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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Taste of Batavia Block Party!

by The Rullo Team

Looking for something unique to do for the long Labor Day Weekend?! Come to the 2017 Taste of Batavia Block Party! Head to beautiful downtown Batavia on Sunday, September 3rd, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm for an evening of fun! The Block Party will take place on North River Street and the Riverwalk and features a delectable ‘Taste of Batavia’ sampler party, live music, Classic Car Show, Kids Activity area, pie bake off, and so much more! There is something for everyone at the Batavia Block Party!


“Taste of Batavia” Sampler

$3 and $6 eats from the following favorite local spots & more:


Pie in the Face Fundraiser

4:00 pm | Riverwalk

  • $2 per pie or $5 for 3 pies

  • All proceeds benefit elementary school PTO programs


Pie Bake-off

4:15 pm (Pie Drop Off) | Peg Bond Center

  • $5 Participation Fee

  • Register HERE!


Performance Schedule

Music Matters School of Music Stage

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Image Credit: Batavia MainStreet


Moving With Pets

by The Rullo Team

Hello Everyone!

Spike Rullo here,

When you buy a house, your scaly, feathered, and fur babies can sometimes have a "ruff" move! Here are some helpful moving tips to keep them happy and safe:

1. Prepare an easily-accessible 'overnight kit' that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.

2. If you're moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. See if they can recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.

3. During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. If you don't want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day (which is recommended), at least remove them from the action. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor and closing the door, or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the garage or car (take proper caution to ensure they'll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time). Make sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.

4. Take the pet to the new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in the back seat, which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be moved in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible. Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can't see the environment changing outside.

5. Be careful when transporting the animal to your new neighborhood because if they get out they can easily get lost. Once they're in the car, it's important to not open the kennel until the pet is in the new home, even if the pet is usually well-behaved or docile. Give them a few days in the new home to adjust. Tip for cat owners: more and more people are keeping their cats indoors for safety reasons, and a move is a good opportunity to get them used to being inside as they won't be used to being allowed out in the new home. Use this transition to your advantage.

6. Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do!

7. After you move, make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.

8. Are you planning on moving with fish? Fish respond strongly to stress and a move can be traumatizing, if not fatal. It isn't ideal, but you can transport them short distances in bags filled with their old tank water (check with your local aquarium store for supplies and more details). If you have a long distance to travel it's best to give them a new home with a friend, empty the tank, and buy new fish after you unpack.

9. Guinea Pigs also are known to suffer from change or being jostled around. Their hearts are particularly susceptible so please take care with guinea pigs and make sure they are transported in a warm, comfortable, small carrier.

10. Finally, more than one feathered friend has been known to fly the coop on moving day. Many people proudly announce that their bird has never flown off the shoulder, and sadly regret the complacency. Birds, like most pets, are very jittery about change. So even when the smartest parrot balks at the idea of being put in a cage, please do it on moving day!

That's all "fur" now, Happy Moving!

Upcoming Community Events in Downtown Aurora!

by The Rullo Team

Downtown Aurora has so much to offer. With incredible dining options, unique retail stores and boutiques, fun entertainment and theatrical venues, interesting museums, and more, there is something for everyone in this beautiful, historic district. Come explore the best of downtown Aurora during August for their numerous community events. Fill up your calendar over the next couple of weeks with this fun, family-friendly events!


Date: August 4th

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Explore all downtown has to offer during this “open house”. Enjoy live art at galleries around the area. Dance to live music. Check out the Outdoor Market. Grab a brew at the Gillerson’s Grubbery Beer Tent. Enjoy activites for all ages and so much more!



Date: August 4th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Millennium Plaza (33 South Stolp Avenue)

Come to this fun block party in downtown Aurora for incredible musical performances, live art, delicious food trucks, mini outdoor market, Kid’s area, and more. Ron Porter Trio will be performing at 6:00 pm, followed by Scott Tipping Trio at 8:00 pm.



Date: August 9th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Millennium Plaza (33 South Stolp Avenue)

Enjoy a free summer concert for Free the Birds in the beautiful plaza.



Date: August 10th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Aurora Regional Fire Museum (53 North Broadway) & SciTech Hands On Museum (18 West Benton Street)

The entire family will love exploring the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and SciTech Hands on Museum. Enjoy fun activities all evening long. Children are FREE with adult admission.



Date: August 12th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Millennium Plaza (33 South Stolp Avenue)

Spend a fun afternoon with the whole family at the gazebo in the plaza. Pack a lunch and listen to the high energy reggae music of Aurora favorite’s Dabylon.



Date: August 12th

Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Stolp Avenue (between Galena and Downer)

Check out this incredible Blues and Rock & Roll music festival downtown Aurora. Dance the evening away to performances by Leland, Jake Mack & The Lesser Stags, and Windy City Rev Ups. Tickets can be bought in advance Online or in person at Leland Legends and Kiss the Sky for $5 per person. Tickets at the gate are $10 each.




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