Sunday, November 7, 2010

Odds and Book Ends (Nov. 8-14)

Odds and Book Ends features activities and events in the area related to libraries, books and authors. Submit your events at, and check back to The Book Club every week for upcoming events and activities at your local library.

The Mentor Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Border's Books, Music, Movies and Cafe, 9565 Mentor Ave., Mentor. The group is open to anyone who either has or is affected by multiple sclerosis. Details:

Join Linda Bliss, R.N., of Kemper House, as she returns to Mentor Public Library to discuss managing conflicts in families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. This free event will be at at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 in the lower level Garfield Room of the Main Branch, 8215 Mentor Ave. Call 440-255-8811 to register, or contact Grace Sims for more details at

Monique Noonan and Hillary Cavotta with Quilts & Sew Forth of Mentor will be at Perry Public Library from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Nov. 9 teaching participants to assemble Christmas angels from a kit. Participants must pay a $10 kit fee at the time of workshop. No experience is necessary, and all fabric and embellishment materials are provided. Please bring your own hand sewing kit. In addition, you can enjoy a quilt trunk show. Details:, or Susan Traub at, 440-259-3300.

The Fall Book Sale sponsored by the West Geauga Friends of the Library begins Nov. 10 with the Members’ Preview from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the open public sale from 6:30 to 8:30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13, which is $3 Bag Day. A variety of books and media will be available. Books are priced at 25 cents for adult and children’s pocket-sized paperbacks, 50 cents for children’s hard backed books, and $1 for adult hardbacks and oversized paperbacks. Special books, such as collector books, first editions and recent best sellers are priced individually. Funds raised from the book sale benefit the on-going adult and children’s’ programs at the Geauga West Library. Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road. (More details on books available found here.)

Lake Health is hosting a book launch and signing for music therapists Susan E. Mandel, Ph.D., MT-BC, and Suzanne Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC, authors of the new book “Manage Your Stress and Pain Through Music” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at TriPoint Medical Center’s Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord Township. “Manage Your Stress and Pain Through Music” is designed to help you heal your body, mind and spirit using the profound power found only in music. The book will help you learn to use music to manage your stress and reduce your physical suffering, whether it is because of the everyday stresses of life or emotional and physical trauma. As part of the book launch event, Mandel and Hanser will present a music therapy demonstration and share music therapy strategies learned from many years of research, clinical practice and personal experience. The event also will feature world-renowned composer Daniel Kobialka, who will perform musical selections from the CD that accompanies the book. Mandel and Hanser will autograph copies of their book, which will be available for purchase at the event. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event is free but space is limited. Call Lake Health’s Best of Health line at 440-953-6000 or 800-454-9800 to register by Nov. 11.

The Friends of Geneva Library will host a used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 in the meeting room at the Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St. Money raised through the sale will be used to benefit the Geneva Library. A selection of good condition hard cover and paperback books will be available, as well as DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines and more. Hardcover book pricing starts at 30 cents and paperbacks at 20 cents. Also available for $2 will be the new Geneva Library book bags. For details, call the library at 440-466-4521.

Meet actors from the Willoughby Fine Arts Association's production of "Annie" at the Eastlake Library. At 4 p.m. Nov. 13, cast members will present a half-hour preview and then answer questions. Audience members will have a chance to win four seats for the show. For information about the event or to register, call the library at 440-942-7880, ext. 105. The Fine Arts Association play, part of the Family Theatre Series, runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 19.

The next featured speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by the Geauga County Library Foundation will be Cleveland television personality “Big Chuck” Schodowski. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Education Center, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson Township. Schodowski will reminisce about his 47 years on Cleveland TV and his characters “Ben Crazy,” “Certain Ethnic Guy” and others. He also will sign and sell his book “Big Chuck! My Favorite Stories from 47 years on Cleveland TV.”

The "Book Club for Men" will meet at the Mentor Public Library Main Branch at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 to discuss "Not a Good Day to Die" by Sean Naylor. Stop by the library to get a copy of the book, or call librarian Steve Haas at 440-255-8811.

The Lake County Council on Aging and the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will offer several presentations throughout Lake County on the topic of “Understanding Medicare and Reviewing Your Options for Open Enrollment.”
Presentations will be
  • noon Nov. 9 at the Mentor Senior Center
  • noon Nov. 12 at the Eastlake Senior Center
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Painesville Senior Center
  • 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Madison Public Library
  • 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Council on Aging
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Fairport Senior Center
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Wickliffe Public Library
  • 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Mentor Public Library
  • 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Willoughby/Browning Center
Call the individual locations to register for this free presentation.

The Mentor-on-the-Lake and the Headlands branches of the Mentor Public Library will be drop-off points for holiday greetings to the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Letters and packs of chewing gum will be collected at both branches through Nov. 30. The items will be sent and shared by the troops for the holiday season. For details call either branch, at 440-257-2512 or 440-257-2000.

“The Art of Morton Smith,” a solo exhibit of realist paintings by the Beachwood artist, is at the Clara Fritzsche Library, Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, through Dec. 17. Details: 216-373-5267.

--Cheryl Sadler

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