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Final Call For Nominations For Lakewood's Women Honoring Women Event

The Lakewood Women’s Club annual event, Women Honoring Women, is fast approaching on May 10th, 2018. The main focus of this event is to honor women who work or live in the community and whom are making notable contributions to it. The application deadline was recently extended from January 26th to February 23rd in the hopes to receive a few more applications for the two categories; Emerging and Distinguished leaders.

All the event information and application is on our website:
https://lakewoodwomensclub.weebly.com under the Events tab.

Last years event at Georgetow/Vosh was a huge success and raised money for our then charity recipient, Trinity of Lakewood and a high school graduate who was selected from our scholarship program.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

February 19-23, 2018 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 3 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School and Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison Elementary School.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

Come Home To Lakewood!

The Lakewood Historical Society's biennial "Come Home to Lakewood" house tour occurs on September 9th, the first Sunday after Labor Day. While that seems far in the future, the planning process is already underway, and we need your help! We need to know the houses you want to see, those you drive by and wish you could get inside. Or perhaps you'd like to volunteer your own house. Give us the address, and we'll do the rest. We'll contact the owners to let them know they've been nominated, and ask if they'd be willing to showcase their home. If so, we'll visit, and choose from the nominees those that would make up the most unique and fascinating tour. We'll be rounding up our possibilities over the next few weeks, so don't delay, make your nominations today! You may nominate by:

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

Lakewood Athletic Boosters Annual Night At The Races

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 14th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 10, 2018. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30. 

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

Stuff the Subaru For My Best Friend's Bowl 2018

MBFB has been providing food to pet owners experiencing difficulty providing for their pets since 2011. Once again, My Best Friend's Bowl will be accepting donations of dry dog and cat food and litter for their major food drive for the year.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

H2O Tributary Bash: Flood The World With Kindness

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of Help to Others (H2O)! An unprecedented collaboration between the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood City Schools, and private and corporate donors, H2O connects students with volunteer opportunities to help them develop a strong desire to serve the community. Over the past 25 years more than 10,000 Lakewood middle and high school students have donated more than 90,000 hours of volunteer work to Lakewood and the Greater Cleveland area through H2O. 

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

Lakewood Women’s Club To Host 2nd Annual Spring Fundraiser Nominations Open Now For “Women Honoring Women”

Lakewood Women’s Club is seeking nominations for its second annual spring fundraiser, “Women Honoring Women,” to be presented on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Georgetown Vosh in Lakewood, Ohio. The event will recognize outstanding women whose charitable and civic service has made an exceptional impact in Lakewood, Ohio.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 3:19 PM, 12.19.2017

Giant Menorah To Light Up Crocker Park

For the third year in a row, locals of Cleveland's western suburbs will enjoy Hanukkah celebrated in style with a giant Menorah lighting and grand Hanukkah party at Westlake's Crocker Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

AARP Free Tax Aide

AARP free tax aide brings you free electronic filing of your tax returns. The IRS certified volunteers are ready to help income tax payers of all ages. You do not need to be an AARP member to receive this service. A photo ID and social security number are required at time of visit. Bring last year's tax return if possible.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Frontline Service Teams With Geiger's To Provide Toys And Coats For The Homeless

FrontLine Service, Cuyahoga County’s largest provider of services to help the homeless, has joined forces with Geiger’s to make sure families in poverty receive toys and basic need items this holiday season. The organizations are also cooperating on a parallel program to provide coats to help the homeless over a cold Cleveland winter.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Christmas Sale On The Grounds

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving.      

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Santa Paws To Visit Lakewood

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is coming to Lakewood. He will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans companions on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

8th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner and Raffle

On Sunday, October 29, Transfiguration Parish will hold its 8th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Avenue, Lakewood. Dinners will be served from noon until 3:30 p.m. Each dinner includes two pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut (optional), green beans, applesauce, dinner roll, dessert, and coffee. The cost for dinner tickets is $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children age 4 and under. Purchasing dinner tickets in advance is strongly recommended for both dine-in and for take-out dinners. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door. Phone reservations (to be paid at the door) can be made by October 22 by calling 216-228-1134 or 216-269-9801. Please note that any unclaimed reservations will be released for sale at 3 p.m. on October 29.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

"Connecting For Kids" To Honor Kind Kid; Nominations Now Being Accepted

During the month of October, Connecting for Kids will be celebrating kindness with Facebook posts, newsletter articles and website resources that provide families with tips for teaching kindness and compassion to their children. As part of this celebration, the organization is opening up nominations for the Kind Kid Award.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Historical Society Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 21 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 a huge assortment of salvage pieces including interior/exterior doors, leaded glass windows, stained glass, cabinet doors, glass door knobs, wood shutters, register covers and cabinet hardware. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include Hitchcock chairs, a Bernina Artista Sewing Machine, bookshelves, ceiling fixtures and chandeliers, wicker pieces, beautiful vintage window cornices and much more.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Trials For Hope: Harvest Happenings Fundraiser

Trials For Hope will be hosting our Harvest Happenings fundraising event on Saturday, October 14th from 5 to 9 p.m. at The American Legion Post 703 Hall 7667 York Rd. Parma, OH 44130.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

7th Annual "Let's Love Lakewood" Community Outreach Event

Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) celebrated its 7th annual “Let’s Love Lakewood”community outreach event on Saturday August 12th. At the event, LNLC gave away 530 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need, offered prayer to families, and provided a place for families to register for Toys for Tots. LNLC will be contacting the families selected to receive their toys sometime in December.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

Grab Your Cape And Run For A Good Cause!

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 32nd Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 16 at Lakewood Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's 10th Annual Dog Show

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted their 10th Annual Community Dog Show on Sunday, August 13, 2017. We would like to extend a very special thank-you to all of the vendors and raffle sponsors:

Latrese Yelder, Howard Hanna Lakewood
Mary Drake, Holistic Pet Care & Grooming
Maria Pabon, Paparazzi Jewelry
Carmen Rentas, Carmen’s Pastelillios
Dr. Marcello Mellino, Mellino Photography
David Stein, Cotton
Gordon Geiger, Geiger’s
Tamara Racin, Paisley Monkey
Greg Schnupp, Pet’s General
Mary Lou Griffin, Crust
Marcia Broski
Cleveland APL

Thank you to the community for supporting our event and bringing your dogs, as well as the Cleveland APL for bringing a couple of cats and dog “Franklin” for adoption! This was the dog show’s best year yet for fundraising! 100% of the proceeds from food and raffle sales were donated to the Lakewood Animal Shelter.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

30th Annual Lakewood Community Festival Caps Off Summer

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 30th annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

CLE Diaper Drive

WHAT​: Cleveland is hosting a city-wide, East​ ​vs​ ​West​ ​diaper​ ​drive​ ​to support our neighbors in need.

WHY​: One​ ​in​ ​three​ families in the U.S. struggles with diaper need, and things are even worse here in Cleveland, where half​ ​of children​ ​live​ ​in​ ​poverty​. It’s no wonder families are struggling to afford diapers when the cost of diapering one child can cost abo ut $1,000​ ​per​ ​year​. This need is compounded by the fact that no government subsidies currently cover or assist with the cost of diapers.

WHEN:​ September​ ​23rd-30th

Special​ ​Kick-off​ ​Events

Friday, September 22 from ​6-9 p.m. CLE​ ​Diaper​ ​Drive​ ​Fundraiser!

 

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

Community Kickball Tournament & Carnival

Cheer on your neighbors as they face off, Madison vs. Detroit, at Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field on Sunday, August 27, 2017, for the first-ever Kauffman Park Kickball Tournament & Carnival. Games (best two out of three) will last 7 innings or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. Adults and children 14 and older are invited to play. Registration is $10 for an individual, $25 for a business “celebrity.” All proceeds benefit improvements to Kauffman Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Lakewood Elementary School Boys Invited To Join Cub Scouts August 28 At Harding Middle School

Lakewood’s Cub Scout Packs announced an Open House Recruiting night Monday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. The location is Harding Middle School. All boys in first through fifth grades can join Cub Scouts for camping, community service, and fun filled activities. The event is sponsored by the four Lakewood Cub Scout Packs. Prospective Scouts can race a Pinewood Derby car, sail a rain gutter regatta boat, test out camping equipment, and - weather permitting – launch a rocket made only of construction paper!

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Shabbat In The Park Open To Community

jHUB, an initiative which provides interfaith couples and families new ways to comfortably explore, discover, and personalize the meaning of Jewish culture and values in our modern world, is offering Shabbat in the Park on Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Park. For this potluck dinner jHUB will provide an entrée, drinks, and crafts for kids, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Free Summer Lunches For Kids At Church Of The Ascension

School-age kids from preschool through grade 12 can get a free, nutritious lunch every weekday from June 12 through August 11 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.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:13 PM, 05.16.2017

Lakewood Women’s Club's First Spring Fundraiser Attracts An Influential Crowd

Georgetown Vosh, located in Lakewood, Ohio, hosted over 120 of the area’s most influential women, Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Lakewood Women’s Club’s inaugural spring fundraiser, “Women Honoring Women.” Laura Ponticello, award-winning author and publisher who is best known for her books “Live the Life of Your Dreams” and “The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening,” was the keynote speaker.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.16.2017

Showcase Re-Sale Store

If you are looking for a resale store that has the feel of a chic boutique, the Showcase Resale Store at 15404 Madison Avenue awaits you! With a new spring and summer inventory, the store offers clothing for men, women, and children, shoes, handbags, jewelry, housewares, books, pictures, toys and other miscellaneous items. On Tuesdays, all store merchandise (except jewelry) is 50% off for any customer 50 years of age or older. On any day other than Tuesday, if you bring in this original article and buy one item at full value, you will receive an item of lesser or equal value free. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.16.2017

Volunteers Needed for LCAC Spring Cleaning Distribution

Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, aka “the food drive people” switches gears every May to help provide cleaning supplies and hygiene items for Lakewood families and seniors in need. This year LCAC is expanding their drive to assist 250 households. The spring cleaning donations are especially appreciated by recipients because cleaning supplies and toiletries are expensive and not covered under the WIC program.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Lakewood Women’s Club First Spring Fundraiser Attracts An Influential Crowd

Laura Ponticello, award-winning author and publisher who is best know for her books “Live the Life of Your Dreams” and “The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening,” will be the keynote speaker Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Lakewood Women’s Club inaugural spring fundraiser, “Women Honoring Women.”

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Easter Seals Northern Ohio Offers Summer Speech Program

Easter Seals Northern Ohio is pleased to announce its plans for a summer speech therapy program in Lakewood. The program, which will be held at the Easter Seals office located at 14701 Detroit Ave. #470, and will offer services to children with speech and language disabilities or delays.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Get To Know LakewoodAlive: Housing Outreach

Lakewood is a city of homes and we love them dearly. They might be old, the toilet in the basement might leak a little, and the porch might be a little spongy in the middle. But we can agree that one of the badges of honor we all wear on our collective sleeve is the pride we have in our homes.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

CCLAS Hair Of The Dog Happy Hour And Silent Auction

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) is proudly sponsoring its annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the popular Around the Corner Saloon in Lakewood.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Keeping Kids Safe In Parking Lots

Have you had a scare in a parking lot or driveway? You are juggling bags of groceries, responding to a text or maybe getting your baby out of the car seat. You are distracted for a second – the amount of time it takes your toddler or preschooler to run away from your vehicle and into a busy area. Many of us can relate to this occurrence that happens all too often. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, 96 fatalities and 2,000 injuries in children occur every year due to being backed over.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Join The Epilepsy Association For Their Rockin’ The Keys For A Cause Dueling Piano Event On May 3rd

Supporters of the epilepsy community in Northeast Ohio will come together to raise funds and awareness at the 2nd Annual Rockin’ the Keys for a Cause: a dueling piano themed event to benefit the Epilepsy Association. This laid back, after work event will be held at Vosh in Lakewood on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. The goal of Rockin’ the Keys is to raise over $30,000 to support the Epilepsy Association’s programs and services.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Polaris Cuyahoga County Career Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will be hosting the 2017 Polaris/Cuyahoga County Career Fair, at Polaris Career Center at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Connecting For Kids Expands Programming To Lakewood

Connecting for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, has recently expanded into Lakewood offering its popular Music Therapy & More (SM) and Elementary Experiences (SM) at the Lakewood Public Library and its Speaker Series at Lakewood City Schools. All of these programs are supported by a generous grant from Community West Foundation.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Friends Of The Lakewood Dog Park Ready For Spring

Got spring fever? Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) have just the thing for your seasonal affliction.

Please join us for our annual rite of spring, Photos with Hoppy Paws. The FLDP fundraiser is on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Pet’s General Store, 16821 Madison Avenue, in Lakewood, OH.

Bring your pets and your peeps to pose with the super-size bunny, Hoppy Paws. No appointment is necessary, just hop on over.

Photographer Martha Widdowson, of Portraits by Martha, will be behind the camera to capture all the fun. In addition to photos of various sizes and combination photo packages, Portraits by Martha features magnet, button and phone case photo accessories. Traditional portraits begin at $12 for one 5x7 or two 4x6 photos. A portion of each sale will benefit FLDP.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Get To Know LakewoodAlive Series Kicks Off

From the LakewoodAlive office, in the INA Building basement at the corner of St. Charles and Detroit Avenues, comes the first in a series of articles about LakewoodAlive. Since 2011, I have had the honor to be part of this incredible organization and I’ve also been faced with many reasonable questions. What is LakewoodAlive? Who works where? What does the organization do? Isn’t LakewoodAlive “The City”? It’s time to answer these questions and start a conversation. We hope you enjoy this series which will run through the end of 2017.

LakewoodAlive is a non-profit 501c3 community development organization. What does that mean? We work to support small businesses and business districts. We work to ensure residents are living in healthy and safe housing. We work to bring the community together to discuss the issues of the day. By supporting businesses, homes, people, public spaces and promoting conversation, we believe we are fulfilling our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Lakewood Resident Ellen Spear Honored By Connecting For Kids

Connecting for Kids will honor Lakewood resident Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist and Co-Owner, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC. as its Professional of the Year. This award is given to individuals who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child. The award will be presented at the organization's Annual Fundraiser on February 24, 2017 which will be held at Ahern Catering & Banquet Center, 726 Avon Belden Rd. in Avon Lake. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Senior Scholarship Applications Available Now

Applications are now available for the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Senior scholarships. A variety of scholarships are offered to qualified Lakewood High School graduating seniors who will be attending college or other post high school education. Scholarships have been endowed through contributions and bequests from individual alumni or their families, graduating classes, and former Lakewood City Schools staff members. Applications will be reviewed and qualifying students will be interviewed by our scholarship committee. Students who are awarded scholarships will be honored during the Celebration of Excellence on May 23, 2017 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. The scholarship deadline is March 15, 2017. For an application packet with criteria, deadlines and other information, see the LREF website, www.lakewoodrangers.com/programs/. For additional information, contact Executive Director, Terri Richards at 216-529-4033 or terri.richards@lakewoodcityschools.org

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Adopt-A-Pet: Surprise Bear

Meet Collar #152 Surprise Bear. This sweet girl is ready to be adopted out through the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Surprise was rescued back in September 2016 and has spent the past 5 months in foster care. When Surprise was found, she just a tiny kitten, very timid and shy. After spending time in a loving foster home, she gained confidence and is now very friendly, playful, and loves to spend time laying near her foster mom to keep her company. She gets along with other cats, has been spayed, and is approximately 7 months old. If interested in adopting Surprise Bear, please contact the Lakewood Animal Shelter at 216-529-5020 or message Citizen Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 01.24.2017

Stuff The Subaru For My Best Friend's Bowl

My Best Friend's Bowl is a non-profit pet food bank providing pet food to owners experiencing difficulty feeding their pet. We've been around since 2011, distributing food at the Lakewood Community Services Center here in Lakewood.

On February 5th, 2017, or Super Bowl Sunday to sport fans, our dedicated volunteers will once again be out front at Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd. collecting donations from our supporters. Starting at 10 am and concluding at 2 pm you can drop off your contribution. Enter and exit on Franklin. Drive up and our helpers will unload your donation, get your information for a tax letter and you are on your way to your Super Bowl watch party.

We are looking for dry dog and cat food, canned cat food, cat litter and piddle pads (for our senior outreach program at the Westerly apartments). If you prefer to donate cash, we'll gratefully accept that as well. Checks can be made out to our fiscal agent, The Lakewood Foundation, just put MBFB in the memo section. You can also donate on our facebook page at My Best Friend's Bowl or our website http://mybestfriendsbowllakewood.com/bowl/how-can-i-help/.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Spring LECPTA Baby Bargain And Big Kid Bonanza Returning March 18th

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, March 18th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Fundraising For Autism

This February I embark on my second trip with the Global Autism Project to Nicaragua. The Project sends 5-10 volunteers several times a year to underdeveloped areas in the world where they've established partnerships with developing centers focused on teaching children with autism. The goal is to provide continuous training to native therapists while respecting the culture, so they can provide therapy to children with autism in their city. The Project is committed to sustainability. I experienced first-hand their honesty and transparency.

I have worked with children with autism for 10 years, and obtained my BCaBA license last year. Summer 2015 brought several painful shifts in my life. The kind where I’m stuck in bed in my Lakewood duplex with my two boxer pups at my side. My boss knew my pain, and suggested I apply to the Global Autism Project. I had heard about the Project through a coworker who went to India the previous year. I also knew that being accepted to the Project meant that I would need to raise $5000 for the nonprofit. But pain is beyond motivating so I sent in my information, had my 1 hour interview with the CEO and next thing I knew I was nonstop posting on Facebook explaining the nonprofit and asking for donations. Asking for help in something I had yet to experience but really believed in. Changing kids’ lives. It’s hard not to believe in that.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017