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In between the planning and the parties, the anxiety and the “ahhhs,” remember this holiday season to be good to you. It’s a great way to lessen stress and enjoy more.
One guilt-free place to indulge yourself is the Friends of Aurora Memorial Library’s book sale this weekend, where you’ll find tables piled high with novels, mysteries, cookbooks, biographies, gorgeous hard-back books that tell stories through exceptional photographs and so much more with prices beginning at just one dollar.
Oh, and there are plenty of books for children, so you might even find a gift for someone on your list.
The book sale in the lower level of the library building welcomes members only Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. with memberships for sale at the door. The sale opens to everyone Dec. 6  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will help to purchase new books and materials for the library, as well as programs that encourage reading for children, youth and adults.
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Good news on the science front. Moebius Nature Center recently applied a major donation it received from Aurora Garden Club to purchase a new microscope for the study of plants. School children especially will have the opportunity to use the new equipment at the center’s many programs. Who knows? A budding Burbank may be inspired by the gift.
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Aurora Garden Club also announced new board leaders for 2014. Marge Godale will take the gavel as president from B Koglman. Dana Wakefield will assume the vice president’s duties from Jan Pesa and Beverly Kuch, who held the job jointly. Pat Morten will remain as secretary and Donna Mattmuller will continue to manage funds as treasurer.
The club was founded in 1959 to stimulate interest in and acquire knowledge of home gardening, cooperate in protecting natural resources and encourage civic betterment. They meet the first Friday of most months, including Dec. 6. For more information, call Koglman at 330-562-4096.
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Kudos to Aurora Historical Society’s volunteers of the year Neil Klimko and Jo Smalley, plus B Koglman, who received the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The honors were bestowed at the society’s recent annual meeting.
The group also elected 2014 trustees: John Kudley, president; Tim Holder, vice president; Kathlyn Brown, secretary; Karen Walter, treasurer; and board members Klimko, Jason Coleman, Mike Thal, Jeff Clark, Carole Jo Moroney, Ray Jobin and Tom Eakins.
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Aurora Chamber of Commerce will recognize Imagine That Embroidery and Screenprinting as the 2013 business of the year and Blase “Buddy” Settecase as person of the year at its holiday party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens on Treat Road.
Mad Jack’s Grill & Pub will cater the event, Aurora School of Music will provide entertainment and a silent auction will benefit the Chamber’s scholarship fund. The party is presented with the support of the Atrium at Anna Maria and ThornCreek Winery & Gardens. Reservations at $25 per member / guest must be pre-paid at or call 330-562-3355.
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“RENT,” the rock opera musical, is back by popular demand for two shows only — Dec. 27-28 at Aurora Community Theatre. “We sold out nearly every show in the summer, and the cast so loved performing it that they each agreed to give up part of their holiday to do the show again,” said Marianne Paul, producer and ACT board president. Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for age 18 and under can be purchased anytime at or by calling 330-562-1818.
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Warmest wishes for safe and happy holidays, good health and prosperity in the coming years. Thank you for reading. You make it all worthwhile.
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