View the Wolf Moon

Learn about January’s full moon, the “Wolf Moon,” and interesting information about wolves from 7-8 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. If weather conditions permit, view the moon using the park’s telescopes followed by night-sky viewing until 11 p.m. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

NEOCAG meeting at public library

The NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Inc. (NEOCAG) monthly meeting will be held Jan. 11 at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Village.

Stephen Wendt, a professional genealogist, will be the speaker and will present “Searching for Your Elusive Prussian Ancestors: A Case Study.” Following the main speaker, the group will conduct learning sessions on Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker and Beginner Groups. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Geauga Gems Trekking kick-off

The public is invited to the launch of a new trekking series from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. This information session will cover all the details of this year-long adventure including the number of hikes, hiking opportunities, how to register and incentives for completion. A naturalist-led hike follows and will complete the first required hike. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.

Nassau night sky viewing

Observe the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 7-11 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. A planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center will be held if weather prevents sky viewing. No registration is required for this wheelchair and stroller accessible program.

Cards to beat winter blues

Friends of the Geauga County Library will sponsor a card making class for adults from 1:10-3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chester. Make cards for several occasions. Bring scissors and good quality double-sided adhesive tape. All other supplies will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Cost is $10 to cover material fees. Registration opens on Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. Call 440-729-4250 or

Tasmania travelogue presentation

Biologist and photographer Ami Horowitz shares pictures of flora, fauna and landscapes of Tasmania from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 12 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.

Plant your own meadow

Join the Geauga Park District staff to learn how you can start your own meadow to benefit wildlife and pollinators from 3:30-5 p.m. on Jan. 12 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Free meadow seed samples will be distributed. This is the first program in a series to feature meadows and prairies in Geauga parks throughout the seasons. No registration is required.

Make personalized bookmarks

Make your own bookmarks at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., on Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. or Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Make your bookmarks personal by creating your own designs or use templates. Bookmarks will be laminated to be taken home. Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 440-834-4466.

Elderberries trail cam treasures

Seniors learn about the trials and tribulations of the American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America and a species in peril, from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Review the progress of the nest box project Geauga Park District launched in 2019. Refreshments will be served. This wheelchair accessible program is a joint collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Learn to snowshoe

Ages 8 and older learn the basics of snowshoeing, including proper clothing, types of equipment and proper technique, from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Meyer Center in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. An indoor presentation is followed by outdoor instruction and a snowshoe hike. Borrow a pair of skis or bring your own. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Ansel’s Cave hike

Hike 2 miles with a naturalist to Ansel’s Cave to discover its history written in rock from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. This is a rare opportunity to go into this restricted area. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy foot gear. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Register for Frozen Fest

New this year, registration is required for the free Frozen Fest, which runs from 11 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. There is a limit of eight guests per registration.

Visit for a complete schedule of events. Family activities include live ice carving, guest appearances by winter snowman, ice princesses and a reindeer herder, live reindeer and sled dogs, snowshoeing, snow-themed activities, face painting, refreshments and more. This program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. To register, call 440-286-9516.

Library hosts civil rights series

The Geauga County Public Library will host the Geauga Civil Rights Series, a collection of programs across the county to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work with the Civil Rights Movement and to celebrate Black History Month in Geauga County by hosting speakers and programs that initiate community conversations about race, equality and social freedom.

The Civil Rights Series is sponsored by the Geauga County Library Foundation. The first speaker of the series will be author Gail Lukasik, who will discuss her book “White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing” at the Newbury Auditorium, 14775 Auburn Road, on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. For more information and a full list of speakers and dates, visit

Snowflake pendant workshop

Ages 14 and over join artisan Fran Rafiani to create a glass beaded snowflake pendant on a silver multi-strand cord from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. Space is limited, so register early. Call 440-286-9516 for this wheelchair and stroller accessible program.

Maple Town Tune Traders

Musicians of all levels, genres and instruments are welcome to play, sing or simply watch from 7-10 p.m. Jan. 23 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Short performances will be followed by sharing of songs and tunes in the round. Snacks to share are welcome to this wheelchair and stroller accessible program.

‘GET GRITTY’ in Cleveland

Come to Cleveland Feb. 1 for a day of inspiration and empowerment for teen girls for the second annual GET GRITTY Cleveland at Red Space, 2400 Superior Ave in Cleveland. This event, in collaboration with the nonprofit GRACEDBYGRIT, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and strives to educate and empower teen girls to be brave, resilient, develop a growth mindset, build community and cultivate and hone their leadership skills.

This event is partnering with University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital to educate girls through speakers, discussion and interaction. Registration is required for this event. Visit for registration and more information.

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