Light Up Lakewood 2021 To Spread Holiday Cheer On December 4

LakewoodAlive’s Festive Outdoor Community Event Returns to Downtown Lakewood

The most joyous of Lakewood traditions is returning to Downtown Lakewood for the 15th annual celebration. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2021 takes place on Saturday, December 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy.  This free, family-friendly event on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, The Roundstone Beer Garden, Holiday Train, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and more.

Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood's downtown district and visit local shops and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio's largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region.


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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark To Madison Park On October 16

It won’t be long until Birdtown goes to the dogs.  LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Madison Park, a parade through Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood and an awards presentation. The parade takes place on the streets surrounding the park and leaves on Athens Avenue. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Pre-registration ends on October 15at noon. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization. 


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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

My Arrival In Mozambique, Africa

Hello People! My name is Fernanda. You may have seen me around town or read my story in the previous issue of The Lakewood Observer. In that story, I left my familiar family and my comfortable life in Chile in order to experience a different culture and to learn about people by living with them the way they live. This was an idea that I got from some documentaries that I watched as a child in Chile.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

LakewoodAlive To Host A Virtual Community Conversation On May 26 Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

LakewoodAlive announces it will host a community conversation entitled “Historic Preservation: Embracing the Past to Invest in the Future” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 via Zoom. This conversation will offer insightful dialogue about how we can celebrate our historic building stock, take steps to preserve what we have and leverage resources to breathe new life into these buildings’ second century.

Often called a Streetcar Suburb, Lakewood’s historic roots run deep from Native American trails to farms to plank roads. While the streetcars are long gone, much of our history is visible today in our homes and businesses. How can we work to ensure that these beautiful buildings remain viable and central to the unique sense of place Lakewood celebrates?

The community is invited to attend this free conversation as LakewoodAlive seeks to discuss how communities that celebrate historic preservation stand apart from others and how preservation can be an economic driver for the future. The discussion will delve into the two recently established national historic districts in Lakewood (Downtown and Clifton Park South) and what that means for those neighborhoods while exploring the desire and importance of seeking new historic districts in our pre-war historic community.


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Volume 17, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.19.2021

Registration Now Open for 2021 Summer Meltdown Hybrid 5K & Family Fun Run

Ready, sweat, go! Registration is now open for LakewoodAlive’s Hybrid Summer Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk with an in-person race on Sunday, July 25 and a virtual race taking place July 10 through 23.

In an effort to ensure comfort and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled will be orchestrated as a hybrid event with a virtual and in person race, to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to continue this long-held Lakewood summer tradition. The Hybrid Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive, a community centered non-profit organization.

VIRTUAL OPTION: Run anywhere and support LakewoodAlive! Complete the race at your convenience anytime between July 10 and July 23, by running through your neighborhood, favorite park or using a treadmill and recording your time on our event page.


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Volume 17, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.19.2021

LakewoodAlive’s 2021 Virtual Front Porch Concert Series Performers Announced

Research shows that music can be a powerful healing tool, helping us to make memories, build community, and collectively elevating our spirits. Right now, in the midst of a period in which the need for social bonding is perhaps greater than ever, we’re excited to bring the community together through live music.

LakewoodAlive announces its 2021 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James will feature nine live musical performances hosted virtually via LakewoodAlive’s Facebook page each Friday evening at 7 p.m. from June 4 through July 30.

Now in its 11th year, the popular music series is staying virtual to ensure health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, yet LakewoodAlive remains committed to enhancing Lakewood’s sense of community by offering free weekly concerts that families and all music lovers can enjoy. 

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Volume 17, Issue 9, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.05.2021

LakewoodAlive Unveils "Knowing Your Home" Schedule For 2021

Tackling a home improvement project doesn't need to feel intimidating. This virtual workshop series is designed to educate and inform first-time or long-time owners and anyone in-between. The series, focused on best sustainability and home maintenance practices hopes to empower residents to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.

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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 7:32 PM, 04.07.2021

LakewoodAlive’s Paint Lakewood Program Kicks Off 2021 Season

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for making your home look fresh and sharp. If your home is in need of an update, a fresh paint job may be more affordable than you think.

LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program announces the return of its Paint Lakewood Program for the 2021 season. The Paint Lakewood Program’s primary goal involves revitalizing Lakewood’s neighborhoods, while reducing lead hazards and educating residents on lead safety issues. The Paint Lakewood Program is available to low-to-moderate income residents.

This innovative program is designed to help make it more affordable for qualified Lakewood homeowners and residents to beautify their homes through exterior whole-home painting, ultimately making their homes safe for their families and the community.

Paint Lakewood will provide a grant of up to $4,500 to qualified Lakewood homeowners and residents for exterior paint, supplies and professional labor costs to paint their home. The program has been designed to offer a grant on a sliding scale to help reduce the cost of an exterior paint job.


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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 7:32 PM, 04.07.2021

Tickets Are On Sale Now For Loving Lakewood: Life's A Beach

Calling all Beach Bums- it's time to join LakewoodAlive for a radical, virtual event filled with sand, waves and good clean fun! LakewoodAlive will host Loving Lakewood: Life's a Beach on Saturday, February 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Guests are invited to break out beach apparel and plan for a whale of a time as we do all we can to connect with one another in a safe way. Dress up in your favorite beach attire and drift away to a warm and beachy place during the Loving Lakewood: Life's A Beach event.

Tickets for Life's a Beach can be secured at

A $50 ticket will provide you with an exclusive link to the virtual event and your choice of a delicious meal prepared by Karen King Catering. Meal options range from grilled Cajun shrimp skewer, beef brisket, pulled pork to a vegan black bean burger meal. Add on a six-pack of Platform's Haze Jude or Palesner or select a refreshing bottle of wine and make it a complete night with the option of personal delivery service right to your front porch.

While enjoying your meal and beverage, tune in as we recognize some of our top volunteers, catch up with friends in private breakout rooms, join us for mobile bidding during our live auction, take a chance with the 50/50 raffle and hear live music.

Proceeds will support LakewoodAlive's programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. While we won't be able to be together in person, we are still stoked to hang-ten with our friends and supporters. It will be a whale of a goodtime at this fin-tastic celebration of Community, Connectivity and Perseverance. After all, Life's a Beach!

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 01.20.2021

Downtown Lakewood Officially Listed In National Register Of Historic Places

LakewoodAlive and the City of Lakewood are proud to announce that downtown Lakewood has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 105 buildings in the Lakewood Downtown Historic District trace Lakewood's development from a thriving agricultural community through its development as a streetcar era suburb, as well as the reinvestment projects in downtown during the 1960s and early 1970s.

The district includes an area from just west of Bunts Road to midway between Hall and Ethel Avenues, Warren Road from Detroit Avenue to almost Franklin Boulevard, and a number of apartment buildings located adjacent to Detroit Avenue on side streets. Visit to see a district map and additional information.

"We are thrilled to announce the completion of the Downtown Lakewood Historic District project which has been in the works since 2016 when the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Staff visited to determine if a district was viable," said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews. "This listing now unlocks state and federal historic tax credits for building owners in an effort to further support investment in our historic commercial building stock."

Owners of income producing buildings constructed in the early 1970s or earlier in the historic district are now eligible to use the federal historic tax credit program, which provides a credit equal to 20% of rehabilitation costs. In addition, the buildings are also eligible to compete for a 25% of rehabilitation tax credit through the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.


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Volume 16, Issue 24, Posted 12:59 PM, 01.06.2021

Light Up Lakewood: Reimagined To Spread Virtual Holiday Cheer

LakewoodAlive has creatively reimagined the most joyous of Lakewood traditions — this year, we will be virtually connecting the community to safely bring the spirit of this beloved event to life. Light Up Lakewood is back for a 14th consecutive year, help us to #LiftUpLakewood with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2020 takes place virtually from Saturday, December 12 through Sunday, December 20.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This virtual, family-friendly event will feature nine days of Lakewood holiday traditions that premier daily on Facebook and Instagram beginning December 12. The virtual event will kick off with our Lighting Ceremony that begins with a mini-parade featuring Light Up Lakewood celebrities including Santa, Grinch, and Buddy the Elf.

”Light Up Lakewood is such a fun celebration of the season and we wanted to do our best to keep the celebration alive, in a safe way,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews. “We are thrilled to bring you nine days of videos featuring some of our favorite traditions of the event and hope it brings the community together during this uncertain time.”

Schedule of Virtual Events for Light Up Lakewood Reimagined:
Video content will premiere daily at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram.

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Volume 16, Issue 23, Posted 11:39 AM, 11.18.2020

A Digital Dog Day Delight: 2020 Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade Highlight

It was a crisp, picture-perfect autumn day, and although we weren’t able to gather together at Kauffman Park, we were happy to see the creativity and enthusiasm of Spooky Pooch endure through these times. It was, indeed, a digital dog day delight.

On Saturday morning, October 17, the original day of our annual parade, we premiered our 2020 Spooky Pooch Parade Video announcing the Best in Show, 12 lucky dogs that will be featured on our 2021 wall calendar, and heart warming honorable mentions that made our 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Celebration memorable for all who participated. The votes and comments for Best in Show flooded in on Facebook and Instagram, after two days, we tallied over 1600 votes. 

Sponsored by Ganley Subaru and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade featured mutts and purebreds, lap dogs and large canines, and a wide assortment of clever costumes adorned by both humans and their furry friends. The 12 lucky dogs that will be featured on our calendar were selected by a panel of judges, with the winner of Best in Show which was chosen through public through voting, receiving one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store.

The level of creativity expressed in this year’s array of costumes truly brought a smile to our faces. Costumes included many fictional favorites such as Oscar the Grouch (a dog painted green jumping out of a garbage can, of course), Mickey Mouse (and his cohort of friends), Baby Yoda (as adorable as the one on the big screen) and many more. 


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Volume 16, Issue 21, Posted 8:02 PM, 11.04.2020

Hot Dog! LakewoodAlive’s 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Going Virtual

It’s been said that when times get ruff, dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, LakewoodAlive announces the 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Ganley Subaru will be held virtually, with 12 lucky winners having their dogs highlighted in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 calendar and one grand prize “Best In Show” winner being determined by public voting.

“We are pleased to be able to adapt our Spooky Pooch Parade into a virtual format and continue this long-held fall tradition safely during this unprecedented time,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This family-friendly community event will certainly look different this year, without having 350 canines and 3,000 people filling Kauffman Park, yet its ability to offer community members joy and comfort will endure. We hope you and your family enjoy participating, and we appreciate your support of LakewoodAlive. Now get those creative costume juices flowing!”


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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum On May 23

The benefits arising from societal diversity are well-documented. Research shows being exposed to people who are different from us broadens our horizons, enhances our creativity and even makes us happier. But how exactly can we succeed with cultivating a more diverse community in Lakewood?

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood).  Co-hosted by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission, this community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we as Lakewoodites can further our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity within our city.


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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018