Break out the tie-dye, bell-bottoms, mini skirts and go-go boots. It’s time to let down your hair and party like it’s 1960. Aurora Community Theatre will mark its 60th anniversary with a 60s-themed party from 6 to 9 pm Sept. 26 at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens, 155 Treat Road.

The $60 ticket for "Celebrate 60" includes a glass of ThornCreek wine, an amazing array of heavy appetizers by Mazzulo’s Market from charcuterie and cheeses to fresh fruit and roasted vegetables. Plus a luscious Dessert Bar with French macarons, gluten-free mini cupcakes, Texas sheet cake and more from ACT’s inspired pastry makers.

Tasty treats are just the beginning. Partygoers will enjoy taking a chance on raffle items and, as always at an ACT fundraiser; you’ll have the opportunity to win a Wheelbarrow of Booze & Wine.

Proceeds from "Celebrate 60" will benefit the backstage renovation of the theatre including both dressing rooms and the green room, as well as updated heating and electrical.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Erin Matson, 216-316-1903. Hats off to the hard-working party committee: Rebecca Gang, Erin Matson, Marianne Paul, Victoria Rizzo-Prato, Dolly Spinelli, Nancy Walsh and Anna White.

Dolly Spinelli tells us that beginning this Fall, her Aurora Rose Dance Academy will collaborate with Julie Matthews and Debra Lewin to offer professional training for actors and singers.

Casting director/acting coach Matthews will bring her 30 years of experience to teach the basic acting skills needed on-screen for commercials, television and film, as well as on-stage for live performances. Participants will improve audition skills and build confidence beyond acting.

Professional vocalist Lewin will offer workshops designed to enhance performance skills for all music genres. Lewin will help singers prepare techniques for successful auditions and live performances with a focus on professional artist development.

Open to teens, adults, and children age five and above, the rotating four-week workshops begin Sept. 17 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays at a fee of $159. To register, contact Julie at 216-258-4884 or at

Aurora Rose Dance Academy, 221 E. Garfield Rd., offers lessons in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and competitive dance, plus a pre-school combo class. To register, call Dolly at 330-995-3262.

Aurora Community Theatre will offer after-school musical theater workshops from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Mondays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 25 for students aged six to 13.Casting director/acting coach Julie Matthews and professional vocalist Debi Lewin will conduct the nine-session training in singing, dancing and acting, that will culminate in Christmas performances before live audiences Dec. 1 and 2.

The after-school program will be held in the gallery, lower level, of Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. To register, call Julie 216-258-4884 or contact her at Cost of the nine workshops with two performances is $249.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the ACT Lynn Potter and Elizabeth (Betts) Colebrook Scholarship Funds.


It was with a sad heart that we bid farewell to a dear friend, Michael Oppenheimer, who died Sept. 4. Michael and his wonderful wife Carolyn enjoyed living in Aurora, especially the quiet times like watching the mother ducks care for their babies nested in the kitchen window box of their Walden home.

A loving husband, Michael dutifully typed the minutes of the Friends of Aurora Memorial Library meetings from Carolyn’s hand-written notes. A wise man who never tired of learning, Michael approached every discussion with equal attention whether it was about global affairs of state or the interests and activities of his four grandchildren.

Rabbi Michael Oppenheimer, who served congregations in Beachwood and Mansfield, taught at John Carroll University and Baldwin Wallace College, was just as happy to take on the dramaturge duties for ACT’s production of "Fiddler on the Roof," providing accurate details about religious ritual, clothing and history.

Michael Oppenheimer was a mensch, a person of integrity and honor. He is missed.

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