Blues on the Fox Lineup 2014...

Click on the photo for the complete Blues on the Fox lineup for 2014. Taj Majal, Los Lonely Boys, Jimmie Vaughan — you won’t want to miss a day of Blues on the Fox this summer at RiverEdge Park. Buy your tickets early for a real deal — only $10  a day! To purchase tickets,...

Tesla Supercharger Station Opens in Downtown Aurora...

  Tesla owners can now charge their Model S electric vehicles at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Tesla Motors installed two Supercharger charging stations for the vehicles. It’s the fourth charging station to open in the state of Illinois. The chargers are free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jim and Jason Ebel, owners of Two Brothers Roundhouse and Tesla owners, invite Tesla owners to charge their vehicles while visiting Two Brothers Cafe at 205 N. Broadway near the Aurora Transportation Center. The stations can charge up to 4 vehicles and are not compatible with other electric...

Parker Garden at New Library Honors Former Teacher...

A garden that will be open to the public but designed for those affected by memory loss is being donated to the Aurora Public Library through the library’s foundation by the family of Dr. M. Jack and Elaine Parker, formerly of Aurora.   Elaine Parker was a noted educator who was suffering from dementia when she died in June, 2012. Jack Parker, who died in March, 2012, was her husband for 60 years and took on the role of providing 24-hour care for Elaine in her later years so they could remain living independently in their home.   “As a culture, we’ve learned to accommodate physical disabilities with elements like curb ramps, elevators and text-to-speech capability on computers, but we can’t seem to bring ourselves to make environmental improvements to accommodate dementia,” said the couple’s elder son, J. Scott Parker of Portland, Oregon.   The Parker Garden, which will be located on the west side of the library (currently under construction on the southwest corner of River and Benton streets), will offer a safe haven for people with memory loss and their caregivers.   Aurora Public Library Board Member Walt Meinert enjoyed a more-than 40 year friendship with Jack and Elaine Parker. “I was delighted to learn the Parker family saw the new Aurora library as a way to express the dedication their parents had to both old and young in our community,” Meinert said.   Designed by landscape architect firm Quatrefoil, Inc., of Portland, the garden will have a single gated entry/exit with a pleasant signal (such as a chime) when the gate is opened. Other features of the garden will include thorn-free, nontoxic and easily replanted greenery and areas for caregivers to relax.   “In the late stages of her dementia, my...