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Blake Hammond plays Broadway producer Max Bialystock in The Producers, Mel Brooks’ uproariously funny live musical based on his hilarious 1967 film. Liz Lauren photo

The Producers: Much precision

By Jeanette Hirt –  When a has-been Broadway producer and his accountant cook up a scheme to scam $2 Million from their investors, they couldn’t wait for the big day. They set out to produce an undiscovered musical flop entitled, Springtime for Hitler, so outrageous that it wouldn’t last a…...

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Rosary High School Alumnae Association members are, from left: Alison Brzezinski, ESL tutoring coordinator; Sandra Galindo, alumnae director at Rosary; Sister Jane Ann Beckman, citizenship program coordinator; and Shireen Bacchetti, president of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus. Submitted photo

Rosary Alumnae assist Dominican

Rosary High School Alumnae Association sponsored a drive to collect warm Winter items for the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora. Items collected included hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, socks, and blankets. Rosary held a donation drive at home basketball games. New this year, patrons and members of the Fox Valley Festival…...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheel of Soul Tour in Aurora July 21

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour, one of the most anticipated concert events of the Summer, will make its only Chicago-area stop Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Unrivaled in its blend…...

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Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity. Crafters three and older may stop in between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. either day. Submitted photo

Victorian Valentine project at Little White School Museum in Oswego

Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity…....

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Lunafest in Oswego offers best indie films Saturday

The 18th annual LUNAFEST will bring winners from Sundance, AFI Fest, and SxSW to Oswego Saturday, Feb. 9! It may be awards season for Hollywood blockbusters, but this year some of the best films hitting the indie circuit are coming straight to Oswego at the Village Hall. The Oswego Cultural…...

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Sophia Luo, originally from China, sings the song “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Teresa Teng for members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Luo shared history of Chinese New Year celebrations on the first day of The Year of the Pig, February 5. She said the Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays for Chinese families and celebrates the beginning of the new year according to the lunar calendar. There are 12 animals in the zodiac and each animal represents one year with different character traits. Your zodiac animal depends on the year of your birth. Jason Crane/The Voice

History of Chinese New Year celebrations presented to Kiwanis Club of Aurora on the first day of The Year of the Pig

Sophia Luo, originally from China, sings the song “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Teresa Teng for members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Luo shared history of Chinese New Year celebrations on the first day of The Year of the Pig, February…...

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The Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) poses for a victory photo at the Player’s Choice Award after winning the Mini Golf FUN Raiser for the third straight year in Yorkville. This year TAG’s theme was “Dr. Seuss.” TAG scored twice as many votes as the second place winner. The Mini Golf FUN Raiser was held Sunday, Jan. 27 and was sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Left to right: Jennette Weiss, Children’s Department manager and TAG coordinator; Stella Tejada, Mikayla Mol, Lexi Roehr, Brooklyn Souza, Mark Sanford, Naytona Faedtke, Elianna Black. Leah Nieman was not in the photo. Submitted photo

Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group wins Mini Golf FUN Raiser for third straight year

The Yorkville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) poses for a victory photo at the Player’s Choice Award after winning the Mini Golf FUN Raiser for the third straight year in Yorkville. This year TAG’s theme was “Dr. Seuss.” TAG scored twice as many votes as the second place winner…....

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Writer’s, Book, Groups in Plano

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events. 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 their own projects, discusses types and colors of yarns, and…...

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T.A.G. shares teen ideas

The Yorkville Public Library Youth Service Department will have many events in February. 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. • Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 26, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.,…...

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Paramount Theatre plans Broadway blockbuster, 2019-2020

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, the second largest subscription house in the Nation, announced the four blockbuster musicals on tap for the company’s ninth Broadway Series: • Newsies, the rousing, David versus Goliath, Disney family musical ripped straight from the headlines about newsboys who take on a greedy news tycoon, is Paramount’s…...

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Music lineup set for Aurora’s May 3 festival

The music lineup for the May 3 Food Truck Festival has been announced by Aurora Downtown. Todd Kessler will be the headline at this year’s event at 7:30 p.m. at the Millennium Plaza gazebo stage on Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora. Fans of NBC television’s The Voice might recognize Kessler…...

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Five music events at Weisner RiverEdge Park

Summer may be six months away, but Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Street, in downtown Aurora is already hot to announce five live music events to jumpstart its 2019 Summer season: • Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie…...

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First rehearsal for Fox Valley Festival Chorus

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus (FVFC) will hold its first rehearsal for the Spring 2019 season Monday, Feb. 4 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn, Aurora. The Chorus is open to new members; this first rehearsal of the Spring season is a good time to join! Registration will…...

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MLK Day: Lift Every Voice and Sing by young singers from Cathedral of Grace St. John Church sign singers perform at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School Monday. Jason Crane/The Voice

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School:

Lift Every Voice and Sing by young singers from Cathedral of Grace St. John Church sign singers perform at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School Monday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin’s 2019 Service Above Self Awards were presented to 58 youth during…...

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Three Aurora aldermanic challengers forums listed

Aurora aldermanic forums ready There will be three Aurora aldermanic challengers forums in partnership with the participating businesses and candidates: • Tredwell Coffee: Barista Candidate Forum on Downer Street, Saturday, Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments to be offered to all who attend. • The Aurora Tap House:…...

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Thoughts to chew on: The Gum Challenge, goaded, and gloating

Over the past months in The Voice, I’ve written stories of my various death-defying occupations, such as forklift driver, assembly line worker, paperboy, at my various places of employment, advancing in my chosen career of never doing the same thing twice or even once, for that matter. Here is yet…...

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First Fridays will start the 2019 season with 10 months of art music and more activities in downtown Aurora

Hugging booth at First Fridays in downtown Aurora

After a month off, First Fridays is ready to burst with love February 1. A hugging booth, bunny art, Valentines, and tons of tunes will start the year of art, music, and more activities in downtown Aurora. Aurora Downtown will be host to a free pop up photo booth with…...

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Master gardeners provide information to gardeners on growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed. They will be available for Seed Swap Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Aurora Public Library West Branch. Submitted photo

Seed Swap sows Spring flowers, vegetables, to grow

By Miriam Meza –  Does this cold weather make you wish it was Spring? The Aurora Public Library can help! No, we can’t change the weather, but we can help you prepare for Spring, and make Winter feel a little less dreadful. Imagine a garden full of vibrantly-colorful flowers, the…...

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Life of Winston Churchill in Montgomery

Winston Churchill was a soldier, author, historian, and world leader. He led not only a life of wealth, privilege, and success, but a life of disappointments and dismal failures. A presentation of his life will take place at Oswego Public Library District, Montgomery Campus Library, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26…....

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Yorkville Library Youth Services Department plans activities

The Yorkville Public Library Youth Service Department will have many events in February. 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. • Friday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Drop In…...

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