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  • Students part of Ag Days at Mooseheart Mar 19, 2015 4:23 PM
    About a dozen classes from five schools took part in the Kane County Farm Bureau's 31st annual Ag Days at Mooseheart near Batavia. Presentations were made by farmers and presenters from many facets of the agriculture industry.

  • Heritage Prairie Farm brings weekly organic produce to community Mar 19, 2015 9:10 PM
    Heritage Prairie Farm brings the best in local produce and eggs to the community with their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Participating in their CSA program allows the community to incorporate fresh, local, certified organic produce into their diet.

  • Believe Project: $100 for friend who lost her marriage, mother and home Mar 19, 2015 5:31 AM
    The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Barb Mabbs of Batavia, whose friend separated from her husband and lost her mother. Then her home burned down.

  • Rauner meeting leaves Tri-Cities mayors feeling better about income tax fund loss Mar 19, 2015 6:52 PM
    A group of west suburban mayors met in private with Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to discuss the specific impacts of local governments losing half their share of state income taxes. They left feeling better about the long term impact of Rauner's vision on their local coffers. “It’s yin and yang," Patsy Smith said. "You only have a certain amount of money and you have to find a way to spend it efficiently."

  • Enjoy Arcada organ concert Sunday Mar 18, 2015 6:48 PM
    The Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts will host a free organ concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles. Due to the upcoming restoration of the 3/16 Marr Colton/Geneva organ, it could be a while before you get a chance to hear the organ again.

  • Leonard Nimoy Night at the Arcada Friday Mar 18, 2015 10:14 PM
    It will be “Leonard Nimoy Night” on Friday, March 20, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. It will begin at 7 p.m. with a showing of the 1967 “Star Trek” episode, “City on the Edge of Forever,” when the crew lands in 1930s Chicago. Five Year Mission, a Star Trek tribute band from Indianapolis, will play original songs recorded about each of the original TV episodes at 8 p.m.

  • Elgin Master Chorale sings Rodgers and Hammerstein classics Mar 18, 2015 1:41 PM
    It's the music you know and love. Elgin Master Chorale will present “Something Wonderfu,l” featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s American theater standards, from “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music” and more, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

  • Batavia's River's Edge taps into love of beer and bluegrass Mar 18, 2015 5:30 AM
    New owners took over O'Brien's Pub and Grill in May, transforming the Batavia bar into Rivers Edge Bar & Grill. With a focus on bluegrass music and craft beer, the spot has become a bustling hangout for locals.

  • Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet comes to Batavia Saturday Mar 17, 2015 11:42 AM
    Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series presents “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” with the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist, Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy Award winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s.

  • Get ready to ‘LOL’ for good cause at new Girl Scout event Mar 17, 2015 3:35 PM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to present, for the first time ever, “LOL with GSNI!” This fundraising event on Friday, April 10, will feature performers from the Second City Conservatory, The Annoyance Theatre and One Group Mind, as well as dinner, a silent auction, and cash bar.

  • Kiwanis member involved 65 years in Aurora Pancake Day Mar 18, 2015 9:29 PM
    Ninety-seven year-old G. William “Bill” Moore has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora since 1950. And each year he has been involved with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day fundraiser. He remembers the early years when pancake legend “Aunt Jemima” (Etta Johnson) flew-in by helicopter or came by train. In 1957, Aurora held a parade with Aunt Jemima. On Saturday, March 21, the community is invited to the 65th Kiwanis Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to noon at Aurora Central Catholic High School.

  • St. Charles native sails with America’s Cup ships into new business Mar 16, 2015 1:09 PM
    Kukec's People features St. Charles and Aurora native Ryan Weber, a competitive sailing winner and co-owner of Next Level Sailing Chicago, which acquired America's Cup yachts called Stars and Stripes and the Abracadabra for tourists and private parties starting in May on Lake Michigan.

  • Health Insurance for People 65 + Years Mar 17, 2015 3:12 PM
    This lesson will explore the options and tools necessary for health insurance decisions by people approaching or whom are already on Medicare.

  • Therapy dog helps with literacy skills Mar 16, 2015 5:41 PM
    Every Friday morning a very special friend comes to Leman Middle School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 to listen to stories being read by students with special education needs in Ms. Rivera’s classroom. This friend, Churchill, is a very lovable, gentle dog that has been specially trained as a therapy reading dog. When approached by the dog’s owner, Jeanine Schueman, with the opportunity to have Churchill read with her students, Ms. Rivera jumped at the chance and scheduled weekly visits. “ When this opportunity was offered, I thought it would be something the kids would really enjoy. Reading aloud can be tricky for some of them, considering their disabilities, and reading to Churchill gives them an opportunity to feel comfortable reading aloud. Also, the kids feel like it is a reward for all their hard work when at the end of the week they get to take a break and read to Churchill,” stated Ms. Rivera. Each of her students gets an opportunity to read quietly in a room with Churchill, while Mrs. Schueman gently guides the students through the book. “Churchill and I became certified as a therapy reading dog team because I wanted to give back to the community, especially within District 33, “shared Mrs. Schueman, who is also a parent of a student in District 33. “It is my passion to help children become better readers, which in turn will help the children become better students, and in the future, more productive citizens.” According to Mrs. Schueman, the main objective of the therapy reading dog program is to provide a relaxed and “dog friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice their reading skills. Children who have difficulties reading tend to be self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Other facilitators at Leman Middle School have also had their students read, as well as practice other literacy skills, with Churchill. “Having Churchill visit our reading intervention class was by far one of the most memorable experiences of the year. The students’ academic performance grew immensely while having a furry companion strolling around the classroom. Emotionally, the room had such a calm, relaxed, and joyful feeling. We cannot say thank you enough to Jeanine for allowing us this amazing opportunity. It was a true blessing!” shared Marielle Ostling, facilitator at Leman Middle School. Additionally, Ms. Ostling could see the students were more comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts on what they were learning when they could speak directly to Churchill and pet him. “It was fun having Churchill in our classroom because we read a story, he listened, and we wrote on a Post-It note [what we learned]. Churchill saw us write on the paper and we could pet him. We are glad Churchill came to visit us,” shared student Adamaris Rodriguez.

  • Easter egg hunt for adults by moonlight and flashlight Mar 16, 2015 7:42 PM
    With flashlight in hand, adults, age 18 and older, are invited to search for Easter eggs from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at Boy Scout Camp Big Timber in Elgin. The first-ever Three Fires Council Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt includes 6,000 numbered plastic Easter eggs scattered over 10 acres of wooded campground. Select eggs will be redeemable for prizes. The grand prize (each night) is a 42-inch flat screen television.

  • Home Show returns to St. Charles this weekend Mar 16, 2015 9:18 PM
    Back for their 56th season of doing shows in the Chicago area, The Home Shows, Inc. will hold their annual gala of exhibitors at St. Charles’ Kane County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22. Residents in the Fox Valley suburbs are invited to attend this free exposition with free parking. They will see the latest in home remodeling and repair products and services.

  • Book program welcomes Lester Munson Mar 15, 2015 5:26 PM
    Batavia’s popular monthly noontime book program Books Between Bites welcomes back Lester Munson at noon Thursday, March 19. He will discuss three books: “Michael Jordan: The Life” by Roland Lazenby; “Geronimo” by Mike Leach and Buddy Levy and “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown.

  • Heun: Rt. 38 roadwork could mean smoother Swedish Days parade route Mar 14, 2015 6:52 PM
    Dave Heun says the repaving of State Street in Geneva should make for a smoother Swedish Days parade this summer.

  • Tri-Cities police reports Mar 16, 2015 5:36 PM
    Carl L. Waver, 50, of Batavia, was charged with disobeying stop signs and fleeing the police at 9:06 p.m. Sunday on Wagner Road, according to a police report.

  • Geneva church “Commits to Knit” to help women, children in distress Mar 13, 2015 11:43 PM
    More than 30 members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva are using their knitting and crocheting skills to make a difference in the world. The church’s Commit to Knit group creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted items — scarves, shawls, baby blankets, clothing, dolls and more — which are donated to women and children in need locally and globally.

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