Mid-Summer Family Fest in Fox River Grove
Rotary Club of Cary-Grove: The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove is partnering with Norge Ski Club to host a Mid-Summer Family Fest from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove.
The Rotary Club represents membership from both Cary and Fox River Grove. It has co-sponsored the "Concerts in the Park" series in Cary for the past five years and wanted to do something similar in the Fox River Grove community. The Norge Ski Club liked the idea of a family fest event and agreed to co-sponsor it.
In addition to activities for younger members of the family, the event will feature local musical talent. American English will kick off the day's event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Additional groups performing include Claire Kelly, The Forty-Fives and The Sage Band.
The younger members of the crowd will enjoy face painting, a bouncy house and temporary tattoos. Food and beverages will also be available.
Admission is $10 prior to the event, $15 at the gate; free for kids 12 and younger. For pre-sale admission, call Gil Gulbrandson at (847) 639-4140.
NILSRA: The Northern Illinois Streetrod Association will start its "Cruise In" season from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Holiday Inn Bennigan's, 495 Airport Road, Elgin. The event will be held the first and third Saturday through Aug. 18. The entry is free. There will be DJ, 50/50 raffle, Bennigan's food and beer tents. Visit nilsra.com for details.
Audubon Society: On Saturday, Aug. 4, take a bird walk with Kane County Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society at 8 a.m. at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. Meet in the parking lot by the silo on Nelson Lake Road, three-quarter mile south of Main Street in Batavia and 1 1/2 miles west of Randall Road.
Walk as little or as much of the 3-mile circle around the lake. Beginners and families are welcome as experienced birders are glad to share their knowledge. The group holds a bird walk at Nelson Lake the first Saturday of every month throughout the year. For details, call Terry Murray at (630) 896-3219.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, take a bird walk at 6 p.m. in Big Rock Forest Preserve, 46W524 Jericho Road, Big Rock. From the corner of Jericho and Route 47, go west on Jericho about 5 miles. Use first entrance on the right (north) after the bridge over Big Rock Creek. Meet in the first parking lot off Jericho Road.
If you wish, join the group with your sack dinner at 5:30 p.m.; walk begins at 6 p.m. From June to August, evening walks replace monthly meetings.
For information, call Bob Andrini at (630) 584-8386 or visit kanecountyaudubon.org.
Elgin Genealogical Society: Elgin Genealogical Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the first-floor meeting room of the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.
After the business meeting, Tom Oestreicher will present "The Last Full Measure of Devotion," a lecture on the American Civil War. Oestreicher is a noted historian and has lectured on the Civil War all over the United States for more than 30 years.
Visit elginroots.com for more information.
Crystal Lake Toastmasters: The Crystal Lake Toastmasters Club 2724 will hold its Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Exemplar Financial Network, 413 E Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The doors will open at 8 a.m. To RSVP, visit crystallake.toastmastersclubs.org.
Fox Valley Rocketeers: This local club of model rocketry enthusiasts will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Woodstock Challenger Learning Center, 222 E. Church St., Woodstock.
Also, join the group from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, for the club launch at the Kishwaukee Park field in Woodstock.
For more information, call Mark Bundick at (815) 337-9068 or Ken Hutchinson at (815) 444-0539, or visit foxvalleyrocketeers. …