Destynn Keuchel

Hawken School rising sophomore Destynn Keuchel shows off his hardware after winning the 14 and under section of the 2019 National Junior Chess Congress held in Cypress, California earlier this year. He has already earned the National Chess Master title.

Kinetic sculpture camp

Children ages 11-18 are welcome to come to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., for a five-day camp June 24-28 to create a moving automaton. Come join to create a kinetic sculpture using cranks, cams and camshafts. Registration is requested for this free camp at 440-247-3556.

Young Explorers DNA program

Young Explorers in grades kindergarten to five are welcome to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., to explore the science of DNA, June 25 at 4 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Puppet show at Gates Mills library

Join “Little Red” as she journeys to visit her sick grandmother during a Great Lakes National Puppet Theater performance at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. This fast-paced and colorful production is geared for younger audiences, as well as for families. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

Hawken National Master recognition

Hawken School rising sophomore Destynn Keuchel, 15, of Solon earned the National Chess Master title this season.

Destynn participated in the Akron Chess Club tournament, where he took clear first place with a perfect score among 19 top players and won a cash prize on May 25. He won against three National Masters and became a National Master himself.

The United States Chess Federation awards the National Master title to any player who reaches a rating of 2200. Less than one percent of rated players hold the title.

Preschoolers learn about robots

Notre Dame Elementary School preschool students had an out-of-this-world time at World of Robots camp last week. They learned about different types of robots and their jobs, made robots, enjoyed robot snacks and made new friends.

Burton library story times

Burton Public Library, 14588 W Park St., holds story times for children 0-5 with a caregiver through Aug. 9 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. No registration is required, and visit for more details.

Firework Fun at the library

Burton Public Library, 14588 W Park St., hosts a Firework Fun event, July 1 at 3 p.m. Kids will create a firework masterpiece with scratch paper and firework popsicles will be served. Open for all ages, with no registration required.

YAC hosts mental health fundraiser

Geauga Youth Advisory Council (YAC) held their first “E-Race The Stigma” Mental Health Awareness 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk on June 2. 150 people attended the event at the Great Geauga County Fair. YAC is the countywide high school leadership group. They deemed the stigma surrounding mental health in their schools and communities a problem and made this their focal point this school year. The event was the highlight of their leadership activities. Burton Middlefield Rotary, Greener Living and Geauga Growth Partnership, Inc. were sponsors, and refreshments were donated by community members and parents for attendees. Ravenwood Health had a booth with information, giveaways and a therapy dog. The band “Close To Second,” made up of members from Kenston High School, also performed at the event. For more information about the YAC, visit

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