Free community giveaway

Dorothy’s Porch at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road in Chardon, hosts a free Community Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 and from 9-10 a.m. Dec. 7. Includes clothing for the family, bedding, household items, toys, books and holiday items.

Annual cookie walk

Claridon Congregational Church’s 20th annual Cookie Walk begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 until the cookies are sold out. A wide assortment of holiday cookies and candies will be offered at $7 per pound, boxes provided.  Come early for the best selection of our homemade cookies. The church is at the intersection of Mayfield and Claridon-Troy Roads and is handicapped accessible.

WomanSafe dinner meeting planned

The Friends of WomenSafe year-end dinner meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Claridon-Woodlands Park, 11383 Claridon-Troy Road. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Dec. 5. Call 440-285-3741 or email

This nonprofit organization raises funds to support survivors of domestic violence including providing emergency shelter.

Meals delivered to seniors

The Geauga County Department on Aging will offer a free traditional holiday meal to any Geauga County senior age 60 and older who will be home and alone on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. There will be no regular home-delivered meal delivery or congregate meals that day. Holiday meals are available by preorder only.

If you are a Geauga County senior or you know of a Geauga County senior

who will be home and alone on the holiday, please call the Geauga County Department on Aging at 440-279-2130. In order to ensure your holiday meal delivery, please contact the Department on Aging as soon as possible. Christmas Day meal requests are due Dec. 13.

Winterfest in Chester

The Chesterland Rotary Club and Chester Township Park District will host the eighth annual Winterfest at the Chester Township gazebo in the park at the corner of Mayfield (Route 322) and Chillicothe (Route 306) roads at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. The event is free and open to the public, but it will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Brunch with Santa

Bass Lake Tavern will host a brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 426 South St. in Chardon. For reservations, call 440-285-3100.

AARP holiday party

Bainbridge/Chagrin AARP Chapter 4527’s annual holiday party begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at Mangia! Mangia! Restaurant, 11081 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Newbury. Call Betty Scholz at 440-338-8321 for reservations.

Geauga County Tea Party meeting

The Geauga County Tea Party will hold “Kids’” Night Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Metzenbaum School, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester. Ages 8 and up and adults can come enjoy the 1953 animated classic of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Pizza, pop and coffee will be provided. Reservations are requested for this free event at 440-622-3165. For more information, visit

Fellowship lunch, bake sale

The Christian Women’s Connection will hold their annual bake sale Dec. 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Signature of Solon Country Club, 39000 Signature Drive in Solon. Join the connection for fellowship and lunch along with many chances to win in a Christmas gift card tree raffle. Cost is $16. Reservations are required by noon on Dec. 6 at 440-248-4914 or

Pearl Harbor Day program

Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 hosts its annual Pearl Harbor Day program at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the gazebo on Burton Square. The public is welcome. For more information, call Larry at 440-479-0502.

Troy Contra Dance

The Troy Township Contra Dance is Dec. 7 at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road (Route 422) in Burton. All ages join in the atmosphere of contra dance with live folk music. Lessons start at 6:30 p.m.; dance follows from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adult, $5 for youths and $25 for families. For more information, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or

Task Force benefit concert

The Good Tidings Benefit Choir’s 30th annual Christmas musical benefit begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Notre Dame Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. The program raises money through goodwill offerings for the Geauga Hunger Task Force serving seven emergency food pantries throughout Geauga County. The choir performs Christmas selections including a portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” The Pilgrim Brass Choir, Fret Not Strings and Giojoso instrumental players also perform. Admission is free and no reservations are required, but a goodwill offering will be collected.

Hamlet presents holiday concerts

The Hamlet Concert Series present three holiday concerts at the Hamlet Atrium, 200 Hamlet Hills Drive in Chagrin Falls. On Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., the Hillcrest Concert Band will perform; on Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m., the Geauga Renaissance Singers will perform; and on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., the Western Reserve Chorale in Concert will perform. These concerts are open to the public, but reservations are required. Call to reserve at 440-247-4676.

Geauga Plastic Coalition meets

The Geauga Plastic Coalition will meet Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Geauga West Branch of the Geauga County Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Meet with other Geauga County residents who would like to reduce plastic use and pollution. For more information, contact Kevin Peterca at or 216-312-3440.

Free college research

Lake Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) will hold a free session for high school juniors and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Lakeland Community College, room C-1011 in Kirtland. “Researching Colleges Online” is an interactive session designed to teach students how to research colleges extensively online.

The session is free, but reservations are required, and spaces are limited. Register online at or call LEAF at 440-525-7095 to reserve a seat.

LEAF is a nonprofit that delivers career and college access advisory programs that connect individuals to their best-fit careers.

Track a meteor

Learn how you can help track meteors to find out where they come from and where they might have landed on Earth from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. View the night sky with park telescopes until 11 p.m., weather permitting. This event is free and open to the public.

Hike with Santa and Buddy the Elf

Discover the wonders of the season on a hike with Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf from 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Santa will be available for photos and wish lists after the hike. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. A planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center will be held if weather prevents sky viewing. No registration is required.

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