CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — How the coronavirus pandemic may affect travel, tourism and major area events will be explored at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in a Zoom presentation through Temple Emanu El’s Brotherhood.
David Gilbert, president of Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, will lead the discussion and take questions following the presentation.
Gilbert’s enthusiasm for promoting Cleveland will likely show a positive path for the area’s future. Since 2000, the tourism commission has attracted and created about 190 major events, resulting in $850 million in revenue, according to a press release issued by the Brotherhood group.
The event is offered free. For the Zoom log-in, contact Len Gold at [email protected].
The temple is a reform Jewish congregation serving Cleveland and portions of Geauga, Portage and Summit counties. It offers worship services, religious education, preschool, and cultural and social events. It is located at 4545 Brainard Road in Orange Village. Contact teeclev.org.
Genealogy group meeting: The question of “Where did Grandpa live?” will be explored at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, online with the Northeast Ohio Computer-aided Genealogy Society during the group’s monthly meeting.
Mary Jamba is the presenter and time is allotted for questions. The meetings are open to the public and currently are held via Zoom. Contact neocag.net or request a limited-seating invitation by emailing [email protected].
Members come from Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Summit counties.
Ride on gossamer wings: Who does not want to see colorful butterflies? Join Geauga Park District naturalist Linda Gilbert for an online program from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. She will show butterflies observed in the parks this past summer and share results from surveys conducted at Frohring Meadows and Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve.
Next month, Gilbert will reveal the results from a three-year statewide dragonfly and damselfly survey during a presentation from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
Both talks will be presented on the free WebEx platform. Register at geaugaparkdistrict.org to sign up for the program link. Click on programs and events.
Also available are virtual programs by retired naturalist Dan Best — Nov. 17 with the Blackbrook Audubon Society and a Nov. 27 program about the earth’s magnetic field.
Or glide on skates: The Chagrin Valley Roller Rink will celebrate its 73rd year of encouraging the public to go rolling by the river, from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, with its “blast from the past skate.”
The rink is also offering “Thanksgiving turkeys skates” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. that same day, as well as from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The rink will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
If you are feeling a bit rusty on your feet, adults can skate from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, or sign up for a private lesson.
If you have a group, you can rent the rink for $200 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Skate rentals are extra.
The rink is located at 7141 S. Main St. in Chagrin Falls. This much-loved venue is struggling financially due to the pandemic. Contact cvrr.com or 440-247-4224.
Songs of freedom: Chagrin Arts presents Freedom Songs, a virtual program at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 celebrating the “triumph over the trauma of wrongful conviction” for several former inmates.
The Ohio Innocence Project teamed up with a group called SongwritingWith:Soldiers to hold a weekend retreat this past year. The songwriting group has used paired professional songwriters with soldiers in collaborations to help combat post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues.
The result of the Ohio Innocence Project program is a set of 10 songs reflecting on the hopes and dreams of former inmates. Contact chagrinarts.org or 440-247-9700 for information on viewing the program.
Art walkthrough: You and a group of up to 10 people can schedule a 25-minute private viewing of Valley Art Center’s 49th annual juried art exhibit during the hours of 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, or 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
Or, you can view a virtual walkthrough and shop the show at valleyarrtcenter.org/current. Call for more information at 440-247-7507.
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