Library visit planned

Area residents are reminded that the Digital Bookmobile will visit Aurora Memorial Library on Aug. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. Residents can enjoy interactive computer stations, view instructional videos and visit the Gadget Gallery.

Fall storytime registrations are under way. Also, all branches of the Portage County District Library will be closed Sept. 1 (Labor Day holiday). Regular hours will resume Sept. 2. For information about the library, call 330-562-6502 or visit

ACT auditions slated

Auditions for Aurora Community Theatre's fall production "Deathtrap" are planned Aug. 27-28 at 7 p.m. in the theater in the Aurora Memorial Library building.

Needed are two males and one female between 40 and 60 years old (Sidney and Myra Bruhl and Porter Milgrim), a male in his 20s (Clifford Anderson) and a female between 30 and 70 (Helga Ten Dorf).

Rehearsals begin the first week in September and performances are Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 31-Nov. 22. Paula Kline-Messner is director and Jennifer Teller is producer.

For details, call 330-256-2750 or email

Two win library prizes

Two local youths earned prizes recently in Aurora Memorial Library's weekly prize drawing for teens and tweens.

Macenzie Starcher won a backpack with an Aurora Cinemark theater gift card inside, while David Mitchell III won a book and a "Spark a Reaction" backpack and gift card to Aurora Cinemark.

Youths could enter drawings each time they checked out books or rated books they read, and the gift cards were donated by the theater.

Joyce speaks Aug. 21

Members of the Aurora

Chamber of Commerce are reminded that U.S. Rep. David Joyce will speak Aug. 21 at a luncheon which also includes the Twinsburg and Solon Chambers. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg.

Library's hours noted

Aurora Memorial Library hours are as follows: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Cub Scout events set
Parents who might be interested in getting their sons  involved in Cub Scouting are advised Pack 3269 has two free events coming up.
On Aug. 22 is “A Taste of Cub Scouting” at 6 p.m. at the Moore Farm on South Bissell Road. Boys can cook hot dogs and s’mores around the campfire and see what goes on at a Cub Scout campout.
Then on Aug. 23 is “Rocket Day” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harmon Flying Field on Bartlett Road, when the pack invites boys to launch rockets. Extra ones will be available.
The first pack meeting of the fall will be Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
For details, contact Cubmaster Paul Tanski at 330-348-0227 or

Gardens given plaque

At a meeting of the Rotary Club of Aurora, member Brady Krebs presented the Gardens of the Western Reserve with a plaque for taking second place in the best food category at the Taste of the Western Reserve competition, which took place in April. Accepting the award were dietary directors at the senior care center Toni Rock of Streetsboro and Chad Ferrell of Cuyahoga Falls. The event is an annual major fundraiser for Rotary.

Birthday celebrations

offered at Novak site

The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland is offering children's birthday parties at the historic remodeled Novak Education Center on Townline Road in Aurora. Parents can encourage their child's interest in birds and nature with a bird-themed birthday party, planned and hosted by ASGC volunteers.

For the cost of supplies, the ASGC will provide up to 10 children with a fun learning experience that includes bird-themed crafts, games and activities such as a scavenger hunt, owl pellet dissection and a hayride. Each birthday child receives a special gift and personalized birthday cake.

An initial test party took place in July for volunteer and Aurora Girl Scout leader Kathy Cochran's daughter Sarah, who celebrated her "11 1/2" birthday by introducing her friends to her love of birds.

Six girls went on a scavenger hunt, tested their knowledge of state birds, dissected owl pellets, painted miniature birdhouses and went on a hayride at Novak Sanctuary.

Reservations are currently being taken for selected dates through Nov. 15. Interested parents should email the Audubon Society at

Celebration to include

dinner at the Bertram

Portage County Celebration Week will include a gala dinner Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora.

It will feature dinner, entertainment and an awards ceremony honoring some of Portage's most significant citizens and projects.

A group called Visioning in Portage has planned the celebration week, which includes a high school band show tonight (Aug. 20) at Kent Roosevelt High School, a cruise-in Aug. 27 on East Main Street in Ravenna and the Kent State University football season opener Aug. 30 at Dix Stadium.

Ticket information for the dinner is available at Ticket buying deadline is today (Aug. 20).

Back to school slated

Aurora schools' students and parents are reminded that the first day of classes for all students except preschool and kindergarten is Aug. 21.

Kindergarten classes will begin for students with last names A to L on Aug. 21, while the first day of classes for kindergarten students with last names M to Z is Aug. 22. All-day kindergarten classes will begin Aug. 25.

Preschool students' first day of classes is Aug. 26.

For questions about the schools, call the central office at 330-995-7702.

See lunch menus for the first week of school on Page 20 of the Advocate.