Kites, gardening plans and visions of springtime splendor are ready to take flight: Valley Views

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – While chasing storm clouds away, you can plan your spring and summer gardens. Or, you can use these winds to practice your kite skills to help set a record.

The Chesterland Perennial Gardeners are ready to help with your gardening plans at their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day, clue-clue. Come rain or shine in the Town Hall car park, 12701 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township, they will carry a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, house plants and hanging baskets, plus fun gifts in the garden shed and shop. Gift certificates are available now for the event. Contact [email protected]

May the wind be with you: Crossroads Health invites you to bring your Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. to Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor and help the behavioral health organization attempt to break the official Guinness Book of World Records for the most people of kites flown simultaneously. The permanent record is 12,350 kites. A GBWR representative will be on hand to follow the record breaking event. School groups, social clubs, families, individuals and businesses are welcome to bring their kites and fly.

The event is part of the organization’s Soaring Hearts fundraiser. Participation in the kite is free. Contact Health Hub. Proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit mental health and recovery work.

Gardening tools: Having the right tool for the job helps gardeners work through clay soil, rocks and weeds. Maintaining these tools in good working order is also essential. Learn about the right tools and how to care for them, including sharpening options from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Geauga County Volunteer Master Gardeners Annie Rodewig and Dick Coin will share their knowledge during this free workshop at the Patterson Center, 14269 Clairdon-Chemin Troy. at the north end of the Burton Fairgrounds. Rodewig will demonstrate traditional tools and maintenance, while Coin will showcase power tool options and new technology. Drinks and snacks will be offered as well as door prizes.

School Farming Grants: The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is offering grants to Geauga County K-12 educators to teach agricultural concepts during the 2022-2023 school year. The deadline for a $1,000 grant is May 31. It can be used to teach agricultural concepts through math, science, social studies, nutrition, reading or writing, as well as to encourage a partnership with GSWCD. Projects must be completed within one year and have proof of school board and principal approval. Contact geaugaswcd.com or 440-834-1122.

Teacher professional development: Teachers can take a three-day workshop Monday through Wednesday June 27-29 with guest lectures, hands-on activities, field exploration, and time to connect with nature with the Soil Conservation District and Geauga water. Study soil health, water quality, climate and land use that affect and connect us. Every day brings a new adventure with trips to sites in Geauga and Portage counties as well as a trip to the Old Woman Creek estuary on Lake Erie. One or two optional graduate credit hours are available through Ashland University. The deadline for registration is June 1. geaugaswcd.com or 440-834-1122.

Doing Business at the Library: Members of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce will enjoy a special insider tour from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12 from the Business Resource Center at the Bainbridge Branch of the Geauga Public Library. The library offers meeting rooms, digital resources and special services for small businesses. Some of them include 3D figures and prototypes, trophies, coins, containers, puzzles, posters, banners, cards, signs, stickers, embroidered designs, tee designs and sweatshirts, mask accessories and etched glasses. The library is located at 17222 Snyder Rd. in the Township of Bainbridge. Contact CVCC at cvcc.org.

See Shanghai as a safe haven: Park Synagogue is offering a virtual tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit, “Shanghai: Refuge During the Holocaust” at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24 via Zoom. The exhibit features photos by photojournalist Arthur Rothstein and survivor artifacts highlighting the story when European Jews escaped Nazi persecution during World War II by seeking refuge in China. Clevelander Eric Kisch will talk about his family’s experience. Kisch was a young refugee in the Shanghai ghetto. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory. Contact parksynagogue.org or Ellen Petler at 216-371-2244, ext. 122.

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