Valley Briefs: End-of-summer fests, crafts and more
August 2, 2012 5:08PM
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:14AM
Citizens’ Police Academy: The Aurora Police Department is accepting applications for its fall session. Classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6 through Nov. 8, at the Aurora Police Department headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail. The academy explores a variety of interactive topics. Learn more or download an application by clicking on the Police Department tab on the city of Aurora website at www.aurora-il.org, or call 630-256-5182. Registration deadline is Aug. 24.
Township Night Out: Aurora Township is participating in National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Aurora Township Senior and Youth Community Center, 313 Gale St. There will be food, fun, games and Bingo for seniors. The Police Department will send a command unit that people will be able to tour. Learn more from Suely Ann Cabral, 630-897-8777.
Christmas crafters needed: It’s not too early. Marmion Academy is accepting applications for the two-day juried Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25, in the new Regole Field House at Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road. Learn more or get an application at the alumni office at 630-966-7665 or www.marmion.org/crafters. Last year’s show featured 150 crafters and drew more than 3,200 paying customers.
Saving a Pet’s Life: The Batavia Fire Department recently received two pet oxygen mask kits as a donation from Invisible Fence of Chicagoland. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives. Invisible Fence brand has partnered with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association on Project Breathe. The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where people or companies can support the effort.
Midwest Dueling Pianos: This summer’s last installment of the Park District’s Summer Concert Series is an interactive musical comedy experience that will have young people singing, shouting, dancing and laughing. The young entertainers perform an all-request-driven show with music ranging from the songs of today to way back when. Learn more at 630-879-5235 or www.bataviaparks.org.
Montgomery Fest: The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12 at Montgomery Park. Activities include carnival rides, food, a car show, parade, fishing derby, fireworks, craft booths and entertainment for young and old. New this year is a bag tournament, an ice cream eating contest and a pizza dough tossing contest, and the return of Shoot for the Loot and the Diaper Dash. Learn more at www.ci.montgomery.il.us.
Veggie Fest: One of the largest vegetarian festivals in North America will be on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4s175 Naperville Road. More than a dozen speakers are ready to share their insights, advice and knowledge from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12. There also will be an international vegetarian food court, dozens of vegetarian cooking demos by restaurant owners, cookbook authors and chefs, activities in the children’s tent, live music all day long and more than 100 vendors. Admission and parking are free. www.VeggieFestChicago.org
Movies in the Park: “Happy Feet,” hosted by the village of Oswego’s Cultural Arts Commission, is the final free movie this summer season. It will be screened at dusk Aug. 15 at Village Green Park, behind the Oswego post office. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Rain date is Aug. 22. www.oswegoil.org. 630-554-3618.