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Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo

Master gardeners demonstrate seed-starting system at seed exchange event in Kendall County

Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo…...

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Paddle of entire Fox River program at Sierra Club

The Valley of the Fox Sierra Club invites everyone to attend its program at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts, two Fox River advocates, recently completed an eight-day kayak paddle of the 223 miles of the Fox…...

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Marilyn Weisner invited guest to State of the Union

Congressman Bill Foster announced early this week that he invited Marilyn Weisner to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday this week in Washington, D.C.. She is the executive director of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora. It is one of the…...

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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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Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity meeting in Montgomery

Aurora-area faith communities are invited to learn about Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 Faith Build, a local home building project sponsored by churches. An information meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Genesis Community Church, Habitat offices, 1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery. The meeting was…...

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‘Bowl for Vets’ Sandwich fun

The American Legion Riders Post 181 from Sandwich coordinated “Bowl for Vets” Saturday, Jan. 26 at Sandwich Idle Hour Lanes. Focus: bowling, turkeys (bowling strikes), food, raffles, seeing friends, and making friends. Cash prizes were awarded to first place, Bobby Wilgus who bowled a 919 series; second place, Virgil Range,…...

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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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Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as the City’s first African American mayor. The bobblehead sells for $30 plus tax in time for African American History Month. The Aurora Historical Society features a photo exhibit to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Burlington Northern Railroad in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead:

Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected…...

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Aurora Public Library in middle of three-year strategic plan

By Miriam Meza –  Wonder where the Aurora Public Library is with their strategic plan? Didn’t really know the Library had a vision or simply wondering where our initiatives stem? Here’s a quick overview of our 2017-2020 strategic goals and update. Our vision and strategic plan has four pillars as…...

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Lincoln’s presidency details in Oswego

Author Georgiann Baldino will present little-known details of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Her most recent book, “A Family and Nation Under Fire,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Oswego Public Library, Oswego Campus, 32 West Jefferson Street, Oswego. The book is a collection of previously-unpublished diaries and letters between…...

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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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Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, above, left, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in "How to Protect Yourself if Attacked" at Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15

Self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County demonstrates self-defense tactics at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting

Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in “How to Protect Yourself if Attacked” at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15. Below, Rosner…...

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Webelos from Den 1 and Den 11 of Yorkville's Pack 350 react Saturday, Feb. 2 during a visit to the Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum to explore the history of scouting in recognition of their Looking Back, Looking Forward elective adventure. Back row: Ben, Lynze, Ethan. Front row: Linden, James, and Joshua. Submitted photo

History of scouting at Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum

Webelos from Den 1 and Den 11 of Yorkville’s Pack 350 react Saturday, Feb. 2 during a visit to the Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum to explore the history of scouting in recognition of their Looking Back, Looking Forward elective adventure. Back row: Ben, Lynze, Ethan. Front row: Linden, James,…...

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Steve Tanda of St. Charles, right, displays his gold-colored soup pot as champion of a fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472 Sunday, Feb. 3. The Norwegian-American social group held its first fiskesuppe, fish-soup contest, which attracted seven entries at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Auroran Al Bergh's fish stew won runner-up honors. The top chefs were voted in blind taste tests by lodge members. Contestants’ recipes will be published in a cookbook by the Norsk Museum in Norway, Ill., in the Fall. The cook-off continues a monthly cooking club sponsored by the lodge. Members prepare recipes in advance, or in the church kitchen for serving at a potluck luncheon. Al Benson/The Voice

Steve Tanda of St. Charles, champion of fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472

Steve Tanda of St. Charles, right, displays his gold-colored soup pot as champion of a fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472 Sunday, Feb. 3. The Norwegian-American social group held its first fiskesuppe, fish-soup contest, which attracted seven entries at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Auroran…...

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Fox River travelers’ presentation Monday, Feb. 11: Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts pose in Aurora at a man-made kayak beach at Veterans Island in Aurora on their trip on the Fox River from Colfax, Wis. to Ottawa. They will give a presentation Monday, Feb. 11 at Valley of the Fox Sierra Club’s meeting at the Batavia Public Library. Submitted photo

Fox River travelers’ presentation Monday, Feb. 11:

Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts pose in Aurora at a man-made kayak beach at Veterans Island in Aurora on their trip on the Fox River from Colfax, Wis. to Ottawa. They will give a presentation Monday, Feb. 11 at Valley of the Fox Sierra Club’s meeting at the Batavia Public…...

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Let’s Go Green!

• Wheaton Electronic Recycling: Wheaton’s next monthly electronic recycling drop-off event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9 at Public Works Storage Yard, 820 West Liberty Drive, just east of the Wheaton Police Department. Accepted items include: Computer monitors and televisions for $25 per screen smaller than…...

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Fundraiser forum

East Aurora Bank Booster breakfast Feb. 16 The East Aurora Band Boosters will hold on annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held in the cafeteria of East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or…...

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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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