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Foundation plans inaugural benefit concert

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope will hold a benefit concert Sat., April 18, 1pm at Village Bible Church, 847 N. State Rte. 47 in Sugar Grove. The foundation was established in memory of Alyssa Alvin who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. The foundation will provide young cancer patients with opportunities to further their interests in music and visual arts. Alyssa, a student at Geneva High School, was a 2013 Tri-Cities Exchange Club ACE Award winner. Her story was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Neighbors of Geneva. For more information, call 630-639-8653 or visit (after March 16).

Spring Salad Luncheon is at Union Congregational

Union Congregational Church will be having their annual Spring Salad Luncheon on Mon., April 20. They will be serving from 11am to 1pm. This is an all-you-can-eat luncheon with beverage and dessert included for the price of $7. Tickets are available at the door. Find the church at 405 W. State St. For more information, call the church office at 630-897-0013.

Lions Club honors selected residents and community leaders

In January, the North Aurora Lions Club hosted the Annual North Aurora Citizens of the Year Awards.  The following outstanding public servants and citizens of North Aurora were honored at the Fox Valley Country Club for their outstanding service to the community. North Auroran of the Year, Beth Drendel; Firefighter of the Year, Aaron Christensen; Police Officer of the Year, Sean McCoy; Lion of the Year, Dennis Martz.

BBQ & Basket Raffle coming to Prisco

The Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation hosts its 21st Annual BBQ & Basket Raffle Wed., April 8, 4–7pm at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora. “Basket Babes” have been hard at work, planning and putting together the 20 baskets for raffle. Winners need not be present to win. $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. For raffle tickets and more info:

Fox-Trot is a family event

The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation will host its 15th Annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K race on Sat., April 11 at the Batavia Riverwalk. The start time for both the 5K and 10K is 8am. There are two non-competitive Kids’ Fun Run events.

Pre-registration cost for $30 per runner for the 5k and $40 per runner for the 10k. No charge for either Kids’ Fun Run, but a donation of $10 per child is suggested. Funds raised support local charities and the Batavia Public Schools. First 350 registered are guaranteed a t-shirt and goodie bag. Register online at In-person registration on race day is from 6:30am–7:40am at the event.

Join the 41st Annual Loyalty Day Parade

VFW Post 1197 and its Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries invite everyone to participate in the 41st Annual Loyalty Day Parade, Sun., May 3. The Batavia Community Band will perform along the parade route. Applications are available at the Batavia VFW on River St. and on the website at Applications are also available by e-mail at LoyaltyDay1197@SBCGlobal.Net or by calling the VFW at 630-879-9630. There will be a $50 application fee for commercial entries only. Donations and volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

6th Annual North Aurora Mothers Club Community Parade is a go

It all begins Sun., June 7, at 3pm. The parade kicks off from Blessed Sacrament Church (801 Oak St.) and continues down Oak to North Aurora Island Park. There will be floats, marchers, music and the crowning of the Parade King and Queen. The ‘after party’ at North Aurora Island Park is hosted by North Aurora River District Alliance (NOARDA) and includes food, family-friendly fun and a rubber duck race. Keep checking the NOARDA website for a chance to buy duck race tickets:  For Scholarship applications and parade: For updates:

Have pancakes at the Workshop

Get ready for the Loyalty Day Parade at the annual pancake breakfast Sun., May 3, from 7:30am–12pm, at the Workshop, 325 Main St., Batavia. Breakfast is cooked by Rotary volunteers. Silent auction, raffle baskets and a cash drawing will be available. Valley Sheltered Workshop is a non-profit, non-state funded organization that employs adults with disabilities $7 for adults, $3 for children and $5 for seniors.