The Fox Valley Park District has been awarded a $2 million grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for a fitness center expansion and improvements at the Prisco Community Center near downtown Aurora. The project will essentially create a new fitness center in Prisco and triple the current space (about 1,500 square feet) to over 5,000 square feet on two levels. The added space will allow for greater group and senior fitness facilities, renovated locker rooms, accessibility improvements and increased early childhood classroom areas for the Creative Play Preschool program.
Approximately 1,200 Aurora schoolchildren, grades one through five, will take part in the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s Youth Firefighter Challenge at the historic Aurora Regional Fire Museum. The inaugural camp, a partnership with Communities In Schools of Aurora, will host students from 12 East Aurora District schools, each for one half-day, between June 30 and July 23. The purpose is to teach fire safety, physical fitness and important life skills.
On behalf of Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society, Alford Executive Search is pleased to announce that Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese has recently been appointed as its next President and CEO. She will work closely with the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors and the Naper Settlement Museum Board to bring about visionary and strategic leadership for the museum.
Donate to Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility between now and the end of July to receive a $5 Subway gift card. Learn about Heartland’s Student Saving Summer Scholarship Opportunity as well, where five lucky students will win a $1,000 school scholarship! Donate today or tomorrow and receive a $10 Target gift card on top of everything else. To schedule an appointment, please call 1 (800) 786-4483 or go online to www.heartlandbc.org.
Community Career Center invites you to attend their “LinkedIn: Just the Basics” workshop on Tuesday, July 15, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; “Microsoft Office 365” workshop on Thursday, July 17, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and/or “Salesforce Software & How I Landed a Job By Creating My Own Position Using Sales” seminar on Tuesday, July 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come July 17, 19, or 24 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association is partnering with the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis to host A Day in the Park for children with and without disabilities on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Park District’s Pottawatomie Park. They are looking for volunteers to help with the rock climbing wall, dunk tank, inflatables, ice cream and water stations, bus detail, photography, and various game stations. Contact Jackie Hart, Support Staff Manager, at (630) 907-1114 ext. 1206 or at email@example.com to sign up.
The community is cordially invited to attend Sunnymere, Inc.’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a continental breakfast and history presentation at 8:30 a.m., a Business After Hours from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., and an open house with tours and information throughout the day. If interested, please contact Cecelia Sanders at (630) 898-7844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete your bachelor’s degree at Aurora University. Find out how at their Transfer and Adult Summer Event on Wednesday, July 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Explore traditional undergraduate and adult degree completion programs, and discover easy transfer of credit and courses that build upon your previous studies. Faculty, financial aid counselors, admission representatives and current students will be available to answer your questions as well. If interested, register at www.aurora.edu/transferevent.
ServPro of Aurora is holding a free Ethics C.E. Credit Course at their facility on Thursday, July 17, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. This class is perfect for agents, claims mangers, claim departments, adjusters, mitigation vendors, and anyone in the insurance field. A complimentary breakfast will be provided. Call (630) 862-3930 to sign up.
Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and the Kane County ‘Growing for Kane’ Initiative Program to learn about Urban Gardening at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch, on Thursday, July 17, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The goal of Kifowit’s seminar is to increase the amount of fresh food grown in Kane County. Presenters will be Janice Hill, from Kane County Farmland Protection, and Janie Maxwell, from the Kane County Health Department. Contact Sally Erickson at (630) 585-1308 or email@example.com for more information.
Summer Stage Theatre presents ‘Hairspray’ at West Aurora High School this upcoming weekend. Show times are Friday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Prisco Community Center or online at www.seatyourself.biz/foxvalleyparkdistrict.
The Growing Place in Aurora, with the help of the Naperville Garden Club, is hosting a Downton Abbey Flower Faire on Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors to the Flower Faire are invited to partake in festivities reflecting the Edwardian era, such as floral arranging, flower competitions, and croquette. Call (630) 355-4000 for more information.
The second annual Naperville Ale Fest will be held at Naper Settlement on Saturday, July 19, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will feature over 180 unique beers from craft breweries around the country. Some of Naperville’s best restaurants and catering companies will also be in attendance. A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefit Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society. Admission is $45 for those 21 and over; $15 for designated drivers. Purchase tickets at www.napervillealefest.com.
GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is excited to host another Open Play on Tuesday, July 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Any family is invited to come and participate. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Senator Linda Holmes, with State Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa LaVia, presents the Senior Resource Fair at the Prisco Community Center on Wednesday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the fair, attendees can renew their driver’s license or get a new state ID from the Secretary of State’s office, receive warnings on senior scams from the Attorney General’s Office, take advantage of screenings and services provided by Walgreens, receive current information on senior programming and benefits from the State Department and information on aging from the Department of Public Health, and more. Questions? Contact Senator Linda Holmes’ Office at (630) 801-8985.
Register now for the Metro West City Council of Government’s Second Annual Golf Outing at Bowes Creek Country Club on Thursday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a breakfast at 9:00 a.m., golf at 10:30 a.m., and a reception to wrap everything up at 4:00 p.m. The fee is $110 for golf and $25 for the reception. Contact Mary Randle at (630) 859-1331 or email@example.com with questions.
Concert in the Park, put on by the Fox Valley Park District, continues with Aurora American Legion Band at McCullough Park on Thursday, July 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Aurora American Legion Band is an eclectic mix featuring all ages—veterans, non-veterans and student musicians—playing patriotic, classical, and popular music. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.