Drive-it tour is July 19

Area residents are invited to participate July 19 in the Chamber of Commerce's All About Aurora Drive-It-Yourself Tour.

Tour stops will offer activities, free items and discounts. A map to local stops is available at Those who complete the required number of stops can turn in their stamped maps at Aurora arms Premium Outlets to enter a drawing for prizes.

The finale on the tour will an ice cream social and live musical entertainment at the Premium Outlets. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other sponsors are COSE and Robinson Health Center at Aurora.

Local twosome appear

in 'Charlie Brown' play

Two Aurora youngsters will appear in Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute's production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." It will be presented July 18-27 (six performances) at the school in Shaker Heights.

Twenty-four students ages 8 to 13 will appear. Ryan Kacmar, an incoming seventh-grader at Harmon School, plays Lucy, while Leighton School incoming fifth-grader Gracie Kulawiak also is in the play.

Performances are July 18-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.. The school is at 19600 North Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights.

Tickets cost between $11 and $15 and can be purchased online at, by calling 216-320-8796 ext. 7270 or at the door (if available) the day of the performance. The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institue was created by the Perfroming Arts Department of the school.

Estis artwork in show

An exhibit, titled "Italy-Through the Eyes of Artists" is on display thougth July 26 at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.

It includes works by Auroran Phyllis Estis, as well as the following area residents: Candace Bennington (Medina), Vickie Theiss Callahan and Dino Massaroni (Tallmadge), Jody Crow and Debra Thompson (Cuyahoga Falls), Nancy Demshar (Mentor), Silvia Heller (Bedford), Ille Olsson (Moreland Hills), Kathleen Richards (Twinsburg) and Janet Schwartz (Pepper Pike).

The public is encouraged to view the exhibit during those dates, including during Festa Italiana the weekend of July 18-20.

Old parks to be focus

Independence Village in Aurora will bring back memories of Geauga Lake Park and Euclid Beach Park on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when it presents "A Blast from the Past."

Those stopping by can take a ride on the original Euclid Beach Boys thriller car and browse some original memorabilia from both parks, including Dodgem Cars, log boats and Laughing Sal.

There also will be a free phioto for grandparents and grandchildren, live music, free food, Swifty the Clown and jugglers. For information, call 330-562-1750. Independence Village is at 505 S. Chillicothe Road.

City looks at $443,363

contract to pave roads

At City Council's committee of the whole meeting July 14, members discussed awarding a contract to Ronyak Paving for this year's asphalt road paving program at a cost not to exceed $443,363. Service Director John Trew said three companies submitted bids.

Council also discussed entering into an agreement with GPD Group for the design, bidding and construction engineering services for laying 900 feet of polyvinyl chloride plastic water pipe along Ridgeway Drive.

The cost of the contract would not exceed $20,978. A previous ordinance authorized total funding for the project of $180,000. Trew said GPD could complete the construction portion of the project in nine weeks.

The panel heard from Finance Director Bob Paul that the city plans to assess the cost of nuisance lawn mowing for seven properties on Moneta, Lloyd and Lake avenues, Ben Shaw and Willard roads, Greenbriar Drive and East Pioneer Trail to the landowners' tax duplicates.

And finally, Council discussed an ordinance to extend the moratorium for submitting plans and/or applications and issuance of permits for redevelopment in the newly approved mixed-use district for 120 more days.

Planners meet tonight

The city's planning commission will consider granting two conditioinal zoning certificates at its meeting tonight (July 16) at 7 in Town Hall.

One CZC is for Edith Tait to have a residence in a C-1 commercial zoning district at 226 S. Chillicothe Road and the other is for Allison Taylor to operate an in-home dog care business at 130 Kingston Drive.

Public hearings will precede discussion on both CZC applications.

Festival set at Moebius

A Midsummer's Eve Festival will take place July 26 from 6 p.m. until dark at the Moebius Nature on East Mennonite Road, just east of Sunny Lake Park.

The event is free, and activities include a fairy garden display, magic wands craft for girls, bows and arrows craft for boys, flower chain and weaving, face painting and a firefly craft.

Participants are encouraged to wear costums. There also will be musicians, a scavenger hunt, prizes, a sky lantern launch, telescopes to view the night sky and refreshments such ashot dogs and s'mores at the new fire pit.

Participants can register at

Have pancakes in park

Freedom Greyhound Rescue's final Pancakes in the Park of the summer will be July 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Sunny Lake Park on East Mennonite Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10. Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be available. Dog walkers are welcome.