Create a voting plan

The Social and Environmental Justice Group of Federated Church will host the League of Women Voters of Geauga’s nonpartisan presentation, “Voting 2020: Everything You Need to Know,” on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

This program will help voters create a voting plan for the 2020 General Election. From registering to vote to casting a ballot, LWVG will clarify the options for safe and informed voting. This virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.lwvgeauga.org/calendar or www.fedchurch.org/events.

SOGI support on Zoom

Geauga SOGI Support Network is hosting a virtual gathering on Sept. 22 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The newly formed nonprofit works with individuals, families, friends and the Geauga County community to embrace sexual orientation and gender identity. This Zoom event will introduce the organization to interested youth/young adults and parents. Following the introductory presentation, there will be separate breakout sessions for parents and youth. Participating anonymously is an option. For more information and to register, email geaugasogi@gmail.com.

Register for Learning in Retirement

Fall registration is now open for continuing education classes from the Institute for Learning in Retirement-East (ILR-East) in Orange. ILR-East is an east-side senior learning program affiliated with Baldwin Wallace University. Now in its 21st year, the ILR-East program provides college-level courses in a stress-free environment.

This fall, all courses will be presented online using Zoom to meet the needs of area seniors. Topics include theater, history, political science, religion, music and art appreciation, among others. To learn more about the classes, visit www.bw.edu/ilr-east. Registration is available only by mail. For the registration address, contact ILR-East at 216-987-2985 or ilreast@bw.edu.

Nonprofits talk inclusion

Four Geauga County nonprofit organizations have teamed up to host the 2020 Common Ground Conversation “Count Me In!” on Sept. 29, held virtually from 4-5:30 p.m. This community event is designed to bring adults of all ages together to encourage discussion on a topic of pressing social interest. Co-hosts include Geauga County Public Library, Geauga Growth Partnership, Kent State University Geauga and Leadership Geauga.

This year’s topic is “Equity and Inclusion in Geauga County’s Workforce and Business Community.” There is no cost to participate, but advanced registration is required. Register no later than Sept. 23 at geaugacommonground20.eventbrite.com.

Health series at Fellowship

Fellowship Bible Church, 16391 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge, is hosting a fall speaker series on mind, body and spirit health during COVID-19.

The speaker series, having kicked off Sept. 16 with support for mental health, will continue on Sept. 23 and 30 for physical and spiritual health, respectively, with specialized speakers. Food trucks are available from 5:30-7 p.m., and talks begin at 7:15 p.m. Each event is free to the public, but reservations are required to maintain social distancing. Fellowship requests attendees bring laundry soap, hand soap or toilet paper to support WomenSafe. For more information or to register, visit fellowshipcletogether.com.

Geauga Tea Party meets

The Geauga County Tea Party will host George Cstary and John Plecnik, who will speak on the origins and history of Communism leading up to the U.S. November election in a 40-minute study at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell, on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Cstary is a CPA known for his “Monday Night Rountable” radio program on WHK 1220 AM, and Mr. Plecnik is a law professor at Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law. For more information, call 440-313-7262 or visit www.geaugacountyteaparty.com.

Dems host voting 101

The Geauga Democratic Party will host a Zoom presentation, “Voting in Ohio 101,” by Pete Zeigler, the director of the Geauga County Board of Elections, on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.​ Mr. Seigler will discuss voting by mail with an absentee ballot request, early in person voting, or voting at your polling place on Nov. 3. He will also discuss the challenges of this General Election, the steps being taken to insure the validity of your vote and ongoing lawsuits concerning voting in Ohio. For more information and the Zoom link, visit www.geaugadems.org.

Lasagna dinner in Chardon

From 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 26, Chardon VFW Post 6519 will serve a homemade lasagna dinner at 752 Water St. in Chardon. Donation is $12 and reservations are required at 440-285-3699 or www.chardon-vfw.com.

Kayak at Bass Lake

Ages 12 and older with an adult can paddle along the shores of Bass Lake from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Bass Lake Preserve, 11445 Lakeview Drive in Munson, to enjoy the autumn color and wildlife at the “Full Color Kayak.” Kayaking ability/experience is expected and registration is required beginning Sept. 26 by calling 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation and adhere to social distancing guidelines; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out.

Planetarium show upcoming

Learn what to watch for in the night sky from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. 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. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation and adhere to social distancing guidelines; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out.

Fall hike in Swine Creek

From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28, take a fall hike along Gray Fox Trail in Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Discover what the fall season has to offer. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation and adhere to social distancing guidelines; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out.

Geauga Walkers meet

Active seniors are welcome to hike over a mile on a naturalist-led walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Orchard Hills Park parking area, 11340 Caves Road in Chester. Call Geauga Senior Center for a full schedule at 440-279-2126. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation and adhere to social distancing guidelines; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out.

Hike under the full moon

Join the Geauga Park District’s “Full Moon Hike: China’s Moon Festival” and take a sunset nature hike from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Learn about nocturnal nature and China’s mid-autumn festival celebrating the moon at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes or bring binoculars. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation and adhere to social distancing guidelines; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out.

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