The Aurora Study Club's April 17 meeting is titled "A Chain of Nationalities" and will feature the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park.

Speaker Katherine Kohl will lead a visual tour of the gardens, and members will hear about the history that began with land donations in 1919 and how they have grown and flourished with history, horticulture, bridges and monuments. She will discuss the best way to get to the gardens and what to look for when there.

Kohl was born in Erie, Pa. and moved to Cleveland in 1955. She retired after 20 years as corporate secretary of the Lake View Cemetery Association and director of development of the Lake View Cemetery Foundation. She was the first woman to be elected as an official at Lake View Cemetery.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the Church In Aurora's fellowship hall. Guests are welcome to attend the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

The speaker in May will be from the Western Reserve Historical Society and will present "The Story of Tinkerbelle: One Man's Journey Across the Ocean in a Tiny Boat." It is the story of Robert Manry's across the Atlantic Ocean boat ride in 1965.


Aurora Chamber members are reminded that a three-Chamber networking luncheon featuring a talk by NFL punter Zoltan Mesko will be April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg.

A gathering of Chamber members is planned April 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Howard Hanna's community room for those wishing to provide input to the city,which is working to revise its sign code. Reservations should be email to Lisa at Those who cannot attend should contact the Chamber office if they wish to provide imput.

The Chamber reports that Aurora will be featured in a segment on Fox 8's "New Day Cleveland" on April 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

May 15 will be the Chamber's next networking luncheon at 1:30 a.m. at Doogan's. Jim Smith, an executive, life coach and author, will talk about leading a happier life.

The annual three-Chamber Business to Business Show will be May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Signature of Solon.

The annual new member luncheon will be May 22 at Doogan's. It will feature a presentation by Smith. Registration will begin after the April 11 luncheon in Twinsburg.

The Chamber announces Charm Salon & Boutique will have a grand opening April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. with appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes. Harry & David at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets invites Chamber members to stop in April 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. for gourmet coffee and breakfast treats.

The Chamber's membership committee will meet April 23 at 8 a.m. and the pro-business/tourism committee will gather April 24 at 9 a.m.


Retired longtime Aurora schools teacher Daniel Dyer, who is also an author, will present the talk "Do You Like It Here? Inside the Literary World of John O'Hara" on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library on Hayden Street.

A graduate of Hiram College, with master's and doctorate degrees from Kent State University, Dyer taught for many years at Harmon School and at Western Reserve Academy. He is best known for his biographies of literary figures, including William Shakespeare, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Jack London.

His talk at Hiram will explore the life and career of a writer who was once famous, but now largely forgotten. O'Hara produced best-selling novels that were adapted into popular films such as "Pal Joey" and "Butterfield 8." Dyer's talk will explore O'Hara's fall from grace.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Library, with support from Hiram College's Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.