Get ready for some spooky and fun fall programs in the parks for you and your dog: Valley Views
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Fall is in the fresh air, so grab a jacket and go for a hike. Or, don your favorite costumes for you and your dog for a “Howling Dog Ride” from 5 pm to 6:30 pm on October 19 at Chickagami Park in Burton.
Costumes are optional, but registration is required. Register on geaugaparkdistict.org or call 440-286-9516. You will make a nice duo.
Other hikes with your dog are available including 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 9 at Frohing Meadows and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 8 at the Beartown Lakes reservation. Both parks are in the Township of Bainbridge.
Entirely hosted outdoors, these walks only allow one dog per master. The handler must be able to keep the dog under control at all times, with a leash no longer than 8 feet in length. Aggressive or excessive barking dogs should leave the group.
Bring dog towels, a bowl of water, a poop shovel, and bags for cleaning.
Enjoy yoga in the park: Forgo that lunch and join Fairmount Center for the Arts instructor Darlene Kelbach for an hour of yoga from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays October 14, 21 and 28 at The West Woods.
The lessons will take place outdoors if the weather is nice and inside the nature center otherwise.
The cost is $ 7 for residents of Geauga County and $ 10 for visitors. Participants must be 10 years of age and over. Bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water. The park is located in Russell Township. Register on geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.
Decorate a pumpkin: Get into the spirit of Halloween. Families are invited to show off their skills all day Friday (October 8) with a pumpkin decorating contest at the Geauga West Library in Chester Township.
Grades 6 to 12 are invited to a pumpkin decorating session from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 19, also at the Geauga West Library.
Celebrate these curves: The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival continues until Sunday (October 10). A live round table starring “Kili Big” director Ida Joglar, Shauntae Meadows of Cleveland and members of the Curvy Kili Crew will take place at 1 pm Friday (October 8) at Chagrin Falls Township Hall.
The roundtable is free to attend in person or to watch on the CDFF website, heartachefilmfest.org.
The 90-minute film, “Kili Big” follows a group of tall women from around the world as they attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro together. The film will screen later today at 5:20 pm Tickets for the film are $ 12.
Get on board the wagon: Horse-drawn wagon rides are available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays October 16, 17, 23 and 24 at the Swine Creek Preserve in Middlefield.
They are offered on a first come, first served basis and last approximately 30 minutes. The last one leaves at 4.30 p.m. each day. Animals are not allowed and outings will be canceled in the event of bad weather.
A special program offers rides on the morning of Wednesday, October 13, for adults from the community of people with intellectual disabilities. Registration allows you to reserve a time slot for this special program on the geaugaparkdistrict.org to place.
Affordable Housing Discussion: Eight Christian and Jewish congregations in the area are hosting a discussion Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. via Zoom on Housing Challenges and Neighborhood Partnerships, including plans for safe and affordable low-income housing in the Cleveland area.
Speakers include former Clevelander, Reverend Derrick Harkin, director of HUD’s Church and Neighborhood Partnerships Office, and Michiel Wackers, director of the Cleveland Department of Community Development.
The program is free, but registration is required before October 15. Contact parksynagogue.org/building-home or 216-371-2244, ext. 122.
Sponsorship groups include Beth Israel-The West Temple, Celebration United Methodist Church, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Cory United Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Park Synagogue, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel.
Collecting leaves: The Chagrin Falls Street Department wants residents to know that leaf pickup begins October 18, with crews starting at the southern end of town. Leaves should be stacked in rows within 4 feet of the border and on the lawn of trees when possible. Do not block drainage ditches or rake leaves in the streets.
No branches, twigs or flower cuttings, as they will plug the void and slow down the process. Bad weather can also delay collections.
Several collection rounds will be carried out, with the final collection starting at 7:30 a.m. on November 30. After that, you can bag the leaves for your regular garbage collection.
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