CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – The American Heart Association teamed up with University Hospitals this month to offer virtual educational sessions and programs focusing on women’s heart health, with the goal of curbing heart disease and stroke in women. AHA’s annual star-studded gala fundraiser, “Go Red for Women” will be held virtually 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 with Emmy award winning actress Susan Lucci, who has roots in this area. Other stars include emcee Monica Robins of WKYC TV, Lorraine Dodero, the fundraising campaign chairperson and Dr. Heather Gornik of UH’s Harrington Hart & Vascular Institute.
Tune in noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a program on improving women’s health at any age featuring Dr. Judith Mackall of UH and Dr. Felice Gersh with the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, along with Catherine O’Malley Kearney, AHA chairperson. At noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 you can join a community conversation on 10 practical tips to avoid prediabetes, diabetes and heart disease with doctors Betul Hatipoglu and Ian Neeland.
For more information or to register for the women’s heart month programs contact heart.org/cleveland.
Cooking up a fundraiser: Is that chocolate we smell? The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a pretty sweet fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20 at Buckeye Chocolate to benefit Valley Art Center. Chamber members are invited to bake and submit their best chocolate dessert between noon and 4 p.m. to be judged by a panel of ‘expert’ tasters and to win bragging rites. The $20 entry fee will be donated to the art center. Winners in each category will be announced live virtually at 5:30 p.m. on the CVCC’s Facebook page. In addition, Buckeye Chocolate will donate 10 percent of their sales that day to VAC, and that sum will be matched by CVCC. Categories include best chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, dessert and others. Contact cvcc.org for more details on how to participate.
Did someone say chocolate: Through the end of February, The Paris Room restaurant is offering curbside meals keeping with the VAC’s ‘hot chocolate’ fundraising theme including truffles au chocolat, specialty desserts and carry-out cocktails/mocktails with chocolate. Call 440-247-0444 and ask for the “hotchocolate@home” special.
Catch a play about brothers: You can stream Elliot & Me, a new musical comedy from 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 through Midnight Sunday, Feb. 21. Offered by Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, the play was performed by Hudson Theatre Works and produced by Woodstock Theater Group.
Directed by Michael Bias and starring Eric Briarley and Drew Seigla, it is a story of the songwriting Willensky brothers, Elliot and Steven, their volatile ups and downs and how they supported each other when their lives took different paths. Elliot dropped out of medical school to write pop songs for stars such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Steven admired his brother’s Hollywood lifestyle, but then stepped in to help when Elliot’s career hit a few bumps. The cost to view is $20. Contact cvlt.org.
Youth acting classes offered: CVLT will conduct online classes for youths age five and older on Saturdays, March 13 through May 1. Conducted by Gabbi Capello, students will create stories and recreate some they already know through role playing, improvising, acting, movement and play. The cost is $160 for the eight 45-minute weekly sessions. Contact cvlt.org/youth for information and registration.
Enjoy that deep snow: Geauga Park District has an answer on how to look forward to more snowfall. In fact, the deeper the snow, the better it is to go snowshoeing. Geauga County residents can borrow snowshoes 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. free of charge, and out of county residents pay just a $5 rental fee by credit card at The West Woods park. The shoes are in the nature center lobby and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are to be used only in the park.
Borrowers must be at least 18 years old to sign them out. A signed waiver form is required, and a driver’s license must be used as a security deposit. Snowshoes are available for children age three and up when accompanied by an adult. You can check for availability by calling 440-279-0880. Contact geaugaparkdistrict.org.
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