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Tanner House Museum in Aurora opens for the season

By Vaseline May31,2024

The historic William Tanner House Museum will open for the season on Sunday, Aurora Historical Society officials said.

The museum is open every Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM until September 1.

The Tanner House is located at the northwest corner of Oak Avenue and Cedar Street in the Tanner Historic District on Aurora, near the West Side. The Tanner House was built in 1857 and decorated in a Victorian era style.

According to Aurora Historical Society officials, visitors will tour the home and learn about the house, the family and the Victorian period.

The house was originally owned by local hardware dealer William A. Tanner and his family. Since 1936, it has been owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but a donation is always appreciated, officials said.

For more information about the Tanner House and other Aurora Historical Society locations and activities, call 630-906-0650 or visit

Event in Aurora to focus on AI

Artificial intelligence, and how it is transforming the face of work, is the topic of Northern Illinois University’s next STEM Cafe event, taking place on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 PM at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora.

NIU Associate Professor of Communications Andrea L. Guzman and Argonne Laboratory Research Scientist Aikaterini Vriza will lead the program, which is free and open to the public.

Guzman investigates how people interact with artificial intelligence and related technologies.

“I want people to understand that they are not alone in their feelings about AI – positive, negative or somewhere in between,” Guzman said in a press release about the program. “My goal is to help people better understand what AI is, how it can be used positively and what to look for to ensure it is used ethically. I want to ensure that they are no longer overwhelmed by AI, but that they feel better equipped to make their own decisions about AI.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit

Concert scheduled at the St. Charles Public Library

The St. Charles Public Library concludes the 2023-24 Sunday Concert Series with a performance of Wind and Steel on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Carnegie Community Room, 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles.

Wind and Steel features flutist Kristin Paxinos and guitarist Ben Westfall, who have been performing together since 2008. Their repertoire initially consisted of standard classical works for flute and guitar, but the duo soon began adding original arrangements of classical, popular and film scores to their music. performances, library officials said.

For more information about the free concert, visit or call 630-584-0076.

Kids Fair planned in Geneva

State Reps. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, and Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, will host an Outside Kids Fair at Chapelstreet Church, 3435 Keslinger Road in Geneva, on Saturday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The free event will include giveaways and demonstrations by the Kane County Sheriff K-9 Office, the Traveling World of Reptiles Show, DancEncounter School of Dance and the World Martial Arts Academy, according to event organizers. A medical helicopter from Superior Air Ground Ambulance Service will be on scene from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

According to organizers, there will also be touch-a-truck activities, face painting stations, information about a number of programs and more available.

Food truck event held on Whalon Lake

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will hold the first of its three food truck events on Friday, June 14 at Whalon Lake, located on Royce Road, west of Route 53 in Naperville.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features live music, outdoor lawn games and a bouncy castle for children, according to a news release from the forest preserve district.

Lil’ Deb’s food truck will serve Italian cuisine, Smokin’ Z BBQ is a New Lenox truck that specializes in smoked and grilled meats and Mr. Salty’s Popcorn of Plainfield offers items such as lemonade shakes, shaved ice, slushies, cotton candy and funnel cakes.

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