Go fishin’ in the park

Fishing is permitted with a current Ohio fishing license on 12 Geauga Park District properties. Information is at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, then Fishing. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

HEAP offers cooling assistance

Geauga County Residents may apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program Summer Crisis Program to meet the cost of summer cooling at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon from July to August 30. Eligibility for assistance is based on the emergency criteria and income guidelines. A household whose total income is at or below 175 percent of the current Federal Poverty Level guideline may be eligible.

Applicants will need to provide primary electric and heating bills, regardless of account status, physician documentation of medical condition, (if needed) proof of citizenship and Social Security numbers for all household members along with income documentation.

Application must be made in person. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Geauga County Job and Family Services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 440-285-1299.

Burton Library upcoming events

The Western Reserve Historical Society presents “Vehicles of the Western Reserve” at 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the Burton Library. Take a ride through the Western Reserve at the turn of the 20th Century, when Cleveland was the auto capital of the world, to discover a treasure of Cleveland-made vehicles. No registration is required.

Bring your own craft and supplies from 6-7:30 p.m. July 11 at the library and join friends in the Merritt Room downstairs. No registration is required.

Learn basic 3-D design skills in the online app Tinkercad, then design your own key chain and have it printed from 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 16. Participants must have basic mouse and keyboard skills. Registration is required.

Enjoy a summer concert of classic rock favorites performed by the local band LTD from 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 18. Bring a chair and relax on the lawn. No registration is required.

Learn how to use the free library online training resource Lynda.com to learn brand new technology, business and creative skills with quality courses taught by industry experts at 6:30 p.m. July 31. Registration is required.

Burton Library is located at 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. For registration, call 440-834-4466.

Apollo to the moon

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, an indoor presentation on this undertaking will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. July 12 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Night sky viewing follows using park telescopes until 11 p.m., weather permitting.

Grandparents summer picnic

Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy a day in the park with summertime activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at Holbrook Hollows, 7250 County Lane in Bainbridge. This picnic is in collaboration with Chardon Senior Center. Hot dogs are provided; participants should bring a dessert or side dish to share.

The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible and registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Treasures among the trees

Join Geauga Ohio Horseman’s Council for this annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Peruse dozens of vendors selling treasures of all kinds.

A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits Geauga Park District’s Bridle Trail Fund. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Thompson Ledges hike

Explore the magnificent Thompson Ledges with oak and hemlock forests and unique plant and bird life from 2-4:30 p.m. July 13. Meet at Thompson Ledges Township Park on Thompson Road, off State Route 528, south of Interstate 90. Wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for rocky, uneven terrain. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant telescope from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. July 13 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. A planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center will be held if weather prevents sky viewing.

Hidden gems back country hike

Discover rainbow darters, dusky salamanders, crayfish and other wildlife in Silver Creek on this rugged, off-trail backcountry adventure from 1-4 p.m. July 14.

Meet at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Dress for the weather and wear hip waders or pants to protect legs and shoes that may get wet or muddy. Bring a water bottle. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Learn about Earth’s carbon cycle

Master Gardener Volunteers Dick Coin and Matt Valencic and Ohio State University Extension staff present a free program, “Earth’s Carbon Cycle: The Goldilocks Balance” from 7-9 p.m. July 17 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Learn how a natural carbon cycle maintains a stable climate, what is causing Earth’s carbon cycle to go out of balance, how NASA is measuring climate change causes and effects and what actions can be taken to reverse it. Learn what you can do to help during this enlightening, science-based conversation.

Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated at 440-834-4656. View a list of upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer-sponsored classes at www.geauga.osu.edu.

Call for artists: Nature Arts Festival

Geauga Park District welcomes exhibitors of nature-inspired artwork to apply for space in the 28th annual Nature Arts Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at Big Creek Park in Chardon.

Held in conjunction with the Chardon Square Arts Festival, a free five-minute Lolly the Trolley ride will connect both events.

Exhibitor information can be found at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, special events and art shows.

For more information, call Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 or email trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Geauga SWCD Fall Fish Sale

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for the annual Fall Fish Sale. Selections include fingerling-size largemouth bass, red ear “shellcracker” sunfish, yellow perch, bluegill/sunfish mix, channel catfish, white amurs and fathead minnows. Also available are pond safety kits and farm pond management books.

The Fish Sale will be held on Sept. 19 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Order deadline is Sept. 13. Visit geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122 for more information or to place an order.  

To guarantee your order, complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton 44021 before Sept. 13. Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, contact the office. All proceeds support the district’s education programs.

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