Pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country at the many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies this weekend in the Fox Valley. Plus, don't miss the many festivals and events happening, too.
Huntley Rotary Club's Spring Fling Carnival: 6 p.m.-close Friday, May 24; 1 p.m.-close Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26; and 1 p.m.-close Monday, May 27, in parking lot of Walmart, 12300 Route 47, Huntley. Fifth annual event with games, food and unlimited ride passes available. portal.clubrunner.ca/2382
• St. Charles Fine Art Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, along Riverside Avenue, downtown St. Charles. 21st annual festival features the work of 100 juried artists in various media, including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood and glass, which are exhibited and available for sale during the event. Take a walk over the bridge to 1st Street Plaza for the "Paint the Pavement" chalk art festival with professional chalk artists and community groups. Free. www.downtownstcharles.org.
• Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. 43rd annual show featuring 30-plus dealers, special exhibits, demonstrations, Kids Korner, silent auction, and more. Food available. $5, $3 for students or seniors, age 62 or older, or free for under age 13; two-day passes available. Free for service personnel with ID or Scouts in uniform. www.chicagorocks.org.
• Elgin Valley Fox Trot: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Kimball and Douglas, Elgin. 42nd annual 5K, 10K and 10-mile race that historically draws over 2,000 people is endorsed by the Chicago Area Runners Association; includes 2-mile Walk for a Cause. Travels through Elgin's downtown, historic neighborhoods and parks. Yoga warm-up at 7 a.m. Post-race party with live music, coffee, juice or beer for those age 21 and older until 11 a.m. Fees until May 22 are $40-$50; or $45-$55 May 24-25. Register at elginvalleyfoxtrot.com/.
• Living history presentation: Saturday, May 25, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. During the St. Charles Fine Arts show, Civil War re-enactors provide information on the 8th Illinois Cavalry, which trained in St. Charles. To register, visit www.stcmuseum.org/events or call (630) 584-6967.
• Sunset Pool opening day: noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 710 Western Ave., Geneva. It includes an aquatic playground, climbing walls, water cannons, waterslides, a zero-depth play area, lap lanes, sand volleyball courts. New for 2019, Geneva Park District has added a sprayground, which will replace the sand area and play structure previously located east of the main pool. It will feature a variety of squirting, spraying, and splashing features such as the Swaying Palm with dumping coconuts, Spin Flower, Baby Long Legs, Water Flower, Mushroom Maze, Aqua Arch, and super soaker Water Rings. Children will also enjoy a variety of other active elements throughout the park, including a Push-Me-Pull-You squirting feature, the Hollow Log, Lilly Frog, and squirting Split Pea. Also, concession stand, lockers, showers, picnic area. $14 nonresidents, $9 residents, children younger than 2 admitted free. genevaparks.org; (630) 232-4542.
• Dundee Memorial Day Parade: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Annual parade begins at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Van Buren and Route 72, in East Dundee, and heads west on Main Street, ends with a short ceremony at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. Free. (847) 428-9006.
• MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon: 7 a.m. Sunday, May 26, at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness and Health Center, 296 Randall Road, Geneva. 19th annual youth triathlon split into four divisions. $52 for youth triathlon. www.mmtt3.org.
• Noble Discontent-Louisa May Alcott: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Drawing from letters and journals, Debra Ann Miller will portray "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott, who was also an abolitionist and nurse, patriot and suffragist. Learn of her hopes and heartbreaks from which she drew inspiration. Online $20, $15 for 15 and under or $25, $20 at the door. norrisculturalarts.com.
• Aurora Memorial Day Parade: noon Monday, May 27, South River and Benton, Aurora. Proceeds east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer Place and ends at River Street. Best viewing at review stand in front of David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. www.aurora-il.org.
• Aurora Memorial Day ceremonies: Monday, May 27, at four area cemeteries. Members of the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 visit four cemeteries to pay respects to the fallen veterans of our community. Meet at: 8 a.m. at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 675 Route 30, Aurora; 9 a.m. at Annunciation Cemetery, 1820 Church Road, Aurora; 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cemetery on Route 25 at Mitchell Road in Aurora; and 10 a.m. at River Hills Memorial Park Cemetery, 1650 S. River St., Batavia. www.post84.com.
• Cary Memorial Day parade: 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, First Street and Three Oaks Road, and proceeds south on First Street and ends with a ceremony at Cary Veterans Park. Free. www.caryillinois.com.
• Crystal Lake Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, downtown Crystal Lake. East on Franklin Avenue, north on Williams Street, and west on Woodstock Street to Union Cemetery for a memorial service. Hosted by Crystal Lake American Legion Post 171. www.crystallake.org.
• Elburn Memorial Day Procession: 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the north end of Blackberry Township cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road. Hosted by American Legion Post 630, it starts at 10 a.m. at Lions Park and ends at Blackberry Township Cemetery. Elburn Boy Scouts Troop 7 will host a Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St. For details, visit elburnpost630.org or contact John Nevenhoven at (630) 697-0356.
• Elgin Memorial Day service: 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin. Starts with Catholic Mass at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1001 Villa St., at 8:45 a.m., the 9:15 a.m. service at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 Route 20, followed by a ceremony at Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 270 N. Grove, at 9:45 a.m., paying tribute to veterans interred at sea. This year's program will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Keynote speaker will be local historian George Rowe. Also there will be a poem dedicated to the day, written by the city's new poet laureate Chasity Gunn. The 11 a.m. ceremony features the Elgin Master Chorale and Northwest Bible Baptist Academy. After the program, ask Civil War historian Ken Gough about the Civil War era graves in the cemetery. A free shuttle bus will pick up riders at the main gate and east gate before and after the service. Co-sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the city of Elgin. Free. www.elginmemorialday.org.
• Fox River Grove Memorial Day parade: 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. Parade starts at Algonquin Road School and continues down Algonquin Road to South River Road to the baseball diamond along for Fox River in Lions Park. www.foxrivergrove-il.org
• Geneva Memorial Day parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. Steps off from Crescent Place near the downtown Metra Station. The parade will proceed northbound on Third Street and end at the cemetery at Third and Stevens streets. A memorial service will be held at the cemetery after all parade units have arrived. Third Street, including the West State Street intersection, will be closed while the parade is in progress. www.geneva.il.us.
• Huntley Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 27. Starts at the municipal complex, 10987 Main St., west on Main Street to Woodstock Street, turn right to go north for ceremony at Huntley American Legion Post 673. After the parade, there will be a short ceremony, with speakers and a presentation honoring veterans. Free. www.huntley.il.us.
• Maple Park Memorial Day services: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 27, various locations in Maple Park. Maple Park American Legion Post 312 members place American flags on the graves of service members and perform honors on Memorial Day at six Maple Park cemeteries, starting at 9 a.m., following at 15-minute intervals. The Honor Guard and three-round volley march into the cemetery as the chaplain recites a prayer and the three volleys are fired over the graves of the veterans, followed by "Taps." The cemeteries are Pierce Cemetery, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Gardner Cemetery, Van Vlak Cemetery, Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Cemetery, and South Burlington Cemetery. Around 11:30 a.m., a short service will be held at the post home, 203 Main St., Maple Park. After the services, stop by the post for an open house featuring free hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. mapleparklegion.org.
• St. Charles Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, starting at Sixth and Main streets and continuing to Riverside Avenue, ending at the Freedom Shrine. Memorial service led by (Ret.) Lt. Colonel Mark Powell and featuring Mayor Ray Rogina reading the annual proclamation, a keynote address from Army veteran and fireman Drew Perry, and taps played by resident Jim Stombres, former band director of St. Charles North High School. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be inside fire station 1 at 112 N. Riverside Ave. www.stcharlesil.gov.
• West Dundee Memorial Day Service: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, River Valley Memorial Gardens, 14N689 Route 31, West Dundee. Free. www.rivervalleymemorialgardens.com.
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