Public hearing on social service funds

The public is invited to hear how local agencies plan to use federal tax dollars for social services in Geauga County during state fiscal years 2020 and 2021 at Geauga County Job & Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon, April 22 at 2 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to comment on the use of the funds. This hearing is presented by Geauga County Family Services Planning Committee, Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services and Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Retired teachers meet

The next meeting of the Geauga County Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) #86 is April 24 at St. Mary’s Chardon, 401 North St., at 11 a.m. Lunch is $12 payable at the door. Reservations are due by April 19. Chardon Municipal Court Judge Teri Stupica will speak. For further information, call Catherine Whitright at 440-286-3730.

Sky tonight planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky this week from 2-3 p.m. on April 28 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. The building open house is from 1-4 p.m. and 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.

Gaelic “Cara” yoga classes

Join Mary Ann Sedivy from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursdays, April 30 through May 30, to learn the principle of Gaelic “Cara” Yoga at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton.

Learn to recognize your own inner light and beauty. Cost is $5 per class, payable to the instructor, and no registration is required. Bring a mat. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

GGP breakfast hosts Jim Tressel

Geauga Growth Partnership Leadership Breakfast and annual business meeting is from 7:15-10 a.m. May 1 at Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. All are welcome, free of charge.

Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University and former Ohio State University football coach, speaks on PRIME: Partners in Rural Innovative Models of Education.

Join other Geauga County business leaders to network over breakfast. Register at

Watershed workshop for teachers

Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts present the 2019 Advanced Wonders of Watersheds unique workshop for teachers June 24-26 at Old Woman Creek National Estuary in Huron. This unique experience includes scientific investigations, activities and the opportunity to collect research data on Lake Erie.

A limited number of scholarships are available to teachers currently working in Geauga County schools. Applications for scholarships are due at 3 p.m. May 1. Download an application at Call 440-834-1122 ext. 2 for more information.

Geauga Park District seeks manager

Geauga Park District is seeking a qualified manager for food service and catering at the former Wicked Wood Golf Course banquet facility at 14085 Ravenna Road in Newbury.

Submissions are due May 3 at 4 p.m. For more details, visit, click on news and updates or call 440-286-9516.

GEL breakfast salutes veterans

Geauga Economic Leadership breakfast and networking begins at 7:30 a.m. May 3 at Kent State University at Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. All veterans, students, residents and members of the business community are welcome to attend this free event.

Dr. Molly Sergi, Ph.D., professor of history at Kent State Geauga Campus, discusses the meaning of Memorial Day and significant figures in Geauga County while highlighting the veterans from each era and describing the importance and evolution of Memorial Day.

For more information and to register for this last GEL program of the 2018-19 season, contact

Design a bra for a good cause

The Geauga Medical Center Auxiliary will host a “Bras for a Cause” event during a special tea luncheon May 4 at 11 a.m. at Sisters of Notre Dame Community Hall, 13000 Auburn Road in Chardon. The fundraiser invites individuals and groups to create a decorated bra with a meaningful theme and will feature door prizes, basket raffle, inspirational messages and more. All proceeds will benefit UH Geauga Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center patient needs. Tickets are $12. For more information, contact Karen at 440-285-6271.

Troy contra dance

Troy Township Contra Dance will be held May 4 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

Boys state orientation

Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 Burton/Middlefield hosts a boy’s state orientation May 5. For details and locations, call 440-834-1191.

Meditation for relaxation

The Rev. Jenni Vinecourt leads a class in meditation for relaxation at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton.

Connect with your own inner guidance. No registration is required.

For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Cell phone photography 101

Steve Manchook presents what cell phones can and cannot do for your personal photography at 6 p.m. May 7 at Chardon Branch Library, 110 East Park St.

Whether capturing family and friends in the everyday or seeking out a variety of photographic subjects for the lens on any day, this presentation will provide both a technical and artistic approach in your cell phone camera usage. Video tips will also be discussed. Time will be allowed for questions from the audience. To register, call 440-285-7601.

Bring your own craft

Give yourself an excuse to work on a craft you’ve been putting off. Bring your own supplies and join with friends and friends-to-be from 6-7:30 p.m. May 9 in the Merritt Room downstairs at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. No registration is required.

For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Japanese bookbinding class

Create your own handmade book from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. Bring your own special beads or trinkets to personalize your creation.

Registration is required at For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Conservation Conversation on Lake Erie

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.

Fabulous fungus

Presented by the Geauga Park District, learn what a fungus is at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. From recycling to medicine, this program explores the important role they play in our environment.

No registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Designing a perennial garden

Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers present a free gardening program from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 18 at the Geauga County OSU Extension office at Patterson Center (north end of Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton.

Master Gardener Volunteer and landscape designer Phyllis Mihalik helps participants learn simple steps to design a perennial garden. Receive plant, soil and care recommendations, in addition to personal design input. Cost is $35 for all materials.

Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated at 440-834-4656.

Happy Tails wine and beer party

Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary hosts the purr-fect party, a wine, beer and wood-fired pizza fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 18 at Colonial Wine and Beverage, 8389 Mayfield Road in Chester.

Tickets are $40 per person and cover wine and beer tasting featuring six wines and four beers, wood-fired vegetarian and meat pizza, appetizers, salad, hot and cold beverages, dessert and access to a silent auction and 50-50 raffle. Space is limited to 120 attendees, so reservations are recommended by May 10. Tickets will be held at the door. The fundraiser will benefit the nonprofit, no-kill cat sanctuary.

For reservations, call or text Doreen at 440-759-0076, email or send check or money order (payable to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary – no “R” in Tails) to PO Box 581, Chesterland 44026. Tax-deductible donations to the sanctuary can be mailed or transmitted via PayPal.


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