May/June Around the Block
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Spring at the Japanese Garden
May through August the Fabyan Japanese Garden will be open on Sundays from 1–4:30pm and Wednesdays from 1-4pm. The Fabyan Villa Museum will be open for guided public tours on Wednesdays from 1–4pm and weekends from 1-4:30pm. Both sites will also be open on Thursdays from 1-4pm, June-August. Both of these historic treasures are located in the Fabyan West Forest Preserve on Rt. 31, north of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. A donation of $1 for the garden and $2 for the museum is appreciated. 630-377-6424 or ppfv.org
Girl Scouts help girls succeed
When girls succeed, so does society. The Girl Scouts feel it’s time to start supporting girls, so they can be the leaders the world needs. All are invited to join the Girl Scouts on Tues., May 21, from 5:30–7pm at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva to hear how they can participate, speak up, and invest in girls to create change. 800-242-5591, ext. 7198
Gardening group hosts plant sale and garden walk
Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners (BPDG) will host their annual plant sale on Sat., May 11 from 9am–12pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Bataiva. Many unusual plants will be available, most dug from members’ gardens. On Sat., June 22 from 9am–4pm, BPDG will host a Garden Walk, “Gardens of De-Light and Shade,” with complimentary tea served. Tickets are $13 if purchased through the Batavia Park District prior to June 22, or $15 the day of the event at Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy., Bataiva. 630-879-9328
Lazarus House events raise funds for those in need
Lazarus House, a shelter in St. Charles serving individuals who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness, invites the public to three upcoming events. On Wed., May 8 Francesca’s on the River hosts Eat & Earn. Their annual Golf Outing/Dinner Auction, held in partnership with the St. Charles Kiwanis, is Mon., June 10 at Royal Fox Country Club. The Great Western Freedom Four Run & Walk is July 4 at LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve. More information is available at lazarushouseonline.com.
Group recognizes achievements
The Association for Individual Development will host their 2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation Wed., May 15 at 5:30pm at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. The event celebrates the past year’s achievements and accomplishments. There is no cost to attend this event, however reservations are requested by May 7 by calling 847-931-2294.
Zonta club awards scholarships
The members of the Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia will award scholarships and grants at the annual meeting on Tues., May 7. The event takes place at 5:30pm at the Geneva History Center and highlights the amazing achievements of both scholarship and social service agency awardees. RSVP by calling 847-931-2292 or email@example.com.
Fox Valley Robotics expands summer programs
Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics (FVR/BR) are expanding their 2013 Summer Programs for kids. A variety of fun and exciting programs for all age groups are available. In June and July the 6th annual RoboCamp will be held for 1st-3rd grades and the 11th annual Summer Lego Workshops will be held for 4th-8th grades. The 6th annual Summer Metal Workshops held in July for 8th–12th grades. The kids work in small groups in all of the above to maximize their hands-on experiences. foxvalleyrobotics.com
Celebrity golf outing raises funds for Special Olympics
The 2013 Midwest Golf Celebrity Pro-Am to benefit Special Olympics Illinois Area 2 is Mon., June 17 at Royal Fox Country Club, St. Charles. The format for this year’s event will match professional athletes and other celebrities with amateur foursomes in a Scramble Format Tournament. The day begins with a shotgun start and lunch followed by cocktails and a dinner and auction. soill.org/area/index.php?area=2
Free support groups available for caregivers
Elderday Center offers free caregiver support groups. A Spouses Who Are Caregivers Support Group is held every second Thursday from 1:30–3pm at Elderday Center, 328 W. Wilson St. Batavia. Parkinson’s Support Groups are offered on the second Wednesday from 1–2:30pm (South Elgin Village Hall, 10 N. Water St., 2nd Floor, South Elgin) and at Delnor, 300 Randall Rd., Geneva every third Saturday from 10:30–12pm. 630-761-9750
Spend a day on the prairie
The 1843 Durant House Museum will open for the season on Sun., June 2 at 1pm. The museum will be open Thursday from 1–4pm, June–August as well as Sundays from 1–4pm through Sept. 29. A donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children is appreciated. Located on its original site in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, expert staff and docents will offer guided tours of the home. Just a few steps away the one-room Pioneer Sholes School is also available for tours. ppfv.org or 630-377-6424
Support offered for those who have lost a parent
Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering “Memories of Mom,” a support group for women who have experienced the death of their mother. The group meets Thursdays, May 2-June 6, from 6:30-8pm. For adults whose father has died, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering “Memories of Dad,” an evening of reflecting and remembering on Mon., June 10 from 6:30–8:30pm. fvvh.org or 630-232-2233
Girl Scouts honor high achievers
On Sun., June 9, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host Young Women of Distinction 2013 at Pipers Banquets in Aurora. This event will honor Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Girl Scout Scholarships. Keynote speaker will be Kristin Bien, 2001 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and current anchor and reporter at WSBT-TV in South Bend, IN. Information about sponsorships or attending is available by calling 630-897-1565.
Bike club invites all along for the ride
The Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club sponsors outdoor activities in the Fox Valley area. FVBSC has several rides per week during the daylight savings time months. Most rides begin at the Kane County Government Center and continue along the Prairie Path, Fox River Trail, park paths, and roads with rides for all different levels of riders. Non-members are welcome as long as they wear a helmet and sign a waiver. FVBSC also holds monthly club meetings, social events and trips, and hosts the Annual Swedish Days ride. fvbsc.org
Get an inside look at Fremilab scientists at work
“Fermilab: Science at Work” is a new 40-minute documentary directed by Clayton Brown and available for viewing at youtube/IrrxNxDKtd8. The film crew followed ten Fermilab scientists for about two years, ending up with an enjoyable inside look at the laboratory and the people who make it tick.
Newcomers club welcomes all
The Fox Valley Newcomers & Neighbors Club is a social and philanthropic organization for women in the area who are interested in meeting and making new friends through various social and fundraising activities. The annual membership fee of $25 provides members with a membership directory and a monthly newsletter that recaps the upcoming monthly events and activities. The club invites all women who are new to the area, have had a lifestyle change, or are just looking for a friendly, social organization to become involved in, to attend a monthly meeting. foxvalleynewcomers.com
Fox Valley Children’s Chorus to hold auditions
Fox Valley Children’s Chorus, a community chorus for children in second grade through high school, will be holding auditions for the 2013–14 season on Mon., May 13, from 6–8pm and Sat., May 18, from 9:30–11:30am at the Congregation Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. The chorus performs a variety of music from the 17th century to the present and draws its members from several Fox Valley communities. Auditions can be scheduled by calling director Daniele Bruhn, 630-879-3235. fvchildrenschorus.org
Support the Guide Dog Classic
The Batavia Lions Club’s annual Guide Dog Golf Classic is Sat., June 8 at the Fox Valley Country Club. Check in time is 8:15am and the fee includes 18 holes of golf, prizes and raffles, lunch on the course and a steak dinner at the Batavia Moose Lodge. Hole sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the Guide Dog Foundation for the training and placement of a guide dog and the local Lions Club vision programs. Contact Lion Don Murphy, 630-879-1056 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss the marathon?
Save the date for the Batavia Lions Club and Montessori Academy’s ”Bridge to Bridge”5k/10k race Sat., May 11. Proceeds benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and other local charities. Sponsorships available. 630-879-2588
Support for those with special needs
The mission of Day One Network is to find solutions for infants, children and adults with developmental delays and/or disabilities who reside in Kane and Kendall Counties. All services are provided free of charge. dayonenetwork.org
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