November 1, 2020

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Camp in a ‘tree house’ or gaze at the stars in the Fall sky: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – If you need a change of scenery but cannot afford the time or money to travel far, consider a brief stay in a one-room “tree house” cabin nestled in a scenic wooded area at Big Creek Park in Chardon Township.

Overlooking a scenic ravine, the cabin offers a porch, sliding doors, wooden bunk beds and a fold-down bistro with a small table and two chairs. The camp site offers a steel fire ring with a cooking grate, a stone bench and a 10-ft. square tent pad. The rustic site has no running water and toile facilities, which also have no running water, are a brisk walk from the cabin.

The nightly rental price is $25 for Geauga County residents or $50 for out-of-county residents with a $25 refundable security deposit required. Check in between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and check out is at noon. Reservations must be made at least one day prior to your stay. The park is located at 9160 Robinson Rd.

Explore the night sky: Observatory Park continues its planetarium shows with different time slots available Sundays, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27 conducted by park naturalist, Chris Mentrek. Reservations are required. The park, located in Montville Township, is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers hiking trails and exhibits. Contact geaugaparkdistrict.orrg.

Alzheimer’s disease webinars: If you are dealing with someone experiencing memory issues The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free online program 4-5 p.m. Oct. 28 with communication tips for caregivers. There are about 50,000 people living with the progressive disease in the region and about 160,000 caregivers, according to the association. Contact the helpline to register or for immediate help at 800-272-3900.

Holocaust speaker series: The Maltz Museum in Beachwood and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati are presenting joint programs to educate the public about the Holocaust through in-person interactive exhibits and digital venues. The two museums call their partnership Stop the Hate Ohio, and plan to reach thousands of people in the coming year.

The public can tune in 11 a.m. every Wednesday online via Zoom to hear stories from first- and second-generation Holocaust survivors. On Oct 28 Sonia Milrod will talk about her father and uncle fleeing Poland to China during the German invasion.

Also at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 28 – Nov. 18, in collaboration with Case Western University’s Siegel Lifelong Learning center’s online courses, the museum presents a series on women’s diaries recalling gender-specific experiences during the Holocaust. This course will examine Renta Lacqueur’s unpublished and Hanna Levy-Hass’ published diaries from Bergen-Belsen, which include topics of motherhood, marriage and sexualized violence.

Or, visit the museum 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 for a documentary film “The Day I Met Hitler” and participate in a post-film discussion with filmmaker Ronen Israelski and Avi Ben Hur. The film is presented by the son of a Jewish man who as a boy met Hitler in Berlin in 1934. It includes images and narratives of the last remaining people who had direct contact with Hitler.

Quarterly, the museum will present an introductory program on how the Holocaust began and how it became possible, including the aftermath of WWI and the rise of antisemitism. This program will be a Zoom webinar.

The Maltz Museum is open for visitors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. To register for these programs and to see the full schedule, contact maltzmuseum.org or 216-593-0575.

Alzheimer’s disease webinars: If you are dealing with someone experiencing memory issues The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free online program 4-5 p.m. Oct. 28 with communication tips for caregivers. There are about 50,000 people living with the progressive disease in the region and about 160,000 caregivers, according to the association. Contact the helpline to register or for immediate help at 800-272-3900.

To post your news and events, contact Rusek at jcooperrussek@gmail.com.

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