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Organizers propose Pride Weekend in Aurora

Last week, organizers of the inaugural Aurora Pride Parade submitted a Letter of Intent to the City of Aurora requesting to hold the next Aurora Pride Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

“The inaugural Aurora Pride Parade is now a celebration for the history books,” said Chuck Adams, founder and executive director of Indivisible Aurora. “I can tell you that our team is already looking forward to a more expansive event for 2019.”

In addition, the Letter of Intent proposes expanding the celebration into a weekend-long Aurora Pride Festival with the parade on Sunday, a kick-off event on the evening of Friday, June 7 and a full-day of activities on Saturday, June 8, including a 5K race, vendor market, art exhibition, poetry slam, speaker series and film festival.

The proposal has received the endorsement of Mayor Richard C. Irvin.

“The parade was an outstanding success,” said Irvin. “Not only did it exceed expectations, it helped to bring new levels of unity, energy and pride to Aurora. It was well organized, fun and family-friendly. All along the parade route, I spoke with people – some with tears in their eyes – who repeatedly thanked us for being the host city. If there is an opportunity to expand that feeling of pride in our city and inspire people to celebrate and patronize businesses in Aurora all weekend, I’m all for it.”

The Letter of Intent is an administrative procedural step in the city’s event planning process. After a complete application is submitted, it must be approved by the Aurora City Council.


Last call for Talent Show auditions at festival

Do you sing, dance, or play a musical instrument? Do stunts or tell jokes? If so, you are invited to audition for this year’s Montgomery’s Got Talent show. Tryouts are at the Village Hall on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

The Talent Show panel will select performers to be featured at the Montgomery Fest Talent Show at noon on Aug. 11. Information is available at or call 630-896-8080, ext. 9003 to sign up.

The Oswego YMCA operated out of the former Traughber Junior High School on Washington Street. It will close in August.


Local YMCA will shut down this summer

Residents enjoying the Oswego Family YMCA facilities will have to find a new place to let loose come Aug. 15 when the facility closes for good.

Heather Appling, associate executive director, announced the closure June 28.

“As you may know, our member center leases space within the former Traughber Junior High School, which Oswego School District 308 has decided to sell. While we do not want to leave this location, after a thorough review including an assessment of nearby facilities for a potential alternative, we found no suitable option and have made the decision to close the Oswego Family YMCA on Aug. 15, 2018,” Appling said.

Since the Oswego Family YMCA is just one of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s 18 member centers, members have several options.

They can continue enjoying their YMCA membership at the Fry Family YMCA, 2120 95th St., in Naperville. Memberships will be automatically transferred there on Aug. 15.

Or, Oswego members can transfer to a different YMCA of Metro Chicago center.  Contact Member Services at 773-905-5115, for more information and assistance.

“In appreciation of your ongoing support, we will honor your current membership rate at any of our locations for as long as you remain a member, subject only to future Association-wide increases if and when they might occur,” Appling said.

Anyone wishing to cancel their membership needs to inform the YMCA no later than Wednesday, July 25 by visiting the membership desk or calling 773-905-5115. If they are notified by that date, your membership will end on Aug.15, the closing date of the Oswego Family YMCA.

The Oswego YMCA encourages members to call 630.608.6707 with any questions or concerns.

Senior Center hosts a Breakfast Club

Oswego Senior Center suggests why eat breakfast alone or mess up your kitchen, instead at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays in July come to the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington. Cost is only $5.  All seniors invited.  RSVP to 630-554-5602 by Mondays at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 17:  Scrambled eggs, hash brown casserole, bacon, fruit, coffee,orange juice, milk and tea.

Tuesday, July 24: Sausage egg casserole, home fries, bacon, toast, fruit, coffee, orange juice, milk and tea.

Goo Goo Dolls to perform at local benefit

The Goo Goo Dolls have earned 19 top ten singles on various charts and sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. See them live in Oswego with special guest Gavin DeGraw.

This open-air musical event will be held on the expansive lawn of Arranmore Farm and Polo Club. Bring your own picnic and cocktails or purchase at the event.

VIP tickets include private restroom and select food and drink. This is sure to be an evening to remember, invite your friends and family and purchase your tickets today to help support kids with cancer.

This show benefits Cals Angels. Tickets are on sale now at

Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich, will host a Tea and Spa Day on July 21. (Photo courtesy of FVCC)


Spa Tea Day benefits cancer patients

Want to have a fun afternoon with your little princess? Bring your darlings to Dolly and Me, Tea and Spa Day at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich, Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 p.m.

Have fun with nail polishing, doll salon, crafts, dolly wellness check, tea, snacks and more! You can win an American Girl Doll. 18” doll clothes and accessories will be available.

Admission proceeds go to Fox Valley Older Adult Services, Magic Yarn Project. This project provides princess wigs for children with Cancer. Proceeds from doll clothes and other handmade items will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Becky at 815-786-9404, ext.3.


–Kendall County News Briefs–