Volunteer to help deliver meals

The Geauga County Department on Aging Home Delivered Meal program needs drivers for the Chardon area. Meal routes start at 12555 Ravenwood Drive in Munson. Warm, nutritious lunches are delivered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to homebound seniors in the community. Any area agencies, organizations, church groups or individuals 18 or older with a valid driver’s license are welcome. Training includes filing GDA HDM volunteer paperwork and a short orientation. Volunteers can help on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as-needed/substitute basis. For more information, call Kristen Bibby at 440-279-2138 or email kbibby@co.geauga.oh.us.

Foundation hosts silent auction

Due to canceled events throughout the year, the Foundation for Geauga Parks will launch its first-ever online silent auction, “Treasure Our Parks,” Dec. 1-6.

The FGP silent auction features nature experiences and other items like a naturalist-led kayak float, private sky-viewing at Nassau Astronomical Station, a “Millennium Farmer for a Day” experience, nature art, chef offerings, the “Best of Geauga” basket and more. All proceeds support the FGP mission to “fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County.”

Items may be previewed now, and new items will be added daily leading to the auction opening. Find the secure auction link at foundationforgeaugaparks.org/pages/virtual-auction.

Giveaway at Celebration Lutheran

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, there will be a free giveaway of clothing for the family, Christmas items, books and bedding at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road in Chardon. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, call 440-285-5402.

Donate to the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to help with the new surge of COVID-19 cases. Blood donations will be accepted from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North St. in Chardon; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Geauga Library Administration Building, 12701 Ravenwood Drive in Munson; and 1-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State St. in Middlefield. For appointments, call 800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

Network online with GCP

Geauga Growth Partnership will host a virtual holiday networking event via Zoom from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Join in for conversation, games and prizes. Upon registration, guests will receive goodie bags filled with gifts from fellow members. Call 440-564-1060 or email info@geaugagrowth.com to register.

Explore ‘Art and Epidemics’

Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning will offer the remote lecture, “Art and Epidemics” by Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus – formerly of University Hospitals and currently of the Cleveland Museum of Art – on Dec. 11 from 1-2:30 p.m.

In this virtual tour, Dr. Sandhaus draws connections between artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection and major epidemics and pandemics throughout history. Explore the impact that epidemics have on art and consider the potential impact of COVID-19. For more information or to register, visit case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/art-and-epidemics-remote.

Discover dragonflies on Webex

Learn about the discoveries made during surveys taken last spring, as well as the three-year statewide survey, on dragonflies and damselflies in the Geauga Park District from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Dec. 12. This online presentation is via the free software Webex. Just register at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org and you will receive a link to join.

Holiday meals for seniors

The Geauga County Department on Aging is offering free traditional holiday meals to any Geauga County senior, 60 and older, who will be home and alone on Christmas, Dec. 25. There will be no regular home delivery meal service on that day, and holiday meals are available by pre-order only. Call 440-279-2130 no later than Dec. 17. Donations to help support the cost of this service are encouraged and can be mailed to 470 Center St., Building 2, Chardon, 44024. Make checks payable to “Geauga County Department on Aging.” Also make a donation for “Giving Tuesay” to the department on Dec. 1. Their goal is $20,000.

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