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Sunday | 18

Fresh Air

Sap Time in Middlefield

So you say it's not enough to just slather maple syrup on pancakes; you want to learn how the sweet stuff is made? Today you're in luck, as the Geauga Park District invites the public to its sugarhouse to learn how sap from maple trees is transformed into a yummy treat. The 1983 sugarhouse is part of the 32-acre Swine Creek sugar bush, where guests can wander through the maples and help gather the sap. Afterward, warm up in the lodge where you'll find woodcarving demos, maple popcorn, and live country and blues tunes from Al Bonis & the Sugarhouse Serenaders. Who knows? It might add up to an attitude adjustment, says naturalist Judy Bradt-Barnhart. "I really didn't like the month of March because it was dreary and cold. But once I started maple sugaring, it got into my blood, and I just love the season now." It's happening from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Swine Creek Reservation. An encore program is set for Sunday, March 25. It's free. — Cicora

16004 Hayes Rd. Middlefield/Parkman Townships, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Give Peace a Chance

Free Concert in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Peace Action — the largest peace organization in the state — is hosting a classical concert this afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Cleveland Heights. On the bill: cello and piano duets by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Faure. On the stage: Diane Mather, retired assistant principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and a founding member of Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, accompanied by pianist Christine Hill of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State. The concert is a benefit for Cleveland Peace Action, which aims to bring the national military discussion down to the local level. "Diane is just magnificent," says coordinator Elizabeth Schiros. "It's not often that you get to see a legend — and she is a legend — in such an intimate setting." There's no cost to attend, though free-will donations will be accepted. The concert begins at 4 p.m. — Cicora

2728 Lancashire Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-231-4245, peaceactioncleveland.org.

Monday | 19

Smart Talk

What's Missing in Medicine?

Jerome Groopman has a knack for medicine. That's pretty obvious from his distinguished career as a physician, educator, researcher, author, and member of the American Academy of Arts & Science. But he also has a knack for translating medicine's Big Issues into layman's terms. Among the topics he's tackled in his well-received books: the spiritual lives of seriously ill patients and the imprecision of medical diagnoses. His newest tome, Your Medical Mind, explores how consumers can cut through conflicting medical opinions and media reports to determine which treatments are right for them. Tonight Groopman will be sharing his insights on all of the above at Severance Hall in a 5:30 p.m. talk entitled "What's Missing in Medicine?" (Hint: It isn't technology.) While there's no cost, reservations are required; make yours by phone or online at Severance Hall. — Cicora

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

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