(As published in the December 2017 edition of snapd Aurora)

During the holiday season, take a stroll outside and enjoy the snow covered landscapes, holiday decorations and festive spirit. This is a wonderful time of the year to be generous and help families in need of food assistance. The Aurora Food Pantry is accepting
non-perishable food donations such as baby food, cereal, juices, soups, canned fruit and vegetables, canned meats and more. Your donation could help make a significant difference in the lives of others. For more information, please visit aurorafoodpantry.ca.

Thank you to the many residents and visitors who attended the Town’s annual Santa Under the Stars Parade. This magical event showcased a variety of interesting floats, marching bands and festive decorations. Participants even had a chance to see Santa Claus! Thank you to Town staff and the numerous volunteers who organized this event. It was a fun night to remember!

There are more holiday themed events coming up this month. Visit Town Hall and decorate the Town’s holiday tree at Aurora’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Read the book ‘Twas the Night before Christmas with Mrs. Claus at the Aurora Seniors’ Centre, you may even have a chance to meet Santa in-person! Enjoy a fire juggling show and a live theatrical performance. Bring your pocket change and donate to the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. This important initiative assists families in Canada who are living in poverty. The funds help provide basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. Please consider donating today!

Are you looking for a fun family event to ring in the New Year? Join us at Family First Night on Sunday, December 31 and enjoy free skating and swimming classes, children’s activities, reptile and magic shows and a special fireworks display marking the end of our Canada 150 Celebrations. The activities will be held at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on these events, visit aurora.ca/specialevents or call 905-726-4762.

Stay connected with the Town. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and get involved in our community.

My monthly radio spot is on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.  Tune into 105.9 The Region and listen to Mayors in the Morning. This is a unique opportunity to help me stay connected to residents. Please email, tweet or call in any questions you may have about our Town. For more information, visit 1059theregion.com/mayors.

Until next time Aurora, see you around Town!