The To-Do List — week of Jan. 26

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Know your groundhog

Groundhog Day is only a week away, so it’s time to get prepared.

To learn more about groundhogs and meet resident groundhog General Stark II, stop by Stark Parks’ Exploration Gateway between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about this free open house at 5712 12th St. NW, Canton, and other park events, visit or call 330-409-8096.

Save the Earth

Preserving our natural assets is the focus of the Sustainability Symposium 2014, happening Saturday at Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The daylong gathering will address ecosystem preservation efforts in Ohio and offer ideas for your own backyard.

The symposium is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the botanical garden, 11030 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Cost is $65 for garden members and $80 for others.

Details and online registration are at

A good Traffic jam

Are you feelin’ alright? Or perhaps you’re not feeling too good yourself. Either way, singer/songwriter and rock hall of famer Dave Mason will be bringing “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam,” a multimedia retrospective, to the Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland at 8 p.m. Friday.

Mason, who wrote the enduring classic rock hit Feelin’ Alright at age 18 and was a co-founder of Traffic, will perform and share the stories behind many of the group’s early hits including Dear Mr. Fantasy. Tickets are $10-$45; call 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353 or go to

Feeling ‘Blue’?

Blue Jasmine is showing at the Canton Palace Theatre at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today. Directed by Woody Allen, it stars Cate Blanchett as a well-heeled woman who moves in with her poorer sister (Sally Hawkins) after Blanchett’s life falls apart.

Blanchett is Oscar-nominated as best actress, and Hawkins as best supporting actress. Allen’s screenplay is also nominated. Admission is $5.

Brew a pot of tea

January is National Tea Month. With the weather as cold as it has been, now is the perfect time to keep warm with a freshly brewed cup or pot of tea.

If you’ve never made tea beyond a generic bag of black tea, try experimenting with different types of teas, including herbal, oolong or darjeeling. Use loose teas to brew a pot instead of just a mug to experience more intense flavors.

You may find yourself looking forward to afternoon tea time.

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