ISS exhibit celebrates 20 years

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) has two new exhibits celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS).

Nov. 2 marked 20 years of continuous human occupation on the ISS. To celebrate this anniversary, the museum unveiled two new exhibits highlighting the women who have lived and worked on the ISS for long-duration expeditions. The exhibits include various items, such as the all-female spacewalk patch, the Peggy Whitson “Wonder Woman” patch, Sunita Williams’ shirt she wore in space, photographs of numerous women on the ISS and the LEGO ISS set.

Exhibit hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and admission is free. Office, gift shop and research center hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available by calling 216-623-1111. Tour group size will be limited to eight guests to comply with current social distancing guidelines. Masks are required.

‘Welcome Christmas’ in Chagrin

Join the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum, 87 E. Washington St., for their outdoor exhibit, “Welcome Christmas: Take a Photo, Give a Gift, Grab a Treat!” from Nov. 27 through Dec. 26. Bring the family and enjoy their front yard of Christmas trees, take pictures and learn about Chagrin Falls history from each tree. Families are invited to take photos on their decorated front porch and to take a candy cane from a basket.

On Dec. 5, come for their official “Outdoor Christmas Party” from 3-6 p.m. and safely enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas cookies by a bonfire. Masks and social distancing will be required. The holiday gift shop will also be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.

The historical society is also accepting donations for the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, including non-perishable food, paper products and laundry detergent, through Dec. 19. For more information, visit or call 440-247-4695.

Warm up with M.U.S.i.C.

After the live recording on Dec. 12 at the Church of the Western Reserve, join M.U.S.i.C. virtually to enjoy a Khachaturian clarinet trio, Tchaikovsky ballet music, a Carmen fantasy, a medley from “Fiddler on the Roof,” songs and dances and a few surprises. Receive a private link to view the program from home for $25 per household or pay-at-you-will. Private links to the video recording and a program book will be sent out via email as soon as they are available following the recording date. For more information or to make a reservation, call 216-702-7047 or email Mail checks to M.U.S.i.C., 3939 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

Fairmount receives CARES Act funding

Fairmount Center for the Arts is a recipient of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding dedicated to helping Ohio’s arts and culture sector. Fairmount’s award of $52,400 is part of the $20 million awarded through the Ohio Arts Council to help support arts and culture funding throughout Ohio.

“Fairmount Center for the Arts’ board of directors, administration and faculty are thankful for this support,” Board President Rick Solon of Fairmount said. “This funding will help Fairmount continue its mission-driven programs and help Fairmount weather this current economic crisis and the impact of operating differently through this unprecedented time.”

“Fairmount Center for the Arts will use this funding support to continue to move forward with its mission of enriching lives through the arts,” Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, executive director of Fairmount Center for the Arts, said. “Fairmount, like other arts and culture organizations, has been impacted economically due to COVID-19. This impact includes reducing class sizes and number of on-site offerings.”

Fairmount has also expanded online offerings including its new “ArtsyoU” program, she added, and it will use the CARES Act funding to cover increased operating expenses.

For more information and to register for classes and programs, visit or call 440-338-3171. Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell Township.

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