City eyes vehicles

At City Council's Feb. 27 meeting, members discussed purchasing two new Ford Explorer police cruisers for $54,818 minus trade-in value of $9,300 for two old police cars for a net cost of $45,518.

The panel also discussed another vehicle purchase. The planning-zoning-building department seeks to buy a new Ford F-150 pickup truck from Liberty Ford for $27,295 minus the $6,000 trade-in of a 2006 Ford F-150 for a net cost of $21,295.

Also discussed were a contract with Pyrotechnico ($17,500) for July 4 fireworks, a service agreement worth $11,598 with B&C Communications for city maintenance and installation of radios and dispatching consoles and a quote of $45,950 from GPD Group for design of a metal culvert about 500 feet north of East Pioneer.

Planners to meet

Several items will be on the city planning commission's agenda at tonight's (March 1) meeting. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Panelists will hear a request for withdrawal of a conditional zoning certificate request for an animal care center at Route 43 and Sycamore Drive in front of the Hawthorn of Aurora subdivision.

Also on the agenda are a CZC request, development plan and site plan for a Liberty Ford dealership at Route 43 and Squires Road (a public hearing is planned on the CZC), a revised final plan for the Hawkin subdivision on East Mennonite Road and a request for a wetlands-riparian variance for Lana Narinsky at 1070 Moneta Ave.

Storytimes slated

at Aurora Library

Aurora Memorial Library's spring storytimes, which will feature a "Fine Feathered Friends" theme, will start the week of March 13.

Parents and caregivers are asked to register children for the programs by calling the library at 330-562-6502 or by visiting the library in person.

The programs include a Tiny Tots Read & Play for babies up to 2 years old accompanied by a caregiver, and two sessions of preschool storytimes for 2- to 5-year-olds. The Tiny Tots program will be Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs gallery starting March 13. This lapsit program features finger plays, short stories and songs, followed by an unstructured play time.

The preschool storytime is offered on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. starting March 15. Both programs will feature stories, finger plays and songs, followed by a craft.

Both the Tiny Tots and preschool storytime programs will run for five weeks. For more information on these or other library programs, call the library at 330-562-6502, or visit www.portagelibrary.org.

Auditions coming

for ACT's 'Grease'

Auditions for Aurora Community Theatre's summer play "Grease" will be March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. (dancers) and March 27-28 from 7 to 9 p.m. (vocal and monologues) at the theater in the library building.

Set in 1959 at the fictional Rydell High School, this popular musical follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values and love.

Those auditioning should be prepared to dance (no street clothes or shoes). All characters in the show will be dancing and moving. Bring a current headshot, resume and conflicts along with sheet music in your key.

Prepare 32 bars of music. with no a capella singing or taped music. Also prepare a monologue of your choice no longer than three minutes in length.

Callbacks will be April 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. If called back, be prepared to dance the routines learned at the dance auditions, sing an assigned song from the show and read from the script.

Student character ages range from 16 to 18, but younger looking also will be considered. Adult character ages range from mid-20s to 40-plus. Rehearsals begin in April and performances are June 30 to July 15, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays and one Sunday (July 9).

For more details, visit www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or email director Marc Howard at marc.c.howard@gmail.com.