The Molly Taylor Design Team -- Hudson native Molly Taylor, Bailey Wilson and Dean White -- will teach Hudson Garden Club members how to create one-of-a-kind floral designs Nov. 15 in the Laurel Lake Community Room at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. Socializing begins at 7 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome and an audience member might be lucky enough to take home a floral design. For more information, call Sherry Beam at 330-342-0969. Author to speak on Civil War ancestor Author Milann Ruff Daugherty will discuss Lieutenant James Cleaver and his Civil War era letters Nov. 14 at the Peninsula library, 6105 Riverview Road, Peninsula, at 7:30 p.m. Part of the Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Round Table, the event is free and open to the public. Daugherty's book, "Your Affectionate Son: Letters from a Civil War Soldier," tells the story of Cleaver, a veteran of the fighting 8th Pennsylvania Reserves, who was wounded four times, captured once and survived the infamous Libby Prison during the Civil War. Daugherty discovered her great-great-uncle's letters tucked in a bottom dresser drawer while visiting her parents in 2004. The book will be available after the talk. Woman's Club plans Christmas luncheon The Woman's Club of Hudson will have its annual Christmas Holiday Luncheon Dec. 4 at the Rosewood Grill in Hudson. It will begin with a social at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The speaker will be Ellen Percy Kraly. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bucknell, master's degree in demography from the Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University. Among many awards and prestigious positions, she has served as director of the Upstate Institute, consultant to the United Nations and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the William R. Kenan Professor of Geography at Colgate, where she has received several distinguished teaching awards, and is editor of International Migration Review. Kraly will talk on "Climbing for a Cause." As a teenager, she worked as a camp counselor in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. This experience lead her to climb the "46 High Peaks" of the Adirondacks. During her adult life she continued her adventures with treks in Great Britain, Switzerland, South Africa and Kenya. In 1994 Kraly was diagnosed with breast cancer, leading to a new set of life changing experiences. In the years since her diagnosis, she has discovered a positive way to combine lessons learned from both cancer and climbing, by climbing for cancer. In 2004 she participated in her first "Climb to Fight Breast Cancer," a fundraising event for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash. As a result of her climbs, Kraly has raised nearly $45,000 for breast cancer research. Her presentation to the Woman's Club of Hudson will combine a photographic essay of her climbs with a personal reflection on the climb's ability to heal and raise vital funds for breast cancer research. The Woman's Club will also have a fundraiser at this luncheon. The proceeds will go to ongoing efforts to provide scholarships to Hudson High School students. It will be a "Make It, Bake It, Fake It" Chinese raffle. Members of The Woman's Club will make items, bake items or purchase items for this event. The cost of the luncheon is $25, and the public is invited. For details, call Lenore Yash Cusumano at 234-380-1369. During December, the club will again offer hand-decorated miniature Christmas trees for sale at Hudson's on the Green Restaurant. They're $12 each. Hudson's on the Green is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Woman's Club Scholarship Fund. Learn how iPad helps those with special needs The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties will host a free, community presentation titled "iPad -- Successful Use with Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities" Nov. 14. The presentation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road in Stow, in the Stow Council Chambers. The presentation will be given by Laurie Heikkila, technology consultant for the Summit County Educational Service Center. The event is open to the public. For more information and to RSVP for the talk, call The Arc office at 330-836-5863.