Bass Lake: Resort to Refuge

Geauga Park District presents “Bass Lake: From Resort to Refuge” at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St.

Learn about its rich and varied natural and cultural history and how it was in days gone by as a resort and today as a refuge for rare wildlife. No registration is required.

Hunter education course

Geauga Park District will train young and beginner hunters on safety, archery, ammunition, ethics and conservation during a two-day Hunter Education Course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 and 13 at Meyer Center, Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Attendance is required both days to complete the course, ending in a quiz.

Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required through the Ohio Division of Wildlife at

Troy contra dance

Troy Township Contra Dance will be held April 6 at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road (Route 422) in Burton.

All ages join in the fun atmosphere of contra dancing with live folk music. No need for prior dance experience. An introductory dance lesson with Will Craig starts at 6:30 p.m. and the dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 per youth, $25 per family and children under 6 are free.  

For more information, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or

Learn about your family tree

Geauga County Genealogical Society hosts Sandra M. Beane to present “Climbing Higher on Your Family Tree” at 7 p.m. April 9 at Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or email

Bring your own craft

Burton Public Library hosts “Bring Your Own Craft” from 6-7:30 p.m. April 11 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St.

Work on a craft you’ve been putting off while socializing with friends and friends-to-be in the Merritt Room downstairs. Bring your own supplies. No registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

AARP caregiver workshop

Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., hosts an AARP caregiver workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 11. This workshop is for caregivers and anyone with older parents that may need help in the future to learn about planning, family exercises and communication techniques. Bring questions about stress, finances, family dynamics, etc. No registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Try-it Tuesdays: Hobbies

Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., hosts “Try-it Tuesdays: Hobbies” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Mind, Body, You Initiative for teens and adults. The schedule is:

April 2: Knitting 101; April 16: Lava bead bracelets; April 23: Scottish dancing. Registration is required at or 440-834-4466.

Tree identification

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers hosts “Tree Identification” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 13 at West Woods Park and Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Learn to identify both native and popular trees and woody plants.

Bring photos and samples from your trees and shrubs for identification. Hike to identify trees on the grounds, weather permitting.

The event is free and no registration is required.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 8-11 p.m. April 13 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville.

If weather prevents sky viewing, view a planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center instead. This event is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

Annual spring bird walk series

Enjoy an early morning guided walk to observe and identify a variety of birds as they return to prime breeding habitats from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 14 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road in Burton. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a bird guide.

Discover loons in life and legend

Learn about the amazing aquatic abilities, ecology, lore and conservation issues of loons of the North Woods from 1-2:30 p.m. April 14 in the lodge at Bass Lake Preserve, 11445 Lakeview Drive in Munson. Outdoor viewing of migratory loons follows. Bring binoculars or spotting scope. No registration is required.

Warbler warmup

Local birders Matt Valencic and Kelly Kozlowski present techniques for identifying spring warblers using color patterns, habitat, behaviors and song from 3:30-5 p.m. April 14 at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

This program is for both novice and intermediate birders with handouts provided, followed by a walking search of early songbird migrants.

The free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Learn about e-cigarettes

West Geauga High School, 13401 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester, hosts “The facts you should know about the risks and health implications of Vaping and E-cigarettes,” April 16 at 7 p.m. Dr. Ellen Rome, Cleveland Clinic director of adolescent health, will share opening remarks and a panel presentation will follow with Dr. Rome, Principal Jay Bishop, Matt Petersen of Lake-Geauga Recovery and high school students. A question and answer session will follow.

Bainbridge community conversation

Geauga County Public Library hosts a rescheduled community conversation about the renovations and new construction of the Bainbridge Public Library from 7-9 p.m. April 17 at 17222 Snyder Road (at East Washington Street).

This rescheduled date has allowed the library to gather new information in order to present the best, current knowledge available to the public. Citizens are invited to share their ideas on the types of features they would like to have incorporated into the library.

The design professionals as well as the construction team will be on hand to share the status of the projects and answer questions.

Senior trash pickup days

Geauga Department on Aging employees and local township and village road crews will remove unwanted items from senior’s garages and yards during locally scheduled pick up days. Examples of items are appliances, wrapped mattresses, furniture, etc.

South Russell Village’s pickup days are on April 24 and 25 and Bainbridge Township’s are on April 29, 30 and May 1.

Residents must be 60 years or older and registered with the Geauga Department on Aging for 2019 at least a week prior to the pickup in order to be placed on the pickup list. All items must be outside since workers cannot go into homes. For more information or reservations, call 440-286-9516.

Antique evaluations at Geauga West

Bring your family heirloom to Geauga West Library at 6:30 p.m. April 25 and learn its true value. Learn the difference between an antique and a collectible and what’s the best way to sell it. One item per person. No firearms, swords or weapons of any kind. Join a waiting list by calling 440-729-4250.

Spectators are welcome. The library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester, next to West Geauga High School.

Fundraiser for WomenSafe

Friends of WomenSafe fourth annual “Purses and Pastries” fundraiser will be held from 2-4 p.m. May 5 at Munson Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road.

Enjoy coffee, tea, punch and homemade treats while supporting WomenSafe, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

The afternoon includes games and a drawing to win a new designer handbag. Bring a new or gently-used purse with a wrapped $5 gift inside to participate in the fun purse exchange.

Admission is $15 and reservations are required due to limited space. Call 440-285-3741 or visit for more information.


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