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Welcome to Twenty-Thirteen! A New Year, a fresh slate and the lure to make a laundry list of resolutions loom large. Before you pledge to lose weight, get in shape, stop griping, be punctual, and call your mother at least once a week, I'd like to offer one promise I am hopeful everyone can make and achieve.

Resolve: To experience Aurora in one new way this year. Here's just a short list of things to do and places to go.

Walk, ride, sit or slide, but take the time to enjoy Aurora's open spaces:

City of Aurora Parks (parks.auroraoh.com)

Sunny Lake Park

Bicentennial Park

Breezy Point Pavilion

Kiwanis-Moore Park

Moebius Nature Center (mymnc.org)

Aurora Audubon Society (www.clevelandaudubon.org/sanct_Aurora.htm)

Audubon Society trails Blanche Katherine Novak Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Aurora Sanctuary

Michael and Lenore Molnar Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Learn how your government makes decisions.

Attend an Aurora City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the town hall (www.auroraoh.ccom) or watch a full broadcast of the meeting on Cable 9 (www.cable9.org for schedule).

Make your community the best it can be and join your friends at one of our town's active neighborhood groups: Aurora Highlands, Four Seasons Community, Hawthorne of Aurora, Residence at Barrington, The Reserves of Aurora, The Woods of Aurora, Walden Community, Wellington Home Owners Association.

Enjoy Aurora Memorial Library (www.portagecounty.lib.oh.us)

Join your favorite preschooler for storytime. Registration begins Jan. 7.

Stop in to read your favorite newspaper or magazines.

Join Aurora Cooks, local readers who meet each month to cook from a book and share their food.

Borrow online from a growing selection of audio and e-books.

Tour Aurora Historical Society's Museum (aurorahistorical.org)

Open 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or by appointment by calling 330-995-3336.

See the special traveling exhibition, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," Feb. 23 through April 5 with special panel discussions on March 16 and 26.

Experience the joy of live performances at Aurora Community Theatre (auroracommunitytheatre.com)

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Jan. 25 -- Feb. 16

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" March 1 -- 9

"Jesus Christ Superstar" April 26 -- May 18

"Rent" July 5 -- 20

Taste food of the world and American favorites, right in your own home town.

Mexican at El Camino

Indian food at Café Tandoor

Chinese at Hunan Express or Magic Wok

Italian at Café Toscano

Irish at Mad Jack's Pub

Comfort food at Nicky & Smitty's or Crossings Café

Burgers and sandwiches at Doogan's of Aurora and Subway Shops

Pizza at Zeppes, Gioninos, Angelo's, Guys', Teresa's and Vinny's

Upscale fare at The Leopard, The Barn, and The Cabin

Night out at ThornCreek Winery or James Place Wine Bar.

For places to shop and more ideas for keeping your New Year's resolution to experience Aurora, visit the Aurora Chamber of Commerce website at allaboutaurora.com.

Oh, and don't forget to call your mother once a week.

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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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