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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

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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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G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

GAR MEMORIAL HALL REOPENS ON MEMORIAL DAY A multi-year restoration effort culminates this Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, with the reopening of Aurora’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum in downtown Aurora.   A ceremony re-dedicating the GAR Hall and Museum will be held during pre-parade events, beginning at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at the parade reviewing stand, across the street from the GAR Hall, in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.   Civil War re-enactors of the 36th Illinois Infantry Regiment will post the colors for the ceremony. The Memorial Day parade begins at noon and the GAR will be open following the parade until 3 p.m.   RESTORATION AND REOPENING The GAR Museum is a memorial to area veterans of the Civil War. Built in 1877-78, GARMemorial Hall, Post 20, was closed in the mid-1990s because of structural concerns. But after a 15-year restoration project, the historic building at 23 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora, will reopen in time for Aurora’s Memorial Day celebration.   Reopening Aurora’s GAR Memorial Museum on Memorial Day 2016 is particularly appropriate since 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the national Grand Army of the Republic veterans organization in 1866.   The GAR project has focused on restoring and stabilizing the exterior of the building, and restoration and creation of exhibits for the Angel Room, the main display area. For the reopening, the Angel Room is filled with unique exhibits on the Civil War and the GAR, on the brave Aurora soldiers who joined in the fight, and on everyday life in post-Civil War America.   The $3.5 million restoration effort – involving about 80 percent local funding – was assisted by grants from local, state and national organizations. Grants were awarded to the project from the Kane County Riverboat Fund; the Partners in Preservation Chicagoland initiative, with American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.   HISTORY OF THE GAR MUSEUM Dedicated on July 4, 1878, the GAR Hall was a place of refuge for Civil War veterans to gather, socialize, and cope with the horrors of the battlefields. And it was a community centerpiece for the rapidly growing city of Aurora in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   Construction of the GAR Hall was funded entirely by contributions from Aurora residents, and the Hall was built on land donated by Aurora businessman Joseph Stolp.  Over the next 70 years, more than 700 veterans from 70 Civil War regiments would become members ofGAR Post 20.   To date, the GAR Museum collection has more than 2,500 artifacts – photographs, scrapbooks, medals, flags, and items dating from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. At the GARResearch Center, in the David L. Pierce Art & History Center at 20 E. Downer Place — across from the GAR Museum — residents and researchers can find assistance and access to the Museum’s many artifacts.   Parts of the collection also can be viewed at the GAR Virtual Museum on the City of Aurora website, www.aurora-il.org. The Aurora Public Art Commission, assisted by the GAR Commission, oversees the...

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Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

The Aurora Public Art Commission is featuring a pair of multi-artist exhibits in downtown Aurora beginning in May. “ROOMS of the MIND”, the 3rd annual Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition, will run through July 23 at the Public Art Commission’s third floor gallery at 20 E. Downer Place. The free exhibit features the works of 15 visual artists — Lewis Achenbach, Renee Baker, Lauren Deutsch, Martel Chapman, Elliot Cowan, Lisa Flahive, Ton van Meesche, Burrell Sunrise, Daniel Young, Rolf Schroeter, Michael Jon Skura, Wes Douglas, Ronan Dexter and Grace Madeline. Lewis Achenbach is the founder of the Jazz Occurrence series (www.facebook.com/jazzoccurrence and www.lewisachenbach.com). Jazz Occurrence shows have been held in many venues in the Chicago area, including City Winery, the Velvet Lounge, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Glen Ellyn Bookstore, and the Green Mill. Jazz Occurrence “ROOMS of the MIND” can be viewed during regular Public Art Commission gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. As part of the First Fridays celebration of June 3 in downtown Aurora, veteran Chicago area bassist/synthesist John Pazdan and his group “The Empty Set,” featuring Eve Szokolai: Chimes, Viola, Voice and Electronics and Bil Vermette: Synthesizers will perform at the Public Art Commission gallery. Drawing from decades of recording and international touring experience, Pazdan will present a low-fi mix of modern acoustic/electric/electronic free improvisation. The free performance at the Public Art Commission will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The second multi-artist exhibit, “Art At City Hall, Spring, 2016: Construction Zone,” runs through Jan. 6, 2017, at Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. “Construction Zone” showcases the assemblage art works of Bill Austin, Gary Brown, Charles Heinrich, Kip Pasta, Anton Witek, Jeff Thompson, James Jenkins, and Rosie Martindale. Assemblage — art made by grouping found or unrelated objects — offers an infinite number of mediums for creating art.  Whether abstract or representational, assemblage is defined by juxtapositions between textures, colors, images and forms. The free exhibit can be viewed on all five floors at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibits or the Aurora Public Art Commission, visit the City of Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org or call 630-256-INFO-(4636.)...

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Blues on the Fox Turns 20; Celebrates with Blues Month

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Blues on the Fox Turns 20; Celebrates with Blues Month

It’s the 20th year of Blues on the Fox and in celebration, the Fox Valley Music Foundation along with various community partners* has put together an entire month of Blues Events to help celebrate. Check out Blues Month this June in Aurora and surrounding communities. June 9: Jake Mack Trio* @ Riverfront Park, North Aurora (6:30 p.m.) June 11: Blues on Water Street, Batavia (All Day – tickets available) June 11: Singer/Songwriter Workshop: Greg Boerner @ Aurora Public Library, West Branch (1 p.m.) June 14: Leland Tower Blues Symposium with Steve Warrenfeltz and Scott Tipping @ Batavia Public Library (7 p.m.) June 15: Blues and BBQ! Wednesdays at the Plaza* with Scott Tipping Syndicate and Alfie’s BBQ (6 p.m.) June 16: Blues on the Fox Screening: In Search of Blind Joe Death @ Aurora Regional Fire Museum (7 p.m.) June 17: Blues on the Fox: Marcia Ball/Robert Cray (5 p.m.) June 18: Blues on the Fox: Leland/Larry McCray/Los Lobos/Tedeschi & Trucks (3 p.m.) June 25: Singer/Songwriter Workshop: Scott Tipping @ Batavia Public Library (1 p.m.)...

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Bike Sharing Coming to Aurora this Summer

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Bike Sharing Coming to Aurora this Summer

Bike Sharing Coming to Aurora this Summer

Zagster is a bike sharing company and it’s coming to Aurora this summer. The city of Aurora is working with Zagster to secure three bike sharing or rental locations by June 10. Eric Galt, traffic engineer for the city of Aurora, said that the details are still being ironed out, but that Aurora will receive three bike rental stations in downtown Aurora. The locations will most likely be near City Hall at Water Street Mall, Santori Library, and the Aurora Transportation Center. Galt said the locations are still tentative. Zagster works like Divvy stations seen in Chicago; riders use their credit card to rent the bikes from rental stations throughout the city. The bikes are free for the first 30 minutes and a variety of options are available for renting them. A Zagster app is available for phones. Look for Zagsters around Aurora this summer! About Zagster Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems. Zagster is uniquely focused on contracting with property managers, hotels, businesses, universities and smaller cities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to tenants, employees, guests, students and residents. This highly efficient and unique model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional city-wide bike sharing systems can’t reach. More information about Zagster is available...

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Green Bike Lane Debuts to Crowd in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Green Bike Lane Debuts to Crowd in Downtown Aurora

Green Bike Lane Debuts to Crowd in Downtown Aurora

Bikes traveled safety north on River Street last Friday as dozens joined to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Aurora’s first protected bike lane. Bicycle riders of all ages followed a handful of Aurora Police officers as they biked from North Avenue to Downer Place via River Street. The protected, green bike lane opened at the end of last year, but the city invited everyone to gather during National Protected Bike Lane week to attend the official ribbon cutting. The green lane “increases the visibility of the facility, identifies potential areas of conflict, and reinforces priority to bicyclists in conflict areas and in areas with pressure for illegal parking,” according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Several city officials were in attendance and Mayor Tom Weiser said he was excited about the changes along River Street that make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. River Street was formerly a one-way, but was converted to two-way last summer. The protected bike lane connects the Fox River Trail and completes the gap that existed for years from North Avenue to downtown Aurora. The city said the changes “Will make River Street a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists frequenting Waubonsee Community College, the Santori Public Library of Aurora and other downtown locations.” Green lanes are the state standard for protected bike lanes; one is also downtown Chicago that leads to Millennium Park. National Protected Bike Lane week was May 9 to 13. Bike to work week is May 16 to 20 with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Click HERE for a bicycle map of Aurora, Ill. Want to know more about protected bike lanes and why Aurora has one? Click HERE for some statistics. Why is it green? Read about the reasons for colored bike lanes HERE.      ...

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It’s the Food! Events, Variety Bring People to Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on It’s the Food! Events, Variety Bring People to Downtown Aurora

It’s the Food! Events, Variety Bring People to Downtown Aurora

  Foodies are going to want to head downtown this May and beyond. With over a dozen locally-owned restaurants, downtown Aurora is a great place to eat. A couple of community events this spring and summer are helping to highlight Aurora’s core as a food destination.   Picnic at the Plaza kicked off in mid-April and returns on April 30, June 18, and July 23. The event is part of the Aurora Downtown organization’s Downtown Saturdays efforts to draw people to downtown on Saturday afternoons.   The first Picnic at the Plaza welcomed Grumpy Gaucho, a food truck featuring freshly baked empanadas, to Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue. Gorgeous weather assisted in bringing families with strollers, dog walkers, residents, and bicyclists to the plaza. Grumpy Gaucho is back at the plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30. Nate’z Dogz comes to the plaza on June 18 and July 23.   Picnic at the Plaza is a community picnic in downtown with chalk and bubbles, too. Picnic goers can order from the food truck or patronize nearby restaurants; River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, is offering a picnic lunch to go for the afternoon.   If you want to stay inside, Gillerson’s Grubbery offers a kids eat free special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Downtown Saturdays.   On May 6, First Fridays presents the first Food Truck Festival as part of the annual Downer Place Block Party on Downer Place just west of Stolp Avenue. The street will be blocked off for more than a dozen food vendors. Live music featuring The Ron Porter Trio and Bones Jugs is around the corner at Millennium Plaza.   Food trucks range from grilled cheese to empanadas to tacos. There will also be dessert and juice trucks. The event coincides with First Fridays in Downtown Aurora and runs from 5 to 10 p.m. A free trolley circles downtown from 7 to 10 p.m.   On May 10, the popular Downtown Aurora Taste is back for its 14th year. Hosted by the Exchange Club of Aurora, nearly 10 restaurants are stops throughout the evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Aurora Downtown sponsors a free trolley. Ticket books are available for $25 and can be purchased during the week at 5 E. Downer Pl. For more information, call (630) 415-1263. Downtown is becoming a haven for authentic, locally-owned restaurants from American to Brazilian to Irish to Mexican. Events such as these encourage residents and visitors to experience the variety of tastes that are available in downtown...

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Food Trucks, Live Music, A Pop Up Shop. All on May 6 at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Food Trucks, Live Music, A Pop Up Shop. All on May 6 at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora

Food Trucks, Live Music, A Pop Up Shop. All on May 6 at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora

Before summer officially kicks off, First Fridays is throwing a party that is going to set the bar high. On May 6, the monthly celebration of downtown culture adds a block party with food trucks and live music, and the Pop Up Shop returns.   The Downer Place Block Party features a Food Truck Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. with a dozen food trucks parked just west of Stolp Avenue. Live music featuring The Ron Porter Trio and Bones Jugs is around the corner at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue.   The quarterly Pop Up Shop is back from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave. About 15 local artisans will sell their wares in the historic building.   First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features two student art shows, three open museums, and several art openings.   Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues or visit the welcome table at the block party. 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 May, the following venues are open for First Fridays.   Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W. Galena Blvd., celebrates their grand opening with an open house. 5 to 9 p.m.   River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, celebrates their second anniversary with cake, photography by Tim Perroud, and live music out front with Dan Becker from 5 to 7 p.m. and The Simple Teller from 7 to 9 p.m.   Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., features art by Jennifer Toshack, terrariums by Zach Toshack, and live music by Elissa Sophia Metropolis on the deck. 6 to 8 p.m.   Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., opens “Past Matter,” a solo show by artist Stephen Signa-Aviles. 6 to 9 p.m.   David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, Not Shaken – Jewish,” an exhibit honoring Jewish history and culture in Aurora, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts the third annual Jazz Occurrences on the third floor. 6 to 9 p.m.   PME Cake Supplies and School of Cake Decorating, 35 N. Broadway, is teaching patrons how to make their cakes, cupcakes, and cookies pretty. 5 to 6:30 p.m.   If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Unveiled,” photography by Richard Sperry. 7 to 11 p.m.   Fox Valley Homebrew, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, is open with a free brewing class. Visit www.foxvalleyhomebrew.com.   Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts an art show with students from Washington Middle School. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Swing dancing lessons on Water Street Mall at 7:30 p.m.   Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., is back with free paddle rides. 6 to 8 p.m.   The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features “The Urban Show,” a pop-up art show featuring local artists. Vibes N Stuff, hip hop music featuring a handful of performers, is in the tavern. 6...

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Announced! RiverEdge Park Summer Lineup

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Announced! RiverEdge Park Summer Lineup

Announced! RiverEdge Park Summer Lineup

RiverEdge Park, now in its fourth season, announced their full summer concert and event lineup for 2016. The popular Blues on the Fox Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with The Robert Cray Band, Los Lobos and Tedeschi Trucks Band, with openers Marcia Ball, Larry McCray and Leland (June 17 and 18). Other national acts announced were “Weird Al” Yankovic (July 2), KC and The Sunshine Band (July 3), Air Supply with Blood, Sweat & Tears (July 16), Melissa Etheridge with Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo (July 22), Alan Jackson with Lauren Alaina (August 6) and Boz Scaggs with America (August 20). These national headliners acts join Kool and The Gang with Thomas McClary of the Commodores (June 24), Willie Nelson and Family with Special Guest Kris Kristofferson (June 25), The Hollywood Vampires (July 7) and The Beach Boys and The Temptations (August 5), all already announced to perform live on the banks of the beautiful Fox River this summer. For more great live music, at the right price, Aurora’s popular Downtown Alive! outdoor music series returns with American English (July 29) and 7th Heaven (August 19). Tickets are only $1 when purchased through May 31. A slew of community festivals and fun special events also will attract all ages to downtown Aurora this summer: ColorVibe 5K Race (May 29), the Two Brothers Summer Festival with Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and Phox (June 3-4), Aurora’s Fourth of July Celebration with the Aurora American Legion Band and Fox Valley Orchestra (July 4), the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (July 23 & 24) and Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin (August 26). Online ticket sales for all shows start today at 2 p.m. at RiverEdgeAurora.com. Early bird discounts are offered on most tickets through May 31. Starting June 1, all tickets are full price. Phone and in-person sales start April 29 at 10 a.m. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on event days for day-of sales, beginning at...

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Free Concerts on May 6 Kick Off First Fridays Live Music Series at Millennium Plaza

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Free Concerts on May 6 Kick Off First Fridays Live Music Series at Millennium Plaza

Bones Jugs and The Ron Porter Trio are bringing live music to the Food Truck Festival/Downer Place Block Party: A First Fridays Event on May 6 in downtown Aurora.   The annual Downer Place Block Party will host a dozen food trucks and live music. The free concert is from 5 to 10 p.m. at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue.   Aurora Downtown sponsors the event that is part of First Fridays. In addition to the block party, several venues will be open with art, music, and other offerings. The quarterly Pop Up Shop will be held once again from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leland Tower.   “We are really excited to have this caliber of talent to add to the block party. Thanks to the partnerships Aurora Downtown has with the city and First Fridays venues, what started as a few food trucks parked along Downer Place last fall has grown into a full outdoor party with something for everyone,” said Marissa Amoni, event organizer for Aurora Downtown.   The Ron Porter Trio, a versatile trio drawing from R&B, Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Big Band and Reggae, performs from 5 to 7 p.m.   Bones Jugs, a 21st century throwback to 1920’s ragtime with a new­-agey jugband twist, performs from 7:30 to 10 p.m.   Food trucks will be parked on Downer Place just west of Stolp Avenue. The bands will perform around the corner at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue just south of Leland...

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Poetry Returns to Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Poetry Returns to Downtown Aurora

Poetry Returns to Downtown Aurora

Downtown is alive with words. Passerby can now enjoy several poems printed on large posters throughout downtown Aurora.  Cultural Creatives, Inc., the non-profit group responsible for bringing you the Aurora ArtWalk, is pleased to announce its latest endeavor:  A Celebration of Poetry in Public Places in recognition of National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the City of Aurora, Aurora Downtown, and the Cultural Creatives have collaborated to produce a display of poetry in public spaces — specifically four city-owned kiosks located in downtown Aurora and at the Route 59 and Route 25 train stations, as well as additional locations strategically located throughout the city center including: The Terminal Building (Galena and Broadway), The Silverplate Building (Downer and Stolp), and 28 Downer Pl. The buildings selected are part of the Vacant Window Project, a grassroots all-volunteer effort supported in part by Aurora Downtown. Poetry placement was designed to be readily accessible to pedestrians.   The project was inspired by Poems on the Underground in London. The Cultural Creatives group and A-Town Poetics agreed the project would be well received in Aurora.   A call to writers was made, work was selected by a team of jurors, poems were chosen and seven posters were produced. The following writers have been selected for the 2016 display: Karen Fullett-Christensen, Aurora; Tricia Marcella Cimera, St. Charles; Sondra Sula, Aurora; Paula Garrett, Geneva; Kristin LaTour, Aurora; Margo Anderson, Aurora; Frank Patterson, Aurora. All writers currently residing in the Fox Valley region were eligible to submit original poetry.   For more information on the project, to join A-Town Poetics, or to get information about submitting work for future poetry exhibitions, contact Karen Christensen at...

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