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Thursday
Apr192012

Weekend Spotlight: Justin Roberts, Nate the Great & More

The calendar is so packed this weekend that it was hard to narrow it down to these highlights. So make sure to check the Go West Calendar for events that might better fit your family's interests, budget or schedule. And here's a list of events that are specifically tied to Earth Day, including free events at Geneva's Peck Farm Park, the Red Oak Nature Center and PrairieFest Park in Oswego.

Kite festivals are scheduled in both Wheaton and Oswego this weekend. Photo by yuzu on Flickr.BATAVIA & OSWEGO: The Goodrich Quality Theaters' "Free Spring Movies" series continues on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. with a showing of "Happy Feet Two." Both the Randall 15 in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego are participating.

WHEATON: The Wheaton Park District is hosting its 4th annual "Go Fly a Kite" event on Saturday morning at Graf Park. Registration and sign-in will begin at 10 a.m. The "Grand Launch" -- during which you can help try to break Wheaton's record of 843 kites simultaneously in the air -- will begin at 11:30 a.m. There will also be demonstrations by the Chicago Fire Kite Team, as well as kite making and games. This is a free event. You are asked to bring your own kite, unless you want to buy one there.

ELMHURST: Acclaimed children's musician Justin Roberts will be performing at Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst on Saturday at 10 a.m. (The event is a celebration of the schools' 100th birthday.) Tickets are $10 and available online.

NAPERVILLE: Theatreworks USA will be performing "Nate the Great" on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. This is a 60-minute musical about a pint-sized detective. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

MAPLE PARK: The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival has been bringing the fine arts to the Kaneland community since 1998. On Sunday, it will host its signature annual event -- an all-day festival featuring performing artists, hands-on workshops, visual art demonstrations and an auction and display of student art. Plus, there are art events aimed specifically at the Pre-K set. Admission is free; the festival is held on the grounds of Kaneland Community High School. For a detailed schedule, visit the festival's site and then click on the "Festival Schedule" button on the right side of the homepage for a downloadable program.

BATAVIA: Water Street Studios will be the spot on Sunday afternoon for the "That Takes the Cake" Cake Show and Competition, which is a fundraiser for the North Aurora River District Alliance. The event will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a live cake challenge, cake pops demonstration, glamour cupcake testing and more activities. As part of the weekly Awesome Art Afternoons at WSS, there will be a free cupcake decorating class for kids between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission to "That Takes the Cake" is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.

ELGIN: The last concert in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's "Family Fun Series" is still a week away, but this weekend the ESO has a show that will also appeal to families. The symphony will be performing "The Magical Music of Disney"  on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The show will feature music and film clips from "Mary Poppins," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and more. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the box office at 847-888-4000.

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