Veterans are invited to horse around at Fieldstone Farm open house: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center holds equine therapy classes regularly for veterans as well as mentally and physically challenged children and adults. The facility will hold an open house for military veterans 3:30 – 7:30 pm Friday, July 1 for active military and service members, those in the reserves and veterans along with families and friends. The event includes tours, a nature walk, demonstrations of carriage driving, round pen and therapeutic riding, opportunities to groom horses and meet the facility’s mini-horses. It also includes family-friendly craft activities and a healing circle led by Warriors Journey Home. Anne Marie Concessions will offer food.

Groups partnering with FFTRC who will attend and provide information and resources include Broken Arrow Adventure, Warriors Journey Home, Hospice of the Western, Family & Community Services Inc, USO and Sub Zero among others. Geauga County Veteran Services will be there to verify and connect resources such as health benefits. Representatives of the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs will confirm and connect individuals with resources as well as support suicide awareness, prosthetic support and outreach. Reservations are requested by June 24. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact 440-708-0013, ext. 124. Or fieldstonefarm.org. FFTRC is located at 16497 Snyder Rd. in Bainbridge Township.

Read to a horse: For some young readers, reading out loud can be intimidating, but sharing a book with a curious, non-judgmental horse friend could be a lot of fun. Fieldstone Farm and the Bainbridge Branch of the Geauga County Library teamed up to offer their Horse Tales program monthly to help young readers improve their literacy skills. Contact fieldstonefarm.org.

FFTRC’s miniature horses have a newly outfitted transport van allowing them to hit the road. The horses travel to schools, hospitals, senior centers and other venues connecting them to the community.

Chagrin Arts exhibit: See the artwork of cartoonist and illustrator Eugene Sopher at Chagrin Arts, 88 North Main St. in Chagrin Falls. The exhibit “Unapologetic: Da Bruta ya Hate 2 Luv” will be on view through July 8. It showcases a selection of Sopher’s black and white cartoons. Sopher uses his talent and humor as a way to cope with the ups and downs in his life that have included pain, loses and jail terms. He suffers from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD. Sopher is also the author of a coloring book, The Bear That Cares, a tool designed to help children navigate the tragedy of gun violence.

Summer camp openings: Temple Emanu El Preschool in Orange Village has openings for children in age groups from six weeks to pre-kindergarten for three four and five days a week, 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday The preschool has a 4-Star Step Up To Quality rating Conferred by the Ohio Dept. of Education and the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services. For a virtual or in-person tour, contact Eleanor Gulling at 216-454-1308 or egulling@teeclev.org.

,Ask a master gardener: Do you have questions about your lawn care, trees, garden pests, plants, or vegetable or flower gardens? Geauga County master gardener volunteers are available by email anytime at mggeauga@yahoo.com. From May 1 through Sept. 30, they can be reached by phone also from 9 am to 3 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Ohio State University Extension office at 440-834-4656. They will research your problem and get back to you with the best information available. The master gardeners offer tips, fact sheets and other resources during those hours at the OSU Extension office, 14269 Claridon Troy Rd. at the Burton Fairgrounds.4-7 pm

Shopping for a telescope? Observatory Park is holding a clinic on telescopes 4-7 pm Saturday, June 25. Drop in during that time to learn how to get the best scope for you. If you have a telescope, but need some pointers, this session is also a good one for you. Bring it and get some coaching during a daylight practice session. Maintenance tips will also be discussed. Register to let the staff know you are coming at geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Later that evening from 9-11 pm weather permitting, you can sharpen your skills with a night sky observation. You can use your own telescope or one belonging to the park. The park is located at 10610 Clay St. in Montville Township.

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