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Bainbridge Area Food For Friends

Most needed items: In addition to all non-perishable food items, the pantry is always seeking donations of toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo), paper goods (toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels) and cleaning supplies (dish and laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner).

Drop-Off Sites: Lobby bin at Bainbridge Library and at the Pantry, located on the lower level of Bainbridge Town Hall.

Monetary Donations may be made in the Bainbridge Area Food For Friends account at PNC Bank, E. Washington Street, Bainbridge. Please note that in these economic times, demand at the pantry has increased dramatically. Please keep us in mind for your generous donations! Thanks!

If you or someone you know needs the confidential assistance of the pantry, please call 440-708-9829.

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. BAFFF receives no government funding.

Inside this Spirit...

  • Our 2018 Spirit Health Guide, pages 25-33, is a tremendous resource for our health-conscious readership. Begin your journey to a healthier tomorrow by turning to page 25 today!
  • You’ll discover that Cupid has strewn lots of love-ly articles within these pages. Savor our writers’ efforts! We welcome your feedback at
  • Our Kenston and Education Spirit pages are filled to overflowing, and hold a few surprises, too. Begin on page 14.
  • During this “awards season,” David King steers our readers to some excellent movie choices. See page 20.

Our next edition will be delivered March 2 and
will feature our Spirit Senior Guide and
2018 Spirit Camp Guide.

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Ad Deadline is Feb. 21.

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This just in...

GANG Features Acrylic Portrait Artist Carmela Diana Bringas Feb. 20
The Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG) will be featuring acrylic artist Carmela Diana Bringas at its Feb. 20 program. Ms Bringas primarily creates portraits and animal studies. She began painting with oils, but later selected acrylics as her medium of choice. Her art has been featured at various local galleries, libraries, and community centers, including Lakeland Community College and Fairmount Center for the Arts. Much of her work is commissioned. A long-time resident of Geauga County, she originally hails from Miraflores, a beautiful, upscale district of Lima, Peru.
During the meeting she will display samples of her work and discuss her artistic technique and history. This informal, educational program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Heinen's Café, 402 Center St. in Chardon. It is free and open to the public.
The Geauga Arts Network Group is an ad hoc group whose mission is to promote communication, collaboration, and cooperation across artistic disciplines for artists living and/or working in Geauga County. For further information, contact Nicky Bucur at 216-240-1501.

Join the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market This Summer, Meeting Feb. 24
Time to start planning for spring and summer! Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market will be holding a meeting for new and current members on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Patterson Center located in the Geauga County Extension Building at the Geauga County Fairgrounds to discuss many topics including: signups, liability insurance, GAP training, along with tips for successful selling and marketing. Light snacks will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your business cards, samples for other vendors to try or any information you would like share with us. Help us make this a great year for everyone!
The meeting is open to anyone considering the market this year so feel free to share this with your friends and family if you think they might be a good fit for the market. We have openings available for new farmers and vendors interested in joining our market. Some of the openings include vendors specializing in locally grown produce, cheese, jams and jellies, baked goods, coffee/tea, as well as food stands and chefs for demonstrations. Applicants must be energetic, creative, and dependable.
RSVP or questions can be sent to Cat Stumph, Market Manager, or (330) 348-3053.  Keep up to date with us on Facebook or at

Bainbridge Swing Dance March 2

Dr. Zoot plays live at Bainbridge Swing Dance at the Bainbridge Township Town Hall,17826 Chillicothe Road aka Rt. 306 Chagrin Falls, on March 2.  

Dr. Zoot performs in theaters, clubs, dance halls and festivals.  Since the band formed in early 1998 their popularity has been growing rapidly nationally and internationally. Their original tunes have been featured on many major CD compilations and have been placed in several TV and film scores.  Dr. Zoot’s distinctive sound maintains a contemporary feel while reaching back across the years to link with the greats who have come before them.  For more information and sound bites visit

The Swing Dance, with live performance, begins at 9 p.m., preceded by a one hour swing dance lesson at 80 p.m. Experienced and non-experienced dancers are welcome.  This public, family-friendly event is open to all ages.  No partner is required for the lesson or the dance.  Admission is $10 per adult, $8 per youth or $25 per family. Admission includes the lesson, live performance and dance.  A different live band performs the first Friday of every month.  For additional information, please contact Will Craig by calling (216) 316-0068 or E-mailing Sponsored by Kenston Community Education.

Chagrin Arts Presents an Intimate Performance with Musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra on March 2


 Chagrin Arts kicks off its 2018 Performing Arts Series “The Classics” on March 2 with an intimate performance by Factory Seconds Brass Trio, a group featuring three distinguished musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra.  The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church, located at 20 S. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls.  The 2018 Performing Arts Series is presented in partnership with Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens.

Featuring Cleveland Orchestra members Jack Sutte (trumpet), Jesse McCormick (horn) and Richard Stout (trombone), Factory Seconds Brass Trio will present music from Belgium and France, including chansons from Arcadelt and Poulenc’s famous Sonata for brass trio.

All Chagrin Arts performances allow for an intimate, up-close experience with master musicians.  Be a part of the music and the personal connections of those who are performing the great works of the past. 

Tickets range from $5-$32 and may be purchased by phone at (440)247-9700 or online at   Additionally, group discounts will be available for parties of 10 or more; call (440) 247-9700 for details.

These songs, and others that will be heard during the 2018 Performing Arts Series, are considered classics -- they have withstood the test of time and have become of great significance, connecting one to the past, as well as to one another.  Join Chagrin Arts as we explore the “classic connection” and reflect on the memories that make these songs part of our own musical legacy.

To explore these connections, Chagrin Arts is asking patrons to share their memories that relate to each specific program (i.e. Where did you hear your first chamber music concert?  What do you enjoy most about classical music?)  The memories will be complied into a book to be shared at future events.  To share a memory, please email Chagrin Arts at


Peruse our latest issue of Spirit of Bainbridge...

Trustees, Library, Editorial, Auburn Spirit, Chagrin Spirit
Kenston Spirit, Education  Spirit
Leisure& Spirit
Health Guide
Geauga Parks, Sports, Pets, Classifieds

Pages 14-17

Pages 25-33

Pages 34-40

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