Kane and DuPage regional events

Rick Michel and his 12-Piece Orchestra showcase the work of Frank Sinatra on Feb. 10at theMcAninch Arts Center College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn and


When the Cats Away, Fridays and Saturday, 8 p.m., Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, Aurora, 8 p.m. When the Cat’s Away is a classic British sex farce written by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke, based on their very popular British TV sitcom -George and Mildred. Information: (630) 897-9496 or email info@riverfrontplayhouse.com



On Golden Pond, Elgin Art Showcast, 164 Division St., 8th Floor, Elgin. The 1979 play by Ernest Thompson is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, 10 years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. Performances on Feb. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

FEB. 8

Brew N’View: Blazing Saddles, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, 7:30 p.m. vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modeled on Marlene Dietrich. Information: (630) 264-2739 or email info@twobrothersbrewing.com

Stories at the Museum Program—Play Now & Then, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin, 6-7 p.m., free admission. Listen to a storyteller Ms.Madeline of Gail Borden Public Library, visit “yesterday” game stations, try out stilts and make a corn husk craft to take home! This program is for children ages 3-6 years old.

FEB. 9

Indoor Farmer’s Market, Advocate Sherman Hospital, 1425 N Randall Road, Elgin, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop a wide selection of Healthful, Locally Grown and homemade foods, and personal care products from a variety of vendors.

FEB. 10

Frank Sinatra: A Musical Journey: Rick Michel and his 12-Piece Orchestra, McAninch Arts Center College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, $45-$49, 7:30 p.m. He’s back and bigger than ever. Rick Michel returns to the MAC, this time with his full 12-piece orchestra, commemorating the beloved Frank Sinatra with new songs and stories, as well as some of his greatest hits. Information: (630) 942-4000

FEB. 10-12

The Old House New House Home Show, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Update, renovate & remodel home surroundings with The Old House New House Home Show. See the latest in home improvements and explore exhibits from 300 select experts. Enjoy inspiring, idea-sparking daily workshops. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits The Habitat for Humanity. Information:

(630) 515-1160 or visit www.kennedy productions.com.

FEB. 11

Snow Portraits for Kids, Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 N. River Road, North Aurora, 1-2 p.m. Head outside and make some beautiful works of art on snow and ice. Ages 5 to 8. Information: (630) 897-1808 or email  fvpd@fvpd.net.

Valentine’s Day Farm Dinner, Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, $100 per person. This unique and intimate dinner features a menu of Beet Cured Sitka Salmon, Smoked Duck Breast, Seared Pork Belly, and much more. Vegetarian options are available upon specification. Information and menu at www.heritageprairiefarm.com/product/valentines-day-farm-dinner/ or call (630) 443-5989.

Have A Heart Pasta Gravy (AKA Sauce) Challenge Community Dinner, corner of Highland Avenue And Center Street In Downtown Elgin, 11 a.m. A free community dinner featuring a spaghetti sauce AKA gravy challenge with entries from local restaurants nonprofits and notable individuals. The dinner will also include mini desserts , free music, games for the kids and more.

En Vogue in concert, Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, 8 p.m., $75-$85. En Vogue is  recognized as one of the top five highest selling American female music groups in history with over 20 million albums sold. Tickets: https://northcentral.vbotickets.com/event/En_Vogue/15661 (add $4 for online orders).

Sweets from the Heart cookie walk and speciality bake sale, Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave., Naperville, 9 a.m.-noon. Event benefits the homeless, seniors and special needs animals of Holly’s Safe House for Strays. Information: (847) 852-0895 or sandyhollyboston@yahoo.com.

2nd Annual Chocolate Walk, Downtown Naperville, noon-5 p.m. Event benefits 360 Youth Services.  Attendees will receive a commemorative souvenir Chocolate Tin along with a map touring many Downtown Naperville shops and restaurants to experience chocolate tasty treats and chocolate surprises. Information: www.360youthservices.org/fundraising-events/2017-chocolate-walk/

FEB. 11-12

Elgin Symphony Orchestra—Romance at the Fountains of Rome, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets or information  contact the ESO Box Office at (847) 888-4000.


FEB. 12

Fermilab Family Open House, Fermilab’s Wilson Hall, South Kirk Road at Pine St., Batavia, 1-5 p.m. The open house offers an afternoon of science fun and is a party for children of all ages to learn about the world of physics. Information: (630) 840-3000 or email fermilab@fnal.gov. Advance registration required for tours.

Kane County Sportsman’s show., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $5. Legally buy, sell, trade firearms and all related items, fishing tackle, swords, knives, re-loading tools and components, books, Indian jewelry, hunting gear and more. All local and state laws apply. Free parking. Information: www.kanesportshow.com

History Speaks Lecture Series: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster Road, Naperville,

4 p.m., $8-$10 adults, $7-$9 children.  In celebration of the the 150th birthday of the American writer known for the “Little House on the Prairie” series, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laura Keyes will portray the American writer. Hear the real history of the author and discover the times, places and people who inspired her wonderful books.

Love Songs by Jenna Constable, Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River St., Montgomery, 10 a.m. This free event is being offered by the Village of Montgomery. There is no charge and the building is handicapped accessible. The monthly Senior Lunch and activity will begin at 11 a.m. after the presentation. There is a $4 cost for the lunch and pre-registration by Feb. 7 is required. Information: (630) 896-8080 Ext. 9023.


FEB. 15

Cantus: No Greater Love Than This, Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, 7:30 p.m., free but registration required. Known worldwide for their programmatic versatility, artistic variety and charismatic personality, Cantus is a vocal chamber ensemble that engages their audiences by working together to reach new levels of artistic innovation and excellence. The only artist-led full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, they provide a unique live experience not to be missed. Information: (630) 844-4924 or email artsandideas@aurora.edu.


FEB. 16

Trek with a Naturalist, Les Arends Forest Preserve, 2S731 Lincoln Way (Rt. 31), Batavia, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free. Each month the Kane County Forest Preserve District offers an invigorating hike at a different forest preserve. The naturalist will interpret the ecology of the preserve during the hike. This program is for ages 18 and above. Advance registration and information at programs@kaneforest.com or (630) 444-3190.


FEB. 18

Winter Bird Feeder Buffet for Kids, Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 N. River Road, North Aurora, 11 a.m.-noon. The center is home to lots of different birds during the winter, come out and help provide a feast for them and take home some yummy treats as well and discover the birds you have in your own backyard. Ages 5 to 7. Information and registration at (630) 897-1808 or email fvpd@fvpd.net

For the Love of Farnsworth, Farnsworth House, 14520 River Road, Plano, 6-10 p.m. $95 per person or $175 per couple. An elegant evening of libations from Solemn Oath Brewery and SpritzOlogy, small plates from Jordan’s Food of Distinction [JFOD], and a live musical performance by composer Owen Clayton Condon.  Gallery will feature an exhibition of Farnsworthian artwork from Luftwerk, Kate Joyce, Tom Judd, and more. 10% of all art sales will directly benefit Farnsworth House. Information: (630) 552-0052  or email farnsworth@farnsworthhouse.org.

Winter Wonders, Campton Community Center, 5N082 OldLaFox Road, Campton Hills, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Indoor and Outdoor activities and games for all ages! Free Spirit Siberian Huskies will be on site. Information: (630) 585-5700 or visit www.villageofcamponhills.org.

FEB. 19

Free Cave Hike at Devil’s Cave, Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 N. RiverRoad, North Aurora, 2-3 p.m., free.  Find out about  the geology of our cave rocks, how caves form, and the legend of how our cave got it’s haunting name. Ages 2 & up. Information: (630) 897-1808 or email fvpd@fvpd.net.





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