The holidays are approaching – get ready to navigate difficult conversations: Valley Views


CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – If you’re looking to help local families in need over the next vacation, Chagrin Falls Police are seeking donations for their annual Shop with a Cop program. Funded entirely by donations, police and staff will take children in need to buy food, clothing and gifts on Saturday, December 4.

During this period, participants, volunteers and agents will adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Donations in cash or in the form of a check can be made any time before December 4th. Checks should be made payable to the John Murtaugh Benevolent Fund, marked “Shop with a Cop” in the note section.

Donations can be deposited at the Police Station, 21 W. Washington St. Checks can also be sent to the Chagrin Falls Police Department, 21 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022. Contact

Wrap Up Holiday Social Skills: If your child can use a few tips to make the holiday season more fun and less overwhelming and confusing, Connecting for Kids is offering a virtual class at 7 p.m. on November 17 led by Ellen Spear of Lakeshore Speech Therapy.

Designed to help navigate the many social situations, hidden rules and potential holiday issues, the course includes discussions on how to converse with relatives and friends, tips for dealing with the holiday season. and appropriate ways of giving and receiving gifts.

Register at connectionforkidsorg / register or call 440-570-5908.

Speaking of vacation: How can you tell your family and friends that you haven’t seen for a long time about your LGBTQ + child? Learn how to navigate questions about your child’s gender identity while supporting and asserting them, with Colors + ‘s Kristen and Lisa Pepera at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

The virtual program begins with a short presentation on gender nonconformity, followed by a discussion on how to prepare for difficult conversations while standing up for your child.

Register at connectionforkidsorg / register or call 440-570-5908.

Creation of partnerships for families: Dealing with health and education issues can be difficult for any family, but it can be more difficult for black families. Connecting for Kids is offering a two-day virtual workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday November 17 and Tuesday November 23, designed for parents and caregivers of children up to 12 years old.

Led by Nikki Montgomery, it covers what it takes to be a good advocate and how to put together a team of allies when working with educators, therapists, and healthcare providers.

Register at connectionforkidsorg / register or call 440-570-5908.

Climbing Shabbat: The Emanu El Temple Preschool and Religious School will host “Reach Up to Shabbat,” an event from 10 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, November 13, for families with children up to 6 years old at Shaker Rocks, a gym. escalation.

An instructor will guide the process, with parents actively involved. Masks are mandatory for adults and school-aged children, and social distancing will be respected.

The program is offered free of charge and is open to the public. The venue is located at 3377 Warrensville Center Road in the Van Aken shopping district in Shaker Heights. RSVP by November 11 to Eileen Sadowsky at [email protected]

Art exhibition with ACC jury: The Valley Art Center’s 50th Jury Art Exhibition will begin with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5 at 155 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls.

The show, featuring the work of artists from across the region, will run until Wednesday, December 15. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Masks are mandatory in the hallways, in the gallery and in certain classroom situations. They are also highly recommended throughout the building. Check the website for the latest guidelines.

Fall II semester courses begin this week and run until December 18 at the ACC. Included offerings in drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic and oil, clay, jewelry, and a variety of children’s classes. Contact or 440-247-7507.

See your name in stone: Or, consider an engraved cobblestone brick as a lasting gift for the theater lover on your vacation list. For a donation starting at $ 75, the Chagrin Valley Little Theater is offering brick pavers engraved with names and short messages installed on the walkway in front of the theater at 40 River Street.

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