Most people of all ages find it hard to resist riding on a carousel when they see one. On March 19, the Aurora Study Club will hear from Kate Blakley, director of marketing at Carousel Works in Mansfield.
The company, which was founded in 1986, is considered to be the world’s leading expert in wooden carousel design and manufacturing. They employ skilled artists and wood carvers that have a strong commitment to quality and originality.
Their creativity goes beyond horses and zoo animals to frogs, kangaroos, grasshoppers, snakes and many other creatures. The murals are customized for each carousel and are hand painted.
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the Church In Aurora’s fellowship hall. Guests are welcome and refreshments will be served.
The April meeting will be a day trip to the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Museum of Art. It is for members only who have reservations. There will not be a meeting at the Church in Aurora in April.

The Rotary Club of Aurora’s annual A Taste of the Western Reserve will be April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Signature of Solon on Route 43. Tickets are $40 at the door or $35 in advance.
Among businesses participating are Flemings, the Bay Lobster Fish Market, Blazin’ Bills, Welshfield Inn, Pine Lake Trout Club, Simply Greek, the Cabin, Hunan’s by the Falls, Mad Jack’s, Doogan’s, the Gardens of Western Reserve, Mazzulo’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and T’Cakes & Pumpkin Seed.
The Campus at Anna Maria will be the service above self sponsor, and other limited sponsorships are available. For advance tickets, to reserve a table of 10 for $400 or to inquire about a sponsorship, call 330-562-9542.
This winter has been a crockpot kind of winter! The Aurora Cooks! met Feb. 25, to share a bowl full of comfort food and commiserate about the weather. Members discussed slow cooker recipes while they sampled the handywork of their fellow chefs.
All the dishes were cooked in crockpots.
Karen Piwonka prepared easy chicken tamale pie. She added double the spice but deleted the cilantro. The top layer consisted of spicy cornbread. The dish was delish.
Dee Steitz cooked ground beef vegetable casserole. She omitted the ground beef and added ground turkey and rice — better for the waistline. The recipe called for tomato juice and she improvised with V-8 juice. The ladies thought it added more zest.
Ellen Payne made chicken tortilla soup. She added chili powder instead, which contained of most of the spices the recipe called for. It was healthy and tasty.
On March 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Aurora Cooks! group will dish about journey stories passed down though their families and share a completed recipe. It is in conjunction with the Aurora Historical Society’s and Smithsonian’s “Journey Stories” exhibition that the society will have open for viewing.
 If you would like to be part of the Aurora Cooks! call Aurora Memorial Library at 330-562-6502.