City News
Van Aken District Call for Artists
Together with  LAND studio , the City announces its first Call for Artists for public art in the  Van Aken District . Artists from Shaker Heights, Greater Cleveland, and with ties to the region are strongly encouraged to participate. The artwork will be installed during fall 2018. Deadline for submissions is May 11.
Landmark Commission Announces Instagram Photo Contest
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 will be based in Instagram. Submissions will be identified 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 from May 1 to June 30.
Get Involved with Come, Play! Fest
Come Play Fest 2018
A block party meets field day meets festival for all! The inaugural Come, Play! Fest on June 23, from 12-6 pm, is held in partnership with the City of Shaker Heights and the Moreland neighborhood. Food, music, art and interactive games — a summertime event to stretch out, sip lemonade, and simply soak up some sunshine!

Want to be part of the event? Here's how:

  • Volunteer to host games, greet guests, or serve as a neighborhood ambassador with the Volunteer Sign-Up form. 
Spring Ice Spectacular
Friday, May 4, 7-9 pm; Saturday, May 5, 1-3 pm and 7-9 pm
The annual Ice Spectacular showcases the skills of the Shaker Heights Figure Skating Club and the Shaker Heights Learn-to-Skate program. Location: Thornton Park Ice Arena (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). Call the Recreation Department at 216-491-1295 for ticket information.
Household Hazardous Waste Roundup
Saturday & Sunday, May 5-6 and May 12-13
8 am-4 pm
Bring your household items to the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) for disposal. Items accepted: oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury. NO latex paint or materials from businesses will be accepted. Visit to learn more about City-sponsored recycling events.
Intro to Home Ownership
Thursday, May 10
7 pm
The Home Repair Resource Center will offer a two-hour workshop for first-time home buyers. The workshop will cover steps to home ownership, from mortgage application to closing and beyond. Attendees will also receive information on assistance programs available to potential buyers. Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.). Free, but registration is required at  or 216-381-6100 ext. 16.
Family Connections Meet & Greet
Thursday, May 10
5:30-7 pm
Join friends and neighbors at the Wine Spot (2271 Lee Rd.) for this event benefiting Family Connections, which is based in the Shaker Family Center. $30 per adult, which includes two drinks and a cheese assortment. RSVP by May 7 to 216-921-2023.
Nature Center Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12
9:30 am-1 pm
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
The Nature Center's 36th annual Plant Sale offers a beautiful variety of affordable herbs, vegetables, perennials, annuals, hard-to-find natives, and hanging baskets selected by a local team of experienced horticulturalists. Location: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 S. Park Blvd.). Members-only preview starts at 8:30 am.
Collection for Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Saturday, May 19
9 am-1 pm
Habitat for Humanity logo
Donate usable household and construction items to Habitat for Humanity at the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) Accepted items: construction/renovation materials, tools, kitchen cabinets, sinks, doors, vanities, plumbing and electrical materials, appliances, counter tops, lumber, etc. No paint, clothing or bedding. Tax receipts are available. If you have larger items to donate, call Habitat at 216-429-3631 ext. 238. Visit to learn more about City-sponsored recycling events.
Warrensville Streetscape Open House
Monday, May 21
5:30-7 pm
Warrensville Streetscape Open House May 21 2018
Residents are invited to view and provide feedback on the streetscape plans for Warrensville Center Rd. in the Van Aken District. This section of Warrensville Center will have a 10-foot wide multipurpose path, generous landscaping, lighting, and more. Location: Christ Episcopal Church (3445 Warrensville Center Rd.).
Ribbon Run 5K and 2-Mile Walk
Saturday, May 26
9 am-12 pm
Ribbon Run event logo
Join the Shaker Heights Police Department for this 5K run and 2-mile walk that benefits the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer post-race with refreshments and other fun festivities.

• The race will begin and end at the Green Road RTA stop.
• $25 if registered by May 20; $30 thereafter.
• Complimentary performance t-shirt to the first 300 registered.
• Awards will be given to top finishers.
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28
9 am
Join fellow community members in front of City Hall (3400 Lee Rd.) to honor those who lost their lives in war with a wreath at the war memorial and a gun salute. Immediately after, the parade steps off and follows Van Aken Blvd. east to Farnsleigh Rd., finishing at Thornton Park. The pool will open at 9 am on Memorial Day. 
From the Schools 
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Dr. Stephen M. Wilkins Appointed Interim Superintendent
The Shaker Heights Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Stephen M. Wilkins as Interim Superintendent for the term July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Dr. Wilkins brings management experience that includes strengths in human resources, strategic planning, logistics, project management and security services. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations and Human Resources and will return to that role when his service as Interim Superintendent concludes. Read more about Dr. Wilkins .

Superintendent’s Farewell Chat Thursday, May 10
Join Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. and former local news anchor Leon Bibb for a Farewell Chat from 6-7 pm. in the High School Large Auditorium (15911 Aldersyde Dr.). This event is free and open to the public, however registration is required as seats are limited. Register online now .
Save the Date
Flyways, Not Highways
Saturday, June 2
6:30-11 pm
Kick off 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 will come alive as guests stroll and mingle, enjoying food and drink, live music, and interactive activities. Learn more at .
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Spring 2018 Shaker Life
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