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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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Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. - Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other organizations to protest the injustices and separation of immigrant families. They are calling for an end to the historical repetition of atrocities and injustices perpetrated on immigrants. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candlelight vigil for immigrant families:

Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. – Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other...

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Best beard: Tyler Reeder shows the biggest trophy in the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest to raise money for pancreatic cancer. He stands between Kristen Ziman, police chief and Santa. See page 17. See face book.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Best beard Award at the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest

Tyler Reeder shows the biggest trophy in the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest to raise money for pancreatic cancer. He stands between Kristen Ziman, police chief and Santa. Click here to see the video. No Shave November, hair-raising, fundraising: Aurora police members honor winners of their third “No...

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Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall...

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Geneva Christmas Walk Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia

Geneva’s Christmas Walk:

Christmas preparation arrives in Geneva Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia, top, and Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, below.  Santa Lucia passed out Swedish cookies, and Santa made his Geneva debut to open his Gingerbread House. Events included carolers, lighting of the Great Tree on the...

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Retired teachers still care: Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The Voice

Retired teachers still care:

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The...

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Aurora Junior Woman's Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children's dental services. Mark Krueger/The Voice

Aurora Junior Woman’s Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children’s dental services

The Aurora Junior Woman’s Club raises funds for Aurora Children’s Dental Service at the AmVets in Aurora recently. Games, face-painting, crafts, and raffles filled the day. Mark Krueger/The Voice...

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Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic; Alaina Fleming, Rosary; Emma Gatz, Metea Valley; Shruti Kolli, Waubonsie Valley; Cassandra Kuissi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; and Araceli Mercado, West Aurora. Aurora Navy League 247 sponsors the annual luncheon to honor Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor Day luncheon in Aurora offers salute, awards

Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic;...

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Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora Navy League Council 247. For the first time, World War II veterans were honored at the event. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor survivor, Everett Schlegel of Elgin, meets luncheon keynote speaker:

Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora...

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An Aurora Township Fire Department truck participates in the annual Oswego Illuminated Silent Parade at the Oswego 2018 Christmas Walk downtown Friday. The silent parade and Christmas tree lighting drew a huge crowd on a clear evening. The Oswego Fire Protection District sponsored the parade.

Oswego Christmas Walk:

An Aurora Township Fire Department truck participates in the annual Oswego Illuminated Silent Parade at the Oswego 2018 Christmas Walk downtown Friday. The silent parade and Christmas tree lighting drew a huge crowd on a clear evening. The Oswego Fire Protection District sponsored the parade. Food and events filled the...

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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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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

A dose of reality amid holidays

Holiday celebrations, parties, tree-lighting, and fun can be sprinkled with a dose of seriousness, and for good reason for most of us. The annual Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday included Santa, breakfast, and turning lights on the real tree in front of the Community House. The holiday...

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Jennifer Flory, left, points to information at the Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday on her Alison Flory Foundation. The event at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School was a part of Sugar Grove’s holiday celebration. Carter Crane/The Voice

Holiday in the Grove

Jennifer Flory, left, points to information at the Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday on her Alison Flory Foundation. The event at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School was a part of Sugar Grove’s holiday celebration. Carter Crane/The Voice...

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