Next Event

30 NOV



Relax. Listen. Talk. Connect

Island View Banquets (at Batavia VFW)
645 South River Street (Illinois Route 25)

General Admission: $5.00 (cash only)

Doors open at 5:30 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Food by [pending] (cash only)
Beverages by Island View Banquets (cash only) 

Featured Presentations 

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From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.


Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.


A Little Bird Told Me

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Little birds have shaped the life of Denis Kania in so many ways. Lessons he learned as he searched the world for his avian friends changed the way he looks at people, the world, and its future. He found that the choices we make at home can have a profound impact on the environment halfway around the world.


Indistinguishable from Magic

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke’s famous Third Law hints at the awe technology and science can inspire. In this presentation, Fermilab particle accelerator operator Cindy Joe explains why science is worthy of passion and makes a compelling argument that it makes magic accessible to everyone.


Thank You for Being a Friend

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Brea Hayes discusses the different life events that led her to open a shop, FAWN Gifts, in Batavia, Illinois. Her thoughts encompass the importance of self-care, gift-giving, the power of theater, and, of course, The Golden Girls.


Neutrinos: Tiny Particles, Big Mysteries!

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Exploring the sub-atomic world, Elena Gramellini describes the elegant beauty of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the pivotal discovery of the Higgs boson particle. But a sneaky particle defeats human knowledge: Neutrinos! Whence these spoilsports? Why are they important? How should we study them?


Titles Are Hard, and Other Lessons from Jazz on Creativity, Collaboration, and Community

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jazz composer Matt Erion shares inspirations and lessons gleaned from years in the musical trenches. This presentation is not exactly about music but is intended to inspire people of all walks of life to discover their passions and be bold in the pursuit of their vision.


Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!"

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Maddie Bozik is the president of Maddie’s Mitten March, a charity she started in 2009, when she was ten years old. The goal of Maddie’s Mitten March is to collect, clean, and distribute winter clothing to those in need. Today, Maddie has a retrofitted (and repainted) school bus that goes around the community as part of her project to give winter clothing to anyone that needs it.



Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue

"The choice isn't about science and are, it's about living and not living."
In "
Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 2, Álvaro Amat works at the Field Museum of Natural History, where Sue, the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex, is the star of a collection of some 30 million objects. His experience collaborating with the Field Museum’s scientists in the creation of exhibitions that inspire curiosity led him to combine art and science in spontaneous explorations and experiments with his son, Nicolas. As an artist, educator, and parent, Álvaro attempts to create an in-between space of curiosity and wonder to break the barriers between reason and imagination for the integral formation of a more complete, creative, and happy individual.

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About the City's Organizers

  • George H Scheetz

    George H. Scheetz has over 38 years’ experience as a professional librarian, first as a reference librarian and, most recently, for over 30 years, as the chief executive officer of three different public libraries in Sioux City, Champaign, and Batavia. He earned his Master of Science in Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include (but are not limited to) books, especially the works of Philip José Farmer and Thorne Smith; placenames; Rotary International; his cats; The Addams Family; words that end in –gry; local history; and his spousal equivalent. A skilled copy-editor, he is known, now and again, to judge others by their grammar. On April 23, he celebrates Georgemas. He lives in Batavia and has two adult children.

  • Ken Mandat

    Guitarist/Music Instructor ay Hix Bros Music