Art & Artifacts Library Fundraiser and Auction on Nov. 13...

Please join us at this year’s Imagine the possibilities Art and Artifacts Reception and Silent Auction! Many one-of-a-kind furnishings and art pieces will be available by bid. Additionally, unique ornaments crafted by local artisans from recycled books will be offered for $20. The purchaser will receive an ornament and a book nameplate. Nameplates will be placed in popular books that will be circulated at the Santori Library – a special holiday gift for loved ones, teachers and so many others! Furthermore all attendees will sign a construction beam that will be visible at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library for generations to come. Event Tickets$40 per ticket includes substantial appetizers, open bar, and the opportunity to bid on art, furnishings and other unique items from our “antique” Main Library. Purchase Tickets Online: Click Here. Fill in all required information. Please indicate in the ‘Comments Section’ that the donation is towards “Imagine the possibilities”. Click Submit. Purchase by Phone or Email: Contact the Foundation at 630-264-4154 or by email to llston@aurora.lib.il.us. Only credit cards are accepted by phone and email. To purchase by check, please mail your check to the Aurora Public Library Foundation, 1 East Benton Street, Aurora, IL 60505. Tax Information: $15 of every $40 ticket is tax deductible as a charitable donation under Federal tax law....

Downtown Saturdays

Saturdays are where it’s at in downtown Aurora. We’ve got you covered from the morning until the evening. To make the most out of Downtown Saturdays, we encourage you to visit between noon and 4 p.m. throughout the year. Check our Facebook page for specials and events. Check out these participating downtown businesses on Downtown Saturdays. Drinks & Dining: Blue Bird Beat Cafe ~ 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 S. Stolp Ave. River’s Edge Cafe ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ~ Lunch specials! 14 W. Downer Pl. Subway ~ 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 5 E. Downer Pl. Gillerson’s Grubbery ~ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ KIDS EAT FREE ~ open until midnight 33 W. New York St. Ballydoyle ~ 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 28 W. New York St. La Quinta de los Reyes ~ 11 a.m. to midnight 36 E. New York St. U Samba? 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 37 W. New York St. Tecalitlan ~ Open all day! 35 S. Broadway Coming soon: Leland Legends 1 S. Stolp Ave. Picnic at the Plaza: April 16 & 30, June 18 and July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue. Shopping: All Spoked Up ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14 W. Downer Pl. YM Boutique ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5 W. Downer Pl. Glanze Boutique ~ 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 40 E. New York St. Fox Valley Homebrew ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Discounted classes! 14 W. Downer Pl. If These Walls Could Talk ~ 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 32 S. Stolp Ave. Bella Jewelry ~ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 23 N. Broadway Eyeland Optical ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 26 E. Downer Pl. Patron Boots ~...

Grand Re-opening for River’s Edge Cafe...

Come visit River’s Edge Cafe during their Grand Re-Opening Week November 3 to 8. The cafe will be open their new, extended hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  The cafe will offer free samples of a variety of their menu items, provide fun, theme related crafts and activities including trivia questions, and patrons will have chances to win a River’s Edge gift basket valued at over $100! “I really want to encourage people to come see the changes we’ve made, like better coffee (even our own blend made by Metropolis!), new loose leaf teas, much quicker turn around time on orders, more desserts, extended hours, and a more spacious dining area!” said Amy Petit, who owns the cafe with her husband, Joe. Petit is also excited that the cafe employees will be donating each day’s tips to a local charity. Along with the grand re-opening celebration, the Petits are planning these dress-up theme days: Monday = Disney Magic Jasmine & Aladdin will visit from 1 to 2 p.m., face painting, balloons, and coloring pages. Tuesday = Team Spirit Show spirit for your favorite team from grade school to professional but a craft will be on hand in both West and East Aurora colors. Bean bag toss on the deck (if weather allows). Wednesday = Spotlight on Broadway Our theatrical staff are working on their show tunes to entertain you while they work. Check out our Walk of Fame and get your picture taken like a star! Thursday = Superheros & Sci-Fi Create your own super-powered arm cuff craft and check out our staff’s amazing Sci-Fi gadgets on display. All geeks welcome. Friday = Totally 80’s Remember cootie catchers and Rubik’s cube? We’ll have some here. Our very own Joe...

Nov. 7 First Fridays Lineup and Specials...

* Next First Fridays is Dec. 5!* It just keeps growing. This fall, First Fridays in Downtown Aurora is bigger and better. Stop by several downtown venues and find not only art, but also specials and extended hours on Friday, Nov. 7. It’s the Black and White show at the ArtBar this month. The ArtBar, in the tavern at Two Brothers Roundhouse, features more than two dozen local artists for one night only. Visit the ArtBar from 6 p.m. to midnight. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., is open with work from Aurora artist Steven DuCharme from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show “Oxide” is DuCharme’s first solo show in the city. DuCharme is a mixed-media artist and recently showed work at the ArtBar and Alley Art Festival. Chris Evans is back once again at Yetee Gallery, 110 Cross St. This time, Evans is hosting a party complete with cake. After spending the last year gifting friends with marker and crayon portraits, the Aurora artist will have on display over 60 of his blind contour birthday drawings. The show is from 7 to 11 p.m., but arrive early for a piece of cake. Local musicians will perform at an open mic hosted by Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m. Musicians are invited to sign up starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Attendees can enjoy acoustic, family-friendly performances. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with various activities, including the History Mystery guessing game sponsored by Aurora Historical Society. Patrons are welcome to shop the Museum Store on the first floor, and visit the Invitational Show on the third floor of the...

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead activities in downtown Aurora: * Join families in making masks from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 22 at Culture Stock in downtown Aurora. The free event is sponsored by Downtown Auroran Magazine and The Light of the Heart. More info here: Day of the Dead Masks * Come celebrate Day of the Dead at the library and check out a traditional Mexican altar from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. They’ll have bread of the dead to eat and a craft for the kids. No registration required. Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton St. Venga a celebrar el Dia de los muertos con todo la familia y admiren un tradicional altar mexicano. Tendremos pan de muerto y una manualidad para los ninos. No se requiere inscripcion. Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton...