Get ready for fantasy and reverie, all decked out in your most magical duds at Moebius Nature Center’s "Midsummer Night’s Dream Festival" at 6 p.m. Saturday. Children of all ages are welcome to come dressed as superheroes, medieval knights or fairy princesses, damsels or dragons.
This free, family event features games, crafts, food and prizes. There will be giant bubbles, a toss game, and face painting early on, plus a special event in honor of the new moon where participants will follow the lights to a hidden treasure. Children will learn to make wizard wands, princess cone hats, fairy crowns, and magical lanterns. Refreshments will feature campfire food including hot dogs, chips, fresh vegetables, brownies and s’mores.
Registration is required to ensure there are enough craft supplies and food for everyone. Log on to www.mymnc.org to let them know you’re coming. Moebius Nature Center volunteers work hard to secure grants and other donations that make their events free or affordable for all, so proper records are very important.
If you have already registered but find you cannot attend, let Kim Pease at the center know by emailing her at email@example.com to cancel the registration. This will enable them to share the programs with as many people as possible. Moebius Nature Center is located at 929 E. Mennonite Road, just past Sunny Lake Park, up the hill and on your left.
Aurora Chamber of Commerce plans a lively, creative "Business After Hours" event. "Party at the Art Studio," will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at one of our town’s newest destinations: Art ‘n Spirits at 14 New Hudson Road. Meet owner Dianna Abdoo and learn about her new studio where friends can gather to sip a glass of wine and have fun while learning how to paint. Even novice artists will have a great time as an experienced artist guides you step by step to create your very own masterpiece! The chamber event, open to members and a guest, includes complimentary refreshments and cash bar. Register at allaboutaurora.com.
Aurora Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road. Tomatoes should be in season this month along with a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables from nearby farms, plus specialty foods, crafts and entertainment.
Aurora’s final outdoor concert will feature "The Be-Sides," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Veterans Memorial Park, 40 W. Garfield Road near the intersection of S.R. 306. All ages are welcome to this free event. Bring blankets, lawn chairs or sit-upons to enjoy the sounds of summer with neighbors, friends and family.
The month of August is filled with salutes to some of the best and worst American summer food favorites. They’re great because they taste so yummy, but nutrition-wise, not so much, so partake sparingly but do enjoy: "National S’mores Day" on Aug. 10 or go just for the gooey middle Aug. 30 on "Toasted Marshmallow Day." Aug. 14 is "National Creamsicle Day," but for those who like multi-flavored frozen treats without a stick, there’s "National Spumoni Day" on Aug. 21. To help counter-act a month of sweet indulgences, enjoy "National Trail Mix Day" on Aug. 31.
For a no-calories, guilt-free salute, don’t forget that Aug. 12 to 18 is National Smile Week.
Aurora students start back to school Aug. 15, so be careful out there and watch for the wee ones on the road.
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