* Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 will host its 36th annual Loyalty Day Parade at 1:30 p.m. today. The theme will be "VFW Post 1197: 75 years of Continuous Service." The parade route starts at Raddant Road and Wilson Street and follows Wilson Street west to Route 25. Heading south on Route 25, the parade travels to the VFW Post, 645 S. River St. For details, visit bataviavfw.org.
* The St. Charles Canoe Club and the St. Charles Park District are sponsoring the "Current Buster Canoe and Kayak Race." The racing begins at 10 a.m. today at Pottawatomie Park, 10 North Ave. in St. Charles. Registration begins each day at 8:30 a.m. and the fee for the races is $15 per person for one day or $20 per person for both days. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit angelfire.com/sports/scccfox.
* Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley recently announced that the Fabyan Japanese Garden, an original feature of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan's private estate, will open its doors to the public Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. throughout May. For information, call (630) 377-6424 or visit ppfv.org.
* The village of Sugar Grove, the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation, and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Sugar Grove Township open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the township building, 54 Snow St., Sugar Grove.
* Fox Valley Concert Band presents "A Gift of Music" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Geneva High School auditorium, 416 McKinley Ave. Admission is free. In its 27th season, Fox Valley Concert Band is a 75-piece wind ensemble under the direction of conductor Colin Holman."A Gift of Music" will showcase an eclectic mix of selections, including "Give Us This Day" by Maslanka, "Perpetuum Mobile" by Strauss, "Simple Gifts" by Copland and "Riders for the Flag" by Sousa. For information, call (847) 695-7096 or visit fvcb.org.
* A lecture on Asperger's syndrome will be presented by Kathie Noll at 1 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. The talk will begin with a brief history of the evolution of the concept of Asperger's syndrome, the current definition of it in DSM-IV-TR, and the controversy about it. This will be followed by a more extensive description of people with AS, with some discussion of what the early symptoms are that would suggest a child might have it. Noll will share what it feels like to be someone with Asperger's, both from her reading and from she's learned from close friends who have it. …