Spring music abounds, from classical orchestra to melody traders: Valley Views


Blues, country, classical, vintage pop, Celtic, traditional and modern folk music with a bit of rock, you name it, and it can be included in an evening of live music from 7-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays April 28 and May 26 and June 23, when the Maple Town Tune Traders take the stage at the West Woods Nature Center. All genres, instruments and skill levels are welcome to participate. A piano is provided. The fun begins with short open-mic performances from 7-8:30 p.m. with registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. This is followed by a turn-by-turn jam session.

The format offers a chance to watch and learn, perform and hone your skills in front of a supportive audience. Admission is free with an informal setting and snacks. Contact geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516. Contact the host, Denise Wolfe at [email protected] The West Woods is located at 9465 Kinsman Road in the Township of Russell.

Spring Orchestra Concert: The Chagrin Studio Orchestra returns to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater for a concert with Maestro Steve Eva at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The Family Spring Concert features tunes from Broadway shows, music from popular John Williams movies, and music from Disney animated films, among others. Light refreshments will be available before and after the concert in the theater’s Sears River room. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults. Contact cvlt.org or 440-247-8955.

Music and dance performances: The Fairmount Center for the Arts will showcase the skills and talent of its students and faculty in two upcoming shows. A musical recital will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Rd. in Chester Township. Students and their teachers in the winter/spring semester will perform a mix of classical and contemporary pieces. Each concert features different performers and represents a range of instruments and styles. Admission is free and open to the public.

The title says “all good” for FCA’s dance performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Rd. in Bainbridge Township. The show combines students performing alongside the regular and junior corps of the Fairmount Dance Company and the Fairmount Hip Hop Crew. Each performance presents a different mix of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and contemporary works. The Fairmount Spanish Dance Company and seniors Meghan Bhanoo and Elisabeth McHugh perform at the 2 p.m. show.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Contact fairmountcenter.org or 440-338-3171 for tickets. FCA, located in the Township of Russell, offers year-round dance, theater, music, fitness and visual arts programs for all ages. Registration is open for summer courses and camps from June 1 to July 29.

The school on vintage goods: Vintage and home décor store Schoolhouse Salvage opens its second store at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29 at 528 East Washington St. in South Russell. The 10,000 square foot space features vendors from across the state as well as European antiques, vintage furniture, accessories, architectural salvage, art, handmade goods, vintage clothing , jewelry and Mid-Century Modern objects. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The company will host after-hours workshops and events, live online store tours and concierge services. The original store is located in Mentor.

Nothing but blue skies: That’s what the Ursuline College hopes for on Friday, May 13, as meteorologist Betsy Kling takes to the podium at the school’s opening ceremony. Born in Summit County, Kling became Cleveland’s first female chief meteorologist, a position she holds with WKYC TV-3. The Bowling Green State University graduate is a certified meteorologist with the American Meteorological Society and has the National Weather Association’s stamp of approval, so if anyone can predict what the weather will be like today, it should be her. Kling promotes the interest of girls and women in study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She speaks at schools and civic organization meetings and organizes a weather education day with the Cleveland Guardians.

Sale of plants for Mother’s Day: The Chesterland Perennial Gardeners are ready to help with your gardening plans at their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day, clue-clue.

Held rain or shine in the Town Hall parking lot, 12701 Chillicothe Rd. in Chester Township, they will have a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, houseplants and hanging baskets, as well as fun gifts in the garden shed and shop. Gift certificates are available now for the event. Contact [email protected]

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