Community service

Candidates Wanted for Kiwanis Club of Aurora Community Service Award – Chicago Tribune

The Kiwanis Club of Aurora is accepting nominations for its annual Service to God and Fellow Man Award.

The criteria for the award are that nominees have voluntarily provided extraordinary service to the Aurora area and be at least 21 years old, club officials said in a press release.

Candidates considered for the honor must have demonstrated “a consistent spirit of benevolence and extraordinary service in or to the community,” officials said in the statement.

The selected person will receive the award and a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice at a banquet in their honor in October.

To nominate an individual, submit that individual’s name, contact information, and reasons for deserving this award, along with the nominee’s resume, if available, and at least one but no more than three letters of support individuals or organizations positively impacted by the candidate.

Nomination forms can be obtained from any Aurora Kiwanis club member or through the club’s website at Nominations must be received no later than June 13 by mail to the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, PO Box 1551, Aurora, IL 60507-1551, or by email at [email protected]

Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and accordionist Don Stille and violinist Daniela Bisenius will perform at 2 p.m. May 15 at the St. Charles Public Library.

Event organizers said the musicians will perform a “high-energy” rendition of the American songbook and jazz standards.

The concert at the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles is free. For more information, visit or call 630-584-0076.

The Chamber of Commerce of Batavia has announced a new scholarship program for certain small business members in good standing of the Chamber of Batavia.

Because one of the roles of the Chamber of Batavia is to be a catalyst for business prosperity, the scholarship aims to help businesses develop the skills they need to thrive in all environments, officials said. group in a press release.

“During the pandemic, it became clear that even if a small business had been successful before, it was not ready for the additional challenges created by the pandemic,” said Margaret Perreault, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. commerce of Batavia, in the press release. “A thriving business community is crucial as it enhances economic viability and growth throughout the region.”

The purpose of the Batavia Chamber Grow Your Business Scholarship is to subsidize the costs for businesses to work with outside resources. To ensure the success of the program, the Chamber of Batavia partners with the Fox Valley Entrepreneurial Center who will help assess a business’s needs, provide counseling and contribute financially to the scholarship fund.

For more information on applying for the fellowship, go to or contact Perreault by calling 630-879-7134 or emailing [email protected]

Genevans will once again have the opportunity to share their artistic creativity with the community through the City’s Art on Fire standpipe design program, which will be getting a facelift this year.

The City, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is looking for artists to adopt and paint fire hydrants throughout Geneva. More than 100 fire hydrants have been painted as part of Art on Fire, created by Mayor Kevin Burns in 2013.

The program is free and open to the public, but participants must submit an application to the city by June 30. The bid can be viewed on the city’s website at Art on Fire does not impose a specific theme.

New this year, the city’s International Cultural Exchange Committee is offering a special category of prizes to Geneva secondary school students who voluntarily paint their standpipes based on the following themes: Geneva’s partner city, Croissy-sur-Seine in France or international friendship.

City staff review and approve all application designs to ensure they do not compromise hydrant visibility for firefighters in the event of an emergency. Artists will be allowed to paint their fire hydrants until August 15, Geneva officials said.

The city’s public art advisory committee, the cultural arts commission, the international cultural exchange committee and representatives from Croissy-sur-Seine will judge the standpipes. Prizes will be awarded to the big winners of the program as well as the new category for middle school students this fall.

Citizens can take a virtual tour of all the decorated fire hydrants on an interactive map published on the City’s website.

For more information, contact Cultural Arts Commission Staff Liaison Cate Tracy at 630-938-4555 or email her at [email protected]