Dear Resident,

Each month as we assemble the items for City News, I am amazed by the range of activities for residents of all ages that are offered throughout the community. Whether it is an opportunity to be civically engaged, or to participate in activities and seasonal events, there are so many ways to gather as a community and do something fun and interesting.

I wanted to highlight the Recreation Department’s Parents Night Out (see details below), which offers an entertaining and safe activity for your children while you have an adult night out. The combination of Parents Night Out and all of the new activity and restaurants opening in the Van Aken District means that everyone in the family can have an enjoyable evening right here in Shaker Heights.

As a reminder, Trick-or-Treating takes place on Wednesday, October 31 from 6-7:30 pm. There is nothing more joyful than seeing and hearing exuberant children delighting in this tradition. Please drive carefully during this time as the streets will be crowded with excited young children.

I look forward to seeing you around town. Enjoy the season.


David E. Weiss
City News
Public Input Welcome During 2019 Budget Process
The City's 2019 budget process continues in November and December. Residents are invited to the following public meetings to learn more about the City's proposed 2019 budget and to offer input to the Mayor and City Council as the budget is prepared.

Schedule of remaining meetings:

  • November 12: Presentation of updated 2019 Operating Budget
  • November 26: Presentation of updated 2019 Capital Budget
  • December 3: Presentation of the final 2019 Operating and Capital budgets
  • December 17: Adoption of the 2019 budget ordinances

Time: 7 pm, except for the December 17 meeting, which is at 7:30 pm. 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.

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.) through October, then check the City’s Sunshine Calendar at  for the correct location.

More detailed budget information is scheduled to be posted on November 9 and can be downloaded from the  website.
Leaf Collection Season: October 15-December 15
Some friendly reminders:

  • Rake leaves to your tree lawn, where they will be collected by our crews approximately every two weeks.
  • Please don't rake leaves into the street, where they can clog sewers, cause car accidents, and be tempting places for children to play.
  • Lastly, please keep brush separate from leaves, as brush can clog the leaf vacuum used by our Public Works crews.
Election Day Reminders
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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Polls will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Fernway residents, please note that voting precincts Q and R have been relocated. The new locations are:

  • Precinct Q – Lomond Elementary School, 17917 Lomond Blvd.
  • Precinct R – Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Rd.

Find your precinct at . Click on the "Where Do I Vote?" tab. Also, a friendly reminder for all residents: campaign yard signs should be removed after 45 days. Recycle signs at the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.), on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am-4 pm.
Call for Artists: Winteractive
Arts Van Aken, the arts-based placemaking initiative of Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC), seeks proposals from local and regional artists for Winteractive Festival, a free outdoor exhibition of interactive light art to be installed in and around the Van Aken District in February. Deadline: November 9. 
Verb Ballets Moves to The Dealership
The Verb Ballets Center for Dance has officially opened at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.). The 6,000 square foot facility — in a renovated former garage space — will serve as the home base for the acclaimed Northeast Ohio dance company. Visit the Verb Ballets website to learn more, where you'll also find a schedule of drop-in classes and workshops.
Halloween Trick or Treat
Wednesday, October 31
6-7:30 pm
Have a fun and safe trick-or-treat. Please drive carefully during this time.

For trick or treaters along South Woodland between Torrington and Green roads (and some of the side streets in that area):
Please beware of the open excavation hazards on the sidewalk due to ongoing Dominion Energy Ohio gas line replacement work. To ensure the safety of trick or treaters, these open holes are well-marked and fenced and DEO traffic control individuals will be stationed at every open site. A DEO supervisor will also be driving along the work zone. 
Family Campfire Night
Friday, November 2
6:30-8:30 pm
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Join in the fun at this favorite fall event at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd.) . Hiking, crafts, campfires and s'mores. Bring camp chairs and marshmallow sticks. Cost: $5 person; $25 per family up to six people.
Parents Night Out
November 2, 9 and 23
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 February. Visit the Parents Night Out Facebook event page for details.
Friday Night DJ Skate
November 2, 9 and 23
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.
Carol Nursery School Open House
Saturday, November 10
10 am-12 pm
Carol Nursery School invites families to tour classrooms, meet teachers, and talk with current families. Located in the Shaker Family Center (19824 Sussex Rd.), Carol has a five-star Step Up to Quality rating from the Ohio Department of Education. For more information, call 216-991-3449, email,  or visit
Larchmere Holiday Stroll
November 23-25
Friday & Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday Noon-10 pm
Kick off the holiday season in the Larchmere District with the annual Holiday Stroll. Shop for unique gifts, enjoy treats and beverages, or tour the District with a free horse and carriage ride.
From the Schools 
Each issue of this ENews highlights an important school-related topic. To stay informed about all the school news and events, sign up for the District's monthly ENews.

Tour Your Schools—Monday, November 5

Learn more about Shaker Heights Schools, the International Baccalaureate Programme and the district's holistic approach to learning. All community members are invited to attend. The program will include comments from the building principal and a tour by student ambassadors. Learn more about specific times for each school event and register online .

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.
Save the Date
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.

Donations Drop-Off: 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.).
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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