Fox Valley United Way’s SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration is very proud of the strides being made for Aurora’s youngest residents. ExceleRate Illinois is designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. For more information, visit the blog post.
Beginning in November, The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center will offer an experiential six-week course on “Using Sound to Support Our Healing Processes.” Contact the center for details. In addition, the Center will host “Sound Journey” with gong guru Andre Peraza as part of Aurora’s First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
On Nov. 8, Phyllis Kramer will launch the 17th annual series of cooking classes at Prisco’s Family Market with “Add Some Spice to Your Life.” The following Friday (Nov. 14), she will be back with “Cocktail Party.” Registration and information may be found on the Prisco’s website.
5B’s Barbecue will be at Fox Valley Montessori School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chicken, pork chops, hot dog and Boca burger dinners will be served with drive-through style convenience. Call for details.
Special offer from First Choice Coffee and Water Service. Cold weather is approaching and they are offering free coffee demonstrations for your employees with more than 200 options to choose from. Contact Kathy Bryant for further details
Naper Settlement’s Winter Season begins Nov. 1 at the outdoor history museum. The Visitor Center exhibits and exteriors of the buildings are available for touring. The audio tour is included.
Naper Settlement offers “History Speaks Lecture Series: Eleanor Roosevelt” on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. when Jessica Michna, portraying First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, shares her tragedies and triumphs. Born into the opulent wealth of American’s “Golden Age,” she grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, accomplished woman, a champion of civil rights, a prolific author and an admired statesman.
The Elgin Community College Health and Life Sciences building designed by Kluber Architects + Engineers continues to earn distinctions for exceptional architectural design and functionality. Additionally, as a reflection of its high standards in the field of multidiscipline architecture and engineering, Kluber has again been named one of the top employers to work for in the industry. The 2014 ZweigWhite Best Firms to Work For Award honors top firms in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting in the United States and Canada. In 2014, Kluber ranks fifth in the multidisciplinary category and fourteenth on the list of the Top 100 firms.
The Advocate Dreyer Cancer Center has received the distinction of being accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative® Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology/oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advocate Dreyer will host their annual Pink Party event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The event is free. Speakers include Dr. Nancy Whereatt, breast surgeon; Sarah Bratt, breast health nurse practitioner; Nicolle Unger, occupational therapist; and guest speaker Dr. Jim Ferlmann, breast reconstructive specialist. Refreshments will be served.
ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business offers a full-service option that provides free energy assessments and instant incentives through their qualified Trade Allies. Fellow Aurora Chamber members TCL Electrical and Lighting and Westside Mechanical, Inc. are qualified Allies.
Take part in the biggest Halloween street festival for adults in the Midwest- “Nightmare on Chicago Street” in downtown Elgin. Do not miss your chance to experience the zombie apocalypse. You can support AID by purchasing your tickets directly from us! Not only will your purchase help us continue our mission but you will save $3 off of every ticket purchased through AID! Buy your tickets now for only $7 ($10 at gate).
In addition, effective September 1, AID no longer accepts plastic material. They still accept cardboard, aluminum, electronics and more. Click here for more information on AID Traditional Recycling. Click here for more information on AID Electronic Recycling.
Presence Fox Knoll Retirement Community presents the following Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. Join them for a free, three-part lunch and learn lecture series focusing on your health. Ann Pisha, Fox Knoll’s new Wellness Center nurse, will speak on Medication Management (Oct. 29), Help in the Home (Nov. 19), and Warning Signs of Memory Loss (Dec. 10). All events will be from noon to 2 p.m. Reservations are required at least two days prior.
The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with free admission to its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans are invited to visit any Park District fitness facility as often as they’d like for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and immediate family members (spouses and children) is offered at the Eola Community Center, Prisco Community Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center.
In addition, the Park District is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Prisco Community Center. All veterans will enjoy free admission but must pre-register by Nov. 3.