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Did you know that The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland has three wildlife sanctuaries in Aurora?  Though privately owned, all three of these beautiful sanctuaries are open to the public.

The Aurora Sanctuary is located north of Pioneer Trail, a few hundred yards from Page Road. This sanctuary is believed to be the oldest privately held nature preserve in Ohio.  The bulk of this 165 acre preserve is in a second growth beech-maple-oak-hickory forest.  A trail system on the western portion of the property is approximately two miles and lends access to a large variety of habitat types.  There are four ponds on the property with an active beaver lodge affecting the size and conditions of each pond.

The Novak Sanctuary is located on Townline Road about ¾ of a mile north of Route 82.  Located on both sides of Townline Road, this 152 acre sanctuary features some wetlands surrounded by fields and second growth forests.  Both sides feature some walking trails.

The Molnar Sanctuary is located at 850 Page Road on the west side.  This 113 acre sanctuary is divided into two tracts.  The northern and larger tract is almost entirely native hardwood forest.  Its most noteworthy feature is a striking 8 acre pond.  The southern tract is an old farm property including the foundations of farm buildings.  There is also one walking trail.

For more information on the three sanctuaries in Aurora, please visit www.clevelandaudubon.org

Summer Concert Series: 

August 3rd at 6:30pm until 8:30pm featuring The Geezecats.

August 17th at 6:30pm until 8:30pm featuring The Diamond Project.

All concerts are at the Veterans Memorial Gazebo located at 40 West Garfield Road and are free to the public.  In case of rain, the concerts are moved to Doogan’s of Aurora.

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets:

August is back to school month and many of the stores will be offering back to school savings throughout the month.  And remember, The State of Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday August 5th and ends on Sunday August 7th.  During this weekend, the following items will be exempt from sales tax:

Clothing priced at $75.00 per item or less.

School supplies priced at $20.00 per item or less

School instructional material priced at $20.00 per item or less

For the complete list, please visit www.tax.ohio.gov and be sure to visit Aurora Farms for all your back to school needs.

Farmers Market:

The Aurora Farmers Market continues through August 24, 2016.  It is held every Wednesday from 4:00pm until 7:00pm in the parking lot behind The Church in Aurora.

Business Spotlight: Mason Jar Grill and Pub

Fairly new to the area, The Mason Jar Grill and Pub offers healthy options, stuffed gourmet hamburgers, farm to table foods, and mason jar glassware (hence the name).  The Mason Jar is located at 329 East Garfield Road and is hoping to become Aurora’s craft beer and fresh food destination.  Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,  please visit their website for hours and more info.  You can find them at www.themasonjargrill.com.