Monday, April 22, 2013
Here are some eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day any day!
Earth Day is on Monday, April 22. Founded in 1970 in the U.S. as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. More than one billion people in 192 countries will observe the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, according to the Earth Day Network. Although Earth Day is a great reminder to be environmentally conscious, there are plenty of simple ways you can celebrate the earth all year long. Here are just 10 ways you can be eco-friendly long after Earth Day is over: 1. Plant a tree. Planting a tree is perhaps the most common Earth Day activity, but you can plant a tree any day of the year. Trees produce oxygen and help reduce air pollution. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Kids can spend the day at The Chalet during winter break
The Chalet Toboggan Chutes, a short drive from Mayfield Heights, will have special hours while kids are off school during winter break: Dec. 23: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 26: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 27: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 28: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 29: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31: Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 1: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 2: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 3: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 5: Noon to 5 p.m. The chutes this year feature a new lift that carries your toboggan to the top of the hill, so all you have to do is walk up the steps. The chutes, with a 70-foot drop that sends toboggans down 700 feet of ice at 45 mph, …
Monday, October 15, 2012
It is a challenge to capture images of birds for beginners and experts alike.
Dodd Camera holds a series of of photography workshops to get you acquainted with new gear and the world around you. Setting your alarm early and paying a minimal $5 fee will not only get you a gigantic breakfast muffin, expert guidance, camaraderie found only in other photo buffs, but also include "test-driving" any number of lenses to get you closer to the critters of your choice. With the many migrating birds and beautiful fall colors many people chose to explore the bird world, although there were other programs available. There is a lot to the technical side of capturing the images, but here are a few quick tips to hone your skills. Look before you click: Check out your best angle Be prepared Patience For more birding information take…
Friday, September 7, 2012
The show is filming in the Cleveland Metroparks this weekend.
It’s lights, camera and action for Northeast Ohio this weekend as the cast and crew of TV’s “Best of America by Horseback” rides through the Cleveland Metroparks. The trail-riding television show is in the Greater Cleveland area to film three episodes, including the milestone 1,000th episode. The festivities kicked off Thursday night in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, as the Brecksville Chamber of Commerce threw a reception to welcome the crew. Ken Skoczen, a Valley View resident and president of the Brecksville Stables, is the ride director for the weekend. Skoczen said he’s a fan of the show, and when the opportunity arose a few years ago to join one of the rides, he took it. But just taking part wasn’t enough—…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Preschoolers enjoy picnic at Metroparks
If you’re going to tour the woods, better to have a teddy bear to protect you – or even better yet, a loving mother. Some 26 preschoolers and 10 families took part in the Teddy Bear Picnic at Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation in Mayfield Village on Wednesday. The youngsters brought along their teddy bears and took a little hike. The young ones were taught lessons about the lives of black bears and got a chance to munch on cookies and other treats.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Annual event will be at Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation.
The Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio will host its eighth annual PWAS-4-A-Cause Adopt-A-Thon & Family Fun Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation Polo Field in Moreland Hills. Admission and parking are free. The event will be hosted by Stefani Schaefer and Dick Goddard from Fox 8 and Bobby Thomas from The Wave 107.3 More than 20 animal rescue organizations will be participating. Bring your dog and take part in dog contests such as Most Talented or Best Outfit or Costume, or take a 1-mile walk around the park. Registration at the event is $30 and includes a doggie bar and T-shirt. There also will be a raffle for packages worth more than $1,700 each and canine demonstrations from Excel…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monthly dog hike in North Chagrin Reservation brings dogs, people and nature together.
Lots of people take their dogs for a walk in the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation; but once a month people and dogs get to socialize while enjoying nature. Jeff Riebe and his dog Kira lead a group through the paved and wooded trails. The pace is moderate and everyone can go at their own speed. You can stop and smell the flowers, sniff the bushes, plunge into the water or just run ahead. It is an enjoyable time if you are on four feet or two. There will be another dog hike from 1-2:30 p.m. on April 1, following a different route. Call North Chagrin Reservation at 440-473-3370 for more information. The only thing you need to bring is a leash for your dog and a waste bag. No dog? No problem. Come for the hike and get to know …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Bird songs fill Hillcrest with sounds of spring, but how many do you know?
From Mayfield Village to Highland Heights, and Gates Mills to Mayfield Heights the sounds of an early spring are hard to miss. Birds are calling to establish territories and woo their mates. This an exciting time for amateur and experienced bird watchers. The large grassy open fields in Hillcrest make way to sparsely and heavily wooded area. The Chagrin River, feeder streams and the many man-made ponds attract even a greater variety of water loving species. Take a moment and open your window, or take a walk in the North Chagrin Reservation – how many birds can you hear? How many can you identify? Auditory memory can be aided by birds that "say their name" like the daytime killdeer (kil-dee), bobwhite (bob-white), chickadee (chic-a-dee-dee-…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Village Council still needs to OK special use permit.
County library officials have just one more hurdle to clear before breaking ground on a new Mayfield Branch Library at 500 SOM Center Road. Mayfield Village's Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday approved a final site plan for the project and recommended that Village Council approve a special use permit for the property. The permit, to be voted on at council's Feb. 21 meeting, is needed because a portion of the development is on land zoned for residential use. Architects from URS and library officials presented plans at a council caucus meeting, also on Monday. Tracey Strobel, deputy director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, said the design process is almost compete and they hope to break ground this spring on the 30,000-…
Monday, January 23, 2012
Park will be closed when culling is done.
The Cleveland Metroparks has started its annual deer management program and will be culling the herd by 32 deer in the North Chagrin Reservation. The park will be closed when culling is done and signs will be posted at all entrances by noon on those days. The herd reduction program is scheduled to run through March. For up-to-date information, park visitors can call the Parkway Alert Line at 440-331-5963. Spokeswoman M. Jane Christyson said the relatively small number at the North Chagrin Reservation means the park will only have to be closed a couple of days. At the Mill Stream Run Reservation, which runs through North Royalton and Strongsville, the deer population will be reduced by 158. Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are trained marksmen …