November/December Around the Block
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“Strike a Pose for Women”
The Zonta Club of Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles presents “Strike a Pose for Women” Sun., Nov. 3 from 1–3pm at Wheaton Bowl, 2031 N. Gary Ave. $30/person includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, all-you-can-eat Pal Joey’s Pizza, desserts, raffles and prizes. Funds raised support scholarships for local women and girls, grants for local agencies working to eradicate domestic violence and international programs. To register, call Christie Plotzke, 847-931-2292 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cookies support the military
Girls who participate in the program support a “Gift of Caring” by asking customers if they’d like to order cookies for the military. When military members receive Girl Scout Cookies, it provides them with a taste of home! Learn how to support girls and the military through the Girl Scout Cookie Program at girlscoutsni.org/events/cookie-programs.
Get in the garden
The Gardeners meet on the third Tuesday of each month, September–June, in the meeting room at the Batavia Public Library. Refreshments begin at 6:45, followed by a brief business meeting and speaker. The club’s premier project for the past 19 years has been the Wildflower Sanctuary on the Batavia Riverwalk thewildflowersanctuary.com.
Hope for the holidays
A program for those who have lost a loved one is offered by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice on Wed., Nov. 13 or Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30–8:30pm at Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Dr., Geneva. Registration is required one week in advance. Program is free and open to all. Spanish interpretation is available. Participants learn coping skills for dealing with the powerful emotions triggered by the holiday season and ideas for getting through some of the more difficult times. To register or for information, call 630-232-2233 or e-mail info@ fvvh.org.
Healing service planned
Unity of Fox Valley offers a monthly service at 230 Webster St. in Batavia from 7–8pm. Music, chant, prayer, and hands on healing are conducted by members of the music and prayer chaplain team. For information: 630-879-1115, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or unityoffoxvalley.org.
Adopt a family
The Batavia United Way is once again collaborating with the Batavia School District to lend a helping hand to families in need this Christmas. Help by fulfilling the wish list of a specific family, donate money or provide gift cards. All donations go to the Adopt a Family fund. Contact Batavia United Way’s Executive Director Jody Haltenhof at 630-879-4041 or email@example.com.
Celebrate the holidays with Lazarus House
Lazarus House invites the community to join its staff, guests and many supporters at its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, 11:30am–2pm at the Tri-Cities Salvation Army Joe K. Anderson Community Center, 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles; and also to its Home Town Celebration on Sat., Dec. 7 at 7:45pm at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles for a fun night of music featuring local talent. Visit lazarushouseonline.com
Batavia’s best kept secret revealed—win a new Corvette!
Tickets are now on sale for the Batavia Rotary Club’s 25th Annual Corvette Drawing. This year’s Grand Prize is a new 2014 Corvette Convertible or $40,000 cash, with nine other cash prizes also to be given away. Only 1,000 tickets will be issued. Ticket donation is $100. The drawing will take place at 7pm Sat., Nov. 23, at Moss Family Funeral Home (South Batavia Ave. & Main St.). All proceeds benefit local charities, BHS Scholarships and Rotary International programs. Tickets available online at: BataviaRotaryCharities.com or from Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn (630-448-4033) or Moss Family Funeral Home (630-879-7900). Tickets may also be requested by mail at: Rotary Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 111, Batavia, IL 60510. Make checks payable to Rotary Club of Batavia.
Have a 19th century Christmas
Step back in time to a 19th century Christmas at Durant House Museum on Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7–8, 2–6pm both days. The house will be decorated in 19th century finery including evergreens and candles. Learn about Christmas on the prairie and the history of the decorated tree, and sample a tasty old-fashioned holiday treat. Durant House is in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Admission $3 for adults, $1 for kids. Visit ppfv.org or call 630-377-6424.
Fox Valley Robotics hosts robotics competitions
Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics (FVR/BR) will host the Batavia FLL LEGO Regional Competition on Sat., Dec. 21. 32 teams of kids in grades 4–8 will compete in this year’s challenge, “Nature’s Fury” for a chance to move on to the state competition in January. On Feb. 9, 2014, FVR/BR will host the Batavia FTC Regional, which will have 9–12 graders competing in the game “Block Party” for a chance to move on to the state competition. On March 8, 2014, FVR/BR will host the VEX State Competition for middle and high school level kids competing in this year’s challenge “Toss Up.” Kids from six other pre-qualifying regionals will compete in a chance to go to the world competition in April. All competitions are at Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Rd., Batavia, 10am–4pm. More info foxvalleyrobotics.com/events.
Bulldog Marching Band CARES
The Batavia Bulldog Marching Band will be working with Batavia Cares for the project “An American Christmas for the Troops” to collect items for troops deployed around the world. Each section of the band will be assigned a category of items to collect, i.e. hygiene, snacks, entertainment, and other items requested by troops. The band will also solicit monetary donations to pay for shipping. Packages will be sent at the end of November. For more information on how you can help, contact Jerry DiCola at 312-296-6712 or Joleen Batek, 630-761-1928. Friends and relatives of deployed troops are encouraged to register them on the Batavia Cares website, bataviacares.org, or send their address to Batavia Cares, 324 Church St., Batavia 60510. For more information call 630-687-1943 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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