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 pm. 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.

Pancakes at Hambden Grange

Hambden Grange No. 2482 is serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with corn fritters, maple syrup, sausage, fruit, cocoa and coffee on Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon.  The Grange is located at 9778 Old State Road in Chardon. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 years old and younger. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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 a sponsor, contact Mark George at 440-591-1819 or bainbridgecivic@gmail.com.

Auburn pancake breakfast

Auburn Boy Scouts Troop 101 will host the Auburn Township Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on March 1 at the Auburn Fire Station, on the corner of Auburn and East Washington roads. Adults are $8, seniors are $6 and children 12 and under are $5. The breakfast includes buckwheat, regular, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate and juice.

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.

Troy Township Contra Dance

The Troy Township Contra Dance is March 7 at Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road (Route 422) in Burton. No prior dance experience needed. An introductory dance lesson by Will Craig starts at 6:30 p.m., and the Contra 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, call Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or willrcraig@gmail.com.

Sample sweet sap

Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods from noon to 4 p.m. on March 8 at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and taste some maple syrup. Warm up with live music by Mr. Haney String Band and sample maple treats in the lodge. No registration is required. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Learn about the worm moon

Learn earthworm anatomy and behavior then watch the full March moon, known as the “worm moon,” rise using park telescopes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on March 9 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. This program is free and wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Explore black holes

Learn about the latest black-hole research and the mysteries that hold the key to understanding the rest of the universe from 7-8 p.m. on March 13 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. The free program will be followed by night-sky viewing using park telescopes until 11 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Become a better bluebird landlord

Naturalist Tami Gingrich will give an overview of the natural history of the eastern bluebirds and answers questions on how to become a better bluebird landlord from 10-11 a.m. on March 14 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. This free program is for both beginners and seasoned landlords. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Make a bluebird house

Build and take home a bluebird house from noon to 3 p.m. on March 14 in the Lodge at the Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. Learn where and when to place the birdhouse to attract bluebirds.

Cost is $10 for Geauga residents and $12 for non-Geauga residents, which covers supplies. Participants should register by number of birdhouses rather than by person. Registration is required at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. For more information, call 440-286-9516.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 7-11 p.m. on March 14 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. A planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center will be held if weather prevents sky viewing. No registration is required.

Grow lilies and daylilies

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers offer “Growing Lilies and Daylilies” from 9:30-11 a.m. on March 14 at Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. Presented by Mark and Cynthia Druckenbrod who have been growing and hybridizing lilies for more than 20 years, the class will cover proper growing techniques, how to breed and create new cultivars of daylilies and how to protect them from deer. Cost is $15. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is preferred at 440-834-4656. Mail checks payable to OSU Extension to PO Box 387, Burton 44021.

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