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Holiday Passport Continues Through December 31

Model Trains Offer Free Family Fun

Free Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides Happen Tonight

Merchants Unite to Buy ATV with Plow for Snow Removal

Pancakes with Santa Presented on Sunday by the Kiwanis Club

2018 West Park Historical Society Calendars Now Available

End-of-Year Donations to KCDC Appreciated


Other News
December 15, 2017

Holiday Passport Program Continues Through December 31  
 
Pick up a holiday passport from one of six Kamm's Corners businesses in a novel program to encourage visitors to eat, drink, or shop at their locally-owned establishments. Get your passport stamped each time you patronize a participating business. Passports with four or more stamps are eligible for prize drawings. Special prizes are being offered in a Wellness Drawing for residents who walk or bike to each location and get a wellness sticker. Visit the following participants:  
 
Fireside Candles & More, 15903 West Park Road
Hatfield's Goode Grub, 16700 Lorain Avenue
Only in Clev, 17025 Lorain Avenue
Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Co., 3764 Rocky River Drive
Working Class Brewery, 17448 Lorain Avenue
5 Points Coffee & Tea, 3600 West Park Road 
 
The brainchild of Conor Boylan owner of 5 Points Coffee & Tea in cooperation with KCDC, the passport program runs through December 31. Post your shopping experiences with your holiday passport on social media using #kammspassport or #shopwestpark! Click here for the details.
 
Model Trains Provide Free Family Fun
 
Visit Puritas Nursery from now through December 31, to see one of the most elaborate holiday model train displays in the region at no charge! Bigger and better than ever, the variety of locomotives and train cars chug through miniature villages and living vegetation inside the heated greenhouse at 19201 Puritas Avenue. While there, you may select a freshly cut Christmas tree, drilled with the "stay straight" system. The shop also offers a large selection of Christmas cactus, cyclamens, mistletoe, air plants, and poinsettias as well as fresh wreaths, swags, roping, and boughs. For more information and photos from previous year's events, click here.   
 
Free Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides Happen Tonight    
 
Kamms Plaza is once again offering horse-drawn sleigh rides on a first come, first served basis. The rides began last Friday and will run two more Fridays: December 15 and 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Queue up at the tower corner for a trip around the plaza parking lot. The rides leave nearly every 20 minutes, with the final trip leaving at around 7:40 p.m. Bundle up! (Any ice or rain will cause the rides to stop for the safety and comfort of the horse.) Make a fun memory with loved ones! Be sure to shop or dine at the plaza in appreciation for this treat being provided by the management.  
 
Downtown Merchants Band Together to Buy ATV with Plow to Provide Clear Sidewalks  
 
Property owners in the "downtown" Kamm's Corners area, through the Kamm's Area Special Improvement District, have banded together to buy an ATV with a plow for snow removal on the sidewalks within the district. This will assure that the sidewalks are clear for residents and those wishing to visit the many merchants that are located along Lorain Avenue, as well as Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Our hats are off to these property owners, especially Kamms Plaza, Kamcor Realty, and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital that provide the lion's share of the funding!   
 
 
 
Pancakes with Santa Offered This Sunday by the Kiwanis Club of West Park 
 
Santa is on his way to enjoy a stack of all-you-can-eat pancakes at the Kiwanis Club of West Park pancake breakfast happening on Sunday, December 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cretan Center, 3853 West 168th Street. In addition to all the pancakes you can eat, breakfast includes an order of sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out is available. There's a 50/50 raffle, too. Tickets are only $7 each, but children 12 and younger may dine in free of charge! What a deal! Santa and face painting are included. Bring your camera! Tickets are available now at West Park Massotherapy and from Kiwanis members. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The club returns 100% of all funds raised directly to the community. Support your neighborhood -- and have a good time!
 
 
2018 Calendar Makes a Great Gift
 
Start the New Year with a full color 2018 West Park Historical Society calendar, featuring West Side movie theaters. The calendars are now available at a variety of local shops: Gene's Place (3730 Rocky River Drive), Puritas Nursery (19201 Puritas Avenue), and K & K Portage Market (3364-1 Warren Road). Or, order yours to arrive by First Class Mail. Call Dar McGeady at 216-476-8214 or send an email to wphs-news@earthlink.net.  
 
 
Donate to KCDC at Year's End: We Appreciate Your Support  
 
For more than 40 years, KCDC has been working for you and your community, helping Kamm's Corners remain one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play. We administer the Storefront Renovation program, bring new businesses to the community, produce Kamm's Corners Magazine, and conduct neighborhood events such as Kamm's Corners Farmers Market, Asphalt Cinema, and The Hooley on Kamm's Corners. Your gift dollars in any amount help to make our community even better. Mail your gift check to our address below. Such gifts are a charitable tax deduction. Thank you!    
 
In Other News . . .
 
Mandarin and Spanish are being offered at Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA) a tuition-free language immersion school at 13442 Lorain Avenue. Learn more at an open house on Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m. See details in the flyer.    
 
Open enrollment is underway for Westpark Community Elementary and Middle Schools, 16210 Lorain Avenue. Call 216-688-0272 for information about how to register.   
 
Local restaurants offer gift certificates, perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays. They are also happy to host your holiday work parties, family gatherings, or an evening out with friends. Simply make reservations, then relax while they take care of all the cooking, serving, and cleanup!   
 
Downtown Kamm's Corners is bright with a combination of white tree lights and festive red banners, thanks to the property owners who support the Kamm's Area Special Improvement District.   
 
Remember to support our local merchants all year, but especially during the winter holiday season. For a few of the many places to shop, click here.   
 
Look for New Year's Eve celebration packages offered by local bars and restaurants that include an evening dinner and dancing. Make your reservations now, and then plan to leave the car behind as you walk or cab to the fun and back.
 
Tri-League, Inc., the baseball and softball organization at 4462 West 130th Street, is offering a $40 registration for all players (excluding tee-ball), now through December 31. Click here for online registration. Board positions are also open.    
 
Winter blues? Remember the West Park Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 3805 West 157th Street, offers free entertainment with your library card. Books, CD's, and DVD's are there to borrow and enjoy. Call 216-623-7102 for more information, including computer training.  
 
That library branch also provides free, nutritious bagged meals for kids, served Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. through May, 2018. Call 216-623-7102 for details.  
 
Save the date! Monday, January 22, is set for the Fourth Annual West Park Pizza Bake-Off, from 5 to 8 p.m. inside the Saint Patrick Church gym, 4427 Rocky River Drive. Pizza shops may enter by emailing stpatshns@gmail.com. Details will appear in our next e-newsletter.    
 
A free tax preparation service for low and moderate income families, Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offers services throughout the area. Click here for the one nearest you.    
 
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