Visit and dine at a century-old farm that uses sustainable energy: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Sustainable energy, washable dishes and composted food scraps are part of the story attendees will learn from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, as they tour a working farm in the county de Geauga from 1838 known for its spectacular flower gardens. Join the Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers for their monthly meeting and outing.

The tour of the farm and gardens includes a presentation by the owners on growing and selling cut flowers. The GCMG will provide sharing dishes for a shared dinner without single-use plastic. Washable dishes, glasses and silverware will be provided as well as coffee, tea and tap water. Food waste will be collected and composted. Visitors are asked to refrain from bringing plastic bottles and polystyrene containers. The farm uses geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels.

The event will take place rain or shine. The meeting and dinner will take place in a large barn on the property in case of rain. Registration is limited and carpooling is recommended. Register with Wendy Ward at 440-834-4656 or email [email protected] The address of the farm will be provided upon registration.

Outdoor concerts are back: Bring chairs, a blanket, and refreshments, then sit down and enjoy a free live concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday nights through August 11. June 30 at Riverside Park in Chagrin Falls.

On Thursday, June 30, No Moss from Chagrin Falls will play a variety of pop, country and rock and roll tunes. The group includes Jim Anderson, Bob Walker, Denise Geisler and Bill Hanna, who will give their turn to some old favorites. Rock Radio Band performs classic rock, pop and dance music on Thursday, July 7. The venue moves, Tuesday, July 12, to South Russell Park with Captain Fantastic/52nd St., which pays homage to Elton John and Billy Joel. For more information, contact cvcc.org.

Parades of animals and bicycles: The annual 4th of July event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4 with a Children’s Pet Parade and Costume Bike Parade through the Chagrin Falls Historic District. Gather at Triangle Park, located at North Franklin and Main streets. Participants decorate their bikes and themselves in red, white and blue. Mayor William Tomko and the Safe Routes Chicken will officiate. Mountain Road Cycles is hosting a bike decorating party from 3-5 p.m. Saturday July 2 for those who want a little inspiration.

After the parades, the Crooked River Fife and Drum Band will perform at 9.30am. At 10 a.m. there will be a ceremony with speeches and presentations, which will conclude at 10:30 a.m. After that, an open-for-business food vendor and car show will take place on the street for after -midday. The program is organized by the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and the Village of Chagrin Falls.

The buzz around beekeeping: Do you have the qualities required to be a beekeeper? Check it out Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. with beekeeper Susan Dunlap, who is also Geauga County’s Master Gardener. His presentation will include basics of bee biology, the responsibilities and challenges of being a beekeeper, and the need for bees in the environment. She will cover a list of some essential beekeeping equipment as well as products she makes and can buy.

While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is appreciated. Dial 440-834-4656 to register. The course will be held at the OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center, north end of the County Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Rd. in Burton. See Geauga County Master Gardener volunteer information at geauga.osu.edu/.

Make friends on a buddy bench: St. Mary’s Catholic School in Newbury will soon add a “pals bench”, after winning one in a competition held by Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. Two other winners are Broadmoor School in Lake County and Erie Middle School in Ashtabula County. The purpose of the buddies bench is to encourage friendship, inclusion and kindness. During recess, students who are shy or new to school can sit on the bench in the hope that other students will invite them to join in their play. The sponsorship group is a non-profit organization that promotes housing equality and diversity in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. They will work with the school to customize the bench and setup. Contact fhrc.org.

Art Exhibition at Auburn Corners: Enjoy an outdoor market from a Cleveland art maker on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9 at the Reithoffer Gallery, 17711 Ravenna Rd., corner of East Washington Street and State Route 44 in the Auburn Township.

Shop for handmade furniture, antiques and vintage items as well as handcrafted jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and other arts and crafts. Food trucks will provide dining options and local musicians will liven up the festival. Daily admission is $5. Contact [email protected]

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