Weekend Highlights: Memorial Day Parade Monday in Aurora
May 23, 2012 1:06PM
Updated: July 2, 2012 9:55AM
Butterfly release: Geneva Park District is having a butterfly release party from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road. Participants can release a butterfly, make a butterfly craft, have a snack and take a self-guided butterfly hike. Cost is $15 for residents and $23 for nonresidents. Registration is required; each participant who wishes to release a butterfly and take part in other activities must register. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 630-262-8244 or www.genevaparks.org
Letters Home: A Memorial Day Remembrance Concert that unites the Fox Valley Repertory and select members of The Fox Valley Concert Band will offer a musical tribute to the Unites Stated Armed Forces in two Memorial Day performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets are $20 with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the Fox Valley Troop Support Inc. Veterans will receive 50 percent off the regular ticket price by presenting identification. Tickets are available at 630-584-6342 or www.ticketmaster.com. Learn more at www.foxvalleyrep.org.
Walking with Soldiers — The Civil War Tour: Mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a special tour at Naperville Cemetery during this special tour from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday. The tour begins at the Naper Settlement visitor center, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Learn the story of how Levi Shafer’s gun fired the first two shots at Gettysburg. Hear stories of Civil War veterans and view the grave of a Confederate soldier. For ages teen to adult. Tickets are $12 a person; $10 for members. www.napersettlement.museum.
neXt gallery: The pop-up gallery art program of the St. Charles Arts Council is hosting its opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at 121 N. Second St. in St. Charles. The gallery theme is “This Goes to 11.” Refreshments will be served, and patrons can browse the gallery and meet the artists. An eclectic exhibition of artwork will be for sale. Learn more at www.nextgallerystcharles.org or 630-429-0973, or at the council at 630-443-3794 or StCharlesArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
Memorial Day Parade: The city of Aurora will honor the service men and women who gave their lives for our country during the annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade Monday. A pre-parade ceremony, titled “Expressions of Remembrance,” will be at 11:15 a.m. at the reviewing stand outside the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. The parade steps off at noon from River and Benton streets. Local military groups, four marching bands, floats, motorcycles and bagpipers will do their part to honor the veterans on this day that dates back to the Civil War. Visit the city’s website at www.aurora.il.org. The parade will be shown on Aurora Community Television on Comcast channel 10 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 during June.
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