Blues Week June 19 to June 28 Jun19

Blues Week June 19 to June 28...

Aurora will celebrate its musical heritage in a big way beginning June 19 with the first-everBlues Week in Aurora, leading up to the annual Blues on the Fox festival June 27 and 28.   The week will commemorate Aurora’s historic Bluebird recording sessions with a mayoral proclamation, a blues-themed movie, a symposium on the history of the blues in Aurora, and free performances and activities for both adults and children.   Throughout the week, Aurora will paint the town blue with window displays from locally owned businesses, and vintage programming on ACTV highlighting Aurora’s blues history featuring past big-name performers including Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.   The week will culminate with the 18th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival, one of the most heralded blues festivals in the Midwest, staged at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway.   On Friday, June 27, Joe Louis Walker opens the festivities, followed by Grammy Award winning headliner Jimmie Vaughan. Gates open at 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 28, gates open at2 p.m. for a full day of live blues featuring Samantha Fish, Tab Benoit, Taj Mahal, and headliner Los Lonely Boys.   All tickets are general admission and are $20 each day, with free entry for children ages 12 and under with an adult. For the full line-up and to purchase tickets, visitwww.riveredgeaurora.com.   Blues Week in Aurora is sponsored by the Fox Valley Music Foundation, Culture Stock Bookstore, Aurora Cultural Creatives, the Copley Theatre, and Two Brothers Brewing Company.   More information is available on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org or by calling the Customer Service Division at (630) 256-INFO (4636).   Schedule of Events   Thursday, June 19 6:30 p.m. Lit by the Bridge Blues-themed writing and open mic Culture Stock Bookstore 43 E. Galena Blvd.   Monday, June...

June’s First Fridays Packs Downtown Aurora Jun09

June’s First Fridays Packs Downtown Aurora...

First Fridays in Downtown Aurora is a monthly art walk in downtown Aurora full of art, music, food, fun and more! Each month, several downtown venues open their doors to hundreds of locals and visitors who want to take in the local art scene.      

Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center & Gallery Opens...

Green Buddha Life encompasses many things at 205 W. Galena Blvd. It’s a book recycling center (they resell used books online – not in the store), it’s a sustainability center (environmentally-focused groups are welcome to use the space), it’s an eco-arts gallery, and it’s a model of a well-planned and creatively, LEED-certified building in downtown Aurora. Owner Sylvia Washington recently welcomed guests at a June grand opening.   Art made from recycled materials is displayed inside Green Buddha Life.  ...

Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center Opens Downtown Aurora Jun02

Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center Opens Downtown Aurora...

LAUNCH OF FIRST ILLINOIS SUBURBAN SUSTAINABILITY CENTER ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center Only Dedicated Environmental Justice Center For Chicago Focused On Environmental Health & Justice In At-Risk Suburban Communities As World Environment Day heightens awareness around the globe for environmental issues, the opening of the Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center, Bookstore & Eco- Arts Gallery (The Center) in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois, reveals the environmental inequities afflicting Chicago’s western suburbs and compromising economic sustainability.   The region’s first dedicated sustainability center breaks from a conservation focus to one of environmental health and justice for all suburban residents, particularly low-income, minority communities. It will have a strong focus on Latinos and African Americans struggling with sustainability issues and the impact of exposure to decades of toxic dumping.   Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of its founder, scholar-activist Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, The Center will spur environmental justice and promote environmental health on multiple levels by serving as a: Sustainability Center: Meeting and training space for local, regional and national environmental sustainability groups;   Green Buddha Life Books: Green business to expand recycling “loved books” while creating safe, green jobs through an online bookstore; and, Eco-Arts Gallery: Community space featuring an eco-arts gallery providing education and awareness on how to minimize landfill waste through book recycling.   The Center will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house featuring speakers, sustainability workshops in the Eco-Fox Art Gallery at the Center, and eco/sustainability film screenings and discussions.    Open House Speakers Include: U.S. Representative Bill Foster, Illinois 11th Congressional District City of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner (Invited)   City of Aurora Alderman Michael Saville, 6th Ward   Kimberly Wasserman, chair of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission   Naomi Davis, founder &...