Hallmark event

The Hallmark Channel is partnering with Sugar Pines Farms, 9500 Mulberry Road., Chester, to celebrate the start of the holiday season with festivities and fun. Guests can grab some holiday goodies while looking for the perfect tree, and random guests will be selected to receive a free Christmas tree courtesy of the Hallmark Channel. The event is from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov. 27- 28 and Dec. 4-5. For more information, please contact Kate Kelly at 216-406-6484 or by kate@kkpragency.com.

Geauga GOP plans 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.

Bloodmobile

Donors of all blood types, especially type O and those giving platelets, are urged to make an appointment to give now. Donors must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment for one of the following dates/locations: Nov. 28, Divine Word Catholic Church, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 2, Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North St., 1-7 p.m.; Dec. 7, First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State St., Middlefield, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 12, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11900 Chillicothe Road, Chester, 2-7 p.m.; Dec. 17, Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road, Munson, 12-6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky this week from 2-2:45 p.m. 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.

Solstice science

Join Geauga Skywatchers to explore the reasons behind the Earth’s seasons from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Learn about winter solstice and how you can commemorate it at home. The program is designed for grades six through 12, but anyone can join. Registration is required at geaugalibrary.libcal.com/event/8380072. Directions to the offsite location will be given upon registration. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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.

Sky viewing

Drop in during program hours from 9-11 p.m. Dec. 10 and 8-11 p.m. Dec. 11 to observe the wonders of the night sky using the Oberle 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.

Fire building

Explore fire-building techniques from primitive to modern, then roast marshmallows from 1-3 or 3-5 p.m. Dec. 11 in the lodge at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chester. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Christmas tree room

The Chef Art Pour group is presenting the Christmas Tree Room at The Inn of Chagrin Falls on Dec. 12. One out of 100 keys will be a winner for a night at The Inn on Dec. 18, including two connected rooms fully decorated for the holiday. The The package also includes a $100

gift card to Chef Art Pour is included in the prize package. Dinner can be enjoyed either in your room, or by heading across the street to M Italian with a guaranteed reservation. The winning party will also be able to enjoy breakfast accompanied by Santa Claus. Keys are $100 for purchase. For more information, visit innofchagrin.com or call 440-247-1200.

Backcountry hike

Join a naturalist off trail from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12 to explore the hemlock ravines of Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Expect wet, muddy conditions, stepping over logs and crossing streams. Weather is variable and trails include hills, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can get wet. Meet at Aspen Grove. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky this week from 2-2:45 and 3-3:45 p.m. Dec. 12 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.

Survey says…

From 2:30-3 p.m. Dec. 12, learn about the discoveries made in Geauga parks from butterfly and dragonfly to bird surveys that were conducted during the past spring to fall. The program is online via the free software Zoom. Receive a link to join in upon registration at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

Test preparation

Lake Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) hosts a virtual information session for juniors to discover preparation tools, test stress tips and much more during a free Zoom program from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Register at leaf-ohio.org/resource-center-sessions/.

Geauga walkers

Seniors hike one-plus mile on a naturalist-led walk at 12 p.m. Dec. 14 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. The hike is followed by a holiday luncheon and program. Registration is required at geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516. Call Geauga Senior Center for a full schedule of walks at 440-279-2126.

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