Geauga’s general plan

The Geauga County Planning Commission is continuing a public engagement process to gather community input for the update of the Geauga County General Plan to guide future policy decisions and development. Residents are invited to join the commission at one of their four public forums, which kicked off with it’s first forum on Oct. 7, on Oct. 8, 13 and 15 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Veterans Legacy Woods, 14085 Ravenna Road, Newbury; the West Woods Oak Room, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell; and the Geauga County Offices, 470 Center St. in Chardon, Building 8 meeting room, respectively, or online at co.geauga.oh.us/departments/planning-commission/general-plan for virtual participation. For more information, call the planning commission office at 440-279-1740 or email planning@co.geauga.oh.us. Plan for approximately 30 minutes to complete the outreach activities. Masks and social distancing are required.

NEOCAG to meet online

The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc. monthly meeting will be Oct. 10 via Zoom at 9 a.m. with a presentation beginning at 9:30 am. The speaker for the meeting will be Jane Gramlich, special collections librarian at Akron Public Library. Her topic will be “Special Collections/Genealogy Department Resources and Services.” She will also present a secondary topic based on her research trip to Salt Lake Family History Library. She will talk about how to prepare for the trip and how to use the library, its resources, FamilySearch and how she used her time. For more information and the Zoom address, visit neocag.net or email neocag.webmaster@gmail.com.

Dems candidates night

The Geauga County Democratic Party will host their Candidates Night via Zoom on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Visit www.geaugadems.com for the Zoom link. Join the candidates night to learn about state and regional Democratic candidates for the upcoming General Election.

Learn fire techniques

Explore fire-building techniques from primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Great Blue Heron Lodge in The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Registration is required and the program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Trek an autumn gem

Geauga Gems can take a 1-mile hike from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Aspen Grove in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Trek through forests, pass by ponds and stop by a stream on paved and gravel trails. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Journal the Deep Woods

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations with a focus on the fall forest from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 in Deep Woods at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. The program is partially outdoors, and taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. The fee is $20 for in-county residents and $24 for out-of-county residents. Registration is required by phone only at 440-279-0880. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Support library by staying in

The Geauga County Public Library invites the public to their first “non-event” on Oct. 23, their Stay at Home and Read Fundraiser, hosted by the Geauga County Library Foundation. Participants select a book, get in comfy clothes, pour a beverage of their choice and get lost in the pages. Support the library by donating money that would have otherwise been spent on a night out. Participants can also post a photo of their night in with #GCPLStayHome to be entered into a prize drawing. All proceeds support the library’s mission to engage, connect and inspire Geauga County. Donations will be accepted for this cause anytime online at geaugalibrary.net/stay-home-andread or by mail to Geauga County Library Foundation, 12701 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, OH 44024.

Mars presentation on Webex

Learn about Mars and the latest missions to explore it and share some Mars-viewing tips from 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 23 during this virtual Webex program. This program is online via the free software Webex. Upon registration, participants will receive a link to join in. Call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org to register or for more information.

Night hike at Aspen Grove

Join the Geauga Park District to discover the creatures that live in the woods but only come out at night from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Aspen Grove, Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Identify trees at the Metz

Learn the basics on how to identify trees from 9-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park, 7940 Cedar Road in Chester. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Hike around the reservoir

Join a naturalist for a 7-mile hike around the East Branch Reservoir from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Search for wildlife including eagles and waterfowl on this hike in an area not normally open to the public. The hike is partially along Routes 608 and 322. Pack a lunch and water bottle. Meet in the Route 608 main parking lot at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road in Huntsburg. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Veterans hike fall colors

Veterans are welcome to join a hike to enjoy the fall colors from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 24 at Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park, 7940 Cedar Road in Chester. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Vets to host clambake

Chardon VFW Post 6519 will hold a clambake from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at 752 Water St. in Chardon. Donation is $25 per person for a half chicken dinner and a dozen clams. Extra clams are $10 per dozen. Presale tickets only. The public is welcome. For information and tickets, call 440-285-3699 or www.chardon-vfw.com.

View the night sky

This socially-distant night-sky viewing program is offered at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Several telescopes will be spaced out around the Observatory Park plaza. If cloudy, registered participants can view an indoor planetarium presentation. Please register for one session per night. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 for this wheelchair and stroller accessible program. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Trek the Tupelo Pond

Geauga Gems join a naturalist for an out-and-back, medium-level hike totaling 4 miles from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Tupelo Pond, Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Planetarium show upcoming

Learn what to watch for in the night sky at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Register for only one session. The building open house is from 1-4 p.m., and the program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Weather permitting, also view the sun using the planetarium’s safe solar-viewing equipment. Call 440-286-9516 for more information and registration. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Fall hike at The Rookery

Discover colorful fall leaves and berries on an easy walk along the Interurban Trail from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. This hike is sponsored in collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing is required, and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Pet sterilizations available

Valley Save-A-Pet, in cooperation with more than 24 local veterinarians, is offering low cost spay and neuter services to pet owners in the greater Cleveland area through the Have A Heart Spay/Neuter Program. The program offers a discounted rate to cat and dog owners who otherwise cannot afford to have their pets sterilized. Modest additional charges are required for all animals not current on vaccinations and for large dogs whose weight might require special anesthesia. These additional fees are the owner’s responsibility.

Free sterilizations for a limited number of pet female cats and male or female dogs under 1 year of age are available. Pet owners can call for information and apply for a certificate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Feral cat caretakers must call on Mondays. To schedule cats or dogs, call 440-232-2287. To learn more about Valley Save-A-Pet programs, events and updates, visit www.valleysaveapet.org.

Virtual programs at Geauga library

The Geauga County Public Library is offering virtual programs via Zoom. Visit www.geaugalibrary.net for more information on programs available and to register. Provide an email when registering. Instructions for picking up materials and how to join the Zoom meeting will be provided upon registration.

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