DTJ dinners in Auburn
DTJ Taborville will host a chicken and duck dinner July 25. Cost is $13 for an adult dinner, $7 for a children’s chicken dinner and $18 for a half-duck dinner. Dinner includes dumplings, sauerkraut, a homemade doughnut and coffee. Serving will take place from noon until 2 p.m. for dine-in or takeout. Anthony Culkar will provide music from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Reservations are required by July 22. DTJ Taborville is located at 9850 North Blvd. in Auburn Township. For reservations and more information about DTJ events, call 440-543-8494.
Network over ice cream
Join the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce for their “Meet Me @ 5” event at Cibik’s Dairy Island on July 28 from 5-7 p.m. Bring business cards and make connections. This event is free for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Cibik’s Dairy Island is located at 8295 E. Washington St. in Bainbridge. For more information, visit cvcc.org.
Golf outing for WomenSafe
Friends of WomenSafe will hold its fifth annual golf outing, “Greens for the Greenhouse,” on Aug. 6 at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, 13095 Rockhaven Road in Chester. Entries will include 18 holes of golf with cart, hole games, breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. Friends of WomenSafe generates unrestricted funds for WomenSafe, a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties. To register for the tournament, visit fows.info or call 440-285-3741. All are invited to enjoy this outing to support WomenSafe.
Adventure with amphibians
Join the Geauga Park District and hike the rugged Valley Trail down to the creek, then discover what lives in and around the creek from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Swine Creek Reservation, Hayes Road entrance, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Wear close-toed shoes that can get wet. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
‘Mary Poppins’ in the park
The G-rated movie “Mary Poppins” will be shown at dusk Aug. 7 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy free ice cream treats while they last. Bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. The registration receipt must be shown to enter. The movie will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Celebrate National S’more Day
Roast a marshmallow and build a s’more to celebrate at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Amphitheater in Chickagami Park, 17957 Tavern Road in Parkman. Learn a bit of s’more history during a 30-minute video. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Arts festival on the Square
The 30th annual Nature Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Nature-inspired arts will be on display and for sale by regional artists. Media includes wood carvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Activities for the whole family include live music, food vendors, Nature Writing Contest winner readings and more. Park at Chardon Arts Festival on Chardon Square and take a free five-minute bus ride to the park. For a complete schedule of events, visit geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Join a peaceful kayak float
Ages 10 and older with an adult can enjoy a peaceful float on Bass Lake Preserve to experience the sights and sounds of summer from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Kayaking experience is recommended. Bring a snack, water and sunscreen. Registration is required beginning July 25 at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Morning nature walk in Montville
Join a Geauga Park District naturalist for an early morning walk to see what the season has to offer from 8-9:30 a.m. or 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Cygnus Shelter in Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Binoculars are recommended and registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Walkers at Aspen Grove
Join other active seniors for a naturalist-led, 1-plus-mile hike from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Aspen Grove in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org. For a full schedule of hikes, call 440-279-2126.
Farm market at West Woods
Purchase locally made/grown items from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 11 at West Woods picnic shelters, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. The market is open the second Wednesday of each month through September. Snacks are available for purchase and live music will be provided by Rebecca Wohlever. This event is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Kayak at Lake Kelso
Ages 10 and older with adults can spend an evening on Lake Kelso from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 12. Meet at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road in Burton. Kayaking experience and life vests are required. This event will take place rain or shine, except in the event of a thunderstorm, so participants should dress accordingly and wear shoes to get wet or muddy. Bring drinking water. Registration is required and begins Aug. 5 at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Meteor presentation upcoming
Learn all about meteor showers, how to track a meteor and how to identify a meteorite from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 13 in the McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Family night in the park
Families enjoy a nature walk, craft and s’mores by the campfire from 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Big Creek Park campground parking lot, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Meadow meander at Rookery
Walk to view displays of meadow and prairie plants established at The Rookery and the wildlife that benefit from these plantings, from 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 14. The Rookery is located at 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Plant your own meadow
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14, learn how to grow your own native meadow at the Great Blue Heron Lodge in The Rookery. Join park staff to learn how your own meadow will benefit wildlife including pollinators. Participants must register separately for this program that follows the meadow meander. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Kayak at Bass Lake
Ages 10 and older with adults can spend an afternoon on the waters of Bass Lake to enjoy the wildlife from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Meet at Bass Lake Preserve, 11445 Lakeview Drive in Munson. Kayaking experience is required. The event is held rain or shine, except in the event of a thunderstorm, so dress accordingly and wear shoes to get wet or muddy. Bring drinking water. Registration is required beginning Aug. 6 at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Night out in the park
From 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, enjoy the Chardon Polka Band in the Amphitheater at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Enjoy favorite polka tunes with a twist. Lawn chairs are recommended. The concert will be held indoors if inclement weather. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or geaugaparkdistrict.org. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Beep ball returns to Solon
The “Babes of 1916,” a senior softball team in Solon, will host the “Cleveland Scrappers,” Cleveland’s only blind softball team, in an exhibition game of beep ball. The game is an opportunity to showcase the talents of both teams with the spotlight on the Cleveland Scrappers’ athleticism and ability to overcome obstacles through a competitive game of softball. Beepball is played with a 16-inch beeping softball that players can hear and bases that buzz. The game will take place on Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Solon Community Park (Field No. 4) located at 6679 SOM Center Road. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended as the action takes place in the outfield.