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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 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



Our Jan. 27 , 2017, edition will feature our Spirit Bridal Guide.
Editorial deadline is Jan. 13. 

Ad deadline is Jan. 18.
For information, call us at 440-543-4321. Please leave a message!

Our Spirit office will be closed Dec. 15-Jan. 2.

For information, call us at 440-543-4321.

Please leave a message!

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...

Bainbridge Swing Dance and Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys Jan. 6

Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys are playing live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance Friday, Jan. 6 at Bainbridge Township Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Rd., Rt. 306, Chagrin Falls. Sponsored by KCE.  (216) 316-0068.  Lesson at 8 p.m.  Dance and live music 9-11:30 p.m.  Adult $10, youth $8, family $25.


Proving winter can be just as fun for families and friends since 2015


There will be so much to see and do at Geauga Park District’s third annual Frozen Fest at The West Woods – and even more if the little people in your life love singing winter princesses or snowmen!


This annual family event has consistently drawn rave reviews and broken attendance records, and anticipates even more new faces this year, so organizers have added even more face painters and activities to the docket.

  Pack up your family and friends and join us, too, on Saturday, January 15, noon to 4 p.m., for these free activities that you all can enjoy:

  • "Winter princesses” and a famous "winter snowman"
    Meet-n-greets through the venue: 12-12:30 PM, 1-1:30 PM, 2-2:30 PM, 3-3:30 PM, 3:45-4 PM
    Performances in the lobby: 12:30-12:45 PM, 1:30-1:45 PM, 2:30-2:45 PM, 3:30-3:45 PM
  • Meet-n-greets with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland sled dogs
  • Ornate face painting
  • Prince/princess crown workshop
  • Complimentary hot cocoa bar/cookies
  • Ice carvings and demos by Elegant Ice Creations
  • Animal habitat display and touch table
  • Free snowshoeing (weather permitting)
  • Explore a wigwam
  • A Kid at Art mobile art bus
  • Outdoor cooking demos by Boy Scout 102-Bainbridge
  • Self-guided winter hike and Bird in the Hand activity
  • Live music by Oak Island Skunk Jumpers
  • Food for sale by the Hunger Squad food truck
  • Nature-inspired art exhibit on display by the Geauga Senior Center painting classes
  • Plus, outdoor games/activities and indoor make-n-take craft activities TBD

The West Woods Nature Center is wheelchair accessible. Due to the popularity of this event, strollers should be left outside.  The West Woods’ parking lots are also expected to fill quickly; overflow parking locations with free shuttles to the event are at ASM and Teague Plaza.  With questions, please call 440-286-9516.

Geauga Dems Discuss Trump’s Cabinet Picks Jan. 19
 The Geauga County Democratic Party will host their monthly Spaghetti Dinner served with a Hot Topic Who Will be Sitting in President Elect Trumps Cabinet?”  on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Rd., Newbury.  Doors open at 5:30 for Networking, dinner served at 6:15 pm and Hot Topic begins at 7 pm. 
Join us for a conversation about Trumps cabinet picks. What will they do to the departments they head and what changes can we expect because of their philosophies?
Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza.  For more information email GeaugaDemocrats@gmail.com  or call 440-836-4060.

Herb Society Meets Jan. 20

On Friday, Jan. 20, the Chagrin Valley Herb Society will meet at the Bainbridge Library at 12:30 p.m. for refreshments,  a meeting and program. We tend to the Herb Gardens at the library, hold a  plant sale in May, and learn from each other about gardening and herbs and flowers. Our program on Jan. 20 is a presentation on Horticultural Therapy. If you would like to learn more about CVHS, visit our website at chagrinvalleyherbsociety.org. To attend a meeting, RSVP to chagrinvalleyherbsociety@gmail.com.

100 Women Who Care Meet Jan. 24

100 Women Who Care had a banner year in 2016, much as the city of Cleveland also had. The Cleveland Indians were in the race to the end for the World Series title, the Cavaliers’ raised their championship banner and the RNC was a great success - Cleveland is in the rise!
100 Women of the Western Reserve is on the rise also, as our group has given over $270,000
to local charitable groups in the last 5 years.
The latest lucky recipient of our $10,000.00+ cash award was Women’s Wellness Foundation
(www.womenswellnessfound.org). Women’s Wellness Foundation aids women leaving the
prison system with their re-entry back into society. They provide personal care items, housing referral information, transportation assistance, and soon will be able to provide housing in a clean and safe environment. They give women hope for their future and practical tools to bridge the gap between incarceration and self-reliance. Many of these women are caregivers who have lost their support system, and Women’s Wellness Foundation provides programs that strengthen them emotionally, spiritually and physically. Women’s Wellness Foundation believes in second chances, and 100 Women of the Western Reserve is proud to be a part of their meaningful work.
We hope your New Year’s resolutions include becoming a part of our mission. Help us do our part in making Cleveland and the Western Reserve a better place for everyone who is lucky enough to live here. 100 Women Who Care will have our quarterly meeting on Jan. 24
from 7 - 8 p.m. at Chagrin Falls Township Hall at 83 N. Main Street. We hope to see you there!
For more information, see our website at www.100womenwr.com


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Spirit Holiday Guide

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The Spirit of Bainbridge is published every three weeks, and mailed to every home and business in Auburn and Bainbridge Townships (zip code 44023). Additional copies are distributed locally at Bainbridge Library, Lowe's Greenhouse, The Neighborhood Office, other locations in Auburn, Aurora, Bainbridge, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, Russell, Solon and South Russell. Approximately 7,500 copies of Spirit of Bainbridge are circulated.

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