Lincoln Day dinner upcoming

The Geauga County Republican Party will celebrate its annual Lincoln Day dinner on Feb. 22 at The Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail in Bainbridge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. VIP and general admission tickets are available. The keynote speaker will be Bob Paduchik with Trump Victory 2020; special remarks will be given by Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge, and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French; and a visit from Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. RSVP by Feb. 15 to info@geaugagop.com. For more information on this event, sponsorship opportunities and program ads, visit www.geaugagop.com.

Buzz Cronquist Music performs

Buzz Cronquist Music will present an afternoon concert at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., of instrumental music made famous by band leader and composer Duke Ellington. The concert is on Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Garfield site free on Presidents’ Day

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Ave. in Mentor, will be open and free to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Presidents’ Day (Feb. 17). The site is a unit of the National Park Service that commemorates the life, career and legacy of James Abram Garfield, the 20th president of the U.S.

Visitors will be able to tour the Garfield home, visitor center, museum and grounds. The event will be hosted by First Lady Lucretia Garfield, and children will have the opportunity to meet Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Roosevelt – all portrayed by historical reenactors. Presidential-themed games, crafts and activities will be available in the visitor center.   

This event is supported by the James A. Garfield Alliance, a committee of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For more information, call 440-255-8722.

Afternoon book discussion

Join the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Feb. 18 from 2-3 p.m. to discuss “Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead. The story follows the experiences of two African American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Everyone is invited to join this discussion. Call the branch library for more details at 440-247-3556. The library is located at 100 E. Orange St. in Chagrin Falls.

Career open house upcoming

Hosted by Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) and sponsored by Mercury Plastics, the Career Exploration Open House is Feb. 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kent State University Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton.

As part of GGP’s Youth Workforce Development program, the open house will focus on the many paths students can take as they prepare to enter the workforce. GGP will also share information on the Summer Internship Program for high school juniors and seniors. Local companies will have tables at the event to share career opportunities they have to offer.

Parents, students and graduates are all welcome. This event is free, but registration is requested at career-open-house.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact bcovington@geaugagrowth.com.

GCPL offers Playhouse Square deals

The Geauga County Public Library partnered with Playhouse Square to make pre-sale “Frozen” and other discounted tickets available to its patrons. Visit www.geaugalibrary.net and click on the graphic at the top of the page, which links to the pre-sale and discount page. Use the promo code “GEAUGALIBRARY” to secure seats before the general public and to find out which shows have discounted rates. The Frozen pre-sale runs until Feb. 20. Select discounted options include “Anastasia,” “Cats,” “That Golden Girls Show – A Puppet Parody,” and more.

Learn essential oils basics

Come to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 21 to learn what aromatherapy is and how plant oils, such as peppermint, rosemary and more, work for human medicinal application. Participants will make a product to take home. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-247-3556.

Register for overnight trip

Register by Feb. 22 for Orange Community Education and Recreation’s overnight trip to Seneca Allegany, which is March 24-25.

The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations at the AAA Four Diamond Seneca Allegany Resort and Spa, $50 in free slot play and $20 for food. Free alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available on the gaming floor. The registration fee is $189 per person for double occupancy or $249 for single occupancy. To register for travel opportunities, visit www.orangerec.com or call 216-831-8601.

Look back with Dan Best

Protect Geauga Parks presents a Conservation Conversation, “Parked: A Rearview Mirror Retrospective,” on Feb. 23 at West Geauga Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester Township.

With a handful of songs and a hearty helping of humor, retired naturalist and raconteur Dan Best looks back on his 33 years with Geauga Park District to share a few recollections of his adventures with wildlife and people. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the free programming begins at 3 p.m. with light refreshments.

Protect your assets

Join Dan A. Baron, founding member of Baron Law LLC, for lunch and a presentation on protecting financial assets on Feb. 25 at noon with the Orange Senior Center, 32205 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Enjoy a variety of wraps, chips, coffee and cookies while learning how to avoid pitfalls that lead to costly and lengthy administration, how not to go broke in a nursing home and more. Registration is required. Cost is $7 for OSC members and $10 for nonmembers.

The Orange Senior Center is a program of Orange schools/Orange Community Education and Recreation. Call the OSC at 216-831-8600, ext. 5700 for more information or to register.

Club to host pancake breakfast

The Bainbridge Civic Club (BCC) will host their 68th annual pancake breakfast at the Kenston High School cafeteria, 9500 Bainbridge Road in Bainbridge, on March 1, 8 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pancake breakfast includes a choice of buttermilk, blueberry or buckwheat pancakes, French toast, freshly ground, exclusive BCC sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea or milk and pure Geauga County maple syrup. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children 4 years old and older and free for children under 4 years old.

Proceeds are used to support the Bainbridge Area Food for Friends Food Pantry, provide scholarships and fund the club’s local community driven endeavors. For more information about the pancake breakfast, joining the BCC, or becoming at sponsor, contact Mark George at 440-591-1819 or bainbridgecivic@gmail.com.

Leadercast Women to kick off

Leaders in Cleveland are invited to the Solon Chamber of Commerce recast of Leadercast Women on March 6.

This year, nine speakers will share their stories of courage to help inspire attendees. In addition, local leader Teresa Lindsey, president and chief operating officer of Channel Products, will share her perspective of “What Taking Courage” means to her. With a passion for seeing people develop and thrive, Ms. Lindsey lives by the mantra of leading people while managing process.

The event opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast and networking, and the first speaker will begin at 8:45 a.m. The event will run until approximately 3 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at www.solonchamber.com.

Register for balance classes

Geauga Seniors, 60 years of age and older, are invited to come learn how to stay safe, learn exercises to increase strength and flexibility and learn how to control the fear of falling. Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center are sponsoring a Matter of Balance Class on Mondays and Wednesdays from March 2 until March 25. Class sessions are for four weeks, meeting two times per week. This class will be held at Ohman Family Living at Holly, 10190 Fairmount Road in Newbury. To register, call Sandy McLeod at 440-279-2137. The class is free for registered seniors, but space is limited.

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