July hot picks in Hudson

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July 30

The Hudson Library and Historical Society will present Essential Oils -- beyond aromatherapy at 7 p.m. Occupational therapist Gale McNelley will explain the how and why behind the amazing results the use of oils can produce.

Essential oils are the volatile aromatic liquids created by plants to help them maintain their own health and vitality. This interactive class will focus on the basic facts about pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, the science of why they work, methods of application and what health conditions are addressed by their use. Learn why they are now used at the Cleveland Clinic, Kent State School Nursing, UCLA and in other hospital settings.

McNelley has a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University where she worked in hospital, home health and nursing home facilities.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sign up online at www.hudsonlibrary.org, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010, email Askus@hudson.lib.oh.us or visit the reference desk.

Through Aug. 3

The Hudson Library & Historical Society's Adult Summer Reading Club, "Be a Sole Reader," will run through Aug. 3. The first 200 people to register will receive a free pedometer courtesy of Walgreens in Twinsburg. Many other prizes will be available to participants thanks to donations from numerous Hudson-area businesses. Anyone interested in participating can register either in the library or online at www.hudsonlibrary.org.

To participate, patrons should first register, then read or listen to any book and fill out an entry form to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. Readers may enter as many times as they wish. All participants will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Prize winners will be notified by phone or email. Weekly winners will be drawn every Monday and the drawings for the grand prizes will take place Aug. 5. Participants must be 18 years or older and have a valid library card.

For more information please contact the reference department at 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or email askus@hudson.lib.oh.us.

July 29 to Aug. 2

Creating a Schoolyard Learning Place is aimed to introduce teachers to interdisciplinary lessons for their students using hands-on, project-based learning experiences involving native plants and using the schoolyard as a learning lab. Lessons are aligned with common core standards, explore issues like sustainability, biodiversity and pollution prevention. The workshop fee is $100 per teacher. Two graduate credit degrees through the University of Akron are available for an additional $150 per credit. The workshop will take place in CVNP and other locations in the greater Cleveland area. Contact Connie Dages at cdages@forcvnp.org or call 330-657-2796 for more information or to register.

Aug. 12

The Hudson Library and Historical Society will host Zentangle Art on Aug. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. No previous art or drawing experience is needed.

Certified Zentangle teachers Michelle Rodgers and Cathy Zavodny will run the program. Participants will receive a complimentary "tile" to draw on. Pens and pencils will be supplied. Rodgers and Zavodny operate the blog, "Tangled Ink," -- tangledink.blogspot.com -- which introduces people to the benefits and possibilities of Zentangle.

The program is free, but registration is required. Register online at hudsonlibrary.org. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or email askus@hudson.lib.oh.us.

Aug. 11

Outstanding in the Field returns to Thaxton's Organic Garlic Farm for the third time. Chef Brian Goodman of The Greenhouse Tavern will prepare the farm to table dinner.

Guests will tour Canterbury Alpaca Farm and the garlic farm. Tickets are available through www.outstandinginthefield.com.

Aug. 15

Campfire Tales at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will include American Sign Language interpreters this summer. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner.

Play games on the Ledges lawn and then light the campfire and share some good old-fashioned campfire tales. Meet at the Ledges Shelter, Truxell/Kendall Park Road, one mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264, at 6 p.m. for family activities. The campfire begins at 7 p.m. and stories will focus on the Flood of 1913. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

Aug. 24 and 25

Art-on-the-Green, a free, rain-or-shine event, returns Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the south Green, visitors can purchase, paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodcarvings, glass, weaving, enamel, sculptures, leather, photography and more. The midway will be flanked by more than 150 artists from Ohio and surrounding states. Menu selections from seven different vendors also will be available.

This year's juror of awards will be watercolorist Ron Beahn who has been painting for more than 30 years.

For more information, visit www.hudsonsocietyofartists.com.

Sept. 2

The 32nd annual WRA antiques festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Western Reserve Academy campus. Visitors can take guided tours of the academy buildings not usually open to the public, including the nation's second-oldest observatory. Admission is $8 and those under 18 are free. Tickets are available online at www.antiquesfestival.com, at downtown Hudson locations or at the gates. A preview breakfast -- which includes early shopping -- will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include bakery, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and more. For more information, visit www.antiquesfestival.com.

Sept. 15

The annual Farm Harvest Fest at Case-Barlow Farm has a new date and new hours this year. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. New activities this year include the unveiling of the new barn quilt, a rope maze, wagon train rides for children and new crafts and demonstrations. Returning favorites include hayrides, pony rides, candle dipping, making butter and traditional games like a scavenger hunt, bobbing for apples, sack races, 3-legged race, cookie walk and horseshoes. Various birds and small animals also will be on display and the Case-Barlow Farm garden will show case heirloom plants.

Sept. 15

The Hudson Library & Historical Society Music Series continues at 2 p.m. with a Dixieland Jazz performance by NEO Dixie. The concert includes traditional Dixieland jazz music dating back to the early 20th century.

NEO Dixie includes Mark Russo (trumpet), Tom Lempner (soprano saxophone), Dan Wenninger (tenor saxophone), Kris Morron (trombone), Cutty Calhoun (tuba) and Darren Allen (drums).

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-653-6658 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.

Sept. 29

Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist, will perform at 2 p.m. during the Hudson Library & Historical Society Music Series. Fletcher will perform Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring; Diary of a Camino by Jeremy Gill and selections from his newest album. The program is free. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit www.hudsonlibrary.org.

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