Events Happening in Medina County Ohio February 2014

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17th Annual Chocolate Festival

February 1st

chocolate1Chocolate? is the question – who cares what the answer is? The American Red Cross of Medina County and The J.M. Smucker Company invite you and all your friends to the 17th Annual “For the Love of Chocolate” Festival.  The 2014 event will feature decadent chocolate items from over 40 chocolatiers, Saturday, February 1st from 11am to 3pm at the Medina Performing Arts Center at Medina High School, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina.

If you love chocolate, you’ll love this year’s event.  All attendees age 12 and older must have a ticket to enter the event.  Ticket price is $10 for eight samples.

chocolate2This family-oriented event features a Children’s Chocolate Cookie Contest, a Decadent Chocolate Dessert Contest for professional cooks and adult and teen hobby cooks sponsored by Buehler’s Fresh Foods, a Children’s Candyland area with games and amusements sponsored by the Medina County District Library, and a bake sale featuring contest winners.  Chocolatiers also sell scrumptious items that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The baking contests are held at Buehler’s River Styx Community Room, Friday, January 31st.  Categories include Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult Hobby Cook (18 and older) and Professional.

Tickets are available at the four Medina County Buehler’s stores, the five Medina County Discount Drug Mart stores and at the Red Cross at 780 East Smith Road, Medina.  If you purchase your ticket at one of these stores and show your Advantage or Courtesy Card, you can buy the ticket for only $9.  For more information about the event, call 330.723.4565 or toll free at 1.877.441.4565 or log on to www.redcross.org/medinacounty.  All proceeds help Medina County families prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies.

lafayetteAnnual Pancake Breakfast

February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

The Annual Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association Annual Pancake Breakfast will take place every Sunday in February.  On February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, come and join us at 5834 Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake from 8:30am until 1pm.  Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, juice, coffee and the customer favorite – crepes!  Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and older, $5 for children ages 3 to 8 and children under 2 are free.  All proceeds will benefit the Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association.  Call 330.769.2831 for information or visit www.lafayettetwpfire.com

20th Medina Ice Festival February 14th thru the 17th

icefest1Plans are underway for one of the regions most  anticipated winter events as FirstMerit Bank, Main Street Medina, the City of Medina and Elegant Ice Creations presents the 20th Annual Medina Ice Festival.  The four day ice event will showcase over 75 ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses; a speed carving competition on Friday; a team carving competition on Saturday and an individual carving competition on Sunday.  All works of ice art will be on display as they are created, and may be viewed throughout the weekend, day and night.  A detailed schedule with times is available at www.mainstreetmedina.com.  The event is admission free and there is free parking around the nine block Historic District.

Main Street Medina will be hosting a wine tasting/fundraising event at the Medina County Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square.  Four different wines will be served at $5 a glass.  Hours are Friday 4:30pm to 9pm, Saturday 1pm to 8pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The event begins on Friday night, February 14th, with three speed carving competitions, sponsored by Main Street Medina.  The competition starts at 5:30pm, round two will be at 6pm and the final round to win the contest is at 6:30pm.  The popular Fire and Ice Tower will be lit at 7pm.  A dozen blocks of ice will be stacked high, and then filled with wood and lit on fire.  The Tower will stand until it melts or crumbles.

icefest2On Saturday, February 15th, FirstMerit Bank presents the Team Carving Competitions from 1pm until 4pm and Individual Carving Competitions from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, February 16th.  All works of carved ice art will be on view through Monday afternoon.

Conrad & Dowdell Productions

Conrad & Dowdell Productions specializes in bringing you the best collector events in Northeastern Ohio.  Held at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Road in Medina, Ohio, the events draw thousands of people each year. Events include gun shows, train shows, and the Flea Market of Collectibles. Browse our web site [www.conraddowdell.com] for information on upcoming events.  There is an admission to each of the shows.

Medina Model Train and Toy Show

February 2nd, 10am to 4pm

If you’re looking for trains there is a variety of train sets and components from HO to G Scale, Lionel, American Flyer and other makes and models for purchase or for entertainment.  New and used trains, tracks, scenery, etc., are available for the energetic and enterprising hobbyists.  You will also find all kinds of toys, new and collectible.  Find that special toy for everyone on your list.

Medina Gun Show

Saturday, February 15th (9am to 5pm), Sunday, February 16th (9am to 3pm)

For everyone’s safety, no loaded firearms are allowed in the building.  The military collector will find patches, pins, parts of uniforms, surplus, bayonets and military firearms. USA and Powers from all over the world can be represented. Items from the Civil War, World War I & II, Korea and Vietnam have been added to someone’s collection when they attended The Medina Gun Show. Do you need parts for your AR15, stripper clips for your M1 Garand or a magazine for your 1911 Government Model? The part you need may be at the next Medina Gun Show.

Medina Flea Market of Collectables

February 23rd, 6am to 3pm

It was started by and for individuals who like collectables. It was never meant to be a common flea market with socks and sun glasses.  The items at the monthly Market are constantly changing and people arrive early for best selection! This Collectable Market can be a trip down memory lane. You may see the lunch box you had as a child or that type of old jewelry that your Great Aunt Bessie wore!  Pottery, Depression glass and Fenton glass are all represented at this Market. The colorful pottery and beautiful Fenton glass are great representations of the artistry created along the Ohio River. They are a great way to accent areas in your home! The items made there today are instant collectables.

Project: LEARN “Little Free Library”

libraryThe project was spearheaded by Corbin Cerny, a Medina High School student who designed and carried out this service project as part of the requirements for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Mr. Cerny has built both Project: LEARN Little Free Libraries, and Project: LEARN is extremely grateful to him and his fellow scouts in Troop 514 for their craftsmanship and dedication to this project.

The first is located at the trail head to Champion Creek Walking Trail at 406 South Broadway in Medina.  The second is designed to resemble the original Franklin Sylvester Library in Medina and is located at Medina City Hall.

The community is invited to utilize the Little Free Libraries, a fun way for people to find and share books.  Community members can take a book for free, leave a book to share, or borrow a book and return it to the structure.  Project: LEARN’s BookShelf bookstore will be maintaining the libraries and their stock of books.

For over 30 years, Project: LEARN of Medina County has served the community by providing free, one-on-one and group instruction to adults in English as a Second Language, reading, math and GED preparation.  From locations in Wadsworth, Brunswick and Medina, we serve adults throughout the county.  We also operate three used bookstores, The BookShelf, staffed by volunteers and stocked with donated gently used books; funds raised in the stores support our tutoring organization.

For more information, contact the staff at 330.723.1314.

Medina County Parks Fun Events!

medinactyVisit www.medinacountyparks.com to find out what is being offered each month.  There are many county parks where these events will take place.  Get out and explore the county parks in Medina County!

Some of the events hosted by the Park District are:

Hiking for the Health of It, Buckeye Woods Park

Happy Trails Hiking Club, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park

I Spy Scavenger Hunt, Susan Hambley Nature Center

Puppet Show, Wolf Creek Environmental Center

K-9 Kapers, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park

Nature Through the Seasons, Susan Hambley Nature Center

PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center

Valentine’s Day Honey Moon Walk, Plum Creek Park North

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series, Wolf Creek Environmental Center

Tales for Tots, Wolf Creek Environmental Center

Environmental Speaker Series, Wolf Creek Environmental Center; featuring Ohio Outdoors Writer and Photographer “Chip” Gross featuring Alaska’s Denali National Park and Roger Moore, a Native American re-enactor and historian

The Notable Nuthatch, Wolf Creek Environmental Center

Lodi Food Pantry Food Drive

Please help our community by donating a non-perishable food item today! Continuing thru February 28, 2014, for every two items donated, receive a FREE regular train ticket from Lodi Station Outlets.

Items in need:  Kid Shoppe Reward Items (fun items for girls and boys ages birth to 14), items used for gifts to give to family members.

Non-perishable food items:  canned vegetables, mac and cheese, noodles, hot chocolate, canned soup and fruit, instant potatoes, tuna, spaghetti sauce, canned meals, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, pancake mix and syrup.

Household items:  dish soap, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper.

The Lodi Food Pantry is located at the Lodi Family Center, 119-B Bank Street in Lodi, 330.302.4182.  Helping local families in need, items are collected and distributed by the Lodi Family Center.

A Flair for the Unique at Medina’s Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop

Those entering Medina’s Interior Design Studio featuring JK Gift Shop will quickly discover that its gleeful ambiance of witty merchandise and shelves brimming with design resources will promote a positive energy that is contagious.  Prepare to have a

blast in this sanctuary of the upbeat and uplifting shopping experience that will also upgrade your outlook on life.

jfkJK Gift Shop has a range of pieces described by McNabb as “gifts you want to give and gifts you’d love to receive”.  Areas of the gift shop include a baby section, a fashion section featuring jewelry and scarves, a kitchen section, and a home décor area with afghans, pictures and frames.  The ever-popular “laugh out loud” bar section is stocked with humorous items such as napkins and cocktail glasses, and there is a display of greeting cards that also tickle the funny bone.

The Interior Design Studio / JK Gift Shop is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 10am to 5pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm; phone is 330.725.7623.  They are located on Historic Square at 207 South Court Street, Medina, OH 44256.  Visit www.shopjkgifts.com for information.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

February 6th, 7pm, Medina Library

February 8th, 2pm, Brunswick Library

The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble present “Spring in the East”, a concert for the Chinese New Year at the Medina Library (main branch), Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm and at the Brunswick Library Branch, Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2pm.  Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year (the year of the horse) in style with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Northeast Ohio’s traditional Chinese orchestra.  Making its Medina County debut, the ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music including several pieces about horses, played on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, and percussion.  Audience members will be invited for a hands-on opportunity to try the drum, gongs and cymbals and join the ensemble for a few numbers.  The program will also include stories and poems about horses.  Bring the whole family to this memorable event! This event is made possible by a Target grant. The Medina Library is located at 210 South Broadway Street in Medina and the Brunswick Library is located at 3649 Center Road in Brunswick.  Call 330.722.6235 ext. 2910 with questions.

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Aquarius Art Exhibition

February 1st thru February 28th

The 10th Annual Aquarius Art Exhibition opens February 1st and runs until February 28th on the third floor of the Medina County District Library, located at 210 South Broadway Street in Medina.

The Art Show showcases original art work by Medina Art League members.  The works reflect the diverse talent of its membership.  The show features all forms of visual arts media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, sculpture, ceramics and much more.  Plan to visit the show and enjoy the many unique pieces showcased.

The Library hours are:  Monday thru Thursday 9am to 8:30pm, Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

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Click here for a complete list of Medina County events happening in February 2014.

For even more Medina County Ohio information visit …
Medina County Visitor’s Bureau
Medina’s Square
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330.722.5502
800.860.2943
website

Medina County is the kind of area that truly has something for everyone. The vast array of festivals, shopping, attractions, historic architecture and eateries make Medina County a special place to visit and live.

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