One woodpecker. Two finches. Three starlings. Bring the little ones and join the "The Great Backyard Bird Count" on Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Moebius Nature Center.

To help count the birds that come to the center's feeders, children will make their own binoculars, but adults are encouraged to bring their own. Pack a picnic lunch for the family. The Center will provide cookies.

Beavers are the natural world's best builders. They help to create some of our most valuable wetlands. Moebius Nature Center invites the community to learn about these furry architects and their construction projects Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.

The program includes a craft project for children, a snack and a hike around the pond to view their own beaver's homebuilding handiwork. Please dress for an outdoor hike.

To ensure enough craft materials and snacks for everyone, please register at or call 216-402-4361. Moebius Nature Center is at 929 E. Mennonite Road, just past Sunny Lake Park on the left.

Visit Moebius Nature Center and check out its resident beaver's homebuilding project near the boardwalk.

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Jackie Kennedy Onasis will be the featured attraction at Aurora Historical Society's winter gathering when historical performance artist / actress Carol Starre-Kmiecik portrays the former first lady Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The appetizer and dessert meeting will be in the gallery and museum on the lower level of the library building. Starre-Kmiecik received her bachelor of arts degree in speech and theatre arts from Baldwin-Wallace College and studied improvisational theatre at Chicago's Second City.

She brings historical figures to life through her production company, "Famous American Women." For more information, contact Michael Thal at 330-995-4067 or Diane Barben at 216-409-4048.

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"It's Not Your Grandmother's Quilt" is the title of Aurora Quilt Guild's winter show now on display in the gallery on the lower level of Aurora Memorial Library.

The striking designs and creative patterns offer a fresh, new take on the story of quilting's value throughout history. Denise Brister encourages everyone with an interest in quilting to join the fun and be part of an organization that does so much good.

Each year the Guild donates one or more handmade quilts to the Portage County Battered Women's Center. The show is open during Aurora Community Theatre intermissions and Aurora Historical Society events. For more information, contact Denise at 330-414-8355.

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"Bus Stop," the heart-warming play about friends and strangers who weather a travel-stopping blizzard in a Kansas diner, continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Feb. 18 at Aurora Community Theatre.

Then on March 3, ACT presents a collection of eight short humorous plays -- "One Acts" -- by David Ives on Fridays and Saturdays through March 11.

Jenny Barrett, Samantha Cocco, Leigh Garrett, Andrew Gordon, Barb Howitt, Stephen Kay, Travis Reilly, Michael Rogan, Jerry Schaber, Macey Staninger, Robert A. Walter and Brenda Willis will perform in one or more of the one-act plays.

Titles are "Words, Words, Words," "Time Flies," "Soap Opera," "Sure Thing," 'Mere Mortals," "Lives of the Saints," "The Philadelphia" and "Foreplay or the Art of the Fugue," directed by either Theresa Benyo-Marzullo, Robert McCoy, Michael Oatman or D. Keith Stiver. It will be a fun, busy evening.

Tickets for both shows at $16 for adults are available online at or by calling 330-562-1818.

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