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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

AU film series explores Broadway, Tin Pan Alley

Aurora University's 2013-2014 film series will screen "America's Music: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley," with a discussion and live music, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at Perry Theatre in Stephens Hall, 349 S. Gladstone Ave. in Aurora.

The second of six America’s Music documentaries, "Broadway..." explores the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life.

A post-show discussion will be led by Donna Letzter, adjunct professor of English.

AU music students will perform.

The America’s Music series will continue with "America's Music: Swing Jazz," Feb. 10; "America's Music: Country and Bluegrass,” Feb. 24; "America's Music: Rock," March 10; and "America's Music: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop,” March 24.

The public is invited. Admission is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information, call (630) 844-4924, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit auartsandideas.com.


Nominations open for African-American honor 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Outstanding African-American Award sponsored by the City of Aurora’s African American Heritage Advisory Board.

Each year, AAHAB honors an African-American in Aurora who has exhibited leadership, volunteerism, and service to the community with the Outstanding African-American Award.  Past honorees include Judge Keith Brown, Donnell Collins, Henry Cowherd, Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, Cynthia Latimer, Clayton Muhammad, Archie Needam, Lillian Perry, and Fred Rodgers.

The award recipient will be feted at AAHAB’s 10th Annual Heritage and Awards Dinner on Friday, Feb. 21, at Pipers Banquets in Aurora.  

To submit a nomination, email Toussaint Smith, AAHAB Board Chairman, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a description of how the candidate has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism, and service in the Aurora community.  Nomination deadline is Friday, Jan.24.


'State of Park District' session in Naperville

The public is invited to attend the fourth annual “State of the Park District” address by Naperville Park Board President Rich Janor. This free event will be held in Community Hall at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 1. A light breakfast and networking will begin at 8  a.m. The formal presentation will start at 8:30 a.m.

The “State of the Park District” address is one of the many ways in which the Park District communicates both formally and informally with the community. In 2013, outreach events included playground and park openings, golf and Program Guide focus groups, the Capital Projects Open House, and more.

Attendees at the State of the Park District address will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a 2014 Centennial Beach season membership or a round of golf for two at either Springbrook or Naperbrook Golf Courses.

To help plan for refreshments, the Park District asks those who wish to attend to RSVP via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday, Jan. 27. 


Seminar on allergies and food on Jan. 26

The Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley will host a Jan. 26 seminar addressing "Allergies and Your Food: What's the Connection?"

The free seminar will be held at Batavia's Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free will donations are welcome.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Erin Massey of St. Charles who along with her chiropractic practice also specializes in diagnostic test and followups for persons exhibiting allergic reactions, especially to foods.

Pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information call Janice at (630) 854-1228 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


St. Charles Parks to be honored for turtle work

The St. Charles Park District will be presented with the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association's Outstanding Sustainability and Conservation Award at the Illinois Parks and Recreation's Annual All-Conference Awards Luncheon to be held in Chicago on Friday.

This award recognizes the District's Blandings Turtle Recovery Program Breeding Project that is managed by the naturalist staff at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. 

It honors public agencies for outstanding and innovative achievements in environmental conservation projects or programs. 


Two Aurora officers named top employees

Two Aurora Police Special Operations Group investigators are sharing November ‘Employee of the Month’ honors for capturing two suspects involved in a theft ring that targeted catalytic converters.

Investigators Abel Villanueva and Cottrell Webster were chosen for their actions that began when they were working an unrelated undercover detail just inside Naperville’s border along Rt. 59. As they drove through a retail parking lot they spotted a vehicle driving methodically up and down the parking rows. After positioning themselves in a location to keep an eye on the vehicle, they saw it stop by a Chevrolet Cavalier and two occupants exited and did something near the Cavalier before re-entering their vehicle and continue driving up and down the rows of parked cars. When the two investigators checked the Cavalier, they noticed the muffler and tailpipe hanging from the bottom of the car.

Knowing there had been a rash of catalytic converter thefts in the area, Villanueva and Webster alerted both Aurora and Naperville dispatchers and continued to keep their eyes on the suspects. Eventually, the vehicle went to a different parking lot in the area and continued their suspicious activity. When the suspects stopped by another Cavalier, the two detectives literally caught the thieves “red-handed” as they were in the process of stealing another catalytic converter. The suspects were interviewed and charged by Naperville Police.

Villanueva began his Aurora Police career in 2007; Webster in 1997.


IMSA open for tours on Jan. 26 preview day

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will host a Preview Day event on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The event is an opportunity for students, their parents, and teachers to learn more about the Academy's world-renowned academic and residential life programs.

Guests learn about academics and residence life programs by participating in mock classes, touring the campus, attending discussion panels, and interacting with current students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. IMSA Preview Days fill quickly and attendance is capped.

Applications for enrollment to IMSA’s Class of 2017 are available at https://www.imsa.edu/admissions/apply. For more information about Preview Day or about applying to IMSA, visit the Admissions website at https://www.imsa.edu/admissions or call (630) 907-5028. 


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