Egg Hunt on the Island...

An all ages egg hunt in downtown Aurora! Find eggs on Stolp Island, visit participating businesses and museums, ride the trolley, make crafts, and take part in a scavenger hunt. FREE! 1 to 3 p.m.   Stop at the Welcome Table at Endiro Coffee’s lower level to pick up an egg hunt bag. A stamped egg hunt bag is required at all egg hunt locations.   EGG HUNT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: *Chalk art at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Ave. *Egg hunt for ages 5 and under at Water Street Mall *Egg scavenger hunt for ages 6 to 11 at SciTech *Crafts at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. *Ride the trolley! *Visit with the Easter Bunny! Bring your own camera. *Find golden eggs and trade them in for a prize!   Egg Hunts: Ages 5 & under: Outdoor egg hunt at Water Street Mall at 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 12: Outdoor egg hunt at 2 p.m. at Aurora Regional Fire Museum Ages 6 to 12: Indoor scavenger egg hunt at SciTech Hands On Museum from 1 to 3 p.m.  All ages: Indoor scavenger egg hunt at Santori Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. ***Egg Hunt bags are required for outdoor egg hunts. Grab a free bag at the welcome table at Endiro Coffee’s lower level at 29 W. New York St. or at the following locations: Culture Stock and Aurora Regional Fire Museum.***   Eggs will be “hidden” throughout downtown during the event for all ages to find. Please limit eggs to one dozen per participant. Pick up a paper bag at the Welcome Table at Endiro Coffee. Thank you!   Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St. lower level – Welcome Table & Golden Egg Prize Table – Pick...

Fox Valley Music Foundation hosts demo days at new, live music venue...

The Fox Valley Music Foundation will begin interior demolition work at 21 S. Broadway starting in early March. The group plans to remove drop ceiling apparatus, tear down drywall and studs, and remove some flooring starting on March 5. Organizers said the work is part of the redevelopment agreement with the city of Aurora. They hope that the interior demo work is complete by the weekend of March 10 and 11, and to that end, they set up a public Facebook invitation welcoming others to assist those last two days. “Our goal is to complete our part of the demolition during the Demo Party weekend, before turning the space back over to the City of Aurora so that they can finish up what they need to do before “officially” handing us the keys to our, and your, new live music venue,” an organizer wrote in the Facebook event. On March 10 and 11, two shifts will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to organizers, participants will mostly be carrying and tossing items into a dumpster as most of the work will be accomplished ahead of time. If volunteers have electrical, plumbing or flooring skills, the group requests that they contact them ahead of time. Volunteers should bring gloves, safety goggles, and a hat, and apply additional safety considerations. Volunteers will also need to sign a waiver For more details, visit the Facebook event here. “At the very least, this is an opportunity to check out the old Woolworth building before it’s transformed, and to talk to us about what the new live music venue is going to look like and what we plan to do with space once we open up in the fall (if...

First Fridays features handful of concerts on March 2 in downtown Aurora...

First Fridays features a night of live music on March 2. Along with half a dozen art openings, the month’s themed “Music Hop” highlights a handful of concerts in downtown Aurora. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts The Ready Freddies, a (mostly) female Queen tribute band. They perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the third floor at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. Suggested donation $10. “Nevertheless: Women Depicting Women, an invitational show curated by new public art director Jen Evans, continues. Fox Valley Orchestra Bassist Jeremy Beyer brings his quintet, Chicago Hot Fives, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 16, for an evening of jazz music.  M.U.S.I.C. Mondays comes to First Fridays as Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., invites popular regulars to the stage to perform favorite tunes. 6 to 9 p.m. Live music is also featured at Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St. from 6 to 9 p.m. A DJ visits Leland Legends starting at 8 p.m., and Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., offers karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m. Also at First Fridays, visit pop up shops at Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Zen Loft Wellness Center and All Spoked Up, and ride the free trolley from 6 to 10 p.m. Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on March 2 at several locations throughout downtown including: Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown campus library, 18 S. River St., hosts “In/Visibility: Hmong America and the Art of Storytelling.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl., hosts Alderman Sherman Jenkins for a book signing of “Ted Strong, Jr.: the Untold Story.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aurora Public Library, 101...

Paramount announces historic 2018-2019 season ending with brand new musical...

For the first time in its history, Aurora’s Paramount Theatre will present a brand new musical. August Rush, a world premiere co-production with Arlington Virginia’s Signature Theatre, was announced today as the thrilling finale of Paramount’s 2018-19 Broadway series. Internationally acclaimed director John Doyle, who earned a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd and also staged the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, will direct this new live stage adaption of the Oscar-nominated Warner Brothers film about a musically gifted orphan and his search for his birth parents. The movie August Rushstarred Robin Williams, Keri Russell and Freddie Highmore and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. August Rush, debuting April 24-June 2, 2019 at the Paramount, press opening Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m., will be preceded in the theater’s 2018-19 Broadway series by three more blockbuster productions: Legally Blonde (September 5-October 21, 2018), The Wizard of Oz (November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019) and The Producers (February 6-March 17, 2019). Just as it has since it launched its first Broadway Musical Series in 2011, Paramount will offer the same “Buy Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free” subscription offer, with 2018-19 four-play packages starting as low as $72. Renewals begin today, Monday, February 5 at 10 a.m., with current subscribers given first chance to secure their seats for all four shows. During the renewal process, new subscribers can pre-order before the general public to get in line for seats. Pre-order reservations can be made online only at ParamountAurora.com for the first week. Starting Monday, February 12 at 10 a.m., new subscribers can pre-order over the phone or in person as well. Single tickets go on sale in June. For information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or visit theParamount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown...