Bomb City USA program

Come to the Solon Center for the Arts in the Solon Square Shopping Center on Bainbridge Road tonight (Thursday) from 7-8 p.m. Join Dennis Sutcliffe for the “Bomb City USA: The Danny Greene Era” program to hear what happened when Danny Green and John Nardi tried to muscle in on the Cleveland Mob’s operations. A reception will follow the presentation with memorabilia items available from Mr. Sutcliffe.

Free tickets are available at the information desk at the Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library or available to reserve at This program is made possible by the Friends of the Solon Library and the Solon Center for the Arts. For more information, stop in or call the Solon Branch at 440-248-8777. The Solon Library is located at 34125 Portz Pkwy. in Solon.

African travel presentation

Tonight (Thursday), Bud Graske will lead a presentation at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library using his African travel experience and photography to show how to plan an African trip. The presentation is from 7-9 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Stockings for Soldiers program

DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory is coordinating its annual Stockings for Soldiers program now through Nov. 18 to send holiday stockings to U.S. troops overseas, their families and local veterans. 

The DeJohn family supplies the red and white stockings free of charge. Included with the stocking is a list of suggested stuffers such as long socks, AA batteries, personal care items, AT&T calling cards and non-perishable food items. Stockings are available at the Willoughby Hills, South Euclid and Chester funeral homes from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Nov. 18. Call 216-288-0745 in advance to pick up stockings from the Chardon funeral home. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the funeral home no later than Nov. 18.

For more information about this program, call 440-516-5555.

Halloween party luncheon

Join Orange Community Education and Recreation for a fall themed luncheon on Oct. 25 at noon at the Orange Senior Center. Enjoy a homemade meal of salad, rigatoni with meatballs and green beans, and be sure to save room for dessert. Costumes are encouraged. This luncheon is sponsored by Family Tree Home Care Services. Registration deadline is Oct. 18. To register, or for more information, call 216-831-8600, ext. 5700. The OSC is located at 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike.

Branch library book sale

The Friends of the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library book sale will be Oct. 18-20. A Gates Mills Friends member’s preview sale for Sponsor and Life Members will be Oct. 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. Community hours will be Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. is the $5 bag-sale day. Call the branch library for more details 440-423-4808.

Author tells Civil War stories

Kathryn Popio will visit the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Oct. 19 from 10-11 a.m. to talk about her book, “Cross Keys, Carpet Bag and Pen: Letters Depicting Three Ohio Families During the Civil War.” Hear three different stories with three different outcomes. There will be books available for purchase and signing. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808. The branch library is located at 1491 Chagrin River Road.

Parish fall festival

Hosted by the St. Rita Junior High Youth Group, St. Rita Parish of Solon, 32820 Baldwin Road, will hold its annual All Saints Day Fall Festival Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mazanec Hall. Attractions include spooky and non-spooky trick or treating, saints games and crafts, a special age 5 and under zone and lunch available for purchase. For more information, call 440-248-1350.

Fashion show at community center

A fashion show will feature donated clothing from the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center’s Share It Shop. The event is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the community center, 7060 Woodland Ave. in Bainbridge. Tickets for the fashion show are $5 at the door and will raise funds to buy benches and picnic tables for the park pavilion at the center. Additional donations can be made toward the benches as well.

There will be light refreshments and a raffle. Tickets are $5 for the raffle. People can drop off clothes for all ages and other items at the Share It Shop, and anyone can stop in to shop the free items. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Garden club hosts flower show

The Shaker Lakes Garden Club is hosting its annual flower show, “Cornucopia,” Oct. 19-20. The show will take place at the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Judges will evaluate various entries in floral design and horticulture with a fall harvest theme. There will be a conservation exhibit, “Restoration of the Cuyahoga River,” that will focus on the environmental movement inspired by the burning river 50 years ago. An educational exhibit of tabletop fairy gardens, designed and entered by children, will also be on display and judged. This free flower show is open Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beech Brook annual run, walk

Beech Brook will host its ninth annual 5K Race and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race/walk will begin at the Fleet Feet store at Landerwood Plaza, 30679 Pinetree Road in Pepper Pike.

To register online before Oct. 18, go to or Preregistration for the race is $20; same-day registration is $25 and begins at 7 a.m. The Family Fun Run/Walk is free for all. Early registration packet pickup will be available at the Fleet Feet store in Pepper Pike on Oct. 18 from 3-6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beech Brook’s early intervention, child abuse prevention and school-based mental health services for children and families. For more information, call Beech Brook at 216-831-2255.

Afternoon of Jazz Classics

Buzz Cronquist Music presents an Afternoon of Jazz Classics on Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is welcomed to come to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to enjoy an afternoon of jazz classics composed by Kern and Duke. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-247-3556. The branch library is located at 100 E. Orange St. in Chagrin Falls.

Chagrin Valley Woman’s Club meets

The public is invited to attend this months’s Chagrin Valley Woman’s Club meeting on Oct. 21 at the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail in Bainbridge Township. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour. Lunch will be served at noon for $25.

The speaker this month will be Dieter Huth, a retired chemistry teacher who has dual German-American citizenship. Mr. Huth will begin speaking at 1 p.m. and will discuss growing up during World War II and its aftermath. There will be time for questions. For more information, contact Kathy O’Donnell at 440-708-2858.

Certified Zentangle 101

Certified Zentangle teacher Lisa Ruschman will come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 to introduce the meditation art form of Zentangle. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

A discussion on POW camps

Local author and retired professor Jim Van Keuren will visit the Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to talk about Italian and German prisoners of war living in Ohio camps during World War II. Dr. Van Keuren will draw on first-person accounts from soldiers, former prisoners and residents, as well as archival research. Join this evening of local military history on Oct. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. To register, call the library at 440-248-8777, visit or stop in at 34125 Portz Parkway in Solon.

Tea Party issues, candidates night

The Geauga County Tea Party will hold its annual Issues and Candidates Night on Oct. 21 at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Hear from the candidates and representatives regarding important matters and issues facing Geauga County in the Nov. 5 election. For more information, contact Jim MacNeal at 440-622-3165.

Author to talk on public education

On Oct. 22, local author of “Diary of a Mad Public-School Teacher” David Hancock will visit the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to talk about today’s teaching, learning, schooling and education and what can be done. Hancock spent 30-plus years in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools. Registration is requested for this free 7-8:30 p.m. program at 440-247-3556. The branch library is located at 100 E. Orange St. in Chagrin Falls.

Senior health day

Hamlet at Chagrin Falls is hosting a Senior Health Day Event at Hamlet Atrium, 200 Hamlet Hills Drive in Chagrin Falls, on Oct 23. from 12:30-3:30 p.m., with free preventive screenings and complimentary snacks and refreshments. Comprehensive Care will provide flu shots, so make sure to bring your insurance card.

There will be representatives with information on phones for hearing impaired, foot care, home health care, tips on downsizing, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 440-247-4201.

Guided chakra meditation

Jan Webber of Holistic Life Solutions will lead a guided chakra meditation session at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Oct. 23 from 7-8 p.m. No experience is necessary. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Book discussion, signing

“All Aboard the Maple Leaf Route Vol.2: The Critical Edition” is a detailed look inside the interurban railway with new information. On Oct. 23 from 7-8:30 p.m., local author Dan Rager will be at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, to discuss his new book including recent discoveries in Gates Mills. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

Budget Bin community sale

Solon Council of PTA will hold their fall 2019 Budget Bin Community Garage Sale at Arthur Road Elementary School, 33425 Arthur Road. Consignment Day is Oct. 23, and the sale begins Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and runs through Oct. 29. All sale proceeds go to the Solon PTA Lois Gazeley Scholarship Fund.

Early drop-off for donated or consigned items is Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Items should be brought to the Arthur Road stage. Consignors may also bring items on Oct. 22 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 440-349-7757, ext. 5192 or visit

Discussion on impeachment

Raymond Ku, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be speaking on impeachment at the Geauga County Democratic Party Hot Topic Spaghetti Dinner at the Geauga Democratic Headquarters, 12420 Kinsman Road in Newbury, on Oct. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $13 for members and $25 for non-members. Come and enjoy dinner and have your questions answered about the ongoing impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump.

Women’s networking outing

Join the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Group outing on Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. for “Wine, Women and Wheels” at the Highway Garage and Auto Body Center, 8410 E. Washington St. in Chagrin Falls. Instructor Frank Lanza, founder of Highway Garage and Auto Body will explain what you need to know about your car along with a live demonstration and discussion. This event is free to attend. Register at For more information, email

Holiday gift mart

Enjoy a day of $1 Buck Lunch and holiday shopping with 12 local art and gift vendors featuring jewelry, wearables, cards, gift baskets and pastries at Hamlet Atrium, 200 Hamlet Hills Drive in Chagrin Falls, on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is free and open to all.

Trunk or Treat upcoming

Join Orange Community Education and Recreation on Oct. 25 for the sixth annual Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. at the Pepper Pike Learning Center of Orange Schools Campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. Families and children age 12 years old and younger can enjoy trick-or-treat fun in a safe, kid-friendly environment. Wear your Halloween costume and trick or treat from car trunk to car trunk in the Pepper Pike Learning Center parking lot. Music, games, food trucks and entertainment will be available, now including hayrides at $5 for adults and $3 for children. This event is free, but bring cash for vendors and games. All proceeds will benefit Citizens for the Continuation of Orange Community Education and Recreation. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If your organization would like to participate by decorating a car and distributing candy or non-food treats, contact Jennifer Kempert at 216-831-8601, ext. 5100 or by Oct. 18.

Trick-or-treat at Hamlet

Hamlet Atrium, 200 Hamlet Hills Drive in Chagrin Falls, will host a trick-or-treat Oct. 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. Children are invited with their goodie-bags to stop at Hamlet Atrium for Halloween treats and activities. Children must be accompanied by adults. Call 440-247-4201 to reserve.

Community book drives

The Kids’ Book Bank has added WKYC as a collection point for books through Nov. 3. New and gently-used children’s books can be dropped off inside the vestibule at WKYC, 1333 Lakeside Ave. in Cleveland.

Hosted and managed by schools, the following permanent outdoor book collection bins are always available for donations:

Bay Village– Westerly Elementary 30301 Wolf Rd. (near school entrance)

Beachwood– Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd. (across parking lot from pool building; NE corner next to recycling bin)

Brecksville– Hilton Elementary, 6812 Mill Rd. (at the end of the parking lot near the recycling bins)

Chagrin Falls– Gurney Elementary, 1155 Bell Rd. (near gym)

Cleveland– Kids’ Book Bank, 3635 Perkins Ave. (next to Loading Dock B)

Fairview Park– Gilles-Sweet Elementary, 4320 W 220th St. (near front entrance)

Hudson– Ellsworth Hill Elementary, 7750 Stow Rd. (along drop-off curb at front of building)

Lakewood– Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd. (outside door 35)

Orange– Pepper Pike Learning Center, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. (near tennis courts)

Solon– Solon Middle School, 6835 S.O.M. Center Rd. (end of main drive near recycling bins/playground)

Solon– Dorothy Lewis Elementary School, 32345 Cannon Rd. (west side of parking lot near recycling bins)

Strongsville– Strongsville Middle School, 13200 Pearl Rd. (front of school near bike racks)

St. Anselm Christmas Boutique

St. Anselm’s Women’ Guild will  hold their annual Christmas Boutique on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anselm School, 13013 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester. There will be more than 80 craft vendors from the area. There will also be a bake sale, a snack bar and a prize raffle with many prizes. Admission is $1.

Join the Boutique Bounce by also stopping at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland and St. Mark Lutheran Church at 11900 Chillicothe Road in Chester on the same day. Pick up a card at your first stop and have it stamped at each show for a chance to win one of three gift baskets. Drawing will be held on Nov. 10. For more information, call Shirley at 216-832-5158.

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