Spanish Library Events in August (Eventos Españoles en la Biblioteca en Agosto)...

The Aurora Public Library offers many events for Spanish-speakers and bilingual patrons. Join them at the Main Library, 1 E. Benton Street. He adjuntado un calendario de eventos en español o bilingües para el mes de agosto, en la Aurora Public Library. Todos los eventos tomarán lugar en la Main Library, 1 E. Benton Street. August’s Spanish Events: Saturday, August 2, English Conversation Group, 10:30am-12pm. No registration required. Open to speakers of all language backgrounds. Saturday, August 2, Spanish Conversation, 2:30-4pm. No registration required. Practice Spanish with a native speaker. This is not a beginner’s class, though, so basic conversation skills are necessary. Monday, August 4, Computer Basics in Spanish, 6-8pm. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Tuesday, August 5, Practice for the U.S. Citizenship Exam, in English and Spanish, 6-7:30pm. No registration required. Thursday, August 7, Immigration and Citizenship Q & A with Family Focus Immigration Department, in English and Spanish, 6-8pm. Bring your questions related to Visas, Deferred Action, Family Petitions, and more. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Saturday, August 9, English Conversation Group, 10:30am-12pm. No registration required. Open to speakers of all language backgrounds. Monday, August 11, Computers…A Little Beyond the Basics in Spanish, 6-8pm. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Tuesday, August 12, Make Your Financial Plan! For teens and adults, discuss saving strategies to reach your financial goals. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Wednesday, August 13, Online Job Searching in Spanish. 6-8pm. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Saturday, August 16, English Conversation Group, 10:30am-12pm. No registration required. Open to speakers of all language backgrounds. Saturday, August 16, Spanish Conversation, 2:30-4pm. No registration required. Practice Spanish with a native speaker. This is not a beginner’s class, though, so basic conversation skills are necessary. Monday, August 18, Computer Basics in Spanish, 6-8pm. Please register by calling 630-264-4101. Tuesday, August 19, Practice for the U.S. Citizenship Exam, in English and Spanish, 6-7:30pm. No registration...

Guitar Virtuoso Goes Backthird Jul28

Guitar Virtuoso Goes Backthird...

AURORA – TD Clark could be called a local Guitar God. For more than two decades as a professional musician, the Aurora resident has played “guitar hero” to more than a few audiences. He has authored of a popular series of guitar lesson books, composed music played at Chicago Blackhawks games, and shared the stage with everyone from American Idol stars to – most recently – Yngwie Malmsteen on the 2014 Guitar Gods Tour. On Saturday, August 9, Clark his letting his hometown inside his head. Clark is offering a two-and-a-half-hour master class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Backthird Audio, a recording studio in downtown Aurora. The event, titled “The Pro Guitarist’s Toolkit,” will offer area students and guitar lovers the chance to hear Clark speak, perform and teach up close and personal. Clark’s master class will blend music theory with music-business practice. He’ll performing a handful of his most successful songs. After each piece, he’ll share the methods and guitar techniques that set it apart. Then, he’ll share the business insights it took to make each piece commercially successful. Business topics to be covered will likely include music licensing, musician endorsement deals and tour sponsorship for artists. The event will end with Clark offering some personal feedback to musicians who submitted performance samples in advance. For the option to submit, attendees should register atwww.backthird.com/TDClark before July 31. Pre-registration discounts and student discounts end July 31 as well. For more event information and interview opportunities with TD Clark, contact Benjie Hughes at Backthird Audio by e-mailing benjie@backthird.com. Backthird Audio is located behind River’s Edge Cafe at 67 S. Stolp Ave. Parking for the event is best served by the parking garage on the southeast corner of Stolp and...

Historic Tax Credit Seminar...

  If you own an historic building or are interested in historic properties, please join Landmarks Illinois and Seize the Future on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 43 W. Galena Blvd. (parking garage ground floor) for a special seminar on historic tax credits. The seminar is free and begins at 8 a.m. Join presenters from Illinois agencies on historic preservation as well as some consultants in the field to discuss the benefits of historic tax credits for your downtown property. The event is open to the...

Sustainable Saturdays...

  Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center, 205 W. Galena Blvd., hosts Sustainable Saturdays every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. It is a great opportunity to learn about environmental and heath issues in our community and across the world, and to share your thoughts with other like-minded people. Documentary films are screened at the event, such as Food, Inc., Carbon Nation, and others. When applicable, we  have speakers to present on the relevant topics. There is no admission fee, but a $2 donation is suggested. Come be sustainable in downtown Aurora! The next Sustainable Saturday is July...

Simply Destined for Downtown...

  On the second-floor of the Fox Island Apartments (the historic Leland Tower), dancing is transforming young lives and giving some local youth a reason to live. Martin Luna is pretty straight-forward about the reasons why he offers free dance classes to at risk youth. Luna, who turns 31 in August, wants kids to have a place to come and express themselves. He doesn’t want them to end up pregnant, in gangs, or dead. “They just want a place to dance. It’s free. There is no catch,” said Luna, who started Simply Destinee almost two years ago after his niece committed suicide at age 16 in May 2010. The non-profit dance studio is named after his niece. “Destinee was a very motivated, loving, and talented inspiration to us all. Her love of music has inspired us to turn our tragedy into triumph,” says a promotional postcard that Luna hands out for Simply Destinee. Luna started the non-profit with six students in a building on Highland Avenue and then later moved to Fox Island Apartments on the corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora. “Downtown is where I want to be,” said Luna, who has recently been exploring other options for locations in downtown after new owners, Karademas Enterprise, purchased the building last spring. Luna said they recently started to expand into the second half of the second-floor location when the new owners approached him with the opportunity to tour various locations in downtown that might be more suitable for his needs. Currently, Luna serves about 30 to 45 students on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday when the Simply Destinee dance team meets for practice. He said a move might serve him well since he doesn’t have a storefront at the current location. However,...