First Fridays lends a hand to Aurora Strong efforts on March 1

First Fridays on March 1 will host several events centered around the shared community goal of raising funds for victims’ families of the Henry Pratt Co. tragedy.

Aurora Strong wristbands will be sold for a donation to victims’ families at If These Walls Could Talk starting at 6:30 p.m. Aurora Strong posters will be sold for a donation at Wyckwood House. Aurora Strong t-shirts will be sold at both Tredwell Coffee and Wyckwood House. All proceeds raised are going to assist first responders and victims’ families through funds that have been set up through the city of Aurora and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

One Aurora, a local youth-led group, will be auctioning off donated artwork in the lounge at Two Brothers Roundhouse.

The night also includes new studio openings and highlights local artists and musicians in downtown Aurora.

Aurora Downtown will host a free pop up photo booth from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wyckwood House, and the organization is encouraging everyone to show their Aurora Strong spirit.

Enjoy several venues open to the public for a night of art, culture, and compassion. Ride a free trolley from 6 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Public Art at the Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will host We Vibe 2 Vibe’s first art exhibit. 6 to 10 p.m.

Golden Fox Studios, 52 W Downer Pl, 2nd floor, will open for the first time with the open studios of resident artists Juan Sepulveda, Gerardo Madrigal, Lisa Gloria. 6 to 9 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S River St., will be open with “A Night of Arts – Ceramics, Jazz, and more.” The Aurora Downtown campus library will host the High School Invitational Ceramics Exhibition and will be joined by Oswego East and Kaneland High School Jazz Combos. Wheel throwing and tile painting will be available in the Café Space. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway, will present Maritona Lopez and Manuel Lopez along with Jose Art. The evening will feature a live body painting show and free face painting for kids. 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Legacy Fitness, 77 S. River St., will host local art talent and a fitness showcase featuring DJ Brown Royal. 6 to 9 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, will open the tavern with “Yes We Did: A Celebration of Women,” a one-night art pop up. One Aurora, a youth organization, will be raising funds for the Aurora Strong efforts in the lounge. 7 p.m. to midnight

Aurora Tap House, 134 W Downer Pl., will host an art pop up with featured artist Gabriel Guajardo. Guajardo is a co-founder of Them Bad Apples. 6 p.m. to midnight

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will open “It’s Only Natural: Eric Dinse,” a solo show that will run through the month of March. 7 to 10 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Gallery & Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will host a sneak peek of its new studio space in downtown Aurora. 6 to 10 p.m.

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 18, Lily Elyse Photography, will feature Lily Elyse, a local 11-year-old nature photographer. 5 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Arts Initiative, 61 S. Stolp Ave., will be open with art and music. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St., will host traditional Irish dance, music, and crafts in the Dunham Atrium. Listen to music for St. Patrick’s Day on hammered dulcimer by instrumentalist Phil Passen from 6 to 7 p.m. Stay for traditional Irish dance and short interactive instruction with the McNulty Irish Dancers from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments and St. Paddy’s day crafts round out the evening for all ages from 8 to 9 p.m. 6 to 9 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will be open with art by Tania Juarez and music Nick Scarpinato. 6 to 9 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl Suite 12, will host Friends of All Spoked Up Open Mic. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society at the Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will be open with “Aurora Story,” a walk-through history of Aurora from early settlement to present. 6 to 9 p.m.

G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., will open for the season. Tour the G.A.R. Memorial Museum and learn about Aurora’s involvement in the Civil War! Children can dress up like Union soldiers, and experience Aurora’s hidden gem on historic Stolp Island. 5 to 8 p.m.

Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., will host live recording sessions. Come in and witness what goes into a studio session. Two studios will be open to the public and will be running mock sessions throughout the night. 6 to 9 p.m.

Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room, 83 S LaSalle St., will be open with live music featuring Roxanne Cann-Dittman. Sample specialty teas will also be served. Hot cocoa, scones and desserts available for purchase. Artist Erica Swanson will also have a pop up. 6 to 9 p.m.

SciTech Hands on Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will host the 2338 Gear it Forward Robotics Team. Come interact with robots created by local high school students.

The first floor will be open for guests to experience a test of what SciTech has to offer. Also join Fox Metro Water Reclamation District and SciTech to announce the naming of the Fox Metro mascot and present a scholarship to the winning student. 6 to 8 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W Downer Pl. Suite 16, will be open with the Aurora Strong First Fridays photo booth from 7 to 9 p.m., as well as custom jewelry from James Alton Deans, and drinks from Amy Song Ceramics. 5 to 9 p.m.

Girl Scout cookies will be available for sale outside of Wyckwood House from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The troop is donating one box to fire responders for every 10 sold.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will be open to explore. Also, make a fire safety bookmark to take home. 5 to 9 p.m.

Collier Community Center, 36 S. Stolp Ave., will host a dinner fundraiser for the Save Our Youth: Fundraiser for the 28th Annual Youth Fest in June. Dinners are $10 and there will be a bake sale. Items include popcorn, hot dogs, Polish sausage, tacos, chips, drinks, and candy. 5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will feature Goose Island with a secret tapping of three keg. Buy one and get a free glass. 5 p.m. until close

One E. Benton St. (the former library building) will host Troop 4340 Girl Scout selling cookies from 6 to 8 p.m..

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl. will be open with free trial classes and $1 a minute massages as well as vendor pop ups.

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides from downtown parking areas run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m.

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