Mid-week farmers markets open in Aurora

Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty products, artisan crafts, and other delectable items will be available on the Far East and Far West sides of the City this week as Aurora’s Mid-Week Farmers Markets make their debut for 2014.

Aurora’s Farmers Market West will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. each Wednesday through September 10 at West Aurora Plaza, 1901 W. Galena Blvd.; while the Farmers Market East will be staged every Thursday through August 28, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Rd., adjacent to the Eola Community Center.

Both markets feature many of the same amenities as the City’s downtown Farmers Market which is held on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon at the Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway Ave.

Like the downtown market, the mid-week Farmers Markets offer opportunities for Aurora area youth.

Through the market’s Young Entrepreneur’s Program, youngsters have the chance to sell handcrafts, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and other products they produce.  They will not only earn money for their goods, but will also learn valuable social and business skills, including marketing, merchandising, and networking in a fun and interactive environment.

More information on the markets is available by emailing or calling Special Events at (630) 256-3370.


Kane bars employees from concealed carry

Kane County will prevent employees from carrying concealed weapons on county property, in county vehicles and in personal vehicles if the employee is on county business.

The Kane County Board signed off last week on a resolution and Human Services Committee recommendation to adopt new rules for the Personnel Policy Handbook in light of the passage of Public Act 98-0063, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

Under the policy, Kane County employees may not carry a concealed firearm in any county building or vehicle.

Employees are prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in their private vehicle, while in the course of their employment with the county.

The policy applies to those employees who are licensed under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The act specifically prohibits carrying concealed firearms in any building designated for matters before a circuit court, any building or portion of a building under the control of a local government, or any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison or jail.


Village Theatre Guild holds open auditions

The Village Theatre Guild, Ltd. will hold open auditions at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, for “Grace and Glorie” by Tom Ziegler.  The play will run weekends from Oct. 17 through Nov. 8 at VTG, located near the northwest corner of Butterfield Rd. and Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Director Charles Bernstein is seeking two women, one 70+ and the other in her 30s to 40s.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

The production is non-equity, non-paid. For more information, call producer Sue Keenan at 630-469-5414.

Grace is 90 years old and has checked herself out of the hospital to die at home.  Glorie is the young woman who attempts to care for the cantankerous Grace.


Business succession seminar at COD

The College of DuPage Foundation will host a Business Succession Planning Seminar on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000, at the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn.

This seminar is free and open to the community.

The program will cover details on adopting and maintaining a business succession plan for continued success in the marketplace, including business valuation and the real cost of failing to plan. Featured speakers include Associate Judge Thomas Dudgeon; attorneys Clifford Holm and Peter Lubin; and accredited senior appraiser and certified financial examiner Mary O’Connor.

This event is hosted by the Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Committee and is co-sponsored by COD’s Continuing Education/ Extended Learning office and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Refreshments will be served. Registration is required; seating is limited. Please RSVP to Connie Cherry at (630) 942-3426 or


Aurora seeks input via community survey

The City of Aurora is asking residents to participate in a survey that will help decide how federal funds are used in the redevelopment of the community.

Specifically, the survey asks for residents’ opinions and ideas on neighborhood conditions, safe and sanitary housing, housing affordability, street repairs, parks, homelessness prevention programs, job training, small business development, and services for youth, the elderly, and residents with disabilities.

Results from the survey will be used to guide City decision-makers in how Federal funds will be utilized to meet these needs.

“Public participation is key to this process.  We want all Aurora residents to be heard,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.  “The few minutes spent giving your ideas and opinions can have a profound effect on how federal development dollars are spent in our community over the next five years.”

The survey, in both English and Spanish, will be online through late July. Hard copies are available at the Aurora Public Library. For more information, (630) 256-INFO (4636).


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