Sweet maple confections
Join two local maple producers, James Miller of Sugar Valley Maple and Tom Salo of Salo Maple, as they demonstrate sweet ways to use Geauga County maple syrup from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. The audience is welcome to try some sweet treats. This event is free and open to the public with no registration required.
Highlands of Scotland travelogue
Join Becky Parkin for a presentation of the highlands of Scotland from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 2 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Take a step back in time to explore all the highlands have to offer, both natural and cultural, and learn why there are so many stories of myth and magic. This free armchair program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.
Geauga Skywatchers Club
Examine the accomplishments of 28 years of the Hubble Space Telescope from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Geauga County Public Library Middlefield Branch, 16167 East High St. Contemplate the science of Hubble’s unexpected discoveries and the beauty of the detailed photographs. Learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use the telescope to view the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn. Registration is required for this free program at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com.
Nature break women’s retreat
Women are invited to retreat to the park to reenergize and relax from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Activities include snowshoeing or walking, light aerobics, a nature-themed craft and lesson, light breakfast and soup and salad lunch. Dress in comfortable layers for both indoor and outdoor activities.
Fee is $8 for Geauga residents and $10 non-Geauga residents. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Poetry in nature
From 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at West Woods Nature Center, experience memories of warmer seasons in a unique way while two naturalists present a program of poems told from an insect point of view. Learn about the natural history of insects from a combination of poetry, pictures and music.
This free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible with no registration required. The nature center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell.
Geauga Park District Frozen Fest
Frozen Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Free winter activities will be available for the whole family. Participants must register by today (Friday) online at geaugaparkdistrict.org, by calling 440-286-9516 or in person.
Bird banding hotline
Register to be on the call list to witness bird banding when naturalists throw up the mist net any time from 9-11 a.m. January through March. See birds up close and personal at the feeders at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Bring a camera; the program is entirely indoors. Registration is required for this wheelchair and stroller accessible program.
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. Jan. 18 in the Nassau Astronomical Station, 10350 Clay St., north of the main campus entrance in Montville. This free program for all ages will be cancelled if there is cloudy weather. Call 440-286-9516 for more information. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Join Geauga County active seniors for a naturalist-led, 1-plus-mile walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. If temperatures are below 20 degrees, call 440-279-2126 to see if the hike will be held.
VFW Wednesday dinners
Chardon VFW Post 6519 will serve lasagna dinners from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29 at the VFW Post, 752 Water St. in Chardon. A donation of $7 is requested. The public is welcome.
KSU professor dishes Motown
Join the first-ever Dinner & Dish hosted at the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail in Bainbridge, on Jan. 23. Special guest Eugene Shelton will dish all about his public relation years at Motown, CBS Records, Columbia and Epic Records.
Mr. Shelton is a professor at Kent State University in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Listen to his stories about guiding Lionel Richie to his solo career, attending Rick James’ “Out of Jail” celebration, writing the liner notes for Diana Ross’s album and more.
Cost for this event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Both include dinner and conversation. A cash bar will be available. This event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
How to stay sane in 2020
Come to the Democratic Headquarters, 12420 Kinsman Road in Newbury, on Jan. 23 for a Hot Topic discussion on surviving the upcoming 2020 election season. Dennis Schmidt, retired Cleveland Clinic psychiatrist, will talk about ways to maintain your sanity during the year. Dinner and dessert will be served. Cost is $25 for non-members and $13 for members. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Light pollution solutions
Learn how to strike the balance between too much light and just right from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. Night sky viewing follows until 11 p.m. if weather conditions permit. No registration is required.
Coffee with the birds
Swing by anytime from 8-11 a.m. Jan. 25 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell, to enjoy a hot beverage and close-up viewing of winter birds at the feeder as naturalist Tami Gingrich identifies winter birds. This program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Backyard bird feeding basics
Join Cristin Smith from Nature’s Way Bird Products for tips on feeding wild birds, types of feeders, seed to use and the best combination to attract the widest variety of birds from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell.
Nature trek fitness hike
Burn off calories on this fitness hike while learning nature facts along the way from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 25 at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road in Huntsburg.
Participants should be able to hike at least 3 miles. Dress for the weather, bring water and meet in the TMHT parking lot. For more information, call 440-286-9516.
Whatever the Weather venture
Ages 8 and older enjoy an outdoor adventure from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon Troy Road. Depending on the weather conditions, there will be snowshoeing or a cold-weather hike. Participants can borrow a pair of snowshoes or bring their own. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.
Nassau night sky viewing
Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 7-11 p.m. Jan. 25 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.
Hot topics at retired teachers lunch
The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4 in the banquet room at St. Mary’s Church, 401 North St. in Chardon, for a business meeting. A roast pork luncheon will be served at noon.
Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica will speak on current legal hot topics. Lunch is $17.50 per person and includes a 50/50 raffle and free lunch raffle. Make checks payable to GCRTA and mail to Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield 44062, to arrive no later than Jan. 26. Call 440-487-4325 with any dietary restriction.
Bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.
Maple syrup for dummies
Learn how maple syrup is made at Geauga Park District, why different color classes exist and taste test for your favorite from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Come ready with all maple questions.
This free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Sky Tonight planetarium show
Learn what to watch for in the night sky from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. The building open house is from 1-4 p.m. and the program 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.
American Red Cross bloodmobile
American Red Cross bloodmobile will be taking blood donations from 1-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Chardon Branch of the Geauga County Public Library, 110 E. Park St. in Chardon. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. There is a critical need for all blood types, especially type O blood. For more information, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Meet artist Deb Berkebile
Meet artist Deb Berkebile and view “Earthscapes and More,” a collection of art quilts including pieces created utilizing GIS remote sensed images from satellites from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 31 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. “Science Behind the Quilts” from 8-8:30 p.m. is a presentation by Bobby Oliver and Mark Guizlo from Lakeland Community College that demonstrates principles of image detection, creation and analysis that allows artists to transform scientific output into artistic inspiration. Refreshments will be served and no registration is required for this free program.
Call 440-286-9516 for more information.