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Family First Council

Geauga Family First Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Geauga County Job & Family Services building, 12480 Ravenna Road, Chardon.

Meetings take place on the third Monday of the month (except legal holidays) with the location alternating between the Geauga County Job & Family Services and the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services building. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call Nancy Seelbach, Geauga Family First Council coordinator, at 440-285-1201.

Early Learning Resources

The Early Childhood Subcommittee of the Geauga Family First Council is sponsoring an Early Learning Resources presentation and exhibition Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Geauga Park Districts West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

The event will feature nine panel presenters and 17 tables exhibiting information. Both professionals and parents will benefit from the information presented and available.

Learn about resources available for children birth through 5 years that provide assessment, intervention and stimulation.

Preregister with CASA for KIDS by calling 440-279-1699 for planning purposes.


American Red Cross blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors may give every 56 days and must bring some form of photo identification and a list of all current medications.

For more information about confirming blood drive information, donating blood or making an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit the Red Cross website at If you are interested in donating platelets, call 1-800-356-3339.

• Sept. 12, Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, 1-7 p.m. Double Reds available.

• Sept. 12, Fowlers Mill Golf Course, 13095 Rockhaven Road, Chesterland, 1-5 p.m.

• Sept. 13, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Road, Chardon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Double Reds available.

• Sept. 14, Joes Vinyl Window Shop, 15020 Shedd Road, Burton, 1-8 p.m. Double Reds available. Drive is on bus.

• Sept. 16, Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, 1-7 p.m. Double Reds available.

• Sept. 17, First United Methodist Church, 14999 South State St., Middlefield, 1-7 p.m. Double Reds available.

• Sept. 24, Kent State University Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, 12-5 p.m. Double Reds available.

• Sept. 28, Valley Presbyterian Church, 17560 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 3, Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North St., Chardon, 1-7 p.m. Double Reds available.

2013 Immunization Clinics

The Geauga County General Health District offers childrens and adolescent immunization clinics. The Health District has always provided immunizations free of charge, but federal changes are coming. For now, it is still able to provide immunizations for children through the age of 18.

The following is a list of upcoming immunization clinics:

• Chardon, Sept. 12, Geauga County Health District, 470 Center St., Building 8, 3-6 p.m.

• Middlefield, Sept. 18, St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road, 3-6 p.m.

• Middlefield, Sept. 19, St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road, 9-11:30 a.m.

• Newbury, Sept. 25, Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road, 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Geauga County General Health District at 440-279-1950.

Blood Pressure Screening

Lake Health will offer free blood pressure checks at the Chardon Campus, 510 Fifth Ave., from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; and at the Middlefield Clinic located inside Wal-Mart Supercenter, 15050 Springdale Ave., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Geauga WIC Program

The Geauga WIC Program is a nutrition education program for pregnant women and women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants and children up to age 5 years. WIC provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and low cost infant car seats to those who are income eligible.

Call 440-279-1936 for details or visit

Free Yoga Classes For Veterans

Federated Church will be hosting free yoga classes to all veterans and service members and their families as part of the Connected Warriors program, which is the largest community based volunteer organization providing free trauma conscious yoga therapy for veterans and their families in the United States.

The weekly class taught by Betsy Conway will meet Fridays from 2-3 p.m. beginning Sept. 6 in the lounge of Federated Church, 76 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls.

For more details, call 561-715-0800.

Help For Mental Illness

Geauga County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support, education and advocacy for those affected by mental illness.

NAMI Basics is a six-session course of education and support for parents of children with symptoms of mental health problems. The free class will meet six consecutive Mondays, beginning Oct. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Public Library, 16167 E. High St.

The fall session of the Peer-to-Peer education course for persons who have a mental illness begins Oct. 1 and will run from 6-8 p.m. The location will be Chardon, Chesterland or Middlefield depending on class member preference. Please specify all the locations one is able to access when registering for the free course.

For more information and to register, email Linda Reed at or call 440-286-6264.

Program to Help Teens with Type 1 Diabetes

Teens ages 14-17 with type 1 diabetes can register online for the fall teen program that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Camp Ho Mita Koda located at 14040 Auburn Road in Newbury.

Teens will enjoy camp activities such as the ropes course, the lake, hiking trails and more. Activities also include group discussions that focus on healthy lifestyle choices with topics such as dating, driving, reproductive health, first jobs, as well as parties and the effects that alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco have on diabetes.

The cost of the program, lunch and activities is $50.

Visit to register or call 216-591-0800 for more information.

NAMI Speaker Meeting

Jim Adams, CEO of Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, will be the guest speaker at the NAMI Geauga County fall educational speaker meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services building, 13244 Ravenna Road in Chardon. He will discuss mental health services available in Geauga County.

Call Linda Reed at 440-286-6264 to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.

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