Applications available for next St. Charles Fine Art Show

Applications for the 2024 St. Charles Fine Art Show are now available at, event organizers said.

Applications to take part in the show must be submitted before the deadline of Jan. 31, 2024, officials said.


The 2024 St. Charles Fine Art Show will take place on Riverside Avenue in downtown St. Charles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

The event showcases the original, juried work of approximately 100 fine artists in mediums including clay/ceramics, digital art, drawing/illustration, fiber (non-wearable), jewelry, photography, glass, mixed media, oil painting, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, printmaking, sculpture and wood.


All entries are exhibited and available for sale during the free, outdoor public event, organizers said.

Artists are also eligible to win cash prizes through artist awards.

For more information on the 2024 St. Charles Fine Art Show, go to Any additional questions regarding the event can be directed to the St. Charles Business Alliance at 630-443-3967.

Instead of throwing away that old pumpkin after Halloween, people can recycle them for free at Geneva’s Pumpkin Smash event set for 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the Community Gardens at Prairie Green at Peck and Bricher roads.

Pumpkin-themed food vendors will be on site, and patrons also will also be able to recycle batteries, aerosol cans and paint cans for a fee, event organizers said.

All decorations, such as candles, yarn hair, stickers, googly eyes and plastic ears, should be removed from the pumpkins before recycling, officials said.

The Pumpkin Smash, which is sponsored by the city’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District, is designed to reduce the number of pumpkins ending up in landfills, according to organizers.

The Oswegoland Heritage Association will host a stroll down Oswego’s historic South Main Street on Nov. 4.


South Main offers an architectural history time capsule of Oswego and the Fox Valley region, with design styles ranging from Greek Revival to homes with Frank Lloyd Wright touches to mid-century modern ranches, according to event organizers.

Participants during the walk will be informed through stories about the Oswegoans who built and lived in the street’s classic homes, officials said.

The tour, aimed at those age 16 years old and older, will begin at noon at Tyler Street and South Main Street and will last for about an hour

Advance registration of $5 is required. To register, call the Oswegoland Park District at 630-554-1010 or go to the registration web page at

DuPage County Division of Transportation is asking residents to share their feedback on its trails plan by Nov. 17.

The county created the draft DuPage County Trails Plan after receiving input from more than 3,000 surveys.


DuPage County owns, operates and maintains a network of three regional trails: Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail and Southern DuPage Regional Trail, a county news release said. It mows, removes invasive species and inspects the system, which is used by 940,000 residents and more than 115,000 visitors annually, officials said.

The trails plan establishes a standardized maintenance practice, improves safety, accessibility and navigation, and promotes environmental stewardship, the release said.

For more information, go to

The St. Charles Arts Council will host its second annual dessert auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Graceful Ordinary, 3 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles.

“The dessert auction is a fun fundraising event that lets you go home with magnificent home-cooked desserts that you can use for Thanksgiving or any time,” said Kathryn Bail Hill, executive director of the arts council.

Local bakers have been contacted and asked to participate in the event this year. Up to 10 baked items will be included in a live auction, with the remaining items for sale by silent auction.


“Last year we had 47 baked items for sale and literally everything sold within the first hour,” said Hill. “The vibe in the room was festive and exciting. We couldn’t have asked for a better, more successful event.”

Tickets for the event are $50 and include a champagne toast, appetizers and a goodie bag for all attendees. A cash bar is available also, organizers said.

To buy tickets for the event, go to To volunteer to bake for the event, contact Hill at

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