Carp derby coming upJune 9 at Sunny LakeThe city's third annual carp derby will be June 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sunny Lake Park.Preregistration fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family, and forms can be ob-tained at the Walker Building or on the city's Web site at www.auroraoh.com. Derby day fees are $5 per person or $12 a family.Cash prizes are $200, $100 and $50 for first to third places, respectively. Trophies will be awarded in several age divisions. Only fishing hooks can be used; no bow fishing.Participants must sign in at the boathouse to receive a wristband to be eligible for prizes. Registration begins at 7 a.m.. No more than two adults can form a team for cash prizes.Only carp will be weigh-ed; all other fish are catch and release. Also available will be hay rides, refreshments and educational presentations by a number of groups.For more details, call Laura Holman at 330-995-9149 or e-mail holmanl@-auroraoh.com.VFW plans its annualpoker run on June 16Aurora VFW Post 2629 presents its third annual Run for Freedom poker run June 16. First bike out will be at 10 a.m. and the last bike out at noon. The last bike in will be at 5 p.m.All proceeds go to the Kent Freedom House Shelter for homeless veterans.Registration, coffee and doughnuts will be at BMW of Cleveland on Aurora Road. Other stops are Newton Falls VFW, Ravenna VFW, Alliance VFW, Kent VFW, Streetsboro VFW and back to Aurora VFW Post 2629.First place prize will be $100 and a plaque, with second and third places to be determined by participation.Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Aurora VFW Post, with a performance by Smoking Walter from 5 to 9. For details, call the VFW at 330-562-7274 or Michelle Ice at 216-570-1540.City getting ready forJuly 4 parade, festivalThe city is accepting registrations for the annual July 4 parade and old-fashioned festival.Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the parade, which will form at Barrington Town Square at 11 a.m. and begin at noon. All baseball and softball teams will set up at Craddock School.The old-fashioned festival will follow the parade at Kiwanis Moore Playground beside the fire station, and activities will run until 4 p.m.Booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for promotional and fund-raising opportunities.For details or for registration forms, follow the links to the parks and recreation department's special events (July 4) at www.auroraoh.-com or contact Laura Holman at 330-995-9149 or holmanl@auroraoh.com.Teen readers will getinvolved in mysteriesA teen summer reading program and volunteer opportunities are available at Aurora Library this year.The reading program em-braces a mystery theme of "You Never Know," and will feature weekly prize drawings and three puzzling and perplexing programs.Participants can enter the weekly prize drawings by reading books and solving a mystery challenge.Drawing entries and challenges will be available in the young adult area starting June 11, with the final prize drawing to be July 20.In addition to the prize drawings, the mysterious events are planned June 13 and 27 and July 11. Teens will solve a mystery on June 13, learn about crime scene investigations June 27 and discover secrets of the past in an archaeology program July 11.Teen program and prize drawings are open to students in grades 5 to 12. Registration for the mystery programs is preferred and can be made by stopping by or calling 330-562-6502.City meetings plannedThe following city government meetings are coming up in the next week:June 4 -- technology commission at 7 p.m.; June 5 -- service/utilities committee at 6:30 p.m.; June 6 -- planning commission at 7 p.m.; and June 7 -- parks-recreatiion committee at 6:30 p.m.Rutger to show off herwild critters at MoebiusMona Rutger from Back to the Wild: Animal Planet's Hero of the Year, will appear June 10 at the Aurora Conservation Council's Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road.Rutger will show a live bald eagle, 10 other birds of prey, flying squirrels, snakes, turtles and other creatures. She will explain how she takes injured animals and returns them to the wild.There will be two sessions -- 3 and 4 p.m. Registration is required to ensure a spot. Telephone 330-562-2592 or visit www.moebiusnaturecenter.org. Phil Chalmers and the Chalmers Group at Remax Traditions are sponsors of the program.