NEOCAG meets at library

NEOCAG (The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc.) monthly meeting will be held Feb. 8 at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Village.

Sunny Morton, internationally-known genealogy educator and writer will present “Lies, Errors, and Bias, Oh My.” Meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome. Following the main speaker, the group will conduct learning sessions on Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker and Beginner Groups. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit neocag.net.

Make Valentine’s crafts

The Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library invites everyone to drop by from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 to make a Valentine gift to share with friends and family. All supplies are furnished for this free event. For more information, call 440-247-3556.

Library book discussions upcoming

Come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, for a book discussion on Feb. 11 from 7-8 p.m. to discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. On Feb. 12 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. Everyone is welcome to attend these discussions. Call the Gates Mills branch library for more information at 440-423-4808.

Come to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Feb. 12 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call the Chagrin Falls branch library for more information at 440-247-3556.

Learn the history of Sally Hemings

Come to the Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy., on Feb. 12 from 7-8 p.m. to learn about the history of Sally Hemings, an African American who sacrificed her freedom for her relationship of former President Thomas Jefferson and personal freedoms and privileges for her children, as portrayed by Vernice Jackson. Registration is required for this event. To register or for more information, call 440-248-8777 or visit cuyahogalibrary.org.

Guided meditation at the library

Jan Webber of Holistic Life Solutions will lead a guided chakra meditation session at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Feb. 12 from 7-8 p.m. No experience is necessary. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Chagrin Falls Contra Dance

The Chagrin Falls Contra Dance is Feb. 18 at the Chagrin Falls Town Hall, 83 N. Main St. Enjoy live dance and folk music performed by Paul Kovac, Caroline King and Will Craig. Lessons will precede the dance at 7:30 p.m. Dancing is from 8-10 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for youths and $25 for families. For more information, contact Mr. Craig at 216-316-0068 or willrcraig@gmail.com.

‘Health & Wellness Fair’ upcoming

Celebrate wellness with the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and learn how to create a healthier lifestyle by attending the Chagrin Valley Chamber’s Health & Wellness Fair on Feb. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall, 83 N. Main St. in downtown Chagrin Falls.

This free fair is open to the public and will feature a variety of interactive vendors who will offer free and/or discounted screenings and evaluations or demonstrations. There will also be giveaways, raffle prizes and more. For more information, visit cvcc.org or call the chamber at 440-247-6607.

Geauga Dems meet

Come to the Geauga Democratic Headquarters, 12420 Kinsman Road in Newbury, on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. to hear all the local Democratic candidates discuss the primary election coming up on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).  Enjoy a ham dinner with the trimmings or a vegetarian option. Cost is $25 for nonmembers and $13 for members.  For more information, visit geaugadems.org.

Cleveland Indians Season Preview​​

Join the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, for the 2020 Cleveland Indians Season Preview at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. Cleveland Indians Front Office representatives will be on hand to recap the offseason, raffle off prizes and answer Tribe questions for 2020. For more information and to register, visit cuyahogalibrary.org or call 216-831-4282.

Garden for butterflies

Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland welcome Chris Pappas, Perennial Gardener and Geauga County Master Gardener, to present “Gardening for Butterflies” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the board conference room at West Geauga Middle School, 8615 Cedar Road in Chester. Perennial Gardeners’ membership is open to all Geauga County residents. For more information, call 440-804-4167. Refreshments and a meeting will follow the presentation. If West Geauga schools are closed, the meeting will be canceled.

Museum ‘Slice of History’ dinner

On Feb. 28, in honor of Black History Month, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) will host “Dinner with a Slice of History,” featuring a special presentation by Dr. Sheila L. Chamberlain, the U.S. Army’s first African American female combat intelligence pilot.​ Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning shortly thereafter. The cost for this event is $17 for IWASM members and $20 for nonmembers. The museum is located inside Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road in Cleveland. Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling 216-623-1111 or visiting www.iwasm.org. Seating will be limited.

Learn about special needs grants

Come to the Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy., on Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. to learn about applying for grants for children with special needs.

Representatives from Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Rec2Connect Foundation will discuss what therapies, camps or equipment are typically covered by grants. Attendees will also learn the process of applying for financial support. Amy Clawson of Ohio Family 2 Family will explain how to create a medical summary and write a vision statement to supplement grant applications. Registration is required for this program at connectingforkids.org/register, info@connectingforkids.org or calling/texting 440-570-5908.

County board ‘Community Carnival’ 

The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting its fifth annual Community Carnival on March 7 at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester, to raise awareness for Developmental Disabilities Month. The carnival will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. 

The event will feature traditional carnival-type games like balloon break, coin toss, milk bottle knock-down and much more. There will also be a bounce house and face painting, among other activities. A free hot dog lunch is available along with carnival-style foods, such as popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

Those interested in volunteering or contributing to the carnival can contact metzenbaum.foundation@gmail.com for more information.

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