Post by title1parent on Jan 28, 2009 6:24:08 GMT -5
Heartland Blood Center Blood donors who present at any Heartland Blood Center mobile or donor center location in February will be entered in a drawing to win one of four 4-night Disney trips, including parks admission and four round-trip airline tickets.
Visit the Heartland Blood Center Web site, www.heartlandbc.org, for details. For information, contact Heartland Blood Center, 1200 N. Highland, Aurora; (630) 892-7056.
Upcoming blood drives in the area:
• AURORA 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn, Call Amy Smith, 630-801-3149.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at First Centennial Mortgage, 2471 W. Sullivan Road.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Aurora University, 347 Gladstone.
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road. Call Kevin Hayes, 630-820-2571.
8 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 Liberty St. Call Mike Lefever, 630-898-1927.
10 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at CVS Pharmacy, 1910 Montgomery Road. Call 630-236-2240.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Rush-Copley Medical Center 2000 Ogden Ave. Call Sue Naydenoff, 630-978-4893.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton St. Call Wendy Larson, 630-723-2769.
2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at O'Donnell Elementary School, 1640 Reckinger Road. Call Dalila, 630-299-8311.
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Fox Valley Publications, 495 N. Commons Drive. Call 630-978-8164.
3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 271 N. Farnsworth Ave. Call 630-898-5422.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, 550 N. Commons Drive Suite 116. Call 630-820-1022.
By MARISSA AMONI For The Beacon News If you put it in terms of months, Tony Toma has saved nearly one life every month for the last 50 years.
Toma, who lives in Oswego, has been donating blood for a half-century -- since January 1959 -- and has helped more than 400 people.
"It's remarkable. He has such dedication and commitment. To think about how many people he's helped over the years," said Dennis Mestrich, president of Heartland Blood Centers in Aurora, which presented Toma with a Golden Heart Award this past week.
Toma visits the blood center in Aurora every two weeks to donate platelets, which he has been doing consistently since the 1970s. He previously donated whole blood.
Platelet donation (apheresis) is an automated procedure where the platelets are separated from the red cells and plasma at the time of donation.
So once every 14 days, Toma lounges in a chair, squeezing a ball every few minutes and watching TV, while blood is drawn out of his arm and then returned.
"It doesn't bother me," he said, "Nobody should be afraid to do it. It is all about helping people. It is a way to put back what you are taking out."
Toma is retired and works part-time for Patrick Jaguar in Naperville. He was encouraged to donate blood as a senior in high school when a fellow classmate needed transfusions. He still has the thank-you card from the student's parents.
Over the last 50 years, much has changed in the world of blood donation: It is easier and faster, Toma said.
"I've fallen asleep doing this," he said of the process that usually takes under an hour.
Toma said he'll continue to donate blood for as long as he can. The scar tissue on his arm has built up, but he sees plenty of good blood left in him.
"As long as it helps somebody, who cares?" he said above the machine's clicks.
Right now, Mestrich hopes that more people like Toma will start making blood donations. He said the industry is facing new challenges, and as the screening process becomes more complex, donor numbers are going down.
"We need the younger generation to step up," he said.
Post by title1parent on Apr 20, 2009 5:03:24 GMT -5
Discounted pool passes
For those looking to have fun and save money this summer, the Fox Valley Park District will offer discount rates on season passes to Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center, Splash Country Water Park and Blackberry Farm through April 30. Aquatic passes are $50 for children age 13 and older, $45 for children between the ages of 2 and 12, and $30 for twilight passes. A complimentary friend pass is included with each purchase and pass holders are entitled to receive 10 percent off birthday party celebrations at either water park. For details, see www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2009 10:28:49 GMT -5 by wvhsparent
Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest. It's about who came and never left your side.
Post by title1parent on Apr 21, 2009 5:21:31 GMT -5
Tuesday, April 21
Help Our Troops: Turn 50 cents into something that makes you feel good — inside and out. Purchase a 16-ounce Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee for the reduced price of 50 cents, all day, and 10 percent of the price will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, a national, nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for injured veterans. In 2008, Dunkin' Donuts donated $100,000 to support 10 "Build Brigades," three-day construction blitzes to get a house framed with doors, windows, roof and siding. In 2009, HFOT expects to hold more than 30 "Build Brigades" throughout the country. Visit www.homesforourtroops.org.
Post by title1parent on May 2, 2009 4:17:57 GMT -5
Y starts golf program:
Aurora Family YMCA has started a YMCA GOLF Academy to offer instruction for beginners and advanced beginners ages 8 to 17, along with private lessons for ages 18 and older. The youth programs begin June 15. Instruction will be offered at Wolf Run Golf Course in Aurora, Valley Green Golf Course in North Aurora and Naperville Park District's Springbrook Golf Course. Wolf Run also will donate $1 of each green fee paid by YMCA members to the Heritage YMCA Strong Kids Campaign that raises money to pay fees for people who could not otherwise afford the Y's programs. Call (630) 896-9782.
Post by title1parent on May 6, 2009 5:24:45 GMT -5
Carriers plan food drive
May 6, 2009
Beacon News Staff AURORA -- What is billed as the "biggest food drive in America" is happening Saturday, but those who want to get a head start can bring non-perishable items to Aurora's City Hall or Customer Service Center for the National Association of Letter Carriers' 17th annual food drive.
Ken Christy, local president of Branch 219 of the Letter Carriers union and also state president of the organization, said residents who are going out of town for the weekend or those who have business at City Hall are welcome to drop their food items there for the "Stamp out Hunger" drive. Post offices also will collect food through Saturday.
"Generally, nationwide, carriers collect around 71 million pounds of food," Christy said. "We do this coast-to-coast; everywhere the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail."
Food drop boxes also are available at City Hall at 44 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora, and at the Customer Service Center at 3770 McCoy Drive on the far East Side. Residents dropping food at City Hall or the Customer Service Center should look for the postal tubs and deposit their donations there.
Christy said the food collected locally stays in the area.
"Our local represents Aurora, Montgomery and Yorkville. So the food goes to food pantries like the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, local churches and The Salvation Army," he said.
"Last year we collected about 65,000 pounds of food locally. That's a lot of food."
Those who opt to participate on Saturday should leave their non-perishable donations near their mailboxes. Many letter carriers who are not scheduled to work that day will be volunteering their time to help.
Post by title1parent on May 18, 2009 5:11:44 GMT -5
Park offers savings DH 5/18/09
Area families looking to enjoy the summer without taking expensive trips may want to purchase Fox Valley Park District's "Staycation Passport to Fun." The coupon booklet sells for $29 and contains more than $100 worth of deals and redemptions. Included in the booklet is one free admission to Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center or Splash Country Park, one free admission to Blackberry Farm, one free adult fitness pass to any park district fitness center, one free pass to the Vaughan Athletic Center pools and water park, 50 percent off a one-hour tennis court reservation at Vaughan Athletic Center, and a special rate of $26 for 18 holes of weekday golf at Orchard Valley Golf Course.
Post by title1parent on May 18, 2009 5:13:17 GMT -5
Items for troops wanted DH 5/18/09
Springbrook Community Church will be collecting items for the troops in support of Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois. Marked bins will be available on Sunday, May 24, at the church, 29W771 79th St., Naperville. Needed items include cold drink mix packets, wipes, beef jerky, peanut butter, foot powder, crackers, pocket tissues, coffee singles, powdered creamer, insect repellent and medical bag items. For information, call (630) 904-2005. There also will be a service honoring those in the armed forces at 10 a.m. May 24 at the church.
Post by title1parent on May 22, 2009 5:31:17 GMT -5
Aurora Public Library announces events
May 22, 2009
From Submitted Reports
The Main Library is at 1 E. Benton St. -- 630-264-4101.
The Eola Road Branch is at 555 S. Eola Road -- 630-264-3400.
The West Branch is at 233 S. Constitution Drive -- 630-264-3600.
Outreach Services Department -- 630-723-2705.
The following is a listing of some of the library events to be held in June. Many programs require registration.
Odds and Ends:
• Closed Sundays through Sept. 13.
• Summer Reading Program begins June 9. "Read on the Wild Side!" Visit any library location and ask for a book log. Pick up a brochure for more information or call 630-264-4123 or visit www.aurora.lib.il.us.
• 5th Annual Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at Main Library, West Parking Lot. Receive a coupon for a free quart of Oberweis ice cream. Call 630-723-2769 to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome.
• The Library Career Center offers extended length computer sessions for online job searches, completing online job applications and resume development, as well as links to job search sites, and links to IDES and food pantry sites. At the Main Library. Call for more information.
• Adult Book Discussion Group, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards, June 3.
• Money Management, English and Spanish sessions, June 6.
• Job & Career Roundtable, June 23.
• Repair Your Credit, June 27.
• Sexual Assault -- It's Not Always a Stranger, June 30.
• Basic Finance: Managing Your Money. In Spanish. June 6.
• Conversation Group: Hablando English. In Spanish. June 6 and 20.
• Conversation Group: Leyendo English. In Spanish. June 27.
• Basic Finance: Repair Your Credit. In Spanish. June 27.
Teen Programs • Duck Tape Crafts. June 8.
• Teen Advisory Board Meeting. June 11.
• Gaming Night. June 16.
• Movie Night. June 17. "10 Things I Hate About You"
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• Adult Book Discussion. June 3. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus.
• Father-Son Digital Photography Workshop. June 9.
• Wii Games for Seniors. June 10.
• African-American Authors Book Discussion. June 16. "Rhythms of Grace" by Marilynn Griffith.
• Android's Dungeon Book Discussion. June 17. "V for Vendetta" by Alan Moore (graphic novel).
• Classic Film Discussion Group. June 20. "The Heiress" (1949).
• Scrap Booking Time. June 23.
• Job Searching Series. June 13 and 27.
• Teen Summer Volunteer Program. June 8 through Aug. 8.
• Eola Anime & Manga Society. June 8.
• Teen Crafts. June 18.
• Birds of the Midwest. June 3.
• Adult Book Discussion Group. June 25. "City of Thieves" by David Benioff.
• Game Days. June 8 and 22.
• Teen Crafts. June 17.
• Teen Movies. June 19. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
• Red Cross Babysitter Training. June 20. Ages 11 and up.