Watch the lunar eclipse and get a jump on holiday shopping: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio–Enjoy a magical night in the first hours of Friday, Nov. 19 viewing

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio–Enjoy a magical night in the first hours of Friday, Nov. 19 viewing a near-total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will last from 1-7 a.m. with the best viewing time between 2-4 a.m. You can watch it with Geauga Park District Naturalist, Chris Mentrek at Observatory Park in Montville Township, the area’s officially sanctioned dark sky park.

Dress for the weather. Several park telescopes will be set up for viewing and photographing the eclipse and the full beaver moon. You can warm up in the Robert McCullough Science Center and learn about the science and lore of eclipses. The viewing event will be cancelled if conditions are cloudy. The park is located at 10610 Clay St. Contact under the News & Updates heading.

Learn more about eclipses: GPD’s starry-eyed naturalist Chris Mentek is hosting a presentation in-person 7-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Observatory Park followed by night sky viewing until 11 p.m. using the park’s telescopes. You can lean how past eclipses have influenced history and how to predict future eclipses. The next one will occur May 15-16. The program is offered virtually 7-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 via zoom.

Shop with a glass: Need some inspiration to start that holiday shopping? The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sip & Shop event 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 with at least 25 Chagrin Falls locations. Each registered shopper can enjoy appetizers, beverages, deals and discounts during the evening. Participants will be armed with a shopping bag, tasting glass and appetizer card. If you visit all the stores and get your passport stamped, you could win a $100 gift card package.

Merchants include Bell Street Gallery, Blush Boutique, Chagrin Valley Shoe Co, The Hidden Closet, Fireside Book Store, Hedges, Little Babet, Little Spark Refill Sop, My Mindful Market, Remnants Bag Co., Sanity, Step In, The Olive Scene, The Popcorn Shop, W Home and Design, Town & Country Gifts, AppleJax Toys, Imagery Fine Arts, Geiger’s, Shed, Nouveau Vie, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Gypsy Sole/Winds of Change, M Italian, ETalian, Yours Truly and more. The cost to participate is $20. Participants must abide by each store’s Covid-19 policy. Contact

Exploring Leonardo da Vinci: Fairmount Center for the Arts focuses on artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 as part of its Pull Back the Curtain Speaker series. Felicia Stadelman will go behind the scenes of this influential artist known for embodying the Renaissance. To attend, contact 440-338-3171 or

CVLT opens the book on Macy’s: Coinciding with the upcoming opening of its holiday play, “Miracle on 34th Street” Chagrin Valley Little Theatre will hold an open book club 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 via Zoom. Margaret Reardon leads the discussion on Robert Grippo’s book, Macy’s: the Store, the Star, the Story. It is an illustrated history that traces 150 years of the iconic retailer through text, photographs and illustrations.

Copies of the book are available at Fireside Book Shop. Participation is free but donations to CVLT are appreciated. Register at or call 440-247-8955.

Violins and Hope: The Maltz Museum partners with The Temple-Tifereth Israel on the launch of a new exhibition of photos on view Nov. 12-Feb. 27 with two programs. An artist talk and book launch will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 and an at walk and talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The photos bring the Tel Aviv workshop of renowned Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein to life with 30 large-scale photos by Daniel Levin. The photos show a one-of-a-kind collection of violins that survived the Holocaust and the process being used to restore them.

The program is part of a week-long series honoring the 73rd anniversary of the Night of the Broken Glass, when the German military torched 267 synagogues, destroyed 7,000 Jewish businesses and vandalized Jewish homes and schools over a two-day period. Contact  

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