Earth Day Activities

Last year it was sunny and beautiful outside

Why is it still snowing?

SUN 4/16/2017

 Actual Temp
77° /60°
36° /30°
A couple of squalls, 1-3″

Things to do this weekend for Earth Day!!

Kids Club: Earth Day-Themed Crafts at Michaels

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in-store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 10am-noon
Where: Michaels locations across Northeast Ohio
Cost: $2 per project, supplies included

MAKEbreak Tie-Dye T-Shirts at Michaels

Enjoy creating bright and cheery tie-dye accessories. Buy the t-shirt or tote bag and the rest of the supplies will be provided. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 1pm-3pm
Where: Michaels locations across Northeast Ohio
Cost: Buy the t-shirt or tote bag and the rest of the supplies will be provided.


FREE Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration in Mentor

Join in this annual Celebrate Earth Day event and learn how to live your greenest, most sustainable lifestyle. Make and take home upcycled crafts, learn about local flora and fauna, discuss environmental products and lifestyle choices with a plethora of experts. Kids and adults welcome for the food, fun, and eco-friendly Earth Day festivities. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 10am-2pm
Where: Eleanor B Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
Cost: FREE


Party for the Planet at Cleveland Zoo

Celebrate Earth Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Learn how you can help the planet, Dance in the Earth Day Celebration Zone, and create some Earth-friendly crafts. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 10am-5pm
Where: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109
Cost: FREE with paid zoo admission


FREE Earth Day at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Celebrate Earth Day with your family this spring and discover many ways to help our earth be a healthier planet. Earth-friendly family fun includes an eco-fair, Earth Day Marketplace, tree for each family, wildlife programs, games and crafts. Miniature train rides, weather permitting. {Find Out More}
When: Sunday, April 22, 2018; 12pm-4pm
Where: 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Cost: FREE


FREE Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway at Holden Arboretum

Holden Forests & Gardens will hold a free seedling giveaway at both the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden from 10am to 4pm on Friday, while supplies last. One seedling per family. The seedling giveaways are sponsored by the Bartlett Tree Experts and Davey Tree. {Find Out More}
When: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10am-4pm
Where: 9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Cost: FREE


FREE Live Green Canvas at Pat Catan’s

Celebrate Earth Day at your local Pat Catan’s with your own Live Green Canvas! Paint a tree and then dab paint for the vibrant, green leaves or add poms to bring the tree to life. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018; 1pm-3pm
Where: Pat Catan’s stores across Northeast Ohio
Cost: FREE


Celebrate Earth Necklace at Pat Catan’s

Celebrate at your local Pat Catan’s and paint your own necklace. Be inspired and paint a tree. Show your love with a large heart. Or, paint our home. Either way, you’ll be able to show your support for Earth Day by joining in this fun weekend craft! {Find Out More}
When: April 7-8, 2018; Sat: 10am-noon, Sun: 1pm-3pm
Where: Pat Catan’s stores across Northeast Ohio
Cost: FREE

FREE Earth Day Project at Pat Catan’s

Celebrate at your local Pat Catan’s and paint your own necklace. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018; 10am-noon AND Sunday, April 22, 2018; 1pm-3pm
Where: Pat Catan’s locations across Northeast Ohio
Cost: FREE

Vernal Pool Expedition and Discovery Day at The Nature Conservancy SAT 7th


Event Start: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 05:00 AM

End End: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12:00 PM


Vernal Pools are small but very dynamic wetlands that blossom with life every spring to the accompaniment of a cacophony of sounds. They also play an important role in improving water quality, controlling flood waters, and providing habitat for wildlife. Join Ray Stewart, from the Ohio Wetlands Association, to learn more about these special pools, and how you can help monitor pools in your neighborhood. Please join us to discover vernal pools and their Hidden Wonders.

9:00 am – Welcome and registration (beverages and snacks)

9:30 am – Introduction to Vernal Pools Presentation

This introduction to vernal pools will explain the nature of vernal pools reasons for their rich biological diversity and seasonal explosion of life. There will be a brief discussion of the challenges and need for the conservation of these unique habitats.

10:15 am – Citizen Scientist/iNaturalist for Vernal Pools Presentation

iNaturalist is a free online utility and smartphone app used to document field biology observations. This presentation will identify the key features of this program and how it will be used by the Ohio Vernal Pool Network to document and explore the diversity of Ohio’s Hidden Wonders.

11:00 am – morning hike to explore pools and gather specimens

12:15 pm – bring your own bag lunch (beverages and snacks available)

*Our afternoon session is especially family friendly.

1:00 pm – Nature Center opens-  Show and tell of macroinvertebrates from morning collection session.

2:00 pm – Macro-Invertebrates Presentation

Often equated with ‘insects’, macroinvertebrates represent a broad expanse of curious life forms that contribute to the dynamic ecology of vernal pools. This presentation will show a representative range of organisms and peculiar attributes that belong to this little-known fauna.

3:00 pm – afternoon family hike to nearby vernal pools to see what lies beneath the surface.

*Children 17 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult


Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center

3973 Callender Rd, Rock Creek, OH 44084


440-563-3081 |

It’s the First Week of Spring

It is celebrated differently all over the world.

Spain- the planting season as the ground thaws and the daylight hours become longer so crops can grow

Scotland- Festival called Whuppity Scoorie. It involves local children running around a church swinging around paper balls on strings, before scrambling to pick up coins that are thrown down for them.

Indian -spring is the festival of Holi – also known as the festival of colors.

Christianity- Easter and the rebirth of Jesus.

Daylight Saving Time – which means there will be less sunlight in the morning and more in the evenings.

According to,

In the US and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the spring season is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward (on March 20th or 21st). This day is known as the Vernal Equinox.


A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.


Winter Solstice 2017

Winter Solstice is December 21st this year!

According to, Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day of the year. On this day, it seems as if the nighttime darkness lasts all day and all night. At the North Pole, the sun never rises on this day. It is not the coldest days of winter, as the northern hemisphere continues to lose more heat than it gains. This will continue until late in winter, as the longer daylight hours at that point begin to have a net warming effect. But for now, heat up a cup of hot chocolate and put another log on the fire! Winter will be here for a while.

By the way, while the northern hemisphere is experiencing it’s shortest day, the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine and enjoying the first day of summer.

For thousands of years, Winter Solstice has celebrated the new solar year. It celebrates the return of the sun, as every day now will see more sun. The sun is at its southernmost point, and now begins it’s long, six-month journey north.

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction 2017

 According to, “Venus and Jupiter will get together in the November sky, and early risers with a clear view of the eastern horizon can catch a view of this celestial rendezvous.”


Sunrise Monday (Nov. 13), Venus and Jupiter will pass within 17 arc minutes (0.28 degrees) of each other in the sky or just over half the apparent width of the full moon. The two planets will also be fairly close to each other in the days just ahead of and just after the conjunction.




Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day

This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.



Disney made films for during World War II, for each branch of the United States government. Approximately 90% of Disney employees worked in the making of propaganda and training videos during World War II.

Thank a local vet today!


Here are a few deals for Veterans Day week. Please be sure to check your local business to make sure they are participating.

Great Clips

Veterans and active, inactive, or retired military members can stop into Great Clips for a free haircut on Veterans Day, November 11. If they don’t want a haircut that day, they can get a haircut card that they can redeem before the end of the year.

Anyone else can stop in to get their haircut on November 11 and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran, which is redeemable from November 12 until the rest of the year.

National Parks

Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2017, in honor of Veterans Day.

Bob Evans

Is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty personnel. The special menu includes Stack of Hotcakes (Buttermilk or Multigrain), Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Mini Sampler Breakfast, Farm Boy Sandwich or Country Fried Steak Dinner.

Buffalo Wild Wings

The annual “Wings for Heroes” promotion is back with a free order of wings and a side of fries.



Cracker Barrell

Military veterans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Cracker Barrel’s Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Dunkin Donuts

Veterans and active duty military get a free donut. No purchase necessary.

Red Lobster

 Veterans, reserve and active-duty military will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a specific menu on Saturday, November 11. Customers will need to show a valid military ID or proof of service for this offer.

Ruby Tuesday

All veterans, active duty and reserve military service members with a valid military ID can enjoy one free appetizer (up to a $10 value) on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). Offer is valid at all Ruby Tuesday locations, excluding those in Guam, Hawaii, Manhattan, airports or outside of the United States.




Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is held the 2nd weekend in October.

There are 19 bridges in all. The shortest and the longest in the USA.

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival will be celebrating its 34th Annual Festival to be held October 14th and 15th, located on East Jefferson Street from Chestnut Street going East to the Railroad tracks.

Festival Highlights

  • Official Souvenirs
  • Crafts
  • Entertainment
  • Demonstrations
  • Quilt Show
  • Contests
  • Parade
  • Great Food
  • Free admission