NEOCAG meeting upcoming

The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc. (NEOCAG) monthly meeting will be Feb. 13 via Zoom. The meeting opens at 9:15 a.m. with the presentation beginning at 9:45 a.m. The speaker will be Margaret Lynch, who will present “Researching Irish Ancestors.” A questions and answers session will follow the presentation. For more information and access to the Zoom meeting, visit neocag.net or request a “limited seating” invitation by emailing webmaster@neocag.net.

Take a virtual woodland tour

Woodland Wednesdays presents “A Virtual Tour of Working Woods,” the demonstration forest at the Holden Arboretum, from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Experience management sites through photos, videos and maps. The program is free, but registration is required by Feb. 16 at woodlandwednesdaysfebruary2021.eventbrite.com. For more information, email gprunty@geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122.

Learn about NOACC benefits

The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce joined NOACC and is hosting a lunch event for members to learn more about its benefits on Feb. 18 from 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $10. Receive a $10 gift card to enjoy a lunch at another time courtesy of the CVCC restaurant sponsors, Burntwood Tavern and M Italian. Participants must attend the event to receive their gift cards. The chamber will email the link the day before the event. For more information or to register, visit cvcc.org.

Journal the great outdoors

Learn to slow down and observe nature through keeping a mindful log with the Geauga Park District’s monthly Nature Journaling series. The next journaling sessions are Feb. 22, focusing on the maple sugaring process, and March 29, focusing on waterfowl. Both are partially outdoors and have two sessions each day from 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30-4 p.m. Naturalist Renell Roebuck hosts the program. Registration is required by phone at 440-286-9516. A one-time fee of $20 for Geauga County residents (or $24 for out-of-county residents) covers the purchase of a journal, pen and pencil.

Learn composting basics

Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, Geauga West Library, Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District and Geauga County Master Gardeners will host “Composting 101: Take the Leap and Start Your Heap” from 6-7 p.m. March 16. This free online program details composting basics and benefits, different composting methods and how to avoid common composting problems. Participants have a chance to win a compost bin and Geauga residents will be eligible to receive a free kitchen compost pail. Registration is required at geaugalibrary.libcal.com. For more information, call Gail Prunty at 440-834-1122.

Donate to American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to help with the new surge of COVID-19 cases. Blood donations will be taken from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Bainbridge (also March 11 and March 25); 1-5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Quail Hollow, 11295 Quail Hollow Drive in Painesville; 1-6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Hillcrest Hospital, 6780 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights; 1-6 p.m. Feb. 19 and March 5 at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills; 2-7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Mayfield Church, 7747 Mayfield Road in Chester; 12-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St.; noon to 6 p.m. March 3 at Notre Dame Preschool, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 at Adam Hall, 11455 East Washington St. in Auburn; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Concord Community Center, 7671 Auburn Road; from 1-7 p.m. March 11 and 25 at Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Bainbridge; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at Church of St. Mary, 401 North St. in Chardon. For appointments and a list of other locations, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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