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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Explore nature at Fermilab’s ‘Discovery Day’
Friday, July 6 is the last day to sign up for the “Discovery Day” event at Fermilab in Batavia. On Saturday, July 14, Fermilab Natural Areas will be offering guided tours of some of the lesser-known natural points of interest of Fermilab. It offers local nature enthusiasts a rare opportunity to explore areas of the lab not normally open to the public. The Discovery Day will begin at the Kuhn Barn in the Fermilab Village, where visitors can chat with other wildlife-lovers before joining a bus and walking tour of some of the lab’s off-the-beatentrack natural areas. At each stop, expert volunteer guides will share their natural history knowledge and answer any questions. The tours will visit four locations. At the award-winning Nepese Marsh, the site steward will cover its history and point out some current residents such as the secretive sora and the little blue heron. At the next stop, the guides introduce guests to the diversity of Big Woods North and species such as the mullein foxglove and the tiger swallowtail butterfly. The tour at Indian Creek Woods will give visitors an opportunity to explore Fermilab’s wetland mitigation site and see how (with a little work) ospreys are now soaring over what was once a major construction project. Finally, there will be a stop at the Main Ring Savanna. Guides will point out some of the species, such as the redheaded woodpecker and pale Indian plantain. “Fermilab has a wealth of valuable natural areas,” said Ryan Campbell, Fermilab ecologist and Discovery Day guide. “Discovery Day will offer visitors a rare glimpse of some of the areas which are not generally open to the public.” Space is limited for this event; email fermilabnatural areas+discoveryday@gmail. com or phone (630) 840-4845 to reserve your place by Friday, July 6. There is no fee for the tours, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person to cover the costs of the day. Lunch also will be available for purchase. Visitors should be prepared for walking over uneven surfaces. Bring insect repellent and sunscreen and wear closed-toe shoes. Participants may enter the lab via the Batavia Road or Pine Street entrances and follow signs to the Kuhn Barn in the village. Fermilab Natural Areas is a nonprofit volunteer group

Take a guided tour of some of the lesser-known natural areas of Fermilab during the “Discovery Day” event on Saturday, July 14. Deadline to sign up is Friday, July 6.


devoted to restoring the lab’s prairie, woodlands, wetlands and savanna. The group also hosts regular volunteer

events and guided walks on the lab. Membership is open to all. For information about

Fermilab Natural Areas or Discovery Day, visit the website at

Patriotic music

Registration available for camp at Garfield Farm Museum
Submitted by Garfield Farm Museum

Rick Falato, right, executive director of the Yorkville Big Band, directed the 21-member group at McCullough Park in Aurora June 14. The free Flag Day concert kicked off the Fox Valley Park District’s Concerts in the Park series. The series continues at 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 26 at Montgomery Park; and Aug. 2 at McCullough Park.


There’s still time to sign up for Farm Camp at Garfield Farm Museum. The first session runs from Tuesday to Thursday, July 10-12. The third session runs from Tuesday to Thursday, July 24-26. Both sessions are for children ages 8 to 11. They start at 9 a.m. and end at noon each day. The second session is for older children ages 12 to 15 and takes place Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $75

per session. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at (630) 584-8485 or emailing to info@ During the camps, children will experience farm life through guided tours of the museum’s historic barns and 1846 brick inn. They will begin each day by helping to feed the chickens, turkeys, sheep, hogs and oxen. The children will also take part in hands-on activities and witness demonstrations of everyday activities

such as blacksmithing, contra dancing, corn shelling, hearthside cooking, flailing wheat, gathering eggs, playing period games, driving oxen, scrubbing laundry and vegetable gardening. Garfield Farm Museum is a 370-acre historically intact former 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that volunteers and donors are preserving as an 1840s living history museum. The museum is off Route 38 on Garfield Road, five miles west of Geneva.

‘Assassins’ musical opens in Geneva
Submitted by Geneva Underground Playhouse

Religion — Special events
• Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles sponsors free Friday Noontime Summer Concerts from noon to 12:30 p.m. each week through Aug. 24. On July 6, violinist Casey McGrath will perform romantic favorites for violin. The concerts coincide with another popular Baker endeavor, the weekly farmers market on Fourth Avenue, adjacent the church, held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday. Baker Memorial Church is at Fourth Avenue and East Main Street in St. Charles, just west of the intersection of routes 64 and 25. For information, contact the church office, (630) 584-6680. • Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles will celebrate the post-holiday weekend with its annual Liberty Fest Pancake Breakfast in the church’s Wiley Hall Saturday, July 7. The kitchen opens at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for those 9 and older and $3 for kids ages 3 to 8, and will be available at the door. Children age 2 and younger are free. Baker Memorial Church is at 307 Cedar Ave. in downtown St. Charles, just west of routes 64 and 25. Call the church at (630) 584-6680 for more information. • The Congregational Church of Batavia will once again hold only one worship service for the summer Sundays through Aug. 12. This choice reflects a wish to optimize the worship experience for those attending while acknowledging the reality of lower attendance over the summer as families travel on vacation. However, the team in charge of planning worship at the church understands that some families or individuals who normally come at 10:30 a.m. may not be able to get to a 9 a.m. service. Also, visitors who don’t know the summer schedule may arrive later, expecting a 10:30 a.m. service. Therefore, the 10:30 hour will be filled with a program of worship-related events called “Beyond Worship” this summer. Each “Beyond Worship” event will be an independent experience. Visitors can attend assured they’re on an equal footing with those who came previous weeks, as can people who have been away. Most of the offered events are appropriate for the family and should be both fun and worthwhile. On July 8 in “Prayer: More Than Just Words,” church member Lindsey Huddleston welcomes children as well as teens and adults to an exploration of praying through moving — movement as prayer. Come learn about communication with God beyond the boundaries of words. On July 15, it will be silence/ solitude as a worship aid: “Peace with God” (the topic of the morning’s 9 a.m. service) involves communion — communication. Silence and solitude offer approaches to a more intimate relationship with God. Either can be very difficult to achieve in a life filled with people and technology. Do you need or dread silence and/or solitary time? Learn more about how quiet and solitude can become wells of spiritual refreshment. The Congregational Church of Batavia is a United Church of Christ congregation. If any of these events appeal to you, join the church. All are welcome and there is no admission charge for any of the sessions. • Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites all children ages 3 through fifth grade to get ready to dive into fun at “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God” vacation Bible school. Explore and experience God’s underwater universe at VBS. It will be held from 6:15 to 8 p.m. July 9-13 at the church, 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. The adventures include regular “Deep Sea Voyages” into Bible stories, creative crafts, handson mission work, loads of fun outdoor games, water science and music. To sign up, call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or email • Is the heat sapping your culinary imagination? Now is the perfect time to get fresh inspiration for casual summer gatherings. Chef Mike Zema, professor emeritus in the Elgin Community College Culinary Department, will host a cooking class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles. Get recipes, tips and great samples of featured hot-weather fare such as grilled citrus chicken, roasted corn and bean salsa, a refreshing fruit and yogurt soup and more. The fee for the class is $30 per person. To reserve your spot, call the church office at (630) 584-2596. • During the week of July 23-27, Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles will hold its annual vacation Bible school. “On Course with Christ” will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each weekday. Activities will include music, games, crafts and much more. This free event is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2012, through fifth grade. Registration forms are required and are available at the church office, or you can download the two-page form online at under the “What We Do — Children” page. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434 or email to Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles. • Bethany Lutheran Church, Wilson and Lincoln streets in Batavia, is taking registration for vacation Bible school. Kids 4 years old to fifth grade as of fall 2012, can enjoy a time of Team 45 (for the 45-year-olds), basketball, soccer, cheer or drama, plus meet new friends the week of July 30-Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The church has teamed up with counselors from Unchartered Waters in Colorado to bring a high-energy camp of fun, Bible Study and more. Register online at or call the church office at (630) 8793444 to receive registration information. • Glen Berger’s “Underneath the Lintel” will be performed by British actor Darren Hill on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Our Savior Lutheran Church Dinner Theater, 420 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m. The sole character — The Librarian — embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue. Sit back, relax, enjoy and experience the mysterious adventure that spans the globe and the ages. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Foods Resource Bank. Its mission is to end world hunger by globally connecting local communities through agriculture in order to raise funding and awareness. It engages volunteers to raise money for between 50-60 overseas programs a year. All of the programs focus on developing smallholder agriculture, often in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. They see agriculture as the solution to hunger experienced in much of the world. For reservations, call the church office, (630) 897-5936, before Tuesday, July 31. Cost is $15 per person with your entree choice of chicken or beef. Entrance for the theater is off the rear church parking lot located off Garfield Avenue in Aurora. • St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, welcomes crafters to apply for a spot at the seventh annual arts and craft show to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20. Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and Christmas holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. The building is wheelchair-accessible. Information for exhibitors from, (630) 497-8799 or from • Temple B’nai Israel Religious School will offer up to two years of free tuition without requirement of temple membership for students who enroll in pre-K, first or second grades for the 201213 school year. Registration is under way. There is a separate offer for students in upper grades; call the temple office for more information. The temple offers a comprehensive religious education program for children in pre-K through high school that features a dynamic, hands-on curriculum in Hebrew, Jewish history, ethics and religious observances. The congregation provides a welcoming community. To register for religious school, call the temple at (630) 892-2450. Visit the temple website at temple-bnai-israel. org.

The Geneva Underground Playhouse will open the musical “Assassins” beginning July 6. The show, featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim, will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 6-21, and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 8-22. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, 65 and older. “Assassins” has music and lyrics by Sondheim, and a book by John Weidman. It is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr. Using the premise of a carnival game, the show is a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted to assassinate presidents of the United States. The musical first opened off-Broadway in 1990, and the 2004 Broadway production won five Tony Awards. Community theater veteran

Craig Gustafson is directing the GUP production, with musical direction by Kathleen Dooley. The cast includes: Garrett Ard, Sean Ogren, Terry Foster, Carrie Dabelow, Harold LeBoyer, Meredith Higgins, Jaime Sandoval, Lars Timpa, Zach Gibson, Rod Kelly, Aimee Kennedy, Dean Sasman, Susan Barry, Pat Daly and Shane Frantz. Tickets are on sale at the theater’s website,, or by calling the box office at (630) 677-1725. If you reserve tickets over the phone, you may pick up the tickets at the box office before the performance and pay by check or cash. A credit or debit card can be used online. The Geneva Underground Playhouse is a nonprofit community theater at 524 W. State St., the corner of Sixth and State streets in downtown Geneva.

Summer Theater Festival presents ‘Into the Woods’
Submitted by St. Charles Summer Theater Festival

Once again, visitors and residents of St. Charles are invited to “Applaud, Create and Get Away” as arts and business organizations across the city reunite for the second annual St. Charles Summer Theater Festival. Devised by John Gawlik, artistic director for Fox Valley Repertory, the first festival was inaugurated in July of last year. Returning to St. Charles, July 6-22, the upcoming festival will condense the community’s creative charm into weekends of concerts, dramas, new play-readings and interactive art demonstrations. As a part of this effort, Natural Talent Productions and Onesti Entertainment present Stephen Sondheim’s famed musical, “Into the Woods.” Classic fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little

Red Riding Hood, whimsically weave together into an original story, framed by Sondheim’s characteristically intricate music. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, July 6; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit www.oshows. com. For further list of shows and events, visit The St. Charles Theater Festival will take place July 6-22 throughout the city of St. Charles. For information, visit or call (800) 777-4373. Festival attendees can book hotel rooms and have access to discounts on theater, entertainment and dining by visiting