October 20, 2014

Medina
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44°F

Park events through the end of October

WEDNESDAY
• Nature Through the Seasons, Hubbard Valley Park, 3 p.m. This event consists of easy walks that explore the different parks while observing the unfolding of nature from the first spring wildflowers to the last days of winter. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.

FRIDAY
• Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: Halloween ALL ABOARD! Lester Rail Trail, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Members of the Live Steamers miniature railroad group will offer free train rides during this special park program. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, but are advised for safety to avoid long, flowing garments. All ages welcome. No registration required. Gates will close promptly at 4 p.m. for the Saturday afternoon session and 8:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday evening sessions or when the parking lot is full, whichever comes first.
• Nature for Families: Nature’s Clean-Up Crew, The Lodge at Allardale East, 1 p.m. Turkey vultures, also called buzzards, are a part of nature’s clean-up crew. Participants will learn how they help the environment. Following the talk, participants go outside for a short hike to see if they can spot one of these amazing creatures flying overhead. All ages. No registration required.
• Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: Halloween ALL ABOARD! Lester Rail Trail,
2-4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends out to Lester Rail Trail for this “spooktacular” event! Members of the N.E.O.L.S. miniature railroad group will offer free train rides during this special park program. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, but, for safety, please avoid long, flowing garments. All ages welcome. No registration required. Gates will close promptly at 4 p.m. for the Saturday afternoon session and 8:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday evening sessions or when the parking lot is full, whichever comes first.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
• Warts, Webs and Wild Things, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon-5 p.m. Kids can stop in any weekend in October for a fun and hair-raising Halloween experience. Learn about some of our favorite Halloween animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. The event will feature kid-friendly crafts and activities to get you acquainted with some of the park’s most misunderstood animals. Costumes welcome. All ages welcome. No registration required.

SUNDAY
• K-9 First Aid, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 2 p.m. This Red Cross-based K-9 first aid class will teach you the basics you need to keep your dog alive until you can get professional assistance. Instruction in this one-day, two-hour course includes bandaging techniques, splinting methods, immediate first aid for burns and frostbite, and more. Also covered, with the aid of a dog mannequin, is proper mouth- to-snout resuscitation, K-9 CPR, and how to find and check for your dog’s pulse. This class is essential for dog owners. There is no fee for instruction and class handouts, but a first- aid book with DVD will be available to purchase for $17. Ages 16 to adult. Register by Saturday.

SUNDAY
• K-9 Kapers, Allardale, 3 p.m. This program provides dog owners with an opportunity to socialize their pets with other dogs. These alternative hikes will interest both the dog and its owner while offering exercise and fun. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and eight-foot, non-retractable leash. Participants must maintain control of their dogs at all times. Participants are recommended to bring a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Oct. 24 or Oct. 25
• Tales for Tots, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. It’s autumn and leaves are tumbling to the ground. Youngsters will discover why leaves fall through discussion and hands-on investigation, then take a hike through the freshly-fallen leaves. For ages 3-6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program may be held outdoors; participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by Oct. 24.

Oct. 26
• Basket Weaving 101: Cattail Basket, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Celebrate the fall season by weaving a basket embellished with cattails and leaves. No experience necessary; all materials provided. To register, call Betty Rettig at (330) 336-5951. Deadline is Oct. 19. There is a $12 fee per basket. Payment to instructor is required at the time of registration. Ages 14 to adult.

Oct. 26
• Mysterious World of Owls, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 7 p.m. Discover the amazing adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey. Laura Jordan and her volunteers from the Medina Raptor Center will be handling live owls that can be found in the county parks. Following the lecture, participants will take a short hike and attempt to call in some owls from the wild. Ages 8 to adult. No registration required.

Oct. 26-27
• Warts, Webs and Wild Things, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon-5 p.m. Kids can stop in any weekend in October for a fun and hair-raising Halloween experience. Learn about some of our favorite Halloween animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. The event will feature kid-friendly crafts and activities to get you acquainted with some of the park’s most misunderstood animals. Costumes welcome. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Oct. 27
• Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting, Plum Creek Park North, 3 p.m. This program offers an opportunity for nature photo enthusiasts to share knowledge with like-minded folks, gain special access to programs and events related to photography and support the park district. Both beginner and advanced photographers are invited to participate. The club will emphasize, but not be limited to, nature photography. No registration required. For more information, please contact Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult.