Around Aurora

by CHRISTINE PATRONIK-HOLDER | CORRESPONDENT Published:

June is the best month for kids, especially Aurora kids. School is out and all over town there are a ton of fun things to do.
Head over to Sunny Lake Park for the annual family fishing derby June 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a catch-and-release event, so plan to pack a picnic or buy refreshments at the park. There will be trophies and raffle prizes, too.
Individuals will pay a $3 entry while the cost for an Aurora family of up to five is just $8. Each additional member is $2. Of course, members of a family must live in the same household. Non-resident fee is $5 per person or $12 for a family up to five. Limited bait will be provided.
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Remember, you don’t need a special event to enjoy Aurora’s beautiful parks. There are things to do and enjoy for all ages at Sunny Lake Park, while Liz Strahan and Kiwanis-Moore parks are especially great for families with youngsters.
Check the city’s website — www.auroraoh.com — or stop in at the parks office on West Pioneer Trail for more information about boat rentals, picnic tables and pavilion reservations, the sand volleyball court, horseshoe pitches, playground equipment, nature trails and more.
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The Aurora youth track meet for ages 2 to 12 will be 6 to 8 pm June 13 at Aurora High School’s Veterans Stadium. Preregister for just $6 by June 9 at the parks and recreation office, or $8 on event day, cash and checks only. The first 100 registered participants will receive a T-shirt.
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“Go Skateboarding Day” is June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground.  Constructed in the fall of 2007, Aurora’s specially built two-level skatepark allows beginners and advanced users to enjoy the park together. For more information on city events for children and youth, including softball and baseball leagues, go to www.auroraoh.com or try the field and events hotline at 330-655-6410.
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Fizz, Boom, Read! is the summer reading theme at Aurora Memorial Library, where  weekly programs for children in grades K to 5 will feature hands-on science experiments and demonstrations followed by special entertainment, including magician Jim Kleefeld on June 10, magician Drew Murray on June 17 and Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show on June 24.
The Tuesday programs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. continue through July 15. Children will keep track of their reading progress and can win prizes. “Little Scientists” preschool story times for ages 3 to 5 will be Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Registration is free. Contact Sandy Tucker at 330-562-6502 for more information.
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If you don’t mind getting a bit wet and want to know more about under-water critters, you’re invited to join Cleveland Metro Parks naturalist Jeff Rieb on June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road. It is recommended for ages 8 and up. Visit www.mymnc.org for more information.
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Summer free concert season begins June 11 with Post Road playing country and top 40 hits, followed by the Swizzle Stick Band’s Motown and oldies on June 25.
Thanks to Doogan’s of Aurora and State Farm agent Greg Rodi for underwriting these outdoor opportunities for families and neighbors to enjoy music under the stars in Veterans Memorial Park. If it looks like rain, call the field and events hotline at 330-655-6410.
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The New Aurora Inn will host a community blood drive June 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Garfield ballroom. Donors will be entered to win prizes from area merchants and receive a free tote bag.
Possibly best of all, you’ll be able to meet the staff, check out the pools and learn about the updates planned for the landmark hotel in the historic district. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “Aurora” to schedule your appointment.
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End-of-school-year congratulations to Aurora teachers. Thanks!
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We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755 or cph@cphcommunications.com.

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