Christmas charm on Geneva House tour

Five charming homes, aglow with holiday decorations, will open their doors to visitors for the Geneva Christmas House Tour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

The personality of each home will illuminate when local decorators and landscapers work with homeowners to create holiday magic. A Holiday Tea held at the Congregational Church in Geneva is included in the $30 price of the ticket.

The event is sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds are used for holiday decorations.

Tickets are now available. More information is available by calling the  Chamber at (630) 232-6060.


Tickets on sale for annual Steeple Walk

The Steeple Walk returns Sunday, Dec. 7 to usher in the holidays, greeting patrons with a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches.

The holiday tradition runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Two audience groups will attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St.; and Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St.

Patrons will then walk to the final performances – and similar rotation format —at both the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St.; and First Church of Christ, Scientist, 111 S. Second St.

A guide escorts the groups to the next church, all within easy walking distance, and shares information about the architecture of each site.

Tickets are $12 and are available for purchase on the City’s website or at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; Circa, 123 S. Third St.; or any of the participating churches.


Batavia Chamber seeks top citizen nominees

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce seeks nominees for the annual Batavia Citizen of the Year Award honoring extraordinary contributions to the community over the course of the recipient’s lifetime.

The winner will be the guest of honor at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual recognition event. The Inspire 2015 awards recognition takes place on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

Nominees must reside or have their business in Batavia or Batavia Township.

Among other requirements:

*  The nominee must have assisted in an improvement or program of significant value to the Batavia community.

*  The improvement must be made because of a personal commitment and not substantially because of their primary employment or public responsibilities.

*  The nominee may not currently be on the Board of Directors of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

*  The contributions of the nominee to the community should be of an extraordinary nature.

To nominate a deserving person, submit a letter of recommendation to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce no later than Dec. 1. The letter should state the reasons why the nominee is worthy of this honor. A committee of previous recipients of the award selects the Batavia Citizen of the Year based upon the letters of recommendation received.


Amelia Earhart program at Batavia Public Library

Acclaimed aviatrix Amelia Earhart will be portrayed by actress Leslie Goddard at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia.

Goddard will chronicle Earhart’s life, aviation records she broke and her unconventional views of marriage.

The program is the third of three fall Sundays on Stage presentations at the library.

The public is invited. Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

Call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200 or visit to register or for information.


Mortgage relief event at Dundee-Crown Dec. 6

Homeowners struggling to hold onto your property can get help on Dec. 6.

That’s when the Kane County Foreclosure Task Force will host a Mortgage Relief Project event that could help you lower your mortgage, avoid foreclosure and keep your home.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville.

For more information call a toll-free consumer hotline (800) 532-8785 during regular business hours or visit or

Homeowners will receive helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scams. Additionally, HUD-certified counselors will be on hand to provide private, one-on-one counseling.


Cougars kick off annual winter coach drive 

The Kane County Cougars have formally kicked off the organization’s annual winter coat drive.

As part of the Cougars’ partnership with Lions Clubs International, the winter coat drive will provide local families with much-needed winter outerwear this holiday season.

Fans can stop by the Cougars’ administrative office at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations of new or gently-used winter coats for infants, children and adults are all encouraged.

Fans will receive one undated reserved seat ticket voucher valid for a 2015 regular season Cougars game for each donated item.

Through the South Elgin Lions Club, all items will be given to area families who are in need of cold-weather outerwear this winter. The Cougars are requesting that items be donated no later than Noon on Friday, Dec. 19.

For more information, fans can contact the Cougars at (630) 232-8811.


Curbside recycling bin exchange in Naperville

Cascade Engineering is back in Naperville to work on recycling cart exchanges requests received by the City prior to Oct. 8.

Crews will work Monday through Saturday of that week to finish deliveries. Residents should place their empty, clean cart on the curb to facilitate the exchange process.

Beginning Nov. 21, additional recycling cart inventory will be available for households who are interested in an exchange but did not make a request prior to Oct. 8.

Residents should bring the empty, clean recycling cart to the Public Works Service Center (PWSC) beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 5, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The PWSC will also be open on Saturday, Dec.  6 for exchanges of clean recycling carts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All exchanges are dependent on inventory quantities. Residents should continue to check the web site ( for inventory updates throughout the exchange process.

—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from new sources and submitted items.