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The Roycroft Campus’s Power House will open its space to Mary Akers Saturday evening for a launch party celebrating her new collection of short stories related to the ocean – a theme the local author has worked to make a local connection to.

Akers, who lives in Lockport and collaborated with an Elma resident on an earlier book, plans to give away coral fossils she found near her home and that she says are left over from Western New York’s time, some 400 million years ago, as an inland sea. Her daughter, who was a mixologist at a resort, created “Lifeboat” cocktails for the celebration involving vodka, lime, coconut cream and Pop Rocks.

During the party from 5 to 7 p.m. at 39 South Grove St., the author will read excerpts of “Bones of an Inland Sea,” a book she describes as a “composite” novel because a family appears as a recurring theme in the story collection.

“I take a lot of things from the news. I have a Vietnam veteran with PTSD. A woman with Alzheimer’s,” said Akers. “All sorts of things that haunt me.”

She celebrated the publication of her first book in 2008 at the Roycroft Campus too. She co-authored “One Life to Give” with Andrew Bienkowski, of Elma, which tells the story of his survival in Siberia with his family after Russia invaded Poland. “We’re working on another book together,” said Akers.

Tickets are $20. Call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261.

Also this week:

• The Aurora Women’s Club hosts the O’Connell & Company’s benefit production of Diva by Diva at 4 p.m. today at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St. Doors open at 3 p.m. for refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets, $25. Call 655-4808 or 655-5043.

• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main.

• The Aurora Town Board meets at 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the budget and at 7 p.m. for a work session at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue.

• The East Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall, 571 Main.

• The Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed.