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Juneteenth Celebration in Coventry Village
On Sunday, June 19, Coventry Village and Safer Heights held their 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration to support black-owned businesses and artists and honor the contributions of the black community in Cleveland Heights. Mayor Seren visited the event and gave a brief speech.
The celebration featured a vendor market for black-owned businesses, live performances, a free movie at the Coventry PEACE park, live art and gallery experiences featuring local black artists, face painting, a magic show, crafts and creative workshops, and the Coventry Village Merchant's Sidewalks Sale.
Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the news of the end of American slavery reaching the last enslaved Americans of African decent in June 1865. It is a uniquely American holiday that has been celebrated for over 150 years but wasn't declared a Federal holiday until June 2021. Juneteenth was declared a Cleveland Heights holiday in March 2022.

On Friday, June 17, Mayor Seren raised the African-American Flag at City Hall to honor and reflect on Juneteenth.
Cleveland Heights Enacts Three New Policies to Make the City More Equitable and Inclusive
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 21, Cleveland Heights City Council fulfilled a promise made earlier in the month by passing three substantive policy changes making the City of Cleveland Heights more inclusive and equitable for members of the community who are LGBTQIA+.

  • ORDINANCE 75-2022, co-sponsored by Councilor Josie Moore, to update the City of Cleveland Heights' parental and family leave policy to make it gender-neutral and ensure the parental and family leave benefit is available to employees who are LGBTQ+.

  • ORDINANCE 79-2022, co-sponsored by Councilman Anthony Mattox, Jr., banning conversion therapy in Cleveland Heights.

  • ORDINANCE 77-2022, mandating the inclusion of expansive anti-discrimination language in every City contract and requiring companies entering into contracts with the City or benefiting from public incentives to affirm they will not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.
Cleveland Heights City Council passed all three proposals unanimously, and following the City Council meeting, Mayor Kahlil Seren signed them into law.

"Here in Cleveland Heights, we turn our values into action," Mayor Seren said. "We fly the Progress Pride Flag as a symbol of our support, but these policies create real change behind the symbolism. I am grateful to Councilor Josie Moore and Councilman Anthony Mattox Jr. for joining me as sponsors of inclusive parental leave and protections against conversion therapy in Cleveland Heights."
Cleveland Heights City Council—No July Meetings

Cleveland Heights City Council is on recess during the month of July. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, August 1, at 7:30 pm, following the Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which will be held at 6:30 pm.

Both meetings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agenda may be found on the City's website.

For more City meetings and event listings, please visit the City's calendar.
Urban Swim CLE Heights Classes Begin Monday, June 27
Session 1 Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 26

Urban Swim CLE Heights is an extracurricular athletic swim program founded by Heights residents and designed to teach life-saving skills and developmental swim skills. The program is currently located at Cumberland Pool in Cleveland Heights.

Classes are recommended for children ages 6+ and are based off of the Red Cross Curriculum taught by experienced USA swimming competitive swimmers and Red Cross Certified Lifeguards.

The first two-week Learn-to-Swim classes begin Monday, June 27, and lessons will take place at Cumberland Pool between 10:30–11:30 am and 11:45 am–12:45 pm.

Fees are $50 per class for Cleveland Heights residents and $70 per class for non-residents. The deadline to register online for Session 1 is June 26. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Coach Eddis at urbanswimcle@gmail.com or 216-210-2604.
Hillcrest-Heights Community Market
Every Thursday, 4:00-8:00 pm

The Hillcrest-Heights Community Market continues every Thursday from 4:00-8:00 pm, through October 13th.

The Cities of Cleveland Heights and South Euclid have partnered with Food Strong and Care-A-Van to bring together farmers, makers, and advocacy groups to serve the residents of Cleveland's east side suburbs.


The Hillcrest-Heights Community Market still have room for you! Interested vendors should contact Rebekah at communitydevelopment@seuclid.com or 216-691-4232 for more information.
Cooling Center will Remain Available to Residents
Due to recent extreme heat, the City of Cleveland Heights opened a Cooling Center for residents at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.
  • All residents are welcome.
  • Cooling Center Hours: 6:00 am–8:00 pm Monday–Friday and 9:00 am–1:00 pm on Saturday.
  • The Cleveland Heights Community Center is located at 1 Monticello Boulevard.
During extreme heat, please minimize your time outside and avoid direct exposure to the sun. If you must go outside, schedule your outdoor activities for the cooler early morning or evening hours. Avoid being outdoors between 10 am and 4 pm, which is typically the hottest part of the day. Stay hydrated by drinking water and be mindful of your pets. Do not leave pets or children in cars. Please check on any neighbors that may be vulnerable and without air conditioning. 
It's the final weekend to see SCHOOL OF ROCK which runs through Sunday, June 26. Tickets are still available! Get your tickets here and be ready to ROCK!

"SCHOOL OF ROCK is a fun-filled show with a nice moral message. The Cain Park production is well-directed and performed. The music rocks. The cast entertains. It’s the kind of show that audiences love."
- Roy Berko

Based on the Paramount movie, SCHOOL OF ROCK follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.

Dewey turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

The Tony-nominated hit includes all of the original songs from the movie, plus new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Julian Fellowes.
Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 pm
Evans Amphitheater
One of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and most respected dance companies, Verb Ballets has gained a reputation for artistic excellence and exemplary community engagement since 1987. Under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Carlson, former principal dancer for Cleveland Ballet, and Richard Dickinson, MFA, former Ohio Ballet dancer, the company is committed to creating and mounting dance works of the highest caliber.

The company strives to act as a catalyst to promote learning, nurture wellness, and encourage dialogue about the dance art form. As a contemporary ballet company, the dancers combine classical ballet training with strong artistry. Internationally acclaimed, the company has toured Cuba and Taiwan.

Doors open at 7:00 pm/Showtime is at 8:00 pm.

This is a FREE EVENT.
Sunday, June 26, 7:00 pm
Evans Amphitheater
Yiddishe Pirat (roughly translated "Jewish Pirate") is a klezmer supergroup formed by Vulfpeck leader, Cleveland Heights native, and Cain Park Tennis Camp alum Jack Stratton (shown right), and featuring world-renowned talents, Michael Winograd on clarinet, and Socalled (Josh Dolgin) on piano.

Find out more here.

This is a FREE EVENT.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Wednesday, June 29, 8:00 pm
Evans Amphitheater

Pink Martini
Featuring China Forbes
Thursday, June 30, 8:00 pm
Evans Amphitheater

SummerFEST 2022
In the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District
The Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (SID) has kicked off its SummerFEST, featuring concerts, yoga classes and historical walks.

As a part of SummerFEST, the District will host TWO CONCERTS EACH MONTH during June, July, and August in the parking lot on Grandview Avenue behind Firestone on Cedar Road. All concerts will take place from 6:30–8:00 pm.

Upcoming SummerFEST concerts include:

  • July 7: Blue Lunch
  • July 13: Cats on Holiday, Louisiana-inspired rock/roots/Zydeco
  • August 4: Blue Lunch
  • August 11: Cats on Holiday

On July 13th and August 10th, Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts will host YOGA IN THE LOT from 6:30–7:15 pm. If you’d like to participate, please register in advance and bring your own yoga mat.

And on July 21st and August 4th, Ken Goldberg, President of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, will host HISTORIC WALKING TOURS of the Cedar Fairmount District from 6:30–8:30 pm. If you’d like to participate, please meet Ken at the parking lot on Grandview Avenue at 6:30 pm.

For more information about SummerFEST, please visit SummerFEST2022.org.
The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

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.
-- All Are Welcome --