluegrass band is followed by Red Woody at 9 p.m. March 9. Information:, 630-513-4240.

THUNDERSTRUCK IN AN AC/DC TRIBUTE WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The concert is followed by the Windy City Elvis Competition at 7 p.m. March 9; silent film star Douglas Fairbanks in a screening of “The Nut,” 7:30 p.m. March 12; and Foghat with Savoy Brown, 8 p.m. March 15. Information:

WESTERN AVENUE SCHOOL PTO KIDS CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING SALE: 6 to 9 p.m. March 8 and 8 a.m. to noon March 9, 1500 S. Western Ave., Geneva. It offers a kids clothing and toys consignment sale, baby items and bikes, with apparel in sizes infant through teen, plus maternity clothes. Cost: Free admission. Information:

THE FLAT CATS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The group will be followed by Tammi Savoy and the Chris Casello Combo at 9 p.m. March 9; Classical Blast, 5 p.m. March 10; a No Cover Magic Wednesdays show starring Rob Thompson, 7 p.m. March 13; and Earl & The Agitators, 7:30 p.m. March 14. Information:


SHAM ROCK & ROLL BENEFIT FOR THE BATAVIA FLAG DAY MONUMENT PROJECT: 6 to 10 p.m., Island View Banquets, 645 S. River St., Batavia. Organized by the Batavia Woman’s Club, it features corned beef and cabbage or chicken, music, dancing, raffles, cash bar, optional costume contest, wine pull and games. Cost: $50. Information: Tickets at or call Mike Burke at 630-802-5641.

LUNASA, A NOTED BAND FROM IRELAND: 8 p.m., Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium in the Wilson Hall high-rise, off Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia. Cost: $29, $15 for youth up to age 18. Information: 630-840-ARTS,

SPRING FOX VALLEY ANTIQUES SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It features dealers from 15 states, presented by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association. Cost: $10. Information:

BATAVIA’S 11TH ANNUAL GREEN NIGHT OUT AT THE MOVIES: 6 p.m., Batavia City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Island Ave. The documentary “The True Cost” will be screened by the Batavia Environmental Commission. The event offers an Eco Expo at 6 p.m., the movie at 7 p.m. and a discussion with local experts afterward. “The True Cost” examines how the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Featured speaker will be Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain, a green for-profit company offering communities textile recycling options. Audience members can bring reusable cups and bowls for popcorn and lemonade. Cost: Free. Information:

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A PROGRAM ON SALAMANDERS, FROGS AND OTHER AMPHIBIANS: 8 to 10 a.m., Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles. The “Learn From the Experts” nature program for people age 18 and older is offered through a partnership by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the St. Charles and Geneva park districts. The St. Charles Park District’s restoration ecologist Ryan Solomon and nature program manager Pam Otto will explain amphibian reproductive behaviors and their importance for land management. Following the indoor presentation, the group will head into the field to find amphibians in the wetlands. Advance registration is required. Cost: $10. Information: 630-444-3190 or;

BATAVIA PIANIST CHIAYI LEE ACCOMPANYING CLASSICAL VOCALISTS: 2 p.m., St. Paul United Church of Christ, 401 E. Main St., Barrington. Four international soloists will reprise “Voices From Around the World.” They are Artistic Director Solange Sior, Tetyana Torzhevska, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee for Fox Valley Lyrical Productions, formerly Soiree Lyrique. The event will include operatic excerpts, musical theater standards, Italian songs, Viennese waltzes, popular music and folk songs. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students age 6 to 16. Information: 847-622-9988;,


CHERCHEZ LA FEMME CONCERT: 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The Chicago-based duo will perform music by women composers written or arranged especially for flutes and cello throughout the millennium. Flutist Lisa Goethe-McGinn and cellist Erica Lessie will play music by 10th century composer Hildegard von Bingen up to present-day composers including Marilyn Bliss, Billie Holiday and Katrina Emtage. Cost: Free. Information:


NATIVE ART EXHIBIT: Through April 26, Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The exhibit “Becoming – Transformations in American Indian Art” includes Schingoethe contemporary works by some of the nation’s most important American Indian artists. Also on display are story quilts from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Information:,


TEN RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN A WINTER SOUP TASTING BENEFIT: 6 to 9 p.m., Bar Evolution and The Tea Tree, 27 and 29 N. River St., Batavia. Participating Batavia restaurants are Tusk, Gaetano’s, Daddio’s Diner, River’s Edge, Aquaviva, Crabby Boil, Gammon Coach House, Enticing Cuisine, Salsa Verde and Pub 56. It benefits Batavia United Way. Beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $20 covers 3-ounce samples of all soups, with bread and crackers. Information: Tickets at, Tea Tree or at the door.


“MARY POPPINS JR.,” A PLAYHOUSE 38 YOUTH PRODUCTION: 7 p.m. March 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. March 16, 17, 23 and 24, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. The show captures the adventures of the Banks family and their magical nanny, Mary Poppins. Early ticket purchase is recommended. Cost: $10. Information: Tickets at, Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or by calling 630-232-4542.

DANCERS FROM THE ST. CHARLES AND GENOA LOCATIONS OF THE BETH FOWLER SCHOOL OF DANCE IN PROKOFIEV’S “CINDERELLA”: March 15 to 17, Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Curtain is at 7 p.m. March 15; 2 and 7 p.m. March 16; and 2 p.m. March 17. The 25th anniversary production by the Beth Fowler Dance Company includes receptions in the lobby after each performance. Every child’s ticket is an invitation to meet Cinderella onstage after the show, where photos may be taken in the pumpkin coach. Among local performers are Abby Lewis of St. Charles as one of Cinderella’s stepsisters; Kaitlynn Rollo of South Elgin as the stepmother; Brooke Baurer of Geneva as the court jester; and Mia Herman, Anne Fritsch and Brooke Bend, all of St. Charles. Cost: $21 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Information: Tickets at, box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour before performances.


ACAPPELLAGO’S “ESCAPE TO ALL THE RIGHT PLACES” CONCERT: 4 p.m., Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. It also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Acappellago, founded in 2002, is an acappella chamber choir. Cost: $17, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 708-484-3797.


SPRING CLEANING WITH DoTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Cost: $15, including two cleaning products. Information: Email reservations to;

“ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS” EXHIBIT: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It explores newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. The exhibit focuses on local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from Southern slave states with a safe avenue to new homes in the Great Lakes area. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: or 630-584-6967.


QUEEN OF HEARTS DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays until Aug. 15, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. 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:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: 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.


FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays, TriCities. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Gaetano’s restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia; and 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays at First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information:,,

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.


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. In the winter, volunteers process native seed mixes and remove 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, heavy snow or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

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