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

Beat the winter blues this month and enjoy an exciting family outing at Arctic Adventure. Celebrate Family Day on Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aurora Town Park. This event will offer a variety of family activities including outdoor winter games, professional ice carving, snow tubing, a bouncy castle and more. Vendors will be onsite with many food options. For more information on Town of Aurora’s Special Events please visit aurora.ca/specialevents.

And, speaking of the “Blues”, congratulations to a new group in town, Music Aurora  on a very successful first event. If you missed this one, make sure you watch for the next one!

Don’t miss the last chance of the season to visit Aurora’s Borealis at Town Park. The lights are lit everyday until Family Day on February 20 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy the sparkling lights on the trees and the festive atmosphere.

I always love to connect and hear feedback from our local business community. I hope that the business owners in Aurora can join me at the annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15 at Oakview Terrace in Richmond Hill. At this event, I’ll be discussing business trends in Aurora, what’s new and exciting in the business sector in Town and exchanging ideas with our local business owners. Visit aurorachamber.on.ca for more details or to purchase tickets.

With the new year in full swing, The Town of Aurora has reaffirmed its commitment to becoming Canada’s Most Active Community. Activate Aurora is an Ontario Trillium Foundation funded program designed to help move the Town’s goal forward. This group created by Sport Aurora with guidance from the Canadian Sport for Life Society and endorsed by my task force on physical activity, involves local school boards, the Town, York Region Public Health, Seneca College, Sport Aurora, Southlake Hospital and the Aurora Seniors Association.

I would like to extend an invitation to residents to help us achieve our goal of becoming Canada’s Most Active Community. Please visit the Activate Aurora website and sign-up to track your fitness activity. Aurora’s activity numbers will be added to the overall contributions for the community to help us reach our goal.

Council Chambers and the Holland Room have gone through an extensive renovation to update and improve the audio and visual equipment. The renovations were done to improve the aging communications systems in these rooms and make Council Chambers more accessible to people with disabilities. The first General Committee meeting with the new equipment in place will be on Tuesday, January 24.

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See you around Town.