Pop Up Shop on March 4 features 13 vendors in Historic Leland Tower...

March 4 Pop Up Shop Vendors: ·         Jeff Weber (beeswax candles) ·         Spice Theory ·         Kittens of Industry ·         Gingham Turtle ·         Biscocho’s Baked Goods ·         Thrifty Upenyu ·         AromaRoots ·         Bettina’s Tea ·         Bear With Me Jewelry ·         Mamie’s Toffee ·         Artenimai Artisan Jewelry ·         For You by Yani ·         RedSawDeckBoxes The Pop Up Shop is open from 6 to 9 p.m. inside Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave., during First Fridays on March 4. Shop over a dozen vendors on the second floor and enjoy coffee from Blue Bird Beat Cafe on the ground level. Take in a little history and grandeur at the first Pop Up Shop of the year. For a full list of First Fridays venues, click here. Find the Facebook invite...

Candy, Local Photography, Plus a Pop Up Shop at First Fridays on March 4...

Visit The Studio at 46 West to view works on display by some of the area’s talented photographers as part of First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on March 4.   A group of local artists who represent a range of contemporary styles: landscape, portraits, architecture, abstraction, and more. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work and the world of photography.   Featured photographers include Jason DeLancey, Jean Hess, Bob Lockwood, Susan Moody, John Smith, and Mike Smith.   Stop into the show and receive a discount coupon good for that evening at Gillerson’s Grubbery.   First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features a pop-up shop, an open mic, and several art openings.   Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gifts from downtown businesses.   In March, the following venues are open for First Fridays.   Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts Beautiful Parallels, a duo show featuring artists Juan Sepulveda and Gerardo Madrigal. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Bundled Up,” an exhibit of historic winter clothing on the first floor, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts an art opening on the third floor. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   The Light of the Heart, 52 W. Downer Pl., opens Eclectic Echoes, a solo show highlighting the work of Desireé Franklin. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.   The...

Downtown Saturdays Invites Businesses to Get Creative...

  Downtown Saturdays is anything and everything that businesses can dream up. It might be an acoustic musician at a cafe, a bicycle demonstration, a Kayak 101 class, food trucks, sidewalk sales, theater workshops, book clubs, an architectural tour, face painting, scientific displays, fire truck tours, or plein air painting. This spring and summer, businesses in downtown Aurora are being invited to open their doors from noon to 4 p.m. and be creative with their offerings. “We want a downtown that is active and alive. I’m excited about the success rate of the newly opened businesses in downtown and we’re looking forward to building on some of the momentum we have thanks to our dedicated business owners,” said Kim Granholm, president of the Aurora Downtown Board. Granholm said that Downtown Saturdays, an Aurora Downtown initiative, invites the community to spend some time in downtown Aurora and enjoy all it has to offer. On any given Saturday, Granholm said that families can enjoy lunch, shopping, kayaking, biking, touring downtown, and visiting three different museums. “We are very lucky to have SciTech Hands On Museum, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and the David L. Pierce Art and History Center in downtown,” she said. Granholm added that she hopes to see overflow from the Saturday morning Farmers Market when it starts up again at the Aurora Transportation Center on Broadway. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Pete Cleary, manager at All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. in downtown. “We need more foot traffic in the downtown, and this will help,” he said. Downtown Saturdays officially kicks off in early March and although the campaign will be ongoing, a special push will be given in the spring and summer months. “It’ll be nice to see people walking...

Apply Within: Volunteers Wanted in Downtown Aurora...

  On Saturday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Riverfront Playhouse, area residents are invited to learn about volunteering in downtown Aurora.   Community members are invited to learn about a variety of volunteer opportunities in downtown Aurora. Organizations are invited to send a representative as well as information about their volunteer opportunities in/near downtown Aurora.   The volunteer rally is organized by The Riverfront Playhouse and Culture Stock.   For more information or to get involved, please email Cherilyn Winters at...

Lit by the Bridge Features Author Lynne Handy on Feb. 18...

Lit by the Bridge, a literary open mic reading in Aurora welcomes Lynne Handy as the featured reader on February 18 at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd.     Handy, of North Aurora, is an author and poet. A retired library director, she has an intense interest in the written word. She has just published her debut chapbook, “Spy Car and other poems,” which is available on Amazon. Her novel “In the Time of Peacocks” was published in 2013. She has published memoir pieces, short stories, and flash fiction in Memoir Journal, Lark’s Fiction Journal, and FewerThan500.   “Green Lady,” a ghost story, was included in a 2015 anthology, Familiar Spirits. Her poetry has been published in several literary journals. “Girl Finding Voice” was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Her unpublished novella, “The Untold Story of Edwina,” is in the editing stage.   Lit by the Bridge is a monthly open mic reading at Culture Stock curated by Paul LaTour.   The open mic portion begins at 7 p.m. with sign-up at 6:45 p.m. Open mic is limited to the first 10 readers. Open mic readers are allotted five minutes to perform their works.   Poets, fiction writers, memoirists, and other writers are welcome to attend or read at the event. Culture Stock is a used bookstore and arts center in downtown Aurora. For more information, visit Lit by the Bridge on...