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Weekend Spotlight: Circo Comedia in Batavia, Comics in Elgin & More

Is anyone else struggling with the whole holiday-in-the-middle-of-the-week thing? Well, the weekend is now officially here, and below you'll find a few highlights among the activities around the western suburbs. Make sure to check the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's schedule, interests or budget.

The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin is hosting its annual "Comic Book Mania!" convention on Saturday.BATAVIA: The Batavia Fine Arts Centre is hosting "Circo Comedia" on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The show features a duo from Montreal who perform humor, acrobatic tricks, daring feats and magic.  Ticket prices start at $14 for children, or $17 for adults. The box office is 630-937-8930, or there will likely be tickets at the door, too.

NAPERVILLE: The Summer Musical Production at North Central College in Naperville is "The Wizard of Oz," a musical based on the classic 1939 movie. More than 100 community members are involved in the production. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. The box office is 630-637-SHOW or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

ELGIN: If you have a comic book fan in the house, you won't want to miss the "Comic Book Mania! Convention 2012" at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and you don't need to register. There will be about a dozen guest artists, thousands of comics for sale, and free face painting for kids. Wear a costume and win a prize. Find lots more info here

HOFFMAN ESTATES: If you're not ready to say goodbye to the Fourth of July just yet, a few northwest suburbs -- including Elgin and Hanover Township -- teamed up to host the "Northwest Fourth-Fest" outside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Admission to the event is free. It features a carnival, music and food, although it looks like fireworks were only on July 4 itself. Here's a link to the daily schedule of events. 

WHEATON: Cantigny is hosting a diverse lineup of musical concerts this summer -- make sure to check out its kids' concert series -- and on Sunday at 3 p.m. the band playing is a country act called the Jin and Tonic Band. Shows are in the bandshell and are included in the regular $5 parking fee to get into the park. 

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