Tai Chi offered
Learn the movements and benefits of tai chi at the Orange Senior Center on Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. from today (Oct. 14) through Nov. 18. Preregistration and masks are required. Cost is $84 for OSC members and $89 for nonmembers. The center is located at 32205 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike. For reservations or more information, call 216-831-8600, ext. 5700 or visit orangerec.com.
Seniors enjoy a naturalist-led wagon ride on Oct. 14 at Swine Creek Reservation Woods Edge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. This special event includes a picnic lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. sponsored by the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wagon rides follow the lunch through 2:30 p.m. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Ages 10 and older enjoy lunchtime yoga with Darlene Kelbach from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Fee is $7 for Geauga County residents and $10 out-of-county residents. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Meet plein air artists Brant Gebhart, Ron Johnston and Betsy Morris from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and view their collection of nature paintings at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Drop in any time, no registration is required.
Wolf Cub Scouts work on their “Paws on the Path” badge from 9:30-11 a.m., and Junior Girl Scouts work on their “Animal Habitat” badge from 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 16 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Scouts join a naturalist to earn their badges both indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. All attending, including adults and siblings, must register at geaugaparkdistrict.org or by calling 440-286-9516.
Nature in disguise
Follow critters (volunteers in costume) along a trail and learn about their habits from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. on Oct. 16 at West Woods Turkey Ridge Shelter, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. All children are encouraged to dress in costumes. All participants, including adults and children, must register at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Explore blue heron preserve
Explore the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Blue Heron Preserve, a former quarry that is now transitioning back to a more natural habitat, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at 14747 Ravenna Road in Burton. Hike about two miles on gravel trails. Bring water, binoculars and a camera. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Free horse-drawn wagon rides are given every half hour from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 at Swine Creek Reservation Woods Edge Shelter, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. All rides are first-come, first-served and will be canceled by bad weather. Seating is limited and no pets allowed. The last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary.
Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to observe the wonders of the night sky using our restored telescope from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. The wheelchair and stroller-accessible program will be cancelled due to cloudy conditions. A limited number of people are permitted in the building at a time, which may result in having to wait to get into the building.
Participants should be able to hike at least three miles on this nature trek fitness hike from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. Held rain or shine, dress for the weather and bring water. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Headwaters horse ride
Bring your horse for a leisurely ride to enjoy autumn nature from 3-5 p.m., or a four-mile ride as the sun sets and moon rises from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road in Huntsburg. Meet at Crystal Lake Picnic Area on Route 608. Expect gravel, bridge crossings and possibly bikes and/or Amish buggies. Helmets are encouraged and registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Enjoy a leisurely naturalist-led, four-mile ride with your horse to experience autumn as the sun sets and moon rises over East Branch Reservoir from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road in Huntsburg. Expect hills, gravel, bridge and stream crossing on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle trails. Helmets are encouraged. Bring a shovel to clean up after the horse in the parking lot. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Fall color hikes
Join a naturalist for a medium-level, one-plus-mile hike to enjoy fall colors from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 18 at Beartown Lakes Reservation, 18870 Quinn Road in Auburn. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Medicare drug information
The Geauga County Department on Aging hosts “Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Comparisons” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Chardon Public Library, 110 East Park St. in Chardon, and at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Middlefield Library, 16167 East High St. in Middlefield. Learn how to go online at medicare.gov to search and compare different prescription drug plans. Register at geaugalibrary.net.
Seniors hike one-plus mile on a naturalist-led walk from 1-2:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. Call Geauga Senior Center for a full schedule of walks at 440-279-2126. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Howl-O-Ween Hound Hike
Parade through the park with your favorite pooch from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Chickagami Park, Pine Grove Shelter, 17957 Tavern Road in Parkman. Costumes for both dog and human are optional. Dress for the weather. Bring dog towels and water bowl, poop scoop and bags for clean-up. Only one dog per handler on a leash at all times (eight foot maximum). Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs; aggressive behavior or excessive barking will result in participants being asked to leave. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Join jewelry artist Fran Rafaiani to create a memory wire bracelet featuring fall colors and charms from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 19 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Open to ages 14 and older. Fee is $35 for Geauga County residents and $38 for out-of-county residents. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Christian Women’s Connection meets
Cleveland East Christian Women’s Connection presents “Holding Hands/Holding Hearts” on Oct. 20 at the Signature of Solon Country Club, 39000 Signature Drive in Solon. The event will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Annie McQuate, the speaker of the event, will share her experiences with interacting with patients in preparing them for surgery. Attendees will also learn more about digital photo storage. Cost is $21. Reservations are required by Oct. 13 at 440-213-1205 via text or call. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades seven through 12 learn how to use information literacy evaluation skills to evaluate primary resources when constructing an argument at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Bainbridge Public Library, 17222 Snyder Road. While this program is recommended for teens involved in speech and debate or Model U.N., anyone looking to improve their information literacy skills is welcome. Call 440-543-5611 for more information.
Join a local yoga instructor for a chair yoga class at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Bainbridge Public Library, 17222 Snyder Road in Bainbridge. This class uses adaptations of traditional yoga poses that are good for people with joint replacements, back issues and body tightness. Increase your strength, flexibility and overall vitality. Visit geaugalibrary.net or call 440-543-5611 for more information.
Trunk or Treat
Families pass out candy from their cars and kids can trick-or-treat through the parking lot at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Bainbridge Public Library, 17222 Snyder Road. Decorated cars are encouraged. No registration is required.
Learn the basics of target archery from 3-4:30 p.m. or 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Chickagami Park, 17957 Tavern Road in Parkman. Wear closed-toe shoes. Details and required registration at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Bainbridge Public Library hosts a financial planning workshop at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 to review the new IRA rules for 2020. Learn the proper way to transfer 401(k)s, 403(b)s and how to deal with IRA pension rollovers and the new ROTH Rules. Register at www.GeaugaLibrary.net or call 440-543-5611 for more information.
Trick or Treat Street
The West Geauga Recreation Council is hosting its first annual “Trick or Treat Street” from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the WGRC campgrounds, 8611 Cedar Road in Chester, adjacent to the middle school parking lot. The event gives Chester families a place to trick or treat in the community rather than going to neighboring communities with sidewalks and closely-spaced houses. Local businesses and residents may sign up for a six-foot spot to decorate and pass out candy. Each resident and business that signs up will be provided a sign to label who they are. To sign up to pass out candy, visit wgrc.org/volunteer or email email@example.com before Oct. 22. The event is free and open to the public.