Native solitary bees program

Cristin Smith of Nature’s Way Bird Products presents “Native Solitary Bees: Beneficial Pollinators” from 1-2 p.m. June 23 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Learn about mason bees, leafcutter bees and similar insects as native pollinators for farms, gardens and parks and gain tips on planting and nesting resources designed to attract and increase their abundance. Enter a raffle for an insect house and take home seeds to plant in your garden.

This program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

Public retirees meet

Public Employee Retirees Local Chapter of P.E.R.I. #86 meets in the banquet room at St. Mary’s Church, 401 North Street in Chardon, on June 26 at 11 a.m. The cost is $12 per person that covers the luncheon and the use of St. Mary’s facilities. Judi Maloney of Claridon Community Helps will present. For further information or to make a reservation for the next meeting contact Catherine Whitright, president, at 440-286-3730.

Senior services fundraiser run

Run 4theAges, a 5K run and one-mile fun walk, will be held June 29 at Orchard Hills Park, 11414 Caves Road in Chester. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and run at 8:30 a.m.

Students and senior registrations are $15; adults $20. Same day registration is $25 per person. Proceeds benefit the Geauga Senior Services Levy. Register online at www.greaterclevelandxc.com.

Common Ground conversation

Join the Geauga County Public Library at the Administrative Center, 12701 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon, June 30 from 1–3 p.m. as personal storytelling is used to build community and find Common Ground. Refreshments will be provided and individuals will reflect and share on what brought them to Geauga County, how they interact with the county and how they would like to interact with the community. You can register for Common Ground at http://ow.ly/RYHM50uz57S.

Burton Public Library events

At 6:30 p.m. July 1, “Aspire Information Night” presents the services Auburn Career Center Aspire program offers at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. Learn more about the GED preparation classes to improve academic skills and/or achieve an Ohio High School Equivalency Diploma. Registration is required at 440-834-4466.

At 6:30 p.m. July 2, the library hosts Rev. Jenni Vinecourt to lead simple meditation for relaxation and connecting with your inner guidance. No registration is required.

From 6:30-7:45 p.m. July 2, Mary Ann Sedivy leads the Gaelic “Cara” yoga class at the library. Find many soul friends and recognize your inner light and beauty. Cost is $5 per yoga class, payable to instructor. Bring a mat. No registration is required.

Geauga walkers meet

Seniors enjoy a naturalist guided, one-plus-mile walk from 1-2:30 p.m. July 2 at the Closed Lake County Landfill, 7166 Brooklane Road in Chester. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

For a complete list of hikes held year-round in Geauga Park District parks, call 440-279-2126.

Foster Brown performs at park

Award-winning songwriter Foster Brown shares lyrical lessons and musical talents during a high-energy, audience-participatory concert from 7-8:30 p.m. July 6 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon-Troy Road in Claridon. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating in the grass. Refreshments will be served. Held inside if inclement weather.

Free and open to the public. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Polliwog paddle family canoe

Ages 5 and older with adult enjoy an easy-paced, short-distance canoe float on the Upper Cuyahoga River from 2-4 p.m. July 6. Meet at Eldon Russell Park, 16315 Rapids Road in Troy. Registration is required and begins June 30 at 440-286-9516.

Burgers and butterflies

Earn a free lunch while participating in the annual butterfly and dragonfly survey from 12-3:30 p.m. July 7. Use provided nets to capture specimens of butterflies and dragonflies, which will be identified by experts and counted as official data.

Meet at Lake Side Picnic Shelter, Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

West Woods Wednesdays farm market

Purchase locally made/grown items at West Woods from 4-7 p.m. July 11. This program is held the second Wednesday of each month July through September. A food truck on site will serve dinner/snacks for purchase and live music is provided by Rebecca Wohlever.

West Woods is located at 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. This program is wheelchair accessible.

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