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Inaugural Winter on the Fox: Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open Winter on the Fox during the community-lighting ceremony Friday. The ceremony included performances from high school choirs, a singing Santa Claus, and Will the Fire Flow Artist, a Metea Valley High School graduate. He helped warm up the night with an energetic fire routine including fire fans and blazing staffs. The light displays will be turned on each evening from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Friday, January 4, 2019. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Inaugural Winter on the Fox in Aurora:

Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open...

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Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa sampling was unlimited with $5 purchase of the blue custom Cocoa Crawl mug created by Auroran Stephanie Wheatley. All 800 mugs created were sold. Participating locations included: All Spoked Up, Aurora Art Studios, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Branch Gardens, Endiro Coffee, PME Cake, Calla Lily Tea Room, David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Santori Public Library of Aurora, SciTech Hands On Museum, Tavern on Broadway, Tredwell Coffee, Two Brothers Roundhouse, Waubonsee Community College, Wyckwood House, and Zen Loft Wellness Center. Free Trolley service was offered to the First Fridays locations in the downtown. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl:

Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa...

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West Aurora Cemetery Annual Meeting

The West Aurora Cemetery Board of Trustees will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29. Anyone with family members buried at the cemetery, 607 Wilder Street in Aurora, is welcome to attend. Community members who are interested in this historic cemetery are welcome. The cemetery, the oldest...

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December in Aurora provides unique holiday attractions

By Deena Sherman –  December is one of the best times of the year to live in Aurora. We mix the best of universal holiday traditions with some unique Aurora area attractions. From Phillips Park to Blackberry Farm, there are fun things to do across the City. One of my...

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Aurora’s RiverEdge Park illumination interactive

Aurora’s RiverEdge Park will be illuminated Friday when the City of Aurora powers on its new “Winter on the Fox” interactive light display to include larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. The Community Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the main...

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Chorus: Castles, Carols, Cathedrals

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will present “Castles, Carols and Cathedrals: A British Isles Holiday” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rosary High School Auditorium, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora. “Castles, Carols and Cathedrals” will feature holiday songs from the British Isles, traditional Christmas carols, and modern...

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Will County reports vote totals

Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots thanks Will County for voting in the November 6 general election. Below are the statistics for this Election: Total registered voters: 429,647 Total vote by mail ballots cast/returned: 24,768 Total early voting ballots cast: 48,355 Total election day ballots cast: 176,174 Total same day...

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Inaugural Coca Crawl, mugs, warming trend at First Fridays

First Fridays will stay warm with hot cocoa Friday, Dec. 7 when the Aurora Downtown is host to the inaugural Cocoa Crawl. It is part of the monthly event, and mugs are proving to be a hot commodity. Three-hundred Cocoa Crawl mugs will be sold at event starting at 5...

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Santa in Yorkville

The Yorkville Public Library Youth Service Department will have many events in December. All events will take place at the Library, 902 Game Farm Road, unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register, call 630-553-4354 or visit www.yorkville.lib.il.us. • Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., Santa. Santa...

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Fundraiser forum

Fundraiser for Starfish Rescue Dec. 9 Starfish Animal Rescue, a Batavia-based no-kill shelter, will hold an annual bake sale, pizza lunch, and gift basket raffle fundraiser from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Riverside Pizza & Pub,102 E. Main Street, St. Charles. The public is invited. Admission is...

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Westmont’s annual Holly Days kickoff, Frosty & Friends Parade, and tree-lighting Saturday, includes a well-lighted Township of Downers Grove truck. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/the voice.us. There will be more holiday festivities in many communities in the next 10 days.

Westmont Holly Days:

Westmont’s annual Holly Days kickoff, Frosty & Friends Parade, and tree-lighting Saturday, includes a well-lighted Township of Downers Grove truck. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. There will be more holiday festivities in many communities in the next 10 days.   Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Jason Pikscher, Broadway technical director for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora shares some behind-the-scenes information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. It is generally accepted, one of the many reasons the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series has been successful is the teamwork behind the scenes to bring amazing sets. He said approximately 95% of the sets are built by their crew. To put the size of the sets into perspective, a normal set for the Paramount would fill two to three semi-trailers. His favorite set was for the play Les Miserables because of the unique engineering challenge. His least favorite, and most problematic set was for Grease. The most complex set was for Mary Poppins because of the illusions. Jason Crane/The Voice

Behind-the-scenes perspective of the Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Jason Pikscher, Broadway technical director for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora shares some behind-the-scenes information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. It is generally accepted, one of the many reasons the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series has been successful is the teamwork behind the scenes to...

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The Scarecrow, Dorothy, and The Tin Man perform at the Wizard of Oz during the run which will end January 6, 2019. The Aurora Public Library will be host to Page to Stage presented by the Paramount School of the Arts Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Santori Public Library of Aurora. Courtesy of Paramount Theatre

The Wizard of Oz: Page to Stage at Santori Library

By Miriam Meza –  Follow the yellow brick road to downtown Aurora where you will find the Wizard of Oz, not only at the Paramount Theatre, but through programs and scavenger hunts. We have seen this Wizard of Oz theme play out throughout the Aurora downtown area and we can’t...

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Christmas stories in Plano

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events in December. For more information and to register, visit planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. • Knit and Crochet Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. This informal group works on its own project, discusses types and colors of...

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Well-strung in Batavia

Well-Strung puts on an amazing musical performance with a cool spin to it, when its takes classical music, such as works from Mozart, and fuses it with the pop music of today, such as Rihanna and Adele! Well-Strung will bring its new album on tour, “Popssicle,” another play on the...

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The world’s tallest elf is Jason Kullom at the Winter Lights in Aurora Friday to turn on the Christmas lights. Behind Kullom, is Santa peering over the top of the GAR building. See page 13 and facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Winter Lights in Aurora:

The world’s tallest elf is Jason Kullom at the Winter Lights in Aurora Friday to turn on the Christmas lights. Behind Kullom, is Santa peering over the top of the GAR building. See videos of the parade and fireworks at facebook.com/thevoice.us.  See more photos by clicking here. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Rotary Club of Aurora volunteers, assisted by Marmion Academy students, take a moment to pose recently while setting up the 2018 Festival of Lights in Phillips Park in Aurora. The display will be visible Friday through December 26. Charlie Zine photo

Setting up the displays for the 2018 Festival of Lights in Aurora’s Phillips Park

Rotary Club of Aurora volunteers, assisted by Marmion Academy students, take a moment to pose recently while setting up the 2018 Festival of Lights in Phillips Park in Aurora. The display will be visible Friday through December 26. Charlie Zine photo...

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The second annual Aurora Library Foundation gala October 25, 2016 will yield to the fourth annual gala December 1. Ron Langstaff photo

Thankfulness special for support of Aurora Public Library

Miriam Meza –  We give a special thanks to all our customers for the continued support of the Aurora Public Library and Foundation. From the attendance at our events, to the relationships built with us, and the collections that are used, we care about it all. Thanks to our customers...

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