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The Mayfield United Methodist Church is hosting a soup dinner at the church at 7747 Mayfield Road in Chester Township…

Free community meal

November 25, 5-6:30 p.m

The Mayfield United Methodist Church is hosting a soup dinner at the church at 7747 Mayfield Road in Chester Township. Carryout is available upon request.

Christmas craft market

November 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

Support Small Business Saturday by attending the Christmas Craft Fair at New Promise Church, 8671 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland.

Chesterland Winter Festival

Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m

The Geauga West Rotary Club and the Chester Township Trustees sponsor the annual Chesterland Winter Festival at the Chester Township Pavilion in the Park on the corner of Mayfield Road and Chillicothe Road.

Join the community members for park lights for the holiday season. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, hot cider, popcorn, seasonal music, and a campfire. In the event of heavy rain, it will be omitted.

Bainbridge Christmas Lights

Nov 26, 7 p.m

Bainbridge Civic Club hosts the Bainbridge Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Heritage Park Gazebo, 17870 Chillicothe Road. The event will include Christmas Carols with Kenston Varsity Jazz, a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and children’s activities. The Bainbridge Historical Society is hosting an open house at the Bissell-Tucek House from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

The fire department will have an open day. Sign up to enter the Gingerbread House Contest; Visit for a registration form.

Support the holiday food drive by bringing a bag of non-perishable groceries to the ceremony, which will benefit the Bainbridge Area Food for Friends pantry.

Gift tree items can be handed in to the service department from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m

Audubon monitors Mentor Marsh

November 27, 8 a.m

Join Blackbrook Audubon on her monthly IBA (Important Bird Area) walk at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Meet at the entrance gate to the utility line access road at the junction of Woodridge Lane and Forest Road in Mentor Headlands. It will be a closed group birding program.

For more information, email

Dorothy’s Porch Giveaway

1 and 2 December, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Dorothy’s Porch, a free community giveaway of family clothing, bedding, household items, Christmas items, books and toys, will be held at the Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road in Chardon.

Christmas lights of the square

1 December, 5-7 p.m

The Chardon Square Association hosts the 7:00pm Chardon Square Park Illumination and the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn sleigh. The event includes performances by the Geauga Music Center Band at 6:30 p.m. and Chardon High School Free Harmony at 7:00 p.m

The Pilgrim Christian Church serves a Chili Dinner from 5pm to 7pm. The Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce serves hot cider and biscuits.

Chardon Square is at the intersection of State Routes 44 and 6.

Entrepreneur Success Breakfast

December 2nd, 8-9:30 am

Join the Geauga Growth Partnership for the Entrepreneur Success Breakfast at Kent State University – Geauga, 14111 Claridon Troy Road, Burton. Ted and Beth Bunton of Troy Chemical Industries will share the story of how their businesses began when they took over and how they grew manufacturing specialty chemical products for various industries across the country.

Breakfast and networking starts at 8am. Free and open to the public.

For information or to register, call 440-564-1060 or email

Annual Christmas Sale

2 and 3 December, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

The Middlefield United Methodist Church holds its annual Christmas sale at the church at 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield. Parking is available behind the church.

There is a wide range of new and used adult and children’s clothing, holiday tableware, books for all ages, DVDs, toys, stuffed animals, crockery, knick-knacks, holiday decorations, puzzles, coats, purses and jewellery.

Breakfast with Santa Claus

3 December, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

The Rotary Club of Geauga West is hosting its 30th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Santa Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the West Geauga High School Cafeteria, 13401 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. Tickets are $8 per person at the box office. Children up to 1 year are free.

Take digital photos with Santa or bring a camera. The event includes Christmas music, face painting, games and special guests Rudolph and Santa Claus.

Proceeds support Rotary community projects and local activities.

cookie walk

December 3, 9 a.m

St Luke Episcopal Church is hosting a biscuit walk at the church at 11519 Wilson Mills Road, Chardon. Select biscuits and pay by the pound.

Call 440-285-4641 or email

Breakfast with the Klausen

3 Dec

Munson Township’s annual Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus is held at Munson Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road.

Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee are served. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 years are free.

Images featuring Santa will be available on a $10 Jump Drive, with proceeds going to Boy Scout Troop 91.

Registration forms can be downloaded at or picked up at the church office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 440-286-9255.

FGP Explorers series

December 3, 10:30 am

Take a stroll through Punderson State Park at 11755 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township with the Foundation for Geauga Parks.

For more information, visit or call 440-564-1048.

Festival of the Trees

3, 4, 10 and 11 December, 12 noon to 6 p.m

The Middlefield Historical Society hosts their Festival of Trees, an enchanted forest of beautifully trimmed trees, shimmering lights and festive Christmas decorations at the historic 1818 Century Inn in Middlefield, 14979 South State Ave. Visitors can vote on People’s Choice.

Admission is free; Donations are accepted. There will be sales of live poinsettias, flower arrangements and raffle tickets for multiple prizes.

The site is also a drop-off point for the Merry Middlefield Grinch – bring new, unwrapped toys during opening hours on December 3rd and 4th.

Visit the depot for a free peppermint ice cream cone; Limited flavors of other ice cream treats are available at half price.

For more information leave a message at 440-632-0400 or call/text 440-241-2192.

Geauga Skywatchers Club

Dec 5, 6:30 p.m

Join the Geauga Skywatchers Club for a virtual presentation of The Galileo Mission to Jupiter. Mission accomplishments, launch preparations, and an overview of the expanded mission to Jupiter are covered

Visit to register.

Stars Basketball League

Registration is now open for Stars Basketball, an all skill level basketball league for Grades 1-6 held at Morning Star Church, 12550 Ravenna Road, Chardon. Judging will take place on December 5th, 9th and 10th. The season runs from January 16th to March 18th.

Visit for information and to register. Questions? Email

GCRTA Holiday Brunch

December 6, 9:15 am

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association meets for their holiday brunch at the St. Mary Banquet Center, 401 North St., Chardon. After the business meeting, a traditional breakfast buffet will be served at 10:00 am, followed by a Toys of Yesteryear program presented by member Kathy Doyle. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a free lunchtime raffle.

Reservations are required by November 26 by mailing a $19 check made payable to GCRTA to Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, OH 44062. Inform Judy of any dietary restrictions.

All retired school staff are eligible to join GCRTA. Consider bringing a newly retired person or guest to the meeting. Members are asked to bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga Hunger Task Force.

Geauga County Work and Family Services will offer the Sponsor-a-Family vacation program. To make a donation, mail a check made payable to Special Services of Geauga County to Jobs and Family Services of Geauga County, PO Box 309, Chardon, OH 44024.

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