Variety of activities for River Day in Peninsula

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The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce invites all to join in the celebration of River Day May 18 with a variety of events appealing to a broad range of interests. Events are co-sponsored by Friends of the Crooked River and Cuyahoga River Rap.

• There will be a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Clean-up May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers needed to plant trees and remove trash within the Cuyahoga River watershed. Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy boots, and work gloves. This annual event provides the opportunity to celebrate, protect, and restore the National Heritage River --the Cuyahoga.

• There will also be family-friendly projects for ages 7 and older. Presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park .Locations will be provided upon registration. For more information or to register contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org

• A Junior Ranger: Rambling Along the River will be hosted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 7 through 12. Participants will become water quality scientists while hiking along the Towpath Trail; putting on goggles and gloves and testing the Cuyahoga's water. Complete three Junior Ranger Activities and earn a patch. Location will be disclosed upon registration. Call 800-642-3297 extension 100.

• A program on water quality testing will be presented from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center, 1548 Boston Mills Road.

• Art and music lovers will have a number of options to choose on River Day.

• There will be an "Ebb and Flow" art show at the Peninsula Art Academy

from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to greet artists working in the Cuyahoga watershed. The show begins May 18 and continues until June 22 at 1600 Mill St. West. For more information, call 330-657-2248 or email info@peninsulaartacademy.com.

• The Log Cabin Gallery will host its spring exhibit beginning with a greet the artists reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1671 Main St. For more information call 330-657-2670 or visit www.thelogcabingallery.com.

• Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, will host "Fairies on the Farm" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Irish music, fairy activities, contests and prizes. There is a fee to participate.

For more information, call 330-657-2330 or visit www.heritagefarms.com.

• End RiverDay and improve your night vision, join Century Cycles and fellow bicyclists with a night bike ride beginning at 8 p.m. on the Towpath Trail along the River. All skill levels are welcome. Rides are 12 to 15 miles long, depending on participant desires, and take 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Optional post-ride outing at the Winking Lizard.

Riders should meet at Century Cycles, 1621 Main St. Parking is at the Lock 29 Trailhead on Mill Street West. For more information call 330-657-2209 or email info@centurycycles.com or visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides.

•There will be a Friends of the Library Book Sale and Bizarre Bazaar

May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.

•A War of 1812 Dedication Ceremony is slated for 11:30 a.m. on Armed Forces Day, May 18 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The William Wetmore Chapter of the Daughters of 1812 will lead the ceremony.

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