Sketchbook Club meets

Come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, April 29 at 2 p.m. to learn ways to draw landscapes and scenes with sketchbook exercises. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

May craft classes

Try a new craft this month at the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. No experience is necessary for any of these classes. Choose from Make Your Own Greeting Cards (Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.), Clay Goes Retro (Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.) or One Stroke Summer Herb Garden (Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.). Fees vary by class. For more information and to register, call 216-831-8600 ext. 5700.

WRSC safety awards

The Western Reserve Safety Council hosts its Safety Awards and Leadership for Safety Culture event, May 1 at 7:30 a.m. at Mustard Seed Market & Café, 6025 Kruse Drive in Solon. Solon Mayor Edward Kraus will speak, and member companies will be recognized for demonstrated safety performance through the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, as well as the people and initiatives that advance safety in their organizations including Safety Employee of the Year awards.

Chagrin library book sale

The Friends of the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library hosts a book sale May 2-3. Members preview is May 2 from 4-6 p.m. with the public invited to shop May 2 from 6-8 p.m. and May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 440-247-3556.

Library art reception

Artist Dennis Mastrangelo will be exhibiting in May and June for approximately six weeks at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, during normal hours. A free reception will be held on May 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. to meet the artist. Call 440-423-4808 for more information.

LifeAct holds annual walk at zoo

Suicide prevention nonprofit LifeAct is planning an Into the Light Walk, presented by PRADCO, May 5 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way in Cleveland. The walk provides an opportunity to learn more about suicide prevention and depression awareness education in a supportive atmosphere. LifeAct Trustee Loree Vick will host as emcee and master of ceremonies with keynote speaker Jeff Yalden. Registration opens at 6 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker, program and walk begin at 7:30 p.m.

Registration fees are $30 online and $35 on the day of the walk. Students will receive $5 off their registration by using the promo code STUDENT. Registration fee includes a light snack from Augie’s Catering, glow necklace, health and wellness expo and commemorative T-shirt. Music will be provided and a 1.2 mile reflective evening walk will follow the program. The event will be held rain or shine.

Chamber hosts elderly care fair

The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its first Elderly Care Fair May 7 at Chagrin Falls Township Hall, 83 N. Main St., from 5-7 p.m. The event is created to answer all the questions that a loved one may have when making the very difficult decision of where to call home for their loved one. For more information, call 440-247-6607 or visit

Learn sign language

Learn the history and basic signs of American Sign Language, Wednesdays May 8 to June 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Students will learn the alphabet, nonverbal communication skills, finger spelling and beginner vocabulary. By the end of class, you will know the basics of a new language. Cost for residents/ OSC members is $35 and $40 for nonresidents. For more information, call 216-831-8600 ext. 5700 or visit

Movie Monday at OSC

The Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, screens “Mary Poppins Returns,” May 13 at 6 p.m. Popcorn and pop can be purchased at the door. Pre-registration is required at 216-831-8600 ext. 5700.

WomenSafe lunch and presentation

Cleveland East Christian Women’s Connection holds a lunch and a presentation by WomenSafe, May 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pine Lake Trout Club, 17021 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Bainbridge.  Come and learn about this important resource in Geauga County for victims of domestic violence. Dynamic speaker Paula Abbott will share a powerful story of overcoming rejection, abuse and addiction into a true story of victory. RSVP at 440-248-4914 or by May 10. Donations will be accepted for WomenSafe. 

Learn to use Shutterfly

Learn how to use Shutterfly to create beautiful gifts May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. You can create cards and decorative items for your home or gifts for friends and family using your own photos and the website. The event is free, but you must pre-register by May 13. For more information or to register, call 216-831-8600 ext. 5700.

Business expo upcoming

Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business to Business Expo May 15 at The Federated Church Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Bainbridge. Speed networking is held 4:30-5:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 including beer/wine. The main event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Main event is free with a business card. 

St. Mark plant sale

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11900 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester, hosts its annual plant sale May 17-19. The weekend begins with the garden party and auction from 7-8:45 p.m. on May 17. Tickets for the adult-only event are $10 each and include hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The plant sale is open May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Selected annuals, hanging baskets and more may be preordered and prepaid and will be ready for pick up May 17. For more information, call Linda Gifford at 440-729-2932.

CVHS herb and plant sale

The Chagrin Valley Herb Society presents the annual herb and plant sale, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road. The sale offers several varieties of the basic culinary herbs that you won’t find elsewhere and reasonably-priced members’ plants and garden starts. The CVHS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. For more information about the group and the sale, visit

West G class reunion

The West Geauga High School class of 1999 holds its 20th reunion the weekend of June 29. On that day, the class will meet for an adult evening at PLAY Arcade + Kitchen, 5900 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights, from 7-11 p.m. On June 30, enjoy a family picnic at The Rookery’s Great Blue Heron Lodge, 10110 Cedar Road in Munson, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RSVPs are due by June 21. Call Gretchen at 607-382-3193 or email for more information.

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