'Early Aurora' exhibit set

at local historic museum

Aurora Historical Society has a new permanent exhibit titled "Early Aurora: Before the Pioneers." It highlights the Native American tribes found in the region, flora and fauna and settlers' interactions with the tribes.

Photographs, illustrations and artifacts showcase the story of what life was like in Aurora before its founding in 1799. Everything on display comes from AHS's artifacts collection and from Ohio Historical Society archives.

The exhibition is divided into four sections, which allows visitors to explore when Native Americans came here, why they left and what was left behind. For example, one area of interest is the flora and fauna of the area.

Many would be surprised to find out that bears, elk, panthers and rattlesnakes once inhabited Aurora. For the first time, AHS will display more information about this topic on a user-friendly tablet, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about specific flora and fauna of their choice.

Visitors are encouraged to drop by and view the current mockup of the exhibit, which will be on display through July 17. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

The museum in the library's lower level is open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Group tours are welcome. For information, visit www.aurorahistorical.org.

Greyhound rescue plans

events at two area parks

Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora invites dog lovers to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast June 30 at Sunny Lake Park's boathouse pavilion. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants and their dogs can take a 2-mile walk / jog around Sunny Lake. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10.

Another 2-mile walk / jog will take place July 11 at 6:45 p.m. at Sunny Lake.

The Greyhound rescue group will sponsor its annual 5K Freedom Run and 1-mile Mutt Strut July 7 at Spring Valley Lake, 8819 North Spring Valley Park Dr., Bainbridge Township. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the event at 9. Fees are $15 before July 5 and $20 on race day.

Details can be found at www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org. Awards for top male and female in the 5K run, top three finishers in various age groups and top dog in the Mutt Strut will be given.

Carthen gets board post

Among four new members of the NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology board is Aurora resident Jason Carthen, who is president and CEO of Redeemed Management & Consulting LLC in Twinsburg and is a speaker, author and consultant on leadership. His wife is Mireidy.

He is a former linebacker for the New England Patriots, and has been active in the National Football League Players Association and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He did undergraduate work in sociology and criminology at Ohio University, received a master's degree in leadership and Christian ministry from Malone University and earned his doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University.

Gerz wins library printer

The Portage County District Library gave away its last wireless printer to Sandy Gerz of Aurora. She attended the final computer training sessions at the Pierce Streetsboro Library.

The wireless printers, donated to the Portage County District Library by Connect Ohio's Every Citizen Online grant program, were given away during computer training sessions.

Although the ECO computer training sessions have all been completed, the Portage County District Library plans to use laptops purchased for sessions in future computer training classes. Library patrons are encouraged to check back for information related to future classes.

To learn more about other Portage County District Library programs and services, visit www.portagelibrary.org.

Get ready to skateboard

The city's parks and recreation department reminds area youths that Go Skateboarding Day is coming up June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground adjacent to the main fire station.

Martini Skate & Snow will be on hand with music and prizes. All participants will receive a free hot dog, Gatorade or water and a bag of potato chips. For information, call Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149.

Library welcomes adults

The Aurora Library invites adults to participate in a summer reading program titled "Ground Breaking Reads."

It began June 18. Each time a person checks out items, he or she will receive an entry into a weekly drawing for a jute beach bag filled with various prizes (all courtesy of the Friends of the Aurora Library and Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.)

Adults also can enjoy fun games each week to enter for a grand prize drawing (beginner dance lessons courtesy of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bainbridge). The grand prize drawing will be July 23.

Ticket sales begin July 1 for circus performances

Tickets prices have been announced for the Kelly Miller Circus coming to Aurora on July 21. Discounted prices are $6 for children and $10 for adults, while children under 2 are admitted free.

The box office ticket prices on the day of the performances will be $7 and $15, respectively, and a limited number of seat upgrades will be available for $2. An upgrade allows a person to sit in a chair closer to the action.

Ticket outlets are Doogan's, Mantua Feed and Grain, the Odyssey, Zeppe's Pizzeria, Twinsburg's Richner Hardware and Mantua Haylett's Corner Store. Tickets will be available there from July 1 to 20.

Discounted tickets also will be available at the Masonic Lodge booth at Kiwanis-Moore Playground during the city's July 4 festivities.

The performances will be at 2 and 5 p.m., and the public is invited to watch the circus setup the morning of July 21 on the ballfields on the north side of West Pioneer Trail.

Prizes offered at library

Aurora Library is offering a passive summer reading program for children through July 27. Children can pick up a "Dig Into Reading" book log at the library and use it to enter the titles of books they read during the program.

For each book read, they will receive a prize drawing entry. Drawings for summer-themed prizes will take place Saturdays. In addition, each child who reads 10 books will receive a special prize bag.The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.

For more information on this and other library programs, call the library at 330-562-6502 or visit www.portagelibrary.org.

ACT gears up to present

'RENT' as summer's play

"RENT," a rock musical about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today, opens JUly 5 at 8 p.m. for a seven-show run Fridays and Saturdays through July 20, plus July 15, at Aurora Community Theatre.

Denise Astorino directs, with musical direction by Jon Krol and choreography by Mary Lee Baker. Co-producers are Marianne Paul and Lexie Haubrich.

The eight key characters are portrayed by by the following young actors: Scott Zolkowski (Angel), Chris Hatala (Benny), Anthony Williams (Collins), Courtney Marshall (Joanne), John Doyle (Mark), Jordan Renee Malin (Maureen), Emily Schrader (Mimi) and Adam Kapis (Roger).

An ensemble of talented performers includes Greta Rothman, Anthony Covatta, Alex Orvosh, Jennifer Cull, Shannon Sharkey, Rachel Roth and Nick Alder.

Cody Steele and Christi Labib head up behind-the-scenes duties, Craig Kollai designed lighting with Austin Hopson on the board., Maggie Hamilton is in charge of sound, Marianne Gingras is in charge of costumes and Paul Chechak constructed the sets.

Tickets at $16 for adults are available at www.auroracommmunitytheatre.com or by phoning 330-562-1818.