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Bainbridge Area Food For Friends

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends continues its 25-year tradition of serving those in need locally. We remind local organizations, school groups and churches that the local pantry receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of local people and organizations. Currently, the most needed items at the pantry include: toiletries, such as toothpaste and bath soap, and paper products.

Monetary donations may be made to the Bainbridge Area Food For Friends account at PNC Bank on E. Washington Street in Bainbridge.

Non-perishable items may be dropped off at the pantry (lower level of Bainbridge Town Hall) or in the lobby bin at Bainbridge Library. If you or someone you know needs the confidential assistance please call 543-6181, 543-7901 or 708-9829 (leave a message).

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends was founded in 1990 by Anne and John Bauswein. Now co-sponsored by Bainbridge Civic Club and Spirit of Bainbridge, it is a local entity supported totally by local donations and fundraising events.

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends is NOT affiliated with Geauga Hunger Task Force or Harvest for Hunger


Inside this Spirit...

  • Don't miss our stellar Spirit Senior Guide on pages 10-20. It is an excellent resource piece to assist families with the favorite senior in their lives!
  • Our guide to the Great Geauga County Fair may be found on pages 24-27. Peruse it---and then go enjoy the Fair over Labor Day weekend!

Our Sept. 9 edition of  Spirit of Bainbridge
will include our Health Guide and
Autumn Home Improvement Guide.

Editorial deadline is Aug. 26.  

Ad deadline is Aug. 31.

For more information, call us at 543-4321.

Did you know that color is available in our Spirit Classified section? Make your ad stand out!

Contact us by phone 543-4321 or email at: spiritofbainbridge@yahoo.com. We are always accessible!


This Just In...


Dems Sponsor Blood Drive Aug. 30

 Newbury – The Geauga County Democratic Party is rolling up their sleeves to donate blood by sponsoring their second Blood Drive due to the urgent need and low supply on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 3 - 7 pm at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Rd., Newbury. 

This event is open to community members.  All presenting donors through Aug. 31 will receive a $5.00 Amazon gift code via email.  Donors must have a valid email to receive their reward.

 Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza.  For more information contact Janet Carson at 440-836-4060.

 Western Reserve Safety Council Sept. 7 Program on Distracted Driving 

Western Safety Council announces the September program, “Distracted Driving Awareness & Safety Program,” Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Mustard Seed Market & Café, 6025 Kruse Dr., Solon.  John Gordon, North Central Ohio Educational Service, will be the featured speaker and will share a personal story of tragedy resulting from shortcuts, risk taking and distracted driving. Also, this safety program provides information for employers including how to save money on workers comp and insurance costs. The program and luncheon is $25 for WRSC members and $27 for non- members and is open to all businesses, schools, first responders, City officials and safety managers.
The WRSC is a collaborative effort of the Solon, Chagrin Valley, Twinsburg, Hudson, Aurora and Beachwood and Chambers of Commerce.  Established in 2014, The WRSC, is open to all area businesses, not-for-profits and government entities. The mission of the safety council is to provide a forum for the presentation of health and safety issues and exchange ideas and concepts for best practices in the workplace with an emphasis on regulatory compliance (e.g. OSHA, EPA rules and regulations, among others). WRSC serves Solon and surrounding communities.
For more information and a complete listing of all topics and registration go to www.westernreservsc.org or call 440-248-5080.

CVLT’s Murder by the Falls Sept. 9-10

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre will commence its 87th consecutive season with the annual Murder by the Falls event on Sept. 9-10. This event has served as CVLT’s major fund raiser for over 30 years, and marks the official beginning of a packed calendar that includes musicals, plays, and a variety of special events over the next year. While the ticket proceeds from the theater’s regular performances go largely toward the cost of mounting the productions themselves, the money raised from Murder by the Falls goes to the theater’s general operating and facilities expenses, and is the venerable non-profit’s biggest fund raiser of the year.
The evening begins with a pre-show hors d’oeuvre reception with a wine and beer cash bar, followed by Act I, in which the crime is committed. During intermission, the audience prowls N. Franklin and Main Streets in Chagrin Falls Village looking for clues hidden in the shop windows, and interviews live actors to gain additional info about the suspects. A catered dessert buffet with complimentary coffee and wine follows, where audience members fill in answer sheets with their best guesses. The evening completes with the revealing of the killer’s identity in Act II and prizes being awarded to the winning team.
Each edition of Murder by the Falls is an original comedy/mystery written and performed by the theater’s friends. This year’s script, entitled “Telethon of Trouble and The Blossomtini” is penned by newcomers Carol Dolan and Marianne Veniero (a member of CVLT’s RSVP in-house improv troupe). Director Kourtney Daugherty brings the show to the stage.
The dastardly plot involves a fictional CVLT telethon, with an array of scheming theater executives, local notables, and con artists serving as the phone screeners. The titular “Blossomtini” is a popular cocktail with a recipe worth committing a crime over. The suspicious cast features Cleveland’s own Jan Jones as “Joan Johns,” along with CVLT regulars Kris Tesar, Michael Rogan, Eric Oswald, Don Bernardo, Brianna Arko, Elyse Mulvaney, Claire Mulvaney, and Emma Moughan. Cristy Wright and Steven R. Tiderman are on the case as Detective Shaw and crime novelist Richard Palace.
Tickets for “Telethon of Trouble and The Blossomtini” are $65 per person, with 50% of that cost being a tax-deductible donation to Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. Tickets are available by phone at 440-247-8955, Monday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Audiences for Murder by the Falls are grouped into teams of eight ‘detectives,’ and are therefore encouraged to reserve for their entire party at once if possible.
Complete details on CVLT’s 87th Season are available online at www.CVLT.org. The theater is located at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village, and is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.


Are you concerned about falling?

Are you interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength?  Falls are preventable, and this class, led by University Hospitals Geauga Medical Campus, Hospice of the Western Reserve and Geauga Department on Aging can make a difference!

The Matter of Balance Classes will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays from Aug. 31 to Sept. 28, from 1- 3 p.m. at the Chardon Senior Center, located at 12555 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon. 440-279-2131.

By attending A Matter of Balance Class you will learn to manage concerns about falls & you will:

           Set realistic goals for staying active

           Learn how to stay safe at home

           Complete exercises to increase strength and balance

           Learn how to identify and control your fear of falling

To register call Dawn Damante, at 440-214-3180 today.




Peruse our latest issue of Spirit of Bainbridge...

Pages 1-9


Fiscal Officer


Community Spirit

Spirit & Faith

Auburn Spirit

Pages 10-20

Spirit Senior Guide

Pages 21-24

Chagrin Spirit

Aurora Spirit

Education Spirit

Pages 25-27

Geauga Co. Fair Guide

Pages 28-40

Spirit Sports

Eateries & Leisure

Spirited Pets!

Spirit Classifieds

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