LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 2. “Super Saturday” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).
We didn't forget a word, no typos here. Lakewood Historical Society is moving and some exciting things are in the works. The society is transitioning into a new home, a home of our own! The new location at 13314 Detroit will house the library, archives, offices, work spaces and a gift shop/Pop-Up Shop. Our Mid-Century Modern building was designated as a local landmark, awarded Ohio Historic Tax Credits and has been undergoing renovations which are almost complete.
As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
LakewoodAlive hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning, January 18, in the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. The event, attended by more than 60 volunteers from throughout the community, featured coffee, waffles and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive recognized the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2018, contributed their time and talents to supporting the community-centered nonprofit organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.
Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:
Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members
- Tom Fraser
- Jeff Patterson
- Brant Smith
LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home”
Fifteen years of community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance, foresight and commitment.
The Lakewood Women’s Club is excited to announce that our featured speaker for this year's Women Honoring Women is Lakewood’s own Denise Dufula! Denise is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the Cleveland television market in addition to receiving a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Along with serving as the 6 & 11 PM news anchor at WJW-TV, Denise was the original morning anchor of "Newscenter 8 This Morning.” She served as a primary evening anchor on WOIO’s Cleveland 19 News for 22 years, before stepping down in late 2016 to spend more quality time with her young son and husband. Denise began her career as a writer for Ohio’s “Heart of It All” campaign in the late 80’s, while serving as a news-promotion producer for WTVN-TV in Columbus.
This month, Lakewood resident and founder of the non-profit "because I said I would," Alex Sheen officially released "because I said I would: The Book" and the first three episodes of "because I said I would: The Podcast."
"Because I said I would" is an international social movement at the forefront of shifting how the world views commitment and accountability. Their mission is to better humanity through promises made and kept. They do this through chapters of volunteers; character education in schools and prisons; accountability programs; and awareness campaigns with global reach. It began with a viral offer to send ten Promise Cards to anyone in the world by request only (at no cost) as a way to honor and memorialize Alex’s father, whose most admirable quality was being a person of his word. With over 10.3 million Promise Cards distributed to over 153 countries, this cause has played a unique role in changing lives around the world.
The Lakewood Women’s Club will be hosting Women Honoring Women at Vosh on May 16, 2019. Local celebrity, Denise Defalla will be this years keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event will go to this year's charity recipient, Gigi’s Playhouse and The Lakewood Scholarship program.
Tickets are now on sale for "Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home," LakewoodAlive's annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 23, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Guests are invited to don cocktail attire with Wizard of Oz flair to partake in a celebration of 15 years of LakewoodAlive and 10 years of our Housing Outreach Program in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue.
Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, There’s No Place Like Home will feature Oz-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment that will have you skipping on your way off to see the wizard. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a swirling tornado to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/NoPlaceLikeHome.
Sitting on the Solstice Steps in Lakewood Park one can feel the restorative power of the Lakewood shoreline. It recharges one for dealing with the pressures of everyday life. The charge is even stronger if one can get out on the water in a small boat on a calm day.
For the residents who reap the benefits of their donated labor and expertise, this ultra-dedicated group seems too good to be true. Yet LakewoodAlive’s most experienced team of volunteers is as real and genuine as they come.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews has been selected as a member of the 2018 Forty Under 40 class by Crain’s Cleveland Business. The honor is bestowed to community leaders who, despite being young, have made a considerable impact within Northeast Ohio through professional successes and civic contributions.
Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 9th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 28th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner will be served from 12:00-3:30 p.m. This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community. Help us make it a successful one!
Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to help others? If so, nominate him or her for the Connecting for Kids Kind Kid Award.
The Kind Kid Award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers. The nomination should include specific examples of acts of kindness performed by the nominee.
The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018. To nominate a child, please fill out the online form found on the organization’s website at https://connectingforkids.org/Board-Awards. Every child nominated will receive a certificate to reinforce his or her actions.
HELP Foundation returned to Lakewood earlier this year when they acquired Cornucopia in February and while the name has changed the vital services provided continue to expand. HELP Cornucopia continues to provide people who have disabilities with exemplary vocational training and employment services while serving the community the delicious food that made Cornucopia a local favorite.
The struggle with depression and anxiety is very real for today’s teenagers. It’s estimated that one in five adolescents from all walks of life will suffer from depression at some point during their teen years. Thankfully, we as a community have the power to support and encourage our youth by addressing this important societal issue.
Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Skate House at Lakewood Park, 14710 Lake Ave will open its doors for this one day, rain or shine sale. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more. We have salvage pieces including interior/exterior doors, glass door knobs and hardware, wood windows and more. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include a dining room set, fall decorations, vinyl records, sport trading cards, housewares, baskets, light fixtures, lamps and miscellaneous furniture.
Having the right tools can make all the difference, empowering you to tackle DIY projects around your home. But how can you be sure your tool box is up to the challenge?
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: How to Stock Your Tool Box on Thursday, October 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lakewood Hardware (16608 Madison Avenue). The 13th workshop of 2018 for this popular home maintenance educational series aims to take the guesswork out of determining what you need to achieve a well-stocked tool box that’s capable of addressing the home repair project at-hand.
Lakewood is a city of beautiful old homes, but with unique charm and history comes great responsibility. As many of Lakewood’s 17,000+ housing units enter or approach their second century, it’s more important than ever to ensure our homes remains healthy and safe.
Like a talented musician amidst a world-class orchestra, it’s not easy to stand out from the crowd at the Spooky Pooch Parade.
On Saturday September 22nd, 2018 Trials For Hope will be hosting our Sock Hop at American Legion Post 703 at 7667 York Rd in Parma to raise funds, donations and awareness for our outreach programs. The event will be a dinner (meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread, salad and dessert) along with music, raffles, door prizes, side boards and 50/50. Drink tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20/adult and $10/children under 12. Doors open at 5 pm.
Lakewood Community Services Center Seeks Volunteers!
If you have a few hours to spare each week and if you want to join LCSC in the fight to end hunger in the community, these volunteer opportunities could be a perfect fit for you.
LCSC is the emergency food pantry for Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake and we could use some dedicated help during the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. We currently provide food assistance to over 7,000 individuals each year! We could not do this important work without our volunteers.
There are two ways in with you can help us.
Like it or not, the chill of winter will return in just a few short months. While not everyone looks forward to the arrival of cold temperatures and snow, we can all take measures to ensure our homes are prepared to endure winter’s wrath.
Lakewood resident Kenneth G. could not believe his eyes upon returning home. The yard surrounding the Arthur Avenue residence he and his wife have called home for more than three decades bore little resemblance to the property he had left a mere two hours earlier.
Hundreds of runners, walkers, and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite Superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 33rd Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 22, at Lakewood Park.
You make use of it every day, yet how much do you truly know about the electrical system flowing throughout your home?
Who: The Residents of Lakewood and Candidates for State and Local Office
What: Lakewood Meets the Candidates 2018: Social and Voter Registration Drive
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 2-4pm
Where: Lakewood Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park
Event Organizers: Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1B; Teresa Schleicher, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1D; Kate McCarthy, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1I
Ohio State Representative, Nickie Antonio (D), District 13, Candidate for Ohio State Senate
Ohio State Senator Mike Skindell (D), District 23, Candidate for Ohio State Representative
Deborah M. Turner, Candidate for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Ashley Kilbane, Candidate for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Repairing a window is not only energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderfully old home. It’s no wonder a sellout crowd was on hand for LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Hands-On Window Repair” workshop on July 19.
The prospect of pursuing home ownership might be a dream come true, but are you truly ready to make an offer? By preparing ahead of time, you can enter the homebuying process with more confidence.
A fresh exterior paint job can extend your home’s life while improving its curb appeal. It’s no wonder that more than 30 area homeowners participated in LakewoodAlive's “Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint” workshop during June.
In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.
Nancy Gianni, Chief Belief Officer at GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, was the keynote speaker Thursday, May 10 at this year’s Women Honoring Women, Lakewood Women’s Club 2nd annual spring fundraiser hosted at Georgetown Vosh.
If you need the ability to power up when the power goes down, then a home generator might be right for you. But how exactly should you go about finding the right solution for your home?
Plaster is a popular topic for homeowners these days, as evidenced by our latest home maintenance workshop. A sellout crowd of more than 30 attendees participated in “Knowing Your Home: Plaster Repair & Replacement” in May.
Most people know that the League of Women Voters registers voters. But the League of also studies issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. As an example, the League was an active partner in Fair Districts, the group that fought against gerrymandering in Ohio (Issue 1 passed by almost 75% in the May election). And the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters supports ethics in government, public libraries, a health care system that delivers adequate healthcare to all citizens of Cuyahoga County, and other relevant issues.
After over 18 months of dedicated work, Lakewood’s Foundation Planning Task Force (FPTF) is preparing to hand the keys over to the Healthy Lakewood Foundation’s new board.
It’s a pairing as perfect as grilled bread and cheese. A Lakewood-born dining institution and Lakewood summer tradition are joining forces for the ninth consecutive year.
Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled
A fresh exterior paint job can make all the difference for your home, boosting your property value while giving you personal satisfaction. But what exactly does it take to achieve a freshly-painted home?
Birdtown Picnic, Battle of Birdtown Softball Game Highlight Fun-Filled Day
Nanze invites you to join us for an evening of food, fun, and festivities at its happy hour fundraiser on Saturday June 2 at Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave.! The $25 ticket price includes unlimited beer, & well drinks, as well as assorted appetizers. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the bar will be open 7-9 pm. There will also be a Chinese raffle, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle.
Nanze currently operates a nursery school and in September of 2017 opened its doors to Nanze Primary in the village of Chikwasa located in Malawi. Children in grades 1-4, will no longer have to walk 7 kilometers one way to receive an education. In addition to building a primary school, Nanze constructed a borehole to provide safe drinking water and has also constructed sanitation facilities and 3 teacher housing units. While our donors were great to us last year, Nanze is still in need of funds to complete Phase Two of our education initiative. With your help, we look to construct three additional classrooms, four sanitations facilities and teacher housing units. We hope that you can continue to help improve the lives of children in one of the poorest countries in the world. See you June 2nd!
Tickets can be purchased at https://nanze.eventbrite.com
A gathering of nearly 40 attendees took a big step towards upgrading their porch steps on Saturday, April 14, when they attended LakewoodAlive’s latest home maintenance workshop.
The Foundation Planning Task Force is proud to announce the Healthy Lakewood Foundation. As the new wellness foundation launches, the Task Force is actively seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members for the inaugural board.
The Historic Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave, is filled to the brim and ready for shoppers Friday, April 20th, 1:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 21th, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Tabletops & Trifles features displays of:
Mark your calendar for Friday, April 20th, 1:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 21th, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m., because you won’t want to miss the Lakewood Historical Society’s special event, Tabletops & Trifles. This elegant sale will feature displays of:
We’re known as the “City of Beautiful Homes,” yet as many residents have discovered, maintaining our renowned-yet-aging housing stock requires more than some basic elbow grease on the part of homeowners.
Calling Lakewood homeowners and residents: Now’s the perfect time to add a splash of color to your home’s exterior.
Susan Murnane, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will speak on Issue One at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood at 3:45 on April 5 in the 4th floor education room of the Assisted Living Building, 1381 Bunts Rd., Lakewood. Murnane's talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
The Foundation Planning Task Force (“FPTF”) has been entrusted with exploring, discussing, and recommending to City Council the nature, scope, mission, and governance of a new wellness foundation for the benefit of Lakewood—for more information, please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/wellness-foundation-task-force/— to be completed within a sixteen to eighteen month time-frame. The task force completed an information-gathering phase, and has begun to work with Kohrman Jackson & Krantz to outline their recommendations for the Mayor & City Council. Below is a summary of their work done in pursuit of completing their task(s) in a timely manner:
Front Porch Concert Series, Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood to Celebrate City’s Vibrancy
Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Slife Heating & Cooling
Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Cleveland Lumber Company
Cub Scout Pack 68 – Lakewood’s Oldest Cub Scout Pack – is sponsoring a $5.00 pancake breakfast and free Easter Egg Hunt on March 25, 2018 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church (15700 Detroit Ave).
Who:Lakewood Women’s Club to Host Second Annual Fundraiser