Bands sought for city's
summer night concerts
Although it's snowy and cold outside, the city is looking ahead to the sounds of summer, when the parks and recreation department will host six free evening concerts at the Breezy Point Park gazebo.
The concerts will be June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 and 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Bands interested in being considered should visit the department's website at www.parks.auroraoh.com or stop in at the Walker Building for an information form.
Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. Information about the chosen performers for each concert will be released once bands are selected and booked.
The concert series also is a sponsorship opportunity for local businesses and groups. For information about sponsorships, call Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149.
Storytime signups slated;
yo-yo expert will perform
"Wonderful Winter" is the theme for Aurora Library storytimes which begin the week of Jan. 28. Online registration is no longer available, but patrons can call the library at 330-562-6502 or sign up in person.
Storytimes include tiny tot read and play for infants to 2 1/2 years old on Mondays at 11:15 a.m., toddler storytime for ages 2 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and a preschool session for ages 3 1/2 to 5 on Tuesdays at 11:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, Jumario Simmons, assistant director and demonstrator for the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club, will make a presentation Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
Simmons, who has participated in competitions across the country and ranks second in the Mideast Region, has twice garnered the state open division championship. He will demonstrate his skills, present a short how-to session and perform routines that are common in yo-yo competitions.
This event is designed for children in grades 1 to 8. Registration is required, and the first 15 children to sign up will receive a free Duncan yo-yo. Stop in the library or call 330-562-6502 to sign up.
SSLqCat on a Tin Roof' slated
Aurora Community Theatre's will present "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" from Jan. 25-Feb. 16, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
The Tennessee Williams play follows a wealthy Southern family who gathers for the 65th birthday of the plantation's ailing tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt amidst the greed, hypocrisy and secrete passions that threaten to tear them apart.
Tickets cost $16 each for adults and can be reserved by calling 330-562-1818 or visiting www.auroracommunitytheatre.com.
Firefighters' effort helps
families during holidays
This holiday season, eight area families and 21 children enjoyed a Christmas dinner and presents under their trees thanks to Embers of Hope, a non-profit organization started by area firefighters. The effort was started in 2011.
Embers of Hope is funded with donations, mainly a fundraiser in the fall and a costume and casino benefit at Sun Valley Party Center in Auburn Township.
New residents of Aurora Chad and Jen Price, who own Dusk Til Dawn Business Center in Northfield Center sponsored two poker tables at the casino night.
Chad contacted the group and offered to match the $4,000 that the fundraiser brought in, thus allowing the program to assist many more families this year.
Embers of Hope is grateful to all who attended the fundraiser. Without their generosity, the organization would not exist, according to Sherilynne Grecol, Embers of Hope event and media manager.
Instruction at the library
Did you receive a new e-reader or tablet for Christmas and need some help using it? Want to learn how to download free library books and magazines?
The staff of Aurora Library will offer 30-minute sessions of one-to-one instruction Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For an appointment, call 330-562-6502.
For details about library programs, visit www.portagelibrary.org. The library is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.