by Christine Patronik-Holder


Calling all quilters.

Ann Chapman, Denise Brister and Betty Lower were enjoying a recent quilt show in Streetsboro when they realized that half the women they met there were from Aurora.

That's when they decided Aurora would be a great place for quilters to gather and share ideas. In an effort to determine interest, Brister, Chapman and Lower invite beginners as well as accomplished quilters to join them for coffee and discuss forming the Aurora Quilting Guild on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at Starbucks in Barrington Town Square.

"Thereafter, we will meet monthly at another location within the Aurora city limits," Brister said. "We will occasionally invite speakers to discuss techniques, colors or layout, but mostly we will learn from each another.

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Karen M. Haus, senior branch administrator for Brady Krebs' Edward Jones Investments office in Aurora, was selected to attend a national conference in St. Louis recently.

Chosen for her outstanding job performance, she was one of four staffers attending from Greater Cleveland.

Trip highlights included visiting the city's arch, attending a Cardinals baseball game wearing her Cleveland Indians shirt, participating in workshops and talks and hearing remarks by Pat Jones, daughter-in-law of the firm's founder who impressed Haus with her "down home wisdom."

Haus' talents extend beyond customer service and balance sheets, as she's often seen on Aurora Community Theatre's stage.

In partnership with equally talented Marc Howard, they will create a tribute to the holidays Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., just before the city's tree lighting ceremony at the Bicentennial Park gazebo.

The show will feature holiday songs popularized in movies, Broadway shows and on radio and television, such as Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Talented Aurora volunteers will perform the memorable songs, interspersed with performances by students from Aurora School of Music. Anna Maria of Aurora is sponsor. The show is free and open to all .

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"Over the Tavern," the comedy/drama about family life in the late 1950s, continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Aurora Community Theatre.

Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for age 18 and under are available online anytime at or 330-562-1818.

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Join friends and neighbors for a "Leaf Kickin' Crunchy Walk" Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Audubon Society's Molnar Sanctuary. Meet at the parking lot on the west side of Page Road a few hundred yards north of Mennonite Road.

Participants can take a woodland walk through our town's least-explored sanctuary, with its lake and moss-covered banks, and oak and maple trees. The 113-acre Michael and Lenore Molnar Sanctuary is named for the couple who donated it to Audubon Society in 2000.

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For nature lovers who prefer to sleep in on weekend mornings, the Audubon Society's "Saturday Afternoon Backyard Naturalist" series will offer a walk through the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, on Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

It will be led by Mark Shieldcastle, research director at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, who will share information about how, when, where and in what numbers birds move through the region, plus tips to spot favorite species and ways to ensure their future existence.

For more information email auduboncleveland

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, run off calories before your feast at the city's 4-mile Turkey Trot and Fun Run on Nov. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Visit for details and a registration form.

Advance entry fees are $10 for the mashed potato mile, $18 for the 4-mile run/walk and $23 for both. Add $2 to each category after Nov. 20.

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Warmest get-well wishes to Sally McGill and Mayor Lynn for a speedy recovery. We all miss you.

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We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder

at 440-708-1755 or cph@cphcommunica