Memorial Day in downtown Aurora on May 29...

The City of Aurora will honor the service men and women who gave their lives for our country during the annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade on Monday, May 29, 2017. The pre-parade ceremony – In Memory of Many, In Honor of All – will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the reviewing stand in front of the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.   The parade steps off at noon from River and Benton streets, heads east to Broadway Avenue, turns north to Downer Place and concludes at River Street.  The best viewing area will be the in front of the Pierce Art and History Center. WWII veterans Ray Moore,  Bill Moore and William Wallbaum will serve as grand marshals. Leading the parade as Grand Marshals will be World Ward II Veterans Bill Moore, Ray Moore and William Wallbaum.   Bill Moore earned a commission with the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of Senior Lieutenant in the British West Indies then came to Aurora, where he would later help to found public accounting firm Sikich.   Ray Moore served as a tail gunner on a B-17 “Flying Fortress,” for the Army Air Corp, and continues to be active in veteran’s organizations today, including the VFW, American Legion, and Burlington Veterans.   William Wallbaum, served as a member of the 1271 Combat Engineers Battalion in France, Germany and Austria before returning to Aurora to teach and coach at his alma mater, West Aurora High School. The 2017 Memorial Day Parade will also feature local military groups, including the Roosevelt Aurora Post 84, Amvets Post 103, Waidley VFD #468, Fox Valley Marines, GAR Commission Post #20, and the 36th Illinois Infantry volunteer re-enactors. Five marching bands – from East Aurora, West...

First Fridays on June 2: Live music, art and more in downtown Aurora...

First Fridays is art, music, dancing, theater, and more! Visit participating venues and explore downtown on the first Friday of the month. In June, First Fridays brings more free music to Millennium Plaza with School of Rock out of Mokena, Ill. opening at 6 p.m. and Nashville country star Eric Chesser performing at 8 p.m. Food trucks Gobble Doggs and Grumpy Gaucho will be parked on Stolp Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. Free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m. Take a look at the many offerings in downtown Aurora on First Fridays on June 2. Art: If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. Transitions: Shane Small 7 to 11 p.m. Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St. Art by Gerardo R. Madrigal/Music by DJ Marco 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Repertoire Reservoir Studios, 14 W. Downer Upstairs Canyon Crayons 7 to 10 p.m. Holbrook Mill, 121 W. Benton St. Thompson Johnson: The Art of TJ Banks 6 to 9 p.m. Music: Gazebo at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. First Fridays Concert School of Rock Mokena at 6 p.m. Eric Chesser at 8 p.m. 6 to 10 p.m. Ballydoyle, 23 W. New York St. See website. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. TBA 5 to 9 p.m. Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave. DJ/Karaoke 8:30 p.m. to close RiverEdge Park, Broadway Two Brothers Summer Festival 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets: https://riveredgeaurora.com/events/two-bros-2017/ More: Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St. Book Signing: “This Call May Be Recorded, Too” by Joel Frieders Solemn Oath Brewery 6 p.m. until gone! David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. Aurora Story; With the Colors of Aurora 6 to 9 p.m. G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl. Open to the public 6...

Endiro Coffee opens in downtown Aurora; brings “glocal” food and vision...

From day one, the idea was simple, according to Cody Lorance. “Start a small business and make a little bit of money to support organizations that help vulnerable children,” said Lorance, who owns Endiro Coffee with Gloria Katusiime, a native Ugandan.  Endiro Coffee opened in May at 29 W. New York St. along Restaurant Row in downtown Aurora. Lorance said that Uganda is home to some 200,000 children living with HIV/AIDS and nearly 3 million are orphaned. “The critical needs of the next generation are impossible to ignore and many individuals and groups are trying their best to brighten the future for young people.  Endiro Coffee was born in this spirit, as a tiny little café in the great big city of Kampala, Uganda, ready to do its part for kids in need,” Lorance said.  What came next, however, was entirely unexpected, Lorance said. Endiro quickly became popular among locals and tourists alike and the business found itself needing to grow to keep up with demand. The little café in Kampala expanded to fill the adjacent building and then began to launch new locations in other parts of the country.  In 2015, Endiro opened its 4th and 5th locations amid growing popularity and launched its first coffee growing project. Today, Endiro has established itself as one of the most popular coffee brands in Uganda and has seen its operations expand from the coffee cup all the way to the coffee tree.  Currently, some 2,000 coffee farmers – most of whom are women – are members of the Endiro Growers network and 100% of Endiro’s Ugandan coffee comes from these farmers who receive training, equipment, mentoring and the nation’s highest prices per kilogram of coffee through the partnership. All this, of course, has allowed Endiro Coffee to...