Over the summer, Aurora Community Theatre's Children's Summer Workshop performed "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." The play featured a book-loving character named Belle, who loves to read. Inspired by play, the 120 young thespians decided to help spread their own love of reading.

They collected hundreds of new and gently-read books, which they donated to Akron Children's Hospital "Reach Out and Read Program." The age-appropriate books are available for perusal in waiting rooms plus, the child-patients and their siblings are encouraged to take the books home with them.

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Aurorans Rob Albrecht and Paula Kline-Messner, plus Jenny Barrett, Mary Jane Nottage, Craig Joseph and Kristi Little continue as the cast of "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12. Tickets at $16 each are available online any time at www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or 330-562-1818.

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Family and friends bid farewell last month to one of Aurora's finest residents and devoted volunteers -- Kathlyn Brown. Her work on behalf of the Aurora Historical Society will stand as her legacy every time we pass the Sheldon Deed House.

Her commitment to organizations like "Survivors Teaching Students," a volunteer component of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, exemplifies her ability to transform difficulty into action.

Yet it was her love of nature from observing backyard birds at home to beach walking on distant shores that embodied her soul. Without sadness or melancholy, Kathy asked just one thing of friends and family: That she be remembered whenever we see a Monarch butterfly. How appropriate. The graceful, elegant yet extraordinarily hard-working butterfly is considered so beautiful it that bears the title of the king, or monarch.

However, like Kathy's commitment to volunteerism, the monarch's population is dwindling. So when we see a monarch, we'll think of Kathy's grace and smile, her attention to detail, ability to face pain without complaint, unflagging energy, and just plain classiness. Kathy and the monarch will serve as the inspiration to keep volunteerism from vanishing.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving craft-making at the Moebius Nature Center Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Children will help create holiday decorations, make a Tom turkey to display and learn why Ben Franklin thought the turkey would be a better bird to represent our country then the Bald Eagle. Snacks will be provided. Space and craft supplies are limited to 50, so be sure to register in advance at www.mymnc.org.

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It's about more than playing great music for the Don Kennis Experience, a party rock cover band featuring Aurora residents Don Kennis (bass), Duane Hall (drums), David Regelbrugge (guitar), and Rob Deanna (vocals).

What makes the group super special is that they combine talent and generosity. Featured at a variety of Aurora venues, including the Mason Jar, the band showcases their music while raising funds for organizations like the Aurora after prom committee, Camp Sunshine, Aurora Community Theatre and the American Heart Association.

Bravo, and a round of applause!