Family Campouts, Paddling With Dad & Alien Grass: A Weekend Planner
Check out all of the fun stuff that is happening this weekend
Where/When: Mentor Public Library main branch, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 9)
Why Go: Don't worry. Summer isn't finished yet. However, the library's summer reading program -- "Dream Big, Read!" -- is coming to a conclusion.
Celebrate the season's readings with a big hurrah at the Read House where kids will receive prizes and enjoy a performance from the Rockin' Robots.
Where/When: Civic Center Park, 5 p.m. Friday
Why Go: Enjoy a night out under the stars at Civic Center Park.
Families provide their own tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and personal items.
There will be a campfire, games, crafts, snacks, swim time at Civic Center Pool and a movie.
A light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. Advance registration is required. (Call 440-974-5720.)
Pricing: $6 per person for residents
Where/When: James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 1 p.m. Saturday
Why Go: Kids from ages 5 to 12 are invited to come join the Garfield Mini Militia.
They will dress up as Civil War soldiers, march, drill, carry fake muskets and learn a lot about the Civil War.
Call 440-255-8722 to make reservations.
Where/When: Mentor Marsh Nature Preserve, 2 p.m. Sunday
Why Go: Despite this dry weather, one things persists at Mentor Marsh this summer -- phragmites! Join Mentor Marsh naturalists on our Sunday hike to learn more about the natural history of this invasive plant.
Enjoy a hike through the beautiful marsh while learning if this towering reed grass has any uses and if it can be controlled.
Where/When: Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, 11 a.m. Sunday
Why Go: Tour the Lagoons Water Trail, visit the "Bridge to Nowhere" and return for a campfire for snacks and drinks. Bring a hat, towel, dry clothes and a water bottle.
Call 440-974-5720 to register.