Archive for October, 2015

Veterans Day Parade, Ceremony to Honor All Who Served

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The City of Aurora and the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council will recognize the dedication of military service men and women who have given to our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

The parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. from the corner of Broadway and Benton Street, and will head north on Broadway, then west on Downer Place to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer, where the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony will take place. The ceremony will conclude with a military rifle salute at 11:00 a.m.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony is retired United States Marine Corps Major Charles Lynn Lowder, a nationally recognized advocate for veterans.

A leader both in the military and later in his civilian life, Lynn Lowder has dedicated himself to advocating for veterans’ issues.

In 1967, Lowder voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and went on to serve as an infantry officer and JAG officer. A decorated combat veteran, he served as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in Vietnam. His experiences in combat are profiled in such books as First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight by Dr. Bill Peters and Inside Force Recon: Recon Marines in Vietnam by Michael Lee Lanning and Ray William Stubbe.

Following his time in the Marine Corps, Lowder worked as a trial attorney and law firm executive. He is the past Director for Military and Veteran Services at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), where he was responsible for day-to-day support for veterans transitioning from combat zones to higher education, emphasizing classroom skills, mental wellness and job placement. Under his leadership, UCM was recognized as a leading veteran-supportive university by the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Veterans Commission. His civilian accomplishments are profiled in the book Above and Beyond: Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World by Rudy Socha and Carolyn Darrow.

The parade and ceremony are free and open to the viewing public.  Parking will be available at any of the free City of Aurora parking lots throughout the downtown.

This Week’s News from Our Members

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Make Merry Memories at The Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy winter wonderland cuisine, a festive open bar, merry music, dancing and bid on one-of-a-kind treasures from the Old Main Library. Honorary Chair and Special Guest: Dr. Gina Santori. Proceeds will provide technology, programming and educational option for all residents with a spotlight on those most in need. For tickets call 630-264-4124 or https://myab.co/events/4ry/

The Label Printers’ Chief Executive, Bill Kane, and Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell recently returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina where they attended the 2015 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference – co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Ministry of Security, Argentina, in Partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, the conference sponsor and co-organizer. The Label Printers was a Platinum Sponsor of the Conference, which brought together hundreds of attendees from around the world, representing the law enforcement community, IP and brand owners, anti-counterfeiting solution providers, and others interested in combating the global menace of counterfeiting and piracy. There were 600 attendees from 18 countries at the conference.

GiGi’s Playhouse announces a new Saturday morning program! Preschool Prep will help prepare young children for preschool and re-enforce home therapy tasks. Activities are presented in a structured environment and include practicing the basic skills of following one and two step directions, managing transitions between centers, and participation in group activities. The Preschool Prep program is intended for children ages 24 months through five years of age but all age groups are welcome to join. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as a primary support throughout the class. Siblings of all ages are welcome to join!

The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch Initiative has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society. As a result of funding, the Society has awarded a $50,000 Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) grant to VNA Health Care to increase breast cancer screening rates within Aurora. VNA Health Care was one of 32 grant recipients to receive grant funding to implement strategies to address the unequal burden of breast cancer within communities across the country.

Fast Color provides many Veteran organizations with the products they need to raise funds for their missions. Fast Color launched FC Gear a collection of hundreds of items of patriotic merchandise and motorcycle accessories with some first responder and law enforcement items. Fast Color offers the FC Gear merchandise to organizations as a fund raiser opportunity. Organizations can raise revenue for their specific cause without having to purchase, store or handle the merchandise.

Fox Valley Orchestra presents Russian Romance on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Join Edward Jones for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their Grand Opening on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. Located at 2 Hankes Rd., Suite A, in Aurora, Edward Jones has been helping individual investors reach their long-term financial goals for more than 80 years. They look forward to continuing the tradition of providing face-to-face personalized service at their new location and invite you to bring your family and friends and help celebrate.

Join Davis Legend for a ribbon cutting to celebrate David Legend’s new location at 2580 Diehl Rd., Unit D, in Aurora. Networking will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Davis Legend is a multi-national manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabinets. The U.S. location in Aurora is a primary link to long-term success. Being centrally located in the country with access to all important shipping options, Aurora is the optimal location for Davis Legend to begin its U.S. operations.

Through Oct. 31, Country Financial – Stan Rayford, MBA is offering a referral appreciation: If you know someone in Illinois who will find value in the insurance products offered through COUNTRY Financial®, contact Stan.

VNA Hospice invites community members to their 21th annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3:00 p.m. in the Hospice Sanctuary at VNA Health Care, Aurora. The service includes memorial poem readings, candle lighting, the reading of all loved one’s names, music, and an inspirational message. Each person will have an opportunity to acknowledge their loved one as their name is read.

Seventy-nine students at Oswego High School (OHS) and 68 students at Oswego East High School (OEHS) have earned AP Scholarship Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Reboot Illinois: Illinois Collects More Taxes per Capita than All Its Neighbor States

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

It’s fair to say Illinois’ taxpayers are well-versed in the art of paying taxes, but how much does the state government collect in taxes per capita? And how do we compare to other states?

The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research think tank, answered these questions by calculating how much each state collects in state taxes per person. While Illinois has the second highest property tax rate in the U.S., the Tax Foundation did not include property taxes in its analysis since they’re assessed and collected at the local level.

Even when local taxes are excluded, Illinois still rakes in more taxes per person than all of its neighboring states at $3,008 — the 14th highest in the U.S. It’s important to note the data used by the Tax Foundation is from fiscal year 2013, which is the most recent available and also when the 5 percent temporary income tax hike was in effect.

From the Tax Foundation:

Tax collections per capita is not a measure of tax burdens per se. (We look at tax burdens separately.) In a state with high per capita incomes, a higher per capita tax burden may work out to similar burden as a percentage of income as experienced in a state that is less well off. It does, however, offer us a window on the cost of government in any given state. If we think of each resident as a consumer of state services, per capita tax collections gives us the per person cost. Individual taxpayer liability will, of course, vary—especially if the state can export its collections.

Here’s how much Illinois and its neighboring states collect in taxes per capita:

State Tax Collection per person

7. Missouri

  • $1,846 per person
  • No. 45 overall

6. Kentucky

  • $2,465 per person
  • No. 31 overall

5. Michigan

  • $2,522 per person
  • No. 28 overall

4. Indiana

  • $2,583 per person
  • No. 25 overall

3. Iowa

  • $2,717 per person
  • No. 20 overall

2. Wisconsin

  • $2,880 per person
  • No. 18 overall

1. Illinois

  • $3,008 per person
  • No. 14 overall

As mentioned above, these figures don’t take into consideration property taxes nor state-local tax burdens. The latter measures the percentage of income taxpayers in each state pay in state and local taxes. Additionally, Truth in Accounting’s latest “Financial State of the States” report shows Illinois — at $45,000 — has the highest “Taxpayer Burden” in the Midwest and third highest in the nation.

More from the Tax Foundation:

State tax collections per capita can vary for a variety of reasons, and sometimes collections are modest in states with above-average state products. Lower taxes in some states may correlate with greater economic growth, and beyond that, states where the majority of residents are well-off may have fewer governmental expenses than those which need to dedicate more resources to anti-poverty programs, even after federal transfers are taken into account.

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State Tax Collections per Capita

Northeastern to host business plan competition with $2,500 grand prize

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Business and Management, in collaboration with the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, will host The Entrepreneur, a business plan competition with a $2,500 top prize.

The goal of The Entrepreneur competition is to provide new and existing businesses an opportunity to highlight their company and a chance to win a prize to assist with the company’s growth. The competition, which is free to enter and open to the public, will highlight and promote the many new and established, small- to mid-sized Illinois-based businesses with support from local and national business leaders, as well as city, state and federal elected officials.

The deadline to enter is 11 p.m. on Oct. 27. More details are available at neiu.edu/entrepreneurcomp. Entrepreneurs in the growth stage of business are strongly encouraged to apply. All submissions are reviewed by a panel of educators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The competition will culminate in an event Nov. 20, when the top five finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges. Sen. Kirk is expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Auditorium on Northeastern’s Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago.

In addition to the $2,500 prize, the winner will receive mentoring from a member of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship faculty and mentoring from a member of Sen. Kirk’s office. Prizes also will be awarded for the second- and third-place finishers.

One of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation, Northeastern provides its students an affordable, quality education. Northeastern’s rapidly growing College of Business and Management fosters excellent faculty and student research and helps its students engage with entrepreneurs to gain real-world experience. In an increasingly global business climate, Northeastern brings an eclectic world-view to the classroom that is unique among Chicago-area universities.

Doctoral Student Seeks Networking Survey Participants

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Dear Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Members:

I am currently a doctoral student at Wilmington University in New Castle, DE.  I am writing my dissertation on the How Effective Is Business Networking for Small Business: A Small Business Perceptive, and would appreciate your assistance. As part of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce you are a vital participant for this survey. The objective of the study is to determine the perception of how effective networking is at chamber networking events. I am also assessing how the chamber could assist in developing networking skills among its members.

Participation in this study is voluntary. It is estimated that the time to complete the survey will be less than 5 minutes. I am not gathering any identifying information about the responses and all results are for research purposes only. I will only be analyzing and publishing the quantitative results. The data will be valuable to chambers nationwide and will assist the chambers in developing ways to serve you, the member better. Please access the survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YM58799

If you should have any questions about this survey, please contact me at kevin@phillipsons.net or by telephone at 302-399-4829.

Indian Trail Bridge Now Open!

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Under construction since June 2014, Aurora’s new Indian Trail Bridge is now open!

In a brief ceremony this morning, Mayor Tom Weisner was joined by federal, state, other local elected officials, staff and community partners to officially reopen the main thoroughfare that connects Aurora between Rt. 25 and Rt. 31.

More than 21,000 vehicles per day travel across the bridge and safety was the catalyst for the construction project.

“The sad fact is that one out of nine bridges in our country is categorized as structurally deficient by the American Society of Civil Engineers,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “That’s how horrible bridge disasters have happened, but we don’t intend to let that be the case in Aurora.”

Built in 1963, the Indian Trail Bridge is the longest Fox River crossing in Aurora, at a combined length of 826 feet between the east and west bridges.

The full scope of the project included the complete removal and replacement of the concrete deck of both the east and west bridges and the widening of four lanes that span the bridge.

Now complete, the Indian Trail Bridge is not only safer, but also more environmentally friendly, with new curbs and gutters, LED lighting, improved drainage and landscaping, wider sidewalks to encourage more pedestrian use.

Despite weather-related delays, the project was completed on time, with partial openings to traffic during the winter months to accommodate travelers as much as possible.

The $10 million project was completed with $8.7 million in federal funding and the City of Aurora contributing $2.18 million in Local Motor Fuel Tax funding.

In an effort to ensure the safety of everyone traveling in Aurora, in 2006, the City of Aurora began an ambitious initiative to replace its aging bridge infrastructure. In all, the City has rebuilt one bridge per year, on average, over the past ten years.

Learn more about ongoing construction projects in Aurora at www.aurora-il.org/construction 

 

 

Comptroller Warns of Pension Struggles

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Comptroller Munger warns that November $560 million pension payment won’t be made.  Munger’s warning was issued on Wednesday, October 14.  Without a budget in place, Illinois is not legally authorized to make payments representing FY16 fiscal actions that the State would normally be expected to make.  In many cases, these payments continue to be made because approximately 14 separate court orders, continuing appropriations, and consent decrees are deemed to present themselves as adequate substitutes for the lack of explicit appropriation authority.

Comptroller Munger’s statement had been expected, as the automatic payment of money into State-managed pension funds (including pension funds relied upon by retired teachers) in the absence of a State budget is not protected by any of these elements of fiscal-judicial policy.  However, pension payments out of the same funds are protected by court orders and case laws.  The comptroller stated that payments to retired pension beneficiaries will be made on schedule, but by selling pension fund assets and utilizing investment capital.  Critics note that Illinois carried out pension disinvestment decisions in prior years, such as the notorious Blagojevich “pension holidays.”

Munger indicated that the State continues to face (and continues to try to pay) many bills required by court order and her count shows that taxpayers now owe $6.9 billion in unpaid bills outstanding.  This number is expected to increase to $8.5 billion by the end of December.  A key component of the State’s swelling liabilities is its continuing responsibility for a wide variety of medical costs incurred by residents eligible for Medicaid-financed public health care.  Health care continues to grow as a percentage of the public-sector expenses of both Illinois and the United States as a whole, and Medicaid is one area where State of Illinois spending continues by court order.

RoboGals Seek Community Support in International Competition

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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Recently, we shared the following:

School District 308 would like to congratulate Wheatlands fourth grade student Jensen Coonradt who recently won the World Robot Olympiad, and will travel to Qatar in November to compete in the world championships. Jensen and her TeamRoboGals partner Kaiya Hollister of Aurora have a Go Fund Me page and are asking for donations for the trip to Qatar.

The RoboGals are asking the community to support their team in international competition.

Thank you for recognizing the RoboGals on your website! Kaiya and Jensie have been very busy preparing to compete on the World stage representing the USA. They have been working five to eight hours daily to get ready.

The RoboGals were thrilled recently when they were honored at an Aurora City Council meeting. They have not stopped talking about feeling famous because they met Mayor Tom Weisner, all twelve Alderman and the City Council members, in particular Alderman Franco and Alderman Bugg.

As you may know the RoboGals are the USA elementary team competing internationally in two upcoming competitions. The World Championships in Qatar and a special invite to Bejing, China. We need help paying for these trips of which we have received some support.

There are three options for donations to support the RoboGals.

1. Online donation at www.lawrencetech.net/wro

  • Select team “RoboGals”
  • Lawrence Technological University is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible
  • Large donations of $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 carry advertising opportunities

2. A GofundMe account at www.gofundme.com/robogals

3. Checks made out to Chasewood Learning on behalf of the RoboGals

Thank you for your consideration and no donation is too small! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

RoboGals and family

 

#AuroraILChamber Seeks Employers, Organizations that Support Veterans

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
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
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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

 

Annual Celebration of Membership: Recognizing Employers of Veterans
Friday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
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Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, Waubonsee Community College, and Northwestern MedicineThis year we recognize our members that provide tremendous contributions of those who have gone above and beyond to help our nation’s heroes. Awards are presented to employers and organizations that have addressed the employment challenges faced by America’s veterans and transitioning service members. Nomination information may be found here. Sponsorships are still available for this event; contact the Chamber for details.
Help Wanted: PT Member Services Coordinator
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part-time membership services coordinator to support the membership of the organization. In this position, the coordinate will serve as part of the Chamber team and coordinate member events (e.g., ribbon cuttings), schedule programs (e.g., eBlasts), and other member-focused activities. Hours are 20-24 hours per week with flexible scheduling.For a complete listing of responsibilities and qualifications, visit our Job Postings section on the website.
Legislative Agenda
Interested in what public policy priorities for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce are on behalf of its membership? In preparation for the new fiscal year, the Board of Directors approved the Legislative Agenda for the Chamber. The Agenda, based on input from members and the Council on Legislative Affairs, covers nine topics including Education & Workforce Development, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Budget & Taxes, and more. For information – including a link to download the full Agenda, visit the Chamber website.
Wondering What’s Going On in Springfield?
New Health Conditions may be Added to Medical Marijuana Eligibility ListFirst Illinois Cultivation Centers Begin to Grow Medical Marijuana

Budget Impasse Begins to Affect Funding for 9-1-1 Centers

Legislature’s Budget Commission Reports Continued Shortfall in State Revenues

This Week’s Member News
Congratulations, Paramount, on their five recent Jeff Awards! For this and other news, check out our blog for this week’s news from member businesses.
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Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., AuroraRibbon Cutting: ieple, LLC
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
1717 N. Naper Blvd., Ste. 200, Naperville

PharmaCannis Launch Party & Open House
Friday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
161 S. Lincolnway, Ste. 301, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Edward Jones – Forrest White
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:00 a.m.
2 Hankes Road, Suite A, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Davis Legend
Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
2580 Diehl Rd., Unit D, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, Waubonsee Community College, and Northwestern Medicine
Friday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Rich Harvest Farms
Painters District No. 30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Save the Dates: More Information to Follow

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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This Week’s Member News

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

GiGi’s Playhouse announces a new Saturday morning program! Preschool Prep will help prepare young children for preschool and re-enforce home therapy tasks.  Activities are presented in a structured environment and include practicing the basic skills of following one and two step directions, managing transitions between centers, and participation in group activities.  The Preschool Prep program is intended for children ages 24 months through five years of age but all age groups are welcome to join. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as a primary support throughout the class. Siblings of all ages are welcome to join!

Your participation in the First Annual Duck-n-Dive Dodgeball Tournament on Oct. 17 helps the Three Fires Council provide quality Scout programs for more than 13,000 local youth. Food and drinks will be available so bring you family and make a day of it. We will also have special recognition for the best dressed team. This could be a matching team uniform or your favorite costumes. The winners will be determined by our judges. So grab your friends and Register Now! More information and rules at the registration site.

The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch Initiative has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society. As a result of funding, the Society has awarded a $50,000 Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) grant to VNA Health Care to increase breast cancer screening rates within Aurora. VNA Health Care was one of 32 grant recipients to receive grant funding to implement strategies to address the unequal burden of breast cancer within communities across the country.

Join PharmaCannis for a very unique opportunity to take a tour of their North Aurora medical cannabis dispensary and celebrate with us as we prepare for our grand opening on Friday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, contact them at  Contact@pharmacannis.com

Costco hosts First Responders Appreciation Event on Oct. 16 through Oct. 18. First Responders are invited to a Special Appreciation Event as a thank you for your commitment and service to our community. The Naperville Costco is offering non-members a free day shopping, raffle prizes for new sign-ups and current members. Join as a new Executive Member and get a $20 Costco Cash Card; or join as a new Gold Star member and get a $10 Costco Cash Card.

All Hallow’s Eve at NaperSettlement will be Oct. 16 & 17 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with 12-acres of haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see horrors. Like a haunted house on steroids, this one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest literature of the past, present and future to life. Meet the lost souls of the dead in a haunted happening you won’t forget. Our historic buildings are turned into Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a Victorian Insane Asylum, a Torture Dungeon, Journey through the Underworld and so much more. Beware! Be Scared! Not recommended for young children under eight years old.

Join Presence Fox Know Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Free fall fun for all ages includes a fall farmer’s market for yummy fresh produce and homemade baked goods (items sold for cash only), fun games, and pumpkin painting. Call (877)737-4636 to register Oct. 15.

Fast Color provides many Veteran organizations with the products they need to raise funds for their missions. Fast Color launched FC Gear a collection of hundreds of items of patriotic merchandise and motorcycle accessories with some first responder and law enforcement items. Fast Color offers the FC Gear merchandise to organizations as a fund raiser opportunity. Organizations can raise revenue for their specific cause without having to purchase, store or handle the merchandise.

Fox Valley Orchestra presents Russian Romance on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Join Edward Jones for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their Grand Opening on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. Located at 2 Hankes Rd., Suite A, in Aurora, Edward Jones has been helping individual investors reach their long-term financial goals for more than 80 years.  They look forward to continuing the tradition of providing face-to-face personalized service at their new location and invite you to bring your family and friends and help celebrate.

Join Davis Legend for a ribbon cutting to celebrate David Legend’s new location at 2580 Diehl Rd., Unit D, in Aurora. Networking will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Davis Legend is a multi-national manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabinets. The U.S. location in Aurora is a primary link to long-term success. Being centrally located in the country with access to all important shipping options, Aurora is the optimal location for Davis Legend to begin its U.S. operations.

Through Oct. 31, Country Financial – Stan Rayford, MBA is offering a referral appreciation: If you know someone in Illinois who will find value in the insurance products offered through COUNTRY Financial®, contact Stan.

School District 308’s Brokaw Early Learning Center and Old Post Elementary School received the state’s highest ranking—Gold Circle of Quality—that early learning center programming can receive. The rating, given by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Family Services through the ExceleRate program, is a quality rating system for early learning and development programs serving children from birth to age five.

VNA Hospice invites community members to their 21th annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3:00 p.m. in the Hospice Sanctuary at VNA Health Care, Aurora. The service includes memorial poem readings, candle lighting, the reading of all loved one’s names, music, and an inspirational message. Each person will have an opportunity to acknowledge their loved one as their name is read.

Part-time opportunities are available with the YMCA’s Safe ‘n Sound program in Naperville/Aurora. A hiring event will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Y Sports Complex, 31W290 Schoger Drive, Naperville. More information, including registration, may be found at www.ysafensound.org.