Inside this issue

Bike to Work
on Friday, May 18  

Light Northern Ohio Blue for Police Week

West Park WOW Begins Wednesday, May 23

West Park Station to Hold Fundraiser for Pups Sponsored by Style Mutt

Annual Town Meeting Set for Wednesday, June 20

NLDP Program Seeks Applicants

Other News
May 15, 2018


Bike to Work on Friday, May 18

West Park cyclists, join thousands of cyclists nationwide as they take to the streets and embrace the act of getting to work under their own power on National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 18. Locally, Bike Cleveland is doing its best to make this day special in hopes that riders will be encouraged to leave their cars at home more often in the future. Our own 5 Points Coffee & Tea, 3600 West Park Road, is West Park's "hub" for the event. Conor Boylan at 5 Points will be offering free coffee and one baked item for all bicycle riders cycling to work and stopping by between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. See the event page here  
 
Light Northern Ohio Blue for Police Week 

If you haven't already started, there is still time this week to join in lighting up Northern Ohio blue in support of Police Week. It started on Saturday, May 12 and runs through Sunday, May 20. Here are three easy ways to show your support during this campaign led by the Cleveland Division of Police, FBI Cleveland Division, FBI Citizens Academy Foundation of Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society
  • Wear blue clothing: Whether at work, school, or with an organization. (Only in Clev, 17025 Lorain Avenue, offers t-shirts for this!)
  • Light up your home blue: Select local hardware stores will sell discounted blue bulbs to place outside your home to light it up blue.
  • Share pictures on social media: Sign up for the Facebook event on the Cleveland Police page and invite friends to participate, too! Use the hashtag when sharing photos -- #LightNorthernOHblue.
See more in this television clip from WKYC, featuring an interview with West Park resident, Grace Leon, whose husband died in the line of duty.  
 
West Park WOW Begins Wednesday, May 23 
 
West Park businesses are introducing a new program for the summer called "West Park Walk on Wednesdays" (West Park WOW). It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on May 23, and then continues on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month throughout the summer.

The walks will start at one of several neighborhood businesses, travel to another, possibly a third, and then return to the first. Business owners at each stop will have a moment to introduce their businesses and offer a coupon, demonstration, or a taste to educate walkers about their products or services. On each walk, a professional will walk along, discussing their specialty and answering questions. On May 23, it will be Ralph Pfingsten of the West Park Historical Society. See the flyer with the schedule,
here   
 
West Park Station to Host Annual Fundraiser for Pups Sponsored by Style Mutt

Pups in the Park is a popular, annual fundraiser, hosted by Style Mutt Dog Boutique and Daycare
 
and The Rescue Inn. All are invited to this event taking place on Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue. Its full name is "The Annual Kyle Carestia Memorial Fundraiser for Dogs in Need of Homes. (Kyle was the son of Pam Alerine, the owner of Style Mutt.) A $22 ticket gets the purchaser an all-you-can eat buffet with soft drinks or domestic draft beer and house wine. There will be raffles with prizes. Dogs are welcome on the patio, but they can't enter the restaurant. Please help carry on Kyle's memory while supporting a worthy cause.

Annual Town Meeting Set for Wednesday, June 20, at Saint Joseph Academy -- Please Join Us

Our 41st Annual Town Meeting will be held in the auditorium of Saint Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Drive, on Wednesday, June 20. It is free of charge and parking is plentiful. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. On your way in, be sure to sign up for a free raffle of gifts from our local merchants by placing your name in the large goblet at our table. Pick up the evening's agenda, and visit the display tables of local non-profit agencies to learn more about their programs.

The formal part of the evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes updates on neighborhood initiatives. Councilman Marty Keane will provide news about city-related issues. In addition, several awards will be presented, including a Community Impact Award.

Refreshments feature freshly baked cookies from K&K Portage Market, soft drinks, and bottled water.

We are grateful to the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital for their sponsorship of this key community event. We look forward to seeing you there!


Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2018 Applicants

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) 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.

After the NLDP application process, 20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year. The sessions cover topics such as program planning, marketing and communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods, and more.

Every program participant and graduate also has ongoing access to the services of a coach for advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant.

The 16 sessions are on Saturdays at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Avenue, beginning August 25. The application period began on May 1 with a deadline of August 3. For more information and to view the curriculum and application, click here or call 216-776-6167.

In Other News . . .

Orchard Park Academy, 14440 Triskett Road, is enrolling now for the 2018-2019 school year, K - 8th grade. An open house will be held tonight, May 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call 440-340-3202 for more information.

Is a household painting project on your list this summer? KCDC has partnered with our local Sherwin Williams store, 3788 Rocky River Drive in Kamms Plaza to offer a substantial discount on their paint! To receive a voucher for use in the store, simply email your name and home address to jd.smith@kammscorners.com, and it will be mailed to you.

The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th Annual Senior Day on Thursday, May 24, at Cleveland Public Hall, 500 Lakeside Avenue. The event begins with an information fair at 10 a.m. and includes a program at 11 a.m. followed by a free lunch and entertainment. See the flyer, here.

West Park Nutrition, 3762 Rocky River Drive in Kamms Plaza, is holding a customer appreciation day on Friday, May 25. Enjoy raffles, power drink samples, and giveaways. Also check out Train Tuesday, a free workout for all levels of fitness, every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Graduates of Saint Joseph Academy walk with roses down Rocky River Drive from the academy at 3470 Rocky River Drive south to Our Lady of Angels Church on Tuesday, May 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. Join in cheering this proud class of 2018.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will provide free lunches to children from June 4 through August 10. In West Park, this takes place at the West Park Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 3805 West 157th Street, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 216-738-1608 for details. 

Saint Mark Catholic School, 15724 Montrose Avenue, is holding its 15th Annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, June 2, at 8:30 a.m. See race details and register here. An art festival takes place after the race, featuring crafts to make, raffles, and performances by the students.

Kamm's Corners Farmers Market offers its 12th summer of farm fresh food beginning Sunday, June 10. Pick up goods at the market every Sunday thereafter from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the municipal parking lot behind Walgreens at West 168th Street and Albers Avenue. Click here for information about the new limited edition cookbook available that day.

Come hungry for the 2nd Annual "Wing it with the Y" fundraiser on Saturday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue. Proceeds benefit the West Park Family YMCA's Annual Campaign. Tickets are $25 for all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, boneless wings, and a variety of beverages. Cal 216-941-5410 for details.

New crayons, coloring books, and creative art materials are being collected for Laura's Home, a crisis center and shelter for women and children. The collecting is being done by The Federation, an organization of Star Trek fans dedicated to community service. Drop off items at Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Company, Puritas Nursery, or Savor the Moment. Addresses and details are in the flyer, here.   
   
The next West Park Neighbor NIght is Wednesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Park United Church of Christ, 3909 Rocky River Drive. It's a high-energy gathering of neighbors sharing information. Dinner is provided during the meeting. If you have questions, contact Danielle.Doza@gmail.com.  

Asphalt Cinema will be returning on Friday, June 15, at Impett Park, 3180 West 153rd Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. It is free, thanks to our sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Watch our social media to have a hand in choosing the movie. See details in our next e-newsletter.   
 
As we move into spring, residents are encouraged to help keep the City of Cleveland beautiful, healthy, and clean by reporting nuisance properties and illegal dumping. Report nuisance properties at 216-420-8300 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For illegal dumping, call 911 if you catch it in progress or report the location to 216-420-8300 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A great crowd of about 30 volunteers helped with the planter clean-up the weekend prior to The Hooley. We spread several bags of compost from Full Cycle Organics made from food waste (including waste from P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub), mulched the planters, picked up garbage, and got the street looking great! Thank you to all the volunteers! 
 
GardenWalk Cleveland takes place the weekend of July 7 and 8, from 10 a.m . to 5 p.m. West Park is featured on July 7 for this free, self-guided tour.  If you would like to be involved as a gardener or volunteer, call David Horneck at 216-543-4277 or email dhorneck1@gmail.com

Interested in marching in the Kiwanis Club of West Park's  annual Independence Day Parade? Click here for details and the parade application. 
     
Office space is available inside the KCDC Building at 17407 Lorain Avenue. See the small professional suite with three rooms and a kitchenette for only $595/month. Call Jackie Wohleber at 216-252-6559, ext 1000 for details. 
 
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