Nashville recording artist and Cleveland native Anne E. DeChant will give a free acoustic concert at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, July 3.
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Wednesday, June 22
Take Another Look - James Joyce’s "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
The literary and historical aspects of Joyce’s thunderous debut will be the primary focus of this free, four-week course, presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Participants will rediscover the genius of the writer and his unbridled first novel. Register at www.lifelonglearningcleveland.org
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room
The Emerald Necklace Girls Fastpitch Association is underway and 11 young ladies have worked extremely hard to represent the 10-U Lakewood Rangers travel team. Since last fall the girls have participated in weekly practices learning a new sport for most of the roster. These girls and their parents have dedicated the time and effort for the team to be successful not only now but long into their sports careers. Some had played baseball in the past, however, facing a fastpitch softball pitcher throwing 40 mph is an entirely new experience.
The Lakewood Teachers Association appreciates the continued support of the Lakewood Community. The LTA enjoys showing its gratitude in a variety of ways throughout the community. All first graders in the Lakewood School District received a book, courtesy of the LTA. Books were chosen specifically for each student based upon their individual reading level. If you know a first, soon-to-be-second grader in the District, ask them about their special book and maybe even ask them to read a few pages to you. We are certain they will be excited to show off their reading skills!
College Club West had the Annual Meeting and Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday June 1, 2016.
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.
Longtime employee Denise Ayres, LSW of Far West Center was awarded the prestigious Mental Health Provider Award at NAMI Greater Cleveland’s May 22 Annual Meeting. In her 20+-year career at Far West Center, Denise, a licensed social worker, has always stayed true in her dedication to the well-being of the most severely ill clients. Denise’s tireless work for the Compeer friendship program, and the AHH! art therapy program, are now are recognized broadly in the Greater Cleveland community.
The Lakewood Democratic Club is happy to announce that the Annual Summer Supper will be held next month in the Gardens at the Clifton Club on July 13th at 6pm, featuring special guest speaker, US Immigration Attorney and Cleveland philanthropist, Margaret Wong. Ms. Wong, author of “The Immigrant’s Way” will address the timely topic, Immigration Myth & Reality in Election 2016.
Some reality show personalities decide to run for President. Others decide to open a reptile store in Lakewood. Mike Easter, a regular on the Animal Planet show “Gator Boys,” falls into the latter category. Easter and his cousin Tim Connors recently opened “Scales and Tails Ohio” at 13618 Detroit Avenue. The store is a “one stop shop” to purchase pet reptiles, as well as their food and supplies.
Please join the Lakewood Area Collaborative for an exciting, inaugural event!
It’s a shopper’s dream come true and it’s right around the corner. Lakewood’s 7th Annual CityWide Street Sale takes place June 23-25, and is expected to create an influx of shopping activity in the form of both merchant sidewalk sales and resident yard sales.
They flocked to Madison Park from Quail, Lark, Robin and beyond, seeking to discover their neighborhood’s storied past and celebrate a flawless Lakewood afternoon.
LakewoodAlive’s Popular Live Music Program Returns Starting July 1
What is art? How does creativity work? Is art meaningful? Who decides if a work is good or bad? If these questions seem like fodder for stimulating summer conversation, join us at the Main Library Auditorium on four successive Thursdays, July 7-28, from 7-8:30 p.m. for a discussion of Aesthetics and Art Theory.
A political rally to unify the country became a somber and reflective event centered on National Security and the hate crime in Orlando. Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, outlined her plan to defeat the Isis terrorist group on the battleground, identify lone wolves, pushing our security partners to do more and supporting First Responders in our communities. Secretary Clinton will also work with business owners to develop a plan to protect soft targets from mass shootings as president.
State Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today applauds the allocation of $3 million in state funds for First Year Cleveland, a city-county initiative to combat Cuyahoga County’s alarmingly high infant mortality rates. The state investment is part of a total $26.8 million allocated in the latest state budget to support community-driven proposals to combat infant mortality at the local level and enhance efficacy among various agencies that provide care for at-risk women and infants.
A tradition of community and charity has been celebrated in Lakewood each spring, for more than 40 years, providing a safe place for Lakewood teens to “party” after their prom. It was no different this year when a set of parents of seniors from Lakewood High School organized and hosted a successful After Prom party at Garfield Middle School on Saturday, May 14. Lead by Tina Carleton and Diane Gorsek, a committee of parents presented their sons and daughters with a themed event, “Lakewood Rocks” aptly named as the seniors & their guests celebrated this year’s Prom at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier that evening. The After Prom event consisted of a time warp of “rockin’ through the ages” memorabilia, decorations galore, D.J., bouncy houses & obstacle course, laser tag, chocolate fountain, basket raffle, “Lakewood Rocks” t-shirts for all attendees, and lots of donated food & prizes from local establishments.
The Lakewood Job Club is celebrating its 2 year anniversary this month. The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts the monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market.
Lakewood City Schools' Early Childhood Program has added a program for 3-year-olds at Roosevelt Elementary School beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The program offers classes for children who will be 3 by Sept. 30, 2016. Children must be Lakewood residents and potty trained.
Lakewood High School’s Lakewood Project, the country’s first high school electric rock orchestra, will perform its annual Fourth of July concert on Monday, July 4 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Park bandstand. The group, under the direction of Beth Hankins, will perform right up until the City of Lakewood’s fireworks begin at dusk.
The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team continues to shine in national competition as the varsity squad finished as runner-up in the National Academic Tournament held in Washington, D.C. June 3-5, losing only the title match for the entire tournament for a 9-1 record. Rising senior Ian Bell was named the tournament MVP.
The Lakewood High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are excited about another summer of their Running Rangers Cross Country Camp. The running camp, guided by LHS Head Cross Country Coaches Stephanie Toole and Danielle Hammond and their crew of high school runners is specifically designed for Grades 3-8 and begins Tues. July 5, 2016.
Jungle Bob’s Bug Show
For the whole family
Join Lakewood Public Library as we welcome Jungle Bob and his creepy crawler friends. Get up-close and personal with tarantulas, see millipedes that will make your skin crawl, experience a hair-raising chill as he handles live scorpions. Jungle Bob’s Bug show is an educational and interactive experience that is eye opening and outrageously fun for kids 1 to 99+. The program will take place in the Main Library’s Multipurpose room in the Children’s and Youth Service Department on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00. See you there! No registration required. Many thanks to the Friends of Lakewood Public Library for funding this wonderful program.
Upon careful review, Lakewood City ordinances to float bonds to build cliff shore "protections" on private property were tabled on June 6, 2016.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River has awarded four college scholarships to graduating seniors.
Mr. Frank A. Scalish, owner and founder of Scalish Construction, a Historic Construction Company on Madison Avenue that specializes in preservation, restoration and specialty construction, has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Outstanding New Member for 2016.
Ms. Lucinda Einhouse, President and CEO of Beck Center of the Arts, has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Person of the Year.
Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the June 6, 2016 Council Meeting to order at 7:32 P.M.
The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) will host its second annual “Ranger Classic” golf outing on July 25, 2016. Join the LREF to support programs that directly benefit the students and programs in the Lakewood City Schools! Lunch, dinner, beverages, and golf carts will be provided.
Lakewood City Council voted Monday in favor of Ordinance 1-16 that will expand the city’s nondiscrimination protections for LGBT citizens. The ordinance will forbid discrimination in private employment and public accommodation based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
I'm pretty new at writing reviews of comics, so forgive me if this is not very well done. I'm trying. So, this is the latest from local artist Nathan Ward, whose work you may have seen on flyers, album covers, or comics in publications like Scene Magazine or Stitches In My Head.
Bad Government 7: Elected Leaders & Build Lakewood PAC Took Public Charitable Money From The Poor For Political Propaganda
According to public filings, a Build Lakewood political action committee known as “Voters Engaged to Oppose 64” (the “No Build PAC”) obtained 98% percent of its donations from the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA). The No Build PAC was formed to defeat a ballot issue that would have given Lakewood voters the right to approve or reject a city council decision to close Lakewood Hospital and prevent charitable money and property from being given away to the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) and other private parties for less than fair value.
Summer is now officially here, and the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade will soon be upon us. In recent years you might have noticed a new group marching in the parade. Moms Demand Action first participated in 2013, and have been in every parade since. The national group has a chapter here in the Cleveland area, which is led by Lakewood resident Molly Crowe.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of "Billy Elliot the Musical," July 8 through August 14, 2016 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: BILLY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by July 7. Please note this production contains strong language.
Following a positive financial report by Treasurer Kent Zeman at its May 16 meeting, the Board of Education has decided to extend the need to ask voters to approve an operating levy for at least another year. This will extend the promise the Board made to voters when they passed the 3.9 mil operating levy in 2013 that it would not come back to voters for more funds for at least three years.
Late last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve was notified that the building in which it has been occupying an office at 14601 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood was slated for demolition. After scouting multiple locations, initially in Lakewood, the nonprofit agency has signed a lease and will be relocating its staff from the Lakewood site to a new office located at 22730 Fairview Center Drive, Fairview Park, early this summer. Multiple factors were involved in the site selection process.
With a mission to engage and empower children and parents and thus support strong and healthy families, The Lakewood Area Collaborative recently celebrated another year of service to the community. The Collaborative works to link and support a network of helping organizations, schools, community groups, businesses, agencies and individuals who serve those families within the west suburbs of Cuyahoga County and Cleveland down to the airport. Chamberlin Lakewood Department of Human Services Division of Youth Cuyahoga County Family to Family System of Care 12900 Madison Avenue Lakewood, Ohio 44107 (216) 529-6042 Phone (216) 529-7676 Fax
While the Westtown CDC works to save their local theater, the Variety, we lost most of ours, only the historic Phantasy Theater still stands for the time being.
A few of us have worked to keep some of Lakewood's historical highlights that have been cast aside, unloved and rejected. There are virtual Lakewood museums all over town, not just at Lakewood Historical Society, which is the chief collector of Lakewood History and deserves all of our support. However in many yards, gardens, and even offices, you can see bricks from schools torn down, old stained glass, lamps, pews from churches, popcorn machines, even furniture and fireplaces that helped define many a historical moment in Lakewood and nearby.
Global Comfort food served daily for dinner until 2am on Madison Avenue
YUZU Lakewood (yuzulakewood.com) announced the Grand Opening of their first restaurant, located in Lakewood at 13603 Madison Ave. The 100-seat restaurant reflects the core concept of the spirit of an Izakaya, Japan’s version of a warm local tavern, with simple, clean décor, serving yakitori and rice bowls.
The kitchen hosts a menu that features fresh, seasonal ingredients and the restaurant's signature menu items such as cusabi-panko fries, sake-soaked fried chicken, seasonal yakitori, as well as rice bowls from around the world. All meat is sourced locally from Blue Ribbon Meats. Dessert is sourced locally from Lakewood’s own Fear’s Confections and Amy Joy Ice Cream. The prices are uniformly affordable and we are open late every night until 2 a.m. (except Sunday).
In much the same way a small cadre of political and bureaucratic insiders in the City and the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) were actively initiating the process that led to the Hospital's current status as early as the beginning of November 2012, it appears that at least a $24.4 million1 slice of the Hospital pie is going to end up on the plate of a yet-to-be named “New Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Entity” charged with “supporting community heath and wellness activities.” The not-so-surprising-irony? There is evidence of bureaucratic jockeying by City officials to ensure that a health and wellness non-profit was a component of the developing agreement as a way to siphon funds from the sale of the Hospital to suspect “economic development” interests. Part I covers the formation of the Active Living Task Force in the context of the sale of the Hospital and Part II will cover the Lakewood Active Living Task Force report and the nature of economic development.
State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) recently introduced Senate Bill 324 to increase patient safety by setting limits on the number of patients a registered nurse (RN) may care for at one time. The ratio requirements will be based on the seriousness of the condition being treated or the medical procedure that the respective patient is undergoing.
The legislation would require a minimum, numerical nurse-to-patient ratio with a requirement that additional nurses be added when needed. Some of the more critical procedures for which the requirement would be one nurse to one patient are patients in an operating room, a trauma or critical care patient, an unstable newborn or one in a resuscitation period. An intermediate ratio level for which one nurse would be caring for three patients would include pediatric units and pregnant patients who are not in active labor. The ratio would go down to a one nurse to five patient threshold for such patients as infants in nurseries.
Are you a passionate, committed Clevelander dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community? Could you use help enhancing your leadership skills?
Max Lavisky of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) earned Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for his performance April 18-24.
Far West Center announces a recent grant award from The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation to help persons without insurance receive mental health care and recovery services. The Center is extremely grateful to the Foundation for its longstanding show of support for mental health treatment and wellness.
Happy Birthday Lakewood Public Library! Lakewood Library is celebrating 100 years of service, and what better way to commemorate that than a book reading marathon! The 100 Books Reading Marathon will be on Wednesday, June 8th starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Main Branch of Lakewood Public Library in the Children’s Department. Drop in anytime to hear stories as librarians read books aloud all day until 100 books are read! Staff will take turns reading, each picking their favorite book to share. Library Director, James Crawford, will make a special guest appearance as well! No registration is needed, just come to the Children’s Department on June 8th to join in the marathon celebration!
The sun is gigantic, bright and ever-present. What can homeowners do to harness the power of this fiery sphere in the sky serving as Earth’s most important source of energy?
Public Invited to Attend Panel Discussion at Lakewood Public Library Main Branch
It’s a welcome sight in the heart of the city each June. Stroll along Detroit Avenue through Downtown Lakewood these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of greenery and color enhancing the district’s vibrancy.
School-age kids from preschool through grade 12 can get a free, nutritious lunch every weekday from June 6 through August 12 at the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Meals also are available at no charge to those with disabilities through age 21 who participate in a recognized school program for individuals with developmental or physical disabilities.
Enhance your child’s education by making learning fun and different with imaginative programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. These programs are not registered, but first-come, first-served where tickets are given out at the Children & Youth Services desk where the program is held thirty minutes prior to the start of each program. One ticket per child. Space is limited.
Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Bill’s Magic Show, the first program in its Special Friday Performances summer series. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016 as Mr. Bill performs fascinating tricks and enchanting illusions. With a repertoire of numerous mystical maneuvers, Mr. Bill provides delightful entertainment for all ages. Families will enjoy this free, interactive magic program in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
Did you see the masses of people walking South down Detroit and across W. 117th a weekend or two ago? Well, if they seemed like the type of people who know what's up, they were probably headed over to Now That's Class for this year's Not Horrible Fest. I was there for most of it, and here's what I thought about all that.
The festival, originally called Horrible Fest, began a bunch of years ago as a garage/punk fest. Over the years, the focus has shifted to more of a hardcore/garage/punk festival, with occasional experimental-type acts as well. The management switched around and Now That's Class became the fest's epicenter, and so it was renamed Not Horrible Fest.
Mr. Bill’s Magic Show
For the whole family
Amazing magical illusions are the stars of Mr. Bill’s fun and interactive show for all ages! Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Friday, June 10, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
For school-age children
Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
Are you doing anything on June 17th, from 7 PM to 10 PM? Well, you should be at My Mind's Eye, for the release of The Little Vampire Girl mini comic. The first 30 people at the door will receive an original sketch. The party also features some great DJs: DJ Fishtruck, DJ Wampus Cat, and Count Birdbrain (who will be playing an all vampire-related set!). Come buy a comic and hang out for a while.
And hey, when you're done at MME, another local artist, Nathan Ward, is releasing the debut issue of his new comic, Ward Comix, at Now That's Class, just a little more east on Detroit. That release party will also feature performances by Real Regular, Tonawandas, and an extra special band by the name of Loud Muffins, and original art from the comic will be showcased as well. Come see some cool music and cool art, buy a comic, and hang out there too, starting at around 9 PM.
Two Lincoln Elementary students were honored by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District for their poetry entries in the district's annual Poetree Contest. During April, and in honor of Arbor Day, Cuyahoga County students in kindergarten through 12th grade wrote and submitted poems to celebrate trees.
When Principal Mark Walter heard that some of his Garfield Middle School male students were not connecting with the books they were reading in Language Arts and were disinterested in reading, he got together with a couple of his male teachers to see how they could help change these boys’ attitudes toward reading. The result: The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Book Club.
If you are one of our community's important Lakewood business owners, you need to know how much insurance you will require. This can be overwhelming and challenging. It is essential that you have the appropriate insurance policy in place, should you need to make a claim. Having the proper coverages can save a small business a lot of money in the long run.
What do you do when the anxiety of materialistic excess overcomes your soul and you hear a cry from deep within? Lakewood, Ohio author Mark Kacik made a desperate decision. He resigned his corporate engineering job, rid himself of most belongings, and bid his family and friends farewell.
The Gathering Place, a cancer support center, offers free services such as support groups, counseling, a lending library, wigs, and cooking classes to individuals and families. This summer, The Gathering Place hosts a series of community discussions in the Main Library Auditorium.