Dear Resident,

It may feel like winter is here, but there are still lots of activities to get you out and about now and in the coming months. I hope you'll join me this Saturday, December 1 at the second annual Chill and Toast in The Van Aken District. This festive community event features food, drink and activities for the entire family. In February, the Winteractive festival will light up the District with a display of interactive art installations. Winteractive is the inaugural event of Arts Van Aken, the exciting new arts-based placemaking initiative of the Shaker Heights Development Corporation. You can learn more about these events below.

Happy holidays and I look forward to seeing you around town.


David E. Weiss
City News
The 2019 Budget Process Wraps Up This Month
The City's 2019 budget process concludes in December. Residents are invited to the two remaining meetings to learn more about the 2019 budget:

  • December 3, 7 pm: Presentation of the final 2019 Operating and Capital budgets
  • December 17, 7:30 pm: Adoption of the 2019 budget ordinances

Check Agendas and Minutes ( ) before each meeting so you will know how much business will precede the budget discussion. This will help you plan when to arrive at the meeting. View the proposed 2019 budget documents .
City Wins Vibrant Northeast Ohio Award
The City of Shaker Heights has won a  Vibrant Northeast Ohio Award from the NEO Sustainable Communities Consortium for t he Van Aken District . Director of Planning Joyce Braverman and the Mayor accepted the award at a luncheon held on November 15. In her remarks, Braverman thanked the developer, RMS, and the many City employees who brought the project to fruition. She also noted the productive and close working relationship with the community, which was key to creating the vision for the Van Aken District.
Shaker Heights Development Corporation Launches Arts Van Aken
Arts Van Aken is an arts-based placemaking initiative to bring high-quality arts and culture programming to the Van Aken District. AVA is the result of a multi-year research and planning effort through which SHDC, the City of Shaker Heights, RMS, and residents developed a vision for an arts-based initiative curated for our unique community. 
AVA’s programming will reflect and celebrate the diversity of Shaker Heights and support a shared commitment to making the Van Aken District a central gathering place for the entire community.

Winteractive, a display of interactive light installations in the Van Aken District, will be AVA's inaugural event. It opens on Thursday, February 7 with a family friendly celebration at 5 pm and continues through Sunday, February 10. Follow @artsvanaken on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Heritage Tree Awards
The Shaker Heights Tree Advisory Board has awarded three Heritage Tree Awards for 2018 . This annual program celebrates exemplary trees in Shaker Heights and honors residents who are passionate about caring for our urban forest. The winners are (shown from left to right in photo):
European Bird Cherry Tree— Nominated by Karen Greer of The Village Garden Club, this 42-foot Cherry Tree is planted in the Cherry Tree Grove along Horseshoe Lake on South Park Blvd. and is the only tree of its kind in Ohio.

Pin Oak Tree —Nominated by Abigail Plumb-Larrick, this massive 110-foot Oak is located in the backyard of her home on Chalfant Rd. and likely dates from the Civil War era.
Oak Tree —Nominated by Carter Strang, this huge three-story Oak tree presides over the front lawn of his home on Palmerston Rd. It's estimated to be more than 100 years old.
Chill Toast 2018
Chill and Toast
Saturday, December 1
6-9 pm
Bundle up, gather your friends and family, and head to the second annual Chill and Toast in the Van Aken District on Saturday. This community event will feature food, drink, activities for the entire family, and holiday lights. Learn more at .
Family Connections Annual Toy Sale
Sunday, December 9
10 am-3 pm
Shop for gently used toys, books, games and baby equipment. Proceeds from this annual sale benefit Family Connections, which is based at the Shaker Family Center (19824 Sussex Rd.) and provides parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 5. Adult shoppers preferred; accompanying children must be supervised.

December 5-7, 9 am-5 pm
Donations of gently used or like new children’s toys, books, games, puzzles, riding toys, baby equipment, etc. accepted. Donated items must be clean, working, containing all pieces and parts, and age appropriate. Please include batteries for items that require them. No s tuffed animals or car seats. For information, please call 216-921-2023.
Holiday Luncheon
Wednesday, December 12
1-2:30 pm
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Celebrate the holidays at this annual luncheon for adults age 50 plus. Please call 216-491-1360 to reserve your spot by Friday, December 7. Cost: $9. Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.).
Parents Night Out
Friday, December 14
6:30-10 pm
Take a well-deserved break while your kids have fun at Thornton Park ice skating, watching a movie, and eating pizza and popcorn. Cost: $20 for Shaker residents; $25 for non-residents. $5 discount per additional child. Admission includes skate rental.

Parents Night Out continues with additional Friday dates through March. Visit the Parents Night Out Facebook event page for details.
Friday Night DJ Skate
Friday, December 14
7:45-9 pm
Skate to the tunes of DJ Elliott Hastings at Thornton Park Ice Arena (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). Admission: $1.50 for residents 2-4 (under 2 is free); $3 for residents age 5-18; $4 for residents 19-49; $3 for residents 50-plus. Skate rental: $3. Times subject to change. Friday Night DJ Skate continues on select Fridays from December to March. Check the Friday Night DJ Skate Facebook page for updates.
From the Schools 
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Leadership Priority Survey for Shaker Heights Schools' Next Superintendent

Community members are invited to fill out this Leadership Priority Survey . Your responses will inform the process of developing Shaker Heights Schools’ leadership profile, which outlines the essential skills we seek in our next superintendent. The Leadership Priority Survey will be open through December 14. In addition, there will be two opportunities for the public to share feedback and suggestions:
  • Wednesday, December 12, 6 p.m. at Shaker Heights Middle School
  • Thursday, December 13, 6 p.m. at Shaker Heights High School

We look forward to receiving your valuable input. Subscribe here to stay up-to-date on the Superintendent Search Process and receive our news and updates via email.

Save the Date for A Night for the Red & White—Saturday, March 2

Enjoy an evening of dining, dancing and a silent auction in support of the Shaker Schools at the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. Raising over $2.7 million in the past 26 years, this gala event provides educational enrichment opportunities for all students of Shaker Schools. For tickets, event information, and corporate sponsorship details, visit or call 216-295-4319. To receive name recognition in the invitation, please purchase your tickets by December 8. 
Save the Date
Family Fireside Night
Friday, January 25
6:30-8 pm
Join friends and neighbors at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 S. Park Blvd.) for an interactive storytelling of the Rescue of Andromeda. Be ready to explore inside and out with astronomy-related crafts, activities and stargazing for the whole family. Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided.   $5 per person or $25 family (max up to 6). 
Read Shaker Life Anywhere, Anytime
Shaker Life is also online. Visit to catch up on all things Shaker, including news and features on the City's residents, schools, and the stories behind some of our great homes — all from the pages of Shaker Life . You can also browse an archive of Shaker Life issues from the past 14 years or read the latest issue of the print edition.
Recycling in Shaker Heights
Recycling guidelines have changed for ALL of Cuyahoga County, including Shaker Heights. Now ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket: cans, cartons, glass bottles & jars, paper/boxes and plastic bottles & jugs.

Get ShakeRecycles and stay on top of all things rubbish and recycling. You'll learn how and what to recycle and you'll get updates to your phone/email on collection delays, special collections, and more.
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