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Highwood 10/22/11-- Just couple 32000 jack-o-lanterns downtown Highwood Saturday night as North Shore village attempts break world record by having

Highwood, 10/22/11-- Just a couple of the 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in downtown Highwood Saturday night as the North Shore village attempts to break a world record by having 32,000 of the carved pumpkins lit at once. | Eric Davis ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 6, 2012 6:17AM

October is my favorite month. The weather is moderate, the leaves are beautiful, and it wraps up with a holiday full of chocolate, parties, and costumes — Halloween — which, for my Pagan friends, is called Samhain and marks the end of one year and start of the next.

This month has also been claimed as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as being German Heritage Month in Aurora. It is the month full of many great local events. Let me tell you about just a few:

As part of Aurora’s 175th birthday celebration, Friday begins the Aurora Historical Society’s recognition of the contributions of its German immigrants to the development and culture of the city. There will be a free opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. Authentic foods from the oldest retail shop in Aurora, the Wurst Kitchen, will accompany authentic beers and wines from the old country, and German polka and waltz music.

Friday is also the 8th Aurora ArtWalk, from 7 to 10 p.m. If you have attended these before, you know how much fun they are. This one will include an exciting combination of different artistic media. You won’t want to miss fire eater, Tom Hill; roller derby exhibitions by the Aurora 88s; or the unique musical flame exhibit by local artist Jeff Weber.

The ArtWalk will be hosted at multiple venues along North Broadway including: Aurora Transportation Center, Two Brothers Roundhouse, Jake’s Bagels & Deli, Comfort Suites, Aurora Regional Fire Museum and La Quinta de los Reyes.

The event is free! You can get more information at

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Raimondo’s Pizza and Pub at 1033 Kilbery Lane in North Aurora, will be hosting a Passionately Pink Event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It will include an all-you-can-eat buffet of salad, pizza, and pink lemonade, speakers, plus door prizes and raffles donated from local businesses. All the money raised from raffle sales goes directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research, as will a portion of the $15 ticket price for the event.

Raffle prizes include a VIP suite for a game of your choice for the Kane County Cougars for next season, valued at $400, plus prizes by great local businesses like Marberry Cleaners, Valley Green Golf Course, Tinsel Town Theaters, C & R Garage, Pup-A- Razzi, Randall Crossings Restaurant, Robert Allen Salons, Culvers, Tastefully Simple, and Superwash, among others.

Raimondo’s Pizza and Pub has also made a month-long commitment to donate a portion of their sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call 630-301--7727 for more information.

In marking National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Mutual Ground is planning a 5K fundraising walk on Oct. 20 and now is the time to sign up to walk or sponsor a participant. Domestic violence only thrives in darkness and silence, so help Mutual Ground shine light on this problem and be the voice for those who have been silenced.

Go to or call Judy Jacobson at 630-897-0084 for more information.

Enjoy the beautiful month of October with events that are fun and events that help promote good things in our city and beyond.

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