Aurora Chamber of Commerce membership renewal notices have been sent out and sponsorship information for 2014 also is available.

Chamber members are reminded that the annual holiday party is tonight (Dec. 11) from 5:30 to 8 at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens on Treat Road.

Blase "Buddy" Settecase and Image That Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing (owners Chris and Jamie Gentille) will be honored as person and business of the year, respectively.

A silent auction also will benefit the Chamber's scholarship fund.

The "State of the Chamber" networking luncheon will take place Jan. 15 at Doogan's. Board and committee members will inform members what transpired in 2013 and what is ahead in 2014.

A 3Chamber Women's Expo will be a new event in 2014, and will take place Jan. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg. It will offer ideas for a "new Year and a New You."

Incoming Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin will be on hand for the "State of City" luncheon Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center.

Be a Santa to a Senior continues until the end of this week. It has delivered more than 4,000 gifts to local needy seniors in the last nine years. Dropoff locations are Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Dr. Jim Tomko's office, Aurora Senior Center, Streetsboro Senior Center and Excalibur Auto Body.

For details, call Annette Balis, community service representative for Home Instead Senior Care, at 330-995-1522. Donations also can be sent to Be a Santa to a Senior at 705 Oakwood St., Suite 107, Ravenna 44266. For more about the program, visit


The Portage County Historical Society will host its annual Christmas open house Dec. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The museum homes will be decorated for the holiday season, volunteers will be in historical clothing, and all museum buildings on the 16-acre campus will be open to the public.

Interpretation of buildings and contents will be provided by volunteers.

A "rare and old" book sale will be featured in the main museum building, as a fundraiser, for this event only. Also, an inexpensive paperback book sale will be in progress.

The historical society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. For more information, call Wayne Enders at 330-310-7421.


The Twinsburg Garden Club made more than 70 evergreen swags to adorn city street signs and buildings this holiday season.

This has been a Twinsburg Garden Club project for more than 20 years.

For 2014 membership information, contact Virginia Schmidt at 216-310-7413 or email


Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, will conduct a special "Home for the Holidays" adoption event at the shelter, 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg.

It will be Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The adoption fee for cats is $5 and dogs are $55 (animals older than six months, upon application approval).

All animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, micro-chipped and include a 30-day free trial of pet insurance through 24PetWatch.

"We have so many amazing dogs and cats up for adoption right now," said Kristin Branagan, director of behavior and adoption services.

"With the holiday season quickly approaching we are hoping this adopt-a-thon we will be a huge success ."

The goal for the one-day event is to find as many "fur-ever" homes as possible for some loving animals. Visit to see all of the adoptable animals.