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Greens for Giving
Saturday, December 2 • Noon to 3 PM • The West Woods

Art Takes a Bough Ornament Reception & Bill Hixson Presentation (Final Year!)
Thursday, December 7 • 6 to 9 PM • The West Woods

Winter Solstice Celebration (All New!)
Thursday, December 21 • 7:30 to 9:30 PM • The West Woods

Free Exhibit: Home Sweet Habitat
Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods

 

 

 

 





Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 2
Noon - 3 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Gather your friends and family around a great cause this holiday season – creating more than 250 evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors!

Now in its fourth festive year, Greens for Giving guarantees a way to brighten a senior’s holiday season by building a thoughtful and completely unique handmade creation from scratch.

All supplies – fresh evergreens, decorations and containers – will be provided, but feel free to bring your own hand pruners and additional decorative add-ins if you’d like. Bob Rogish of Rogish Farms has once again graciously donated all greens for the event, and West Geauga’s Class Act a cappella group will also return to perform for a half hour beginning about 1 p.m.

Additionally, to extend our holiday well-wishes, we'll once again be inviting visitors to sign a card for veterans at the Veterans Home in Sandusky and the VA Hospital in Cleveland.

“All of this is a great way to start your holiday season, sharing a little of your time to share holiday joy with our senior neighbors,” said Holly Sauder, outreach coordinator for the parks.

The West Woods is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Registration is not required to participate. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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Art Takes a Bough Ornament Reception & Bill Hixson Presentation (Final Year!)

Thursday, December 7
6 - 9 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


For the 11th and final year, Geauga Council for Arts & Culture is seeking regional artists of all ages to participate in its “Art Takes a Bough” Community Art Project, a showcase for community handmade holiday ornaments.

Entries may be submitted on Thursday, December 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township.

Art Takes a Bough is a venue to display and sell your ornaments directly.

Ornaments must be priced at $5 increments ($5, $10, $15, etc.). Artists may submit a maximum of 10 ornaments, and each much fit inside a 6-inch square box, be lightweight, have an ornament hanger, and be signed by the artist. Artists may also choose to provide a short, typed bio or business card to include with each ornament.

As in the past, 50 percent of sales will go directly to the artist; the remaining 50 percent will be split equally between the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture and Geauga Park District. All artists must be present at the reception that evening, and will be paid on location for ornaments sold.

Once all ornaments are put on display, these beautiful miniature pieces of art may be admired and purchased by the public at “Buy It Now” prices during an Open House & Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center.

Reception guests will have the opportunity purchase the handmade ornaments and enjoy holiday refreshments. Also, from 7 to 8 p.m., Bill Hixson, an accomplished floral designer who has helped decorate The White House for the holidays for more than 30 years, will share humorous stories centered on decorating various rooms there, plus folklore about ornament designs and holiday traditions. Some of his ornaments will also be available for sale and signing at the event.

It’s a festive, fun-filled evening to shop local and acquire handmade, heirloom-quality décor for the home. Join us!

For more information, please contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-279-0882.

 

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Winter Solstice Celebration (All New!)

Thursday, December 21
7:30 - 9:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Celebrate the longest night of the year in this all-new format as we explore
the roots of our modern holiday celebrations indoors and out!

Indoors, enjoy treats, hot beverages and music by the Pilgrim Brass Choir
and make a solstice-themed craft. Outdoors, stroll the self-guided "Solstice Traditions Trail," a magical, candlelit route through the forest, stop by a
bonfire, and enjoy interactive skits highlighting solstice traditions of different civilizations with costumed interpreters.

Please dress for indoor and outdoor fun. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

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Open daily 10 AM - 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center


Educate yourself throughout 2016 with this enjoyable, FREE Nature exhibit! Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive will show you all about Geauga County’s natural homes – divided between forests, meadows and wetlands – and introduce you to their residents both common and unique.

Expect many animal mounts, interactive elements (like a crawl-through log, an otter slide, and a crawl-in beaver lodge build with real beaver sticks!), a couple robotic animals, and hands-on displays, games and activities for the whole family.

The West Woods Nature Center is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87) in Russell Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

 

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