Geauga GOP plans Christmas party

Geauga County Republican Party will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 4 at Chagrin Valley Athletic Club, 17260 Snyder Road., Bainbridge. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m. Appetizers and dessert are included in the $50 per person price. Local and state Republican office holders and candidates will be in attendance and all Republicans are invited to attend.

RSVP by 5 p.m. Nov. 29. Send guest name(s) and payment to Geauga County GOP, P.O. Box 536, Chardon, OH 44024 or pay with credit card at GeaugaGOP.com where more event information may be found. Call 440-253-9677 or email info@geaugagop.com for questions or if interested in event sponsorships or silent auction donations.

Walk in park at Chester

Members of Protect Geauga Parks are inviting the public to join in on a walk in the park on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are to meet at the Sunnybrook Preserve Shelter, 12504 Heath Road, Chester Township.

A meet and greet will be followed by a guided walk through the preserve. Refreshments will be provided after the walk. The event is free. For more information visit info.protectgeaugapakrs@gmail.com

Lunar eclipse

Experience a near-total eclipse of the Moon as it passes into darkness from 2-4 a.m. Nov. 19 in the Robert McCullough Science Center in Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. The entire eclipse will last from 1-7 a.m. The program is canceled if cloudy and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Herb society

The Chagrin Valley Herb Society will be meeting on Nov. 19 at the Bainbridge branch of the Geauga County Library, 17222 Snyder Road at 12:30 p.m. After refreshments and mingling, a business meeting will take place. November’s program will be Tea from Herbs.

Prospective members can learn about the organization at chagrinvalleyherbsociety.org or on Facebook. To make a reservation contact, chagrinvalleyherbsociety@gmail.com.

Welton’s Gorge exploration

Venture off-trail into the rocky woodland ravine to discover ledges, streams and stream life from 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Welton’s Gorge, 13973 Hale Road in Burton. Participants must be able to walk without assistance on rugged, off-trail terrain, including slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and obstacles such as downed trees, poison ivy and stream crossings. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can get wet. Long pants are recommended. The walk is held rain or shine and registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict or 440-286-9516.

Nature explorers

Kids ages 6 to 11 accompanied by an adult can learn about the night sky during a planetarium show and winter trail walk from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Dress for the weather. Adults must register and attend with the child. Registration is required by phone only at 440-286-9516.

Salamander painting

Learn about spotted salamanders, then try painting a 3-D model of one from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 20 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Fee is $5 for Geauga residents and $7 out-of-county residents and includes all supplies. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible and registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Astronomy night

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. Nov. 20 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.

Nature ornaments

Make your own unique ornaments from natural items from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 21 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Register for the program at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516. Then drop in any time during the program hours to make one or all of the ornaments. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Nature journaling

Learn basic journaling techniques to record nature observations from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay Road in Montville. A one-time fee of $20 for Geauga residents and $25 for out-of-county residents for the monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. The program is partially outdoors so dress accordingly. Registration is required by phone only at 440-286-9516.

Volunteers needed

Geauga County Department on Aging needs volunteers to assist with meal delivery to area seniors who will be alone on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. All meals are prepared and made ready for delivery at the Chardon Senior Center, 12555 Ravenwood Drive in Munson. Volunteers pick up holiday meals and deliver them to assigned seniors’ homes. For more information or to volunteer, call Deana Catucci at 440-279-2145.

Turkey hike

From 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 26, take a strenuous, quick and steady paced, 8-mile hike beginning at Deep Woods parking lot in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

All about eclipses

Learn all about the upcoming eclipses from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 26 during an online presentation via the free software Zoom. Receive a link to join in upon registration at 440-286-9516 or at geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Night sky viewing

Drop in during program hours from 9-11 p.m. Nov. 26 or 8-11 p.m. Nov. 27 to observe the wonders of the night sky using the Overle telescope at the Robert McCullough Science Center in Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Telescopes will be spaced around the plaza. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Scavenger hunt

This family-fun event runs from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 27 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Two skill levels are available: 5 and under and 6 and above. Rhyming clues lead to animal shapes of all sizes. Register at geaugaparkdistrict.org, then drop in any time during program hours to participate. The event is partially outdoors so dress accordingly. Registration is required for all attending.

Computer clinic

Learn computer skills at 2 or 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Due to high demand for appointments, patrons are permitted one computer clinic appointment per month. Call 440-729-4250 for details.

Planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky this week from 2-2:45 and 3-3:45 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Robert McCullough Science Center in Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Please register for only one presentation. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Geauga walkers

Seniors hike at least 1 mile on a naturalist-led walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Mountain Run Station, 12601 Chardon Windsor Road in Hambden Township. 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.

White house decorating

Join Geauga Arts Council for a holiday open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Floral designer Bill Hixson, who has assisted with holiday decorating in the White House for more than 30 years, shares interesting stories. Refreshments will be served and registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Growth breakfast

Geauga Growth Partnership and Kent State Geauga sponsor an Entrepreneur Success Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Dec. 3 at Elements Fitness Studios, 8505 Mulberry Road in Chester. Lisa LaBanc, founder of Elements Fitness Studios, shares her story of how the business started, the peaks and valleys of running the business, being a female leader and entrepreneur, and navigating through the challenges of operating during a pandemic. This is an in-person event with limited attendance. Register for this free event at https://bit.ly/3ortB6E. For more information, call 440-564-1060 or email info@geaugagrowth.com.

Winter bird hike

Join a naturalist from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3 for a winter bird walk at Great Blue Heron Lodge in the Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Beginners are welcome and registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Holiday workshop

Create a holiday arrangement from fresh evergreens from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Meyer Center at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Select from an outdoor wreath, porch pot or table arrangement. A variety of ribbon, evergreens and pinecones will be provided; bring any accents you wish to add in addition to pruners and a plastic bag to carry your project home. Visit geaugaparkdistrict.org under news and updates for photos and specific details for each project. Fee is $25 for Geauga residents and $28 for out-of-county residents. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible and requires registration at 440-286-9516 or at geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 4 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester, or 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road in Bainbridge. A professional photographer will be on hand to take a portrait for each family, free of charge. For more information, visit GeaugaLibrary.net.

Giving greens

Join Geauga Park District from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 12-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. Dec. 4 for this make-and-give event to create 300-plus evergreen decorations to be given to seniors with the Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals. All supplies will be provided. Meet at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Brighten a senior’s holiday season with your thoughtful creation. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Register for one shift only at 440-286-9516 or at geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Welton’s Gorge hike

Join a naturalist for a hike on the new trails at Welton’s Gorge from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Participants must be able to hike at least two miles. The hike is held in rain or shine, so dress for the weather. The park is located at 13973 Hale Road in Burton. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Remembrance tree

DeJohn Funeral Home hosts a tree lighting ceremony in remembrance of those who have died during the past year at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at DeJohn Funeral Home and Celebrations Center, 12811 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester. Community residents may bring a weather-resistant ornament to hang on the tree in memory of the person who has passed. Reservations are due Nov. 30 by calling 440-516-5555 or online at DeJohnCares.com.

Coffee with birds

Enjoy up-close viewing while sipping a hot beverage as a naturalist identifies winter birds at the feeder from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Dec. 7 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Register at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Holiday craft

All ages make a waterless winter snow globe from 7-7:45 p.m. Dec. 7 and Christmas ornaments from 4-4:45 p.m. Dec. 9 at Middlefield Library, 16167 East High St. Registration is required at geaugalibrary.net or call 440-632-1961.

Hound hike

Hike with your pooch from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Beartown Lakes Reservation, 18870 Quinn Road in Auburn. Meet at North Point Shelter for a 1.5-mile, medium-level hike. Bring dog towels, water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Only one dog per handler who must be able to fully control the dog on a maximum 8-foot leash at all times. Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Elderberries

Learn about John Muir, the late naturalist and conservationist nicknamed “The Father of our National Parks,” from 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. His writings contributed greatly to the creation of Yosemite, Sequoia, Mount Rainier, Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon national parks. “John” visits from the past to tell his story and share his memorable experiences with nature. This program, a collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Register at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Basket weaving

Weave a round bottom basket from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 -11 at Big Creek Park Deep Woods, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. A basic pattern will be provided. Some experience is recommended. Fee is $20 for Geauga residents and $24 for out-of-county residents. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible and registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

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