Newbury pancake breakfasts

Every Sunday in February, Newbury Area Kiwanis Club offers its annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Newbury High School Cafeteria, 14775 Auburn Road. Serving is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The menu offers original, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes with sausage links, apple juice, milk, coffee and tea. Cost is $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 3-12 and free for age 2 and under.  For more information, call 440-897-5616.

Understand blood pressure

Geauga County senior citizens, 60 years of age and older, are invited to join University Hospital’s Geauga Medical Center and the Geauga County Department on Aging to get answers to questions regarding blood pressure medications at the following dates and locations: Feb. 4 at the Bainbridge Senior Center, 17751 Chillicothe Road from 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Feb. 11 at the West Geauga Senior Center, 12646 West Geauga Plaza in Chester, from 11a.m. to noon; Feb. 12 at the Chardon Senior Center, 12555 Ravenwood Drive, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; and Feb. 19 at the Middlefield Senior Center, 15820 Ridgewood Drive, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Driver to MLK, Jr. offers programs

Clarence Bozeman, personal driver to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will offer two programs as part of Geauga County Public Library’s Geauga Civil Rights Series.

Mr. Bozeman will share his experiences from the Civil Rights Era in a workshop “Are You a Good Civil Rights Advocate?” at the Geauga West Branch of the Geauga County Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester, on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

On Feb. 8 from noon to 2 p.m., Mr. Bozeman will share his experience and insights to Dr. King’s legacy at the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, 7600 Woodland Ave. in Bainbridge, in “The Trials, Tribulations, and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” A light lunch will be provided at noon, and Mr. Bozeman will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for these events, visit www.geaugalibrary.net.

Love your trees, lower your taxes

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation (SWCD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, ODNR Ohio Division of Forestry, Geauga County Farm Bureau and the Geauga County Auditor’s Office are teaming up to provide an informative “Woodland Wednesday” program on Feb. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Patterson Center, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. 

Take a closer look at the Ohio Forestry Tax Law (OFTL) and the Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) programs available to landowners with qualifying property. Review the history, recent improvements, eligibility and requirements of these tax-saving programs to get on the path to better stewardship and more savings. Featured speakers include Luke Walters, state service forester, ODNR Division of Forestry; Jared Spring, forestry and CAUV administrator, Geauga County Auditor’s Office; and Amy Milam, director of legal education, Ohio Farm Bureau. 

This workshop is free, but registration is required by Feb. 10. For more information, visit geaugaswcd.com. Register at woodlandwednesdaysfebruary.eventbrite.com or contact Geauga SWCD at 440-834-1122 or gprunty@geaugaswcd.com

Unveil the Centenarian Tree

Geauga County Probate Court Judge Timothy Grendell invites Geauga County to the Courthouse Annex, 231 Main St. (second floor) in Chardon, on Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. for the unveiling of the Geauga County Centenarian Tree in commemoration of county residents over the age of 100. This event is sponsored by Judge Grendell and the Geauga County Department on Aging. RSVP at 440-279-1840.

Count ‘Backyard’ birds

Participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this February with the Geauga Park District. Become an official citizen scientist by joining this worldwide count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Geauga Park District’s counting will be conducted at Swine Creek Reservation’s lodge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield, on Feb. 14 from 8-10 a.m., at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell, on Feb. 14, 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit gbbc.birdcount.org or call the Geauga Park District at 440-286-9516. Registration is not required for this wheelchair and stroller accessible event.  

Geauga Walkers

Join Geauga County active seniors for a naturalist-led, 1-plus-mile walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Eldon Russell Park, 16315 Rapids Road in Troy. If temperatures are below 20 degrees, call 440-279-2126 to see if the hike will be held.

GGP hosts career open house

Geauga Growth Partnership hosts a career exploration open house from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kent State Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton. This program is for everyone.

Students learn how to create your own path toward a meaningful career. Juniors and seniors learn about GGP’s summer internship program. Geauga Growth Partnership and local Geauga companies offer summer internships for current high school juniors and seniors in Geauga County. This program helps high school students prepare for future careers through real-world work experience. High school graduates may bring their resume and meet with employers. Parents can discover how they can help their student reach their fullest potential. Businesses share job openings and career pathways.

Registration is required for the open house at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-exploration-open-house-tickets-89051151391. For more information, contact Betsy Covington at bcovington@geaugagrowth.com.

Whatever-the-Weather venture

If conditions are right, ages 8 and older enjoy snowshoeing from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Chester. If not, take a cold-weather hike. Borrow a pair of snowshoes or bring your own and meet at the Great Blue Heron Lodge shelter. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Celebrate Pluto and friends

Celebrate Pluto’s 90th birthday from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville. If weather conditions permit, view the night sky until 11 p.m. This free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Winter tree ID hike

Discover the diversity of trees at Sunnybrook Preserve and learn to identify them by their bark and buds from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Hike approximately 1.5 miles over hilly terrain. Participants should be prepared for the variable winter weather. Meet in the lodge at 12474 Heath Road in Chester. 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. Feb. 22 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. A planetarium presentation will be held in the McCullough Science Center on Observatory Park’s main campus if weather prevents sky viewing. No registration is required.

‘Sky Tonight’ planetarium show

Learn what to watch for in the night sky this week from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 23 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.

Explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Join Shane Wohlken and John Kolar on a photo journey along the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Visit Grand Island, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Isle Royale National Park. 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.

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