EncoreNEO speaker series

EncoreNEO hosts a weekly speaker series, Mondays at 7:30 a.m. at the Geauga County Public Library Newbury Station, 14775 Auburn Road. EncoreNEO specifically works with workers over 50 years old searching for a job. A $5 donation for rent and refreshments is encouraged. For more information, call 216-409-8999.

Fair School Funding Plan forum

The public is welcome to attend a forum to discuss the proposed Fair School Funding Plan from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 4 at Park Elementary School Auditorium, 111 Goodrich Court in Chardon.

Hear comments from area school district superintendents and participate in a question and answer session.

Parking is available on Chardon Square and adjacent public parking lots near the school.

For more information call 440-622-6085 or 440-223-8711.

Tea and wildflowers

From 10-11:30 a.m. May 4, enjoy a wildflower talk and tea, followed by a naturalist-led short wildflower walk at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road in Huntsburg. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Community health and wellness fair

University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Chester Fire Department and Geauga County Department on Aging host a community wide Health and Wellness Fair for all Geauga seniors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at West Geauga Senior Center, 12650 West Geauga Plaza, Unit 4, in Chester.

Free screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, balance screenings and fall prevention table.

The Chester Fire Department will provide information on lockboxes, smoke and CO detectors, fire safety information and hands only CPR.

Many vendors will be available and healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. No registration is required.

Spring wildflower hike

From 1-3 p.m. May 5, enjoy a naturalist-led wildflower walk to view beautiful blooms at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

Be prepared for up to two miles of hiking with rolling terrain and stream crossings. Registration is not required. Call 440-286-9516.

Lost Lake kayak expedition

All experienced kayakers take a rugged but rewarding kayak trip to a remote, seldom-seen wild marsh and lake accessed from the Upper Cuyahoga River from 1-4 p.m. May 5.

Registration is required at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516. Upon registration, you will receive details. Meet at Route 87 parking lot east of Burton.

The lake, historically called Lost Lake, is now known as Sperry Pond. Participants must be 16 or older, bring spare clothes and water and come prepared for wading, muddy portages, climbing over felled trees and other obstacles. This expedition is not for the inexperienced.

Bainbridge book sale

The Friends of the Bainbridge Library host a book sale at the library, 17222 Snyder Road, May 8-12. Friends preview is May 8 from 4-6 p.m. with the sale open to all from 6-8:45 p.m. The sale is open May 9 from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., May 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and May 12 from 1-4:45 p.m. May 11 is bag day, where everything that fits in a bag is $3. May 12 is donation day where you pay whatever you please. All proceeds support the library’s programs. For more information, email karenwoods@yahoo.com.

Cleveland baseball in prewar years

Join author Scott Longert as he presents his new book, “Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years,” from 7- 8 p.m. May 8 in the Bostwick Room at Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St. The baseball historian highlights details and anecdotes that will please fans of all ages. For more information, call 440-285-7601.

Six steps to secure retirement

Discover the six steps to help secure your retirement from 7-8 p.m. May 9 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Thomas Erb of Wells Fargo Advisors presents. Appetizers are served. Register at 440-729-4250.

Farm Market season opener

Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will begin its summer season on May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon in the South Russell Town Hall parking lot, 5205 Chillicothe Road (Route 306). On Opening Day, Hawthorn Springs Greenhouse will welcome market visitors to the 2019 summer season with a free blueberry plant. Geauga County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice on how to care for the plant and to answer general questions about plants and gardening.

The market is still accepting new vendors. Applications are available at www.geaugafarmersmarket.com. A limited number of spaces are available for food truck operators as well. For more information, email geaugaffm@gmail.com or call 234-380-7982.

Spring plant sale

Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland’s annual Plant Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Chester Town Hall, 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306), north of Mayfield Road.

Held rain or shine, the sale includes perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and lush hanging baskets, just in time for Mother’s Day. Shop the Garden Shed for old, repurposed and new finds. Proceeds help sustain the club’s community projects and horticultural scholarships.

If interested in gardening and fun activities, consider joining the group. Membership is open to all Geauga County residents. For more information, contact sgodley99@aol.com or 216-978-8550.

Free plant giveaway

Plant Giveaway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 includes free plants, food and beverage and baked goods, while supplies last, at Peace Lutheran Church, 12686 Bass Lake Road in Munson (across from Munson Elementary School).

Donations are appreciated to help support the parking lot and building renovation loan.

For more information, call June LeQuyea at 440-286-6024.

Kellogg speaks at dinner

The director of the Red Tulip Project, Dianne Kellogg, will be the speaker at the Geauga Democratic Women’s Caucus meeting on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Geauga Democratic Party Headquarters, 12420 Kinsman Road in Newbury. Join for an evening of savory and sweet dinner and dessert pies and educational and poignant conversation. A $15 donation is suggested, and paper supplies for the Red Tulip Project House will be collected. For more information, call 440-226-1051.

Genealogical society meets

Geauga County Genealogical Society meets in the Bostwick Room of Chardon Library from 7-8:30 p.m. May 14. Mary Jamba tells how she untangled her genealogy when she found four different men in the same town with the same name at the same time.

Guests are always welcome. Call 440-285-7601.

Robinson speaks at luncheon

Romona Robinson, Emmy-winning news anchor and national award-winning author, will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of WomenSafe spring luncheon on May 15 at St. Mary’s Church, 401 North St. in Chardon. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the event will run until 1 p.m. Thanks to the generous support of luncheon sponsors, ticket prices remain at $32.50 per person with vegan/vegetarian or gluten-free options for $35.00. RSVP online at www.fows.info or call 440-285-3741. 

Secret lives of salamanders

From 7-8:30 p.m. May 17, Roberta Muehlhein, assistant curator of vertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, presents the “Secret Lives of Salamanders” at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Learn the biology, mating and biodiversity of Ohio’s salamanders, complete with displays of live local salamanders. No registration is required.

Entrepreneur breakfast hosts Aqua Doc

Geauga Growth Partnership Entrepreneur Success Breakfast is held May 17 at Kent State University Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road.

John Wilson Jr., owner of Aqua Doc Lake and Pond Management, speaks on the success of his company and how starting with one truck, his work ethic and passion fueled the company’s expansive growth over the past 20 years. His fascinating story is a great learning opportunity for startups, students and small business owners.

The program is free and all are welcome. Networking and light breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and program runs from 8-9 a.m.

Beekeepers Field Day

The Geauga County Beekeepers Association is proud to present the 2019 Field Day, May 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Case Western Reserve Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd. in Chagrin Falls. This is an opportunity to gain more information for beekeeping in several areas. Cost for non-members is $20 which includes membership to the club for the remainder of 2019. For more information, email Cheryl.massey@geaugacountybeekeepers.org.

Auburn School reunion

Alumni and those who attended Auburn School before it was closed are invited to the Auburn School reunion, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Adam Hall on Washington Street. Reservations are due by May 12 at a cost of $18 a plate. Call Patti Phillips at 440-343-0054 or Jake Trethewey at 440-991-7432 or email auburnschoolalumni@gmail.com with your name and address to register.

Smartphone, personal data workshop

Geauga West Library hosts a workshop on data collection from 7-8 p.m. May 23 in the Eykyn Room, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester.

Bring your smartphone or other device and learn how Big Tech companies and advertisers collect data about you, what they do with it and how you can regain your privacy using device settings and other good online practices. For more information, call 440-729-4250.

Encore Expo upcoming

Encore NEO 50+ has teamed up with Geauga County Public Library to showcase local career and active lifestyle resources available to people 50 years and older. Their joint inaugural event is the Encore Expo, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newbury Library Station, 14775 Auburn Road. The Encore Expo is free and open to the public.

Group offers grant-in-aid

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-in-aid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education.

The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school. The deadline for completed applications is July 22. Interested applicants should contact Deborah Hofstetter, Grant-in-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

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