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LeAnn Rimes: One Christmas
Thursday, December 18 2014 7:30PM

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue. The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style. When she released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country popmaterial, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Come check out her once in a lifetime Christmas show!

It's a Wonderful Life Film with special guest Karolyn Grimes
Friday, December 19 2015 7:00PM
Saturday, December 20 2015 11:00AM

Sunday, December 21 2015 1:00PM

Meet ZuZu from the movie! Meet and Greet, Autograph signing, Q&A, viewing of the biggest "It's a Wonderful Life" memorabilia showcase and a viewing of the film. Kids FREE! Adults only $12! ($6 for film only).

Robin Zander Band (Of Cheap Trick)
with special guests Voyage (Sat.), and 28 North (Sun.)

Sat-Sun, December 20 2014 8:00PM & December 21, 2014 7:00PM

Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, returns to the Arcada with his own Rock 'N Roll band and Cheap Trick hits. Robin Zander is giving away an unreleased music download from the bands latest album.

Polar Express Film
Monday, December 22 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
ELF Film
Tuesday, December 23 2014 3:00PM & 7:00PM
The BoDeans
Saturday, December 27 2014 8:00PM

BoDeans is a rock band formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1985, the band recorded their critically acclaimed debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. Early on, the BoDeans' sound was largely influenced by roots rock and heartland rock, but they began to move more into the genre of alternative rock, and then later reached the top 40 "mainstream rock" charts. In the mid-1990s, the band had two top 10 songs in the "Adult contemporary" charts. In recent years, the band has made a return to their roots rock origins while taking on new directions such as country and soul.

NYE Arcada Style
Wednesday, December 31 2014 8:00PM

A live musical and culinary experience celebrating 60s Rock, Motown and Ron's cooking! Two fabulous bands and a Dance Floor * Full Bar * Slow Roasted Prime Rib Sliders * Ron's Meatballs * Cold Jumbo Shrimp * Bruschetta Bar * Desserts * Favors and a bunch more delicious surprises!   Tickets $69 per person or $125 a couple!  Includes ticketing fees! SEATS ARE LIMITED!!!  Only 200 will be sold!

For more information on upcoming shows and events, visit the Arcada Theatre website.
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Santa Claus and the Magic Fox Valley Key

by The Rullo Team

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Town!"

Yes, that’s right!  The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us!  We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace.  With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, The Rullo Team believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! We knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplaces for him to come we asked his head Elf.  "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Fox Valley key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem   

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                 

as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses to get in wherever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited.  So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be.  Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

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Geneva & St. Charles School Districts Earn A Rating!

by The Rullo Team


Out of approximately 866 Public Districts in Illinois, the Geneva Community Unit School District and the St. Charles Community Unit School District have been rated 12th and 13th respectively as the Best School Districts in Illinois by Since 2002, Niche (formerly College Prowler) has been ranking towns, schools K-12, and colleges. Visit the website to see the numbers that have been compiled regarding the following categories - academics, administration & policies, educational outcomes and extracurriculars, food,  health & safety, resources & facilities, sports & fitness, student culture & diversity, and teachers  - for the Geneva and St. Charles school districts.
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by The Rullo Team

As you may recall, the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck was closed to add a third tier to the existing structure

Starting December 10th, a crane will be brought in to start installing the new third level pre-cast panels.  From the 10th to the 16th, flaggers will be present to manage traffic flow on Route 31. Also during this timeframe, eastbound South Street between Second Street and Route 31 will be closed to thru traffic. Second Street south of South Street also will be closed December 11th and 12th.

Panel installation, along with conduit work and painting should be completed within the next three weeks, weather permitting.

Overall, the project is still on schedule for most work to be completed by the end of January, which is when the city anticipates commuters might be allowed back into the parking deck. Ancillary work will continue into the spring.

For updates, visit the City of Geneva website
or call the City Administrator's Office at 630-262-8495.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Preparing For A Fox Valley Snow Emergency

by The Rullo Team

We all want a White Christmas for the Fox Valley, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Fox Valley area.


Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minumum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets


This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home on a long Holiday Trip, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.

  • Check and replace older batteries
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation

The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:

  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water

If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as possible after use.

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by The Rullo Team

December 5 & 6, 2014
Friday: 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Selected homes are seasonally decorated for the holidays and visitors are welcome to enjoy a walk through to see the beautiful homes and to get decorating ideas. In addition to touring the homes, visitors to Geneva enjoy the opportunity to stroll and shop through the historic downtown area; enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, join carolers as they sing songs of the season, and visit with Santa in his Christmas House to share your gift wish-list.

Visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website or contact the Chamber Office at (630) 232-6060 for more information.

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Fox Valley IL Christmas Tree Farms & Stands

by The Rullo Team

It's that wonderful time of year to purchase your Christmas Tree....but where do you go to find that perfect one? Lucky for you the Fox Valley is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas Tree Farms and Trees available due to the fact that our local growers are "Top Notch" in their field of expertise! Whether you'd like to cut your own, pick out a live tree and have someone cut it down for you, or casually peruse the ones available and pick it out and put it in your vehicle already cut, wrapped and ready to be brought into your home...the Fox Valley Tree Farms, Nurseries and Tree Stands are sure to have want you are looking for! If you plan on cutting your own Christmas Tree, make sure you take a look at the tips at the following link so that you have the proper tools necessary and you know what to expect: WHAT DO I NEED TO CUT MY OWN CHRISTMAS TREE

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

850 Butterfield Road, Aurora , IL - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, garlands, trees tied, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided. varieties:  You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.  PreCut varieties: Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.

Honeybee Acres

41w072 Bowes Rd, Elgin, IL Christmas tree farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Santa appearances, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided,varieties:  You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine.

Kuipers Family Farm

1n318 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided,varieties: You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine. PreCut varieties: Fraser Fir.

Lee's Trees 

 45W002 Lees Road, Lily Lake, IL - Choose and cut Christmas trees, Homemade wreaths, swags, roping, and holiday decorations. varieties:  U-Choose & Cut your own: Scotch and White Pine, Fraser and Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce; Pre-Cut Trees: Fraser, Balsam, and Adirondack Fir, Scotch and White Pine;

Pine Apple Acres

41 W 651 Powers Road, Huntley, IL - Christmas trees There is no entrance fee for Chistmas tree cutting. PineApple Acres will provide saws.

Christmas tree varieties:  UU-Choose & Cut your own: Red, White & Scotch Pine, Norway & Blue Spruce; Douglas, Concolor & Fraser fir.

Spring Bluff Nursery

441W130 Norris Road, Sugar Grove, IL - Choose and cut Christmas trees, Handmade wreaths (with dried flowers), roping garland. Christmas tree varieties: br>UU-Choose & Cut your own: Red, White, Scotch and Austrian Pines; Norway Spruce

Troop 12 Christmas Tree Lot

Route 25 Next To The Skate Park, Batavia, IL - Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided,

Zieglers Christmas Tree Farm

42w109 McDonald Rd, Elgin, IL - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided.varieties:  You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce.



Christmas Tree prices have not changed a whole lot over the past several years in the Fox Valley, so we don't anticipate a big change this year either.  Please remember all prices are estimates for purposes of this post and are not to be taken as an offer by any company listed or as an offer/representation by The Rullo Team.


  • Balsams- $25 and Up ( 8 FT Tree would be $30 all around)
  • Fraser Fir- $32 and Up ( 8 Ft Tree would be right around $45)
  • Concolor Fir- $38 and Up ( 8 Ft Tree would be right around $55)


This is such a joyous time of year and we love the great smell that the Christmas Tree brings into our homes and the festive mood we instantly find ourselves in, when we see our home transform into the Christmas Wonderland of our youth. Enjoy the season and try not to stress! Instead, look at it through the eyes of a child, with the pure joy. amazement and excitement that each day brings.

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Batavia IL 3rd Happiest City in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Choosing the right city for your new home involves a lot of research. The average buyer compares schools, crime rates, taxes, etc. However, what happens when you sum up the entire process and label cities on pure happiness??

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI Uniform Crime Reports, ranked the top 10 happiest cities in the state of Illinois. Sitting happily at number three is our very own Batavia, Illinois!

The cities were ranked on the best overall ratings in restaurants, crime rate, commute, departure time, income, divorce rate, and housing. Although some of those factors may seem a bit far-fetched, they all play in important role in being happy.

A city with good food is a city worth smiling for. One of the most common ways to celebrate being happy is sharing a good meal with your family and friends. The wonderful restaurants in Batavia are sure to fill you up with good food and leave you with a smile.

Although Illinois typically has a low rate, some cities are more dangerous than others. The happiness study examined the odds of being a victim of a violent crime. When looking for a new home, safety always comes first. The minimal crime in Batavia makes our city one of the top places to raise a family.

Anyone who commutes to Chicago is familiar with the dreaded time of day known as rush hour. Due to the stress created by heavy traffic and long streetlights, the happiness study considered the average commute to big cities. So turn up the tunes and experience the short commute to the windy City from Batavia.

Benjamin Franklin always said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” If he was right, then anyone who wakes up at the crack of dawn must be happy, healthy, and rich. That being said, the happiness study included anyone who leaves for work before 5a.m.

Although money can’t buy happiness, it makes life a lot easier to enjoy. Nobody likes working a 50 hour week to still be pinching pennies every month. The study looked at the median household income to determine financially successful residents.

There is no better moment then when you say ‘I DO’ to the person you love. However, marriage has become a challenge in today’s society. There are various factors that can lead to divorce. According to the study, Batavia is home to some of the happiest couples in Illinois.

The expense of living can sometimes leave a heavy burden on residents. In order to locate the happiest residents, the study examined the average percentage of income spent on housing. Batavia has been shown to be home to a great deal of smiles and a whole lot of happiness.

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VETERANS' DAY 2014 in the Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team

Whether you are a Veteran or you know a is a day that is significant to you. It is a day to honor our heroes, a time to honor those who have served in the US Military and for those who have made great sacrfices to perserve the freedoms we live with everyday.

"Home of the Free....Because of the Brave". Have you heard that more and more lately? The men and women who serve in our armed forces exemplify the extaordinary committment to excellence in service, duty and honor that truly goes beyond that of anything you will see in ordinary life....and YES they will, and have, laid down their life for all of us.

Today, VETERAN'S DAY 2014, seek out our Veteran's and do something special for them. You won't need to look very far, they are our neighbors, coworkers, family & friends. This day is set aside to honor them for all they have done for us and they certainly have deserved this and so much more.

Many restaurants and other fine retail establishments are offering free meals, and discounts on goods and services for our Veterans all day today. We hope that everyone will take the time today to spend it with a Veteran and make it a special day. Below are a few of the links to the sites offering FREE or DISCOUNTED GOODS & SERVICES for our Veterans:


Can Gourds Be Eaten?

by The Rullo Team

SQUASH are something you cook and eat... (Eat these AND use them for decorating):


...and GOURDS are something you look at but don’t eat... (ONLY use these for decorating):


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