Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aurora responds to Hurricane Manuel in Mexico

Aurora is responding to a global call for assistance to Mexico in the wake of the devastating destruction caused by twin storms, Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid. The hurricanes unleashed torrential rain that led to floods and mudslides. More than 1 million people have been affected across the country, more than 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes, and roughly 100 deaths have been confirmed.   Those affected, particularly in the state of Guerrero, have direct family ties to Aurora.

“For days following the disaster, I received calls asking how our residents could help,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza who has assembled a team to assist with local efforts. “There were efforts happening in Chicago, but none here locally.”

Alderman Garza and her Ward 2 Committee are collaborating with the City of Aurora Mayor’s Office and Community Services Department, Boy Scouts Three Fires Council, and Family Focus of Aurora to assist the hurricane victims by collecting items to ship to Mexico.

Donations will be accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from October 7 – October 18 at Family Focus of Aurora, 550 E. Second St., Aurora 60505.

In addition, items can also be delivered to 64 S. LaSalle Street during the following days and times:
  • Friday, October 11                  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 12              9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18                  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19              9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

Items that are most in need are:
  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers
  • Medical: first-aid kits, bandages, crutches, portable wheel chairs, backpacks
  • Food: soup, beans, rice, and canned foods (i.e. tuna, vegetables, corn, etc.)
  • Cooking supplies: corn flour, sugar cubes

For more information, please contact Alderman Juany Garza at 630-499-5560

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jen Evans art opening at October DAAM

Aurora Language Table on Wednesdays

No Impact Week at AU starts Oct. 6

Are You Ready for No Impact Week?
Aurora University will begin its No Impact Week on Sunday, October 6.
Are you ready?
Want to save money? Lose weight? Have more time? Live healthy and be happy? AND save the world along the way? Welcome to the No Impact Week!
Get ready for your weeklong carbon cleanse, and discover how living more sustainably can benefit you, your community, and the planet. Make sure to get your friends on board by having them register too at Step 1: If you haven't read the University No Impact Week How to Manual yet, make sure to read through it before Sunday, October 6. It's full of great ideas and resources for completing each day's challenge, starting with the Consumption Challenge on Sunday. Step 2: If you haven’t already, be sure to "Like" the No Impact Project Facebook Page; be sure too to check out AU’s Facebook Page and Twitter feeds to get event updates and to share your feedback, pictures, and comments throughout the week.
Step 3: View the No Impact Week Event schedule and local resource guide here Step 4: Fill out this brief pre-week survey. Step 5: Finally, take a moment to watch this short video of others taking on the No Impact Week to get inspired!
The Week’s Activities at a Glance:
Sunday, October 6: Consumption Day * Watch the short film "Story of Stuff” to get inspired for the week’s activities
Monday, October 7: Trash Day
* Come watch the film, No Impact Man, at 7:00 pm in the Perry Theater to learn more about the man, Colin Beavan, and his mission that began this project.
* Our week-long recycling drive begins! Watch for details.

Tuesday, October 8: Transportation Day
* Walk-, Bike-, or Carpool-to-Work Pledge: bike, walk, or carpool to work to reduce your use of fossil fuel. Show us you have fulfilled your pledge by “liking” this event on AU’s Facebook page.
Wednesday, October 9: Food Day
* Please join us to hear Ryan Klassy from the Kane County Farm Bureau speak about how this organization helps to promote local, sustainable agriculture. This talk will begin at 10:40am in UBH South.
Thursday, October 10: Energy Day
* Turn-off-the-Lights Pledge: turn off, unplug, and power down in your classrooms to promote the conservation of energy. Show us you have fulfilled your pledge by “liking” this event on AU’s Facebook page.
* What I Believe: Julie Hipp will speak at the Wackerlin Center at noon
Friday, October 11: Water Day
* Bring your reusable water bottle to the Dunham Atrium between 12-1 pm. The first 50 people to show us they have one will receive a coupon for a free coffee from The Spot.
Saturday, October 12: Give Back Day Please join the Wackerlin Center for the Morning of Service. Reply to to confirm your or your group’s place. We’ll be serving the community by helping several local organizations, including the Fox Valley Park District. Give back!
Thanks for joining us!
Barb Calvert
Jonathan Dean
Cody Fuerst
Julie Hipp
Kris Johnson

In partnership with
The Wackerlin Center
Waste Management
No Impact Project!/noimpactproject