Block Party Beat
Lakeland Avenue Block Club held its first Lakeland Lights celebration this year. Neighbors illuminated and decorated their homes to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year, Kwanza, or just to chase away the winter darkness.
One could almost hear Judy Garland’s voice as this year the residents on Virginia Avenue went Somewhere Over the Rainbow for their 42nd consecutive block party on August 21 and 22. That’s right -- this street has too much fun for just one day! There were plenty of Dorothys, several munchkins, a tin man, a couple of witches, the cutest Glindas and even a few folks from the Emerald City.
Virginia Marti College, WCSB Cleveland 89.3FM and the Five O’clock Lounge presents “Brave New Way” fashion show Saturday May 7 at 7 PM at the 5 O’clock Lounge. Clothing Designers from Virginia Marti College will be presenting spring fashions. WCSB’s Frank Stanek will be announcing the show while DJ D-Rock spins. Some of your favorite WCSB DJ’s will be spinning before, during intermissions, and after the show. WCSB will also have merchandise available. Various local businesses are donating time and effort helping with the show, providing snacks, and selling merchandise. The show is free but we are asking for canned goods, dried foods, and household items such as cleaners for the Cleveland Food Bank. This event is for ages 21 and over only. For more info you can call the 5 O’clock Lounge at 216-521-4906 or you can visit WCSB’s website at www.wcsb.org. Virginia Marti College, WCSB Cleveland, and the 5 O’clock Lounge presents “Brave New Way” fashion show Saturday May 7 at 7 PM at the 5 O’clock Lounge, 11904 Detroit Rd. in Lakewood.
If it sounds like a strange way to celebrate, it is! But that was the theme of our annual Arthur Avenue block party held on August 1st. If you have never had a block party on your street, you may want to consider organizing one. We met some brand new neighbors and even convinced some long-time residents to come out and mingle. You can keep it simple, or have lots of fun activities like we do. All you need to do is contact the city and request a permit. They will drop off barricades for your block and they even provide some recycling signs and bags.
The site of the Lakewood Lutheran Church holds many cherished memories, especially for a Lakeland resident and her parents. You see, her parents, Louise and Elliot Manke got married in that Church. And so it is when time changes footpaths in the community and residents gather to tend to the memories and ponder the redevelopment from church steeple to pharmacy brick and mortar. So, what will happen to the steeple and the beautiful stained glass and what about the pews? And what about that majestic Old Oak Tree?
Perhaps it was because we were meeting in the Main Library, one of the largest recent redevelopments, and the insurgence of new has become the now. Acceptance that the redevelopment was at hand turned over to concerns of how the redevelopment will impact the neighborhood. Sean McDermott, of Zaremba Group and a resident of Lakewood, presented the site plan. Sean walked through the details of the concept and addressed design and function elements. Like the credits of a movie, there will be no houses removed in construction of the site.
On Friday, March 4, members of the St. Charles-Onondaga Block Club gathered to sample each others' best batches of chili and to view the block club's new website, http://www.sites.google.com/site/scoblockclub/.
The Lakeland Avenue Block Club recently completed a street beautification project. Lakeland neighbors planted over 300 mixed daffodil bulbs in their front yards for all to enjoy next spring.
On Sunday, January 16, the St. Charles-Onondaga Block Club sponsored a snowman building contest for the neighborhood.
The rules, emailed Thursday, January 13, were simple: create a snow sculpture by 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Ballot voting would determine winners in three categories: Best Traditional, Biggest, and Most Creative.
At 3:30, neighbors gathered on a porch to drink hot chocolate and receive ballots. Approximately 26 neighbors ventured into the cold to see the eight entries. The group walked around the St. Charles-Onondaga neighborhood (between Madison and Franklin) to see what was built.
Lakeland Avenue Block Club held its Second Annual Lakeland Lights Celebration this year. Neighbors illuminated and decorated their homes to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year, Kwanza, or just to chase away the winter darkness. Prizes were awarded in the categories of Winter Wonderland, Best Traditional Decoration, Most Humorous, and Honorable Mention. All decorators were also entered into a drawing for participation prizes.
Prizes were generously provided by Lakewood favorites: Aladdin's, Blackbird Baking Company, Forbici Salon, Melt Bar and Grilled, Dewey's Pizza, 56 West, and Sweet Designs. We celebrated together at our Block Club Holiday Party, sponsored by The Merry Arts and Roman Fountain Pizza.
The Lakeland Avenue Block Club is co-chaired by Mara Manke and Carol Mason. Lakeland Lights coordinators are Joan Tropf and Lynnette Guttmann.