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Holiday Passport Program Winners

Pizza Bake-Off Set for January 22

Peace, Love, and Little Donuts Named to Top 10

Mayor Frank Jackson Scheduled for Local Meeting Tonight

Warm Up at Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Company

Other News
January 3, 2018

Holiday Passport Program Winners
 
During December, folks picked up a holiday passport from one of six Kamm's Corners merchants in a novel program that encouraged them to visit six recently opened, locally-owned businesses.  Passports with four or more stamps were turned in for prize drawings on Tuesday, January 2. Also that day, special prizes were offered in a Wellness Drawing for anyone who walked or biked to each location and earned a wellness sticker.  
 
These businesses participated:
 
5 Points Coffee & Tea, 3600 West Park Road 
Fireside Candles & More, 15903 West Park Road
Hatfield's Goode Grub, 16700 Lorain Avenue
Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Co., 3764 Rocky River Drive 
Only in Clev, 17025 Lorain Avenue
Working Class Brewery, 17448 Lorain Avenue 
 
Created by Conor Boylan, owner of 5 Points Coffee & Tea in cooperation with KCDC, the passport program was a huge success! Here are the prize winners: 
 
Mark Adkinson, Barb Boyle, Ashley Christyson, Matthey Hout-Reilly, Lisa Oaksford, Joe Outlaw, Eileen Paskert, Emily Paskert, Tim Paskert, Julie Phillips, Sandy Platt, and Diane Powers. Congratulations to all the winners and all who participated in the fun!  
 
Pizza Bake-Off Set for Monday, January 22 
 
The 4th Annual West Park Pizza Bake-Off takes place on Monday January 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. inside the Saint Patrick Catholic Church gym, 4427 Rocky River Drive.Tickets include all-you-can-eat pizza and a drink. This year pre-sale tickets are available at participating pizza shops, and cost $10 for adults (13 and older) and $5 for children (ages 5 to 12). Ask your favorite pizza shop whether they have tickets. You can find an updated list on the event page on Facebook here.  
 
Pre-event tickets are available at the church rectory during normal business hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon). The rectory is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults and $6 for children, but children younger than 5 dine free. Guests will vote for West Park's Best Pizza: Peoples Choice. Celebrity judges Ross Keller, owner of Italian Creations, Patty Harken of FOX 8 in the Morning, Carmen Angelo WTAM News Radio 1100, and Seth Williams from WTAM's Mike Trivisonno show, will crown West Park's Best Pizza. Fresh hot pizza will be available throughout the evening! To avoid the 5 o'clock rush arrive after 6 p.m. and check Facebook for up-to-the minute news and parking information.
 
If your pizza shop would like to participate and has not been contacted yet, or for more information, call Jeff at 216-402-7621 (voice/text) or email stpatshns@gmail.com.
 
Peace, Love, and Little Donuts Named to Top Ten!
 
 
 
Congratulations to West Park's own Peace, Love, and Little Donuts, 3786 Rocky River Drive, for ending 2017 as one of the 10 Best Donut Shops in Ohio. The feature article by "Best Thing Ohio -- Best of American Towns" states in part:
 
"Peace, Love, and Little Donuts of Westpark is the grooviest donut shop you'll ever enter, because donut people are groovy people. Their homemade hippie donuts have psychedelic sugary toppings and far out frostings that will make your day. So revisit the flower child days and stop in for a funkadelic doughnut."
 
Visit this groovy 60's/70's themed donut and coffee shop for hot fresh donuts made all day before your eyes and dressed with very funkadelic and delicious toppings, from the sweet to the savory. Read the entire article here
 
Mayor Frank Jackson Scheduled for First District Community Relations Meeting Tonight
 
Join members of the community this evening, Thursday, January 4, in the cafeteria of Saint Ignatius of Antioch Church, 10205 Lorain Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. It is the First District Community Relations Committee Member monthly meeting, which is always on the first Thursday every month in this location. All are welcome. Please bring a canned good or household product to donate to the church for its community pantry. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Hanna, Community Relations Board, at 216-664-6634.  
 
Warm Up at Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Shop 
 
Don't let a case of cabin fever get you down! Bundle up and get out of the house for a bright, cheery change of scenery inside Kamm's Corners Ice Cream Company. Make it a family fun night! You are welcome to play some of the board games on hand at the shop or play your favorite card game with friends and family while enjoying a hot chocolate ice cream float or a hot fudge brownie sundae or any number of refreshing taste sensations -- all made on the premises. It's warm, happy, and inviting inside -- and it's THE place to be this winter. Open daily, from 1 to 7 p.m.   
In Other News . . .
 
Click here for your ballot to vote for the finalists in Cleveland Magazine's 2018 "Best of the West" contest. The deadline is Monday, January 15. Nominate winners among several categories, including Best Farmers Market. Psst! Vote Kamm's Corners Farmers Market as the best Farmers Market!  
 
The next West Park Neighbor Night is Wednesday, January 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Park United Church of Christ, 3909 Rocky River Drive. All are invited to explore working together to better our community. Food will be served. If you have questions, contact Danielle.Doza@gmail.com.    
 
Learn the fundamental skills of good financial management and successful home ownership by attending the "HomeToday" seminars on February 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bellaire-Puritas Community Development Corporation, 14703 Puritas Avenue. Dinner provided. Reserve your seat by calling Third Federal at 216-441-7345 or click here. Those who complete the seminar requirements will get $3,000 toward their down payment!    
 
The Gunning Rose Center is looking for 10 to 15 volunteers for the first Tuesday of each month, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help feed those in need at the Gunning Rose Center, 16700 Puritas Avenue. Call Abigail Day at 216-373-1735 if you are interested.      
 
Start the New Year with a full color 2018 West Park Historical Society calendar, featuring West Side movie theaters. The calendars are being sold 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.  
 
The crew at West Park Nutrition, 3762 Rocky River Drive in Kamms Plaza, invites health-minded folks to visit their shop for energizing teas, soothing aloes, meal replacement shakes, vitamin supplements, and more. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 216-630-3377 for details.    
 
Several years after Blockbuster Video vacated the premises, the property at 15101 Lorain Avenue will have a new tenant: Triumph Motorcycles is opening a new flagship store there. Look for a complete interior and exterior renovation.  

On cold winter days, remember SouperMarket for fine hand-crafted soups, stocks and broths, grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian fare, at 16804 Lorain Avenue. See the menu here .
 
Neighborhood Connections may be able to help your community group through its small grants program, ranging in awards from $500 to $5,000. Learn how to apply here.  
 
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.  
 
Are you a young professional with energy to give back to the community? Visit The West Park Young Professionals social hour, held monthly. See the membership form here or e-mail westparkyp@gmail.com for more information 
 
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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