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Kane home to scary tales, craft show, pig roast and singing stars

Steve Richards of Geneva will bring back his Neil Diamond tribute concert to a matinee at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
Steve Richards of Geneva will bring back his Neil Diamond tribute concert to a matinee at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

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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:

“GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS”: Various daytime performances through Oct. 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:

FLYING COLORS WITH DISTRICT 97 WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by The Artimus Pyle Band in a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd with Blackfoot at 8 p.m. Oct. 18; saxophone great Kenny G at 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Engelbert Humperdinck at 3 p.m. Oct. 20; Jefferson Starship at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; a silent film at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 featuring “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”; SiriusXM radio host Jen Fulwiler with her stand-up comedy show at 6 p.m. Oct. 23; Last in Line Supergroup at 9 p.m. Oct. 23; Marshall Tucker Band at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24; and UFO at 8 p.m. Oct 25 and 26. Information:

OCT. 18

DIVAS3: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. Three female singers with powerhouse voices will span 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 and Donna Summer plus ABBA. Information:, 630-937-8930.

THE PROFESSIONAL KANE REPERTORY THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “OUR TOWN”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, Marquee Youth Stage, 619 W. Main St., St. Charles. St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina will make his acting debut as an angry townsman in the Oct. 18 performance. Cost: $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for students. Information:, 678-296-8975.

FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS STAGES “CHILDREN OF EDEN” MUSICAL: 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20, Waubonsee Community College Auditorium, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. Cost: $22 for adults and $16 for students. Information:

“THE CREATURE CREEPS” COMEDY BY JACK SHARKEY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall just west of Route 25 in downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military, police and fire personnel. Information: Reservations at, 630-897-9496.

GEORGIA RAE FAMILY BAND: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The Lucky Ones will open at 7 p.m. for the band. The show is followed by Orlando Peña and the Midnight Purchase, with Bubbles Brown opening at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. JDR and the Broadcast will appear Oct. 25, with Nicole Amine opening. Information:

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. 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 HIKE ABOUT NOCTURAL ANIMALS: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 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, charity raffles and lunch service. Strollers are welcome. Cost: $5 admission fee, with a $1 discount if bringing a new toy for ACCESS Toy Drive; free admission for children age 12 and younger. Information:

“THE HEADLESS HESSIAN OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER AMERICAN HORROR STORIES”: 8 p.m., Fermilab, off Kirk and Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back. Cost: $25 for adults, $13 for people age 18 and younger. Information:, 630-840-ARTS (2787).

PIG ROAST FUNDRAISER FOR VALLEY SHELTERED WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 325 Main St., Batavia. It’s a drive-up-and-take-away event hosted by Team FIB BBQ. Cost: $10. Information:,, 630-879-2359.

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF TO BENEFIT CONLEY OUTREACH GRIEF PROGRAMS: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. Public tasting begins at 2 p.m. for $5. It’s a CASI-sanctioned chili contest. Information:

LOCAL LEGENDS & LAGERS: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St., Batavia. Adults age 21 and older can listen to local legends as they snack on hors d’oeuvres and taste beer from Energy City Brewing of Batavia. The night will include a short hike to the cave. Cost: $45 for residents, $68 for nonresidents. Information: Tickets at

ESCAPE THE MANSION: Various times that day, Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Groups of 10 will be given the opportunity to participate in the escape-room style event. Cost: $10 for Park District residents and $15 for nonresidents, with tickets available online and at the Recreation Center and Sunset Community Center. Information:, 630-232-4542.

TAMMI SAVOY AND THE CHRIS CASELLO COMBO WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Vito Zatto at 3 p.m. Oct. 20; $5 Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Rob Thompson at 7 p.m. Oct. 23; and The Flat Cats at 8:30 Oct. 25. Information:

HAUNTED QUARRY: 7 to 9 p.m., 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. Information: 630-879-5235,

OCT. 20

WATERLINE WRITERS BEGINS NEW SEASON: 7 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Featured writers will be Alan Souter, Wilda Morris, Dan Klefstad and Donald J. Bingle. Everyone is welcome. Writers may bring a five-minute piece to share at the 8:30 p.m. open mic. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for students. Wine and beer will be available. Information:

ADULT BAKING SERIES ON MUFFINS WITH BILL THE BAKER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., DRM European Cafe & Delicatessen, 610 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information:

OCT. 24

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT BATAVIA: 7 p.m., Shannon Hall at Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Presentations have 20 images, each for 20 seconds, for a total of under seven minutes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food and beverages will be sold. Cost $10 at the door or at Information:

BOOK SIGNING PARTY WITH ELIZABETH RUSSELL: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., suite 103, Geneva. Her latest fantasy novel is “Trinian.” Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Cost: Free admission. Information:

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: Through Nov. 2, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information:

OCT. 25

ROALD DAHL’S “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.”: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 630-584-0139.

OCT. 26

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR BATAVIA PARKS FOUNDATION: 7 to 10 p.m., Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. The theme is the 1980s. There will be casino games, raffle prizes, dancing to a DJ, refreshments and appetizers. Cost: $70, which includes one drink ticket and 70 casino chips. One must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at Information:

WITCH’S BALL ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTY: 9:30 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort’s Bourbon Street, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. A costume contest is part of the night open to people age 21 and older. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-6300.

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 homegrown produce. Cost: Prices vary. Information:, 630-232-6429.

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.

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.

OCT. 27

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. 28

“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. 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:

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

OCT. 30

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

OCT. 31

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.

NOV. 1

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.

NOV. 2

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,

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