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Holiday Spirits Blossom Under Glass

How to Brighten a West Park Family's Holiday

Santa & Super Heroes Descend on Kamm's Corners

Lorain Avenue Building Slated for Renovation

Shop Near Home on  November 29

Other News & Events

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November 14, 2014 

Holiday Spirits Blossom Under Glass

You're invited to our 11th Annual Wine in the Holidays fundraiser, our only fundraiser of the year. It's a festive evening of fun and music "under glass" in the greenhouse at Puritas Nursery, 19201 Puritas Avenue, on Thursday, December 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Your $45 ticket includes:

  • A variety of wines and specialty beers
  • Hearty hors d' oeuvres from AMP 150 
  • Live music by Hollywood Slim Band 
  • HO trains chugging through live greenery and flowing water

Don your casual holiday attire and enjoy the fun! For a visual taste, view past event photos here. To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here. Proceeds will be used to continue the revitalization of Kamm's Corners and West Park.    


How to Brighten a West Park Family's Holiday  

Why not take a couple of hours this season to assist in getting food to the less fortunate in West Park? In just three hours,  St. Pat's Hunger Center will distribute bags of food to more than 300 families the weekend before Thanksgiving, including a turkey and the other ingredients needed for a nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.


With the closing of the Bread Basket Food Pantry this year, the need has grown significantly at St. Pat's, and they need your help. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, at 4427 Rocky River Drive, you can be part of the team that assembles and distributes the food to area families. No need to register in advance. Simply mark your calendar and show up! Volunteer for an hour or three hours -- the work will be done by noon.


Can't help that day but still want to make a difference? Mail a contribution (checks payable to St. Pat's Hunger Center) to 4427 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44135, or simply drop one off.


Santa and Super Heroes to Descend Here


Help greet Santa and Mrs. Claus when they arrive in Kamm's Corners by sleigh on Friday, December 5! The fun begins with an old-fashioned sing along at 6 p.m. under the clock at Lorain Avenue and Rocky River Drive.  


The West Park Kiwanis Club will serve hot chocolate, while the Academy Chorale, an a cappella choir from St. Joseph Academy, sings holiday tunes. A ceremonial "turning on of the lights" will take place followed by a brief presentation to the first place winner of the Downtown Kamm's Corners storefront decorating contest. The singing will resume with all joining in the caroling until Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by horse-drawn sleigh to greet the crowd.  


Super Heroes will join as the crowd follows Santa to Kamms Plaza for the 18th Annual Winter Wonderland, taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments, face painters, a balloon twister, and caricatures by Adam Pate -- the fastest caricaturist in the world -- add to the fun. A Chinese raffle takes place at the end of the evening for adults. See details in the flyer. This free event is sponsored by Kamms Plaza Shopping Center.


Lorain Avenue Building Slated for Renovation 


Looking for office or retail space in the heart of Kamm's Corners? KCDC recently acquired the Alber Building, 17019-25 Lorain Avenue. The 10,000-square-foot building will be renovated for retail and office space.

  • Retail (1st Floor)
  • Office (2nd Floor)
  • Rents range from $9 to $11 per square foot
  • Off-street parking in rear
  • Excellent location
  • Close to retail, restaurants, bars, and the Cleveland Metroparks

For more information, contact Ben Campbell at 216-252-6559, ext. 1200 or e-mail ben.campbell@kammscorners.com.  


Shop Near Home on Saturday, November 29


In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need -- getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than every before.  


Here in Kamm's Corners, locally owned, independent businesses return a great deal to our community! It's called the multiplier effect: one dollar spent at a locally owned business comes back to us through city taxes, employer wages, and contributions to local non-profit organizations.  


Let's think of businesses closest to home when shopping this holiday seasons, especially on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For a list of ideas, see a reprint from our magazine, here.    

In Other News...

Start your holiday shopping at the Fair Trade Festival this weekend. Shop Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Mark Social Hall, 15800 Montrose Avenue. See the flyer for a list of items and more.  

Share your opinions about the section of Rocky River Drive between Lorain Avenue and Brookpark Road
by taking an online survey designed for local residents and business owners. Survey results will become part of a Master Plan to make improvements. Click here for the survey.

Tonight enjoy a casual evening of fun to benefit St. Augustine Health Ministries, a cause supported by many in West Park. The event, "Angels on the Avenue," starts at 5:30 at the Cleveland Airport Holiday Inn, 4181 West 150th Street. See details here.

West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue, is looking for local crafters for their Christmas craft show, taking place on Saturday, November 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested in taking a table? Call 216-287-3203.

Home Weatherization Assistance program applications are available to Cleveland homeowners and tenants who meet income guidelines. Call the Cleveland Housing Network at 216-664-6467 for more information. 

Savor the Moment, 4080 Rocky River Drive, offers more than a marvelous selection of coffee and teas. Wraps, paninis, salads, and more are served daily. Custom gift baskets, fun stocking stuffers, and handcrafted jewelry are available for the holidays. Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Puritas Nursery, 19201 Puritas Avenue, features its 12th Annual holiday display of model trains from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. Three different gauges on three distinct layouts feature 14 trains! Children may visit Santa on Saturday, December 6 and 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. -- a great photo opportunity!   

Congratulations to a trio of talented tale spinners from Newton D. Baker School of Arts on winning the 8th Grade grand prize in this year's annual Great Lakes Theater "A Christmas Carol" writing contest: Emily Pikturna, McKenna Jablonske, and Xavier Rivera. 

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4260 Rocky River Drive, will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary on December 7, with a special service at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner and fellowship. To attend the dinner, call the church office at 216-252-2348, ext. 10.

The 2015 West Park calendar, presented by the West Park Historical Society, is now available for $8.50 at these locations: Gene's Place to Dine, K & K Portage Market, and Puritas Nursery.   
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