Drive-thru distribution at KSU

United Way Services of Geauga County in collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is moving their drive-thru food distribution to Kent State University Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in ​Burton, on Wednesdays throughout the month of April from 3-6 p.m.

Pre-registration is required each week at wefeedgeauga.com or by calling 216-738-2265 or 2-1-1. Show a six-letter confirmation code at the event when picking up the food. The distribution allows one box per registration code. Arrive with a clean trunk, stay in the vehicle and masks are required.

Genealogy group to meet

The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc., known as NEOCAG, monthly meeting will be held April 10. Zoom meeting opens at 9:15 a.m. The presentation will begin at 9:45 a.m.

The speaker will be Jane Gramlich from the Akron-Summit County Library, and her presentation will be on “Special Collections at the Akron-Summit County Library.” Following the presentation will be a questions-and-answers session and an open forum.

For more information and the Zoom login, visit neocag.net or to request a limited seating invitation by emailing webmaster@neocag.net.

Programs on Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter will host a series of free virtual Alzheimer’s education programs this month. The sessions are meant to increase participants’ understanding of the disease, improve their ability to communicate better with someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and understand the newest research about nutrition, exercise and cognitive activity. To register for any of the sessions, call 800-272-3900. After registering, a Zoom link will be

provided.

Upcoming April sessions include: “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” on April 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; “Dementia Conversations” on April 15 from noon to 1 p.m.; “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” on April 19 from noon to 1 p.m.; and “Effective Communication Strategies” on April 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Visit the vernal ‘pool-ooza’

From 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. April 24 at West Woods Turkey Ridge, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell, visit the vernal pools and look for evidence of amphibian and aquatic invertebrate activity. Learn how the pools are managed to provide for their inhabitant’s needs. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Get rid of invasive plants

Join Geauga Park District staff for a discussion on the abundant flowers of lesser celandine that disguise an invasive, aggressive menace to wildflowers, gardens and lawns from 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 24 in the Lodge at Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Road in Chester. Learn how to get rid of this plant to benefit your local wildlife. Register separately for the backcountry hike from 1:30-3:30 p.m. View the invasive lesser celandine on this guided, rugged, off-trail hike into woodland ravines. Participants should be capable of several miles of off-trail hiking. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, wettable boots or shoes with good traction. Registration is required for both programs at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

View the night sky

Enjoy night-sky viewing in a socially distanced venue in Observatory Park plaza from 8-8:50 p.m., 9-9:50 p.m. and 10-10:50 p.m. April 24. If cloudy, registered participants may join an indoor planetarium presentation. The park is located at 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Registration is required for one session only per night at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Walk among the wildflowers

Join a Geauga Park District naturalist from 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 25 to search for spring woodland wildflowers along the Deep Woods Wildflower and Hemlock trails at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Take backcountry hike

Join a Geauga Park District naturalist from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. April 25 for an off-trail adventure into rock ledges, streams and ravines of the protected preserve portion of the Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Hikers must be capable of several miles of rugged off-trail terrain. Dress for the weather with boots or shoes with good traction that can get wet and muddy. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.

DTJ to host chicken dinner

On April 25, DTJ Taborville is having a Chicken – Chicken Paprikash Dinner, serving from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $13 per person, and a child’s dinner is $6.50. Dinner includes chicken, dumplings, dessert and coffee. Frank Moravcik will provide music from 12:30-3:30 p.m., and Czech beer will be available at the bar. Reservations are required by April 21. To make a reservation or for more information about DTJ events, call 440-543-8494. DTJ Taborville is located at the corner of Quinn and Bartholomew roads in Auburn Township.

Planetarium show at science center

Learn what to watch for in the night sky from 1-1:45 p.m., 2-2:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. April 25 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Register for only one presentation. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 and geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Hike under full frog moon

Learn what makes a full moon and meet a few frogs on a 1.5-mile hike from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 25 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Bring binoculars if desired. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 and geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Learn how to journal

Learn basic journaling techniques to record nature observations of woodcocks and snipes from 6:30-9 p.m. April 26 at Frohring Meadows Katydid Lodge, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. The program is partially outdoors. Registration fee of $20 for Geauga County residents and $24 for out-of-county residents includes journal, pen and pencil. Registration by phone only at 440-286-9516.

Nature artists called for entries

Geauga Park District welcomes exhibitors of nature-inspired artwork to apply for space in the 30th annual Nature Arts Festival to be held Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Big Creek Park in Chardon.

The event is in collaboration with the Chardon Square Arts Festival. Exhibitor information is available at geaugaparkdistrict.org under “activities” then special events and art shows.

Applicants must submit at least four images of artwork for jurying, including one of their displays. Spaces are available indoors and outdoors, and wildlife artwork will be given preference over artwork depicting domestic animals. For more information, email trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-279-0882.

Gardening advice available

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers are available to assist you with any gardening question or problem you may have. As Ohio State University Extension volunteers, they are trained to educate with timely research-based gardening information.

Send an email to mggeauga@yahoo.com with a detailed description of the problem or question and include your full name, address and phone number. If possible, include the name or description of the plant, shape of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc. Also include the location of the plant and when symptoms first appeared. In the event of a pest problem, send the name or description of the pest, when and where you observed it and evidence of harm or damage. Feel free to send a photo of the gardening problem.

Donate to the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to donate now. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for donation appointments. Donations will be taken: April 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brite Day Community Center, 11777 Mayfield Road in Chardon; April 15, from 1-7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village; April 17, from noon to 6 p.m. at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road in Munson, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kirtland Community Center, 7900 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland; April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Universalist, 10848 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Kirtland; April 22, from 2-7 p.m. at Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Road in Mayfield Village; and April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, 2550 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills.

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