Candidates forum set
A candidates forum open to the public and sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sun Valley Party Center off Chamberlain Road in Auburn Township.
Six Aurora mayoral candidates have been invited, plus four Council-at Large hopefuls, two each Ward 1 and Ward 5 candidates and the only Ward 3 candidate. Registration is requested at www.AllAboutAurora.com.
Author/illustrator will make a visit to library
Local children's author Sandra Philipson, whose works include the "Max and Annie" series of picture books about the antics of her adopted dogs, will make a return visit to Aurora Memorial Library on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. to give a test reading of her soon-to-be published book "Wings," a chapter book for elementary school-age children.
Philipson, who spoke to children during the library's summer reading programs in July, will return to gain feedback from children and adults about her new book. She will be accompanied by Jenny Campbell, the book's illustrator, as well as the book's main characters Tak and Penny, her adopted dogs.
Registration is requested, and people can call the library at 330-562-6502 or stop in during operating hours to sign up. 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.
Meanwhile, all branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Oct. 14 in observance of Columbus Day. Regular hours will resume the next day.
Pair of one-act plays claim honors at ACT
Aurora Community Theatre has announced that "How About Cannons?" has won the judges choice award and "A Rave Review" won the audience choice competition at the recent One-Act Festival.
On Sept. 13-15, ACT presented nine never before produced one-act plays.
"How About Cannons?" by David Vazdaukas is a comedy about a depressed composer who derives inspiration from his unconventional little brother.
Vazdaukas is a playwright and artist who lives in Portland, Maine. His first two historical comedies were produced in festivals in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai. His mixed media works have been featured in several Maine galleries.
Judges were Jan Jones, former Cleveland TV personality; Loree Vick, media adviser for University Hospitals; Paula Kline-Messner, four-time Emmy Award winner, actress and director; Don Arbuckle, frequent ACT actor and set construction manager; and Jean Arbuckle, set decorator, producer and volunteer for many ACT shows.
"A Rave Review" is a comedy about a critic who attends a really bad local production of "Fiddler on the Roof."
Abelman, a Chagrin Falls resident, is an award-winning Northeast Ohio journalist and has performed on many community and professional theater stages. His next appearance will be "Yentl" at the Cleveland Play House.
Brenda Redmond, producer and festival organizer, said Abelman donated his prize winnings back to ACT.
Candidates to gather
The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County will sponsor a candidates forum Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Harmon School's commons. Candidates in Aurora's fall election have been invited.