Inside This Issue

Countdown to The Hooley on Kamm's Corners

Volunteer to Help Kamm's Corners Look Its Best

Leadership Program Seeks 2017 Applicants

Free Comic Book Day Is May 6

GardenWalk Cleveland Returns to West Park
May 1, 2017
 
Countdown to The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ The Party Starts in Only 12 Days!    
 
 
 
Get ready for West Park's Homecoming Celebration, the 8th Annual  Hooley on Kamm's Corners™. At 6 a.m. Lorain Avenue will close to traffic from Rocky River Drive to West 165th Street for the fun that begins at noon on Saturday, May 13, and runs until 8 p.m.

Sip ice cold lemonade and dance a little jig to Irish music. Spend the day enjoying great food, live music, family entertainment, Irish dancers, pipes & drums, crafts, and more. Visit The Hooley page on our website here, for the stage lineups, activities, and further details.

There is no charge to attend The Hooley, presented by our organization, Kamm's Corners Development Corporation, and our generous presenting sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.


Follow us on social media for all the latest news about The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™. Simply click on the social media icons at the left to connect. See you on May 13!

Volunteer to Help Kamm's Corners Look Its Best

Bring a small garden shovel and join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, in front of West Park Station
 
Volunteers are shown working together on the planters.
, 17015 Lorain Avenue. That's where volunteers will meet to mulch and plant annuals in the planters on Lorain Avenue. It's a lot of fun, good exercise, and great way to meet your neighbors.

Our friends at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, will have their Citizens Bank Clean and Green Trailer filled with tools and supplies for the work. Please help us put our best foot forward for West Park and The Hooley .

If you can't lend us a hand, how about doing a little spring cleanup in your yard? Sweep up any litter or debris on the street, sidewalk, or tree lawn -- and say hi to your neighbors while you're at it. 
 
Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants
 
An NLDP group exercise. In 2006, the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders. 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.  
 
Following the application process, 20 committed people will be chosen for the program year. NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests who are working on a wide variety of issues to improve life in their communities.

The course covers topics such as program planning, marketing & communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution & negotiation, community engagement methods, and more.

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

The 16 sessions take place on Saturdays at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Avenue, beginning August 26. The deadline to apply is August 4. For the 2017-2018 curriculum, the online application, and additional information, click here or call 216-776-6167.

Free Comic Book Day Happens Saturday, May 7

On the first Saturday of May, comic book shops across the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes in to visit that day. Lucky for us, Carol & John's Comic Book Shop participates in a BIG way. Right in our midst in Kamms Plaza, the event takes place about 120 feet from the store at 17430 Lorain Avenue, closer to Marc's. Note that the fun starts on the eve of this event, on Friday, May 5, at 10 p.m. and last until 2 a.m. Books are given out at midnight, but a lot happens before then. And, while the evening brings more adults than kids, both Friday and Saturday's events are absolutely family friendly, says store owner John Dudas.

Those who attend either event are encouraged to come costumed as their favorite characters. Photo opportunities abound! Prepare to arrive early for the best selection among the more than 25,000 comic books that will be given away. Each guest may choose ten from the 50 titles being offered.

On Saturday, there will be superhero face painters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and many more activities. For all the details, click here or call 216-252-0606.  

West Park Residents to Show Off Their Gardens on July 8 & 9 for GardenWalk Cleveland

GardenWalk Cleveland is a free, self-guided tour of private gardens, community gardens, and home orchards in neighborhoods of Cleveland. This year, West Park is one of four communities being featured, along with Collinwood, Detroit-Shoreway, and Slavic Village. Show off your garden by applying online here. The deadline is May 30. The walk takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both July 8 and July 9. Maps will be available on the days of the event at West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue, accessible from their back parking lot.

Questions? Email GardenWalk Cleveland's rep and West Park resident David Horneck at dhorneck1@gmail.com.


In Other News . . .  
 
Newton D Baker School of the Arts , 3690 West 159th Street, is hosting a student art walk on Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to join the fun, which includes silent auctions, raffle baskets, and student performances at the school.

Spend Cinco De Mayo, Friday, May 5, at Si Senor Mexican Restaurant, 16800 Lorain Avenue. Enjoy sizzling fajitas and cold margaritas. Food and drink specials will be offered all day. Call 216-941-4424 for information.  
 
Enjoy spring by walking or running in the Run Puritas 5th Annual 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 6. Help Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation raise funds to benefit West Park. Register online and get details, here.

West Park Community Elementary School is adding a fourth Kindergarten class in the fall. Enrollment is underway for 24 more students. Parents may call the school at 216-688-0271 for information and a tour.

Take a free yoga class with Anelize Nader on Saturday, May 6, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at River's Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive. Bring a friend. Learn more here.

Want to earn $3,000 for a down payment on a West Park home from Third Federal Savings & Loan? See the flyer here for details on a qualifying seminar to take, starting May 6. Call 216-441-7345 to reserve your seat.

On Sunday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Kiwanis Club of West Park presents "All the pancakes you can eat" plus a side of sausage and your choice of a beverage. Adults: $7, Children ages 7 to 12: $3. Children 6 and under: Free. Dine at the Cretan Party Center, 3853 West 168th Street.

Interested in marching in the Kiwanis Club of West Park's  annual Independence Day Parade? Click here for details and the parade application.     
  
Kamm's Corners Farmers Market is offering another summer of farm fresh food beginning June 11, every Sunday 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 opening day and how to become a vendor.          
 
The West Park Historical Society presents "Trolley Parks of Northeast Ohio," a slide show by Ralph A. Pfingsten, local historian and author. See it on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Cretan Party Center, 3853 West 168th Street. Admission is free of charge, but donations are welcome. See the flyer here.

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

Tower City Chorus is looking for men who love to sing! Interested in joining? Click here for the flyer. The group will be performing four-part a capella harmony on the Family Stage at The Hooley™. Check them out!

Save the date! Saint Joseph Academy will host KCDC's 40th Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Please join us! The event is free and parking is plentiful at 3470 Rocky River Drive. See details here

Delivery of the spring issue of Kamm's Corners Magazine  starts via U.S. Postal Service on the week of May 1. Can't wait? Read it online at our archive, here.

Our neighborhood is featured on page 48 in this supplement to the May 2017 edition of Cleveland Magazine. The special section by LiveCLEVELAND promotes living in CLE.
Discover why CLE neighborhoods, and especially West Park, are THE place to be.

A paper and cardboard recycling bin is now available behind the KCDC building at 17407 Lorain Avenue next to Steak N Shake in the parking lot. All are welcome to use it. 

Reserve the third Friday of June, July, and August for Asphalt Cinema, an evening of music, art, games, and prizes capped off with a family friendly movie under the stars. The fun takes place at Impett Park. See details here  
                           
Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Company plans to open this summer at 3764 Rocky River Drive in Kamms Plaza, offering premium ice cream made in the store. For more information, email lisa@kammscornersicecream.com.  

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