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Limelight Local Film Festival: Create a short film (under 10 minutes) that fits the theme “This is My Hometown.” Local movie makers of all ages are invited to enter their original submissions. All films that meet the criteria listed in the festival guidelines will be screened under the stars at the North Fields at Prairie Point Park at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Pack a picnic for this free event, and head over early to secure your spot on the lawn. Audience members will vote for their favorite film to receive People’s Choice recognition. For information, visit or contact Cori Veverka at 630-554-4433 or


Bluegrass Music Festival: Bring a comfortable chair for the annual Bluegrass Music Festival at Lyon Farm, 7935 Route 71 in Yorkville. Music begins at noon Saturday, June 2, and goes until the last band is done. Admission is $10; children under 12 enter for free. Primitive camping available Friday and Saturday nights for $15. Canteen open Saturday.

Canadian musicians at Sandwich Opera House: The Andrew Collins Trio will perform at the Sandwich Opera House on Friday, June 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $20. Andrew Collins is a five-time JUNO (Canada's Grammy) nominee and seven-time Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro. For information, call 815-786-2555 or visit The opera house is at 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.


Alumni Art Show at Kishwaukee College: The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the 50th Anniversary Committee will be hosting an Alumni Art Show this summer and are requesting all interested Kish alums submit works for possible inclusion. The Alumni Art Show will run July 19 to Aug. 30 in the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery. The deadline for submissions is June 28. An online submission form for digital submissions may be found at Digital submissions are preferred, but hard copy proposals or supplemental information will be accepted and can be sent to: Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150; Attention: Jaime Long. The Alumni Art Show will open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 19, the evening of the 50th Anniversary Fragments of Kish Wine Walk at the college. Viewing the exhibition will be included in the Wine Walk itinerary. There will also be a closing reception from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Art Gallery. For information, contact Jaime Long, dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences, at

Oswego History: You’ll find plenty of local history at Oswego’s Little White School Museum at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email or visit The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals/special events

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash: First Fridays in downtown Aurora includes an official Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash on June 1. The bash is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave., and includes birthday cake, a strolling magician and singing, plus food trucks. Also joining the bash, Paramount School of the Arts and SciTech Hands On Museum offer family-friendly activities from 5 to 8 p.m. Dog and Pony Show perform in the gazebo starting at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be parked on both Stolp Avenue and Downer Place from 5 to 10 p.m. and include Grumpy Gaucho, A-Town Hot Dogs, Wurst Kitchen and Foxy’s Ice Cream. The night also features more than 20 venues open with art, music and more for First Fridays. First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides from downtown parking areas run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m. For information, visit

Taste of Norway breakfast fundraiser: The fourth annual Taste of Norway breakfast fundraiser will open the summer season for the Norsk Museum in Norway on Saturday, June 2. From 8 to 11 a.m., volunteers will dish Norwegian delicacies at the Norway community building on Route 71 opposite the Norway store. The Chicago-area Norwegian Dancers will perform at 9:30 a.m. The breakfast menu includes kumla (potato-ham dumplings), Norwegian waffles, scrambled eggs with chives, fruit, ham, bacon, sausage, pastries and coffee. Adult tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children's tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.  

Ron Robb Memorial Special People Cruise: The Ron Robb Memorial Special People Cruise 2018 will be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Starved Rock Yacht Club. The Starved Rock Yacht Club is located in Ottawa along the Illinois River on Dee Bennett Road at 1200 N. 27th Road. This event provides recreational and educational opportunities to individuals with special needs. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend regardless of their level of need, as wheelchairs and walkers can be safely accommodated on the boats. The Special People Cruise features a boat cruise along the Illinois River, crafts, games, live music, prizes and free lunch for all participants. Registration packets and further information are available on the SRYC Charities’ website,, or by contacting Special People Cruise Director Donna Malinak at 708-331-1652.

Big Rock Classic Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show: This year's show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, is celebrating 60 years of Impalas, featuring the original 1958 Chevy Impala from the movie "American Graffiti." The theme of the show, being held at Plowman's Park, 48W508 Hinckley Road in Big Rock, is "Where were you in '62?" Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Big Rock Historical Society.

Downtown Aurora Magic June 9: Downtown Aurora Magic, a one-day festival, is set for June 9. Tickets are on sale through Tickets will be $10 per person for witches and wizards ages 5 and up. Proceeds from the festival will be shared among several local nonprofit organizations. For information, visit Downtown Aurora Magic on Facebook.

Fourth of July at Chapel on the Green: The Chapel on the Green in Yorkville will host its fourth annual Shoe Box Floats on Parade from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., J.H. Jerry Sperry of Yorkville will speak in the sanctuary. The Wedding Dress Museum will be open and the new video promoting the historic Chapel on the Green as a wedding venue will be showing in the preparation room adjoining the museum. Chapel Cat's Meow and Chapel Notecards will be available for purchase. For information on the floats, call Bev at 630-882-9977. For program information, call Carol at 630-553-5153. The Chapel is located at the corner of Church and Center streets in Yorkville, across from the Town Square Park.

Viking ship tours: Geneva's life-size replica Viking ship, called the Viking, will host tours at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva. Upcoming tour dates include June 17, June 23, June 24, July 14, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 11. Guided and self-guided tours will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes until 3:30 p.m. Friends of the Viking Ship, a nonprofit that maintains the Viking, will host its first Viking Ship Festival Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Good Templar Park. The festival will showcase artisan jewelry, craft demonstrations, Viking storytelling, Viking shields, artifact displays and food vendors. Admission is $10 per person. For information, call 630-753-9412, email or visit

Aurora Museums After Dark: Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to downtown museums after hours on June 21 and Sept. 20. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, G.A.R. Museum, The Pierce Center, and Santori Public Library stay open for an extra few hours for families to enjoy. The museums are open from 5 to 8 p.m. for Aurora Museums After Dark. Admission is free. The downtown museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Families are encouraged to pick up a museum passport and have it validated at all locations in order to enter a raffle for a museum membership. For information, visit

Celebrating Wildlife with Laughter: An evening of fun and fundraising at Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort on July 12 will benefit Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn. Ted Holum brings a quick wit and animated style of comedy to audiences around the world. His "clean" style is nonetheless hilarious and he has shared the stage with such talents as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Reba McIntire and Ray Charles. Ted has also appeared on "The Tonight Show." A 50/50 cash raffle will be offered before the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. Must be 21 or older, with a two-drink minimum. Tickets are $25 per person and can be ordered online, at, or by contacting Roberta via email at

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