CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Run like a caveman. You don’t need to be on a keto diet or be chased by a saber-toothed tiger to take part in the annual Geauga Park District Caveman Crawl 5K and 1-mile walk that takes place in West Woods on Sunday, September 12th at 9:00 am Park begins in Russell Ward. Open to all ages, registration for race day starts at 7am, followed by a costume contest at 8.30am for those who want to race in proper caveman style. Awards will be given to the wearers of the best handmade costumes for young people and adults.
Dressed like a caveman or not, every human who enters and crosses the finish line will take home a finisher commemorative medal when GPD celebrates its 10th anniversary as the host of the mammoth event. If you don’t know what to wear, early registration is available for $ 20 at http://bit.ly/gpdcaveman. A racing t-shirt can score points for the first 250 registrations. You are responsible for your bottom garment.
The running route consists mainly of well-graded gravel and gravel with minimal sidewalks. The 1-mile walk follows a trail through the forest. A route map and photos from past races can be found at http://bit.ly/gpdcaveman. There is free food after the race. The proceeds will go to the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, which funds youth programs, including summer camps.
The West Woods is located at 9465 Kinsman Rd. In Russell Parish. Overflow parking with a free shuttle is available at ASM International, east of the park and Wiegand’s Lake Park. Contact 440-226-4636 or geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Catch Some Wonderful Monarchs: Bring your net or borrow one on site from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday September 12th at Orchard Hills Park in Chester Township and see what you will find . A variety of butterflies, grasshoppers, praying mantises, katydids, beetles and other colorful insects await you on the meadow. If you catch a monarch, a naturalist will be on hand to tag and set him free. Providing your contact details will notify you when they are later restored in Mexico. Wear a hat, long pants, socks, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. The program will also take place at the same time on Sunday, September 19th, on the Swine Creek Reservation in the Middlefield area. No registration is required. For more information, contact geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-226-4636.
Go on a treasure hunt: Chagrin Falls is holding its annual village-wide farm sale day on Saturday, September 25th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., because dropping one person could be your treasure. The permit requirement for residents is only suspended for this day, which encourages all residents to participate. Parking is marked in urban parking lots and residential streets as to encourage visitors to shop, browse, eat, and play in the village.
Arts Center Achieves Goal: The Fairmount Center for the Arts’ latest donation raffle raised $ 40,000 to support its mission and programming. The three lucky winners of cash prizes from the raffle include artists John Troxell and Amy Johnson and Rick Subel, a Chagrin Falls resident. The raffle took place last month during the center’s 50th anniversary celebration, which was scaled back due to the ongoing pandemic. Contact fairmountcenter.org.
Donate blood: you can save lives. Valley Lutheran Church is holding a blood drive at their Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Make an appointment in advance by visiting redcrossblood.org. and enter sponsor code Valleylc, then schedule a time. Or call 800 Red Cross.
Appointments are about an hour and you get juice and cookies. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. take part.
Feed the Strength: Members of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce are helping to feed and show their appreciation for the region’s first responders from Friday September 10th to Thursday September 16th. Members will bring meals to the departments in each of the 13 wards. Contact cvcc.org.
Get a job: Looking for a new job opportunity? The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce invites its members to attend a job fair on Sunday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks polo field in Moreland Hills during Woofstock, the Geauga Humane Society’s popular fundraiser.
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