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It’s time to go out with the old and in with the new! This weekend is the 2017 Geneva City-Wide ABC Garage Sale! Have items or furniture in your attic, basement, or closets that you never use?! They could be someone else’s treasure! Participate in the city wide garage sale on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm daily to help get rid of these unwanted items just in time for spring cleaning and pick up some amazing finds from your fellow Geneva neighbors! By participating in the city wide sale, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce takes care of the advertising and signage for you, ensuring lots of visitors to your garage sale, while you keep all the profits!!


There are several ways to participate! Fill out the Online Application and submit the $30 registration fee OR download the application and drop it off with your check at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (8 South Third Street). If you submit your application today or tomorrow, you will have your address and items listed on the online map! Registrations received after the 26th will still receive signage to advertise their sale.


Participants should head over to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday the 26th to pick up your instructions, maps, and signs between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.


Whether or not you are participating, be sure to print out the garage sale Map so you can go rummaging for unique home finds all weekend long in Geneva! Happy Shopping!

Earth Day Celebrations in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley is filled with beautiful natural features that serve as all of our backyards. As residents, we love to use these areas for recreation and relaxation. There presence is one of the many perks of living in our area. It is important that we help preserve and protect these spots for residents today and in the future. Earth Day helps remind us of the importance of conservation and celebrates the beauty of our natural surroundings. There are many great community events planned in the Fox River Valley for you and your family to celebrate this Earth Day! 



ECO Earth Day Event

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Oswego Village Hall (100 Parkers Mill, Oswego)

Cost: FREE!

Oswego’s ECO Commission is holding a special Earth Day Event for the village. Learn about butterfly gardens, composting, and raising chickens. Bring in eye glasses, packing materials, and syrofoam to donate to Fox Metro. There will also be a bicycle and book exchange at the event. Pick up your rain barrel to help collect water that can be used for your lawn and garden. Watch the planting of two trees at the Village Hall at 10:00 am.

 

Earth Day 2017

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve (8N700 Barry Road, South Elgin)

Cost: FREE!

Help the Forest Preserve District of Kane County plant trees at their annual Earth Day event. Plant one tree/shrub or spend the entire day planting! The holes are pre-dug. All volunteers need to do is place the tree/shrub and add dirt, water, and mulch.

 

Earth Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, April 23rd

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Peck Farm Park (4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

Cost: FREE admission!

The whole family will love celebrating Earth Day at Peck Farm Park. There is so much to do, including chalk art, children’s activities, chair massages, petting zoo, paper shredding, and bicycle check-ups. Purchase a rain barrel at the event and learn more about ways that you can protect the local environment. Bring old shoes to donate to Jolly Old Soles and a gently used book for the Geneva Public Library. Before the event, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, join in on the Earth Day Clean-Up Hike to help pick up trash around the park.

 

2017 Arbor Day Celebration

Date: Friday, April 28th

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Lincoln Park (Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets, St. Charles)

Join the City of St. Charles Tree Commission to their annual Arbor Day celebration. Enjoy an afternoon of music and art as you learn more about nature and trees. There will be demonstrations, educational material, plant giveaways, raffles, and so much more. Prior to the Arbor Day Celebration, swing by the St. Charles Municipal Building (2 East Main Street) to see the “Diversity in the Urban Forest” art entries on display. Participants will be recognized on the 28th at the festivities.

 

 

"Art on Fire" Design Contest Returns to Geneva this Spring!

by The Rullo Team

Showcase your artistic talent and help contribute to the charm and beauty of Geneva through “Art on Fire” hydrant design contest! This awesome program allows local artists to paint the city’s fire hydrants. It is a great opportunity for residents to display their creativity and brings public art to the city!



Started four years ago as a collaboration between the city and the Cultural Arts Commission, over 70 fire hydrants have been painted throughout Geneva. All of the completed hydrants can be found on this Interactive Map. But with 1,800+ hydrants in Geneva, there are still plenty more to be painted!



“Art on Fire” is a free program that is open to everyone in the community. In order to participate, you must fill out an Online Application or paper copy at Geneva City Hall (22 South First Street). Participants can really allow their creativity to run wild as there is no specific theme. Artists are simply encouraged to incorporate the surrounding environment into the artistic design of the hydrant. The functionality and visibility of the hydrant cannot be compromised in any way. Painting will take place this May and June. There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 designs.



Grab your paintbrush and set your “art on fire” this spring in Geneva!



Image Credit: City of Geneva

New Website Feature to Track Development in Geneva!

by The Rullo Team

It is now easier than ever to stay up to date on new proposed development projects occurring throughout Geneva thanks to a new feature on the city’s website. The website will now include an interactive map that provides residents with information about new businesses and subdivisions being proposed in the city.

 

This exciting new feature can be found by clicking on the “Development Projects” link on the left-hand side of the city’s website. The map will include information about development projects that will have a public hearing before city planning or zoning commissions. Information will be updated as the proposed projects progress through the development stages. Residents can click on pins on the map to find out the project name, developer name and address, project description and image, and project status.

 

This map allows residents to know about all proposed projects throughout the community and have their voices heard regarding development in Geneva. It is possible to sign up for alerts on the website or “Go Geneva” mobile app by clicking on the Notify Me links. We cannot wait to see what exciting things are in store for the great city of Geneva.

Family Fun Easter Events in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Easter is fast approaching! The communities of the beautiful Fox River Valley have tons of holiday events planned for all ages up until the big day! Check out all of these amazing, family friendly events occuring throughout our area!


2nd Annual Flashlight Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Dates: Friday, March 31st & Saturday, April 1st

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Cantigny Visitors Center (1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton)

Cost: $10 per person

Easter egg hunts are not just for kids! Enjoy a night of adult fun with your own night time egg hunt. You may be the lucky one to win the grand prize, a 50" Flat Screen TV! There will be food and adult beverages available to purchase throughout the night. Register for Friday HERE or Saturday HERE!


The Egg-mazing Race & Night Egg Hunt

Date: Friday, April 7th

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Wheeler Park (822 North 1st Street, Geneva)

Cost: $5 per person (resident pre-registration) | $8 per person (non-resident pre-registration) | $10 per person (resident day of registration) | $15 per person (non-resident day of registration)

Teenagers aged 10 to 16 can have their own Easter fun during the fun team event that will have them solving clues and challenges in order to win a bunch of awesome prizes. After the race, there will be a traditional egg hunt in the dark. Register in advance HERE!


Bunny Breakfast

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Times: 8:15 am - 9:45 am & 10:15 am - 11:45 am

Location: Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center (3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

Cost: $5 per person (resident) | $8 per person (non-resident)

Have a delicious breakfast with the Easter Bunny right before or after Geneva’s Annual Egg Hunt. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny between 8:30 and 9:30 am or 10:30 and 11:30 am. Register HERE!


Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center (3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

Cost: FREE!

Children can try to discover the 5,000+ eggs hidden in the SPRC soccer fields. There will be two separate egg hunt sections, including one for children ages 4 and under and those children ages 5 and over.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Avenue, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE!

Meet at the River View Minature Golf Court Yard for the annual egg hunt. Each child can find up to 10 eggs to fill their basket with.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: West Main Park Shelter (40W101 Main Street, Batavia)

Cost: FREE!

Bring your basket to fill with all the eggs you find during the annual hunt. Help support our community by bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to the Batavia Food Pantry.


Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: West Main Park Shelter (40W101 Main Street, Batavia)

Cost: $10 per dog

Your dog can get in on the holiday fun during their very own egg hunt. Each hidden egg is filled with doggie treats for them to enjoy! Dogs must remained leased at all times. There will be pet friendly vendors on site and the opportunity to win prizes from Healthy Pet Natural Pet Care Market at Pet Supplies "Plus". Register in advance HERE!


Easter Bunny Home Visits

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: St. Charles

Cost: $21 for first child & $6 for each additional child (St. Charles resident) | $31 for first child & $9 for each additional child (non-resident)

The Easter Bunny is making special home visits throughout St. Charles! Children ages 1 through 7 will love being surprised by the Easter Bunny arriving at their front door! He will present each child with a special chocolate treat and photos can be taken. Register HERE!


Doggie Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: James O. Breen Community Park (3615 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles)

Cost: $4 per person (early bird registration through 4/7); $7 per person (day of registration)

Let your beloved pet find some fun Easter treats and prizes. Dogs must be leashed at all times during the hunt. Don't miss the opportunity for your pooch to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Register in advance HERE.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Date: Wednesday, April 12th

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Pottawatomie Community Center (8 North Ave, St. Charles)

Cost: $10 per person (resident) | $15 per person (non-resident)

Children ages 1 through 6 will have a fun morning decorating bunny pancakes, meeting the Easter Bunny, and participating in the Bunny Hop! Register HERE!


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Heritage Prairie Farm (2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn)

Cost: FREE!

Head over to the beautiful Heritage Prairie Farm for a day of Easter fun. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:00 am. There will be two designated areas, one for children ages 5 and under and one for children ages 6 and up. Along with the egg hunt, enjoy a Children's Storytime with Michelle Schaub at 10:30 am or 11:30 am. Visit the HPF farm animals and check out the great Farm Store.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 11:00 am & 4:00 pm

Location: Pheasant Run Resort (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE!

Head to the historic Pheasant Run Resort for one of their two annual egg hunts.

 

 


The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!


Geneva Proves its the "Best of the West"!

by The Rullo Team

There is one thing that people throughout Chicagoland know to be true…..Geneva, Illinois is a great place to live! In fact, according to West Suburban Living, Geneva is the top suburb that people would want to live other than their current hometown!


The magazine recently released their 2017 Best of the West, which ranks the many western suburbs and their amenities in 90 categories. The rankings are based on reader votes. Geneva has been named the most desirable town to live in more than any other community throughout the years of competition.


Readers honored the town of Geneva with many other distinctions. Several of the city’s stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities were named the best in the area. Geneva is also known as a city of great community events and festivals. The annual Swedish Days Festival and Festival of the Vine were named amongst the western suburb’s best festivals. Readers surveyed also recognized the Geneva Art Fairs and Geneva French Market as some of their favorite spots to find arts and crafts and local produce and food, respectively. Other top rankings went to Geneva History Museum, Geneva Public Library District, and Island Park. All of these results make it clear, that Geneva truly has something to offer everyone!


Great local schools, beautiful recreational facilities, thriving downtown, and tight knit community feel are event more reasons why Geneva is the best of the best. Want to call this incredible community home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Geneva! Give The Rullo Team
a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.  

Chicago Home Show this Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Ready to make some renovations or improvements to your Fox River Valley home? Come to the Chicago Home Show this weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles)! Taking place Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 19th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, you will find hundreds of contractors and awesome ideas for your home projects at this FREE event!


Bring your ideas, plans, or repair needs and talk to local contractors and service providers to make them a reality. There will also be helpful products available for purchase. You will find everything that you need for inside and outside of your Fox River Valley home including, but not limited to:


Interior decorating ideas

Home organization ideas

Financial services

Home security

Windows and doors

Decks and patios

Kitchen remodels and updates

Bathroom remodels and updates

Roofing

Siding

Gardening

Landscaping




Be sure to enter to win Cutco Cutlery and an Echo Dot at the drawing at the door.



Chicago Home Show Details

Dates: Saturday, March 18th - Sunday, March 19th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

Location: Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE admission and parking!



If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Fox River Valley area home, give the The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete in March

by The Rullo Team

Did you know that March is the best time to complete home maintenance tasks? With the weather warming and before the spring showers of April begin, this month allows you to get your Fox River Valley  home in tip top shape. Have your home looking and working its very best for the rest of the year and prevent any costly future damage by completing these tasks this March!


Check out the state of your roof.

With the snow and ice cleared from your roof, it is the perfect time to safely check its condition before spring showers. Look for missing or loose shingles and check for cracks in the flashing or vent pipes. If you want to ensure that nothing gets overlooked, consider hiring a professional roof contractor as many offer inspections for free. If there is an issue, be prepared to pay for repairs to be made to prevent any damage to your home in the coming months.


Clear out the gutters.

Throughout the winter, debris has been accumulating in your gutter system. It is time to clear them out of all leaves, branches, and anything else you may find in them to make sure that they can properly keep rainwater away from your home’s siding and foundation. After cleaning them, consider adding gutter guards so that you do not need to continue to complete this task into the spring.


Freshen up the siding.

Your home’s siding takes a beating during the winter. You can easily clean off any dirt that has accumulated and extend the life of your siding with a brush and soapy water. Your home will be ready to sparkle in the spring sun.


Take care of your decks.

Just as debris accumulates in your gutters, it also accumulates between boards in your deck. Clear out leaves and branches to prevent potential rot. Also, look for any loose boards and repair as necessary. After clearing and repairing, use a cleaning product to help return your deck to its former beauty.


Inspect your home’s driveway and walkways.

The lifespan of asphalt and concrete decreases with each winter due to snow and ice. Cracks begin to form in the material due to the cycle of freezes and thaws. You can prevent future damage by adding a sealant to any cracks that you find. Consider hiring a professional for any large cracks and holes that you find.


Get your yard ready for spring.

Although it might not look like it, spring is right around the corner. March is the perfect time to get your yard prepped so it looks its very best once the warmer weather is here for good. Clear your lawn of large branches. Give the grass an initial cutting to get it ready. Prune rose bushes in mid-March so that they can properly grow after the last frost and add some beautiful color to the outside of your home.


Clean your air conditioner condenser.

It will soon be time to keep your home cool with the air conditioner. Make sure that it can work properly when you need it by cleaning it out now. Clean out debris and dust that you find in the AC condenser outside. If you want to ensure a thorough cleaning and prevent any damage to the condenser, hire a professional to take care of this task for you.


Add caulking to doors and windows.

The cold winter weather can damage caulking around doors and windows. Inspect these areas for any cracks which can lead to water entering your home in the spring. Fix the damages with a high quality, latex caulk that is made for exterior use.


5 Spots to Spend Time Outside in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley experienced unseasonably high temperatures this past week and more sunny, warmer days are in the forecast! That means it’s time to get back out in the beautiful outdoor surroundings that our area has to offer. There are so many fantastic parks and nature preserves in our area. Whatever you like to do outside, the communities in our area have a perfect spot for you. Here is our list of 5 favorite places that are perfect for hiking, exploring nature, and having fun outdoors!

 

Dick Young Forest Preserve (39W115 Main Street, Batavia)

This great forest preserve offers great environments for you to explore. It features prairie, wetlands, and woodlands. These areas allow for ample opportunities to view wildlife and plants. The Dick Young Forest Preserve also shows off our region’s past geologic history through the presence of moraines and the Nelson Lake Marsh, which was created by a glacier over 10,000 years ago!

Fox River Bluff (East) Forest Preserve (5N860 Weber Drive, St. Charles)

This forest preserve features open spaces as well as a 31 acre wooded portion. It stretches along the shores of the beautiful Fox River, opening up opportunities for fishing. The trails that traverse the Fox River Bluff Forest Preserve are perfect for biking and hiking.

Lippold Park (2001 South River Street, Batavia)

This awesome community park has many fun amenities for visitors to use. There is a nature themed playground for the kids. The playground allows for endless hours of fun with its rope walk, tree stump chairs, climbing wall, climbing net, and wigwam. The park also has a fire pit with amphitheater-style seating. Go for a hike along the boardwalk that leads through wetlands along the banks of the Fox River.

Red Oak Nature Center (2343 South River Street, Batavia)

With 40 acres of forest and wildlife habitat, this nature center is great to explore. There are wood-chipped trails for hiking as well as paved trails that allow dogs and bikes. The main feature of this center is the cave, which is the only known one in the area. The Fox River can be viewed from an awesome observation deck inside.

Peck Farm Park (38W199 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

This park is truly a favorite for residents in the area. Ample time can be spent outdoors on the trails and around the large pond. There is a spectacular playground that features 8 interactive stations where children can learn more about local bug, bird, and tree species. Indie the beautiful historic farmhouse, there are more opportunities for fun during nature classes or inside the butterfly house.

 

St. Charles Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Did you miss out on Geneva’s Restaurant Week or are just looking to explore more of the culinary delights located throughout the Fox River Valley? You are in luck! Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 3rd is St. Charles Restaurant Week!!


35+ of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining during the week. Bring in the special Discount Card (which can be downloaded HERE) to any of the participating restaurants to receive 20% off your total bill! A minimum of $20.00 pre-tax bill is required for the discount. Take advantage of these great savings and fill your bellies with some delicious food at incredible St. Charles restaurants!

 


Participating Restaurants:

Abby's Breakfast and Lunch | 11 North 3rd Street

Alexander's Cafe 64 | 1650 West Main Street

Alley 64 Bar & Grill | 212 West Main Street

The Beehive Tavern & Grille | 204 West Main Street

Brown's Chicken & Pasta | 1910 West Lincoln Highway

Buona Beef | 2425 West Main Street

Charleston on The River | 1 West Illinois Street, Suite 170

Charlie Fox's Pizzeria & Eatery | 3341 West Main Street

Chili's Grill & Bar | 3795 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 1625 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 552 South Randall Road

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille | 104 East Main Street

E&S Fish Company | 311 North 2nd Street

El Puente Restaurant | 108 East Main Street

The Evergreen Pub & Grill | 1400 West Main Street

The Filling Station Pub & Grill | 300 West Main Street

Francesca's by the River | 200 South 2nd Street

Gino's East | 1590 East Main Street

Isacco Kitchen | 131 South 1st Street

La ZaZa Trattoria | 5 South 1st Street

McNally's Irish Pub | 109 West Main Street

Nuova Italia Ristorante | 18 North 4th Street

The Office Dining & Spirits | 201 East Main Street

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina | 3050 East Main Street

Pub 222 | 222 West Main Street

Puebla Modern Mexican | 51 South 1st Street

Riverside Pizza & Pub | 102 East Main Street

Rookies | 1545 West Main Street

ROX City Grill | 100 West Main Street

Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant | 1850 Lincoln Highway

Spotted Fox Ale House | 3615 East Main Street

St. Charles Place Steak House | 2550 East Main Street

Szechwan Restaurant | 117 West Main Street

Tap House Grill | 3341 West Main Street

Taste of Himalayas | 110 North 3rd Street

The Finery and Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street

Wok 'n Fire | 181 South 1st Street



Happy Restaurant Week in St. Charles!


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