Dear Residents,

With the official arrival of summer, there are many fun activities and events to attend all around the City this month. Read all about them in this edition of City News.   

There are two items I wanted to highlight. I was honored to help cut the ribbon for the opening of the Little Free Pantry recently. It is located behind Heights Christian Church at 17300 Van Aken Blvd. See the information below to find out how to donate non-perishable food and personal care items to this important free resource for those in need.

Also, please join me on June 23 at the “Come, Play! Fest” on Chelton Rd. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than meeting new friends and neighbors at this community festival focused on games and fun? See below for details.

Enjoy the long and warm summer days. See you around town!

David E. Weiss
City News
Free Summer Fitness Programs in Shaker Parks
Woman doing yoga in park
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department is offering a series of free fitness programs in beautiful Shaker parks throughout the summer:

  • Yoga in the Park. Join your neighbors for beginner-friendly, free Hatha yoga classes in a different park each week. Attendees should bring a mat, towel, and water bottle. View the schedule on Facebook or download a PDF. 

  • Stroller Strides. Get the kids, grab your stroller, and enjoy an hour-long workout at Horseshoe Lake Park. Bring a mat or towel and water bottle. Saturdays June 16, July 14, and August 18 at 10 am.

  • Boot Camp Conditioning. Kick start your Saturday mornings with this hour-long workout blending cardio, weights, and body-weight resistance exercises designed to get you in shape while having fun. Bring water, dumbbells (5 pounds), and a yoga mat or towel. Location: Gridley Triangle. Saturdays, June 2-August 25, 8-9 am. No class July 14 and July 21. View the schedule on Facebook or download a PDF.

  • Health Seekers. Are you ready to start a fitness routine, but not sure how? This hour-long gentle workout program will get you started. Bring water, dumbbells (2-3 pounds), and a towel or mat. Location: Thornton Park Picnic Area. Wednesdays, June 6-August 29, 6:30-7:30 pm. No class July 4, 11, and 18. View the schedule on Facebook or download a PDF.

In the event of inclement weather, check the Recreation Department's  Facebook page  for cancellations or location changes.
Little Free Pantry Now Open
Little Free Pantry
Take what you need, leave what you can ... that's the tag line for the Little Free Pantry now open 24/7 behind Heights Christian Church (17300 Van Aken Blvd.).

Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items may be placed directly in the Pantry. Email for more information.
Preservation Month Photo Contest Ends June 30
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission seeks submissions to its sixth annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The contest was created in honor of National Preservation Month, which is celebrated each May by preservation organizations across the country. In a nod to the widespread use of cell phone cameras and social media, this year’s contest is based in Instagram. Identify submissions by using #PreserveSH18.

The contest encourages residents and visitors to submit images that showcase what makes Shaker “Shaker.” Photos can highlight a particular architectural detail, landmark building, neighborhood, street, park, place to eat or shop, view, or anything else that represents Shaker Heights to the photographer. The contest runs through June 30.
Renovating? Consider the Heritage Home Program
Heritage Home Program
The next time your Shaker home needs some TLC or updating, consider reaching out to the Cleveland Restoration Society . The Society’s Heritage Home Program offers a range of services to help repair, maintain, and rehab older homes, while retaining architectural features and increasing a home's value.

Shaker homeowners who live in a home that is at least 50 years old are eligible to receive technical assistance – including site visits from construction specialists, maintenance and repair recommendations, advice on energy efficiency, and more – and low-interest financing through KeyBank and Third Federal Savings and Loan.
South Woodland Rd. Gas Main Replacement Project
Dominion Energy Ohio has started an extensive gas main replacement project on South Woodland Rd. The project consists of two phases:

Phase 1 – Warrensville Center Rd. to Green Rd.
Phase 2 – Warrensville Center Rd. to Torrington Rd.

Each phase is approximately three months (weather permitting) with an anticipated completion date of mid-October. Traffic will be maintained in both directions during the project. However, motorists should expect significant delays.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this project. Residents may contact Dominion Energy Ohio at 1-800-544-5768 or visit  Dominion Energy Ohio for more information.
Flyways, Not Highways
Saturday, June 2
6:30-11 pm
Celebrate summer with an evening under the stars in the heart of the Shaker parklands. Proceeds benefit the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Strung with beautiful lights, the Nature Center (2600 S. Park Blvd.) will come alive as guests stroll and mingle, enjoying food and drink, live music, and interactive activities. Learn more at .
Hands-On Tuckpointing Class
Tuesday, June 12
7-9 pm
Learn to replace crumbling or missing mortar in brick walls, steps, and chimneys. Learn to use an angle grinder to remove mortar, then learn how to mix, tint, and replace the mortar. You’ll also learn how to hold a trowel, pointer, and mortar bag like an expert. $18.75 for Shaker residents. Location: the Colonnade (adjacent to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Building (3450 Lee Rd.). Register using the button below or call 216-381-6100.

Residents are also invited to join the Home Repair Resource Center Tool Library, which offers hundreds of tools for loan for a seven-day period. Members can view and reserve tools online. Annual cost: $25. Learn more at
Senior Picnic
Wednesday, June 13
1-3 pm
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department invites adults age 50-plus to picnic among friends. Make your reservation by Friday, June 9; cost is $9 (no refunds). Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Building (3450 Lee Rd.). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Andrea Jewett at 216-491-1351.
14th Annual Gracious Gardens Weekend
Cocktails in the Garden: Friday, June 15, 6-9 pm
Garden Tour: Sunday, June 17, 12-5 pm
Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, live music by Jim Carr, and more at an historic Shaker home on Friday, June 15. On Sunday, June 17, tour eight beautiful and inspiring private Shaker Heights gardens. Proceeds benefit the Shaker Historical Society. Produced in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio History Connection.
Larchmere PorchFest
Saturday, June 16
2-10 pm
Larchmere Porchfest 2018
This annual free music festival in the Larchmere District brings together musicians of all genres to play on porches, driveways, balconies, and patios of those who live and work around Larchmere Boulevard.
16th Annual DadsDay Run
Sunday, June 17
Registration-7:30 am; 5 mile start-8:30 am; 1 mile start-9:30 am
This race is for everyone, not just Dad — runners, walkers, and strollers are encouraged to come out and enjoy a 5 mile or 1 mile course through the community. The event starts and ends at Shaker Family Center (19824 Sussex Rd.). All proceeds benefit Family Connections, a not-for-profit that has served Greater Cleveland communities for more than 30 years. Post-race fun includes balloon twisting by Flower Clown and food and refreshments, including Ben & Jerry's.
Come, Play! Fest
Saturday, June 23
12-6 pm
Come Play Fest 2018
A block party meets field day meets festival for all. Come, Play! Fest is a free community-centered street fair in the Moreland neighborhood. Come enjoy a day filled with music, art, games, and interactive exhibits — a summertime event to stretch out, sip lemonade, and soak up some sunshine with friends and neighbors. The event is sponsored by the City of Shaker Heights and produced in partnership with  Ingenuity Cleveland . Location: Chelton Rd. between Hampstead Rd. and Scottsdale Blvd. and nearby City-owned vacant lots.
From the Schools 
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Summer Construction Projects at Shaker Heights Schools

There are several construction projects at Shaker schools from June 7-August 3. Please be aware that there will be limited parking at the schools while the construction workers are on site.

For safety reasons, there will be no access to the playground at Onaway during the replacement of the asphalt play area and a retaining wall. As an alternative, families may use the play areas at Boulevard or Woodbury.

Please note that the projected time frame for all projects is subject to change due to weather and other variables. The typical work day for operation of heavy equipment will be approximately 7 am to 3:30 pm. Work on asphalt replacement could extend to 6-7 pm.

Expect congestion in and around the High School Oval as the following parking lots will be closed for the summer construction period:

  • High School south parking lot
  • High School north parking lot   
  • Onaway Elementary School parking lot

Please plan accordingly if you’ll be visiting or picking up/dropping off students at the High School or Onaway. Budget an extra 10 minutes for walking from your car to a building. The Administration Building lot will be restricted to building users only.

During the construction period, the SELF and Shaker Heights City Summer Recreation Programs will run according to schedule in the respective buildings. Walk-in routes to the buildings will be identified. Participants and employees should plan accordingly to gain access to the buildings.

Contact the Shaker Heights Schools Business Office with any questions, 216-295-1400. Review this full list of construction projects.
Save the Date
6th Annual Independence Day Pool Party
Wednesday, July 4
2-6 pm
Celebrate the holiday with friends and neighbors at Thornton Park pool (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). Enjoy family activities, a poolside DJ, and rocket car rides. Regular admission fees apply. Call 216-491-1295 for more information. 
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