Around the Block - see what's happening in North Aurora
● By Katelyn Nelson
Garfield Farm Museum 2015 events in Kane County
July 5, 9am ($,R)
Garfield Farm Camps
July 7-9, 14-16, 9am-12pm ($,R)
Seed Saving Workshop
July 19, 1-4pm ($, R)
July 25, 2 pm ($, R)
Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug. 2, 9am-1pm ($, R)
Heirloom Garden Show
Aug. 23, 11am-4pm ($, R)
Experience the history of Quality Hill
The architecture and history of the homes located east of Washington Street and north of Chicago Avenue will be highlighted during this tour on Sat., Sept. 19 from 2–3:30 pm. The mansions in this area of Naperville overshadowed the modest homes of old Naperville and showed the affluence of the Industrial Age. The concentration of prestigious homes led this area to be dubbed “Quality Hill” by local residents. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for Settlement-6 members. Registration is required; space limited to the first 20 registrants. The tour includes about 24 blocks of walking and originates at the Jefferson Hill Shops, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. 630-420-6010. Find more Naper Settlement Events on the DuPageNeighbors.com calendar of events.
Bring your daughter to Rosary High School’s open house
Rosary High School is hosting an open house on Sun., Oct. 25 at 12pm for parents and their daughters in grades 5- 8. All families who are interested in learning more about Rosary are invited to attend. The event begins with a program in the auditorium followed by presentations in each academic department. Guests will meet students, faculty and staff, and learn about Rosary’s athletic programs and extracurricular activities. Registration is not required. 901 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora. Julie Bauman, 630-896-0831 x12. rosaryhs.com.
Participate in the Fox Valley Marathon
Lazarus House is a charity partner of the Fox Valley Marathon on Sept. 20. Races sell out fast. This is a fast, simple, tax deductible way to make your race more meaningful. Donate $100 or more to Lazarus House and they will email you a registration link and 50% discount code. lazarushouseonline.com/index.php, fv26.com/registration/.
Soil testing could save your lawn
Homeowners looking to improve the fertility of their garden or get the greenest, lushest lawn can get their soil tested through the Kane County Farm Bureau (KCFB), in St. Charles, which offers three tests to get soil ready for spring planting. Soil in its natural state is rarely fertile enough for the best growth of plants. It’s best to replenish the earth’s store of plant nutrients to obtain the best soil health. Ideally, soil should be tested every 3-5 years, more frequently with extensive use. Proper sampling is important to obtain accurate results. Samples can be taken during warmer months when soil temperatures are at least 55 degrees. Try to sample during the same season each time for the best comparison. For one soil test, collect five soil samples by cutting a one inch hole about six inches deep (three inches deep for existing lawn). Do not include any dead or live plant material in the sample. Place sample in a quart size re-sealable bag. Deliver samples to the KCFB, 2N710 Randall Rd, St Charles. Results are sent directly to homeowners by mail. 630-584-8660, kanecfb.com
Join the NAMC at North Aurora Days
The North Aurora Mothers Club invites all attendees 21 and older to visit them at the beer tent at the North Aurora Days Fri. Aug. 7 from 5-11:30pm and Sat. Aug. 8 from 2-11:30pm. Enjoy the festivities with an ice cold beverage. They will be ringing the cow bell for every tip. Remember, every dollar spent goes directly back in to the community in the form of sponsorships for various organizations including North Aurora Baseball Association, Haley’s Playground, various PTA’s, Operation Christmas and much more. namothersclub.org.
Rosary High School offers athletic summer camps
Rosary High School is offering sports camps for grade school and high school students in June & July. The camps are designed to help students develop skills and reach their full potential. Volleyball camps for girls in grades 5-12 are available in July; Co-ed tennis camp for boys and girls in grades 5-8 is in June and meets at Marmion Academy; Co-ed speed & strength conditioning camps for grades 5-12 are in July. Costs range from $75 for grade school camps, $125 for high school camps, and $220 for the co-ed high school conditioning camp. Enrollment is limited, and acceptance is on a first come basis. 901 N Edgelawn Dr, Aurora. Mary Lou Kunold, 630-896-0831 ext. 25, firstname.lastname@example.org. rosaryhs.com/sports_camps.
Marmion leadership programs award top honors
Top students from Marmion Academy’s leadership programs were recognized for their outstanding work throughout the 2014-2015 school year during awards ceremonies on May 8. Senior Sharbel Romanos of North Aurora was awarded the AMVETS ROTC Medal, Post #103.
Register now for Girl Scouts
Local Girl Scout troops are forming now for the 2015–16 year with a district-wide sign-up in August. At Girl Scouts, new experiences are around every corner. Your girl will have an awesome year with programs that include: Stomp Rockets, horseback riding, and outdoor adventures like camping under the stars. If you don’t want to miss out on all the new activities and friends, consider joining Girl Scouts as an adult. You can be a troop helper, troop leader, or just share your talents with girls. Joselyn Taylor, 630-897-1565, Ext. 7183, email@example.com.
Attend Children’s Sport Camp 2015
Union Congregational Church and Christ the King Church invite children ages 4–12 to attend Sports Camp 2015, July 6–10, 9am–12:15pm. There will be basic sports skills (4&5), soccer, cheerleading, basketball, and volleyball. Children receive quality sports instruction from Christian coaches, positive role models, daily Bible times, and skits. Every camper gets a T-shirt, collector’s pin and daily takehome Bible studies. $40 per camper and $35 for each additional sibling.Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora. 630-897-0013. firstname.lastname@example.org.
New pedestrian and bike access routes open at Fermilab
The 6,800-acre Fermilab campus, open 8am–8pm (March-November) and 8am–6pm the rest of the year, now provides more opportunities to enjoy the Fermilab campus—in particular, parts of the campus that have been previously off limits to bikers and walkers. The main bike and pedestrian path, which stretches from the Pine St. gate off Kirk Rd. to the Batavia Rd. gate near Rt. 59, will remain open, but parts of Wilson St., North Eola Rd. and A1 Rd. are now public access routes. These roads will allow bikers, walkers and runners to loop through the Fermilab site, instead of simply going from one end to the other. Bicyclists can also use the Wilson St. entrance off of Kirk Rd. to enter the site. New signs are in place marking out the public routes, and those restricted to employees. Come walk your pets in our dog park, fish in our ponds (just bring your valid state fishing license, and check the map for which ponds are publicly accessible) and see our famous herd of bison at their pasture. Please bring a photo ID to get in. fnal.gov/pub/visiting/index.html.
Swedish Days return to Geneva
Geneva’s 66th Annual Swedish Days Festival, supported by Northwestern Medicine, is June 23–28. Enjoy side-walk merchant sales from Geneva’s 100+ specialty shops, free music entertainment, on-street food booths, carnival, and many more activities for the entire family. On Sunday, bring some chairs and blankets so the entire family can enjoy the Grand Parade. Free admission. Events, hours, and schedule will be available late May at genevachamber.com, 630-232-6060.
Walk and run to fight homelessness
A perfect way to start July 4th is to participate in the Great Western Freedom 4 Run & Walk. All proceeds benefit Lazarus House. Visit lazarushouseonline.com for more information.