WWI Exhibit opens in downtown Aurora...

  The David L. Pierce Art and History Center’s World War I exhibit is open to the public for free until January 6, 2018. The exhibit is open from 12 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 20 E. Downer. The exhibit is based off of the 1919 book With the Colors From Aurora, which was compiled by Aurorans about their experiences in World War I. The complete text of With the Colors From Aurora is available digitally at archive.org. Artifacts from the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Museum and the Aurora Historical Society are also on display. The World War I showcases the memorabilia of Auroran veterans of various branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the naval and army uniforms. Posters, as well as other forms of propaganda from the era, are displayed alongside the other historical items. One of the most impressive pieces contained in the exhibit is the lifesize replica of a trench, complete with costumes for visitors to try on, a model rifle, a gas alarm, and a periscope. The exhibit’s interactive components, such as the full scale trench replica and coloring posters, make it appropriate for visitors of all ages, even children. However, its in-depth look into WWI’s impact on Aurora and greater America mean that it is engaging to older visitors with a stronger understanding of the war as well as tourists and longtime residents of Aurora alike. While the exhibit does not explore the more gruesome parts of WWI to a large degree, it leaves visitors with a better appreciation for Aurora’s role in the war effort along with the war’s impact on the city itself due to the homage it pays to the Aurorans that participated. Laura Nicholson Tom, a employee...

Help us beat the Headbanging World Record at 4th of July in Aurora...

  In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the release of Wayne’s World, the City of Aurora invites you to help us break the Guinness World Record for the Most People Head Banging Simultaneously. The Fox Valley Orchestra will be providing the soundtrack with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ performed live on stage before the Fourth of July Fireworks. (No way! WAY!) The current record to beat is just 320 people. And while we are going to smash that record, participation is limited to the first 1,000 people who arrive and are checked into the participation area. To participate: 1. Wear flannel or a bandana. 2. Come to RiverEdge Park for the Fourth of July. (It’s free and includes live music, plus food vendors will be around all evening starting at 6 p.m.) 3. When ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plays, that’s your cue to join us at the front of the park, to the barricaded area just in front of the stage. We’ll click you in to make sure you’re counted. 4. Sing along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and when cued (you know the part!) head bang! (Please be conscious of your space and your neighbors.) WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! In addition to participants, Guinness World Record attempts require a number of volunteers to act as stewards, counting the crowds, monitoring participants to make sure everyone is participating, and submitting affidavits about the attempt. Volunteers will receive an identifying and commemorative bandana and the eternal gratitude of event organizers. (We’re not worthy!) Sign up to volunteer at:...

Aurora Museums After Dark kicks off this summer in downtown Aurora...

  Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to two downtown museums on June 8, July 13, and August 10. This summer, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, GAR Museum, and SciTech Hands On Museum are staying open for an extra few hours for families to enjoy. The museums will open from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from June to August. Children are free with paid adult admission and members are free. Each month the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will feature an array of changing activities. ·         June: Be Safe – Children can create their own mini first-aid kit and learn some basic first-aid tips. ·         July: Cool Off – Color your own fire helmet, enjoy an ice cream treat, and partake in educational demonstrations. ·         August: Create – Create your own mini collection to take home and learn about what a Museum is and why they collect what they do. SciTech will also offer interactive STEAM activities for children. GAR is open for visitors to explore. Aurora Museums After Dark is being supported by Inspection Reports Online and Aurora Downtown, with activities at the Fire Museum sponsored by Universal Security Instruments, Inc. Brian Failing, executive director of Aurora Regional Fire Museum, is excited to boost museumofferings in downtown Aurora. “This series seeks to bring families downtown to enjoy all that our great museums have to offer and allow us an opportunity to collaborate on new programming,” he said. Venture downtown when the stars are out, and enjoy a fun and educational treat for all ages....