Jul 09, 2024

Aurora set to begin leaf collection program

Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of Aurora’s annual leaf collection program which begins Monday.

The program will run through Dec. 1.

Leaves must be put into a 30-gallon paper yard waste bag and placed at the curb on the regular garbage pickup day by 6 a.m., officials said. No waste sticker is needed.

Yard waste collection will also take place through Dec. 1. On the regular garbage pickup day, yard waste must be placed in a 30-gallon paper yard waste bag not to exceed 50 pounds, city officials said. Each bag must have a waste sticker attached. The stickers used for yard waste are the same as the stickers used for excess garbage.

Yard waste mixed with trash or yard waste in a trash can or plastic bag will not be collected, according to officials.

Residents are also being reminded that brush must be bundled for collection. Unlimited bundled brush collection is in process and will end on Nov. 3.

Branches and limbs half-inch to four inches in diameter and two feet to four feet in length must be bundled. Each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds. Bundled brush does not need a waste sticker. Brush less than half-inch in diameter is considered yard waste and must be packaged as such, city officials said.

Nominations are being sought for the Montgomery Beautification Committee’s annual Halloween Display Contest.

The contest recognizes homes and businesses for outstanding Halloween decorations.

“We have seen an increase in participation and Halloween decorations in the village over the last few years. We have some residents that take their fall and Halloween displays to the next level,” said Dan Gier, village trustee and chair of the Beautification Committee, in a press release.

Residents can nominate their property or someone else’s by submitting the property address online at Online nominations are now open through Oct. 22.

Committee members will visit the nominated addresses on the night of Oct. 25 to judge and award the displays, according to the release. Residents taking part in the contest are encouraged to ensure their lights are on by 5 p.m. that evening, officials said.

Addresses of the homes awarded will be available online after judging is complete for those in the community who wish to drive around and see the displays.

A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 28.

Volunteers will be collecting seeds and cutting and stacking invasive brush at the event, organizers said. Tools will be provided but volunteers may bring their own.

Volunteers will meet in the main parking lot of the preserve off of Bliss Road.

Anyone under 13 years old at the event must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email Mary Ochsenschlager at [email protected] or call Robb at the Kane County Forest Preserve District at 630-232-5980.

Memory Cafe Fox Valley will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Batavia Public Library at 10 S. Batavia Ave. to hear two health care professionals from Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital discuss what they have learned from working with patients who suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including dementia.

Besides sharing insights from their work, the speakers will talk about newly-developed medications and research results that can help dementia patients and their care teams, event organizers said.

Memory Cafe Fox Valley provides opportunities for social interaction, education and enjoyment for individuals who have begun to have memory issues, group officials said. Spouses, family members and caregivers are expected to participate with them.

For questions or more information about the meeting, call 630-643-2263 or go to

Senior Services of Aurora will be hosting a Senior Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at its center at 2111 Plum St. in Aurora.

People 55 years old and older are welcome to attend the free event, which include multiple exhibitors dedicated to helping seniors in Kane County, event organizers said.

There will be tamales at the event - first come, first served - sponsored by Asbury Gardens. There will also be health screenings, door prizes and more, officials said.

The city of St. Charles will host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the lower level of Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles.

The blood drive is organized by Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment will ensure a smooth and quick donation experience, organizers said. To make an appointment, go to the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois website at