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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation To Present Piece of World Trade Center Steel, To Mike Douglas of Douglas Carpet One Floor & Home

On Monday, July 27th, representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, will pay a special visit to Mike Douglas, Douglas Carpet One Floor & Home, to personally thank him for their generous support of the Foundation’s Building for America's Bravest (BFAB) program. There will be a presentation at each of the two store locations owned by Douglas Carpet One. The first presentation will take place at the North Aurora location at 12:00pm and the second will take place at the Geneva location at 2:30pm.

The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured.

Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these “smart homes.” Each store's customers are invited to share information about the program with others, and make a personal contribution at the store site. The goal is to collect a donation of $10—or more—from each customer, to ultimately enable the building of at least two more “smart homes.” ( ).

In recognition of that support, on Monday, July 27th at 12:00pm and 2:30pm, members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City)—acting on their own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation—will present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Mike Douglas.

“We are truly humbled and honored that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of the FDNY—who were actually at Ground Zero on 9/11 and during its aftermath—are traveling all the way from their home base to visit us and express their gratitude to us,” says Douglas. “In fact, we are the ones who are thankful to them for their dedication and service. That is why we are so thrilled to be part of this impactful program that helps military heroes who have sustained the most devastating injuries.”

About Douglas Carpet One
Douglas Carpet One is a locally owned flooring retailer serving the area with locations in both Geneva and North Aurora, Illinois. They are part of North America’s leading floor covering co-op. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of beautiful carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs including exclusive brands like Tigressa and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the largest carpet selection in the area. The Douglas Carpet One store in North Aurora will also be celebrating a Grand Re-Opening all week long with special pricing on carpet, tile and hardwood. The North Aurora location has been expanded and remodeled and will be offering giveaways to customers in addition to the special pricing. For more information visit

About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller, and best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its Building for America’s Bravest program. For more information, go to

Taekwondo Korea Center - Team Places Nationally

Yorkville's Taekwondo Korea Center Seraphim Demonstration Team won 11 Gold, three Siver, and 20 Bronze medals at the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang, one of the biggest Taekwondo tournaments in the nation.  The tournament was held June 19-20 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with athletes from 40 different states and 10 different countries.

To learn more about the Taekwondo Korea Center, visit here, or call 630-708-3132


Summer Enrichment Programs at the Y

Pre-School Dance

Drawing Workshop

Volleyball Camp

July 17 – August 18Summer Music Lessons
The academy offers music lessons in piano, guitar, drums, voice, violin, cello, viola, string bass, woodwinds, and brass instruments. All lessons are a half hour in length and meet weekly throughout the session.

July 20-30Swim Lessons (2 week session)
Our two week swim lesson session (M-Th) will turn beginner swimmers into more confident and safe swimmers.

July 20-31Junior Lifeguard Training (ages 11-14)
Learn what it takes to become a lifeguard. Junior guards will learn simple assist techniques around a pool and how to identify a swimmer in distress. This class meets M-F from 12-3pm.

Fox River Academy of Music and Art Summer Art Camps
Summer is here!  Let Fox River Academy help you out with our complete Summer Art Catalog.  We have a wide array of camp style classes and workshops that will inspire, excite and engage your budding artists. We have camps for all ages- elementary, junior high and high school, as well as adults!

Click here for a detailed catalog Summer Art Camps 2015.

All Art classes will be held at Fox River Academy, 26 W. Van Buren St., Oswego.
Please call the office at 630-551-4321 to enroll!

Sense of Samadhi Yoga Studio & Satya Healing

Shamanic Guided Meditation with Monica from Gypsy Moon's Caravan

Start your weekend right! Come and find relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. You will be guided on an unforgettable journey into the realms. Take the time to connect with Source and find your bliss. Cost $10, all forms of payment accepted.

Thursday Night Meditation
Every Thursday at 8pm, join us for a Guided Meditation with Paul Hansen. This donation-based class is getting rave reviews. Come experience all the benefits guided meditation can offer!

Creative Arts Coop with Sense of Samadhi presents:   Open Mic / Kirtan last Friday of every month FREE Community Yoga 6pm Kirtan 7-7:30pm Open Mic 7:30pm-9 pm
July 31, Aug 28, Sept 25

2020 S. Bridge St., Yorkville 630-881-1095
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Mutual Ground - Summer Newsletter and Welcome aboard
Hard to believe its already the start of summer.  To kick it off, enjoy our Summer Newsletter

Become a Mutual Ground G. E. M.-Giving Every Month - Anyone who signs up by 7/31/15 to donate monthly will receive a FREE T-shirt!! *While supplies last.
We get a call for help almost 2,000 times a month...
This is what your monthly donation helps accomplish over the course of just one year:
•    Provides options and referrals for almost 1,500 victims of domestic violence
•    Provides over 7,500 nights of emergency transitional shelter
•    Provides help with over 350 orders of protection
•    Presents over 1,000 prevention programs in area classrooms
•    Provides domestic violence clients with almost 20,000 hours of services at no charge
•    Provides services for over 300 victims of sexual assault
•    Provides sexual assault clients with almost 4,000 hours of therapy at no charge

How your monthly donation helps the healing begin:

For more information: Contact Lisa Ewers, Director of Advancement, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 630-897-0084 ext. 143.

Save the Dates:
Saturday, October 17th - 8th Annual Walk for Hope
Thursday, April 21st - 2nd Annual Food for Thought

To be a sponsor or to donate for these events, please contact Wendy Martorano, Director of Marketing and Events, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 630-897-0084 ext. 142.

Mutual Ground - Employment Opportunity

Position: Relief Advocate
Job Summary:  Under the direction of the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, the Relief Advocate is responsible for providing crisis intervention and referral services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in person and on the 24-hour crisis hotline. Additionally, the Relief Advocate is responsible to maintain a safe and healthy environment and welcoming atmosphere for program participants. On-call relief staff work as needed to relieve full-time staff. Applicants must be available for evening, overnight and weekend shifts. The ability to work several shifts per week is strongly preferred. 60-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Certification preferred but may be acquired upon hire.

Position: Domestic Violence Counselor, Bilingual
Job Summary:  Under the direction of the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, provide counseling and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. Passion for and experience with trauma issues and treatment required. 60-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Certification preferred but may be acquired upon hire.

For more information please CLICK HERE

Mutual Ground | 630-897-0084 |

Aurora University Adult Degree Completion Programs Open House

Thursday, July 30
5:30–7:30 p.m.

The time is now. The future is yours. It’s not too late to complete your bachelor’s degree. Explore degree programs in accounting, business administration, integrated communication, criminal justice, marketing, psychology, nursing and social work. AU offers courses in convenient eight-week modules that meeting one evening a week or online. Register today at

Contact information:
Center for Adult and Graduate Studies
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(630) 844-5294

Fox Valley United Way - Fox Valley United Way's 13th Annual Cardboard Boat Race
Join with other area businesses, community organizations and families in a competition to build the best unsinkable boat (or the silliest sinkable one).  The Fox Valley United Way's 13th Annual Cardboard Boat Race is Saturday,
August 15. Download your Boat Race Packet with information about how to build your boat. Free cardboard is available.

This crowd-pleasing event kicks off our 2015-2016 fundraising campaign, and takes place on Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park in Aurora. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and awards are presented at noon, including Human-Powered and Mechanical Boat Categories across Junior, Adult, Business, Non-Profit and Community Divisions. 

Phone: 630-896-4636 • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 630-553-2860.

We need your help!  100 X 100 Challenge

We need your help!  We're looking for 100 companies to meet our challenge.  We're only half way there.  Your $100 donation will help us meet our goal of reducing local poverty by supporting programs that promote education, income and health in Kane and Kendall Counties. 
Call us at 630-896-4636 for more information.

Fox Valley United Way
44 East Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL

Kendall County Food Pantry
Help! Help! Help! With the dedicated support from our community we can accomplish our goal of selling raffle tickets to earn $30,000.00.  Remarkably, $30,000 translates into $240,000 of buying power through The Northern Illinois Food Bank!  With ONLY 3,000 tickets sold, your chances of winning these prizes could be yours!!  If interested in purchasing or help with selling, please contact the pantry at 630-553-0473.

Distribution of school supplies will be held on Tuesday, August 4th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  We have included the 2015-2016 supply list if you would like to help with this worthy cause.  We will continue collecting throughout the summer.  Our donation door is open 24 hours a day for your convenience. 

The much needed support of our community is answered by individuals and groups throughout Kendall County.  Thank you for all that you do!!

Rush-Copley - Caring Forward: Cancer Survivorship Program
Rush-Copley's Caring Forward program addresses the unique emotional, physical and social issues cancer survivors may face after treatment ends.  We bring together healthcare experts to share information and resources to empower survivors.
•Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Rush-Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue
August 5-Fight Cancer with a Spoon, Fork & Knife
August 12-Woohoo for Walking and Yes to Yoga
August 19-Ask an Onc Doc- Physician Q&A Panel
August 26-Express your Experience through Music

•Thursday, August 20 - Art Therapy, 10 to 11 a.m. at  Rush-Copley Cancer Care Center

Learn more and register at or call 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539).

School and Sports Physicals Available
Rush-Copley Medical Group  is now offering school and sports physicals at our Yorkville location, 1100 W. Veterans Parkway, Suite 200. Concussion testing is also available. Baseline ImPact tests are $25 and can be scheduled alone or in addition to a physical. Baseline tests are not billable to insurance, so payment is requested at the time of service. To schedule an appointment, call 630-236-4270.

Gold Star The Academy: Dance*Cheer*Tumbling

Now enrolling for the fall session. Classes start August 20.
Register online at
Two convenient locations: Sandwich and Yorkville

We are happy to announce the addition of Kaitlyn Stevens, Marketing Assistant, to our staff!

Rowdy's of Yorkville Places in Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Culinary Champion Contest

Congratulations to Rowdy’s of Yorkville, who placed 2nd Runner-up for their 5 grain burger during the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Culinary Champion contest for area’s best veggie/vegan dish that’s NOT a salad.

The next competition, which is the last in the Culinary Champion series, is scheduled for Thursday August 20 at the Fire Station in Big Rock to find the area’s best Earth-To-Table (Farm-To-Fork) meal. Competition will begin at 6:00 pm.

To enter or get more information about the Aurora Area Culinary Champions, email Mike Pfeiffer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to:

Kendall County Fair Assoc. Inc.
Kendall County Fair has activities that should be of interest to many. Please mark you calendars and tell your friends to come enjoy!

July 31st-August 2nd we have the annual County Fair. We have top competition in many areas of livestock production, crop production, home economics, gardening, photography and even talent contests. We have evenings full of entertainment and days full of fun with the carnival and games. Come and enjoy the food, the neighborly friendships, the shows and participate in a watermelon eating contest. or a game of bags or bring a team of 3 others with you and compete in the ice cream eating context. We are proud to bring this event to you each year and hope to keep it on your bucket list each year!

August 29th we will bring you one of our annual consignment auctions.  We would invite you to bring your items to sell in our Summer Consignment Auction or purchase some of the unique items available at competitive prices.

Sept 19th is our Fall Truck and Tractor Pull.  Mark your calendar and save that date.  Illini Pullers bring tractors and trucks that have competed all season long and finalize their championships at this pull ending their season.  Two tracks full of action and excitement. Lots of smoke and noise.  We have a Calcuta Class where you can bid on the truck that will win the class.  Total money bid on class is split 50/50 in which case you could end up with half if you have the winner.  Also, that night the Fair & Food raffle winner will be drawn.  This raffle benefits the Kendall County Fair and The Kendall County Food Pantry.  Tickets are $20.00 each, 3000 tickets are being sold.  They are available from both boards, in a booth during the fair, at the Auction in August, by calling the Fairgrounds, and if any tickets are still out there they will be available at the Fall Pull.  1st prize a Bobcat Utility Vehicle or $10,000.00, winners choice (Sponsored by Atlas Bobcat).  2nd prize is a new big egg grill (Sponsored by Yorkville Ace Hardware).  3rd prize is a new Apple iPad (Sponsored by KC Food Pantry). 

Event tickets and rules for contests and a full Fair book with details available at our website or call 630-553-2860.

Kendall Area Transit

2015 Summer edition of the KAT Chronicle! For more information about Kendall Area Transit visit here

The Yorkville Junior Women's Club was organized in 1991.  Members are area women who have united to volunteer their support for Yorkville and the surrounding communities in various ways.  Our main concerns have always involved the health , education and safety of our community and it's children.

Membership is open to all women in Kendall County 18 years and older who are interested in volunteering time and talent to better the community.  Yearly dues are $20,  Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend any of the monthly meetings or activities that we host through out the year to meet us and see who we are and what we do .   You are welcome to join anytime !

Check out our website at or LIKE our Facebook page to keep up on our upcoming projects and activities.

Karma Skin + Massage Studio
The energy influencing and therapeutical applications of crystals have been recognized and utilized since ancient times. Crystals help balance the energy centers of the body – called Chakras – by way of their geometrically perfect crystalline structures. When our energetic body is balanced, it helps to pave the way for our physical and mental bodies to accept and promote healing. Learn more about crystal energy healing and what to expect during a session at

Crystal sessions are relaxing, rejuvenating, and restoring.Come experience crystal energy and take advantage of a special session price!  60 minutes for only $35!  Contact Becky at 630-975-4001 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule an appointment.

Becky Hane of Nurture Spirit is a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer and Usui Reiki Practitioner who is fascinated by and has been studying metaphysical paths since childhood. Raised by nature loving parents, she developed at very young age a profound connection to the natural world. This deep connection to Nature has translated into her energy sessions in a way that she uses a blend of Source and Elemental Energies to assist with the natural healing properties of crystals.

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Sports Physicals Available at Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus
The Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus is offering $35 sports physicals during immediate care hours: weekdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The $35 sports physicals are provided by the immediate care provider on duty. In Illinois, sports physicals are required for all students participating in sports at the middle school or high school level. Sports physicals are valid for 365 days and therefore are required annually. Sports physicals will be accommodated on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. Please bring your completed sports physical form with you, or if needed, forms will be available at the Yorkville Campus.  For more information, call 630-553-8200.

Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus is offering affordable Wellness Health Screenings

To help you Live a Longer, Healthier Life - Every weekday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome
FREE blood pressure readings 7- days a week – 8a.m. to 2p.m.
Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus - 105 Saravanos Yorkville IL 60560
Easy to understand results on all tests available within one week!  Choose from:
  • $35 Heart Healthy Screening – includes total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cho¬lesterol, triglycerides, and glucose for type 2 diabetes (or, for $20 choose the Heart Smart Screening which includes cholesterol and glucose only)
  • $40 Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening – check for blockages in the arteries that carry blood to the arms and legs.
  • $40 Carotid Artery Screening – check for blockages or narrowing of the carotid arteries in your neck to reduce your risk for stroke.
  • $40 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening – sometimes the ab¬dominal aorta at the center of the chest and abdomen becomes enlarged and at risk of rupturing.
  • $100 Artery Screening Bundle – have all three artery screenings above (PAD, carotid, and AAA) at a discounted price of $100.
  • $50 Vitamin D Screening – not enough Vitamin D in your blood can lead to weak and soft bones, while too much Vitamin D can damage bones, soft tissue and kidneys.
  • $50 Testosterone Screening – as a man ages, the amount of testosterone in the body gradually declines. Check for testosterone deficiency through this simple blood test.
Call the Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus at 630-553-8200 for more information
IMMEDIATE CARE OPEN  7- Days a week – No appointment needed
Route 47 is now completely open South of the river

Plano Community Garden
The Plano Community Garden hopes to start picking produce for the Kendall County Food Pantry on Wednesday July 16th. We will pick each Wednesday from 9-10:30 am. Anyone interested in helping pick produce on Wednesday mornings please contact Hillard at (630) 552-3720 or Connie @ (630) 552-0221 for more information. If anyone is interested in volunteering in the garden but cannot make Wednesday mornings, feel free to contact us anyway.  We have other needs like watering, weeding. mowing, etc. You can also e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Senior Services Invites You to Celebrate Autumn in Paris

Please join Senior Services for their 8th Annual Kendall County "Autumn in Paris" Fall Fashion Show
Sunday, September 20, 2015 starting at 11am
***At New Location***
Pipers Banquets on Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL
For more information call 630-553-5777

Senior Services offers valuable information and assistance for those over 60 years of age.  It also offers meaningful ways to give back and to use your time earned talents and knowledge to help others.  You can learn more about programs and services at Senior Services and also the nationally recognized Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, by calling 630-553-5777. Visit us at the Beecher Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville IL, 60560, or online at Like us on Facebook at

Inland Real Estate to be inducted into Realtors Hall of Fame

The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. is being honored as the first Chicago Association of Realtors Corporate Hall of Fame inductee.

In 40 years, Oak Brook based Inland has become one of the nation's largest commercial real estate and finanacial groups.  Founders Daniel L. Goodwin, Robert H. Baum, G. Joseph Cosenza and Robert D. Parks implemented a unique business model to create a group of real estate related companies renowned collectiely today as "The Track Record Companies" for achievements in the real estate business.

Founded, homegrown and based in the Chicago area, The Inland Companies cumulatively employ more that 1,400 people and own and manage over 75 million square feet of diversified commercial real estate in 49 states, as well as managed assets with a value in excess of $20.2 billion.

The Inland Companies have brokered hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial real estate sales in the Chicago area over a 40-year period.  They have developed over 5,000 acres of vacant Chicago-area land and built or redeveloped over 7,000 apartments and over 75 million square feet of retail and sponsored over 600 separate real estate investment funds throughout the United States with a concentration in the Chicago area.

In addition, Inland has received dozens of awards from local civic and charitable organizations for its accomplishments and community service emphasizing initiatives ot empower women in the workplace, including last year's "Elevate Award" from the Women's Council of Realtors Chicago Chapter, the National Association of Women Business Owners "Visionary Corporate Partner WAward," The Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce's "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award," and the YMCA's Corporate Recognition Award for the commitment to the Advancement of Women in the Workplace.  More than 40 percent of Inland officers are women, including CEOs, CFOs and presidents of separate Inland Companies.

Summer Day Camp Programs at Ellis House & Equestrian Center
Ellis day camps are not just fun and games, they are educational too! Day camps provide children the opportunity to learn all the basics of horse care including – feeding, grooming, bathing, behavior, and nutrition. Fun and educational activities include hands on horse handling that teach safe responsible care for horses. Pony rides, games and crafts will be provided each day. Availability of camp programs will vary based on interest. Registration is
Limited to 15 children per camp.   More Information and Application
Camp Pricing:
• Parent – Tot: $40 in County / $45 out of County and includes riding
• 1 day camp: $60 in County / $65 out of County and includes riding
• 3 day camp: $190 in County / $195 out of County and includes riding each day

Trail Obstacle & Arena Obstacle Challenge Course Competition Weekend at Ellis House and Equestrian Center
Saturday and Sunday, August 15 & 16
*Open, Pleasure and Junior High Point Awards
*Cash Prizes for Open and Pleasure Divisions
*Unique, handmade 1st place trophies
*1st – 6th place ribbons for all divisions
* Saturday night bonfire with s’mores
*Sunday morning cowboy church
*Concession stand
Register today!
Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors: Aliboo Farm, Big R, 4B’s Tack, D&H Ag, Safety Check, Staudacher Farms, Tim Wallace, Landscape & Supply

Ellis House and Equestrian Center

Family Fun Nights 2015 Dates:
October 16
December 4

*Pony Rides, Tractor-Pulled Hay Rides, Face Painting, Bon-Fire, Crafts, Board Games, Nature Trails, Concessions, Special Guests...Come join the fun!
13986 McKanna Rd., Minooka, IL 60447

Kendall County Forest Preserve District
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