Heed the call of the wild amphibians: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — If you are longing for a heady dose of spring, be forewarned. These days, there is even a waiting list for that. So hop to it and register now for Geauga Park District’s “Amphibian Awakening Call at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Then, when the weather conditions are right, you will receive a call to attend an unforgettable evening with singing spring peeper frogs, love-struck wood frogs and maybe a few salamanders in the breeding ponds at The West Woods park in Russell Township.

The peak of courtship typically occurs on warm, rainy nights in early March through early April, but these naturalist-led program opportunities are filling up fast.

For a sneak peek, you can attend a 45-minute virtual program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, via Zoom.

Flashlights and some rain gear are required to attend the in-person program, but admission is free.

From MLK to BLM discussion: Tune in from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, as Kent State University Geauga and the Twinsburg Academic Center present a virtual program honoring the impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and discussing the current struggle for fairness, equity and justice.

Presented by professors Evan Wade of San Joaquin Delta College and Brittney Yancy of Goodwin University, the program taps into King’s 1967 speech “A Time to Break Silence,” which criticized the United States on its involvement in the Vietnam War and injustices at home.

The presenters will connect that with the current Black Lives Matter movement and point to more work that is necessary to achieve progress.

Registration is required. Contact eventbrite.com/e/a-time-to-break-the-silence-from-martin-luther-king-to-black-lives-matter-tickets-136034752607.

The COVID-19 impact on mental health: Hear from Ravenwood Health and Lake Geauga Recovery Centers from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom on the virus’ impact on the community, businesses and their services.

Panelists will share information on available resources to local businesses and their employees. During this time, Geauga County Public Health Commissioner Tom Quade also will present an overview of the county’s current COVID-19 status. Contact info@geaugagrowth.com.

Relieve stress through storytelling: Temple Emanu El invites you to a free virtual workshop from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Marina Vladova, a narrative arts facilitator, will coach you on letting that stress go through writing poetry, storytelling and creative reading.

She advocates using this as a tool to build resilience and reduce fatigue during this time of isolation and emotional upheaval, which creates a higher risk for illness.

Contact Darcy Hershey for log-in information at dhershey@teecleve.org.

Sign up your preschooler: Orange Early Childhood opens its online preschool registration for Orange School District residents at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Non-residents can register beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Extended, full-day and half-day programs are available for children ages 2-5. Contact orangerec.ce.eleyo.com to create a log-in. Families are required to submit a current proof of residency and a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Once approved, a $100 nonrefundable registration fee is required to hold the child’s spot. To schedule a tour and meet the teachers, contact 216-831-8601 or lmiller@orangecsd.org.

Who is that masked man: When COVID-19 faced employers with the need to mask up, but supplies were scarce, Maurice Stevens, the head of Career Development and Placement Strategies Inc., rose to the challenge.

The non-profit group he heads secured funding and a contract to employ about 180 people to produce about 13 million masks in a six-week contract. Nearly 4 million masks were shipped to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which sent them to its members.

CDPS provides job training and operates several carpentry schools throughout Northeast Ohio and is looking for community partnerships to support that effort. Meanwhile, if your organization is looking to purchase PPE masks, CDPS has available stock. Contact cdps4u.org or 216-881-5866.

Student achievements: Johnathan Margheret, an honors graduate of Solon High School, was named to the dean’s list at The Ohio State University for both the recent fall and spring semesters. He achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall session.

One of only 36 students selected annually into the school’s integrated business and engineering program, Margheret majors in information systems with a minor in engineering sciences. He received the Maximus academic scholarship each of his four years and serves as a member of BuckeyeThon, an organization that raises funds for children who have cancer.

Students named to the Ohio Wesleyan University’s fall dean’s list include Ethan Berkovitz, Max Goulakos and Stephen Kraizel of Solon and Jacob Weitman of Auburn Township.

Alexia Journey, Ashley McClintock and Carson Smith, all of Chagrin Falls, along with Michael Milyo of Gates Mills, were named to Slippery Rock University’s fall semester dean’s list. Part of the Pennsylvania university system, Slippery Rock is located in Western Pennsylvania.

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