Arrrrggghhhh! Ahoy there, Matey! Avast, me Hearties! Sept.19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aye, Aye, 'tis true, 'tis true.
Yet despite a yeoman's effort (note the nautical allusion) to promote the day, including national publicity by this columnist's favorite columnist -- Pulitzer-Prize winner Dave Barry -- the day has not made a very big splash.
But abandon not hope, all ye who enter, Aurora can make a difference. On Sept. 19, grab a grog, ye landlubbers, and wish everyone you meet a hearty Ahoy. Silliness is catching.
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If you missed the amazing 10-year anniversary party at Aurora School of Music last month, you're in luck. Students from the school will perform their free fall concerts on Sept. 8 and 15 at Barrington Golf and Country Club.
Six concerts each day beginning at 9 a.m. will provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy these exceptionally talented instrumental and vocal performers.
Bravo to the school's founder, Vera Holczer, whose dream of training musicians of all ages has enriched our city beyond measure for over a decade.
For more information about the school or concerts, visit www.auroraschoolofmusic.com.
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Aurora Community Theatre will present its first-ever playwrighting competition, the Aurora One Acts Festival, Sept. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
Audiences will enjoy the premiere of nine one-act plays, each about 10 minutes long, followed by an opportunity to vote for a favorite. Producer Brenda Redmond began working on the project nearly two years ago. She's received a lot of help from Don Bernardo, who is also directing several of the plays, director Greg Bealer and a devoted cast of volunteer actors.
Playwrights from as far away as Hawaii and Maine submitted entries to the festival. Finalist Tom Keptner of Rootstown will see his play on stage for the first time.
"Diaper Duty" tells the story about three teenage boys who change their baby sister's diaper. All nine plays are just $10, general admission, advance sale at www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or at the door.
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Friends of Aurora Memorial Library will conduct its fall book sale this month featuring a couple of interesting enticements. Members only will get the first chance to select books from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept 12. Memberships, which start at just $10, will be available at the door.
The sale opens to the general public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13. For the first time, the closing day, Sept. 14, will feature special pricing. For $3 you can fill an entire bag with books.
Or, if you purchase one of the Friends heavy-duty tote bags with nifty front and side pockets, you can fill that bag with books for just the price of the tote, $10. To volunteer to set up or sell, call Milka Kalta, 330-562-5745.
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Sunny Lake Park is the setting for Aurora's Fall Family Fun Fest on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aurora kids will enjoy hayrides, pony rides, making scarecrows and more, while Aurora dogs will have fun at a host of offerings from a pawdicure to a pooch walk.
Admission is free, but some pet related activities may include a fee. Colleen Martin at the city can answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-995-9149.
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Betts Colebrook, lifelong Aurora resident and grand doyenne of Aurora Community Theatre, died last month at the age of 90. She led an extraordinary life punctuated by the unexpected.
In her 50s, she returned to school, earning both master's and doctoral degrees in psychology. In her late 80s, she published the story of her life giving it the implausible title "Digging Up Grandpa."
Colebrook threw brilliant parties, loved to garden, to travel, to act and to do things her way. Yet, still, it was surprising to learn at her memorial service that Betts loved to eat peanut butter sandwiches with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, never jelly.
An Aurora iconoclast, Betts Colebrook will be missed.
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Kathlyn Brown, Marianne Biederman, Diane Oberle and Ruth Studer are working hard on Aurora Historical Society's second annual Antiques Appraisal Fair, Café and Consignment Shop on Oct. 12. Keep sorting your treasures to select three for appraisal and as many as want to sell. For more information, call Diane at 330-562-6496.
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Mazel Tov to Michael and Carolyn Oppenheimer, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends in Aurora last month. In recognition of this month's high holy days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we wish all of our Jewish friends L'Shana Tova, and may you be sealed in a good year in the book of life.
We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755 or email@example.com.