Under the category of old dogs and new tricks, I’m here to confess that just three weeks ago, as the Alberta clipper swathed its first frigid path across Ohio, I finally learned how to use my slow-cooker.
A pressure-cooker devotee for over 30 years, I preferred making last-minute menu decisions and had always ignored any device that called for advance planning. Well, one pot of beef barley stew and another of ham-pea soup later, not to mention real steel cut oatmeal ready to eat before morning coffee, and I’m a convert.
So if you’re ready to slow down your cooking style, Brooke Massulo-Rosselot and Fran Arnold, co-owners of Mazzulo’s Fresh Market at Aurora Commons invite you to sign-up for “Crock Pot Cuisines” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12.
The class will cover getting to know your cooker and preparing food the night using recipes for Italian meatball soup, pork roast, barbecue brisket and even a cornmeal lemon poppy seed cake.
On Feb 26, Mazzulo’s cooking class will feature another cold weather favorite, Italian comfort food. Classes are $60 per person, including food, and they fill up fast, so register soon at brooke@mazzulos.com or call 330-562-3200.
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“A New Day Is Dawning In Aurora!” That’s the title for Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s “State of the City” luncheon Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center.
Newly elected Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and Aurora schools Superintendent Russ Bennett will each outline plans for the coming year and share visions for the future. Prepaid reservations are required. Chamber member tickets are $20 and non-members are $30, with a $5 late fee after Feb. 7 if any seats are still available. Register at www.allaboutaurora.com.
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“The Diary of Anne Frank” features the hard work of many Aurora residents on stage and behind the scenes, who donate their time and talent to bring great stories to the community.
Among them are Susan Henthorn (Mrs. Van Daan), Mitch Pollock (Peter Van Daan), Jennifer Teller (producer), Jennifer Smith (Miep Gies), Gay Repella (bookholder), Kevin Horak (Mr. Dussel), Marianne Gingras (costumes), Dave and Tanya Shively (props), George Roemich (stage manager), Jean Arbuckle, Nancy Lykins and Nancy Schnell (all set decoration), Santino Palma (second man) and Roseann Canfora (director).
The play continues at Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. until Feb 22 at Aurora Community Theatre. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for age 18 and under. Visit www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or call 330-562-1818.
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The Aurora Quilt Guild meets monthly in the lower level of Aurora Memorial Library. All quilters are welcome. For meeting dates and times, email Denise Brister at dsbrister@juno.com.
“We want to thank everyone that purchased a raffle ticket from our organization [for an Oops Quilt], you have helped make our year a successful one,” Brister said. Rosemary Hostler of Kent won the handmade quilt in the Guild’s first fundraiser.
Proceeds from the raffle support the group, enabling it to sponsor speakers and demonstrations by quilting experts, who share their ideas and methods with members.
Last year, the Guild brought a quilt artist from Tennessee to speak, conducted two trunk shows and sponsored a demo on vintage machines.
 “Some of our members help support two charities by providing quilts for sick children through Project Linus, and for abused women and children through Portage County Safe House,” said Brister.
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Congratulations to Aurora’s tireless volunteer Steve Spencer for his recent appointment as president of the Portage County District Library trustees.
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Think love on Valentine’s Day and remember to send a note or card to someone who is shut-in during these cold weeks.
We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755 or cph@cphcommunications.com.