Carpe Diem, as the ancient Romans used to say. Seize or enjoy the springlike days this month. Irrespective of Punxsutawney Phil's prognostications, forecasts indicate our delightful February will continue through March.

That's good news for those of us who loathe donning heavy coats and boots and mittens just to get the morning paper, but not so good for ski and snow-board lovers, and school kids looking for a surprise holiday.

Whether early or late, spring weather will arrive this month, so seize each warm, lovely day. Remember though, tempting as a balmy March can be, try to hold off placing those tomato seeds directly into the ground.

March is still best for garden-planning, not planting. That's why this is the month that the city of Aurora takes reservations for community garden plots at the Margaret Harmon property, 1157 Page Road.

Aurora residents who owned plots in 2016 get first choice of a second plot from now through March 17. Those who wish to lease a plot for the first time can do so starting March 20. Non-residents can reserve a new plot starting April 3. Aurora residents pay $10 per plot per year, non-residents pay $20. Registration forms are available online at or through the Aurora Parks and Recreation office.

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Who in the world is Inez Mulholland? While Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton may be among the best known fighters for the women's vote, they could not have achieved that goal without an array of speakers, leaders and activists.

Mulholland fought assiduously for the cause. In fact, Inez, a labor lawyer and WWI correspondent was often seen on horseback leading suffragists in parades down Fifth Avenue in New York City and in Washington, D.C.

The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County invites everyone to learn more about Mulholland and about the League itself at a casual get-together featuring a short film, heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the home of JoAnn Armstrong, 595 Walnut Ridge Trail.

The event is free, but please let them know you'll be there so they can plan accordingly. RSVP to April Secura at or 330-562-8292.

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Auditions for a spring break performance workshop open to students in grades 6 to 12, will be March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Aurora Community Theatre.

Debbie Cluts will direct the workshop which includes rehearsals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25, 27-31 and the two performances April 1. Cluts is looking to cast 20 to 30 youths to perform "Romeo and Juliet: Six Very Busy Days" by Robert Wing.

Those who accept roles will pay a $130 registration fee that includes the intensive workshop, two performances, a script to keep and a cast party on the final day.

Michelle Regellbrugge, ACT president and co-producer of the workshop, wrote: "Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, but few realize that Romeo and Juliet fall in love, marry, and die all within six days of meeting each other! 'Romeo and Juliet: Six Very Busy Days' riotously re-imagines the tale of these iconic star-crossed lovers. This fast-paced and fun play is farcically irreverent yet surprisingly faithful to Shakespeare's language and storyline."

For more information, contact Michelle at 248-895-0515.

"One Acts," a collection of eight, short humorous plays by David Ives will be presented March 3-4 and 10-11 at 8 p.m. at Aurora Community Theatre. Tickets for this show, which contains an advisory for both adult language and situations, are $16 and are available onlinie anytime, including seat selection, at or by calling 330-562-1818.

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