Snipe hunt and woodcock watch

Witness the aerial courtship displays of Wilson’s Snipe and American Woodcock, two memorable rites of spring, from 7:30-9 p.m. April 18 at Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. The event is free with no registration required. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Full frog moon

Learn what makes a full moon and observe the rising Frog Moon using the park telescopes from 8:30-9:30 p.m. April 19 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible with free admission.

Nature trek fitness hike

Burn off calories on a fitness hike along the trails of West Woods from 10 a.m. to noon April 20. Participants should have the ability to hike at least three miles over hilly terrain. This hike is held rain or shine; dress accordingly and bring water. No registration is required.

Build a box turtle

Meet Mikey the Box Turtle and learn amazing facts about him from 1-3:30 p.m. April 20 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Cut, fold and glue a 3-D life-sized paper craft turtle to take home. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Nassau astronomy night with CVAS

Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using the newly restored telescope and discover all this amazing facility has to offer from 7-11 p.m. April 20. The Nassau Astronomical Station is located at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. This free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

Annual spring bird walk series

Enjoy an early morning guided walk to observe and identify a variety of birds as they return to prime breeding habitats from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 21 at Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a bird guide.

Geauga Walkers meet

Join active seniors on a naturalist-led, one-plus-mile hike from 1-2:30 p.m. April 23 at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chester.

For a complete list of hikes held year-round in Geauga Park District parks, call 440-279-2137.

Senior trash pickup days

Geauga Department on Aging employees and local township and village road crews will remove unwanted items from seniors’ garages and yards during locally scheduled pickup days. Examples of items are appliances, wrapped mattresses, furniture, etc.

South Russell Village’s pickup days are April 24 and 25 and Bainbridge Township’s are April 29, 30 and May 1.

Residents must be 60 years or older and registered with the Geauga Department on Aging for 2019 at least a week prior to the pickup in order to be placed on the pickup list. All items must be outside since workers cannot go into homes. For more information or reservations, call 440-286-9516.

Elderberries: April foolery

Seniors take a short, easy walk from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at Claridon Woodlands Judge Lester Taylor Lodge, 11383 Claridon-Troy Road in Claridon. Wild plants and animals are represented by objects, making for an entertaining guessing game. A tai chi session follows led by University Hospitals Geauga representatives, and a light lunch is served.

This wheelchair accessible program is in collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or

Meet the Tri-County Artists

Meet the members of Tri-County Artists from Geauga, Cuyahoga and Lake counties and view their diverse collection of nature-inspired artwork from 7-9 p.m. April 26 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. The show runs through July 23 and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Wine tasting fundraiser

The Next Step Advisory Board hosts a Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. April 27 at Colonial Wine and Beverage, 8389 Mayfield Road in Chester.

Next Step is a nonprofit organization formed to support and transition youths ages 18 to 24 who are at-risk of homelessness, drugs, criminal activity, human trafficking and/or prostitution. In addition to a buffet dinner, guests will sample 10 different wines, and any wine purchased that night will receive a 10 percent discount. There will be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle.

Admission tickets in advance are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, be a sponsor or make donations, call Andrea Pollock at 216-990-0524, Donna Angelotti at 330-671-7393 or Laura Amick at 440-384-7198. Checks or cash only will be accepted.

Earth Day extravaganza

Celebrate Earth Day with live animals, amphibian/reptile show and tell, bird banding, wildlife presentations, a food truck, a nature craft for kids and much more, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Featured is bat expert Maria Monarchino discussing the ecological importance of red bats. The program is free and wheelchair/stroller accessible. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

GGP annual meeting breakfast

Geauga Growth Partnership’s annual business meeting is from 7:15-10 a.m. May 1 at Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. All are welcome free of charge.

The keynote speaker is Jim Tressel, President of Youngstown State University. This flagship event is an opportunity for business leaders to network over breakfast. The 2019 Frank Samuel Distinguished Service Award recipient will be presented to the Kent State University Geauga Campus. Register at

Tools of the trade

Master Gardener Volunteers present a free gardening program from 10-11 a.m. May 4 at the Geauga County OSU Extension office at Patterson Center (north end of Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.

Learn successful tips to deal with weeds, clay, rocks and poor soil in Northeast Ohio. Find the right tools for success and how to care for them in the long term.

Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated at 440-834-4656.

Spring plant sale

Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland’s annual Plant Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Chester Town Hall, 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306), north of Mayfield Road.

Held rain or shine, the sale includes perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and lush hanging baskets, all before Mother’s Day. Shop the Garden Shed for old, repurposed and new finds.

Proceeds help sustain the club’s community projects and horticultural scholarships.

If interested in gardening and fun activities, consider joining the group. Membership is open to all Geauga County residents. For more information, contact or 216-978-8550.

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