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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

| $25.00
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American Diabetes Association is hosting Tour de Cure!   This event is a bike ride, not a race, starting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois.  All proceeds will go towards research and funding for diabetes patients.  There are five different bike routes consisting of: 10 miles, 20 miles, 35 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.  There is a $25 registration fee and a minimum $200 fundraising amount that participants must raise.  Participants may fundraise up to four weeks after the event.  Come and bring family and friends to raise support and stop diabetes!

*Registration the day of the event will be $30 along with the minimum fundraising amount of $200.

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ARTS-A-PALOOZA: A Day of Learning the Arts in Downtown Aurora this September

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ARTS-A-PALOOZA: A Day of Learning the Arts in Downtown Aurora this September

Teach and learn the arts in downtown Aurora on Sept. 12. Join in on the art-filled fun of Arts-a-palooza. Several venues will host classes. Sign up here to teach or attend one of the classes. Some of the events: Dance performances Art classes Clown class Batik for kids & more! Sign up for Arts-a-palooza today!...

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Oklahoma! at the Paramount this September

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Oklahoma! at the Paramount this September

Oklahoma!, directed by Artistic Director Jim Corti, promises to be the musical everyone will be talking about this fall. Wower of Chicagoland audiences and critics alike since launching its own, self-produced Broadway series four years ago, the Paramount’s fifth consecutive Broadway Series kicks off with the epic, much-loved debut collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein about turn of the century American pioneers. Previews start September 16. Press opening is Saturday, September 19 at 8 p.m. Regular performances continue through October 18. Show times are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.;Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $41 to $56. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., in the heart of downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, go toParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances. Oklahoma! is rated...

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New Art Exhibit Opens at the DLP Art and History Center

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New Art Exhibit Opens at the DLP Art and History Center

The Aurora Public Art Commission has opened its exciting new fall show, “Faces Among Found Objects.” The show features the work of nine artists: Bill Austin, Gary Brown, Joe Eddy Brown, Charles Heinrich, Tom Mahady, Kip Pasta, Greg Halvorsen Schreck in collaboration with Mark Woodworth and Anton Witek. The title, “Faces Among Found Objects,” suggests a unifying factor for the art andartists. Each piece either features a face or was made out of found objects, and in some cases both criteria apply. “I chose this outwardly descriptive title so that it would include these nineartists in an obvious way, but the underlying factor in my selection is that each of these creative people continues to influence me through their art and their friendships,” Guest Curator Bill Austin said. “They are multidimensional individuals who take the creation of art seriously but never cease to find the humor and adventure of life.” “Faces Among Found Objects” runs through October 31, and can be viewed during gallery hours of Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.  Admission is...

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Santori Library Opens Up Outdoors to Children and More

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Santori Library Opens Up Outdoors to Children and More

Two gardens on the west side of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora will be dedicated at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The ceremony is open to the public.   The Parker Garden, which will be open to all but was designed especially for those affected by memory loss, is being donated to the Aurora Public Library through the library’s foundation by the family of Dr. M. Jack and Elaine Parker, formerly of Aurora.   Elaine Parker was a noted Aurora educator who was suffering from dementia when she died in June, 2012. Jack Parker, who died in March, 2012, was her husband for 60 years and took on the role of providing 24-hour care for Elaine in her later years so they could remain living independently in their home.   The garden will have a single gated entry/exit (on the exterior of the library) with a pleasant signal when the gate is opened. Other features of the garden will include thorn-free, nontoxic and easily replanted greenery and areas for caregivers to relax.   The Juvenile Protective Association Children’s Nature Garden will be a magical place for the children of Aurora to play, read, learn and discover nature. It will be accessible only through the interior of the library through the Kiwanis Children’s Center. Features of the garden are nature art tables, waterfalls with slate art walls, reading gazebos, a fairy garden, jumping stones, a “prairie” path, flower “beds,” and a gathering tree for storytimes, playing and much more.   Lane and Rebecca Allen of Allen + Pepa Architects donated the design of the space. Lane Allen serves on the Aurora Public Library Foundation Board.   The Juvenile Protective Association made a donation of $50,000 to the Aurora Public Library Foundation for the garden. Community members named individual features in both gardens. Additional namings are available. Call Laura Stoney at 630-264-4154 for more information or go to www.santorilibrary.org to see naming options.   Also to be dedicated on Aug. 15 are the Deus Ex Machina sculpture at the library’s west entrance and Jenkins Lane, the library’s drive-up lane on the south side of the building. Jim Jenkins is the artist who created Deus ex Machina, funded by The Dunham Fund. Aurora Public Library Foundation Board Director Emeritus Sherman Jenkins named the drive-up...

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Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show Comes to Downtown Aurora

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Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show Comes to Downtown Aurora

Sirens scream, fire truck aerial ladders pierce the sky, a medical helicopter swoops in from above…. A cavalcade of fire engines, police cars, ambulances, command posts, and emergency vehicles of every size, shape and vintage will flock to downtown Aurora this weekend as part of the Eighteenth Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show. One of the Midwest’s largest public emergency vehicle shows, this year’s show will feature over one hundred emergency vehicles including Naperville Fire Department’s original 1924 Ahrens-Fox fire engine (considered the “Rolls Royce” of vintage fire apparatus).  The show is also excited to host several movie-star vehicles used in the filming of popular motion pictures such as “Backdraft!” and “The Blues Brothers. Events begins on Friday evening, August 7, with the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show’s Lights and Sirens Procession during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora. This year’s procession will kick off from the North Aurora Police Department at 6:30pm and meander through the communities of North Aurora, Aurora, and Montgomery before ending at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (53 N. Broadway) at a static vehicle-show display for First Fridays from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Saturday August 8, from 10am until 4pm, the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show will take place in several areas and parking lots adjacent to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and Aurora’s Central Fire Station on N. Broadway (Rt. 25).  This year’s new downtown location will make the show’s static displays of new and vintage emergency vehicles more visible to the public, will enable fire apparatus to draft water out of the Fox River, and allows an expanded demonstration area and schedule. Live demonstrations of firefighting, search and rescue, and police operations will occur through out the day.  Aurora firefighters will use the “Jaws of Life” to extricate a “victim” trapped in a car under a school bus and put out a car fire.  In addition, the Aurora Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) will rescue a simulated hostage with a flash of light and smoke, and there will also be an appearance by the LIFESTAR Chicago medical helicopter. An area for children’s activities will include an 18ft-tall inflatable fire truck slide, water games, fire truck rides, and public safety displays.  The fire museum will offer free admission and visitors will be able to tour the Aurora’s Central Fire Station.  In keeping with our public safety theme, vendors will offer related memorabilia and collectibles for sale and a variety of food and beverages will available for purchase. This FREE family event is open to the public and hosted by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and the City of Aurora Fire and Police Departments.  For a complete schedule of show events, directions, maps, and parking information see:...

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First Fridays is August 7

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First Fridays is August 7

A new pop-up shop event joins First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on Aug. 7. The shop is the product of the city of Aurora coming together with Seize the Future and Aurora Downtown to bring new businesses to vacant spots in downtown.   The first pop-up shop event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 59 S. LaSalle St. on Friday night and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.   Pop-up shop vendors include NostalChic by Rebecca, vintage clothing and collectibles; Biscocho’s, baked goods; ThriftyUpenyu, African jewelry and accessories; Gingham Turtle, handmade soaps; and Modest Coffee, locally roasted coffee and Nitro Cold Brew on tap.   Gobble Doggs, a food truck serving turkey hot dogs, will park on LaSalle Street during the event on Friday night.   On Broadway, a cavalcade of emergency vehicles will travel from North Aurora to Montgomery to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in downtown Aurora. The parade begins in North Aurora at 6:30 p.m. and will approach downtown Aurora at approximately 7:15 p.m.   Live, outdoor concerts continue at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue and feature music from Greg Boerner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Melissa Olson from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. J.D. Klatt performs at the Sculpture Garden outside of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the 17 venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Earth, Wind and Fire at RiverEdge Park on Aug. 22.   In August, the following venues are open for First Fridays.   Pop-Up Shop, 59 S. LaSalle St., featuring a handful of local pop-up shops selling coffee, baked goods, vintage clothing and collectibles, soaps, and jewelry.   David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., opens “Faces Among Found Objects,” a new show brought to you by Aurora Public Art Commission, along with “Art for the Public,” a special mural exhibit on the first floor. Aurora Historical Society presents “Aurora Story” on the second floor.   Allen and Pepa Architects, 181 W. Benton St., presents a photography exhibit by artist Doug Nilles.   SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St. is open with free fun for the whole family. Local works of art along with art stations are set up during the evening. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   Künstlerhaus, 114 S. River St., features a solo exhibit with installation, conceptual, and performance art by Martin Soto. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.   Fotohof Fine Art Photography Studios and Gallery, 201 N. Lake St. Ste. 206, features the work of photographer Jean Hess along with studio residents. Bring photos for the pin-up wall. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.   Emergent, a pop-up gallery at 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16, shows the works of several guest artists. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.   AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 10, will be open with a free child jazz/hip hop class at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m., and dance performances at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Open dance floor starts at 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.   Fresh Tee Boutique, 8...

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Free Concerts at Wednesdays at the Plaza this August

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Free Concerts at Wednesdays at the Plaza this August

In an effort to utilize a communal public space, local businesses are hosting a series of free live music concerts every Wednesday in August from 6 to 8 p.m. at Millennium Plaza, on Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora. The inaugural Wednesdays at the Plaza series will feature the following Fox Valley musical artists: Aug. 5, The Kevin Trudo; Aug. 12, Town Band; Aug. 19, Noah’s Arcade; Aug. 26, Greg Boerner and Jim Green. “It’s a great opportunity to join the community in supporting local musicians and businesses in downtown Aurora. We encourage people to bring their family and enjoy a nice evening by the river,” organizer Marissa Amoni said. The series is sponsored by Aurora Downtown, Downtown Auroran Magazine, The Compounder, The Yetee, Aurora Fastprint, Rocktown Adventures, and Louche Puce Market. For more information, visit...

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Aurora Hero Con

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Featured News | Comments Off on Aurora Hero Con

Aurora Hero Con

Aurora Public Library’s first-ever Aurora Hero Con, a family event celebrating all things heroic, will be held at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library on Saturday, July 18.   The library, which opened in June, is located at 101 S. River St. in downtown Aurora.   This epic event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature visits from superheroes and activities for teens and children of all ages. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite heroes, like Spiderman and Batman, as well as police officers, doctors, military personnel and firefighters!  At 2:15 p.m., all those in costume are invited to join in the Dunham Atrium for a costume parade around the first floor.   Illustrator and caricature artist Dan Laib will conduct a drawing class, The Making of a Superhero,beginning at 11 a.m. in the Large Meeting Room. The class is open to the first 30 children (ages 8 through 12) to arrive and receive a ticket from a Hero Con staff member. Laib will teach the basics of traditional comic book style, including how to draw the human form and how to create a dynamic line of action.   Also at 11 a.m., The Teen Space will host a special Superhero Fandom Panel featuring Santori Library’s Teen Advisory Board. Superhero Jeopardy! will follow at noon with a repeat performance at 1 p.m.Superhero crafts (upcycling comic book wallets and bottle cap magnets)  and gaming (including Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.) will take place in the Teen Space throughout the afternoon.   At 1 p.m., Laib will host an all-ages Making of a Superhero show, featuring live caricatures and audience participation. Seating for the show is first-come, first-served, with room for up to 75 attendees.   At 2:15 p.m., author and Windy City Wing Chung instructor Ed Cruz will host a martial arts demonstration in the Large Meeting Room emphasizing Wing Chun Gung Fu, a close-combat style popularized by Bruce Lee.   The Dunham Atrium will host face painters and photo opportunities. Superheroes, including Spiderman and Batgirl, will visit from noon to 3 p.m.   Crafts and activities for children, including a Superhero Training Course and a make-your-own mask and cape station, will be held in the Kiwanis Children’s Center throughout the...

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AKA Dance Now Open in Downtown Aurora with Classes for Everyone

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AKA Dance Now Open in Downtown Aurora with Classes for Everyone

AKA Dance just moved into its new home at 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10 in downtown Aurora. The dance studio is already becoming home to its three owners. Annie McWilliams, Katie Porcelius, and Kim Ayala (along with their husbands) opened the studio temporarily in a space a couple of doors down at the end of spring.  The studio is now open in its permanent location, formerly Business Solutions. McWilliams and Porcelius are both dance instructors; Ayala is the organizing force. Ayala met the two when her daughters took dance classes through the Fox Valley Park District, where McWilliams and Porcelius taught for several years. Porcelius said they wanted to eventually branch off on their own, and they’ve always liked downtown. “We love downtown. And we have very friendly neighbors,” McWilliams said. “This whole block is like a family,” she added. They’re excited to start participating in First Fridays, and to offer ways that the community can get involved at the studio. For being a new dance studio, they are quickly growing. They currently have 22 members in their dance company, and a second round of auditions is scheduled for Aug. 15. McWilliams said that students are enjoying the new space and the artsy vibe of downtown. AKA Dance offers dance classes in all genres, including hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, and tap. An adult barre class is also offered, along with a dance class for boys. Visit AKA Dance on Facebook here. Learn more at their website...

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The Bazaar on Water Street Showcases Area Artists on July 18

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The Bazaar on Water Street Showcases Area Artists on July 18

Artists and artisans of a variety of styles will be showing and selling their wares during the very first Bazaar on Water Street, set for Saturday, July 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Water Street Mall, located between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place just east of the Fox River. The Bazaar will feature 45 artists and photographers, in cutting edge contemporary, lowbrow and outsider art styles, and will also feature an artisan alley. Painting live during the event will be five of Aurora’s best artists: Brittany Tripp, FISK, Lita Lu, Kittens of Industry and Pierre Lucero. Fermilab and INK 180 will each have community booths at the event. Founded in 1967, Fermilab has been the U.S.’s premiere physics laboratory. INK 180 is an Oswego-based tattoo company that serves the community by providing cover-up of gang tattoos and sex trafficking tattoos free of charge. The event is presented by ArtBar, which kicked off the First Fridays art gallery tradition in downtown Aurora and is regularly featured at Two Brothers Roundhouse. “This event will bring out some of the best talent in Aurora and the Fox Valley,” organizer Javi Terrazas said. “We encourage everyone to come down and enjoy a nice summer day in downtown Aurora and support local artists.” For more information on ArtBar and the Bazaar visit...

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