NEOCAG to meet on Zoom

The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc., known as NEOCAG, will hold their monthly meeting on Nov. 14 via Zoom. The meeting opens at 9:15 a.m. with a presentation beginning at 9:45 a.m. The speaker will be locally and nationally known genealogist Mary Jamba, who will discuss the topic, “Where Did Grandpa Live?” Following the presentation will be a questions and answers session followed by an open forum.

For more information and the Zoom address, visit neocag.net or request a “limited seatin” invitation at webmaster@neocag.net.

Benefit Geauga Hunger Task Force

On Nov. 15, Cleveland Field Kitchen (CFK) of Russell is teaming up with the community to host “Farm, Cook, Feed 2020” to benefit the Geauga Hunger Task Force. The event will sell soups made mostly of ingredients rescued from farms and local businesses with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the task force.

Purchase a soup between now and Nov. 15 for $16 per quart at clevelandfieldkitchen.com/field-kitchen-feeds from eight area chefs. Additional contributions are optional, and can be made by adding a $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 donation to the online cart. All soups must be picked up between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 via drive-thru at their commissary kitchen in Chagrin Falls. For more information, call 216-505-1144.

Perfectly Imperfect Produce, who donated food for CFK’s event, is also selling soup recipe kits for $25 in partnership with “Farm, Cook, Feed.” For every box sold, they will donate $5 to Geauga Hunger Task Force. Orders will be delivered to doorsteps. Visit perfectlyimperfectproduce.com for more information and to order.

VFW hosts pancake breakfast

Chardon VFW Post 6519 will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at 752 Water St. in Chardon. For more information, call 440-285-3699.

Donate to Red Cross

Blood donations will be accepted from 1-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester, and 1-6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road in Munson. For appointments, call 800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

Geauga Tea Party meets

Geauga County Tea Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester. Professor John Plecnik of the Cleveland Marshall Law College will speak on biases in American education. Visit www.geaugacountyteaparty.com for more information.

Wealth workshop upcoming

Join the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce for their virtual “Pop-Up Workshop – Wealth Management” with James Wineland, portfolio manager at Johnson Investment Counsel on Nov. 20 from 10-11 a.m.

Mr. Wineland will speak on economic and market updates, a discussion on wealth and tax planning and a brief review of the election results and its potential impact on the markets. Admission is free for CVCC members, and the Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event. For more information or to register, visit CVCC.org.

Research Geauga parks

Get the scoop on insect surveys in the Geauga Park District with two upcoming virtual programs.

On Nov. 22 from 3:30-4:15 p.m., join “Research in Our Parks: On Gossamer Wings” as naturalist Linda Gilbert features some of the colorful gossamer-winged butterflies from this past spring and summer and shares the results of surveys conducted at Frohring Meadows and Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve.

On Dec. 12, from 2:30-3:15 p.m., learn about discoveries made during dragonfly and damselfly surveys from this past spring and fall during “Research in Our Parks: Dragons & Damsels.” Ms. Gilbert will also host this program, sharing results from the three-year, statewide dragonfly and damselfly survey that concluded in 2019.

Both programs use the free WebEx platform to present. To register for these programs, visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org and click “Programs & Events.” Include email when registering to receive the link to join the programs.

Enter fall scavenger hunt

Geauga County residents are invited to partake in a fall scavenger hunt in Geauga parks and enter a random drawing for $150, $100 and $50 VISA gift cards by submitting pictures of their visits. To enter the drawing, participants need to email their full names, hometowns, phone numbers and five pictures of hunted-for items (or selfies at those spots) to info@geaugaparkdistrict.org no later than Dec. 4. One entry per person. Photos must be renamed to include the park where they were taken. For a list of the parks, visit geaugaparkdistrict.org/fall-scavenger-hunt.

Enjoy coffee with birds

Join Naturalist Renell Roebuck for close-up viewing and identification of winter birds at the feeders on Dec. 13 at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Register for one of four time slots only: 8-9 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Hot beverages will be served. Call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org to register. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Venture the winter weather

If conditions are right, enjoy snowshoeing from 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road in Burton, for a “Whatever-the-Weather Venture.” If not, take a cold-weather nature hike. Borrow a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The program is geared for ages 8 and older and registration is required at 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Walk by candlelight

Register for a time slot to drop by and enjoy a self-guided walk along a candlelit trail through the forest while discovering cultural traditions associated with the Winter Solstice. Times are 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Dress for the weather and follow all safety guidelines. Time slots are filling up quickly.

Take an evergreen hike

Geauga Gems walk 1.5 miles to observe the differences in evergreen trees from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon Troy Road. Registration is required, and all participants must follow all safety guidelines. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Register for a planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Dec. 27 in the Robert McCullough Science Center at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Register for only one session. Sessions are filling quickly. The building open house is from 1-4 p.m., and the program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Weather permitting, also view the sun using the planetarium’s safe solar-viewing equipment. Call 440-286-9516 for more information and registration. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. Social distancing and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Journal about Christmas birds

Learn the basic journaling techniques with a focus on the Christmas bird count from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 28 in the lodge at Holbrook Hollows, 7250 Country Lane in Bainbridge. Dress for the weather, as part of the class is outdoors. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Registration is by phone only at 440-286-9516. Fee is $20 for in-county residents and $24 for out-of-county residents.

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