Groundhog Day

February Second is Groundhog Day 2019...Will the Groundhog see his shadow this year? 


On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

ett the bigger question is this: Given the weather in recent weeks and cold temperatures, with YOU come of your den tomorrow when temperatures are predicted to rise to thirty nine degrees? 


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CITY SERVICES UPDATES

Refuse only is being collected in Batavia this week 


Refuse ONLY is being collected on Friday and Saturday this week and residents have been asked to put containers out by 6 a.m. Friday, 2/1.  
 
Recycling should NOT be put out this week and will be collected on the normal schedule during the week of 2/4. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
Kane County Recycles Guide

2019 Kane County Recycles Green Guide now available


Click here to view and download the guide.  It contains lots of useful information about special recycling events and options Kane County residents can use to dispose of their recyclables. 

Household Hazardous Waste Front Door Collection Service

The City of Batavia now offers a new Household Hazardous Waste collection service to its residents.  The City’s third-party provider, U.S. Ecology, will provide front door collection of many items that should not be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection.  For contact information and to learn about the items that will be accepted, please visit the City’s website


 
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Are You Recycling Right? 


As you may have heard, residential recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before. Reports from sorting facilities range from 25% to 35% contamination in their recycling materials. This weighs down sorting facilities, reduces commodity prices, affects the remanufacturing markets, and increases costs for local governments and ultimately residents.
 
To address the increase in recycling contamination, a state task force was formed to bring recycling industry haulers and sorting facility operators together with governmental and organizational educators to develop simple cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.
These guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling programs throughout Illinois, and the goal is to have them be the go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state.  An interactive Curbside Recycling Guide has been created by the Illinois EPA to help residents learn what to put in their curbside recycling bin, what to keep out, and ask questions.  Kane County Recycles has also created a quick reference sheet of guidelines to help residents.    

Household hazardous waste materials

COMMUNITY SERVICES 


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BATAVIA FIREWORKS COMMITTEE


Batavia Fireworks

Spring is around the corner and it's time to plan for the Annual Batavia Citywide Garage Sale


The 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
This Citywide Garage Sale is the biggest fundraising event hosted by the volunteer members of the Batavia Fireworks Committee. The Batavia Fireworks Committee has set a goal to raise $40,000 for the fireworks display at The Batavia Fourth of July Sky Concert. The annual fireworks budget is made possible by contributions provided by sponsors, through various fundraising events organized by the Batavia Fireworks Committee year-round, private donations from residents throughout the year, and registration fees from the 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale.
 
Look for more information soon!

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BATAVIA ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION


True cost of clothing
Clothing

Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies: The True Cost of Clothing


Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies!
 
The Batavia Environmental Commission invites the community to Green Night Out at the Movies featuring “The True Cost” on March 9, 2019 at 7pm in City Hall.
 
The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

For more information about this film and to watch the trailer click here 
 
We are also looking for sponsors and exhibitors at the event.  If you are interested - click Here to register online.  Deadline for registration and payments is Friday, February 1, 2019.  For more information contact Carolyn Burnham - Carolyn@BurnhamCreativeGroup.com or 630-441-3403



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BATAVIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 


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THE ARTS


fOX river arts ramble

Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th
Join us for the 2nd Annual Fox River Arts Ramble: a two-day, self-guided arts tour featuring numerous arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin in 2019. Deadline to submit to participate is February 1, 2019.


Fox River Arts Ramble seeking artists: Deadline Feb 1

The Fox River Arts Ramble is back for a repeat performance. In this episode, event organizers Alison Bastian (St. Charles Arts Council), Dani Hollis (Water Street Studios, Batavia), and Lynn Caldwell and Ellen Ljung (Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles) discuss the origins of the event, the enhancements in store for this year, and what ramblers can expect the second time around. Artists! The deadline to register for the event is 2/1/2019. Music by Ryan Carney. Produced by Jaime Gutierrez for the Fox Valley Voice podcast network.

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