Archive for September, 2014

Resources, Programs, More from Aurora Chamber

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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Hiring Our Heroes
September 29, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Law Offices of Chi H. Chun, Ltd.
Chi H. Chun
648 N. Randall Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 276-6409
Legal Services
Referred by Dr. Young Kim, Lincolnway Dental Center, P.C.

Inkster iFixster
Derrick Laster
1009A W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 746-9497
Computer Repair/Office Supplies

Alternative Utility
Services, Inc. (AUS)

Fritz Kreiss
770 N. Halsted, Ste. 156
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 724-6777
Utilities

DuPage Children’s Museum
Reba Morgan Osborne
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000
Museum
Referred by Roger Schnorr, Old Second National Bank.

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Hiring Our Heroes Tomorrow
Thank you to all of the employers and supporters who have helped to make this one of the best HOH events in our area. And, thank you to our service men and women and their families.
Annual Celebration of Membership
Please Join Us:
Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, at Aurora Country Club
11:00 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Program
Register
Diversity Network to Feature Business Resources
In partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber invites you to a Special Event/Business Before Hours. The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses). In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m., at the Chamber offices for assistance and resources.
Register
Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Many recent posts on public policy can be found on the Chamber’s blog. Be sure to bookmark it and check regularly for breaking information.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Before Hours at Office Depot
Thursday, October 23, at 8 a.m.
Office Depot Store – 2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
Register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Employees can be one of the most powerful voices in this year’s elections. Your vote does matter. But are you registered to vote?

The week of September 22-26 kicked off an Employee Voter Registration effort and The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is participating to ensure you have easy access to all the information you need to be prepared to vote in November. Don’t let “not being registered” be the reason you don’t vote.

We’ve made registering to vote easy for you. Visit the Illinois Chamber’s new and improved Illinois Prosperity Project website at www.illinoisprosperity.org. You’ll start by entering your ZIP code and be able to easily complete the voter registration process. You can also find out how to update your voter registration information if you’ve recently moved or changed address and find other information about voting.

Registering to vote is the first step towards making a difference. The Illinois Chamber encourages you to vote for candidates that support job creation and that will help foster an economic environment in Illinois for employees and employers to succeed. As part of this we just want to make sure your voice is heard by registering to vote. Together Illinois employers and employees vote and make a difference in this year’s election. 

Fight for your job today by making sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming November election.

Andrew Proctor
Director of Advocacy
Illinois Chamber of Commerce 

News About Our Members

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Ballydoyle Irish Pub will host a grand opening for “The New Whiskey Bar & Lounge” this Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 p.m. The Bar & Lounge will feature more than 140 whiskeys.

Come out and help celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for First Midwest Bank on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at 2 South Broadway, Downtown Aurora.

Downtown Auroran Magazine is publishing its first Holiday Guide out this November. To advertise in the free, local culture magazine, contact Marissa Amoni at downtownauroran@gmail.com. Advertising deadline is Oct. 10, 2014.

Enjoy traditional German music and classic rock, along with German-style beverages and cuisine and family-friendly activities during Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. Free parking is available. Advance tickets online are $10 adults and $5 youth 4-12. Tickets at the gate cost $15 adults and $10 youth (4-12). Members are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

As part of Aurora’s First Fridays, If These Walls Could Talk invites the public to a Gallery Night on Friday, Oct. 3, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy free drinks, appetizers, and the new creations from the members of the Aurora Art League. The art will be on display through November 5. Call Tim Frederick at (331) 212-5962 to find out more.

Join the YWCA of Aurora and organizations across the city as they celebrate and promote a safer, more peaceful community with “Peace in the Park” on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to this free family event. There will be fun children activities, crafts, a bouncy house, and food for sale. Visit http://www.ywcaaurora.org for more details.

To benefit Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Care, the Second Annual Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Fundraiser—a Roaring ‘20s Gala—is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at The Lincoln Inn in Batavia. All proceeds go to benefit Presence Mercy Medical Center, Presence McAuley Manor, Presence Fox Knoll, and Presence Pine View Care Center. A limited number of raffle tickets will be available to win one of several Chicago overnight experiences. For tickets and information, call (630) 801-2662 or visit www.presencehealth.org/20sgala.

Celebrate Differences is hosting a Harvest Fest on Oct. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Kellogg Farm Pond in Yorkville.   Entertainment & Family Fun! Live music stage, games & entertainment, learning & education, outdoor BBQ, hayrides, camp fire & s’mores, pumpkin paining, family fall portraits, face packing and each family receives a free pumpkin.

The Fox Valley Park District will hold a free “Paws in the Park” festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Lincoln Park in Aurora. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets to the event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League. The event will feature approximately 60 vendors with pet-related products and gifts, rescue organizations, behavior and obedience specialists, a blessing of all the animals, police dog demonstrations, contests for dogs and numerous prize drawings.

Take a walk along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line during the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., presented by Naper Settlement. Learn about the history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community, its industry and commerce, and art and architecture. Tour includes about 14 blocks of walking and steps off from the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park. Tickets are $12 per person. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org for more information.

Hesed House reminds you that 2014 Soup’s On! Is Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Naperville Central High School. Soup’s On! Is a casual family afternoon event featuring great food from more than 25 area restaurants and merchants. Funds raised benefit four local charities, including Hesed House. Tickets can be obtained at www.soupsonrotary.com.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will offer several public education programs. Although the events are free, seating is limited and reservations are requested. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m., the museum presents “Firefighter Dayna” and Molly the Fire Safety Dog. Curator David Lewis will present “The Great Chicago Fire of 1871” on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Lewis will present “Horse Tails & Tales: The Romance of Fire Horses.”

Visit Naper Settlement’s website for details on some great October programs, including Oktoberfest on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, as well as Walking Clubs, Railroad Ramble, All Hallows Eve, and a special “History Speaks: Edgar Allan Poe – To Tell a Tale.”

Congratulations to Lulu Blacksmith, director of Governmental and Multicultural Affairs at Waubonsee Community College, who received her doctorate in education on Sept. 17 and was recognized as SHARE Fox Valley’s 2014 Woman of Power on Sept. 18. On Sept. 26, she will be among the finalists honored in the Latina Professional Category at the Chicago Latino Network’s Ninth Annual Awards Gala at Chicago’s Drake Hotel.

Kane Country Cougars– who recently won the Midwest League Championship – have signed a two-year agreement to affiliate with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Cougars’ franchise next year, this will be the sixth Major League club the Cougars have affiliate with, following Baltimore, Florida, Oakland, Kansas City, and most recently the Cubs.

Quad County Urban League has been selected as local partner for the Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program. Applicants (from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) must be individuals who have not successfully completed a union apprenticeship and training program in the past or who are not currently journeymen in good standing. For more information, contact the Urban League or visit www.TCARTIllinois.org.

Blackberry Farm of Fox Valley Park District will celebrate the fall season throughout October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. For information, contact Blackberry Farm at (630) 892-1550.

Aurora University will hold an Adult Degree Completion Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.aurora.edu/adultopenhouse today.

Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project will offer online training at your pace this October for interested tutors. For details, contact the Adult Literacy Project today at (630) 801-7900.

Ill. Chamber: November Advisory Referenda are Job Killers

Friday, September 26th, 2014

This November voters will be asked to weigh in on a number of advisory referendums that will harm Illinois’ economy and kill jobs. Voters will be asked whether or not they support increasing Illinois’ minimum wage to over $10 an hour and if there should be a 3% income tax surcharge on small businesses owners to fund more government spending.

The Illinois Chamber was successful at defeating legislative enactment of the proposals while they were being debating in the General Assembly last spring and we will continue to oppose the ballot measures throughout the fall election campaign.

If successfully passed, Illinois could be on track to have one of the highest minimum wages and one of the highest income tax rates in the nation. A true jobs killing agenda!

Illinois’ economy is still recovering from the Great Recession and continues to lag behind other states when rated on measures that promote a friendly climate for businesses. A hike in the minimum wage would increase labor costs for many small businesses by over 21% and would result in employee layoffs or reduced hours.

The 3% income tax surcharge dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs. It also acts as a disincentive to work hard, grow a business and become successful.

According to a recent report, 61% of Illinois small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners and would make them subject to the new tax.

While the advisory referendums are non-binding in such that they will not automatically become law if they receive a majority of the votes, it will give increased political cover for legislators to approve a minimum wage and tax hike in the next legislative session.

What you can do to Help Defeat the Jobs Killing Agenda

We have launched a new and improved website dedicated to organizing an online grassroots coalition to defeat these referendums and as a resource for Illinois employers, employees, local chambers, and the general public to use to learn more about the upcoming November election.  Click HERE to view the newly launched website.

Illinois legislators need to hear from local chambers of commerce, small business owners, and individuals who care about our economy. They need to know that Illinois’ economy cannot afford this jobs killing agenda!

Click HERE to Sign the Petition Today and Join the Grassroots Coalition Opposing the Jobs Killing Agenda this November!

Did You Know? This is Employee Voter Registration Week

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Educate Your Employees on Which Candidates Support Your Business

With the 2014 General Election now 41 days away, and the general public starting to focus more closely on the key races around the state, the Illinois Chamber is now releasing its voting record for the 2013-14 session of the Illinois General Assembly. It is part of a concerted effort with local and federal partners to urge business leaders – and their fellow employees – to educate themselves on the records of our elected officials and to make sure that as many private sector employees as possible vote in the upcoming election.

View the Illinois Chamber’s ’13-’14 GA Voting Record.

The Illinois Chamber’s voting record is compiled from the key votes that impact employers and the economy in Illinois. The legislature bears a great responsibility for the current economic malaise in Illinois. The Chamber’s voting record is a tremendous tool to help voters identify which legislators are working to turn things around and which are chained to status quo policies and interests.

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to join with The Illinois Chamber, the U.S. Chamber’s Vote for Jobs campaign, and the Business-Industry Political Action Committee’s Employee Voter Registration Week, September 22-26. These campaigns are committed to getting private sector employers and employees as actively engaged as possible in the upcoming election. Both have tools to facilitate that process. Easy steps to participate include:

• Forward on the Chamber’s voting record to employees and colleagues;

• Encourage employees to register to vote (you can simply forward them a link to any of these sites to do so: www.Illinoisprosperity.org; http://voteforjobs.com/voter-resources/; www.elections.il.gov);

• Communicate with your employees and colleagues about key issues that your business is facing and how elected officials are responding.

Surveys consistently show employees welcome reasoned information from their employer when it comes to elections. With encouragement and education, we can help maximize the impact of employers on this election.

Cast your vote, cast your voice this fall

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Last June, Pew Research Center released a 120-page report titled “Political Polarization in the American Public.” Subtitled “How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life,” the report explains Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.

The survey of 10,000 adults nationwide found that these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process. The partisan rhetoric and lack of compromise continue to cripple necessary reformation of social and economic initiatives within our country and state.

If the most engaged and active are divided along ideological lines as the report states, where are the more moderate, compromising individuals? Why have they chosen to sit out the debate? Is it frustration? Apathy? Overload?

More than ever, we need leaders to help break the impasse. We need voters to put them in the position to bring change.

Whether you are concerned with jobs, healthcare, education, budget, or good government, you must raise your voice. We must cast our ballots in November.

Voting is more importantly a privilege than it is a right. Fewer than half of the 200 million Americans that are eligible to vote this year actually will. Your one vote is very important.

Residents of the Fox Valley who actively participate in the election process help ensure that our region remains a desirable place to live.

In fact, during the last midterm election in 2010, there were 8.9 million Illinois residents who were eligible to vote. However, only 3.8 million (approximately 42.5 percent) cast ballots. This ranked Illinois in the bottom half of states (at number 31) for voter turnout. Nine of the states had more than half of its eligible voters turn out. At the top were Maine at 56.2 percent and Minnesota at 55.9 percent.

Statewide, we have a number of key races that will shape our future: senator, governor and other statewide executive offices. Locally, there are congressional districts and Illinois General Assembly seats being contested. As a result of November’s elections, we will see a number of new faces in the State House. Retirement and higher office races have created opportunities for new representatives from the 41st, 50th, 65th, and 97th  House districts.

I encourage you to take a few minutes on Tuesday, Nov. 4, to visit your polling place and cast your ballot. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at http://www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

General Election Information, Resources, More in this Week’s Newsletter

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
Hiring Our Heroes
September 22, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Hiring Our Heroes Next Tuesday
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently 95 positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 8, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

News About Our Chamber Members

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Pace Bus recently launched a study to identify potential public transit improvements in the Fox Valley area. In the coming weeks, Pace will survey residents and employees to understand community preferences and travel patterns. This information will be used to redesign the bus network in mid-2015. For more information, go to http://www.pacebus.com/sub/initiatives/fox_valley/fv_default.asp.

Downtown Auroran Magazine is publishing its first Holiday Guide out this November.
To advertise in the free, local culture magazine, contact Marissa Amoni at downtownauroran@gmail.com. Advertising deadline is October 10, 2014.

The Label Printers’ Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, was invited to make a presentation on “Brand Protection: Maintaining Credibility and Integrity” at Labelexpo Americas Biennial Expo and Conference in Chicago a few weeks ago. Her expertise was no doubt greatly appreciated.

Make your non-profit office or facility more energy efficient with a “Green for Green” workshop on Monday, September 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the ComEd Commercial Center. Participants will have an opportunity at the end of the event to ask the experts their questions. Lunch will be served, so arrive early to get yourself settled. Thanks to ComEd, this event is free and open to any non-profit professional who would like to attend.

Learn from a panel of experts about how to prepare for the Aurora University Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on Wednesday, September 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Program requirements, admission procedures, and financial aid options will be discussed. Register at www.aurora.edu/transfernursing.

Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Acing the Interview” seminar on Thursday, September 25, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and/or the “Pay it Forward: The Science of Job Search” seminar on Tuesday, September 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come September 24 or 27 or October 1 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Registration is now open for “3D Printing for the Next Generation Classroom” on Thursday, September 25, at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. There will be a presentation by Dr. David & Norma Thornburg from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m., followed by a hands-on workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation is free, but admission to the workshop is $50 and includes a box dinner. Contact Jeanie Mowrer at jmowrer@imsa.edu or (630) 907-5035 for more information.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Association for Individual Development Benefit Auction on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Eagle Brook Country Club. Hundreds of great items will be up for bid on during both the live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org for more information.

To celebrate October being Down syndrome Awareness Month, GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is hosting a Family Fun Night on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Add your family’s handprint to the ‘Family Tree.’ The three girls from Girl Scout Troop 50118 who painted the tree will be in attendance. Please RSVP to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Rush-Copley presents “Rock the Heart” on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. Enjoy live music, raffles, prizes, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, all while supporting the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund. Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door, and includes one raffle entry. Register at http://www.rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.

Perk up as renowned coffee expert Kevin Sinnott shares how to choose and brew fine coffee on Friday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Try your hand at automatic drip and manual methods including Chemex, siphon, and french press. You’ll also learn proper measuring with a scale, storage, the correct grind for each type of brewer, and how water affects the taste of your coffee. While you sip, there’s plenty of time for questions and answers. Admission is $59. Only 30 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Waste not! Give new lives to your old friends and recycle your well-loved books at Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Aurora University will be holding a Graduate Social Work Programs Information Session on Saturday, September 27, at 10:30 a.m. Meet with graduate social work faculty and discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will also be available. Register at www.aurora.edu/gradsocialwork.

Come to The Growing Place in Aurora on Sunday, September 28, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a fall planting celebration! There will be talks presented by the growing experts throughout the day. In addition, the Master Gardeners Help Desk will be open to answer all your gardening questions. For more information, go to www.thegrowingplace.com or call (630) 355-4000.

Enjoy traditional German music and classic rock, along with German-style beverages and cuisine and family-friendly activities during Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday, October 3, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 4, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. Free parking is available. Advance tickets online are $10 adults and $5 youth 4-12. Tickets at the gate cost $15 adults and $10 youth (4-12). Members are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Visit www.napersettlement.org/oktoberfest for more information.

As part of Aurora’s First Fridays, If These Walls Could Talk invites the public to a Gallery Night on Friday, October 3, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy free drinks, appetizers, and the new creations from the members of the Aurora Art League. The art will be on display through November 5. Call Tim Frederick at (331) 212-5962 to find out more.

The Village of Montgomery will host its 11th annual 5k and 10K River Run on Saturday, October 4, at 9:00 a.m. at Village Hall. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration for the 5K is $30 for adults and $15 for children while the 10K is $45 for adults and $25 for children. Children under three are free for both races. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery VFW Post #7452. To sign up, go to https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=352V0J7. For more information call (630) 466-6700.

Join the YWCA of Aurora and organizations across the city as they celebrate and promote a safer, more peaceful community with “Peace in the Park” on Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to this free family event. There will be fun children activities, crafts, a bouncy house, and food for sale. Visit http://www.ywcaaurora.org for more details.

To benefit Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Care, the Second Annual Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Fundraiser—a Roaring 20’s Gala—is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at The Lincoln Inn in Batavia. All proceeds go to benefit Presence Mercy Medical Center, Presence McAuley Manor, Presence Fox Knoll, and Presence Pine View Care Center. A limited number of raffle tickets will be available to win one of several Chicago overnight experiences. For tickets and information, call (630) 801-2662 or visit www.presencehealth.org/20sgala.

Take a walk along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line during the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour on Sunday, October 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., presented by Naper Settlement. Learn about the history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community, its industry and commerce, and art and architecture. Tour includes about 14 blocks of walking and steps off from the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park. Tickets are $12 per person. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org for more information

Job Stories Fill the Aurora Chamber Newsletter this Week

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Thomas’ BarbeQue
Andre Thomas
2711 E. New York St., Ste. 103
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 820-2227
Restaurants & Taverns

Nexvision Productions
Timothy Horstman
1585 Beverly Ct., Ste. 108
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 800-2806
Video Production Services

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Two Weeks until Hiring Our Heroes
On Sept. 30, the Aurora Chamber in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several Illinois agencies will host another Hiring Our Heroes event. The hiring fair will run from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road in Aurora. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 8:30 a.m.

Help Wanted: Volunteers to assist Veterans are needed for resume review and mock interviews. If you are available Sept. 30 from 10: a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to support their search, please contact the Chamber.

For more details, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently 82 positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?

Oh, one more thing: The Chamber is seeking applicants for a full-time assistant. Details can be found online.

Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
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Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Aurora University
Register

Aurora First
Topics include Expansion of River Edge
Redevelopment Zone
Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
$15 General Admission
Co-Sponsor: Progressive Energy Group, LLC
Register

Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Construction Jobs Increase
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Illinois is second in the nation in construction job gains. Over the past month, Illinois has added 3,500 construction jobs. More importantly, between June 2013 and June 2014, the state’s construction industry added 7,300 jobs – a 3.8 percent increase. Those numbers make Illinois the current leader in Midwest construction jobs.
Take the Fox Valley Region Transportation Study
You are invited to participate in the study below in order to help inform future transportation planning decisions in the Fox Valley Region. Participants will be able to enter into a drawing for one of five $100 prizes! To participate, please use this link: https://rsgresearch.com/ foxvalley?anon=anon&comp=14

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Your answers will be kept confidential, and no personal information is required. This study is being conducted for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) by RSG, a national transportation market research firm.

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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News About Our Chamber Members

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Community Career Center is offering free seminars to all current job seekers, including “The Phoenix Group: Revive, Refresh, & Reinvigorate Your 12+ Month Search” on Monday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and “Networking for Job Seekers” on Thursday, September 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Interested in becoming a member? Come September 20 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.

Pure Health Physical Medicine is holding a free dinner and informational Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) on September 16 or 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orchards Restaurant at Orchard Valley Golf Course. Special guest speakers include Kenneth J. Olson, DC and David Sutton PA-C. Seating is limited, so call (630) 897-1895 to reserve your seat today.

Where are the opportunities for growth? Which markets are hot, solid, and weak? Join Jay Olshonsky, NAI Hiffman Global President, and Dr. Peter Linneman, NAI’s Chief Economist, for a Global Economic Outlook web conference on Tuesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register here. For further information, please contact Craig Hurvitz, Director of Research, at (630) 693-0645 or churvitz@hiffman.com.

Naper Settlement is partnering with Anderson’s Bookshop to host a special offsite author program, Q&A, and book signing with author Karen Abbot about her new book, “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy,” on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Century Memorial Chapel. For more information, contact Anderson’s Bookshop at (630) 355-2665.

Dreyer Medical Clinic has recently announced the re-opening of Vitality Medspa at their St. Charles office location and are celebrating with an open house on Thursday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Guests are invited to tour the spa, meet the staff, and enjoy complimentary mini-treatment demonstrations. There will also be refreshments and raffle prizes. Call (630) 940-0192 for more information.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit for an informational session on Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying, and Bullying on Thursday, September 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. The presenter is Melissa Hemzacek, with the office of the Illinois Attorney General, Internet Safety Specialist, High Tech Crimes Bureau. Call (630) 585-1308 or email stephanie.kifowit@att.net for more information.

Try your hand at cartooning with an Emmy-nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Generate idea using a range of writing and drawing exercises as you develop characters, locations, environments and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling. No drawing experience is necessary! Admission is $15. Only 20 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Move yourself in the right direction with the Aurora Job Fair on Friday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and registration details, visit http://www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

Support the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois at their 10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint on Saturday, September 20, at Camp Medil McCormick. Registration starts at 6:00 a.m., with the races beginning at 7:30 a.m. Stay for Samoa Fun Fest at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy traditional camp activities, food vendors, and hands-on fun stations. For more information and to register, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

Attend the Graduate Business Programs Open House on Saturday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m. and learn how to advance your career with a graduate business degree from Aurora University. Business faculty, recent graduates, current students, admission representatives, and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer questions. Register at www.aurora.edu/gradbusiness.

Also at Aurora University on Saturday, September 20, Spanish-speaking families are invited to learn about the admission process and financing a college education at the Crimi Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The presentation includes the application and financial aid process, student life at AU, and a faculty, student and parent panel discussion. Refreshments will be served and there will be activities for small children. Register at www.aurora.edu/spanishevent.

Celebrate Native American culture with dancing and drumming during the Harvest Pow Wow, sponsored by Midwest SOARRING, on Saturday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Naper Settlement. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+) and children (3-12), and free for children under three. For more information, call (708) 257-4300, e-mail soarring@aol.com or visit www.midwestsoarring.org.

Enjoy the arrival of autumn at The Growing Place with Fall Fest on Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 21, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a moon jump, traditional folk music from the Dona Benkhert Trio, hayrides, and pony rides. There will also be a Make & Take Fall Wreath, Container or Door Swag workshop from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both days. The cost is $49 for a wreath or container and $39 to create a swag. Call (630) 820-8088 for more information.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is proud to host their 7th annual Tour de GiGi’s along with the Annual Charity Kids Bicycle Ride on Sunday, September 21, at Oswego East High School. Adults ride from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., while kids ride from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a pizza party to follow. Admission is $30 for adults and $8 for children. Go to http://gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/2014-bicycle-ride to sign up to ride or donate. In addition, Gigi’s Playhouse is also looking for volunteers to help both before and during the event. Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A4AB23A2FC1-tour2/ if interested.

Learn how to make your non-profit office or facility more energy efficient with a “Green for Green” workshop on Monday, September 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the ComEd Commercial Center. Participants will have an opportunity at the end of the event to ask the experts their questions. Lunch will be served, so arrive early to get yourself settled. Thanks to ComEd, this event is free and open to any non-profit professional who would like to attend.

Registration is now open for “3D Printing for the Next Generation Classroom” on Thursday, September 25, at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. There will be a presentation by Dr. David & Norma Thornburg from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m., followed by a hands-on workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation is free, but admission to the workshop is $50 and includes a box dinner. Contact Jeanie Mowrer at jmowrer@imsa.edu or (630) 907-5035 for more information.

Mayor Tom Weisner of the City of Aurora and representatives from three other communities in the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s market area will be judging the best Veggie/Vegan dish around on Thursday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Restaurants are encouraged to enter the competition. Winners will receive a FREE ad in the next Travel Guide and be featured in a new Travel Itinerary. Judging will be “officiated” by the Illinois Restaurant Association. For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at (630) 256-3194 or Sales@EnjoyAurora.com.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Association for Individual Development Benefit Auction on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Eagle Brook Country Club. Hundreds of great items will be up for bid on during both the live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2294 or wbialek@the-association.org for more information.

To celebrate October being Down syndrome Awareness Month, GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is hosting a Family Fun Night on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Add your family’s handprint to the ‘Family Tree.’ The three girls from Girl Scout Troop 50118 who painted the tree will be in attendance. Please RSVP to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Rush-Copley presents “Rock the Heart” on Friday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. Enjoy live music, raffles, prizes, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, all while supporting the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund. Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door, and includes one raffle entry. Register at http://www.rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.

Perk up as renowned coffee expert Kevin Sinnott shares how to choose and brew fine coffee on Friday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College. Try your hand at automatic drip and manual methods including Chemex, siphon, and french press. You’ll also learn proper measuring with a scale, storage, the correct grind for each type of brewer, and how water affects the taste of your coffee. While you sip, there’s plenty of time for questions and answers. Admission is $59. Only 30 spots available. Go to www.waubonseetickets.com to register.

Waste not! Give new lives for your old friends and recycle your loved books at Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.