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Woman of Distinction

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Money Talks!

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I talk to a lot of women. Whether I’m corresponding with a reader, trading “war” stories with other moms, or enjoying the camaraderie of my girlfriends over a glass of wine, my connection to women in our communities seems to grow stronger by the day. I think its fair to say we all know someone affected by breast cancer – mother, a sister, a wife, a friend – as it has become a disease that takes so much, but also shows us the value of the women around us. In this important awareness month, Kane County Magazine sat down to speak with some remarkable women, with unique and inspiring outlooks on this ongoing battle. We spent an awe-inspiring afternoon with Andrea Redmond Ferguson, a local business woman, author, philanthropist and international volunteer. She shares her take on a disease she continues to battle, and the surprising life lessons that she credits to her journey

On the lighter side, family columnist Michelle Stien takes her glib look at motherhood to new heights this month, as she waxes nostalgic for Halloween, in pearls and pumps. Money talks, and this month, it’s the local financial pros who have the floor, to offer advice and counsel on a variety of important financial topics. As always, the issue is full of things to do in and around your home. There is a new stop for tapas in St. Charles, runway shows and vocal concerts, and a wide array of fall festivities and Halloween activities. Whatever your pleasure, The Tri-Cities have it covered. So take a break from the daily grind and enjoy life this season, in Kane County. Thanks for reading -

We visited an innovative support facility in Geneva that’s been tending to the emotional and spiritual side of cancer recovery long before it was a recognized therapy. Through programs on nutrition, yoga, and stress management, Living Well Cancer Center is helping patients keep their lives moving throughout their battles with cancer.

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We take a moment to investigate the issues behind another cancer threat, HPV. This virus affects men and women, usually young adults, and has the potential to lead to cervical cancer. We offer the low-down on the virus, its implications, and its controversial vaccine.

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Gloria Bunce, Director of CASA Kane County, advocates on behalf of Kane County children in desperate situations. She is one of 10 women honored by us this month, with a Woman of Distinction Award. Page 26 Photo by ANDREW YOUNG Salon services by OS2 SALON, GENEVA Stylist-Paul McNassar Makeup-Lynnette DeCorte Shot on location at Herrington Inn & Spa, Geneva


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Account Manager Tricia Walter 630-845-5272 Correspondents Elizabeth Harmon, Yvonne Benson, Melissa Riske, Wendy Foster, Michelle Stien, Allison Horne, Martha Maddi Photographers Mary Solberg, Sean King, Jodi Dazzo, Jennifer Kaye, Andrew Young Kane County Magazine is available by subscription for $24 a year. If you would like each month’s edition mailed to your home, send payment information and address to Kane County Magazine, 7717 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or via email at subscriptions@

Inside 6 PERFECT HARMONY | St. Charles singers celebrate an anniversary of community entertainment

Home & Lifestyle 8 MONEY TALKS | Protect your finances with advice and guidance from local financial pros.

Health & Fitness 18 LIFE, BEYOND CANCER | Living Well Cancer Center in Geneva offers care, compassion and camaraderie to its patients, under the specialized care of outstanding local medical experts. 20 STATE-OF-THE-ART, IN THE HEART OF THE TRI-CITIES Cadence Cancer Center opens its doors in Geneva, with a modern high-tech focus on cancer treatment and care. 22 THE HPV ARGUMENT | It’s a virus that potentially can cause ovarian cancer, yet debate rages between parents and physicians over administering its vaccine to young girls.

Special Event: Women of Distinction 26 2013 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS | Shaw Media and the Kane County Magazine will honor 10 of the county’s most remarkable women, for their contributions to community and cause.



Business woman, philanthropist, author and volunteer Andrea Redmond Ferguson finds hope and opportunity in life’s trials Photo by Jodi Michelle Photography

Fashion & Beauty 36 IN THE BAG | Boring briefcases be gone! The new season’s bags boast cool hardware and hot features for today’s busy woman.

Dining & Entertaining 41 WINE NICHE | Autumn has arrived in all its glory, and with it comes rich roasted meals and bold red wines. Vince Ballistreri shares his favorites for the season. 44 GOOD FOOD, SMALL PACKAGES | Spain's popular tapas cuisine has sparked a revolution in suburban dining, from traditional Spanish favorites to small plates of every variety.

Family in Focus 49 THE STEPFORD WIFE | Columnist Michelle Stien has discovered her alter ego, and a “scary” new blog, just in time for the Halloween holiday.

OUT & ABOUT 54 ARTIST SHOWCASE | Kevin Hunter of Batavia shares his oil on canvas piece, “Twins”. 56 CALENDAR | All the best our communities have to offer this month is at your fingertips. Our calendar will have you stepping out all over the area. 58 SOCIAL LIFE | The area’s most artistic and avante garde came out to celebrate fine art and fashion at the Water Street Studios runway show.


St. Charles Singers

Commence 30th Season The St. Charles Singers, the internationally recognized professional chamber choir founded and conducted by Jeffrey Hunt, will launch its celebratory 30th season of choral artistry with a concert titled “Luminescence,” to be presented in St. Charles on Saturday, Oct. 5 and in Wheaton on Sunday, Oct. 6. The St. Charles Singers’ debuted in 1984 as the 14-member ensemble Mostly Madrigal Singers, made up of Hunt’s musically talented friends and family members from the Tri-Cities area and beyond. Its first public performance, on December 19 of that year in the Rainbow Room of the Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles, was held as a benefit for the local Salvation Army. The concert of Christmas music raised $400 for the charity, Hunt recently recalled in telephone interview.


Today, the St. Charles Singers is an acclaimed choir of some 34 voices, all of whom audition for their positions and are compensated for rehearsals and concerts. The current roster includes three singers from the original 1984 ensemble: soprano Grace Bardsley and alto Jennifer Hunt, both of St. Charles; and chorus master Jeffrey Hunt — also a St. Charles resident — who sang in the tenor section during the organization’s early years. Over the decades, the choir has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, with whom it recorded a CD for the Naxos label. It has embarked on three European tours. The choir has sung live on Chicago’s WFMT-FM and was the subject of a profile on WTTW-TV.

Notably, it has earned the respect of British composer and chorus master John Rutter, a choral music superstar of the English-speaking world, who has flown to the United States on several occasions to guest-conduct the St. Charles Singers in the western suburbs and Chicago — and will do so again in May for the St. Charles Singers’ season-finale concerts. The St. Charles Singers also is in the midst of its Mozart Journey, a multi-year initiative launched in 2010 that’s providing audiences with the rare opportunity to hear all of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sacred choral music. The 2013-14 season concerts will reflect the ensemble’s enthusiasm for Mozart, while celebrating its history and displaying its special

strengths and signature sound, Hunt says. “We’ll be looking ahead more than we’ll be looking back,” Hunt says. “I expect we’ll be making music for at least another 30 years.” Hunt’s ensemble has preserved the verve for public service that marked its debut concert. For many years, the ensemble performed at fundraisers for the Kane County branch of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization that assists abused and neglected children. Each spring, the organization awards scholarship money to local high school seniors who’ve shown a commitment to choral music. In June, a group of performers from the choir donated their services to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies for the Tri-Cities Relay for Life event at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, which benefited the American Cancer Society. The St. Charles Singers will present its Christmas concert, “Candlelight Carols: Carols and Anthems of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, North Michigan Avenue at East Delaware Place, Chicago; at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 8, at Baker Memorial in St. Charles. In January,The St. Charles Singers will be joined by Anima, the internationally recognized, Glen Ellyn-based youth choral organization, for “Mozart for the Masses,” the eighth installment in the St. Charles Singers’ Mozart Journey series. “Mozart for the Masses” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at Baker Memorial church in St. Charles. Tickets and general information about the St. Charles Singers are available at www. or by calling (630) 513-5272. Tickets are also available at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles (checks or cash only at this ticket venue). Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, depending on availability. Group discounts are available. -Kane County Magazine

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A lot of life’s dilemmas revolve around money. Divorce is no different. But adding financial worry to an already emotional event makes it all the more difficult to keep a clear head about your finances. We took time with Marilyn Black, St. Charles resident and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Geneva, for some helpful advice when it comes to making financial decisions in the midst of a divorce. Q. What is the single biggest financial concern for women going through divorce? A. “Will I have enough money to last the rest of my life?” This question is what causes so much anxiety and fear about life after divorce. It can cause you to feel out of sorts and overwhelmed, making the simplest decisions a challenge and financial affairs overwhelming. Q. Should I keep the house? A. There are pros and cons. Many people want to close the chapter on the family home once they are working through the realities of a divorce or loss of a spouse. I always recommend my clients think about what the ideal next home would be, where it would be located, what amenities do they need and then go look at open houses. In most situations, the idea of downsizing seems like a no-brainer; however, after doing the research they come to realize the next home likely is going to cost as much as they might net on the existing home, is obviously smaller since they usually downsize and many times more costly in terms of assessments, real estate taxes, etc. Of course there are those circumstances


where the real estate market correction makes it impossible for either party to keep the house. If there are school age children involved and it is at all feasible to maintain the family home, I always recommend that the couple set aside their personal differences and do whatever they can to keep the children in their home as long as possible. So many things change for children during a divorce but if they are to remain in the family home, the structure and the security of that home can really help them while they process the changes in their lives that they have had no part of and no control over. Q. Is there any financial benefit to seeking full custody vs. joint custody of the children? A. The children’s welfare should always be the first priority. If it is a situation where the parties children are literally splitting time equally between their two parents’ homes then it is also likely that neither party is paying child support. Most times there is a primary residential parent who receives child support from the non-residential parent, which amount is most likely similar or equal to a parent receiving child support who has full custody.

Q. What tax implications exist on the support I receive from my ex? A. This is something to pay close attention to the details as you negotiate your settlement as the amount you are receiving, if considered maintenance, will most likely be reportable and taxable to you. If you have not set aside the taxes over the course of the year, you may get an unpleasant surprise on your first post-divorce tax filing. There are no tax implications if you are receiving child support. If you are receiving payments representing the property settlement per a Marital Settlement Agreement, then ordinarily these payments are neither taxable to the party receiving them nor tax deductible to the party making the payments. However, if you are receiving maintenance a/k/a alimony, the payments made to one spouse by the other are both taxable to the recipient as well as tax deductible to the payer. My best advice to any woman is to be engaged in her financial affairs. This means despite being busy with your career, raising children and caring

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for elderly parents, be involved in the family finances. Should the unfortunate happen and you lose your spouse either by death or divorce, and you took the time to be involved, you will be prepared to confidently make smart financial decisions for you and your family during a crisis. This simply means know what you have compiled as a couple, be sure beneficiaries of life insurance, 401(k)’s and IRA’s are correct, know what bills you have and how they get paid, where your bank and investment accounts are held and whose names are on those accounts. Of course, always involve professionals to help guide you. Consult a good attorney, a CPA and a financial advisor who are all willing to work together in your best interests and make the process much easier and less time-consuming for you, during good times and bad. Finally, involve a family law attorney very early on before signing any deeds or documents, transferring or liquidating assets or making other decisions without understanding tax, practical and legal consequences.

If you’ve left a job and have a 401(k) or other retirement accounts, don’t forget about them. Rolling over assets you have with former employers or other institutions to an Ameriprise IRA can be important in making your retirement dreams a reality. Understanding and managing your retirement income strategies can help you put a confident retirement within reach. To start a conversation, call me at (630) 762.6556. Steve Smith Financial Advisor Associate Vice President 3 N. Second Street, Suite 200 St. Charles, IL 60174 (630) 762.6556 Toll Free: 1 (800) 942.5959

MORE WITHIN REACHSM Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2013 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

Marilyn Black is a Geneva, IL based Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley serving individuals and families. Her mission is to help create a world where every woman is engaged in her financial affairs, confident in making smart financial decisions and feeling more comfortable enjoying life in their pursuit of happiness. Marilyn is a long time resident of St. Charles and is involved in area women’s and animal advocacy groups as well as hosting monthly Women Engaged and Educated events. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. The strategies and/or investments referenced may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Member SIPC, or its affiliates.

Retirement isn’t an end. It’s just the beginning. A long and successful career should be followed by a long and happy retirement. Make it happen for you, by investing properly and following a solid investment plan both now and through your retirement years. Rick Romano Senior Vice President Financial Advisor 10 West State Street, Suite 204 Geneva, IL 60134 630-262-2038

As a Financial Advisor, I have the experience and resources to help develop an investment plan to help you realize the retirement you envision, manage any changes to your circumstances or goals and keep your wealth working for you. Call me today, and let’s get started. rick.romano

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but for most, investment choices are very important. You and your investment advisor can discuss these things in detail. Q: How can I get all my retirement fund money in one spot so I can better manage it? A: You’re allowed to rollover old 401(k) plans and IRAs into one single IRA. It’s a simple process that takes only a week or two to complete in most cases. Then you’ll be able to diversify properly to meet your objectives and keep track of your progress. Q: Is there any financial advantage to retiring earlier than 65? A: You may have a family situation or personal goals which would lead to you consider retiring early. From a strictly financial point-of-view, continuing to work at a career you enjoy until full Social Security retirement age and even to the maximum Social Security age of 70 would be desirable.

Q: What’s the biggest concern for women planning for retirement? A: It seems that women and men both are concerned about having adequate income during retirement to be able to pursue their retirement dreams. They want to feel like the day-to-day changes in the economy and the stock markets are not going to derail their plans. Q: What differences should I consider when opting for a traditional pre-tax 401(k), or an after-tax option? A: Generally I feel that for individuals in their 20s to 50s, the after-tax Roth 401(k) is an outstanding option. When you retire, all of your withdrawals come out tax-free and you’ve had many years of growth and compounding. For someone starting much later in life, it may be better to take the pre-tax option to reduce your current income tax obligation. Q: Do I need to make frequent changes to my investments in retirement? A: Generally, I feel that you should be invested so that frequent changes are not necessary or desirable. Retirement should be a time to enjoy life. If you have to worry constantly about your retirement accounts, I don’t believe those accounts are invested properly.

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Located on Route 64 west of St. Charles, Wasco Nursery and Garden Center has been growing great trees since 1925. But you will find a lot more today: Three farms totaling nearly 160 acres; a 10-acre retail garden center; landscape design, water gardening, and garden gift departments; delivery and planting services.  It also is the place to go for all your fall planting and decorating needs.  Pumpkins, gourds, mums, grasses, cabbages, kales and more will bring a fresh look to your home.  You have plenty of time this fall to plant some trees, shrubs, evergreens or perennials.  Plan ahead this fall and plant spring blooming bulbs.  After 88 years, Wasco Nursery is still focused on its mission to provide area residents with high-quality, locally-grown plant and landscape material, expert advice, profession installation and design service. 41W781 Route 64 | St. Charles 6 miles west of Randall Road 630-584-4424 | Photos by Jodi Michelle Photography



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LIFE Andrea Ferguson finds hope and opportunity in life's trials By Wendy Foster

There’s a sign over a doorway in her home that reads, "A good life is not the same thing as an easy life." It’s an adage to which Andrea Redmond Ferguson fervently subscribes. Corporate executive, Geneva restaurant owner and local philanthropist, Ferguson proclaims that she has a life that's perfect for her. “I am so blessed. I’m involved with all things that I’m passionate about, and I’m working with people who are just extraordinary,” she says Perfect, perhaps. But as her door sign denotes, not easy. Over the past 14 years, Ferguson has battled breast cancer four times, most recently in 2012. When diagnosed, Ferguson had been working for a large, global executive search firm, where she was employed for 20 years. She commanded her career despite her disease, and her experiences inspired her to co-author the book “Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms.” Eventually, Ferguson decided she was ready for a “different life,” she says. She cut back, settling on working half time with one of the CEOs she had recruited in the past. This schedule frees her up to pursue her other, very diverse interests. Locally, Ferguson is on the board of directors for Allstate Corporation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva. She also serves on the advisory council for the Breast Cancer Research

Foundation in New York. But for the past several years, Ferguson has become very involved with redevelopment efforts in Rwanda. A few years back, a friend encouraged her to join the board of Bridge 2 Rwanda, a not-for-profit that helps to support the nation’s recovery. As the result of her work on the board, she became a member of the advisory council for the president of Rwanda, traveling to the African nation twice yearly to meet with the council. Ferguson has had Rwandan college students living in her home, and has co-authored the book “Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World.” Closer to home, Ferguson embraced her passion as an avid equestrian and foxhunter, as owner of Bull Run Equestrian Center in Elburn with her husband, Bill Ferguson. “I’d ridden horses and fox hunted for many years and of all of the facilities I visited, Bull Run was one that I loved, and it became available to buy. We have a team of people who are terrific, and a great group of boarders too. We’re really blessed,” she says. Another endeavor of love was Niche Restaurant in Geneva. “We were friends with the former owners of 302 West, which was the restaurant on the corner of Third Street and State. When that fell apart, we felt that the western suburbs needed to continue to have a fine dining restaurant.” she said. “In my


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business I had to be a quick study and be able to do a deep dive. I thought, ‘how hard could it be?’ "The truth is, this is very difficult but we have an amazing team,” she says. Amidst all of the joys of her many interests, Ferguson said that her multiple battles against cancer have, without question, had an enormous impact on her life and that of her family. “With the repeated recurrences, I’ve had to find a way to live with that little voice on my shoulder asking, ‘when will this come back again?’" Not wanting her experiences to be wasted, Ferguson often commiserates with people who are newly diagnosed with cancer. “If I don’t do that, what is the purpose? It makes sense for me to turn this around and help someone else,” she says. Ferguson added that she finds gifts in everything., including her diagnosis. “That makes a lot of people mad when I say that," she explained. "When you’re sitting getting chemo and you’re really sick and knowing that you have months ahead of the same, the last thing you want to hear is that there’s a gift. But if you can come out on the other end and survive it, you hopefully have a different appreciation for your life and the value of others. It sounds trite, but I’ve learned to really live life to the fullest.” Ferguson said that the sign above the doorway in her home helps to guide her. “I’m very blessed in every way to have had all of the experiences that I’ve had, to lead me to where I am today,” she says.



Life, beyond cancer Support center helps patients live well after diagnosis By Wendy Foster Life changes after a cancer diagnosis. “You hear those words and nothing is the same again,” says Nancy Vance. “But it doesn’t mean you can’t live well with cancer, because the fact is … you can.” Vance has seen it first-hand. As executive director of Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, she works with staff and volunteers dedicated to making it possible for more than 1,500 people each year to live well, despite their diagnoses. Living Well provides psychosocial support services, education, wellness activities and information to cancer patients, their families and caregivers.


Founded eight years ago by people whose own lives had been touched by cancer, the Living Well center fills the important need for support for cancer patients and their loved ones as they navigate a new, complex, and often overwhelming journey. “We call Living Well a ‘soft place to fall’ for people facing cancer,” says Vance. “Our people are so compassionate and caring, many times people say entering the building feels like getting a hug.” Living Well has 14 staff members and 150 dedicated volunteers. Of the volunteers, about half are professionals in related fields, including oncologists, massage therapists, nutritional counselors, social workers and more.

Living Well is supported by Cadence Health System, which purchased the center’s building after it outgrew its former site. However, LivingWell operates independently from Cadence, with its own board of directors and staff. All services are provided free of charge. Consequently, Living Well is completely dependent on private and corporate donors and grants to support its programs. “The coolest thing is that we serve anybody, regardless of where they receive their medical care,” says Vance. “We have a presence in 15 different hospitals and cancer centers. This is a real tribute to Cadence. They want us to be able to serve anyone. I find that amazing.” Vance adds that more professionals and patients are recognizing the tremendous impact that Living Well is making, and as a result, the number of participants at Living Well has been growing by at least 25 percent each year.

“More and more people are understanding and learning about what we do and how we help. We have physicians from 26 oncology practices and 19 hospitals referring to us,” Vance says. Participants receiving services from Living Well such as counseling, massage, nutritional support and more, are likely to have better outcomes including pain management, less anxiety and depression and fewer ER visits.

Vance and her team members treasure the positive impact that they have on the lives of people throughout their community. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” she says. “It is such a privilege to be part of this organization, and every staff member feels the same way.”

“We help to create a plan for participants so that their emotional issues are taken care of and they can concentrate on their medical treatment in order get well,” she says. And it’s not just the cancer patients who get support at Living Well. The services for family members and caregivers are important for everyone’s wellbeing. “Cancer affects the entire family,” says Vance. “Everyone is being thrust into a world that they didn’t want, and didn’t sign up for and there’s a lot of stress and even guilt. We give them the tools they need to get through what they’re facing.”


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Cadence brings latest in cancer treatments to Tri-Cities By Elizabeth Harmon


tate-of-the-art treatment, delivered in a warm, caring environment can be found at the new Cadence Cancer Center at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

brachytherapy (implantation of radiation devices within the body) mean that treatment now can be delivered quicker and more effectively.

“It’s a beautiful facility, inside and out. For years we’ve had a great team dedicated to cancer care, and because of this investment, we have a great facility to demonstrate that commitment,” said Dr. Christopher George of Cadence Physician’s Group. George serves as Oncology Site Leader at the free-standing center, located at 304 Randall Road in Geneva.

“Many cancers are treated with radiation and this allows us to deliver treatment with surgical precision. For patients, it means more efficient treatment, with fewer side effects and less waiting time. It’s state-ofthe-art treatment and a major upgrade in what we can offer,” George said. Those receiving chemotherapy are treated in an attractive, sun-drenched area that is designed to offer comfort and privacy. “It’s very soothing atmosphere that almost feels as if you’re outdoors. It’s a nice place to be,” he said.

The $20 million, 36,000 square foot center opened September 3, offering comprehensive cancer care – from diagnosis through treatment – and ongoing support services in a soothing, patentcentered atmosphere.

Consolidating services under one roof means more convenience for both patients and staff. “Before, different services were housed in different parts of the hospital and it took longer to get things done. This cuts down on delays, which allows us to treat more patients,” he said.

Features and services include a new radiation oncology suite, a chemotherapy infusion area featuring 13 private and two semi-private rooms, examination rooms for medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, an on-site laboratory and pharmacy, plus facilities for support services including patient navigation, nutritionists, social workers, and financial counselors.

But the improvements are more than just bricks and mortar. The new center is expanding its staff to include more surgical oncology specialists, as well as support team members. “These are services that were in place before, such as our social workers and financial counselors, but now we have room for more of them,” George said.

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Gloria Bunce CASA Kane County Aurora resident In her role as executive director for CASA Kane County, Gloria Bunce is a leader for the organization that plays a vital role in helping children throughout the county.

children in Kane County [to become] a very recognized service to the community for children who deserve some happiness in their young lives” one nominator wrote.

CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, a nonprofit organization that seeks the best interests of children in the juvenile court system. Many of these children are abused, neglected and in need of a grown up who truly has their best interests at heart.

One of her greatest accomplishments was establishing the operational endowment called Grow a Healthy Child Program. Initiated in 2011, it provides a lifetime of child advocacy to many vulnerable children in Kane County who live under extraordinary conditions of abuse or neglect at home.

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Maria Dripps-Paulson was nominated for her role as the executive director of the Kaneland Arts Initiative, which has brought professional visual and performing artists to Kaneland High School for the one-day Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival since 1998.

While her title lists her as a school social worker, she is more than a sounding board for questions. In a time of trouble, Mary Cortés Benjamin is there. She is a leader in crisis management, supporting students and staff during some of the most difficult of days.

While her work with the arts festival, and its expansion through the years is quite notable, it is far from the end of her dedication to the community, her students and her family.

“Mary Cortés Benjamin is accomplished in her profession and has made a difference in so many people’s lives,” her nominator wrote. In addition to her work with the school district, she is a lead counselor and consultant for the program Concerns of Police Survivors, which supports the children of police officers and federal agents who have been killed in the line of duty. She is a camp counselor and leader, organizing a week of camp during National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

Benjamin is a private therapist at Riverside Counseling Services in St. Charles and an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer. She is an active member of First Baptist Church in Geneva.

For more than 20 years she has been a music teacher. A few years ago she combined her dedication to the festival and love of music and teaching in the Summer Musical Theatre Program. This year she will expand the program again, with a winter play produced in January 2014. Her mission is to keep arts alive and supported in the local schools and community.

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ELIZABETH M. EAKINS Lazarus House ST. CHARLES resident One of the nominators wrote of Elizabeth M. Eakins, “Her achievement is the ability to accept people as they are; to see the inherent good in all of us; to instill hope in those who have lost all hope.” Eakins is the executive director of Lazarus House in St. Charles. The agency serves those in the Tri-Cities that are facing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, offering emergency shelter, transitional housing and outreach programs with rent, mortgage and utility assistance. She is a dedicated wife and mother of four who, as her nominator wrote, never lets on that she is overwhelmed. “She is a committed, supportive, dedicated and caring woman in the community,” her nominator wrote, Maria Dripps-Paulson is one of the finest educators, directors, mothers, and friends I know.”

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Mothers rarely have a day off. Factor in managing her own business and volunteering in the community, and it's a wonder Maureen McAllister can juggle it all. A native of Iowa, McAllister has lived in Kane County for more than 25 years, serving in various community organizations in support of the community she loves. She is a board member for the Kane-DuPage Water and Soil Conservation Committee and a member of the Fermilab Community Advisory Board. She is a former St. Charles Library trustee. McAllister continually finds way to support her family. From the time her children were young, she continually found a way to attend swim meets, cross country races, dance recitals, musical recitals and baseball games. As her children grew and attended colleges McAllister became the master of road trips, traipsing to sports and

Whether it is at the office, out in the community or at home with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mary O’Brien embodies leadership. For the last 28 years, she has been the CEO of Fox Valley Orthopedics, presiding over the company’s growth and expansion. She has been a national leader in healthcare serving on the Board of Directors and as President of the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives. scholastic events, ever the cheerleader. As her nominator wrote, “Her excitement for seeing her children has never decreased.” McAllister is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and a physics buff and she and her husband, Ken Shepro, are active with the Kane County Republicans.

Through the years she has been a leader in the community, as well. She has been on the board of directors for Tri-Cities Family Services, a member of the advisory board at Elgin Community College and served as the president of both the Geneva and St. Charles Rotary clubs. Breaking barriers, O'Brien was one of the first


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In the short time she has been executive director of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, Lynne Schwartz has made significant progress in reshaping the organization and implementing new programs and activities to increase the viability of the downtown business district. Schwartz joined the Downtown St. Charles Partnership as an integrated marketing communications manager in 2010 and quickly demonstrated her ability to handle multiple projects. When the position of executive director opened in March of 2012, the board of directors selected Schwartz to fill the role, utilizing her skills as well as her energy and positive outlook.

women in the country to serve as a president of a USGA Golf Club when she became president of the Eagle Brook Golf Club in Geneva. “Mary is truly a ‘Woman of Distinction,’ " her nominator wrote, "and a worthy role model for all women in Kane County and beyond.”

Her nominators praised her ability to juggle the day-to-day tasks at work and care for her family which includes her husband, twin 13-year-olds and her mother, adding that she demonstrates a clear understanding of the challenges small business owners face and provides training and educational programs to assist business owners while supporting campaigns to promote the community.

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DONNA STEELE Steel Beam Theatre FORMER ST. CHARLES RESIDENT When Donna Steele raised the curtain at the charming 79-seat theater in 2001, she also raised the bar for the community’s expectations of live theater. As the founder of Steel Beam Theatre, she transformed an unused downtown St. Charles storage facility into an intimate theater that has hosted more than 2,500 performances over the course of 12 seasons. As an actress, Steele has performed at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens. Today, her title is executive and artistic director, but as the theater’s only full-time employee she has served in nearly every capacity; from producer and director to a costume designer, makeup artist, lighting design, sound stage and office manager. Steel Beam has become a cultural hub and a true

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Nestled on historic 3rd street in downtown Geneva is OS2 Salon. Bringing city flair to the burbs, our stylists are truly passionate about their craft and receive extensive training in hair design, color and trends to make you radiant. Our cosmetologists add beauty to your day or evening look with custom makeup application and artistry nail care. Our salon environment is chic and comfortable with our focus being totally on you. OS2 offers a full menu of services paired with a boutique product offering from UNITE Eurotherapy, newly introduced to the Chicago area and exclusive to the western suburbs at OS2. Looking for a new fall look? Visit or call our salon today for a more beautiful you, tomorrow.

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I used Dream Catchers extensions, which is 100% human hair, and known to be the best quality in the world. They where kept long to lengthen Lindsay’s face, and to create a more youthful appearance.


Warm copper browns, and gold where chose for Lindsay. This selection was made to bring out the pretty green in her eyes, and to warm up her skin tone.

Lindsay is a cancer survivor, and this is the first real makeover she’s had since fighting that battle. It seems to have already done wonders for her confidence.


Bronze, Burgundy, Browns, and Pinks where used to give Lindsay a warm glamorous, night out on the town look. Foundation, and contour cream where blended from chin, neck, and chest for a more youthful blended appearance. On cheeks, I used a bronzing powder to highlight her amazing cheek bones, and Bordeaux color on lips to complete her look.


Wine WARM REDS FOR COOL NIGHTS The cool climate is making its way to the Midwest. This is my favorite time of year–football, beautiful colors, camp fires, and big, braised food which pairs well with all the red wine I have been sitting on through the warm summer months. Vince Balistreri is general manager and sommelier at Niche Restaurant in Geneva. He offers his expertise in the wine industry to the Kane County community. Photo by Megan Kelly

It is the time of year to switch from fish to meat on the grill, and to delve into your favorite stews and casseroles in the kitchen. Fattier foods take preference as the air chills. Perhaps our bodies are telling us to fatten up for the cold winter, or it could just be that be that all these fatty foods pair really well with autumns root vegetables. Either way, start corking those big red wines.

Another great choice, as you carve into a juicy steak, is the almighty Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the most popular varietals of red wine, it’s not known for its grace and elegance, but sought rather for its power, and ability to handle rich foods and red meats. Put a rare rib eye in front of me, and I am demanding a Cabernet. The two were supposed to be together. Choose another red, and it would be Art Garfunkel without Paul Simon. If you are looking to vary your autumn wine, here are some varietals to consider, and I encourage you to experiment with all kinds of red blends available.

• Cabernet Franc • Tannat • Cabernet Sauvignon • Petite Verdot • Petite Sirah • Zinfandel • Syrah • Grenache • Charbono • Mourvedre • Malbec

I tend to think of France as the home of fall wine, and some of my favorite wines this time of year come from there. You can find a nice Bordeaux, at a great value for around $10, and it generally will outdrink any other American wine at that price point. There is no reason to think you need to drop $3,000 on a Chateau Lafite - Rothschild. (But if you do feel like taking that route, just give me a call at the restaurant and I will be right over!) But you can “visit” the Rhone Valley as you drink delicious blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and more. These wines don’t need to break the bank as you can get a good Rhone blend for about $12. These styles are also not hard to find, and most of your liquor stores and wine shops should carry at least a few of them.


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We bring the winery to you! We do private wine tasting events conducted in homes and business settings, where people are able to taste a variety of amazing fine wines produced in Napa Valley. We pair the wines with cheeses and chocolates and provide some information about how best to enjoy fine wines. Guests can fill their wine cellars with their favorite exclusive wines shipped direct from Napa. For a low cost of $29.95 a host can arrange for a special private wine tasting for their friends, including five to six bottles of wine to serve up to 15 people. WineShop at Home is a California winery located in the heart of Napa Valley, producer of the finest hand-crafted, artisan wines. Our wines are exclusively distributed through wine club subscriptions and wine tasting. We also offer personalized custom label wines, which are a popular gift items for businesses, and for commemorating a special event such as weddings, anniversaries, and special birthdays. Contact Nancy to set up your private Wine Tasting for the Holidays Nancy Manisco, Independent Wine Consultant | 630-802-7161 |

The wine room at The Little Traveler features a collection of artisan wines from as far as the famed wine regions of Germany, Italy, and Chile to the vineyards of California, and even a few from our own backyard. The collection changes with the seasons, and for autumn, you’ll find wonderful cool-weather wines like Illinois River Halloween wine, Prairie State Pumpkin Wine, and Round Barn Apple and Cranberry Wines. Perusing the 36-themed rooms of The Little Traveler is an experience in itself, and the friendly staff in the wine room pours free tastings of seasonal favorites every day. Stop by to see what's come uncorked.Â

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Spotted Fox Ale House taps into trends for craft beer, trendy cuisine By Sherri Dauskurdas

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ear the corner of Kirk Road and Main St. in St. Charles, amidst the strip malls and the supermarkets, sits a haven for foodies and craft beer enthusiasts, and respite for groups of family and friends.


The Spotted Fox Ale House is located conveniently, albeit surprisingly, across the road from the Charlestowne Mall. Its sleek combination of sports pub and torqued up casual dining, serves the area well, catering to families shopping or catching a movie, and business folks seeking a lunch or happy hour locale.

That’s purposeful, says restaurant owner Marwan Taib, who created the Spotted Fox provide the “complete dining experience” for guests. “It’s more than just a place to get a meal, it’s the full experience,” says Taib. “It’s the way the place makes you feel, the ambience of the room, the horseshoe bar. This is a craft beer bar, but it’s more than that. It’s a place you can bring a date. It’s a spot for a business lunch. It’s a great casual dining spot for families.” Yet it also is a place where you can enjoy more than 30 craft beers. Featuring brews from the West Coast to the Eastern seaboard, and some of the most famous local brews available. “We tap beers for the Midwest, from California, Portland, and some of our favorites from right here in the Chicago area,” says Taib.

With a pint of Lost Coast Tangerine or a Left- Handed Milk Stout in your grasp, grab a fork and dig in to any of the tasty entrees and appetizers on the Spotted Fox menu. The house-made Cajun chicken and shrimp pasta provides a fusion of flavor that's sure to please, and the Fox Club twists the sandwich classic into something uniquely satisfying, filled with ham and oven roasted turkey, white cheddar cheese and dijon mustard.

date, or their business colleagues,” says Taib.

For the undecided, a trio of sliders offers options – crisp pork belly with pickles, traditional burger with crispy shallots, and melt in your mouth Reubens. A Friday fish fry cooks up filets in a classic beer batter, tweaked with the fresh hoppy goodness of the popular beers that flow from the restaurant's taps.

With its extensive revolving menu of craft beer and its family-friendly ambience, The Spotted Fox Alehouse is proving itself a valuable addition to the Tri-City dining scene, and a change of pace to the typical east side fare.

What goes better with a craft brew and some great food than the game on flat screen TV? At Spotted Fox, diners can enjoy their favorite sports on screens strewn throughout the restaurant, but without the typical rowdy sports bar atmosphere. “I want people to know they can come here and enjoy game in a classy setting, a place they would be happy to bring their family, their

The alehouse is celebrating its first year anniversary this month, and so far, the 250-seat Spotted Fox has proved a popular venue, not only for the casual diner, but also as a spot for rehearsal dinners, charity events and corporate functions. Taib says he wants the restaurant to be "a pillar of success" in an east side corridor that's just been revamped and upgraded.

“It's a local place where you can catch all your sporting events,” says Taib, “and it's all right here, right near your home.” Spotted Fox Ale House is located at 3615 E. Main St., St. Charles Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mon. through Thur., 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fri. through Sat., and 9 a.m. to midnight Sundays. 630-584-2239


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Passing, fancy Spanish tapas traditions influence small plate offerings across cuisine By Yvonne Benson


t’s been that food brings people together. In fact, we’ve been breaking bread together for centuries. So it’s no surprise that restaurants have evolved to create an even more social environment by offering small sharable plates of food.

patrons to come in just because they are really hungry.

a menu that sets it apart from other tapas restaurants.

It’s more about having a great time,” he says. “ Food happens to be part of that time and not the main thing.”

Spanish tapas restaurant Macarena has been facilitating good times as its main dish at its Naperville location for years, and opens its St. Charles location in October, at 1890 W. Main Street.

In fact, Macarena takes pride in changing the notion of tapas and small plate dining throughout the area. Borras explains that tapas once was viewed as appetizers, but has evolved into a way for diners to try many different foods, share, and socialize. At Macarena Borras says he tries to offer

“It’s not always dates wrapped in bacon,” Borras said, “We change it all the time to keep it like Madrid or Barcelona – you would eat the same food there.”

Owner John Borras says he doesn’t want


It’s clear that creating a social and comfortable ambiance is something that many other restaurants are trying to emulate, picking up on Spain’s tradition of small plate sharing.


Chef John Borras prepares a succulent tapas menu rich in meats, cheeses and fresh fish at his restaurant, Macarena, which opens in St. Charles this month.

Gratto in Geneva is an Italian restaurant that invites guests to indulge in the great flavors of their small plates. “Our atmosphere and ambiance are really quaint,” Owner Danielle Sisto describes. “It’s quite romantic.” What could be more romantic than sharing multiple small plates of Italian food – a generally large entrée sort of dining – with a new friend? “I think [small plates are] popular because people can taste a bunch of things and don’t have to have a big plate of pasta or a big dinner,” Sisto explains Rodrigo Cano, owner of Bien Trucha in Geneva agreed that the trend is in the trying. His restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. “It’s about different and complex flavors,” he says. “[We have a] small menu but you can order three or four different things and they’re all different.” But it’s not just about the 12 different tacos (each with their unique salsa) at Bien Trucha. It’s also about the social atmosphere. Tables are set close to one other almost banquet style, promoting the sense of community that was built within the framework of traditional tapas dining.

“We’re not that sort of restaurant, where you can have your own booth,” he says. “It’s more of a fun, social restaurant, where you can talk to the table next to you. You can ask them what they’re eating and how they like it… That creates a social atmosphere when you talk about more than just your own meal.” Spanish tapas might have floated the idea of sharable menu items, but Japanese sushi-style restaurants have been on board for a long time. Designed for sharing, it’s the perfect date night choice. Nobody blinks an eye should you grab a slice of a spicy tuna maki roll from your date’s plate at the sushi bar, or an indulgent bite of Aceitunas Marinades (marinated olives) from Macarena, but your date might see a red flag if you snag a twirl of spaghetti from his or her plate. But there’s much more at stake when attempting to share a plate of spaghetti, as opposed to a dinner made of several small plates of finger food. While Spain might have cornered the market on tapas and Japanese has a firm hold on sushi, small plate dining now is a trend for the rest of the world to interpret and share. Gone are the days of choosing just a single entrée and keeping it entirely to yourself.

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would like to pretend, for just one day, that I am a perfect wife and mother. These days, I feel far from perfect. My fuse is shorter, my kids more unruly. No matter how hard I try, no matter how much I discipline them, no matter how much I do to provide fun activities, nothing ever seems good enough. A friend of mine works for a talk show produced in Chicago, and she reached out to me to submit some video clips for an upcoming segment. She asked me to give a quick snip-it, admitting something I do as a parent that might make me a “bad mom.” I was hoping she was asking several other mothers and not just me. It would be embarrassing to think she got this assignment and immediately thought, “I know a bad mom! I’ll contact Michelle Stien.” And while I can think of a million and one things that cause me to second-guess myself every day, I hoped I wasn’t the worst of the bunch. As I lamented, life continued as usual. My kids both were grounded from playing with our neighbors for throwing temper tantrums. That followed with Colin losing television, video game and iPod Touch privileges for an entire day, just for his general behavior. And when I thought I had finished with the punishments, (there weren’t many more things I could take away from them) I found out Colin dropped an F-bomb in the childcare center at my gym. In his defense (and mine) another boy said it first and then Colin retorted with the same phrase. Still, I felt like the inmates were running the asylum and perhaps I was “The.Worst.Mom. Ever.” Smack in the middle of my pity-party, I came across a blog on Facebook that put everything in perspective. The blog post was titled, “To the Unwashed Masses of Mothers” at


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Initially, I thought the post was going to slam moms like me – the ones who yell at their kids at the grocery store. The ones who don’t care if a shower comes at the beginning or end of the day. The ones who, for a brief moment while shopping, look as if they are abandoning their screaming, temper-tantrum throwing four-year-old who wants a toy. The one who at that moment throws “1-2-3 Magic” and “Love and Logic” out the window in favor of an old-fashioned tongue-lashing. But the post offered a kinder, gentler take on moms like me. The bottom line: “You are doing better than you think.” Another line that struck a chord with me: “There is no such thing as a perfect mom.” It went on to quote a Yiddish saying, “There is one perfect child in the world, and every mother has it.” I sighed in relief. I had been struggling with my column, feeling like everything I have been writing has been a farce. I had no words of wisdom. Quite frankly, I usually feel like I should be the one seeking out parenting advice. But this woman, all in one 600-word blog, made me feel like a million bucks. She made me remember why I started writing about my kids in the first place, and why so many readers continue to follow my crazy tales. They are honest, realistic and relatable. Together, we can laugh and find humor through the chaos that is motherhood. There’s a reason there is an entire talk show segment dedicated to parents doubting themselves. We’re not alone. I’m not alone. So, no. I’m not perfect. To be quite honest, I don’t want to be. At the end of the day, I still look at my kids in wonder and amazement for how incredible they are. I still can’t believe how much love I feel for them. They still cry when I leave the house, hug me when I come back and think that I’m “The. Best. Mom.Ever.” And I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything, imperfections and all.

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with Michelle Stien Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 3 and 5. Her mother always told her to “write this down,” so she is sharing her experiences with other Kane County women to help them deal with the craziness of being “Mom.”



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Even the most chipper of morning people can sometimes wake up groggy and tired. And if their children wake up feeling the exact same way, mornings can definitely drag. There are, however, little things you can do - from scheduling exercise at optimal times, to packing protein into breakfast, to planning daily goals - that will make a big difference. • Wake up and work out: Do you start your morning with a healthy dose of exercise? The time you begin your workout matters more than you may think. A study shows that those who work out before eating in the morning burned approximately 20 percent more than those who wait until after breakfast. • Make time for breakfast: Never skip breakfast - not only will that deplete your energy, but it can also negatively impact your health. In fact, recent studies show that those who opt out of breakfast time are at a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack. The same study also finds that those who eat breakfast are likely to be healthier eaters overall. This is especially important for children as they develop habits over time. So, help them establish a healthy breakfast habit early. If time is an issue, make breakfast a priority (and a convenience) by filling

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HERE! Geneva Ace Hardware | 617 W. State Anabella’s Salon & Spa | 1414 Commons Dr. Anytime Fitness | 10 W. State Artemesia | 101 S. 3rd St. ATI Physical Therapy | 1002 Commons Dr. Carlson’s | 728 W. State CDI | 1416 S. Randall Rd. Cocoa Bean Café | 11 S. 7th St. Coffee Drop Shop | 227 S. 3rd St. Comfort Inn & Suites | 1555 E. Fabyan Pkwy. Curves Geneva | 2401 Kaneville Rd Delnor Hospital | 300 Randall Rd Denim Loft | 208 W. State Fox Chiropractic | 423 Hamilton St. Fox Valley Ice Rink | 1996 S. Kirk Fox Valley Ortho | 2525 Kaneville Rd Fuller Car Wash | 1122 E. State St. Geneva Chamber | 8 S. 3rd St. Geneva Opticians | 1000 S. Randall Rd Geneva Place | 27 N. Bennett Geneva Public Library | 127 James Geneva Train Station | 328 Crescent Good Cents | 220 W. State Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse | 308 S. 3rd St. Graham’s Chocolate | 302 S. 3rd St. Greenfields | 0N901 Friendship Way Hamilton House Dentistry | 309 Hamilton St, Ste C Heartland Blood Centers | 649 W. State Inland Bank | 1900 W. State St. Josef’s Meat & Deli | 716 W. State Kane Podiatry/Dr. Mytych | 2712 Blackberry Dr, Ste 112 KCT Credit Union | 28 N. 5th St. Khanna Dentistry | 425 Hamilton St. Mario Tricoci | 1749 S. Randall Rd Michael Angelo’s Deli | 477 S. 3rd St. | Ste. 184 Mill Creek Market | 39W250 Herrington Blvd. Montage | 612 W. State Moveable Feast | 321 Franklin St. Needle Things | 426 S. 3rd St. New Balance | 1749 S. Randall Rd Niche Restaurant | 14 S. 3rd St. OS2 Salon | 507 S. 3rd St. Oscar Swan Country Inn | 1800 W. State

Batavia A Step Above Dance Academy | 103 E. Wilson Batavia Chamber | 106 Wilson Batavia Creamery | 4 N. Island Batavia Floral & Gift | 109 S. Batavia Batavia Public Library | 10 S. Batavia Bee Attitudes | 9 S. Batavia Bulldog Hotdogs | 32 N. Island Curves | 833 E. Wilson Designs | 1952 W. Fabyan Pkwy Elan Hair Salon | 22 N. Island For All Occasions | 235 W. Wilson Fox Valley Children’s Medicine | 1180 W. Wilson Holmstad | 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy. Holmstad Michealson Center (Sandi Valatis) | 831 N. Batavia Ispirare School of Music | 104 1st St. Lisa’s Heads & Nails | 237 W. Wilson Riverwest Family Fitness | 108 1st St. Special Occasions on the Avenue | 2 N. Batavia Ave. T Water Street Studios | 160 S. Water St. Urban Style Salon | 3 E. Wilson X Sport | 81 N Randall Rd Zano Salon & Spa | 2016 W. Wilson

Hampton Inn | 2875 Foxfield Rd Hilton Garden Inn | 4070 E. Main St. Holiday Inn Express | 1600 E. Main St. Hotel Baker | 100 W Main St. Il Giardino del Dolce | 131 S. 1st St. J.P. Jewelers | 151 S. 1st St. JC’s Guitars Music Lessons | 962 S. Randall Jeans and a Cute Top | 161 S. 1st St. Jenny Craig | 2672 E. Main St. Jet Hockey Training Arena | 731 N. 17th St. K & K Fitness & Yoga | 5N201 Shady Oaks Ct. Kimmers Ice Cream | 1 Illinois St. LaVince Hair Salon | 2728 E. Main St. LeBelle Donne Day Spa | 505 W. Main St. Lin’s Garden | 2400 E Main St. Lundeen Liquors | 610 E. Main St. McNally’s Irish Pub | 109 W. Main St. Mercedes | 225 N. Randall Rd. Nail Service | 3827 E. Main St. Pheasant Run-Hotel | 4051 E. Main St. Physicians Express | 2000 W. Main St. Remax Great American North | 40 Campton Crossing Dr. Rookie’s | 1545 W. Main St. Sports Plex | 1400 Foundry St. St. Charles Chamber | 3755 140 St. Charles St. Charles Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge | 1611 E. Main St. St. Charles Gymnastics | 720 N 17th St. St. Charles Heritage Center | 215 E. Main St. St. Charles Public Library | 1 S. 6th Ave Starbucks-East Side | 101 E. Main St. Steel Beam Theater | 111 W. Main St. Trellis Farm & Garden | 2N492 Kirk Rd Tri City Fitness | 1505 W. Main St. Valley Ambulatory | 2210 Dean St. Valley Nails | 2736 E. Main St. Vino Thai’s Restaurant | 3825 E. Main St. Wasco Nursery | 41W781 IL Rte 64 Woman’s Touch Healthcare | 1400 Lincoln Hwy Ste. E X Sport | 238 N. Randall Rd

St. Charles Al Piemonte Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge | 1611 E. Main St. Ameriprise Financial | 555 S. Randall Rd | Ste 100 AMG Physical Rehab | 1601 E. Main St. AMLI Appartments (Clubhouse) | 100 Lakeside Dr. Angel Nail Spa (Inside Meijer) | 855 S. Randall Rd Antique Market III | 11 N. 3rd St. Arcedium Coffee House | 60 Indiana St. Aviva Medical Spa | 3310 W. Main St. Baird & Warner | 870 S. Randall Rd Best Western | 1635 E. Main St. Blue Goose | 330 S. 2nd St. Bond DS | 202 S. Kirk Boudoir Salon | 111 S. 1st St. Clear Skin Dermatology | 2560 Foxfield Rd Colonial Café | 1625 E. Main St. Country Inn & Suites | 155 38th Ave Courtyard by Mariott | 700 Courtyard Dr. Curves | 1578 E. Main St. Cyndirella’a Academy | 1301 E. Main St. Delnor Glen | 975 N. 5th Eddie Caruso Hair Salon | 111 W Main St. Fairfield Inn & Suites | 2096 Bricher Rd Family Medical Center | 110 S. 17th St. FastFrame | 615 S. Randall Rd. Fox Valley Women & Children’s Health | 3310 W. Main St. Full Staff Music | 614 W Main St. Gabby’s Kitchen | 1650 W. Main St. Geneva Motel Inn | 100 S. Tyler

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showcase KEVIN HUNTER | Batavia “TWINS” Oil ON CANVAS Kevin Hunter has been painting since the age of seven when he received watercolor instruction from his grandmother. He studied drawing, painting, sculpture, design and medical illustration eventually earning an MFA in painting. He also studied portrait and still life painting at Chicago's historical Palette and Chisel Academy. Kevin serves on the art faculty of Northern Illinois University in drawing and at Elgin Community College in digital design and illustration. Kevin currently works in oil and water color; painting dog portraits, landscapes and still lifes. A resident of Batavia, he loves to work outdoors and can often be seen painting or sketching in town and along the Fox River. His work can be seen at Water Street Gallery in Saugatuck/ Douglas, MI and at the following sites:



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If you haven’t been to Geneva lately… come! You’ll discover that something new is always popping up in this charming town, nestled some on the banks of the Fox River. Geneva’s historic downtown is filled with more than 100 specialty shops for unique clothing, accessories, home mo dé décor, antiques… chocolates and gourmet foods. We boast many award-winning restaurants aw staurants along with world-class accommodations. Pamper yourself for a day or stay the weekend! Plan your adventure by We’ll be waiting. visiting

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OCTOBER EVENTS In Kane County Through November 10 – Geneva French Market Sundays 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Metra Parking Lot, at the NW corner of South St. and 4th Street in Geneva

Featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, unique gifts for home and family in a Canopy European style Market. You can find everything from French fabrics to produce from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, to fresh roasted coffee, and jams. For more information, call 312-575-0286 or visit www.

BoDeans songs are played with heartfelt emotion as well as jaw-dropping skillfulness by the band. Frontman Kurt Neumann describes their new album as "blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together in one sound.” Tickets start at $69. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit

October 18 | The BoDeans 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Through October 25 | St. Charles Farmers Market Fridays 7 a.m. -1 p.m. at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave. in St. Charles

October 18–31 | Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour in the Fox Valley Area

Open air market, rain or shine. The St. Charles Farmers Market offers Kane County produce, fruit, cheese, eggs, beef and goat meat, poultry products, bountiful fruit and flowers from Michigan Orchards as well as fresh flowers, garden plants, honey, produce and foodstuffs from Illinois growers. The Market also offers a tempting array of gourmet food products, fresh baked bread, garden and landscaping products, jewelry, arts and crafts. For more information, call 630-988-6680 or visit

October 19 | UFO 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Through October 19 | Let's Misbehave Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, at 4051 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Celebrate the life and times of legendary Broadway wit and composer Cole Porter in a must-see revue showcasing over 30 of his classic songs. Tickets start at $32. For tickets or more information, call 800-474-3272 or visit October 11 | John Ford Coley & Terry Sylvester 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Enjoy the feel-good hits of John Ford Coley, as well as the massive catalog from Terry Sylvester. Tickets start at $15. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit October 11–13 | Scarecrow Fest Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. -9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. -6 p.m. in Downtown St. Charles

The heart and soul of the festival is the Scarecrow Contest, which boasts more than 150 handcrafted scarecrows. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of six categories. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, carnival, a petting zoo, and much more. For more information, visit www.

Pack up the family for an evening out! Drive by several of the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area to admire the ghoulish yard displays of St. Charles finest home haunters. For more information, visit British rock legends UFO return to the Arcada Theatre for another rockin show! Tickets start at $39. For tickets or more information, call 630-9627000 or visit October 19 & 20 | 39th Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles

As usual this quality show will offer genuine antiques, guaranteed to be as represented and beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th and 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware, folk art and related items for sale. Admission is $8. For more information, call 815-838-0606 or visit

Riverwalk, at Island Ave. and Houston Street in Batavia

October 25 & 26 | Zombie Apocalypse Playground 7:30pm-10 p.m. both days at Wheeler Park, 822 N. 1st Street in Geneva

Little ones (and grown ups too) are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes to show off! Read Halloween stories, make Halloween crafts, and share a special Halloween treat! Cost is $10 per child. To register or for more information, call 630-260-8162 or visit

Can you survive this terrifying playground of the undead? Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cost is $8 per person, and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit October 26 | Lisa Marie Presley 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

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energy on stages across the world. As the daughter of the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley's daughter is a music phenomenon in her own right, reaching hundreds of thousands of fans each day. Tickets start at $29. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit October 26 | Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade 4 p.m. at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road in Geneva Primp your pooch for Geneva Park District's annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade. Prizes will be awarded, so be sure to dress both your dog and family to impress! For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit October 26 | Halloween Hayday 1pm-4 p.m. at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva The entire family will enjoy hayrides, a children’s carnival, cosmic cake walks, a costume contest, bounce houses and more! Pre-registration is recommended. Adults receive free admission. Pre-registration cost is $5 per child 10 and under ($8 non-resident). At the door cost is $7 per child 10 and under ($10 non-resident). To register or for more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www. October 26 | Batfest 10 a.m. -4 p.m. on the Batavia

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BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. The event includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, BatArt and games for free family fun. For more information, visit

October 31 | Boo Bash 10 a.m. at Cantigny Park, at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton

November 2 | Henhouse Prowlers 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Don't miss renowned Chicago bluegrass band the Henhouse Prowlers. The event will support the St. Charles Rotary Club as well as the Bob Leonard River Corridor Foundation. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors, and $25 for adults. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit November 8 | Los Lonely Boys 8 p.m. at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles

Rockpango, a Spanglish term coined by the TexMex triumvirate, is the group’s recently released fourth studio album and embraces the spirit and sound of their infectious Latin rhythms. An ode to fandango and huapango, Rockpango is the ultimate in celebratory fiesta rock. Tickets start at $69. For tickets or more information, call 630-962-7000 or visit

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A taste of high fashion and fine art is on the menu this month, as part of the annual Uncommon Threads runway show. The annual art-to-wear runway show and luncheon is presented by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, and brings together wearable textiles and accessories created by local and national artists. A juried runway fashion show features all wearable works of art created by local and national artists. The show’s runway items also will be available for purchase immediately following the show.

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In its 27th year, this event -- Fine Line’s prime annual fundraiser -- will take place in St. Charles at Q Center, on Sunday, Oct. 20. Q Center is located at 1405 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles.

Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

A boutique filled with one-of-a-kind wearable art accessories starts off this daytime event at 10 a.m. A luncheon is served at noon, followed the runway show at 1 p.m.

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One-of-a-kind creations also are being raffled off as part of this event. Among the 39 possible raffle prizes are Fine Line gift certificates, ceramic pieces, jewelry, textiles and more, all created and donated by talented artists. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased at Fine Line or through the mail through the day of the event, and at Q Center during the day of the show. You need not be present to win. Tickets for the Uncommon Threads luncheon and runway show are $60 per person and are available for purchase at Fine Line, or online at http://fineline. org/events/uncommonthreads.html. Fine Line is a nonprofit organization. As such, $25 of each ticket purchased is tax deductible. Fine Line Creative Arts Center is located at 37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles. For more information, please visit us at:, or call 630-584-9443.




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