Donate to American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to help with the new surge of COVID-19 cases. Blood donations will be taken from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Bainbridge (also March 11 and March 25); 1-5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Quail Hollow, 11295 Quail Hollow Drive in Painesville; 1-6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Hillcrest Hospital, 6780 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights; 1-6 p.m. Feb. 19 and March 5 at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills; 2-7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Mayfield Church, 7747 Mayfield Road in Chester; 12-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St.; noon to 6 p.m. March 3 at Notre Dame Preschool, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 at Adam Hall, 11455 East Washington St. in Auburn; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Concord Community Center, 7671 Auburn Road. For appointments and a list of other locations, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.
Food available to Geauga
United Way Services of Geauga County has teamed up with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in the Farmers to Families program to provide boxes of food to residents in Geauga County. A drive-thru food distribution will take place each Tuesday in February and March from 3-5 p.m. at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 North Cheshire St. in Burton (enter the main gate with the lighted sign).
Pre-registration is required each week to ensure everyone can be served. Register at wefeedgeauga.com or by calling 216-738-2265. Registrants will receive a number to bring to the distribution to show proof of registration. Arrive with a clean trunk and stay in your vehicle. Masks are required.
Join Zodiac presentation
From 7-7:45 p.m. on March 12, explore Aquarius to Zodiac and learn how humans have matched birthdays to the stars for centuries during this virtual program presented via the free software WebEx. Upon registration, receive a link to join in. Register at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.
Make soda cap caterpillars
Adults and children age 12 and older with an adult can join artist John Taylor-Lehman for a hands-on workshop to create a monarch butterfly caterpillar with recycled soda caps from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. March 13 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Each participant will emerge with their own colorful caterpillar. Attendees must be comfortable using a hammer and nail to poke holes into soda caps. Fee of $10 for Geauga residents and $12 for out-of-county residents includes all materials. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
View the night sky
View space through telescopes spaced around the plaza at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on March 13 at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville. If cloudy, attend an indoor planetarium presentation. Register for only one session at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Join a Hidden Gems hike
Join a naturalist to hike the Woodland Trail from 9-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. on March 14 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Participants should dress for the weather and be able to hike over 1 mile. Registration is required at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.
Register for Sap’s-a-Risin‘
Register to visit the sugarhouse and sugarbush in Swine Creek Reservation from noon to 4 p.m. March 14. Registered participants may drop in any time to gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience tapping, gathering and boiling methods used through history, see sap boiling and taste some pure maple syrup. Register at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.