Fun Library Events for Kids...

June will start off with a bang at Aurora Public Library locations as the Summer Reading Program, Fizz, Boom Read! gets under way on June 7. On June 7, the public is invited to the Aurora Transportation Center at 233 N. Broadway to participate in the Summer Reading Kickoff sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Aurora. See and do science experiments from FermiLab, the Museum of Science and Industry, SciTech Hands on Museum and many others! The kickoff begins at 8 a.m. – the same time the Farmers Market begins – and continues untilnoon. Reading logs will be available at the kickoff event and at all library locations, including on the Bookmobile and at the Express Center, 1100 Church Road. All ages can participate to win prizes.   Children’s programs in June and early July at the Main Library and in downtown Aurora include: ·         The Main Library Chess Club will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in the Multipurpose Room at the Main Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. No registration. ·         Get your face painted between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the Main Library. All ages welcome and there is no registration. ·         Storytime at River’s Edge Café is set for 11 a.m. Monday, June 16 at the downtown Aurora café, 14 W. Downer Place. All ages are welcome and children receive a free treat. No registration. ·         Curiosity Club for ages 6 to 10 is from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Main Library. Games, crafts and stories will be on hand in the Multipurpose Room. Registration is required. Call630-264-4123. ·         Reading is Top Dog takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at the Main Library. Practice reading to your favorite therapy dog. For children ages 6 to 10. Call 630-264-4123 to register. ·         The Three Little Pigs Fairytale Science Lab is from 10:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, June...

Paramount Announces General Season Lineup 2014/2015...

Today, Paramount President and CEO Tim Rater announced an additional, and in short, very hot line-up of major stars, live music acts, top comedy stars, and family performances guaranteed to keep the Paramount packed year-round in 2014-15. And we’re talking big names here, including Donny & Marie, Jerry Lewis, David Sedaris, Penn & Teller, John Lithgow, Jim Brickman, Vicki Lawrence, Under the Streetlamp and Pilobolus, just to name a few, all performing live on the beautiful Paramount stage in the heart of downtown Aurora. The Paramount’s 83nd season launches Friday, August 22 with the annual Season Kick Off Party in theParamount’s Grand Gallery. For just $10, Kick Off Party guests will enjoy pre-show cuisine prepared by area restaurants, a cash bar and chances to win amazing prizes from 5 to 7 p.m. Following the party is the return of the Happy Together Tour at 8 p.m., with a 30th anniversary line-up boasting some of the great pop and rock stars of the 1960s: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Paramount’s 2014-15 season continues (in chronological order) with 11-year-old rap phenom Matty B (Aug. 23), Donny & Marie (7 shows, Aug. 27-31), Cats (Sept. 10-Oct. 12), Penn & Teller (Oct. 17),Jim Brickman: Celebrating 20 Years (Oct. 18), Home Free, winners of NBC-TV’s The Sing-Off (Oct. 19), Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody (Oct. 24), Jerry Lewis (Oct. 26), Recycled Percussion (Nov. 1),Brooks & Wine featuring country star Kix Brooks paired with a private wine tasting (Nov. 8), Under the Streetlamp, Chicago’s favorite former Jersey Boys (Nov. 9), Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl (Nov. 14), the Chicago Comedy Tour with WGN Morning News’ Ana Belaval, Pat Tomasulo and Mike Toomey (Nov. 22, in the Copley Theatre), Mary Poppins (Nov. 26, 2014-Jan. 4), The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue (Dec. 5-21, in the Copley Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Jan. 14-Feb. 15),Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show (Feb. 22), Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winnerJohn Lithgow in his one-man show Stories by Heart (Mar. 7), Defending the Caveman (Mar. 13-29, in the Copley Theatre), Les Miserables (Mar. 18-Apr. 26), An...

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First Fridays is June 6...

If there is ever a possibility that Bill Murray will show up at a First Friday in downtown Aurora, June 6 is the night. Aurora artist Chris Evans opens “Best Show Ever Man,” his Wes Anderson-themed show at The Yetee, 110 Cross St. from 6 to 11 p.m. during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora. Evans will have on display his popular blind contour drawings of many of the quirky characters (including Murray) that show up in Anderson’s offbeat movies, as well as paintings and other fun surprises. The Yetee is one of eight venues that are part of the monthly event in downtown Aurora. The art openings are free and open to the public. The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Broadway from 6 p.m. until midnight features the “Freak Show,” a follow up to last month’s “Geek Show.” The ArtBar is a pop up gallery that showcases the works of dozens of local artists. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., presents “Urban Explorations Thru the Lens” throughout the month of June. See new works from photographer Mike Smith, and his protégé, Sally Blottiaux. The show opening runs from 7 to 11 p.m. during First Friday festivities. Mixed media artist George Turner is the featured artist at Allen and Pepa Architects, 121 W. Benton St. from 5 to 9 p.m. SciTech Hands on Museum is open for the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The fun, interactive museum for all ages offers free creation stations that blend art and science throughout the evening. Aurora Historical Society opens its new exhibit “Play Ball, Aurora” on the first floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. The Art and History Center is open from noon to 8...

Meet Amy and Joe from River’s Edge Cafe...

  Amy and Joe Petit still seem stunned that they’re the ones standing behind the counter at River’s Edge Cafe in downtown Aurora. They’re happy that it worked out that way, but the last few weeks have been a whirlwind for them.   After just over 20 years of marriage, the Petits are starting a new journey – one that was neither planned or expected, but new adventures are nothing new for the forty-something couple that took over the cafe at the end of April.   “It connects with so many parts of our personality,” Amy said. The mom of three said she has a passion for coffee and food, and the cafe gives the whole family a chance to be part of the community.   “We can do it together and it can continue to be a great meeting place for the community,” she said.   The Petits, who recently homeschooled their two eldest children, KyraJo, 17, and Kyle, 14, are making it a family affair for now at least. Amy is running the day-to-day at the cafe while KyraJo and Kyle help out, and volunteer Christina Bakker is assisting as well. They plan to hire more staff soon, as they expand their hours and offerings.   Amy said that they hope to open on Saturdays starting as early as this June, and they’ll stay open on Friday nights, too, starting on June 6 during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.   Joe said they are looking to have local musicians play on Friday nights, or at least on one Friday a month. They want to showcase local artists, as well.   The couple talks a lot about developing relationships and continuing to be part of the community.   “We want to keep the...

Volunteers Needed for Auto Row Show...

Every year on a Sunday in August, antique and classic cars line downtown Aurora’s historic Auto Row that is LaSalle Street. The fun, family-friendly and free event is put on by Friends of LaSalle Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of this historic street. Friends of LaSalle Street is looking for a few great volunteers to assist with this year’s Auto Row Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 24. Click HERE for contact info. Watch the VIDEO HERE!...