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WHERE: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), downtown Aurora
WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 22
COST & INFO: Free admission;
ABOUT: Men in lederhosen, women in dirndls, tuba music in the air and beer in footwear. It’s time for Two Brothers Oktoberfest, where one can raise a glass, stein or boot.
TWO BROTHERS OKTOBERFEST WHERE: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), downtown Aurora WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 COST & INFO: Free admission; ABOUT: Men in lederhosen, women in dirndls, tuba music in the air and beer in footwear. It’s time for Two Brothers Oktoberfest, where one can raise a glass, stein or boot.

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SEPT. 19

STORIES OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN ILLINOIS: 6:30 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The presenter is Jeanne Schultz Angel, who completed her master’s thesis on the anti-slavery movement in northeastern Illinois, earning the Cavanaugh Award from Illinois State University. Registration is recommended. Cost: Free. Information: 630-584-0076.

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES PRESENTS “LOVING YOUR MARRIAGE IN RETIREMENT – KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING”: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. It is written by local author and couples therapist Sally Strosahl, with contributions by her husband, Tom Johnson. Cost: Free. 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.

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.

MIKE VALENTINE LUNCH AND SHOW WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: Noon, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. He will pay a Las Vegas-style tribute to the legends of rock ‘n’ roll. Also on tap will be the Good Clean Fun Band at 9 p.m. Sept. 21; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Antonio Duca, at 3 p.m. Sept. 22; a lunch show with comedy and music from Vito Zatto at noon Sept. 25; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring David Casas at 7 p.m. Sept. 25; and Rosie and The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Information:

QUEENSRYCHE WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by 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; Dweezil Zappa at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24; an Eagles tribute band called Hotel California at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26; and Downtread with Lynch Mob featuring George Lynch at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Information:

THE CHRIS DUARTE GROUP: Opening act at 7 p.m. and headliner at 8:15 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Cost: $12 to $15 in advance, $5 more at the door. Information: including coming acts The Imperial Sound on Sept. 21; Honeysuckle on Sept. 22; and Lurrie Bell and band on Sept. 28.

SEPT. 20

“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,

NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road, Elgin. 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.” “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;

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SEPT. 21

ELGIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: 7 to 10 p.m., The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The ESFF has drawn film entries of 20 minutes or less from around the world. Six finalists will be screened. A red carpet reception starts at 6 p.m. Chamber On The Fox will accompany the screening of the 1928 film “Felix the Cat in Sure-Locked Homes.” Mike Toomey, a performer on WGN Morning News, will be master of ceremonies. Cost: $10. Information: Tickets at or 847-931-5900.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SETS WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: Sept. 21, Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles. Participants can join a team or register to walk as an individual Information:;, 800-272-3900.

SEPT. 22

HEIRLOOM APPLE FEST: 1 to 4 p.m., Durant House Museum and Sholes School, 37W700 Dean St., at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Learn all about apples popular during the 19th century. Cost: Donation of $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Information:, 630-377-6424;, 630-377-6424.

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. 23

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:

SEPT. 27

BATAVIA OKTOBERFEST: Sept. 27 to 29, on North River Street off Wilson Street in downtown Batavia. It features German food, music and entertainment. Official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests are planned Friday and Saturday nights. Returning this year will be Oktoberfest Family Day on Sunday, with pony rides, wiener dog races, tent activities, games and kid-focused entertainment on stage. Information:

DOCUMENTARY “THE SUPER FOOD CHAIN”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. It explores the facts and myths behind superfoods, and reveals the ripple effect of the superfood industry on farming and fishing families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Haida Gwaii. The film is part of the fourth-Friday film program sponsored by the church’s social justice team. The public is encouraged to register at to receive email notices of future programs. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-232-2350.

SEPT. 28

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. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his experiences with the project in a 160-page coffee table book. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information:; to see works in the series for sale, visit

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 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.

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

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:

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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