Free. Fall. Family. Fun. Two great days this month will focus on those four favorite words.

The city's Fall Family Fun Fest will feature hayrides, scarecrow making, crafts, games and food Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunny Lake Park. Admission is free, though there may be fees for some activities.

On Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free Family Fun Days, organized by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and local school district, will showcase the town's restaurants, businesses and organizations, all of which will provide plenty of prizes and entertainment.

Youngsters are encouraged to wear costumes and take part in a costume parade. Title sponsors include Anna Maria of Aurora and the Atrium at Anna Maria, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, the city and Record Publishing Co.

The event will be at Aurora High. For more information, contact the Chamber at 330-562-3355 or

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Rob Albrecht and Paula Kline-Messner, two of Aurora's favorite thespians, will take center stage in Aurora Community Theatre's "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire.

"Good People" tells the story of Margie Walsh (Kline-Messner) and Mikey Dillon (Albrecht), who grew up good friends in blue-collar south Boston. They even had a brief summer romance, but after high school Mike caught every break.

He went to college, became a doctor, moved to the suburbs and rose rapidly on the financial ladder.

At the same time, Margie's no-luck life and single motherhood kept her in "Southie" juggling minimum-wage jobs, always balancing on a slippery slope "only a paycheck away from desperate straits."

When Margie and Mike meet again two decades later, the stark contrast of their lives and a long-buried secret force them each to take an honest look at life.

Auroran Marianne Paul is the producer of this provocative, sometimes humorous, but never preachy look at the "haves" and "have-nots" in America.

Directed by Fred Sternfeld, "Good People" asks: "Is it luck, hard work or a combination of the two that determine destiny?"

"Good People" opens Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. and continues Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12 at the theatre.

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Enjoy "Spooky Science Fun with Mr. Science," better known as John Fellenstein, on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at Moebius Nature Cente on East Mennonite Road.

Eerie experiments will feature dry ice demonstrations, hidden messages and even exploding pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged. Space is limited to 50, so be sure to register in advance at

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Aurora's official Halloween trick-or-treat time is Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Watch carefully for our youngest citizens and have a sweet time.

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We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-554-4913 or