| The Fox Valley Park District’s marketing division won four first-place awards in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Agency Showcase competition at the annual “Soaring to New Heights” conference. Competing statewide against other park, recreation and conservation agencies, Fox Valley took top honors in the categories of electronic communication, logo design and marketing campaign. All three elements were tied into a “Survival of the Fittest” theme promoting the Zombie Invasion 5K held at Blackberry Farm last fall. As a capper, Fox Valley was chosen the “People’s Choice” award winner as voted upon by conference attendees who visited the Showcase.
Are you a fan of the hit television drama Downton Abbey? Join others from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Naper Settlement for Tea and Talk Tuesday. Discuss the final episode and speculate on what’s to come for the family and servants. Learn more about the fashion trends and accessories, with a popular modern twist. Make your own Edwardian accessory to show off. Come dressed in your best Downton Abbey-inspired clothing, or come as you are. Tea and treats will be served. Reservations required, call (630) 420-6010.
Love is in the Air at the Hotel Arista, includes overnight accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, complimentary valet parking, wifi and full use of Olympus Executive Fitness Center. Available Feb. 14 thru Feb. 17.
Naper Settlement’s popular School’s Out programs present Breaking the Code on Monday, Feb. 18. Kids in grades 1 – 5 can have a fun day off school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Discover the hidden symbols on currency, go undercover to learn the secrets used by spies throughout history, and write your own top secret messages using codes and invisible ink. Take our spy challenge to test your espionage skills. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.
Alden Gardens of Waterford Second Tuesday Lecture Series continues with The Alzheimer’s Tsunami and Renegade Dementias on Tuesday, Feb. 12 starting at 6:00 p.m. Alzheimer’s Disease is familiar to all service providers in the senior care arena. The care needs of each stage will be explored in this presentation, as will the multi-disciplinary team of professionals needed to ensure every facet of the patient’s life is considered and protected.
Come learn about an exciting 90-Day Health Challenge that is launching across the nation, the Body by Vi Challenge. You can trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Transform your life. Being held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Aurora Regional Chamber Office, Conference Room A from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call (630) 844-8538 to RSVP.
The Schingoethe Art Gallery presents “Transition” in physical place, concepts, artistic practice or life paths which is the subject of the show. With a philosophy that challenges the notion that any field is ever beyond rediscovery, photography and print media graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respond to this theme in a multidisciplinary fashion. The exhibit will be on display February 5 – March 26 with the Opening Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The New Body by Vi Challenge Founders Tour will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Schaumburg. Come and learn about the new 90 day challenge that is launching across the nation. Trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days. Fast, easy, affordable. For anybody and any body. For more information or to RSVP call (708) 979-5036.
DayOne Network’s annual Gala/Auction is just a month away! Please make plans now to attend this event at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora on Saturday, March 2. By far this is our largest annual fundraising event — and it promises to be one filled with great food and drink, outstanding entertainment, a brief program highlighting our plans and successes, and a live as well as silent auction. Please contact Sue Tansey at (630) 482-7614 to make your reservations for this premiere event. There are also advertising choices still available along with preferred seating options.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner announced the hiring of Clayton Muhammad as the City of Aurora’s new Director of Communications. Muhammad, who currently serves as the Director of Community Relations and the District Spokesman of East Aurora School District 131 will transition into the new position later this month.
1st Family Dental is offering a unique Valentine’s Day present for the community at their facility at 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free dental care for the day, including X-rays, cleaning, extractions, fillings and diagnostic services. First come, first serve basis. No eligibility requirements.
MedCom is pleased to introduce a new tenant: Aurora Orthodontics Periodontics, Dr. Jose Chacon. He will be opening his practice at 3535 E. New York Street, Aurora in March.
Families and children are invited to enjoy the free fun at the Vaughan Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Fox Valley Park District will stage its annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids. The educational and interactive event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to all families and children. Children will have opportunities to take part in fun and healthy activities that include an inflatable obstacle course, KitFit demos, ZumbAtomic sessions and other activities designed to get kids moving and exercising.
Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Non-resident registration will begin the following week on Monday, Feb. 25. For a complete listing of programs and events, the Spring 2013 Activity Guide is available at all community centers and accessible online.
TimberCreek Convention Center at 3300 Drew Ave. in Sandwich is hosting a Bridal Expo Extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Runway Show at 2:30 p.m. and door prizes. Pre-Register online by February 15 for a chance to win a spa day for two! Tickets are $5, brides attend for free.
The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 and the City of Aurora are continuing its ongoing partnership to sponsor the Independence Day Parade and are seeking volunteers for this year’s festivities. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the first meeting of the Parade Committee, comprised of residents and City officials, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the fifth floor conference room at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. For more information on how to volunteer, call the City’s Special Events Division at (630) 256-3370.
Camp Naper summer day camp sign up is underway. Camp Naper has fun and educational summer day camps, that explore history, math and science on Naper Settlement’s 12-acre museum campus. One, two, or three day and week-long camps, run by professional staff, are a great value! For grades 1-8. For more information, call (630) 420-6010.