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An Edition of The News-Herald

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CONTENTS Prelude Photography captures the this little lady with the Easter bunny!

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Celebrate Earth Week with Lake Metroparks


Arthur Holden Leadership Institute Graduates its First Class


Got Flood Risk?


Family Matters with Amber: How to Teach Children Responsibility “Stranger Danger” Event for Parents and Children


Vaccinations are Crucial to Protect Young Children


New Help for Special Needs Children: Jon Peterson Scholarship Program

10 Kids’ Corner


11 Child Care & Preschool Guide Begins Find the Right Afterschool Program for Your Child 17 Buzzin’ Around Books 19 April Community Calendar 20 Summer Camp 2012 Round Up! Making Friends at Camp Published By: The News-Herald General Manager: Rachel DiBiasio Advertising: 440-974-0343 Production: Lee Moran Send all submissions to: County County Kids is published once a month by: County Kids/The News-Herald Copyright 2012 by Journal Register Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited. County Kids is a registered trademark of The Journal Register Co.

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24 Springtime Activity at Lake Metroparks- Fishing! Upstage Players’ presents “West Side Story”


Celebrate the Easter Season at the Y

Live the Easter Story or Enjoy a Good Friday Breakfast The Lake County Central YMCA is remembering and reflecting on the story of Jesus this Easter with a Vacation Bible School lesson and its annual Good Friday Breakfast. Children ages 5-11 can experience the “Journey of Jesus” along with crafts, songs and more during Easter Vacation Bible School on Friday, March 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Central Y, 933 Mentor Ave in Painesville. Children will actively experience Holy Week with palms, a special last supper and the rolling away of the stone. Fee is $2 per child. Open to all – Parents are welcome to join. Register in person at the Central Y, online


( or by calling 440-352-3303. Everyone is welcome to gather as Christians during the annual Good Friday Breakfast at the Central Y on Friday, April 6 beginning at 7:15AM. Remember the crucifixician and relfect on the seven last words of Christ with the Central Y Chaplains. The morning will also include live music, fellowship and a continental style hot breakfast. Fee is $5 per person or $40 table of 8 (Children 6 and under are free) Breakfast begins at 7:15AM, Program 8-9AM. Register by April 1 in person at the Lake County Y, online ( or by contacting Central Y at 440-352-3303.

Celebrate Earth Week with Lake Metroparks Help us help the Earth! • April 16 – 22

Protection and conservation of the earth’s natural resources is something that Lake Metroparks takes seriously. Because the celebration of these accomplishments and efforts moving forward to help protect the environment is more than a once a year event, Lake Metroparks invites you to participate in its expanded Earth Week activities.  There are many ways to be involved in the week-long celebration featuring coastal shoreline cleanups, family activities, Eco-fairs, environmental programs, guided hikes, and a much celebrated canoe and kayak race down one of Lake County’s most precious natural resources, the Grand River. On April 22, Lake Metroparks will host Earth Day celebrations at both Lake Metroparks Farmpark and Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland. Some Earth Week activities require advanced registration. For event details, registration information, and driving directions, visit or call 440-358-7275. April 16 – 22 Coastal Shoreline Cleanups Lake Metroparks will be conducting cleanups at Lakefront Lodge, Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park, Painesville Township Park, Lake Erie Bluffs, Lakeshore Reservation, Arcola Creek Park, Chagrin River Park and Hidden Valley

Park. Groups, organizations and individuals are encouraged to volunteer for a day, a morning, afternoon, or however much time you can participate.   For more information on the cleanups, contact Leigh Garam at 440-585-2800.  All ages are welcome to volunteer (younger than 18 with adult). April 17 Blackbrook Audubon Society monthly meeting from 7 to 9 pm Penitentiary Glen Nature Center FREE Blackbrook Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. It promotes education and action on environmental issues, ecosystems and the natural world. Geoff Westerfiled presents on "Man vs. Wild." Everyone is welcome. Registration not required.   April 18 Planet Walk Girdled Road Reservation – South, 6:30 to 8 pm Ages 6 and older (younger than 18 with an adult), FREE Have you ever looked at a planet and wondered how far away it is from Earth? Take a walk to discover, in relative terms, how far away the planets are from us!  Take away some great planet facts!  Registration required.   CONTINUED ON PAGE 5



at Farmpark Watch calves, lambs and piglets as they run, jump and play!

Open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday Farmpark members FREE Lake Metroparks Farmpark 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. Kirtland, Ohio 44094 440-256-2122

The Lake County YMCA Outdoor Family Center’s Arthur Holden Leadership Institute’s (AHLI) first graduating class, have had a busy and creative couple months. As a capstone to the AHLI, the students haven chosen to create a mural reflecting what they have learned over the past three years. In giving back to the community, the eighth grade students from Painesville City Schools Heritage Middle School, along with Painesville City representatives have decided the mural will be painted at the corner of St. Clair and Main Street in downtown Painesville. The 31 students developed several community project ideas and selected the mural from their top three favorites as being the most visible to the community to demonstrate what valuable lessons they learned in the AHLI program. Currently, the students are working on sketches of the mural that will be displayed for the Painesville Community to see. The mural will encompass the students’ learning of water, soil and energy taught over

the years allowing them to reflect on all of the environmental issues that have been raised. In February, a local artist, Bob Horvath, has guided the students in creating the work of art. Bob Horvath has designed several other pieces of art that are displayed at the Central YMCA as well as in Euclid and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland. In March, the students will begin painting the mural. The mural is to be completed by Saturday, April 21st and will be revealed during Painesville’s Earth Day celebration. It is a project that will make the students, Arthur Holden Leadership Institute, and the Painesville Community proud. The AHLI engages students in leadership and character development through an exploration of math and science literacy in a multi-year experience. As Sixth Graders, students study water. Then as Seventh Graders, students study soil. In the final year, students study energy






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A along with developing and implement- H ing a service project. H Encouraging students to experience A education outside the classroom while a exploring different elements of green f space, allows them to learn about the fi basic subjects, but also supports the p students in relating to the community, I learning responsibilities, and how they a can make a difference with a career in f math and science. d To expand the unique opportunities p the program offers students, AHLI has R partnered with community organiza- tions including: A • Lake County YMCA 2 • Painesville City Schools Heritage K Middle School 8 • The Holden Arboretum C • The Porter Science Center/Lake l Metroparks Environmental Learning F Center p • Lake County Soil & Water Conserva-n tion District H CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 V


Arthur Holden Leadership Institute Graduates its First Class Capstone Community Project Unveiled April 21

EARTH WEEK FROM PAGE 3 April 19 Habitat Hikes: Vernal Pools Hogback Ridge Park • 7 to 8:30 pm Ages 8 and older (younger than 18 with an adult), FREE The different habitats found in Lake County such as wetlands, fields, woods and creek beds offer many plants and animals a good place to live. In this program series we will spotlight a habitat and hike to discover its unique features and perhaps some of its residents. This spring we will look at vernal pool and which animals call it home. Registration required. April 21 23rd Annual Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race 8 am to 2 pm Race starts at Harpersfield Covered Bridge, finishes at Hidden Valley Park Fee: $12 per person, pre-registered, $20 per person, same day registration. Annual nine-mile Grand River race from Harpersfield Covered Bridge to Hidden Valley Park. Awards to top three finish-

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ers in each race category (determined by skill level and boat type). April 21 Toddlin' Towards Nature: Snails Penitentiary Glen Reservation • 10 to 11 am Ages 1 - 4 with adult, $5 Spring has sprung! We will explore and learn some of the wonders of this season. Each program includes a story, craft, snack and hike designed with your little ONE in mind! What are snails? Where do they live? Come and find out the answers to these questions! Registration required. Off the Beaten Path Hike Penitentiary Glen Reservation 1 to 3 pm Ages 8 and older (younger than 18 with an adult), Free Join a naturalist for a 2.5-mile hike through parts of Penitentiary Glen Reservation not seen by most visitors. Terrain is hilly and may See Ad on be muddy and wet. Registration required. page 26!

April 21 Wildflower Walk Farmpark • 2 to 3:30 pm Ages 6 and older (younger than 18 with an adult), FREE There are many beautiful and beneficial wildflowers that often go unnoticed. We will explore the fields and woods to find out what is blooming. Please dress for the weather. Registration required. April 22 – Earth Day! Farmpark Earth Day activities noon to 4 pm Farmpark hours 9 am to 5 pm Explore the outdoors at our bike rodeo for everyone. Discover ways to make an earth-friendly difference at home. You can learn how to start a garden, compost your scrap vegetables, and save energy. Visit our eco-fair for more ideas and investigate a new energy efficient car. Enjoy a family day in the country with games and crafts for kids. Admission to Farmpark free to Lake County residents (proof of residency required)

Penitentiary Glen Reservation Earth Day activities Noon to 4 pm FREE Our annual environmental eco-fair showcases local conservation organizations with hands-on activities. Enjoy kids' eco-crafts, visit live animals at the Wildlife Center, play outdoor games and much more! Food, hikes and lots of fun! Shop The Nature Store and take a train ride (weather permitting).

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Just because you didn’t live in the Special Flood Hazard Area or 100-year flood plain, as it is more commonly called, doesn’t mean you are safe from the No. 1 cause of property damage from natural disasters: floods. Consider These Facts: • Nearly all insurance policies proving multi-peril property coverage exclude flood damage. This includes most homeowners policies. • Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it’s also based on a number of factors: rainfall, riverflow and tidal-surge data; topography; flood-control measures; and changes due to building and development. • It is estimated 40% of all flood losses occur outside the 100-year flood plain, and 99% of these losses are uninsured. • The average cost of property damage caused by a flood is $22,000, and it only takes about 1 foot of water to cause it. • For qualifying homes outside the 100 year flood plain, the flood premium for $20,000 in structure coverage and $8,000 in contents coverage for a home with a basement would be approximately $154. • Maximum coverage of $250,000 in structure coverage and $100,000 in


contents coverage for the same home is only approximately $405 per year. Got Risk? • Has rainfall been more intense in your area the last few years? • Do you live downstream from a dam? • Do you live close to a river or stream? • Is your home the lowest on the street? • Is your home on flatlands where a heavy rain has no place to drain? • Do you live in snow country? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may have flood risk. Can you afford a $20,000, $100,000 or $250,000 uninsured loss to your home? If the answer is NO, isn’t it worth taking the time to protect your home from the damages even a small flood can cause? Contact our office at 440-946-4950 to discuss your personal situation. Courtesy of the Corsaro Insurance Group and Auto Owners Insurance. Matthew Corsaro is the President and Owner of the Corsaro Insurance Group in Mentor, Ohio. His company and staff have been providing insurance solutions to families and business owners for over forty years. Mr. Corsaro has obtained the Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Certified Insurance Counselor designations. Corsaro Insurance Group represents over twenty insurance companies. As well they have expertise in all areas of Auto, Home and Business Insurance. They can be reached at 440-946-4950.

“Stranger Danger” Event for Parents and Children

with Amber How to teach children responsibility I used to do everything for my kids. I made their beds, did their laundry, made all of their meals and cleaned their rooms. The only thing they needed to do was brush their teeth, get dressed and clean up their toys when they were done playing with them. Back then, it was my pleasure to do so many things for my babies. I felt fulfilled, blessed and honored to be the best mother I could. I felt like Supermom, and not once did I complain about being the one they counted on (for everything). For years, I worked out of my home building up a business successful enough so I could be home during the day with my little ones. Then, eventually I did not have to work at all and had even more time to dote on my children! Then I got divorced. I went from a stay-at-home mom, to a full-time-working-out-in-the-field mom. I realized I was not Superwoman and with three kids ages seven, three and one, I knew I would need everyone in my household to chip in. They would all have to learn to be responsible for themselves once in a while, and yes, that also meant the one year old. No, I did not abandon my children, leaving them with a bowl of candy and water like Gru did in Despicable Me, but, my children did have to learn some responsibility. Yes, even the one year old. Honestly, I did not have the luxury of family nearby who could help out, and I could no longer be their servant, their keeper, their maid, or the On-24/7 mother I was before. I needed them to become a team player, not just a spectator. What if you’re married, you say, and don’t ever plan on getting divorced? Hearing that thrills me! Divorce is no picnic...and I don’t recommend it (if you can avoid it). What if you are quite

happy with your role at home, and cannot ever see yourself giving up your current parenting ‘duties’? Understandable. But, I have to ask, “Will you be moving into your child’s college dorm with them? Do you plan on living with them in their first apartment, with them and their spouse when they marry (if they marry)? Do you plan on visiting their home once a day to cook, make their bed and dust, and at the end of the week, do you plan on going over to their place to do the laundry and mow the lawn?” I didn’t think so. Parent’s do for their’s natural. But, at some point, they need to learn to do for themselves.To be good students, employees or citizens (never mind husbands/wives/roommates) they need to be held accountable for themselves. Kids are going to someday grow up and Mommy or Daddy will not be there for them. So, the sooner they know this, and get used to it, the better. And, the sooner you teach them, the easier it will be on them (and the people they share their lives with). Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. That old Chinese Proverb reminds us that part of being a parent is to prepare our children for the future, not just provide for them in the present. So, how do you teach children responsibility? The best answer is to start small. Teach them to take care of their coat, shoes, bed, toys and then make them accountable for their actions. What if it’s too late to teach them? ‘It’s never too late.’ You’re the boss, you make the rules; kids are flexible and they need limits, so don’t be a afraid to put a few in place. Just do it one at a time. I frequently joked in this column CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Moms, dads and children are invited to the “Stranger Danger” meeting on Friday, April 13th from 9:30 am to noon at Mentor United Methodist Church, 8600 Mentor Avenue hosted by a Mentor chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMSnext (mothers of school-age children). Officer Greg Thurier from the City of Mentor will talk to parents about “stranger danger” and other safety topics. Concurrently, a program for school-aged children on the same topic will be held in Fellowship Hall. Children will watch “The Safe Side” video then get a lesson in self defense from martial arts instructor Erin Shelley of ATA in Mentor. Child care will also be provided for pre-schoolers as well. The meeting starts at 9:30 am with brunch and concludes by noon. This event is free, but donations are always appreciated. For anyone wanting to attend, you must RSVP by April 9th by calling 255-3496 ext. 18 or by emailing Mentor MOPS and MOMSnext are part of the MOPS international organization with charter groups throughout the world. The women are of many ages and backgrounds, but share the same desire – to be the best mothers they can be. The Mentor moms group is about meeting new friends, sharing experiences and supporting each other. Our programs include monthly meetings with topics relevant to moms, social events, play dates and community opportunities. For more information, please email or call 255-3496 ext. 18. You can also visit on the web at

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Immunizations Immunizations work by strengthening your child’s immune system. This helps to reduce risk of serious childhood vaccine-preventable disease. It is easy to protect them and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The Lake County General Health District offers childhood immunizations at $5.00 for each vaccine. Call us for an appointment today at 440-350-2554. Visit our website at for more information Funded in part by the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease - Immunization Program and the Federal Government.


Vaccinations are Crucial to Protect Young Children

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Most parents know that one of the most important steps they can take to protect their children is to vaccinate them against dangerous diseases. But knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do so can be a complicated process. National Infant Immunization Week,

observed April 21-28, is a great reminder to get in touch with your pediatrician and ensure you are up-to-date with your child’s vaccinations. “When children are not immunized, the results can be devastating,� says Dr. Robert W. Block, president of the American AcadCONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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about my teaching my one year old responsibility. It wasn’t a joke, I did teach him about taking care of some things himself. A few simple tasks which he was proud to do on his own? Getting his diaper and supplies out for a changing, putting his sippy cup in the sink when it was empty and putting his toys and books away. As he grew older, his responsibilities advanced: he’d then put the sippy cup in the dishwasher, put his napkin in the trash and help feed pets. Kids thrive on being responsible. Not only does it make them feel big, but it gives them self-esteem and allows them to feel a part of all things which the grown ups are doing. It’s a win-win situation. For more ways to teach your child responsibility, visit my Family Matters with Amber blog at

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New Help for Special Needs Students Jon Peterson Scholarship Program By Carole Richards The Ohio Department of Education has become a leader in developing, implementing and funding programs for children with learning differences. Now there are two very exciting programs available for children with disabilities. They are: • Autism Scholarship Program (available since 2004) • Jon Peterson Scholarship Program (new for the 2012-13 School Year) In this article, I will explain the Jon Peterson Scholarship Program Who is Eligible to Apply for the Scholarship Any child with a disability and who have a current, finalized IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from their district of residence; and child is eligible to attend (grades K to 12 - ages 5 to 22) When will JSPN Applications be Accepted? There are two application periods annually. The first application period begins in February and ends on April 15. Scholarships awarded to this group of applicants will be for the full school year. The second application period begins in October and ends November 15. Scholarships awarded during this second application period will be awarded for half of the school year (January 1 through June 30) How Do I Apply for the Scholarship? The parent selects an approved Provider who applies to the program on the family’s behalf. Multiple providers ay be used but only one provider submits the application. (This is a very simple one-page application) Who are the Approved Providers? You can got to the ODE website to see the list of providers. They fall under the following categories: • Tuition at private schools that offer special education services • Services at private therapists and other service providers • Other public schools outside the student’s home district What is the Value of the Scholarship? Scholarship amounts will be based on the child’s special education category. If a child has more than one disability, they would qualify under multi-handicapped and receive the full $20,000. Special Education Category

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Laying the Foundation for Innovation. Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics. From day one, Gilmour incorporates STEAM across the curriculum. So, when our young engineers build a robot, they do so with aesthetics and functionality in mind, while using modern science and technology to bring it to life. This teaching philosophy inspires students to innovate, invent, question and solve from every perspective, setting the path for future Renaissance men and women. Full STEAM ahead! To learn more about this and other inspired programs Gilmour offers, or for a campus visit, contact our Admissions Office at 440.473.8050 Co-ed Montessori Preschool Program, Lower School, Middle and Upper School A Catholic, independent school sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana

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Will Parents/Legal Guardians have to Pay any Amount of Money? They are responsible for any costs exceeding the amount of the scholarship. Are Children in Private School or Home Schooled Eligible? Yes, but they must first obtain an IEP from their district of residence. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

Open House – Wednesday, April 18 Lower School 6:00 p.m. Middle and Upper School 6:30 p.m. RSVP at or call 440.473.8050


Jokes and Riddles Q: How did the Easter egg get off the highway? A: It went through the eggs-it.

Q: What did the Easter egg do when tickled? A: It cracked up!

Fact or Fiction?

Dyeing Easter eggs can be loads of fun with the right preparations. Here are some questions about dyeing Easter eggs. How many can you answer correctly? 1) Eggs should be cooked before being dyed. Fact or Fiction? 2) Eggs may be boiled on the stovetop or in the microwave. Fact or Fiction? 3) Eggs should be pricked right before cooking. Fact or Fiction? 4) Eggs should be boiled in a single layer in the pan for even cooking. Fact or Fiction? 5) Eggs should be removed from the heat once they reach a full boil and allowed to cook in the hot water remaining. Fact or Fiction? 6) Clean hands are a must when dyeing eggs. Fact or Fiction? 7) Eggs can be decorated in many ways. Fact or Fiction? 8) Hands should be washed after handling eggs. Fact or Fiction? 9) Eggs that will be eaten later should be refrigerated once dyed. Fact or Fiction? 10) Easter eggs will remain good for a year. Fact or Fiction?

Name That Spot Hunting for Easter eggs can be loads of fun. Fill in the blanks to name some of the spots outside where you might find an Easter egg hidden.


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Answers: 1) Flower Pot, 2) Grass, 3) Tire Swing, 4) Birdbath, 5) Wheelbarrow, 6) Lawn Chair, 7) Sandbox

Egg Dyeing Challenge

Answers: 1) Fact, 2) Fiction, the intense heat of microwaving could make eggs explode, 3) Fiction, germs could enter any holes in the shells, 4) Fact, 5) Fact, 6) Fact, oil and dirt from hands could get onto the eggshells and keep the dye from seeping into them, 7) Fact, 8) Fact, 9) Fact, 10) Fiction, they should be eaten soon after Easter


Child Care & Preschool Guide Find the Right Afterschool Program for your Child Lake County YMCA caregivers offer advice to making the selection easier As September begins, many Lake County parents are spending their evenings ensuring they purchased enough pencils, notebooks and highlighters to last the entire school year. But in the hectic frenzy that is “Back-to-School shopping,” some parents may have forgotten to register their child for an afterschool program. As a result, some of those children will be left without supervision after school adjourns. They aren’t alone, either. According to America After 3PM, an Afterschool Alliance report commissioned by jcpenney in 2009, more than a quarter of America’s school-aged children (approximately 15 million children) are on their own after school between the hours of 3PM and 6PM. “Now is an ideal time for families to choose a before or after school care provider,” said Angie Reed, Lake County YMCA Perry Childcare Center Director. “Many programs have registration deadlines, and many programs may have a limit as to how many children they can enroll.” Despite the ideal timing, some parents may still be hesitant

to register their child for afterschool programs for financial or transportation obstacles, or because they’re simply uneasy leaving their child in a stranger’s care. But many Lake County afterschool programs diligently work to overcome obstacles and resolve parental comfort issues. As an example, the Lake County YMCA School-Age Child Care program only costs $55 for full-time PM care ($85 for AM and PM) for non-YMCA members, and the program works with Painesville City Schools, Perry Local Schools and Madison Schools to provide bus transportation to the facility after school. Lake County childcare providers are also required to have a laundry list of certifications before they’re permitted to begin work. “At the YMCA, all childcare staff members are required to have a complete background check, referCONTINUED ON PAGE 18

Moral Values • Discovery • Achievement Hershey serves children from infancy through age 12 at its beautiful Concord Campus at 10229 Prouty Road in the following programs: Parent-Infant Community parent with 2-12 month old infant Young Child Community 1 & 2 year-olds Primary Community 2 1/2 to 6 year-olds Early Elementary 6 to 9 year-olds Upper Elementary 9 to 12 year-olds

Mater Dei Academy students are empowered to grow spiritually, academically and socially through worship, a challenging curriculum, service and extra-curricular activities. Established in 2010, Mater Dei Academy continues the proud tradition and excellence in education initiated by our two parent schools by offering K-8, all day Pre-K and half day Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds.

Registrations for the 2012-13 school year are being accepted.

Our school offers advanced/honors coursework, LD tutoring, remedial Reading & Math tutoring, ActivBoard technology, weekly Physical Education, Art and Music classes, hot lunch and Before/After school care. We offer a comprehensive course of study fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association.

You are invited to arrange a personal Morning of Observation to discover how a Hershey Montessori education can make a difference in YOUR child’s life.

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Child Care & Preschool Guide CHARDON Notre Dame Elementary Preschool 13000 Auburn Road Chardon 440-286-7101 Imagine Imagine a world where anything is possible . . . Imagine roaming with dinosaurs one week, and diving under the ocean the next. Imagine experiencing the world around you with all of your senses. Imagine a nurturing environment where you are accepted for who you are, while being guided toward developing to your full potential. Imagine being a student at Notre Dame Elementary Preschool! Notre Dame Preschool was the first Catholic preschool in Geauga County. Children are taught the goodness of God in a daily religion lesson, as well as through a Christian atmosphere in everyday activities. In addition to learning social skills, the children enjoy experiences in math and language readiness, technology, fine arts and the sciences. The beautiful Notre Dame grounds

are used to provide opportunities for hiking, hay rides, gardening and discovering. The time for imagining such a school is over . . . call Notre Dame Elementary Preschool today!

CONCORD TOWNSHIP Hershey Montessori School 10229 Prouty Rd. Concord Township 440-357-0918 Hershey Montessori School’s Concord Campus has been cited by many as the best kept secret in Lake County! Nestled on a 13-acre parcel of wooded land, this campus serves children from 2 months to 12 years and embodies a homelike atmosphere with plenty of space for outside activities. All-day programs are offered to children from 12 months to 12 years as well as morning programs for children under age five. Summer programs are offered as well, to compliment the Montessori school-year programs. At the Concord Campus, Hershey’s AMI (Association Montessori International) class-

rooms serve students in a developmental program that runs in three-year cycles: the Young Child Community (0-3), Primary (3-6 years), Early Elementary (6-9 years) and the Upper Elementary (9-12 years). This internationally accredited program is a wonderfully exciting, challenging and engaging atmosphere for the child. By providing a thorough and integrated curriculum, children retain their passion for learning and are able to develop their whole selves to their fullest potential. The classroom community is a safe and nurturing environment where respect and care for one another, as well as self discipline, are a natural and consistent expression of the children. At the elementary level, music, art, and drama are taught through specific lessons, but are also integrated into the lessons and research studies conducted by the children in all the other subject areas, thereby becoming fully integrated into the daily life of the child. Other key benefits gained in a Hershey Montessori School elementary

w classroom include: • Learning how to work well with others i through group lessons and projects, and by o learning and consistently using conflict reso- a e lution practices. • Developing a strong and healthy sense off self by being given opportunities to lead and b take on responsibility, becoming known for n one’s strengths and having areas of challenge t c nurtured and supported. Hershey’s elementary classrooms operate in a similar manner to that of a mini society. A Children are guided to figure out how to be p successful as a community working together, s s thus giving the child a sense of pride and ownership in their own educational experi- t Y ence. These experiences of the younger students 4 are a natural link to the more extensive work t of the Adolescent Community (ages 12-15) a on the farm at our Huntsburg Campus. The entire 100-acre farm and woodland property E of this campus is considered “the classroom”. C 1 On any given day, students can be seen

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• 3 and 4 year old programs • Discount for Breckenridge Village employees • Exciting, challenging curriculum taught by degreed staff • Intergenerational programs • 2 snacks and hot lunch served daily: dietician-prepared meals • Beautiful wooded walking trails and play area • Low child/staff ratios, loving and warm environment! • Computer education program

Call Director Jeannie Zuydhoek for admission information at 440-942-4342, ext. 1388

We Offer Bussing through the Schools

Enrolling Now for 2012-2013 School Year “LLLC is Willoughby Hills best kept secret!”

Dina K- Chardon parent

*Structured educational programming based on Ohio State Standards *Christian Preschool setting *Stretch n Grow Classes offered weekly *Degreed teachers licensed by the State of Ohio in Early Childhood Education *Individual instruction given with low ratio 2:12 *AM and PM classes: Offering 3 year and 4 year Preschool and Pre Kindergarten *Licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Christian Preschool

To learn more about our program, or schedule a tour, please contact us: 440-585-9462 Visit us on the web:

Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church 34201 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094


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working in groups all over the property, both indoors and outdoors, immersed in a variety of subjects of study. Immersion in nature is a striking element of the adolescent’s experience on the farm. Enrollment options are ffor day students, 5-day boarders, or 7-day boarders. Most 7-day boarders are international students who come from around the world to attend this internationally acclaimed adolescent community! You may contact Hershey’s Director of Admissions to arrange a visit for either campus. Mornings of Observation are regularly scheduled at the Concord Campus, whereas scheduled Visitors’ Days are scheduled for the Huntsburg throughout the school year. You may contact the Admissions office at 440-357-0918 or You may also find us on the web at

EASTLAKE Cubby’s Clubhouse Child Care Center 1580 E. 332nd Street

Eastlake 440-946-7331 6 Wks-12 Years Of Age St. Mary Magdalene – St. Justin Martyr School 35741 Stevens Blvd. Eastlake 440 946-5414 St. Mary Magdalene –St. Justin Martyr School, fully accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association, serves children from Preschool through Grade Eight in the western Lake County area. We offer excellent full day pre-K and kindergarten programs. The school program provides a well-rounded education in the context of a faith-based community. Our curriculum is developed by the Office of Catholic Education of the Diocese of Cleveland, in compliance with state and national standards of excellence. Prayer, worship, and instruction in moral values are central to our program. Students in every grade enjoy the advantages of computer education, including the use of interactive whiteboards in all the classrooms.

Special offerings include daily hot lunch, before and after school care, effective P.E. and music programs, Spanish language instruction, school band, bell choir, after school Drama Club, school newspaper, student council, and a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The school is accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year. Kindergarten Screening will be held on May 7 & 8, 2012. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, please contact the school office at 440 946-5414 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

KIRTLAND Peaceful Children Montessori School 8100 Eagle Road Kirtland 440-256-1976 Peaceful Children Montessori School is a unique school that offers Catholic Montessori education, from preschool through eighth grade, while adhering to the curricu-

lum established by the Ohio Department of Education, the Diocese of Cleveland and Montessori principles. In addition, we offer the following Fine Arts for Preschool/ Kindergarten: Spanish, Dalcroze, Art, Music and Story time. A great emphasis is placed on “learning how to learn”. The environment is a warm, comfortable, loving extension of home. The Montessori individualized approach is used allowing children to learn at their own pace. By combining age groups, all of the children are exposed to a variety of rich, exciting lessons that promote collaboration and build leadership skills. Today, more than ever, we need to find ways to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world. Visit Peaceful Children Montessori to experience exceptional ways to fulfill the needs of your child. Give your child the best start possible and call Peaceful Children Montessori 440-256-1976 or find us in the web

Playing, Learning, Growing...


Exceptional child care and educational programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children

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All activities and instruction follow the Ohio Dept. of Education Early Learning Content Standards.

Hubbard Road, Madison 440-428-5993





Little Scholars Willoughby Little Scholars Mentor Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm


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Child Care & Preschool Guide MADISON Stepping Stones Child Development 2471 Hubbard Road Madison 440-428-5993 “Summer Stuff” at Stepping Stones is a continuation of the Reggio inspired educational programs available during the school year, presented in a summer camp atmosphere. Weekly themes encourage the children to participate in group activities or individually in the outdoor play areas and indoor art studio and learning centers. The teachers, who have their degrees in Early Childhood Education, plan each day to allow children the time to explore and expand their individual concepts and interests. Team sports are taught with the principles of fair play and sportsmanship. These activities will allow each child¹s self esteem to flourish and creativity and problem solving skills to develop. This program is available for children ages 3 - 6 and not yet in kindergarten. During the school year, children ages 3 - 6 attend pre-school every morning with

Cubby’s CHILD CARE C lubhouse CENTER 1580 E. 332nd St., Eastlake, OH 44095 440-946-7331

Hours: Monday thru Friday 5:30am to 6:00pm • 6 wks-12 yrs of age • 30 Years of Service

Now Offering Gymnastics, Gym & Tae Kwon Do Classes

opportunities for extended and wrap-around care as well as traditional part day preschool classes. Wrap-around care is offered for children attending Kindergarten in the Madison School District with transportation provided. Child care is offered for children ages 2 months through kindergarten on a full year basis. Families are encouraged to visit this Step-Up-To-Quality 2 Star center to experience the many and varied opportunities available for their children. Preschool Care East End YMCA Childcare 730 North Lake St. Madison 440-428-5125 The East End YMCA childcare offers full day childcare for ages 3-5 as well as part-day preschool. The curriculum includes swim lessons, and playing in the gym and out on the playground or on the spacious campus. School-Age Care East End YMCA School age care is available for kindergarten through second grade. Swimming, gym time and outdoor play on our spacious campus, as well as homework time and time in the game room are parts of the programming.

MENTOR Dedicated to Children 6970 Heisley Road Mentor 440-205-1094 It is known that learning takes place during the first five years in life. Young children are naturally curious , creative, and open to new learning experiences. At Dedicated to Children, your child will be provided with a safe, compassionate, stimulating environment that will encourage him/her to develop

the social, intellectual, emotional, physical, and ethical skills needed to achieve his/her fullest potential as a unique individual in society. Activities in language, art, music, science, math, sensory experiences, large motor activities, and more are provided for each child through planned developmentally appropriate activities. Dedicated to Children believes that the family unit is the most important influence in a child’s life. They respect parents as the most important provider of care and nurturing and believe parents and staff are partners in each child’s care and education. Little Scholars II 9220 Lake Shore Blvd. Mentor 440-257-6600 See editorial on page 16. Young Horizons Preschool 7643 Lakeshore Boulevard Mentor 440-209-9005 At Young Horizons Preschool we are dedicated to providing your child with a safe, fun and creative learning environment with many enriching experiences. Great importance is placed on helping your child develop independence and confidence in their abilities, while at the same time learning to socialize within a group setting. We have two sessions for both the 3yr. old and 4yr. old/Pre-K classes. They can attend either our Mon./Weds./Fri. or our Tues./ Thurs. sessions. Class time for both sessions is from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Key areas of our 3yr.old curriculum include learning shapes,colors, letter and number recognition. We also promote learning to share

Notre Dame Elementary Preschool

PAINESVILLE Coleridge Preschool & Daycare 10410 Buckeye Road Painesville 440-354-6533 “Teaching With Love” Preschool has become a way of life for many families and children. Coleridge Preschool and Day Care has been helping to take the stress out of enrolling your child for more than 25 years. With more than 75 combined years of teaching experience, our staff is well-qualified to help you and your child make the transition from home to school. By providing positive, age-appropriate educational opportunities, social interaction and Christian values, we prepare your child for the big step of starting public or parochial school. The entire staff of Coleridge is commit-

Young Horizons Preschool, Inc.

Morning & Afternoon Sessions Available

3 year olds/3 days a week • 4 & 5 year olds/5 days a week An enriching environment that includes: Language • Art/Music • Technology • Dance

Shaping Minds Shaping Hearts Shaping Lives

and cooperate in group settings, learning to transition to activities and following directions. Our 4yr.old/Pre-K program is a Kindergarten preparation program which includes many academic activities to achieve the recognition,sorting,counting printing of numbers and the alphabet and learning address and phone numbers. Both programs promote imagination, creativity and small motor development using a variety of mediums through art projects. We also promote cooperative free-play time and sensory stimulation through music,science and story time. At Young Horizons Preschool we take great care to ensure that your child remains in a secure setting. We have Open Enrollment throughout the year. Please call us for more information or to schedule a visit. Reach us during the school year and summer months at 440-209-9005.

7643 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060 (across from Dale R. Rice Elementary)

Where Learning is Fun!


Providing your child with a safe, fun and creative learning environment. Classes for both 3 and 4 year old Pre-K.

Call (440) 286-7101 Ext. 5920 for a tour! COUNTY KIDS • APRIL 2012 • PAGE 14

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ted to helping children develop a positive attitude about themselves in a caring environment. Our classrooms are small, in order to give the children individual assistance when needed. Students are provided with a nutritional breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack daily. With our lower rates, we provide a full range of programs, including full and part-time day care, preschool, before and after school care, and a toddler class for children 18 months through 2 1/2 years of age. Our doors are always open, and we invite anyone to stop in and see our school Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., year-round. You can also call 440354-6533 to schedule a visit at our center, which is located in the Painesville Church of the Brethren, at 10410 Buckeye Road (off Fairgrounds Road) in Painesville. We often refer to Coleridge as the “best kept secret in Painesville.” YMCA Central Branch 933 Mentor Ave. Painesville 440-352-3303 The Central YMCA Learning Station accepts 3-5 year olds for full-day childcare. The curriculum includes swim lessons and gym time as well as play in the Adventure Center is part of the programming Lake County Ymca Painesville Schools Y-Sacc The YMCA is the before and after school provider for the Painesville City Schools. We are located in all three Painesville City Schools. The program includes homework time, gym time, outdoor play, table games, swimming at the YMCA and other field trips Chestnut Y-SACC 440-231-9150 Maple Y-SACC 440-213-9100

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP Babies 2 Books 1865 North Ridge Road (corner of Bacon Rd. and Rt. 20) Painesville Township 440-357-KIDS babies 2 books excellence in childcare is located on North Ridge Rd in Painesville Township and may look small from the outside, but has close to 10,000 square feet and is a childcare center where parents send their child to be taught not just academically, but also socially, and physically. B2B’s highly trained and passionate staff works very hard to make a difference in a child’s life every day. Unmatched ratio’s help ensure teaching the whole child. The cleanliness of b2b and its pleasant smell help to minimize germs and illnesses. Only hospital grade and restaurant grade cleaners are used and it shows in its spotless appearance. B2B’s fun and creative teaching style makes learning fun -from summer brain camp to Santa’s yearly visit. State of the art computers help introduce kids to the digital world in a fun and engaging way. babies 2 books passion and attention to detail shine bright every day, making it the cleanest, friendliest, safest, and most educational center out there. Our pre-school curriculum is a full day, full year curriculum.

WICKLIFFE Mater Dei Academy Preschool 29840 Euclid Avenue Wickliffe 440-585-0800 The Mater Dei Academy Preschool program strives to provide a creative non-competitive

environment for the young child. The interaction with other children and adults in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, promotes the healthy development of each child as an individual. Our philosophy is that learning experiences and play activities will encourage spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth. Our Preschool program creates a setting where your child will develop a positive self-image and become aware of the fact that he/she is a child of God and will grow in His love while developing skills, increasing independence and experiencing accomplishments. Our small class size allows for individual attention while allowing your child the enjoyment of being a part of a group and accepting the need to share and cooperate. Each class is taught by a certified teacher and assisted by a full-time aide who travels with the class throughout the day, including lunch and specials. Children develop Math and early Reading skills, and explore Science through experiments and field trips. Our motor skills room allows your child

PERRY Infant And Toddler Care YMCA Perry Childcare Center 4325 Manchester Rd. Perry 440-259-4596 The YMCA Perry Child Care offers full-day care for infants and toddlers. Infants are cared for on their own schedules, playing in the stimulating infant room. Toddlers


Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Snack & Baby Food Provided Owner: Tammy Ferrara

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get to take part in the preschool curriculum including play in the gym, around the spacious outdoor campus and in our garden. YMCA Perry Childcare Center The YMCA Perry Child Care offers full-day care for preschoolers and half day preschool classes. The curriculum includes time in the art room, the science room and the language arts room as well as play in the gym, on the playground or on our spacious campus. YMCA Perry Y-SACC The Lake County YMCA is the before and after school provider for the Perry Local Schools. We are on-site in the YMCA Perry childcare Center. We offer homework time, gym time, outdoor play, table games and room to just chill out and relax. Summer day camp is also available at this site.

Currently accepting applications at all levels. Please call to set up an observation.

• A Catholic Montessori School serving preschool through 8th grade • Providing a unique and individualized approach to education which instills a life-long love of learning and prepares young people to go out into the world and make a positive difference.

8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland • 440-256-1976


Child Care & Preschool Guide to develop both fine and large motor skills through fun play activities. Our Pre-Kindergarten program is full-time, 5 days per week. Pre-K children explore the world around them through a curriculum that includes Computer, Physical Education, Music and Spanish classes, in addition to core subjects. Students enjoy lunchtime in the cafeteria and play time outside as well as a rest period/nap in the early afternoon. Our Pre-3 classes are part-time and meet two mornings per week. Our Pre-4 classes meet three times per week. Our Pre-3 and Pre-4 programs focus on social interaction, age appropriate academics, structured play and lots of hands on activities. Religion is important in the development of the child. Every day the Preschool student learns about our Catholic faith and how they are truly loved by God. Preschool children attend Mass on holy days and participate in other religious activities with older students. Mater Dei Academy Preschool provides an environment of caring adults who help build security, teach trust and are a source of support for the parent as well as the child. For more information on our programs or to register your child at Mater Dei Academy, call the school office at 440-585-0800.

WILLOUGHBY Clapp Children’s Center 36855 Ridge Road Willoughby 440-942-4342 ext. 1388 Clapp Children’s Center is as unique as your child is. Our preschool offers a low child to staff ratio, degreed teachers, computer education, and intergenerational activities for your child. We believe each child in our care and

all parents/guardians shall be treated as individuals and with respect. Our program provides a hands-on, trusting and educational environment to enhance physical, intellectual, emotional and social development for the children. In choosing our program, you can be confident that your child will be playing and learning in an environment which is filled with creative opportunities. Learning together with peers, our exciting and developmentally challenging curriculum is theme based and prepared by degreed teachers. Your child will be exposed to Kindergarten readiness skills to enhance their cognitive development, as well as learning centers, which enhance their social development. Computer education helps to prepare your child for the future development needed as technology advances. Clapp Children’s Center provides the children with the opportunity to visit and interact with residents of Breckenridge Village. This component of our program is based on the belief that children and older adults can share and learn from each other, in both structured and unstructured ways. Intergenerational activities include sharing stories, crafts, and holiday celebrations with the residents of Breckenridge Village. It is our hope that these experiences will help children develop a more meaningful acceptance for the uniqueness of the residents. Clapp Children’s Center is nestled within the campus of Breckenridge Village in Willoughby. This location provides beautifully wooded areas for outdoor exploration, resident gardens for observation throughout the change of seasons, and spacious valleys and hills for active play which includes running through sprinklers in the summer and sled-

Quality Catholic Education Preschool through Grade 8

St. Mary MagdaleneSt. Justin Martyr School 35741 Stevens Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095


ding down hills in the winter. The campus offers a great opportunity for the children to explore the changes in nature through the seasons without leaving the safe and trusting environment of their school. We invite you and your child to visit our center and experience how fun learning really can be! Little Scholars 37912 Third Street Willoughby 440-951-3596 A better choice in child care ... All Stars summer camps at Little Scholars keep kids happy with lots of healthy indoor and outdoor activities which include swimming, hiking, fishing, sports, arts and crafts, drama and lots more! All Stars summer camps focus on fun activities that help kids build self-esteem, cooperation and friendships. The activities keep kids interested and wanting to come back! All Stars summer camp runs 10 consecutive weeks June through August. All full-time programs include breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Parents are encouraged to visit with their child to see our wonderful facilities and to meet our exceptional teachers! You will notice the high standard programs available for infants through school-age with the most qualified teachers in the field. Best of all, parents and children will see so many smiling faces!

WILLOUGHBY HILLS Little Light Learning Center Christian Preschool 34201 Eddy Road Willoughby Hills 440-585-9462 Little Light Learning Center Christian Preschool is located on the premises of Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church. Founded in 2005, “Little Light is Willoughby Hills best kept secret” (Dina K – Chardon parent). Little Light offers solid educational programming for your preschool aged child/children. With our low teacher to student ratio: 12:2, our degreed and licensed teachers are able to meet the needs and demands of your children. LLLC is committed to developing each child to their capable abilities. We use a hands on approach backed with individual teaching instruction. Our children that we serve have


high success rates into Kindergarten in the areas of literacy and math skills. We offer social, emotional, and Christian foundations that will help your child achieve far beyond the classroom environment. LLLC has morning and afternoon classes that consist of three hour sessions to meet your family’s needs. We are the only preschool in the area to offer such hours. We accept three, four, and Pre Kindergarten age children. We are currently accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year. To tour our center and see how we can make a difference in your child’s preschool experience, call us or visit us on the web: LLLC is licensed by the ODJFS and instructs using the Early Childhood Standard Curriculum of Ohio.

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ences and medical on file,” Reed said. “Staff members must also complete forty-five hours of in-service training, which includes first aid, CPR and child development, as part of our licensing requirements. The YMCA also offers its staff addition in-service hours throughout the school year. Some of the topics have included: child abuse prevention, sensory integration and autism.” The Lake County YMCA School-Age Childcare program costs even less for YMCA members, and it features a 10 percent sibling discount applied to families with two or more children enrolled in the program. Most importantly, parents should find a program that best suits their needs and the need of their school-age child though opportunities to make friends, play, develop skills, and receive attention and appreciation from caring adults. Regardless of where parents choose to register their child, the benefits of an afterschool program are undeniable. Youth who attend afterschool programs are proven to perform better academically and develop skills such as selfregulation, communication, problem solving, team building, negotiation and critical thinking.

Madison Public Library 6111 Middle Ridge Road Madison, OH 44057 (440) 428-2189 Collectible Card Game Day Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. If you play Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh the library is the place to be. Bring your friends and bring your cards for an epic day. Mentor Public Libraries Main Library 8215 Mentor Ave. Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 255-8811 Mentor-on-the-Lake 5642 Andrews Rd. Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH 44060 (440) 257-2512 Headlands 4669 Corduroy Rd. Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 257-2000 Visit website for all Spring Storytime programs for kids and families. Chess Club for Kids Saturdays in April from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Main Library in Frances Cleveland Room Come learn and play chess with other kids! Meet new friends and learn different techniques to win chess. Registration is not necessary. Make a Craft Monday, April 2, all day Main Library in the Children’s Department Children can come in any time during the day to make a craft. Stop by the children’s desk for details, supplies are limited. Find a Rainbow Day Tuesday, April 3 at 3:45 p.m. Mentor Headlands Branch Come and find rainbows at Headlands Branch. All ages welcome. Registration ha s begun Egg Roll at Garfield Monday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Offsite at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site Lawnfield Children’s Services will have a craft/story time table at James A. Garfield National Historic Site Lawnfield for their annual egg roll. Zin, Zin, Zin, A Violin Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library Children’s Theater In partnership with the Mentor Public Library, the Fine Arts Association will introduce children, ages 3 to 8 years old, to musical instruments. This is a hands-

on program that will foster a child’s appreciation for music. Registration begins March 27. Puppets with Pizzazz: The Man Who Kept House Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Main Library James R. Garfield Room Visit the library for a great family puppet show performed by Nancy Sander. Sander received an Emmy as a contributor for the Emmy Award-winning children’s television show Hickory Hideout where she was principal puppeteer consultant, puppet builder, creator and script writer. Don’t miss out on this great family show. Registration begins March 28. Paws to Read at Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch Wednesday, April 11 First session starts at 6:30 p.m. Second session starts at 7:00 p.m. Kids who are able to read independently are invited to signup for a 30 minute session. Children will be paired with a gentle dog that is licensed and trained to be a good listener. This event will fill quickly! Registration begins March 28. The Titanic 100 Years Ago April 11 at 7 p.m. Mentor Headlands Branch Mr. Dennis will be the cruise director for craft night. Come enjoy a craft to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship Titanic. Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome. Registration begins March 28 T-shirt Art Thursday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Main Library in the Children’s Department Children in grades third through sixth grade may bring a couple of clean, old t-shirts for cutting to transform them into something new. It is optional to bring a pair of sharp scissors that will

cut through fabric. Registration begins March 29. Titanic Remembered Friday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. Main Library Children’s Theater Children in first to sixth grade will be able to step back in time to remember the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic through games and crafts. Registration begins March 30. Meet and Greet Children’s Authors Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m. Main Library Children’s Theater Meet children’s authors Betty Crofoot and Roo Arledge. Listen to excerpts from their newly published book No Such Thing as a Genie. The story is about a 9-year-old Australian girl who finds a genie on the beach. Arledge will answer questions about Australia and talk about the book. The event is open to all ages. For more information call the Children’s Department at (440) 255-8811, ext. 221. Calling All Girl Scout Artists Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library at the James R. Garfield Room Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to earn requirements for an art patch. Learn basic art techniques from a local high school art teacher and make art projects to take home. Registration begins April 3. Tree Tale Tellers’ Story Time Tuesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. Main Library Children’s Theater Children ages three to five years old are welcome to join volunteers from the Holden Arboretum’s Tree Tale Tellers Program in celebrating Arbor Day. There will be tree-related stories and fun activities


at the program. Homeschool Math=Magic Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Main Library Children’s Theater Bob Durante from Zap Entertainment will provide a magic show for homeschoolers ages five to 13 years old. Blending magic with math, students will see the way math is applied in their daily lives. One of the activities offered is that homeschoolers will learn how to multiply numbers in their head faster than any calculator. This magical program will help students see math in a fun and different way. Registration begins April 4. Earth Day Thursday, April 19 at 3:45 p.m. Mentor Headlands Branch Children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will have the opportunity to learn about Earth Day, make an Earth Day craft, and eat an Earth Day snack. Registration begins April 5. Kids @ Work-A Lego Brick Building Club Saturday, April 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Main Library in the James R. Garfield Room Kids are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Kids @ Work Club. Imagination is all that is required-the library will supply the Lego and Duplo Bricks. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to attend with their child. No registration is necessary. Morley Library 184 Phelps St. Painesville, OH 44077 (440) 352-3383 N B TWEENS Tweens sign-up for the new & exciting Tween program that meets on Tuesdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Register on-line at www.morleylibrary. org or call 352-3383. Spring Kids’ Programs & Storytimes Programs have started but there is still room! Storytimes will run Now – May 11 Call 352-3383 to register or register online at Spring Has Sprung Crafts Thursday, April 5 Drop by the Children’s Room any time 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. to make 3 spring crafts. No registration needed Small kids will need help. Don’t miss this fun event. Chocolate Party Tween Program for kids ages 9-12. Saturday, April 14 from 2 -3 p.m. Enjoy chocolate trivia, chocolate competitions, and chocolate tastings as

FO-Bots Invade Perry Library!

Above "Renee's Robot" by Renee Miller and left Alex Dowling shows off his FO-Bot

you indulge your sweet tooth. Fun With the Lorax For Ages 5-10 Saturday, April 21st 11 -11:45 a.m. Enjoy fun activities, games, puzzles and a craft. The Great Brad Sat. April, 28th from 2 -3 p.m. For All Ages Join us as the Great Brad, performs great feats of magic. Brad will also teach some simple magic tricks. Come prepared to be amazed and learn some trade secrets. You don’t want to miss this fun family show! No registration required. DIA! (Children’s Day/Book Day) For kids grades K-4 Monday, April 30 from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Take a trip around the world as we celebrate reading and different cultures. Perry Public Library 3753 Main St. Perry, OH 44081 (440) 259-3300 Friday, April 6: LEGO Day! 10 am - 2pm No School? Drop in and create with our large collection of LEGOS. All ages welcome! Saturday, April 14: Meet Australian Children’s Authors Betty Crofoot and Roo Arledge 1:00 pm - for adults and children. Meet sisters, Betty Crofoot and Roo Arledge, co-authors of a delightful new children’s book, “My Genie and Me!”. Set in Australia, the story is a mix of fantasy, fiction, and fact. The authors (one dressed as a kangaroo) will read from

Over 45 kids and parents worked together to create FO-Bots on Saturday, March 3 at Perry Public Library.  FO-Bots are imaginary robot sculptures made from found objects (tin cans, springs, old watches, etc.). Many of the FO-Bots remain on display at the library and photos can be seen on the library's Facebook page. Visit our website for details on other upcoming programs for families Join us on March 31 for "Things Your Mom Won't Let You Do at Home"  at 1:00 pm. 

the book then sign and sell books. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Perry Public Library. Refreshments will be served too. Saturday, April 16 - 21: Kids and Teens Used Book Sale Used books, movies, software, magazines, games and toys for children and teens. Sponsored by the Friends of Perry Public Library. All proceeds benefit children’s and teen library programs. Friday, April 20: Teens & Tweens Decorate Flower Seed Cans - 3:45 pm Saturday, April 28: Build a Cardboard Race Track 1:00-3:00 pm - all ages welcome Come build a marble race track out of cardboard and other household materials. All materials will be provided. This program is for ages 5 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult as sharp tools will be used. Willoughby-Eastlake Public Libraries Eastlake Public Library 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Eastlake, OH 44095 (440) 942-7880 x. 105 Willoughby Public Library 30 Public Sq. Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 942-3200 x. 104 Willowick Public Library 263 E. 305 St. Willowick, OH 44095 (440) 943-4151 x. 116

Mentor Public Library helps celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting

Girl Scouts from Euclid and Mentor troops blow bubbles at the Mentor Public Library’s Calling All Girl Scouts 100-year Anniversary Program held March 14. Girl Scouts had the opportunity to learn about the life of the Girl Scout organization founder through several activities and crafts.

(440) 516-0843 TTY Willoughby Hills Public Library 35400 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH 44094 (440) 942-3362 Willowick Puppet Playhouse Join a troop of students to learn how to put on a fun puppet show. Registration required. Puppet Show Practices: Thursdays, April 5 and April 12.*Must be able to attend both practice dates and the performance date of April 19. Thursdays, April 5 and April 12, 7-8 p.m. Willowick Library Soaring Silhouettes The Wildlife Center from Penitentiary Glen will bring live hawks, falcons, vultures and owls. Learn about their histories, relationships and habitats. Registration required. Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. Willoughby Hills Library Student Friends We’re looking for some good friends who love the library. Our group meets once a month during the school year to make crafts, enjoy snacks, play games and help with library programs. Grades K-6. Registration required. Saturday, April 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Willowick Library Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Eastlake Library Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. Willoughby Library Teen Spring Break Tank-Top Tote Bag


Create a spring break tote bag using tank top t-shirts. Bring your own new or used tank-top and turn it into something fun. Registration required. Thursday, April 12, 7-8 p.m. Eastlake Library Tree Tales with Holden Arboretum Join storytellers from Holden Arboretum for a special Arbor Day storytime with books and activities. Ages 3-5. Registration required. Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m, 6:30 p.m. Willoughby Library Willowick Puppet Playhouse Performance Mark your calendar for fun! Students will perform a puppet show for families and friends. Reception with refreshments will follow. Registration required. Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. Willowick Library Anime/Manga Club @ the Willoughby Library Join our club “Willoughby Otaku” as we watch, discuss and comment on anime and manga. Refreshments! Registration required. Saturday, April 21, 1–4 p.m. Willoughby Library Go Green! Use items you can find around the house to make something new and exciting. Registration required. Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. Eastlake Library Superhero Spectacular Celebrate superheroes with fun crafts and activities. Wear a costume or create your own mask during the event! Registration required. Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. Willoughby Library

April 2 Books & Cooks Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Rd., Madison 6:00pm-8:00pm Book signings by local authors and samplings of food from local cooks, caterers & restaurants. It gets bigger and better each year! 440-428-2189 April 7 Behind the Scenes Tour James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 11:00am See the Garfield home and property as you’ve never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You’ll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty. 440-255-8722 - Reservations recommended April 7 Easter Egg Hunt Faith Community Church, 5885 Hopkins Road, Mentor 1:00pm. Ages 12 and under; search for Easter eggs and have your picture taken for the Easter bunny. 440-257-5276 April 8 Easter Bruch LaMalfa, 5783 Heisley Road, Mentor 9:00am-2:00pm Enjoy Easter with LaMalfa! Experience an abundant buffet and many activities for children.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR 440357-9333 April 8 through May 3 Lakeland Community College Visual Arts Student Exhibition Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland Monday-Friday, 9:00am-9:00pm On exhibit in the Lakeland Gallery is the Lakeland Community College Visual Arts Student Exhibition. The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, April 12, from 7:00pm9:00pm. The reception will be immediately following the awards ceremony. 440-525-7029 April 9 The White House Easter Monday Egg Roll—A Fee-Free Day! James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 1:00pm . Join in the recreation of a grand White House tradition: The Easter egg roll on the Garfield home’s lawn! This is one tradition that President Garfield participated in at Easter 1881. Participate in the egg roll relay, play games, and see original memorabilia from White House Easter egg rolls of the past! Kids of all ages are invited to visit the site to roll provided wooden eggs on the vast lawn behind the Garfield home. Free of charge. 440-255-8722 April 11 The Battle of Shiloh: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 12:00pm. Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Major Battles of the Civil War!” In April, the discussion will focus on the bloody

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battle of Shiloh, fought in April 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. This was another Union victory won under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Program is free of charge; attendees are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the talk. 440-255-8722 April 11 FAA Women’s Committee Luncheon/ Lecture The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby 11:00am A Timeline of Ballroom and Latin Dances with the Fred Astaire Dancers. Open to the public. 440-951-7500 April 14 Chili Con Comedy Improv Troupe The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby 8:00pm Laugh and be amused at the wit and humor of this young improve troupe as they incorporate audience suggestions and chance into live performances. 440-951-7500 April 15 The Winners of the Young Artists’ Competition Concert Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland 4:00pm The Lakeland Civic Orchestra Director Scott Seaton Presents the Winners of the Young Artists’ Competition Concert featuring this year’s winners, Karissa Haung, Laura Weber and Joshua Lauretig. 440-525-7526 April 18 Roller Skating Pajama Party Mentor Skateland, 5615 Andrews Road, Mentor on the Lake, OH 44060 6:30 to 8:30 To celebrate National Wear Your


Pajamas to Work Day, the Mentor Skateland Artistic Club is hosting a Roller Skating Pajama Party and you are invited! Come join us on Wednesday, April 18th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The DJ’s in her PJ’s and ready to play all your favorite songs! Wear your comfy jammies and bring your Teddy bear for games, raffles, and prizes. This party is rated ‘G’ for ‘Good Time for All Ages’, so please dress appropriately. Admission is only $5 and skate rental is available for $2. So put those pajamas on - No, it’s not time for bed - We’re going to Mentor Skateland - to roller skate instead! 440-257-3631 April 20 through May 5 16th Annual One Act Festival- “Hot from the Oven” The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby 7:30pm Always interesting, always fresh, this season’s festival serves up a feast of original ten-minute one acts selected from over 600 submissions from all over the world! (rated adult) 440-975-7500 April 21 City of Painesville Earth Day Celebration Veteran’s Park in Downtown Painesville and Painesville Senior Center (85 North Park Place), Painesville 1:00pm-4:00pm Activities include interactive demos, a variety of displays from local environmental groups, “Green Games”, crafts, music and more! 440-392-5912 April 21 Make & Take FAIRY GARDEN (or Troll Garden) Saturday, April 21, 2 – 4:00pm At Middle Ridge Gardens 6559 Middle CONTINUED ON PAGE 27





Making Friends at Camp What's the number one way to have an awesome time at camp? Making friends! A lot of the time this happens naturally, but sometimes you have to work at it a little. Here are some ideas: Get to know your fellow campers • Be open, be nice, and be thoughtful. • Try to find things that you have in common. Say "Hi" • This can be hard to do when you're shy, but simply saying "hello" and introducing yourself can be enough to start a friendship rolling.

• Try your best to do this right from the first day, because if too many days go by, it can be harder to introduce yourself. • Remember: the other campers will be looking for friends too! Rely on your counselor • Most camp counselors know that it can be hard for some kids, especially shy ones, to make friends right off the bat. • Counselors might organize special "let's get to know each other" games in CONTINUED ON PAGE 25



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Camp TIPS!

• If you have a long bus ride to camp, a book might be a good way to pass the time on the bus ride (don't read a book if you get carsick). • Leave expensive devices such as an iPod at home. • Freeze your water bottle the night before and wrap it in tin foil or a water bottle holder to keep it cool during the day. If you freeze it, you will have cold water all day long. If you have a reusable water bottle, fill it with ice.


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MAKING CAMP MEMORIES SuMMER CAMP 2012 We have years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, discover creativity and make lasting friendships and memories. To learn more, call the branch nearest you or visit us online at West End Willoughby 440.946.1160

Central Painesville 440.352.3303

East End Madison 440.428.5125

Perry Day Camp 440.259.4596


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• Lake Metroparks Farmpark • Lakeland Community College • First Energy The excitement to learn and the energy the students put into the program is very apparent whether they are preparing for a field trip or taking part in an activity. The results are also seen outside the program; in school and at home. Several letters from parents and teachers praised the AHLI for sparking an interest in learning math and science as well as developing leadership skills within the students. Whether the students are at the YMCA Outdoor Family Center, in their classroom, on field trips exploring their community or working on service projects, the Institute’s emphasis is on active participation. AHLI promotes communication and leadership among students while they work individually, on a team or with an expert in the field. As a result the students enhance their math and science skills and problem solving abilities thereby increasing the likelihood of their future academic success.

VACCINATIONS FROM PAGE 8 emy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Making sure your children are properly immunized will give them up to a 98 percent chance of avoiding many diseases.” The AAP is offering these vital tips for parents to help sort out all the details: • Ask questions. Remember, your pediatrician is ready and willing to partner with you on getting your children immunized. Use your child’s doctor as a resource to help you sort out the endless supply of information – some good and some questionable – on this topic. So prepare questions in advance, and take a note pad with you to your visit so you can jot down important advice and critical dates. • Be on time. Your children’s immunization schedule is not an area of parenting where you should feel free to get creative. There are scientific reasons, based on knowledge of children’s immune systems, for why shots are recommended at certain ages. Updating your records and keeping a calendar can help you keep it all straight. More information on recommended schedules and on how immunizations work can be found at • Cocoon. One of the best ways to protect very young children – who have not yet received the full range of vaccines for deadly diseases -- is to ensure that all family members and caregivers who come in close contact with the

It is easy to protect them and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Call the Lake County General Health District at 440-350-2554 for more information. child are up-to-date on their own immunizations. This protective measure is called “cocooning.” • Smile. Most children won’t enjoy getting vaccinated. You can make the process smoother by staying calm yourself, as young children can pick up on your feelings. Remember to cuddle with your child before, during and after the vaccination. Bringing along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket is a great way to provide some much-needed comfort. If your child is experiencing pain, ask your doctor if a non-aspirin pain reliever is safe to administer. Consider your child fortunate to grow up in the U.S., where he or she will have easy access to lifesaving vaccines. Not all children around the world are equally protected, however. Parents can join one of several global campaigns, such as, to support the health of children all over the world. You have more control over your children’s wellness than you realize. If you’re unsure of whether your children’s vaccinations are up-to-date, do your little ones a favor and check with your pediatrician today.

SPECIAL NEEDS FROM PAGE 9 Can my Child Attend School in the Public District and Use the Scholarship to Pay for Support Services? No. You must choose the Public District or the JPSP not both. Will Every Child who Applies be Awarded a Scholarship? No, the number of scholarships cannot exceed 5% of the total number of Ohio students currently identified as a child with a disability. If the number exceeds students who apply for a scholarship exceeds the number of available scholarships, a lottery will be conducted. If my Child is Awarded a Scholarship, how Long can he/she Continue to Use the Scholarship? The scholarship application process occurs on a yearly basis. If the student has a current IEP and continues to be identified as having a disability by their resident district then a parent may submit a renewal application for the next program year.

For More Information: Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program If you want to learn about the Autism Scholarship Program, go to: http://education. ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelati onID=459&ContentID=6678&Conte nt=102993 North Coast Tutoring Services is proud to be an approved provider to both the Jon Peterson and the Autism Scholarship Programs. For further information about both scholarship programs and how they fit your child, go to: Carole Richards is president of North Coast Tutoring Services, president of the Creative Education Institute which holds its Academic Fun & Fitness Camp at Lakeland Community College, author of RICHARDS READ Systematic Language and a frequent guest on radio and TV. She can be reached at caroler@


For Campers Ages 6 to 18 with Learning Differences (ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, LD, ++)

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Springtime activity at Lake Metroparks – Fishing!

Fishing in Lake Metroparks Lake Metroparks offers a variety of opportunities for fishing including stocked ponds as well as river, stream and lakeshore access. Lake Metroparks' aquatic resources bring value to our parks and to Lake County. From the depths of our ponds to the edges of our rivers and streams to the beaches of Lake Erie, Lake County's watery resources afford our citizens unrivaled opportunities to enjoy fishing. Lake Metroparks is committed to protecting existing water resources and preserving

areas through purchase and easement opportunities; through which we have created angler access through construction of trails, parking areas, canoe landings, and decks. Lake Metroparks encourages catch and release fishing, which helps to maintain fish populations and ensure many park goers the same opportunities to enjoy fishing. Fishing opportunities available in Lake Metroparks include Pond, River, and Lakefront. Visit for a complete list of fishing locations and for permit/ license information.

Upstage Players’ presents “West Side Story” Don’t miss your chance to witness the spring musical performances of one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, UpStage Players. From March 30th through April 1st, the group will be producing and performing the popular stage sensation West Side Story, a musical inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. UpStage Players’ opening performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30th at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home (15335 Waterloo Road; Cleveland), their permanent performance residence. The group’s second show will commence on Saturday, March 31st, also at 7:30 p.m. Their final performance of the spring will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1st. Advance tickets/reserved seats are $7 each. Admission is $10 per person if purchased during the week prior to the shows or at the door on the night of the performances (these are cash only, general admission seats). West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic origins. The plot involves two young people that fall in love, but are kept apart


by their families and friends. Unfortunately, this causes grave consequences. Upstage Players is a non-profit professional children’s theatre group run by an all-volunteer staff in Cleveland, Ohio. This “teaching theatre” organization was founded in 1995 with 30 children and a vision to create love and respect for the arts. They have evolved into a strong group that uses theatre as a vehicle to teach leadership, creativity and responsibility to over three times as many children today. The children of UpStage Players come from varied backgrounds and neighborhoods yet share the same drive to optimize their potential. Although the UpStage family has grown tremendously over the years, their no-cut policy remains unchanged. In addition, the diverse cast/ crew of UpStage Players is lead by an unpaid staff and supported by an army of volunteers dedicated to transforming everyday kids into accomplished artists. For more information, or to order or inquire about advance tickets, please e-mail Tickets can also be purchased online through PayPal, and ticket forms are available online at the company’s website,

MAKING FRIENDS FROM PAGE 20 the first few days so kids can break the ice. • Make sure you play these games, and let your counselor know if you have trouble getting to know other kids. • Talk to your counselors if you feel that other campers are shutting you out or acting mean to you. Catch camp spirit • When you're at camp, try to get into the history and traditions of the place. • Be loyal to the camp, and enjoy all the special things – like dances, races, camp songs, camp jokes – that make your camp what it is. • This will help you bond to the other kids your age. After all, when people unite in a common spirit, they usually get along and become friends. Sign up for lots of stuff • Get involved in all the cool games and activities that your camp has to offer. • The more you play and interact with other campers, the more chance you'll have of finding someone you really like, and who likes you. Share! • Don't let other kids take advantage of you, but don't be greedy with your things, either. • You should always be an individual, but part of what makes camp great is that it gives you a chance

to be part of a group, too. Be good to the kids in your group, and they'll be good to you. Be trustworthy and helpful • Don't just look out for yourself! Be the type of person other campers can trust and rely on to do the right thing. Let others help you • Just as you want other campers to rely on you, you should rely on others once in awhile. • If you let someone help you out, the two of you might become friends because of it. Let your personality shine • Are you funny? Outgoing? Smart? Good at art or sports? Your personality is what will help you make friends, so don't hide it. • Try to be confident and positive, but not bragging. Get enthusiastic! Get excited! If you're going to camp with a friend... • Consider yourself lucky to be able to share the experience with someone you already know! • Don't let your friend keep you from becoming close to new people, too. • Be prepared if your relationship is a little different at camp than it is at home. Sometimes, being in a new environment can put pressure on a friendship. If you have problems, try to work them out like you would any other fight.




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Earth Week April 16–22, 2012 Help us help the Earth !

Lake Metroparks is celebrating Earth Day in a big way! Attend fun, special programs offered at several locations throughout the week then celebrate Earth Day at Farmpark and Penitentiary Glen Reservation on April 22.


Participate in a Coastal Shoreline Cleanup in a park! For more information, call Leigh at 440-585-2800.


Blackbrook Audubon Society monthly meeting Penitentiary Glen Nature Center 7 to 9 pm • FREE • Registration not required


Planet Walk Girdled Road Reservation - South 6:30 to 8 pm • FREE • Registration required Eco Cafe at Lake Metroparks: Salamander Migration Environmental Learning Center 7 to 8:30 pm • FREE • Registration required


Habitat Hikes: Vernal Pools Hogback Ridge Park 7 to 8:30 pm • FREE • Registration required


Tour de parks: River View Landing Beaty Landing 10:30 to 11:30 am Ages 55+, $5 • Registration required

Woman Venture: Fly-fishing Helen Hazen Wyman Park 1 to 3:30 pm • FREE Registration required


Wildflower Walk Farmpark 2 to 3:30 pm • FREE Registration required

23nd Annual Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race Begin at Harpersfield Covered Bridge 8 am to 2 pm Fee and registration required Toddlin’ Towards Nature: Snails Penitentiary Glen Reservation 10 to 11 am Ages 1 to 4 with adult, $5 Registration required Off the Beaten Path Hike Penitentiary Glen Reservation 1 to 3 pm • FREE Registration required


Earth Day activities noon to 4 pm FREE to Lake County residents (proof of residency required)


Earth Day activities noon to 4 pm FREE

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Ridge Rd. Madison. All ages are welcome (parents must stay with children) $5 donation suggested to benefit Madison Public Library Middle Ridge Gardens will supply a pot, soil and some plants for your garden. Look for treasures around your house like old thimbles (a table for your fairy), buttons, rocks, bits of plastic for garden paths, old doll house furniture or anything else that fairies can use in their homes. There will be a short talk about fairies and what they like and how to keep your fairy garden healthy. April 21 (Highwater date April 28) Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race Harpersfield Dam, Harpersfield, Ashtabula County 8:00am This is an annual springtime tradition. Experience an 8½-mile canoe and kayak race from the Harpersfield Dam to Hidden Valley Park (in Madison) on the wild and scenic Grand River. Annual tradition features a â&#x20AC;&#x153;maddest hatâ&#x20AC;? contest. 440-358-7275 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 800-669-9226 - Preregistration required and fee applies. April 21 James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 11:00am This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time as a soldier. 440-255-8722 - Reservations recommended, Fee applies April 21-22 Lake Erie College Jumper Prix de Ville Lake Erie College Equestrian Center, 8031 Morley Road, Concord Saturday, 8:00am-8:00pm; Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm

One of Lake Erie Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual horse shows for hosting students and area professionals; spectators welcome, no admission fee April 21-22, 28-29 National Park Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fee Free Days! James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor 12:00pm-5:00pm National Park Week and all National Park Service sites are free of charge during this period. For James A. Garfield National Historic Site, this means entrance fees will be waived the weekends of April 21-22 and April 28-29 (the site is closed Monday-Friday during April). Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free! 440-255-8722 April 21 Fairport Harbor Yacht Club Marine Flea Market Fairport Harbor Yacht Club, 1177 High Street, Fairport Harbor 9:00am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:00pm Second Annual Marine Flea Market!!!! Boating and dock supplies, dock lines, power cords, anchors, electronics, custom boat lettering, props, antique and modern fishing gear, buysell-trade If you wish to have a table as a vendor feel free to call. Food and drinks by donation. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING. 440-339-4518 April 22 Concert Series Event Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 North Park Place, Painesville 4:00pm Praise-Apella is committed to using their vocal giftings â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the praise of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gloryâ&#x20AC;? and offers a unique and uplifting concert experience. Based out of Cleveland, the founder and bass vocalist of the group, Ryan Fischer, is joined by fellow vocalists Jen Howser, Lawrence Williams, Dean Stamatis, and vocal percussionist, Ron Smith. They are currently touring with their new CD; Love

God. 440-354-3642 April 22 Earth Day 2012 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark 8800 Euclid-Chardon Road, Kirtland Noon-4:00pm Come celebrate with Lake Metroparks at this showcase of energy, farmland, and wildlife conservation. Discover a solar energy array, hybrid electric/gas cars, composting, eco-fair, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafts, and much more. 440-256-2122 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 800-366-3276 April 22 Lakeland Goes to the Movies! Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland 4:00pm The Lakeland Civic Orchestra Director Chris Robinson Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lakeland Goes to the Movies!â&#x20AC;? April 22 Earth Day at Penitentiary Glen Reservation Penitentiary Glen Reserva-

tion, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland Noon-4:00pm Come out for a day of earth-friendly family fun that includes an eco-fair featuring local and national conservation organizations. Other activities include habitat preservation programs with live animals, a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eco-craft, and Earth ball games. April 27-29 Arbor Day Celebration The Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland 9:00am-5:00pm Celebrate Arbor Day at your local Arboretum. Free admission all weekend 440-946-4400 April 27 through Late Summer Vanishing Act Exhibit The Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland 9:00am-5:00pm Learn how you can help save over 8,000 endangered trees worldwide. 440-946-4400

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APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH In Lake County, Children Services investigates an average of 7 child abuse/neglect referrals every day.

HELP PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, HELP STOP CHILD ABUSE! We provide emergency and supportive services for children and families of neglect and abuse until the problem is resolved. At Lake County Children’s Services protecting kids is our job! If you know a child who may need help, call 24-hour child abuse hotline: East End 350-4000 (Press #1) West End 918-4000 (Press #1) Lake County Department of Job and Family Services COUNTY KIDS • APRIL 2012 • PAGE 28

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