Milkweed gifts for Mother’s Day

Geauga Park District is giving away a free milkweed plant to benefit monarchs in honor of Mothers Day. Stop by West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. May 12. Instructions will be included on how, where and when to plant it on your property. Limit one per family on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Tami Gingrich at 440-279-0811 with questions.

Plant sale upcoming

Visit Chester Town Hall, 13455 Chillicothe Road, just north of Mayfield Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 to shop for plants galore including perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and hanging baskets. These plants make great gifts for Mother’s Day. The sale is held rain or shine and proceeds benefit the club’s ongoing community projects and horticultural scholarships. For more information, call Sue Godley at 216-978-8550.

Lean Principles in Action

Geauga Growth Partnership invites the public to a free program, “Lean Principles in Action,” on May 15 at Kinetico Building #3, the Frohring Building, 10975 Kinsman Road in Newbury.

LEAN applies to those in operations management, supervision, quality management and engineering wherever work is done in manufacturing, schools, offices, distribution centers, etc.

Doors open for networking at 7:30 a.m., program and plant tour is from 8-9:45 a.m.

Presenters Ty Haines from Manufacturer Solutions, John Bonner from Great Lakes Growers and Mike Shaffer from Kinetico discuss the benefits of LEAN production with details from case studies. See LEAN principles in action in the sub-assembly and final assembly areas during the Frohring plant tour.

Contact for more information or to register for this free program.

Conservation Conversation

Protect Geauga Parks “Conservation Conversation” program hosts photographer Linda Butler to present “Lake Erie: On the Edge” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 16 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

The slide show portrays Lake Erie from its natural beauty to the environmental issues this gem of a lake faces.

Free and open to all with refreshments provided. Donations are cheerfully accepted. For more information, contact Kathy Hanratty at 440-477-5468.

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, will speak. 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.

After work wildflower walk

From 6:30-8 p.m. May 22, join a member of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio for a wildflower walk at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

Be prepared for more than one mile of hilly terrain. Registration is not required. Call 440-286-9516.

Auburn Memorial Day ceremonies

Auburn Township celebrates Memorial Day on May 26 with a ceremonial laying of the wreath at Mapleshade Cemetery at 8:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the public will gather at Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 Washington St., for the “Reading of Names” with guest speaker Retired Master Sergeant Francis Gibbons.

The final destination is Shady Side Cemetery for raising of the flags and laying of the wreath ceremonies.

Residents are invited for coffee and donuts after the ceremony at Auburn Museum across from Shady Side Cemetery.

Munson Memorial Day observance

Munson Township will hold Memorial Day services beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 27 at Maple Hill Cemetery, 13480 Auburn Road.

Following introductions and Invocation, Boy Scout Troop 91 will present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Dvorak, Geauga County Commissioner, is guest speaker. Activities include reading of the names on the war memorial and veterans, taps, reading of the Gettysburg Address, benediction and ends with songs by the New Mercies Community Church.

Veterans and active duty service members will be recognized.  The public is invited to attend.

Explore the world of hydrangeas

Master Gardener Volunteers present a program on hydrangeas from 7-9 p.m. May 30 at the Geauga County OSU Extension office at Patterson Center (north end of Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.

Eric Barrett, Mahoning County Extension educator, speaks on the world of hydrangeas, which varieties work best in our area gardens and landscape, and how to care for them to maintain a thriving plant. Receive educational materials as well as your own hydrangea to take home.

Cost is $30. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated at 440-834-4656. Mail checks, payable to OSU Extension, to PO Box 387, Burton 44021. Visit for more information.

Auburn trash drop-off day

Large item trash disposal day for Auburn residents is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1. Residents may bring their items to Adam Hall Community Center, 11455 Washington St. No hazardous waste, building products, household garbage or yard waste will be accepted.

Nominal fee of $7 per car and small truckloads and $10 per large truckload will be charged. Maximum of eight truck tires (on and off rims) per household accepted free.

Senior residents qualify for free item home pick-up service but must be pre-registered with Geauga County Department on Aging at 440-279-2130.

For more information, call Auburn administration office at 440-543-7028 or visit

Troy Contra Dance

Troy Township Contra Dance will be held June 1 at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road (Route 422) in Burton.

All ages join in the fun atmosphere of Contra Dance with live folk music. No need for prior dance experience. An introductory dance lesson with Will Craig starts at 6:30 p.m. and the dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 per youth, $25 per family and children under 6 are free.  

For more information, contact Will Craig by calling 216-316-0068 or email

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