Dessert extravaganza at OSC
Purchase a presale passport for $22 and enjoy desserts from community long term care facilities and organizations at the Orange Senior Center parking lot, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.
Participants can get their passports stamped at each table and be entered into the grand prize drawing, valued at more than $300. Raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing will also be available. Tickets for the basket raffles may be purchased ahead of time, and baskets are available for viewing at the Orange Senior Center. Tickets are $5 each for the baskets or five for $20.
Register at 216-831-8600, ext. 5700, or orangerec.com. Proceeds benefit Orange Community Education and Recreation and the Orange Senior Center.
GEL hosts Zoom webinar
Geauga Economic Leadership will host a Zoom webinar from 8-9 a.m. Sept. 3. Dr. Eric Beck, CEO of University Hospitals Health System, will speak on how recent changes in healthcare are affecting University Hospitals and local care, as well as UH’s strategic vision. Receive a link to join in upon registration at https://bit.ly/382xx66. Monthly GEL breakfasts are co-sponsored by Geauga Growth Partnership and Kent State University at Geauga. These events are an opportunity to bring business and industry leaders together with the community to network, learn and collaborate. All are welcome.
Fishing derby in Munson
Munson Township’s Community Fishing Derby, open to all residents, will take place on Sept. 11 at the Scenic River Retreat, 10900 Mayfield Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the event for a morning of fishing fun, and don’t forget your fishing pole. This event is catch and release only. Bait will be provided and door prizes awarded.
Nature exploration on kayak
Ages 10 and older with an adult can enjoy a peaceful float on Lake Kelso from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Kayaking experience is recommended. Bring a snack, water and sunscreen to Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road in Burton. Registration is required beginning Aug. 29 at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Park district celebrates 60 years
Celebrate Geauga Park District’s 60th anniversary with a mile-long, medium-level walk from 9-10:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at one of their first parks, Whitlam Woods, 12500 Pearl Road in Hambden. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Net monarchs and meadow insects
Drop in to net butterflies and meadow insects anytime from 12:30-4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the lodge at Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Road in Chester. Nets are provided, but participants can bring their own. Bring sun protection, socks, a hat and long pants.
Beeches at Beartown
Join Geauga Gems to learn about the beech tree and its connection in the forest from 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Hike about 2 miles on a gravel trail. Meet at North Point Shelter at Beartown Lakes Reservation, 18870 Quinn Road in Auburn. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Virtual program on black holes
Geauga Skywatchers can learn about powerful dark stars, known as black holes, and their gravity zones during a virtual program from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Explore how they work, where to find them and how to contribute to black hole research. Visit the Geauga Skywatchers YouTube channel to see Part I of this series. The program is designed for grades six through 12, but anyone can join in. Registration is required at geaugalibrary.libcal.com.
Geauga Cyclists ride weekly
Geauga Cyclists is a senior bike group for ages 55 and older to ride the Maple Highland Trail from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 22. Participants are invited to bring their bikes, helmets and water to the Park Avenue trailhead parking area behind Marc’s in Chardon to join an escorted ride. For more information, call 440-286-9516.
Meet new voting equipment
The Geauga County Board of Elections invites residents for a public viewing of the new voting and tabulation equipment to be used in future elections. The public viewing will take place at 470 Center St. in Chardon, Building No. 8, on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Office staff will be available to answer questions.
Astronomy night for Elderberries
Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center will host a special Elderberries Astronomy Night from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Two groups will rotate between a planetarium show and night sky viewing (weather permitting) to view planets, nebulae and other celestial features in the night sky. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Chardon senior trash pick-up
The Geauga Department on Aging and the City of Chardon will host trash pick-up on Sept. 17 for registered seniors 60 and older who reside in Chardon. Seniors must register with the Department on Aging prior to Sept. 10 to be placed on the pick-up roster. All refuse must be outside by garages or in the driveway the evening before pick-up. Do not leave items curbside. For guidelines or to register, call 440-279-2129.
End-of-summer stroll in Munson
Take a mile-long stroll along the paved trail around the lake at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, 11620 Ravenna Road in Munson from 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Meet at Sunset Shelter. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Hike Ansel’s Cave
Explore Ansel’s Cave on a naturalist-led, 2-mile hike from 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18. Meet in the West Woods Nature Center parking lot, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. This rare opportunity to visit this restricted area of the park will be held rain or shine, so dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Geauga Gems take fall hike
Hike along the Whitetail, Tree Tappers and Drake trails to discover what the fall season looks like in Claridon Woodlands from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Meet at 11383 Claridon Troy Road. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Take a full moon hike
Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to observe nature after sunset and learn about Ohio’s official native fruit, the pawpaw, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Learn about septic systems
Join the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, Geauga Public Health and Geauga West Public Library during national “SepticSmart” week for a free, in-person SepticSmart program on Sept. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Geauga West Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Presenters Dave Sage and Zach Myers, registered sanitarians with Geauga Public Health, will discuss how a home septic system works, how to maintain home sewage treatment systems and what to do when it appears to not be working properly. This program is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. To register visit geaugalibrary.lib
cal.com/event/7836193 or contact Geauga SWCD at 440-834-1122 with questions. This program is part of the “2021 Clean Water Starts at Home: Stormwater, Phase 2, and You” education series.