Herb Society sale

Chagrin Valley Herb Society Plant Sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road at East Washington Street in Bainbridge. Society members are responsible for the design and maintenance of the gardens at the Bainbridge Library. The sale includes unusual culinary herbs and reasonably-priced members’ plants and garden starts. Members will be on hand to answer any questions.

For information about the society, visit chagrinvalleyherbsociety.org.

Horseback ride

Traverse forested trails from the saddle of your favorite horse on May 19 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. A naturalist-led walk, trot and canter is from 10-11:30 a.m. and an afternoon walk only is from 1-3 p.m. Riders must trailer their horse and may register for both trail rides with a lunch break in between. Helmets are encouraged. Please bring a shovel to clean up after the horse in the parking lot. To register, call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Annual spring bird walk series

Enjoy an early morning guided walk to observe and identify a variety of birds as they return to prime breeding habitats from 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 19 at Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge parking lot, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a bird guide. This hike is partially wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Geauga walkers meet

Active seniors are welcome to join a naturalist-led, one mile plus hike from 1-2:30 p.m. May 21 at Swine Creek Reservation, Swine Creek Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. For a full schedule of walks, call 440-279-2126.

Rewa River adventure

Geauga Park District hosts Bruce Bennett to share the adventures of his 110-mile trip up the Rewa River in Guyana from 7-8:30 p.m. May 21 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. The public is welcome. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Free Speech Forum

The League of Women Voters of Geauga County hosts its annual Free Speech Forum, May 24 at 1 p.m. at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Road. All are welcome. State Sens. John Eklund, R-Munson and Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta and state Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson will each speak for 10 minutes about the state of our state followed by questions from the audience. For more information, call Rosemary Balazs at 440-668-3152 or Janet Kramarz at 440-781-7660.

Civil War Encampment in Burton

Geauga County Historical Society will host a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of Century Village Museum on Burton Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 and 26.

Reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers and traveling merchants provide a living history of the trials and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion. Learn about the famous battles and discover how those who remained aided the Union cause and struggled with much difficulty.

Includes military maneuvers, cannons roaring, learn about camp life, food, diseases and much more about the civilian and military life at that time.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 children 6-12 and under 6 are free. Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public. No pets permitted. For more information, call 440-834-1492 or email info@geaugahistorical.org.

Claridon Woodlands amenities

The season of high ropes course opens May 26 with weekly hours on Fridays through Tuesdays. Up to eight people can go up at once starting at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

Kayaks and canoes are available from Headwaters Park Boathouse Fridays through Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. starting June 2.

Amenities are all first-come, first-served and free to Geauga County residents (I.D. required). Out-of-county charges vary depending on activity.

Claridon Woodlands is located at 11383 Claridon Troy Road in Claridon.

Visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under News and Updates for more information and safety rules of participation.

Troy Contra Dance

Troy Township Contra Dance will be held June 1 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 willrcraig@gmail.com.

Summer reading kickoff

Geauga County Public Library is blasting into summer reading with an astronomical event that includes fun right here on planet earth, June 1 from 6-9 p.m. at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. This all-ages event is free, but food trucks will be on site for food purchases. Visit GeaugaLibrary.net for more information about summer reading programs. This event is sponsored by the Geauga County Library Foundation.

Fly-in breakfast

EAA Chapter 5 hosts a first fly-in of the summer pancake breakfast, June 22 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Geauga County Airport, 15421 Old State Road in Middlefield. For more information, visitwww.5.eaachapter.org.     

Geauga SWCD summer teacher workshop

Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts will offer a unique and affordable workshop for teachers of all grades and disciplines with one to three graduate credits available through Ashland University.

This intensive three-day program “The Advanced Wonders of Watersheds” will be held June 24-26 at Old Woman Creek Estuary in Huron, Ohio. Experiences include scientific investigations of increasingly important water quality and land use issues, activities and collect research data on Lake Erie with the U.S. Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station. Receive Healthy Water Healthy People, The Wonders of Wetlands, Aquatic WILD and Teachers on the Estuary curriculum guides.

Only 10 teachers will be accepted and those teaching in Geauga and Portage counties will be given first priority. Potential scholarship funding is available.

For more information, visit geaugaswcd.com or contact Gail Prunty at gprunty@geaugaswcd.com or 440-834-1122. Registration deadline is May 31 or until filled.

Call for artists

Geauga Park District welcomes exhibitors of nature-inspired artwork to apply for space in the 28th annual Nature Arts Festival on Aug. 4 at Big Creek Park in Chardon.

Co-marketed with the Chardon Square Arts Festival, this event will host a free five-minute Lolly the Trolley ride connecting the two venues.

Applicants must submit at least four images of their artwork for jurying, including one of their display. Spaces are available indoors or outdoors. Wildlife artwork will be given preference over artwork depicting domestic animals.

Contact Teresa Runion at trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-279-0882 for more information.

Fish stocking

Geauga Park District has stocked four waterways in county parks this spring including Claridon Woodlands Lower Pond, Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Wild Good Pond in Big Creek Park and Chestnut Pond in Big Creek Park.

Families are welcome to catch and take fish from waterways in 11 Park District parks as long as they have a current Ohio fishing license.

Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

West Woods Wednesday

Geauga Park District’s West Woods Wednesdays Farm Markets will be held from 4-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, July to September, at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell.

Geauga Park District is accepting applications from interested farm market vendors, particularly those with fresh produce, flowers, breads/baked items and similar products. Apply at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, then special Events and Art Shows, and find a link to the 2019 vendor application.

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