It's good to be queen and king of Lakewood's signature holiday community event. LakewoodAlive announces that Lakewood High School juniors Yusra Abdi and Tristan Rumsey were named Queen and King for Light Up Lakewood 2018 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.
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The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Everything to Deck your Halls and support a great community organization.
In partnership with WYLN (Westshore Young Leaders) we are promoting “My Community, My Health” to help people quit tobacco.
Cox Communications announced the overwhelmingly positive results of a survey of Connect2Compete program participants, a program designed for low-income families in need of internet access at home.
The IRS sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2018 tax filing season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aides provide free personal income tax assistance and tax form preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 50+. During tax season, we set up tax preparation sites, many of them at public libraries and senior centers in western Cuyahoga County. Last year, about 34,600 volunteers across the country helped prepare more than 1.5 million free federal tax returns at over 5,000 sites.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Lakewood Historical Society - The History of Immigration in America
Presentation by Richard Boyd
“Whom have we welcomed, and whom have we not?” That is one of the key questions to understanding the history of immigration to the United States. Dr. Richard Boyd will shed light on this and other questions about this controversial topic.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Rough & Tumble and their camper return to Ohio this December, and Lakewood Public Library is happy to welcome them to our Main Library Auditorium concert stage at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Happily Ever Crafter
Don't let the name of our group fool you, we have artwork for sale that appeals to just about everyone. Join us at the Winchester Music Tavern on Saturday December 15th from 12-5pm and take care of that last minute Christmas shopping. We'll have paintings, prints and jewelry just to name a few items. We work with all local artists and everything is handmade so whether you're a procrastinator or not, this even is for you! The Winchester is located at 12112 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
In the new year, the seniors of the Lakewood Division of Aging will test their abilities in the inaugural Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge for the New Majority. Join us in cheering them on. Better yet, why not try out for a spot on our team? We will be upholding Lakewood’s honor as we match wits with the seniors from 20 other Greater Cleveland area senior centers.
Let me begin by sending a hearty "thank you" to all Lakewoodites who came to the movie premiere of "THE FINAL GOODBYE" at the Capitol Theater last September 9th. Over 300 people attended which astonished the manager for a Sunday night showing. Our initial article in the LO back in late August spurred excellent attendance for our motion picture, filmed largely in Lakewood with many local actor/residents like James R. Smith, Dennis Runkle, Neil Donnelly, Donn R. Nottage, Dan Fox, etc.
We at Mil-Roy/Velvet Buck/WLFK Productions are proud to announce a second screening of this exciting film-noir thriller at the Atlas Lakeshore Cinema 7 on 22624 Lakeshore Blvd. (Babbitt Rd. & Lakeshore Blvd.) Kindly mark your calendars for Sunday, December 9th at 7:00 pm for another chance to view this much talked about movie that occurs in 1961. Yes, it's is a period piece and we managed to recreate this fine community as it looked way back when!
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ruby McEwen, a 4th grade student at Emerson Elementary School, is the 2018 “Why I Love Lakewood” Essay Contest winner.
The Lakewood City Schools' award-winning preschool program has scholarship slots available for the current school year for 3- and 4-year-olds. Scholarship are available for eligible students based on family income. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins January 7. Please call 216-529-4214 for more information or visit our website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org and choose PreSchool under the Departments tab.
December means holiday concert time at the Lakewood City Schools! From now until December 19, you can catch a concert at the Civic Auditorium nearly every night. Headlining the concert lineup is the wonderful tradition of Sounds of the Season, which will be held on December 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. The magical evening of holiday sounds includes our top high school band, choir and orchestra ensembles with special appearance by some of our Barnstormers Drama Club members as narrators. Members of the Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Mixed Symphonic Choir, Wind Ensemble and Symphony perform independently and in combined groups both large and small to create an unforgettable evening of music that will have you leaving feeling the warmth of the season!
Lester Brown was still hugging his Hasselblad when I flew out of his camera store like a squirrel torn between two sows. I couldn’t decide whether to run southeast to see Father Marlowe (and hopefully, Wren Mathews) or southwest to make sure my Mom got through the storm in one piece. In the end, Mom won the toss, again.
The law firm Buckley King is pleased to announce that attorney and Lakewood resident DAVID L. MOORE has joined its Cleveland office. David is a transactional attorney advising emerging businesses, privately held companies and non-profit organizations. His experience includes commercial financing, real estate and corporate matters. He began his career at Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo, a law firm he started after law school, where he worked extensively with banks and financial institutions, private foundations, charities, and information-technology and energy companies.
With the name Drumplay, percussion is expected. But this Cleveland ensemble, who recently celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary, is so much more than drums. Yes, Drumplay has a drum kit, but there are also bongos, bells and conch shells, as well as vocals, trumpet and flugelhorn.
Tuesday, December 18th marks the second LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community Holiday Market this holiday season and the final farmer's market put on by LEAF in 2018. Conveniently located right here in Lakewood, at Garfield Middle School (13114 Detroit Ave.), the weekday-evening market runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. From market City Fresh CSA Holiday Shares, to other locally grown and produced foods, to a wide array of gift giving arts and craft options from local makers, the Holiday Market is a locavore's dream.
A Saucerful Of Lies - A Saucerful Of Lies - self-released - 6 songs - CD, digital
Earlier in the year, you may recall the group Exploding Lies (assisted by New Planet Trampoline) released a CD entitled "Obscured By Cloud Nothings." This, now, serves as the rebuttal. The musicians are listed only by their initials, but I'm reasonably certain there are some Cloud Nothings and some New Planet Trampoliners on here. The music on here is all instrumental except for when it features samples of various things. Online, there are titles listed for each of the six tracks; disappointingly, these were not listed on the CD version, which is especially unfortunate as they came up with some good ones. The style here is experimental, some more electronic, some more psychedelic, some more ambient. A couple of them, I think, would serve very as well as the soundtrack to some kind of arty movie. You've kinda got to be in the right mood to get into this, but if you are, it's not bad. I particularly enjoyed "Part III" ("Embryo'Malley"), especially when it moves from a vaguely Floyd-esque thing to a Pere Ubu "Final Solution" krautrock kind of thing. I must admit, my knowledge of Pink Floyd is mostly limited to the Syd Barrett years (and the big radio hits that everyone knows), so I can't say how well this functions as a tribute to them. It's certainly more trippy than the Exploding Lies. For "Part V" ("The Final Kurt"), I think they got the saxophone guy from Magic City to solo for a bit, occasionally joined by guitar. That's pretty cool, and then it moves into an atmospheric moody thing. Hey, when I was able to get into this, I enjoyed it, and I don't usually tend to listen to this kind of thing, so that's gotta mean something. 3/5
(asaucerfuloflies.bandcamp.com or email@example.com…or try a local record store?)
Thanks to hundreds of volunteers of all ages, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was another successful event! Turkeys and all the fixings needed to prepare a family feast were delivered to 320 Lakewood neighbors in need.
The community is invited to enjoy singing holiday and Christmas carols from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 16, at Church of the Ascension, located at 13216 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. A free-will offering will support Lakewood Community Services Center.
Each month, Lakewood Schools selects two staff members to be recognized as Staff Spotlight honorees of the month.
When LakewoodAlive’s signature holiday event returns for a 12th consecutive year this December, the traditions that have made this festive occasion a crowd favorite will be complemented by a trio of new features.
With a voice full of intensity, poetry molds the outside world to the inner. Women in Poetry Night at Lakewood Public Library explores the work of Leanne Hoppe and Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, two women whose lives are deeply invested in the poetic. They join us to discuss their books and perform some of their work on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
There’s a new business in town that exists for one main reason: to reduce your stress. Lakewoodite Ashley Ciresi is a luxury productivity consultant, offering her services to help organize life’s “stuff” so that her customers can have more time to do what matters most to them.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Library Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving
If you're traveling down Madison Avenue you’ll find a treasure, tucked in between La La’s Custom Cakes and Holistic Lakewood, it's my new store, called Bear Soul Studio. It's a store that is truly a unique experience: A combination of a rock shop, art studio and spiritual healing arts. I wanted to create a unique place to share my gifts in the Lakewood area.
The seven week Fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrain, and Pablo Picasso provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Cut paper, oil pastels, watercolor paints, crayons, and markers were some of the art mediums used. After learning about Rembrandt the students completed a “half” portrait. A photo of each child’s face was cut in half down the middle and students drew the other half of their face with colored pencils. Many young artists said it was the most difficult project but also the one they liked the most. At the conclusion of the Art Show each participant took home a certificate and their creative work.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.
2018 Reappraisal And House Bill 920 (HB 920) Explained - What Happens During The Reappraisal Process
The District has received questions regarding the 2018 reappraisal process and how it impacts the schools. This brief explanation is provided to help the public better understand the process.
Property value is determined by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer. This is done through a reappraisal every 6 years, an update every 3 years and an inspection of any additions or modifications to a property on an annual basis. As the cost of groceries, automobiles, and clothing increases with inflation, so does the value of real property.
Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat.
Giving Tuesday represents a global giving movement. It’s a day during which people can help others through the gifts of time, talent and resources. In that spirit, LakewoodAlive will be giving back to our community on Giving Tuesday 2018 by undertaking a volunteer project to rake leaves for 10 households in need within our city’s neighborhoods.
Special Holiday Performance Of Charpentier's Midnight Mass On December 22 At Lakewood Congregational Church
Acclaimed early music ensemble Les Délices (Debra Nagy, director) and Northeast Ohio’s premiere chamber choir Quire Cleveland (Jay White, artistic director) will bring Lakewood residents a musical alternative for the holiday with a performance of Charpentier’s Midnight Mass on Saturday, December 22 at 8pm at Lakewood Congregational Church (1375 W Clifton Blvd, Lakewood).
The child of Irish immigrants, blind and abandoned in an orphanage by an alcoholic father, Annie Sullivan did not have an auspicious start in life. However, many people know her as the Miracle Worker who taught Helen Keller to read and write. How did she achieve such success?
The earth is in charge. It’s under attack by elite sectors of humankind infected with arrogance and greed. They plunder the planet’s most precious resources with depraved indifference. They crap into the waters we drink. They poison the air that we breathe. Sooner or later a breaking point will be reached and the earth will revolt. When the earth revolts, the earth will win. Why will the earth win? The earth…is in charge.
Madison Avenue, make room for Rood Food and Pie, Lakewood’s newest addition to the west-end of Madison Avenue, located on the corner of Atkins at 17001 Madison.
The unassuming town of Lakewood Ohio boasts over fifty thousand residents.
Superintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education invite the city's senior citizens to a festive, free holiday breakfast at one of our newest elementary schools! The event is Wednesday, December 5 from 9 to 10:15 am at Lincoln Elementary School, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Hear from some of our talented elementary school groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Novenber 28. Please call 216-529-4074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club won multiple awards at the conference hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Nov. 7 & 8. Overall, the team finished 5th out of 16 teams. The club's leadership team of Co-Presidents Nick Cleary, Elizabeth Halko, and Sasha Seckers and Vice Presidents Aidan Bohac, Evan Bell and Tully Worron did a great job preparing the group.
Every Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) Earlier this month, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school.
The donation was made possible by a large donation from the Figgie Foundation. Harry E. Figgie, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Furst Figgie started the foundation to give back to the needy. The Figgies both attended Lakewood City Schools and Harry Figgie is in the District’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The Figgies’ son, Matthew, before he died unexpectedly in September, had approached Coats for Kids about donating to a Lakewood school.
While Lakewood City Schools students enjoyed a day off of school on November 6, the entire staff was hard at work striving to improve their knowledge and skills whether they be for the classroom, the office or any other area that supports our students.
Step in from the cold for a lovely celebration of local food, art, and craft vendors. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 18th for LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community's second and final Holiday Market of the year. Conveniently located at Garfield Middle School (13114 Detroit Ave.) right here in Lakewood, be sure to stop by after work from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to help you take care of all of your holiday cooking and gift giving needs. The December 18th market will include City Fresh holiday shares, local produce, other locally grown and produced foods, a soup and bread and hot drink bar, raffle prizes and festive music.
Vendors are currently being booked. Vendor registration information is here: http://www.leafcommunity.org/.
On October 27, 2018 over 100 high school volunteers and approximately 600 community members and creatively costumed children gathered at Lakewood High School for this year’s annual Pumpkin Palooza, and it was nothing less than a sensational success.
“First do no harm.” Those are the first four words of the Hippocratic Oath. So, what is the role of physicians in providing vs. withholding opioid medications for patients with chronic pain? And what about the burgeoning opioid epidemic?
Gently used children’s books that might have been thrown out will now have a second life thanks to the Lakewood Schools’ new partnership with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.
Over the decades, their high energy, electrifying vocals, awe inspiring fashion and positive expression have encouraged us to be our UNDENIABLE and UNAPOLOGETIC selves. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, working hard in the LGBTQ community to create a safe haven for artists of all shades of grey. We feature artists, skilled in professional dance, drag, singing and more. Velvet Hearts were title winners in the 2017 Burlesque World Championship.
Congratulations Lakewood High School seniors Damian Barto, Hong Chen, Bryce Mitchell, and Wilson Reynolds, winners of the Hyland High School Innovation Showdown! Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown to encourage high school students interested in technology to use their creativity to come up with an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present a plan to market it.
During a highly contentious, expensive mid-term election cycle, here in Lakewood, our representation at the Ohio Statehouse remains full of familiar faces. In the State Senate, District 23, Nicki Antonio defeated her Republican opponent Steve Flores 65% to 35%. Similarlly, Democrat Michael Skindell dominated Republican Jay Carson 78% to 22% in their race for State Representative in District 13.
Centering Space, a non-profit retreat house and prayer center located on the grounds of Lakewood Catholic Academy, celebrated its 15th anniversary on November 1 with an Open House and memorial prayer service.
It is no surprise that many military veterans face a variety of health issues resulting from physical, emotional and/or psychological concerns. Veterans Day provides the perfect opportunity to show those veterans the appreciation and gratitude they deserve. That’s why Lakewood’s Gold-In-Touch Massage is offering half off full body relaxation massages to veterans throughout the month of December.
Once Upon A Time Lakewood Government Actually Did Care About Providing Health Care For The Less Fortunate Among Us
By 1986 the City of Lakewood had long owned and operated Lakewood Hospital. It was managed by an eighteen-member Board of Trustees. The Board was headed by the City’s Mayor who served as its President. The City’s Health Director and the Chairman of City Council’s Hospital Committee were also members of the Board. The other fifteen members were appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. At least eight of those fifteen members were required to be resident electors of the City of Lakewood.
Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think. Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visits O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood (Assisted Living Building - 1381 Bunts Road).
In partnership with CAPA (Community Awareness and Prevention Association) we are promoting “My Community, My Health” to help people quit tobacco.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Presentation by Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
Each year thousands of individuals are stationed around the world under active military duty. The return to civilian life is not always smooth and can be greatly impacted by the effects of service-connected disabilities. From benefit claims to healthcare, veterans are eligible for a wide range of services. Join us to hear from veterans who have received services provided by the Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Focusing on treating the whole veteran through health promotion and disease prevention, the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System provides comprehensive, seamless health care and social services for 111,901 Veterans across Northeast Ohio.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Show Review: Cruelster / Lumpy & The Dumpers / Citric Dummies / Bad Noids at Now That’s Class, 10/26
Typically, I do not do show reviews, but I decided to make a special exception for this particular show.
“Je suis Amélie” is an homage to the dreamer & do-gooder, Amélie Poulain. Show opens Saturday November 10th. Artists’ reception will be from 6 to 11 p.m. It will only run for one week through Saturday, November 17th.
Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster ("Playfully macabre"- Cleveland Scene Magazine) returns to the good goat gallery on Thursday, Nov 8 on their "Bride of Frankenstein Tour! Doors open at 6 p.m. with a few pre-show activities including a special sneak peek preview of the upcoming art show "Je Suis Amélie", an homage to the dreamer & do-gooder, (which officially opens Saturday, November 10th 6 - 10 p.m.). There will also be a tarot card reading by psychic/medium/Shaman- Joy Wedmedyk, traveling gnome photo booth with photographer Stacie Gerrity, gnome portraits by Jeff Ritchie (of Fred Paints), miniature macabre portraits by Angela Oster, and finally dark poetry by writer Nicole Hennessy. Music will begin around 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on the event page of thegoodgoatgallery.com $10 advance, or $12 at the door.
On October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.
The College Club West General Meeting is November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center. Guest speaker Kevin Magee will be discussing Lake Erie Shipwrecks. The public is welcome to attend. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. Check the calendar page for upcoming activities. More information at http://www.collegeclubwest.org, email@example.com, or Facebook.