Geauga County Tea Party meets

The Geauga County Tea Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Metzenbaum School, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester. Micah Derry from Americans for Prosperity will speak in opposition to the electric utility industry bailout in 2019 and discuss the referendum that is in process. For more information, visit www.geaugacountyteaparty.com.

Contra dance upcoming

The Troy Township Contra dance is Feb. 1 at the Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road (Route 422) in Burton. All ages join in the atmosphere of contra dance with live folk music. Lessons start at 6:30 p.m.; dance follows from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths and $25 for families. For more information, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or willrcraig@gmail.com.

Scavenge for Valentine’s chocolate

Come to the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., for a Valentine scavenger hunt from Feb. 1-15 by making the library a stop on your night out. Complete a scavenger hunt for couples or best friends and receive a box of chocolates. No registration is necessary for this event.

Discuss proper bra fitting

Find your fit at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3. Bra fit expert Katy Metzner will discusses the most common mistakes made when buying a bra, the different types of bras and how to care for them. This event will also include free, professional fittings. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call 440-834-4466 for more information.

Meditate at the library

Come to the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., for meditation and relaxation at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. Rev. Jenni Vincourt will lead the session to help connect participants with their own inner guidance. No registration is necessary for this event.

Learn crocheting basics

Teens and adults can learn the foundations of crocheting in Crochet 101 at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12 and 19. No prior experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided. Participants must attend all three progressive sessions. Registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Leadership breakfast upcoming

Geauga Growth Partnership will host the Economic Leadership breakfast on Feb. 7 at Kent State Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program is from 8-9:30 a.m. Jim McClintock of Company 119 will lead the program of panelists who will offer a broad perspective of the state of our community. They include: Sugar Valley Maple, Great Geauga Fair, Geauga Lakes Cheese, Hershey Montessori School, U.S. Census Bureau, Chardon Police, Chagrin Falls Park and Hope for Kids Geauga.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Register at https://sogeauga-feb7.eventbrite.com.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 7-11 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. A planetarium presentation by Naturalist “Astro-nat” Chris Mentrek will be held in the McCullough Science Center on Observatory Park’s main campus if weather prevents sky viewing. No registration is required.

Hidden Gems backcountry hike

Join a naturalist from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 8 for an off-trail adventure exploring seldom-visited portions of Big Creek Park in search of signs of wildlife. Participants must be physically capable of several miles of off-trail challenges and rugged terrain with some steep hills and stream crossings. Registration is required at 440-286-9516. Meet in Meyer Center at 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon.

Count backyard birds

Drop in from 8-10 a.m. on Feb. 14 at Swine Creek Reservation Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield, or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 and 16 in West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell, to identify and count birds at the feeding stations and become an official citizen scientist during the worldwide bird count, coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible with no registration required.

Nassau astronomy night with CVAS

Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using the restored 36-inch-mirrored telescope from 7-11 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Nassau Astronomical Station, 10350 Clay St., a separate drive just north of the main campus entrance in Montville.

This free program for all ages will be cancelled if there is cloudy weather. In addition to viewing the giant telescope, visitors can check out the living quarters and museum elements celebrating Ohio’s place in the history of astronomy, research done within the building and more. Call 440-286-9516 for more information. This program is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and no registration is required.

Guyana travelogue at West Woods

Join photographers and travelers Bruce and Susan Bennett on their travels through Guyana, which was voted the world’s best ecotourism destination by The Green Destinations Foundation. This trip includes exploration on horseback in southern Guyana as well as a return visit to The Rewa Eco Lodge for fishing and wildlife photography from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 16 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. This free program is presented in collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. No registration is required.

Learn maple syrup basics

There may still be snow on the ground, but it’s a busy time for Geauga maple producers. Elderberries: Maple Syrup 101 is an indoor program from 1-2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 and will highlight the basics of producing syrup with demonstrations and tasty samples, including maple nut sundaes.

The wheelchair-accessible program is held at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell and is a joint collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging, Geauga Park District and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Hospice support group hosts sale

The Hospice of the Western Reserve will host a warehouse sale at the headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland, on March 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m., respectively.

Shoppers can find gently used furniture, home décor, antiques, jewelry and more at a fraction of retail prices. Proceeds of the sale support seriously ill patients of the reserve and their families, veterans in need of specialized care and other community-based nonprofit programs throughout Northeast Ohio. Cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted for payment (no checks). Ample parking is available in the Hospice of the Western Reserve parking lot.

Donations of furniture and household goods are still actively being sought. The agency does not accept bedding, books, clothing, car seats, electronics, major appliances, medical supplies, sporting goods, children’s toys and games, computers, mattresses, televisions and stuffed animals. Tax receipts will be provided. Those interested in contributing items for the sale should call 216-255-9090.

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