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Golf In The Snow, The Trial of Charles Guiteau & Relay For Life: A Weekend Planner

Check out events happening and around Mentor this weekend

1. LAKE COUNTY CHILI OPEN

Where/When: Black Brook Golf Course & Driving Range, 9 a.m. Saturday

Why Go: Because it's golfing in the snow. And it's for a good cause.

The annual Lake County Chili Open is one of the rare outdoor events that becomes more popular when it snows.

So make sure you get your tickets now before it sells out.

More than 200 golfers come out each year to play winter golf at Black Brook Golf Course.

They swing through a course of nine snowy holes -- driving over snowdrifts and putting on frozen greens -- that range from 65 to 100 yards in length.

They play with neon orange balls. That way, they don't get lost in the snow.

Afterward, they warm up in the clubhouse with a big bowl of chili.

Money from the event goes to the United Way of Lake County.

Pricing: $18 which includes golf fees, chili, prizes and more

2. THE TRIAL OF CHARLES GUITEAU

Where/When: James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 1 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: During this performance, the audience will also be the cast.

Audience members in attendance will be selected to read the various parts, including those of the judge, the attorneys, witnesses and even Guiteau himself.

Those who volunteer or are selected to read a part will be given a copy of the script.

Charles J. Guiteau shot President James A. Garfield -- Mentor's most famous resident -- on July 2, 1881 as Garfield walked through a Washington, D.C. train station.

The Trial of Charles Guiteau was written by Joan Kapsch, a guide at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Pricing: Free

3. RELAY FOR LIFE KICK OFF & ZUMBATHON

Where/When: Great Lakes Mall, 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: The American Cancer Society is kicking off its annual Relay for Life fundraising drive this Saturday at the Mentor mall.

The kickoff includes an hour-long Zumbathon from 1 to 2 p.m. (Registration begins at 12:15 p.m.) It costs $10 to participate with the proceeds going to help life-saving research and programs for more than 14 million cancer survivors around the country.

Then, from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., there will be a special kickoff program in the Macy's concourse.

Pricing: Free to attend; $10 for the Zumbathon

4. ALL SAINTS OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE & PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Where/When: All Saints of St. John Vianney School (28702 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH), 10 a.m. Sunday

Why Go: New and prospective families are invited to attend the All Saints of St. John Vianney School Open House and Pancake Breakfast, which is free.

A limo shuttle service will be available to transport families to the school from St. John Vianney Church (7575 Bellflower Road), following 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. masses on Jan. 27.

For more information on the school, visit http://­www.­allsai­ntssjv.­org.

Pricing: Free

5. ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Where/When: St. Gabriel School (9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd, Concord Township), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Why Go: All Saints of St. John Vianney is not the only Catholic School with an open house this weekend.

St. Gabriel School offers preschool through eighth grade.

At their open house, you will be able to see student exhibits, tour the school, meet teachers and discover a world of faith, learning and fun.

Pricing: Free

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