Artists invited to maple event

The Geauga Park District and Geauga Arts Council this week issued a call to area artists for the upcoming Maple SugART Invitational. This event is an exclusive project to “upcycle” vintage galvanized steel sap buckets once used at Swine Creek Reservation for the creation of artwork.

 One hundred buckets historically used for maple sugaring at Swine Creek Reservation will be distributed Nov. 15-20 with a maximum of two per artist. The completed entries are due back Jan. 18-19 and will be put on display early next year at The West Woods Nature Center.

Brunch for retired teachers

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will hold the annual holiday brunch  Dec. 7 at The Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Bainbridge.

The event begins at 9:15 a.m. and includes a business meeting and buffet breakfast.  Bryan Cataldo will entertain with holiday music.

Guest speaker Janet Creighton, former director of governmental affairs under President Bush, will be sharing behind the scenes information from the White House including stories about state dinners.

Reservations are required by Nov. 28.  Make checks for $19 per person to GCRTA and mail to: Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, OH 44062. Indicate dietary restrictions.

Members are asked to bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga County Job and Family Services Emergency Fund.

Tai Chi offered

Learn the movements and benefits of tai chi at the Orange Senior Center on Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. from Nov. 13-18. Preregistration and masks are required. Cost is $84 for members and $89 for nonmembers. The center is located at 32205 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike. For reservations or more information, call 216-831-8600, ext. 5700 or visit orangerec.com.

Night sky viewing

Drop in during program hours from 8-11 p.m. Nov. 13 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.

Magi boutique

The annual Gift of the Magi Christmas Boutique runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11900 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester. Admission is free and features handcrafted items by juried crafters. A preview will be held from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 12 for adults only and admission for this evening is $5. For more information, call 440-729-1668.

Laser engraving workshop

Students in grades six through 12 stop at Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road, anytime between 12-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 to design and make a custom glass cup on the Inspiration Station equipment. Complete the project in about an hour; cups are provided. Register at geaugalibrary.libcal.com.

Christmas boutique

St. Anselm Women’s Guild annual Christmas Boutique is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 at 13013 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Admission is $1 and includes over 70 vendors, snack bar and prize raffle. For more information, call 440-729-2476.

Winging it

Watch for loons, waterfowl and bald eagles during prime migration time from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 13 at LaDue Reservoir on Valley Road in Auburn. Meet at the Boathouse parking lot to caravan down Valley Road with stops along the way. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Buckeye trail hike

Hike four miles on the Buckeye Trail from 1-2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. Meet at Welton’s Gorge, 13973 Hale Road in Burton. The hike is held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and bring water. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Backcountry hike

Explore the Rookery for wetland wildlife like beavers, otters and herons from 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 14. While venturing off trail, expect wet, muddy hiking, stepping over logs and crossing streams. The hike is held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. The Rookery is located at 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Bloodmobile

Donors of all blood types, especially type O and those giving platelets, are urged to make an appointment to give now. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment for one of the following dates/locations:

Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Church of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon, or Nov. 15, 1-7 p.m. Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester. Walk-ins are welcome.

Timbertots

Ages 3 to 5 with adults join Nora the Explorer to discover the amazing White-tailed deer from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Great Blue Heron Lodge in The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. The event includes activities indoors and out, so dress for the weather. All attending, including adults and children, must register. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Geauga walkers

A hike for seniors, hike one-plus mile on a naturalist-led walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon Troy Road. 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.

Tiny bites

Join Vera Bartasavich, a certified health education specialist and nutrition pro as she discusses how to navigate weight management during the upcoming holiday season. During this informative one-hour presentation you will learn tips and techniques to enjoy the festivities without worrying about entering the New Year having to make that resolution to lose that added weight from overindulgence. Event occurs on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Must pre-register; masks are required on the Orange School Campus. $5 per member and $9 per nonmember.

Night hike

Discover nature along the Kettle Trail from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road in Burton. Participants must be able to hike at least 1.25 miles and dress for the weather. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Elderberries

Seniors join biologist Paul Pira to learn how Geauga Park District protects and manages rare and endangered species, including the brook trout and spotted turtle from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. This program is a collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center and is wheelchair accessible. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Tune traders

Singers and musicians present short performances followed by a jam session from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels are welcome to play, sing or simply enjoy. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Chair yoga

Join a local yoga instructor for a chair yoga class from 2-3:15 p.m. Nov. 18 at Bainbridge Public Library, 17222 Snyder Road in Bainbridge. This class uses adaptations of traditional yoga poses that are good for people with joint replacements, back issues and body tightness. Increase your strength, flexibility and overall vitality. Visit geaugalibrary.net or call 440-543-5611.

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 cancelled 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.

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.

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. Find them all to win fun prizes. 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.

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.

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