Registration for GPD programs

In light of COVID-19, various procedures and registration requirements have been implemented to the Geauga Park District programs to adjust to fluctuating state guidelines. Registration is now required for nearly all programs in order to keep group sizes safe, and capacity has been limited. Many astronomy programs are already filling up with only waiting lists available. Always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before attending the programs. A few remaining spots are available for the following programs:

Astro-Nat Chris will share what to watch for in the night sky at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27. Register for only one of the time slots.

Socially distant night sky viewing with telescopes spaced out around the park plaza are available for one-hour programs at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.

Geauga Skywatchers Club will meet virtually to discuss the moon, astrolabes and Mars. Registration is required at geaugalibrary.libcal.com, and spaces are limited.

Library offers Zoom help

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is offering a course to help individuals get more familiar with Zoom to feel comfortable using it for virtual library programs and more on Oct. 28 from 7:30-8 p.m. Registration and an email address are required to receive the link to participate. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. Attendees will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Call the Chagrin Falls branch at 440-247-3556 for more information.

DTJ serves last dinner of 2020

On Nov. 1, DTJ Taborville, 9850 North Blvd. in Auburn, is having the last chicken and duck dinner of 2020. DTJ will serve from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $12.50 for an adult dinner and $6.50 for a children’s chicken dinner. A half-duck dinner is $17.50. Dinner includes dumplings, sauerkraut, a homemade doughnut and coffee. Music will be provided by Frank Moravcik from 12:30- 3:30 p.m. Czech beer is available at the bar. Masks are required in the bar room and while in line. Reservations must be in by Oct. 29. For reservations and more information about DTJ events, call 440-543-8494.

Library offers Halloween treats

The Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library invites patrons of all ages to stop by and pick up a treat bag, while supplies last, through their contactless curbside pickup program on Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m. Enter the curbside loop in their west lot, then call 440- 247-3556 to let them know you’ve arrived. Library staff will bring a treat bag filled with crafts and other seasonal goodies and drop it in your trunk. No registration is required.

Mindfulness webinar upcoming

Geauga Economic Leadership will host a Zoom webinar from 8-9 a.m. Nov. 6. Dr. Julie Evey and Dr. Luda Leontieva will present “Mindful Leadership.” They will discuss the value of mindfulness for business leaders and how these practices positively impact the workplace. To register, call 440-564-1060.

Learn about Earth’s magnetism

This online presentation via the free software Webex highlights how humans have explored the Earth’s magnetism from 7-7:45 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. Upon registration, attendees will receive a link to join. Register at 440-286-9516. Spaces are limited.

Afternoon hikes in Geauga

Geauga Gems Trekking Series will enjoy a 2-mile hike from 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville, and from 12-1:30 and 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon-Troy Road. Participants must be able to hike at least 2 miles over mild terrain, rain or shine. Dress accordingly, and bring water. Registration is required due to social distancing at 440-286-9516, and spaces are limited. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Create holiday cards

Join artisan Phyllis Knapp to create two holiday-motif cards utilizing “iris folding,” an offshoot of origami, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18 in Meyer Center at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Cost is $12 for in-county residents and $15 for out-of-county residents, which includes all materials and instruction. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Butterfly program on Webex

Learn about colorful gossamer-winged butterflies in Geauga parks and see the results of surveys from Frohring Meadows and Burton Wetlands during this online program via Webex from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Nov. 22. Registration is required to attend. Participants will receive the link to join. Register at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Hike your turkey off

Take a steady-paced, 8-mile hike from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Meet in Turkey Ridge. Register at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Meander with mammals

Observe busy mammals in the forests and ponds as they get ready for winter during this 1-mile walk including stairs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Register at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Scavenger hunt in the forest

Discover wild animal facts on this family scavenger hunt from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 29 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Drop in anytime during these hours to pick up a scavenger hunt card. The program is entirely outdoors, so dress accordingly. There are two skill levels: ages 5 and under and 6 and over. Staff is available to assist, and space is limited. Register at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Journal about woodpeckers

Learn basic journaling techniques to record nature observations with a focus on woodpeckers from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 in the Judge Lester Taylor Lodge in Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon Troy Road. The program is partially outdoors so dress accordingly. Taking photos is optional. Fee and registration is required; call 440-286-9516. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Holiday greens workshops set

The evergreens workshops will be held from 9:30-11 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 in the lodge at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. To allow for multiple programs and small groups this year, there will be a modified class where participants will make festive evergreen centerpieces using their choice of containers and embellishments. Instruction is provided. Ribbon, evergreens and pine cones will be provided; bring any additional accents along with pruners and a plastic bag to carry it home. Space is limited, and registration is required for all programs at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Social distancing is required and face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events.

Volunteers make evergreen decor

Interested volunteers are asked to register now for a one-hour session at the annual make and give event held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Meyer Center at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Help create 300-plus evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors. All supplies are provided. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

Take a hound hike

Parade through the park with your favorite pooch from 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Meet at Katydid Lodge, Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road in Bainbridge. Non-aggressive dogs must be on an 8-foot maximum leash and fully under control. Only one dog per handler. Bring dog towels and a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Registration is required at 440-286-9516, and space is limited. All programs and events are subject to change or cancellation; always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org before coming out. COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be in place.

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