Snakes, Lizards and Electric Cars Saturday at Aurora's 2017 GreenFest

Snakes, Lizards and Electric Cars Saturday at Aurora’s 2017 GreenFest

The eighth annual Aurora GreenFest — themed “Repair, Re-Purpose, Reconnect” — will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora.

“The things you repair and re-purpose stay out of landfills, reduce the resources we have to take out of the earth, and even save you money, ” said event founder and organizer Mavis Bates. “Come reconnect with the environment and your neighbors, help us build a more sustainable, resilient community.”

New this year, the Chicago Herpetological Society is bringing its beautiful collection of snakes and lizards.

“The society wants everyone to become more familiar with these gentle creatures, so we will treat them more kindly when we encounter them in the wild,” Bates said. “Re-connect with nature and learn about the importance of habitat and species preservation.”

Other nature exhibits, featuring bats, eagles, bees, skunks and other creatures, are always a big favorite.

If snakes and lizards are not your thing, check out the Green Car Show, showcasing a brand new Tesla and a Nissan Leaf, along with the one-of-a-kind electric cars of the Fox Valley Electric Car Association.

Other highlights include fun and educational kids’ activities, with kids teaching kids about the environment and sustainability, plus live music, local food trucks, and green-friendly energy sources that’ll show you ways to save money and save the world at the same time.

The local market and sustainable trade show includes more than 100 vendors with products and services to help you go green, and meet local organic farmers, too.

“Now more than ever it’s important that we grow and nurture our local sustainability movement,” said Bates. “The Aurora GreenFest is here to build sustainability and resilience in the Fox Valley.”

Bring Your Used Business Clothes to GreenFest

The Aurora Actionaires will be at Greenfest collecting gently used women’s business attire and toiletries. Donations will be given to the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center for women who are interviewing for jobs. Volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors can still sign up at, or by emailing

SOURCE: city of Aurora news release

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Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456. Aurora is known as the “City of Lights” because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights. Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. Aurora ais home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city’s website at