Parks & Recreation – October 25, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
The common loon, the iconic symbol of North Country lakes, dives deep for fish by day and wails, laughs and yodels by night. Senior naturalist Dan Best will share what he knows about these incredible birds during two programs in November.
First, attend Loons in Lore & Legend on our Lakes on Nov. 8, from 7-8 p.m. to learn about the loon's life, lore and legend. The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Dan will also reveal where and when to see the loon on local lakes during migration. Two days later, he is also taking the community on a field trip during the Loon and Big Bird Lookout on Nov. 10, from 9-11:30 a.m., in search of common loon, bald eagle, sandhill crane, tundra swans and other waterfowl on the water "a Nature's Not to Be Missed program this season!
For that program, meet up at the boathouse parking area of LaDue Reservoir, east of the intersection of Route 44 and Washington Street, then join the carpool to LaDue' s west shore to search.
Participants may attend one or both of these programs without registration.
There will be a total eclipse of the sun on Nov. 13, however, if an adventure to Australia is not in one's budget for the fall, then it will not be seen in person.
Instead, join Observatory Park's naturalists for a planetarium demonstration of a total eclipse of the sun during the Visitors from Outer Space programs on Nov. 9 and 23, at 7 p.m., as well as The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show every Sunday in November at 2 p.m.
There will not be a planetarium program on Nov. 13, the day of the actual eclipse.
Nature Of Metal Prizes
Visitors preferred two heron sculptures and a vine necklace" ” all three made of metal " ” at Geauga Park District's Nature of Metal Community Art Exhibition, according to votes cast in the People's Choice Contest.
The exhibit, which included more than 200 pieces of metal artwork created by more than 50 artists, closed Oct. 15 after greeting more than 3,000 visitors since late August.
Blue ribbons went to "The Wading Game" heron sculpture by Greg Koesel in the decorative category, Blue Heron Garden Gate by Roy Troutman in the functional category, and " Vain Vine" necklace by Laura Recek in the jewelry category.
Thirteen others also received honorable mentions for notable performances in the voting: " Morning Spider" sculpture by Gary Barnhart; Umbrella Stand by Charles Hughes; "D.O.A." swordfish sculpture and "Patience" fish sculpture by John Lenz; Cattail Lamp by Pat Livengood; " Light Through the Cattails" lamp by Ralph Neumeister; " Forest Lights: Illumination" painting by A.D. Peters; Pteranodon by Michael Salinger; "Maple Max" pendant/earring set by Michelle Smith; Wine Rack Table by Dave Thomas; Umbrella Stand and Glove by Kenneth Tucker; and "Hummingbird Battle Armor" sculpture by Barry Wheeler.
Geauga Park District is grateful to Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association (WRABA) and ASM International, The Materials Information Society, for its partnership in this successful show.
Harness Your Artist
Join Naturalist Diane Valen for a discovery hike around Beartown Lakes to investigate remarkable seed dispersal adaptations and explore some historic plant uses during harvest season.
Seed Safari & Weed Bouquet is Nov. 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point, 18870 Quinn Road, Auburn/Bainbridge townships.
Hikers can also look forward to finishing their exploratory program back at the shelter for a make-and-take recycled art project, utilizing spent flowers and seed pods (collected by organizers along local roadsides, not in the parks) to create a weed bouquet to be used as a desk or table decoration.
Registration is required.
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Geauga Park District Levy : 11/1/2012
Issue 28 is a huge tax increase. The park district not only has a budget surplus annually, but they reported an unencumbered balance of $14,151,165.46 for 2013 to the Geauga County Auditor. This is a verifiable fact, a fact Jim Patterson would not share with the public because he knows if the residents were aware of this, they might not support such a large tax increase.
Why pay more?