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Mac's Backs Books on Coventry Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

In 1982, Coventry Road changed forever when Suzanne DeGaetano moved her bookshop from Kent State to this iconic Cleveland Heights street. The original location on Coventry was housed above the Dobama Theater, then down the street toward Mayfield Road before settling in the shared storefront with Tommy’s that customers know and love. 

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Doan Brook Restoration Near Horseshoe Lake Park 

Public Engagement Open Houses This Weekend

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:30 am–1:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 1:00–3:00 pm

Shaker Heights Public Library

16500 Van Aken Boulevard

Loose Leaf Pick-Up—Week Four

The map below shows upcoming dates for leaf pick-up in different parts of the city.

  • Yellow indicates areas awaiting final pick-up.
  • Green indicates pick-up is underway.

Leaf collection schedule map as of Friday, December 2, 2022

Due to issues with the weather and the number of leaves, leaf pick-up has been extended.

To get the most current leaf collection schedule, please click on the Cleveland Heights Leaf Collection app button. 

Use the Cleveland Heights Leaf Collection App

The online app displays a map of the city that is updated daily to show where leaf collection has been completed and when future collections will take place. It also allows you to get the updated collection schedule for your address.


If snow begins to fall during the loose-leaf collection season, it becomes nearly impossible to maintain the collection schedule. Light snow or rain reduces the efficiency of the leaf collection operation. Leaves that are completely covered by snow cannot be collected. 

Leaf pick-up is now scheduled through Wednesday, December 14. Weather and time permitting, the Department of Public Works MAY be able to collect leaves a third time, but we strongly advise residents to try to get all of their leaves to their tree lawn by their neighborhood's second pick-up date.

Once the Department of Public Works has completed its loose-leaf collection on December 14, it cannot come out again to collect leaves. After December 14, the equipment for leaf collection will be converted for removing snow and will not be available for leaf collection until Spring 2023.



  • Please do not rake or blow leaves into the street. Putting your leaves in the street creates a safety hazard and can block sewer drains, which may cause flooding

  • It is illegal to burn leaves in the City of Cleveland Heights.

  • If your tree lawn is damaged during leaf collection, please call the Department of Public Works at (216) 691-7300, and the city will repair it in the spring. 

Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meeting

The next full City Council meeting will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022, at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which will be held at 6:00 pm.

All of these meetings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agendas for the meetings may be found on the City's website.

This Week at Cleveland Heights City Hall


Public Safety and Health Committee

10:00 am

Executive Conference Room

Housing and Building Committee

4:30 pm

Council Chambers

Council Committee of the Whole

6:00 pm

Executive Conference Room

City Council Meeting

7:30 pm

Council Chambers


Architectural Board of Review

7:00 pm

Council Chambers


Racial Justice Task Force—Public Safety Subcommittee

6:30 pm



December 3 light fest will set Grandview aglow

On Saturday evening, Dec. 3, to celebrate the beginning of winter, the entire length of Grandview Avenue will glow with hundreds of luminaries.

The 10-person team of neighborhood volunteers, who launched the Grandview LightFest event last year, invite Heights residents from other neighborhoods to visit the street after dark to enjoy the lights. 


Congratulations to Zhug for being Named One of Cleveland Magazine's 25 Best Restaurants!

Cleveland's 25 Best Restaurants


These days, I get a lot of requests for restaurant recommendations from friends and family. Lately, no matter what style of food or neighborhood they ask for, they’re all getting the same answer: Go to ZhugDouglas Katz’s exploration of Middle Eastern cuisine just might be Cleveland’s most important dining experience right now. Still, not enough people have cozied up in its pillowed banquette seating, snapchatted envious friends pictures of their sumac-speckled nigella seed and burnt onion hummus ($13) or polished off the Yemenite curry fried chicken ($17) with harissa honey. The small plates menu features an exciting blend of influences from Katz’s travels and his 20-year run at Fire Food & Drink. I know parking is a hassle in Cleveland Heights. I don’t care if you’re picky. Don’t let the no-reservation policy's potential wait scare you. Get to Zhug now.


Cleveland Potters' Co-op hosts holiday sale

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Cleveland Potters' Co-op is again hosting a holiday pottery sale this December.

The sale, featuring ceramic art and objects made by co-op members—mugs, bowls, planters, and more—will take place on Friday, December 2, 7-9 p.m.; and on December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Sophie La Gourmande and Heights Arts collaborate

This year's Heights Arts Holiday Shop has overflowed the nonprofit art space at 2175 Lee Road, extending down the block to 2277 Lee Road—home of Sophie La Gourmande.

"I am all about collaboration," said Bob Sferra, Sophie's owner. "This marks our third sort of large collab in the past six years. The energy and mission of Heights Arts has always been a favorite of mine! Plus, Rachel Bernstein and her team are so great to work with."

The art installation at Sophie La Gourmande will be on view through the beginning of the new year, until Jan. 17.


Heights Arts seeks next CH poet laureate

Heights Arts initiated the Cleveland Heights poet laureate program more than 20 years ago. It is now seeking the city's 11th poet laureate, to serve a two-year term, April 2023 through March 2025—Heights Arts’ 25th anniversary. The Cleveland Heights poet laureate receives a yearly stipend, participates in civic and community events, and manages Heights Arts’ popular Ekphrastacy—Artists Talk and Poets Respond series.

Heights Arts is accepting applications for the position through Dec. 31. Anyone applying for the laureateship must commit to serve the full 24-month term of service if selected and be either a resident of Cleveland Heights or have a significant relationship to the Cleveland Heights community. 

Detailed information, along with the application. can be found at


2022 Neighborhood Mini-Grant Award Celebration

FutureHeights joyfully invites you to an evening of celebration for our 2022 Neighborhood Mini-Grant Award Recipients. Our program offers funding up twice annually (Spring and Fall) to support community-building initiatives, projects, and programs in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. Groups can apply for up to $1,000 to begin or sustain their projects.

On Wednesday, December 7th from 6pm-7:30 pm on Zoom, we welcome you to hear from our 2022 recipients, learn about their projects, and feel as inspired as we do about the incredible work our community members are doing to make the Heights a unique, welcoming, and wonderful place to live.

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Coventry Village Holiday Festival

December 10, 2022

11:00 am–6:00 pm

Join us for our annual celebration of the season! A unique, lively local shopping, dining, and creative experience, neighborhood-wide!


Activities Include


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NEW! Jazzercise

We blend dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and strength training. The results? Long, lean muscles and an instant mood boost! Burn up to 800 calories in this 55-minute class. Try two weeks for $20 and see why our average customer stays seven years!


Instructor: Mary Beth McCann,

Days and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays. 6:30 pm; Saturdays. 8:45 am

Location: Senior Center Multipurpose Room.

You can register in person at your first class.

Indoor Cycling

Forty-five minutes of cycling, a warm-up, a cool down, and 15 minutes of abdominal work and stretching. Be sure to bring a water bottle and mat.


Add a Zumba® class to your weekly routine! Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba® uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and Hip Hop. Music selection includes fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. You'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Wear comfortable workout clothes, shoes that you can move in, and water and a towel because you will sweat!

Israeli Dance Class

Learn modern Israeli dances as danced today in Israel. This is a GREAT starting point if you have wanted to learn Israeli dance. No experience is required. Everyone is welcome, and the pace will be slow and easy to keep everyone moving. Classes will include circle dances and line dances.

Hatha Yoga

Yoga for all skill levels. This class covers the fundamentals of yoga for beginners, those returning to yoga, or anyone looking for a gentler approach to yoga. There will be an emphasis on the basics of poses, along with breathing and relaxation of the mind and body.

Winter Evening Barre WorkoutThe Barre class is back! For those who have not taken this kind of class, Barre combines elements of dance with the Pilates principles of strength and safety. This is a barefoot workout. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and bring an exercise mat, towel, and spill-proof water bottle. Please register a week before the start date!

Winter Mat Pilates

Pilates is a series of targeted exercises that strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility generated from the core. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat, towel, and water. Please register a week before the start date!


Men's and Women's Tai Shin Doh Karate

This self-defense class is open to adults of all skill levels. Using Tai Shin Doh Karate as a base, this class provides practical knowledge of how to protect yourself during various real-world situations. From physical altercations to tripping and falling unexpectedly, you will learn how to react in a way that preserves your physical health. By the end of this class, you will improve your fitness, balance, flexibility, and mobility while also having a better understanding of how to keep yourself safe. This class also requires face masks to protect instructors and students from COVID-19.


Youth—Advanced Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

This class is for students who have achieved at least a green belt in Tai Shin Doh. Students will learn to master the art of Tai Shin Doh.


Youth—Beginners Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

Ages 6 & up. Children are taught control, discipline, awareness, responsibility, and consideration in a martial arts environment. This class is for beginners to yellow belts.

Adults—Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 14–75. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.

Mini Kids—Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 5 & 6. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.


Youth—Kuk Sool Won™(WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea

Ages 7–13. Class includes Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.

NEW! Wellness Programs


All programs are open to residents and non-residents.

Register online at or at the Community Center during front desk hours. Ty Richardson will contact you to schedule your orientation once you are registered.

NEW! Ask our Exercise & Fitness Specialist

Attendees of these FREE informal discussions are invited to ask Ty Richardson about all things health and wellness. Guests will receive a workbook that will guide them in creating healthier habits and provide them with helpful information they can start using immediately. These talks will take place 12:00–12:45 pm on the first Saturday of each month in Activity Room 1A & 1B.

Pre-registration at least seven days before each monthly talk is REQUIRED!

NEW! Fitness Assessment with Body Composition

This 30-minute comprehensive assessment will evaluate your fitness level by testing your cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility and assessing body fat. This fitness report will determine your baseline health and wellness status and disease risk.

Cost: $45.00 per person.

NEW! Weight Loss and Nutrition Coaching

Schedule a phone consultation with exercise and fitness specialist Ty Richardson to discuss your current eating and lifestyle habits. Together, you will choose a plan to begin establishing better habits and health. Email, or call or text 216-694-8414 today with any questions or to schedule your phone consultation!


There are four different Coaching Programs to choose from:

  • 7-Day Detox includes a 7-day detox grocery list with recipes, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, and a 7-day weight loss goal. Cost: $49.00


  • 30-Day Weekly Coaching includes a 30-day detox grocery list with recipes, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, four weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 30-day weight loss goal. Cost: $99.00


  • 30-Day Daily Coaching includes a 30-day detox grocery list with recipes, a weight loss cookbook, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, four weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 30-day weight loss goal. You will receive daily feedback and encouragement and have weekly phone check-ins. Cost: $199.00 (You can make a non-refundable partial payment of $99.50 to reserve your spot and pay the remainder of your balance two weeks after registration.)


  • 90-Day Big Loser includes a 7-day detox grocery list with recipes, a variety of weight loss cookbooks, a variety of meal plans, a BMI assessment, a daily water intake goal, a weekly exercise plan, weekly remote or in-person weight check-ins, and a 90-day weight loss goal. You will receive daily feedback and encouragement and have weekly phone check-ins. Cost: $499.00. (You can make a non-refundable partial payment of $166.33 to reserve your spot and then make another two monthly payments to fulfill the balance.)

NEW! 90-Day Fit Family Challenge

Families create healthy lifestyle habits with our Fit Family Checklist, fostering a supportive environment with family involvement and promoting a healthy sense of self by focusing on health and wellness, not diets or weight loss. (Requirements: A family must include at least one child under 18 and at least one adult age 18 or over.) This is a 90-day commitment: Families start and finish TOGETHER! Cost: $99.00 per month per team member



  • We offer a FREE 30-minute session to learn the layout of our fitness center and how to use our new fitness equipment. Sign up at the front desk for this 30-minute educational walk-through.

  • We offer a FREE Personal Training Demo for new or renewing community center members. Get a great workout and learn a lot in this 30-minute session with one of our certified personal trainers. If you decide to register for one of our affordable packages to keep your goals in motion., call or text our head of personal training at 216-694-8414 or sign up at the front desk.

  • We offer Personal Training. Hire one of our certified personal trainers to ensure that your workouts are safe and effective. We offer 30-minute or 60-minute sessions for groups or individuals, and monthly plans start at just $55. Call or text Ty Richardson at 216-694-8414 for more information.

2023 program dates are Sundays, January 22, February 5, February 26, March 12, and March 26 from 3pm-6pm. Participants must commit to attending all five sessions to be accepted into the program.

Workshop sessions will take place at FutureHeights, located in the Coventry P.E.A.C.E., 2843 Washington Boulevard.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 13, 2023.


The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

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Job openings in the Police Department, City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other departments may be found on the Cleveland Heights Job Opportunities webpage.

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