Summer fun begins this month in Aurora with an outdoor focus on golf, hiking, skateboarding and free band concerts, complimented by indoor pursuits like good books and the opening of the crowd-pleasing musical:"Grease."
Plus, June brings the return of my summer favorite: the Aurora Farmers' Market. Back for its seventh year on June 14, this joint project of the Church in Aurora's wellness program and Red Rock Farmers' Market will continue every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 30 in the parking lot adjacent to the church.
Yum! I can already taste the early spring vegetables and herbs, the real Ohio maple syrup, fresh eggs, bread, pies and pierogi.
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After the farmers' market, every other Wednesday beginning June 14, remember to bring a blanket, chairs and the whole family to enjoy the free music concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The open-air event on the lawn, with plenty of room for the kids to get up and dance, is at Veteran Memorial Park. Look for the gazebo.
The June 14 show will feature the modern country music of Post Road. On June 28, the classic country and Southern rock sounds of husband and wife duo Robert and Deborah Carothers of Silver Creek will take to the stage.
For advanced information during inclement weather, sign up for text or email updates by contacting 330-655-6410.
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It's charity tee time June 15, when the Aurora Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2017 business and community golf outing at Boulder Creek in Streetsboro. Registration is under way online, or golfers can sign up beginning 8:30 a.m. on the outing day.
The $125 fee covers greens fees, food, drink, and prizes, but best of all, this networking opportunity and day of outdoor fun benefits the chamber's scholarship fund. This year alone, the chamber awarded $6,000 to Aurora High School seniors. Log on to allaboutaurora.com or call 330-562-3355.
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Party on the Patio, the Chamber's summer get-together, will be June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the wonderful outdoor space of the 1815 Tavern. This free event for members and their guests offers another good opportunity for businesses to get to know each other while enjoying complimentary appetizers and cash bar.
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Go Skateboarding Day will be June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kiwanis-Moore Skate Park near the main fire station. This free party, complete with beverages, music and prizes underwritten by Martini Ski and Skate, will showcase Aurora youths' skills and tricks in this action sport.
Coming a long way since "sidewalk surfing" in the 1940s-70s, skateboarding is now an estimated $5 billion industry worldwide and will be represented as an official sport at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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Tricia Springstubb, acclaimed local author of books for children and youth, will bring her additional talents as a professional mime, magician, and "storigami" (storyteller/origami artist) to celebrate the close of Aurora Memorial Library's summer reading club June 27 at 1 p.m. The six-week program for youngsters entering grades kindergarten to 5 provides encouragement for kids to read at least 15 minutes each day, log their reading time and get together each Tuesday in June.
The library has issued a summer book challenge to adult readers as well. Grownups who read 10 books between now and Sept. 1 and log their reads in a journal will not only enjoy a season of great books, but will have their name included in a raffle for a $50 Target gift certificate.
For more information about the library and all of its programs, call 330-562-6502 for more information.
Friends of the Aurora Memorial Library, which provides the financial support for most of these programs, will conduct its annual dinner meeting June 22 at the Atrium at Anna Maria.
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Pith helmets and hand lenses at the ready, Moebius Nature Center will take you on "Our Safari," in search of the food and shelter used by local animals. The expedition begins June 10 at 2 p.m. at 929 E. Mennonite Road, just past Sunny Lake Park.
Snacks will be provided, so please let the center know if you'll be there by logging on to www.mymnc.org or calling Kim Pease at 216-402-4361. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for a hike.
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Duck-tailed, hot-rodding T-Birds and their gum-smacking, bobbie-sox-wearing Pink Ladies take center stage with "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightening" and all the memorable tunes of the raucous musical "Grease" at Aurora Community Theatre from June 30-July 15.
Set in the fabulous fifties at the fictional Rydell High School, this popular play follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love. Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for age 18 and under are available at www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or 330-562-1818.
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