Inside This Issue

St. Patrick's Day Events Abound

The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ Returns

Jig & Jog 5K Race and 1-Mile Walk

Easter-Themed Events

Cleveland International Film Festival

Other News & Events

March 14, 2016
St. Patrick's Day Festivities Abound in Kamm's Corners on March 17, Before and After the Parade

Although 12% of Cuyahoga County residents are of Irish descent, nearly everyone celebrates the wearing of the green on St. Patrick's Day. The 149th edition of the parade steps off downtown at 1:04 p.m. March 17, at Superior Avenue and East 18th Street. It travels west on Superior to Jesse Owens Way (East Roadway) and then heads northwest on East Roadway for one block, turning east on Rockwell Avenue. It ends at the intersection of Rockwell and East Third Street roughly two hours later.

From early morning Irish breakfasts to live bands performing into the night, Kamm's Corners is THE place to celebrate before and after the parade. Remember to "go green" in more ways than one by leaving your car at home. Take public transit or walk to Kamm's Corners' pubs and restaurants. If you must drive, please park in the municipal parking lot behind Walgreens or specially designated areas. Cars will be towed from Kamms Plaza by Marc's if their drivers are not shopping at Marc's. Stay safe!

Click here for a listing of festivities in the heart of Kamm's Corners, from page 11 of the most recent issue of Kamm's Corners Magazine. Click here for a newly added option. Check out this fun video by local man, Carter Hall. It's an original Irish song with Irish names, available on Facebook, here.

The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ Returns 
Vendors & Artists May Apply Now

West Park's Homecoming Celebration, The Hooley on Kamms Corners™, features great food, live music, children's shows & activities, Irish dancers, pipes & drums, and more. The seventh annual event runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue between Rocky River Drive and West 165th Street on Saturday, May 14.

March 31 is the application deadline for West Park business owners to participate -- only two weeks away.  New and home-based businesses as well as non-profit organizations and churches are welcome in addition to all who have already taken advantage of this prime opportunity to get in front of some 30,000 visitors at this popular community event.

Online information is accessible on our website here.

Cleveland Bazaar, Northeast Ohio's longest-running indie hand-made event, is partnering with The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ to curate a handmade arts and crafts event inside The Hooley™-- and it will be even larger than last year's footprint. This is a juried event, and all applicants must be accepted by Cleveland Bazaar to participate. No mass-made items will be accepted. Artist applications are available here.

For more information, email or leave a message at 216-252-6559, ext. 1500 for a return call.

The 5th Annual Irish Jig & Jog 5K to Benefit Women's Outreach Center   

This Saturday, March 19, help to usher in the opening weekend of televised college basketball tournaments with a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk followed by an NCAA post race watch party at West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue. All ages are welcome to register online for the 5th Annual Irish Jig & Jog, here. Pre-registration is $20 by March 17. Then it is $25 up to 9:45 a.m. on race day.

This year's event is supporting River's Edge Women's Outreach Center, 3430 Rocky River Drive, and it is hosted by West Park Station. Details about pre-race packet pick up and awards are available at the link.  

Easter-Themed Events Offer Family Fun 

The West Park Family YMCA, 15501 Lorain Avenue, invites children of all ages to jump in the pool for an aquatic Easter Egg Hunt this Friday, March 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is free for members, but open to non-members for a $10 charge per family. Pre-registration is required by calling 216-941-5410.  

Red Bar and Lounge, 16700 Lorain Avenue, offers lunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 19, for two seatings: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For children 3 to 10 years old, lunch is $16. For ages 11 and up it is $20. The event features a lunch buffet, "Hop," the movie, Easter crafts, an Easter Bunny meet and greet, and a chance to win tickets to "Sesame Street Live" at Playhouse Square. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Call 216-417-8234 for reservations.

Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) program guides are  being distributed this week. As a Community Outreach Sponsor, KCDC is offering a limited number of film vouchers on a first come, first served basis to our followers who respond to contests on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us there for announcements on how to try for the vouchers.  

Tickets have already gone on sale to CIFF members and will be available to everyone else on Friday, March 18. Use the special code KAMMSC for a savings of $2 per ticket purchased. This is how:
  • Online: Use the code KAMMSC when purchasing tickets here (available 24/7).
  • Phone: Use the code KAMMSC when calling the Film Festival Box Office at 877-304-FILM (3456).
  • In-person: Use the code KAMMSC at the Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby.

In Other News . . . 

Kamm's Cafe, 17209 Lorain Avenue, offers fresh food, cold drinks, and good times. The former Ironwood Cafe spot is now managed by Eric Datchler. He said, "We are honoring Ironwood Cafe gift cards in a show of good faith as we welcome all to try our new menu offerings." See the menu and more at their website here

The West Park Historical Society presents a talk on the Cleveland Bomber Plant
given by historian Bill Meixner on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Cretan Party Center, 3853 West 168th Street. The event is free, but donations to the historical society are appreciated.

River's Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive, presents free Monday Night at the Movies, once a month with the next one on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Click here to register.

On Saturday, March 26, Si Senor Mexican Restaurant, 16800 Lorain Avenue, will feature a live Mariachi band from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Enjoy sizzling fajitas and cold margaritas, along with authentic Mexican cuisine. Food and drink specials will be offered all day. Call 216-941-4424 for details.  

Cuyahoga County and the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offer free tax preparation services for low and middle income residents through April 15. Call United Way at 2-1-1 to get an appointment at one of the 25 sites offering this service free of charge.

Our friends at Lakewood Alive welcome West Park residents to attend a series of free workshops on home maintenance. See the details here
Job seekers are invited to a Career Fair on Wednesday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Polaris Career Center, sponsored by several community partners with up to 75 employers who have job openings. Dress to interview, and bring resumes. See details, including address, here.

Youth in and around Cleveland may share their ideas and perspectives at the Youth Solutions Congress on March 26 at Cleveland State University. The free event, presented by Neighborhood Leadership Institute, starts with check-in and breakfast at 9 a.m. Register online here. For additional details see the flyer here.    

Unleash the artist within at West Park Station's Wine & Design on Wednesday, March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. A local artist will provide step by step guidance in creating a masterpiece. Only $35, includes supplies. Book your spot by calling 440-494-6309.

Members and friends of the West Park United Church of Christ are invited to support the Bridge to the Future Capital Campaign at an Italian-themed dinner on Saturday, April 2, starting at 6 p.m. in Bartter Hall, 3909 Rocky River Drive. Tickets are $15 each. Call 216-393-0266 for reservations. See the dinner menu and event details in the flyer here.   
Think Spring! Visit ACE Hardware in Kamms Plaza at 3780 Rocky River Drive for gardening-related merchandise, grills, paints, tools, and more. Why leave the neighborhood, when this option offers close in parking, near home? Call 216-251-4223.

The St. Joseph Academy Chorale sang the National Anthem for the Mid-American Conference tournament game this past Saturday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Congratulations on a fantastic job!

After five summers of garden tours in Cleveland, GardenWalk Cleveland is taking a one-year break to make some changes and prepare for 2017. West Park gardeners successfully participated last summer for the first time and will be invited to the 2017 event, scheduled for July 8 and 9.

Puritas Nursery, 19201 Puritas Avenue, is Cleveland's last growing greenhouse of flowers and vegetables. Get sincere, personal attention and advice you can trust from these experts. Call 216-267-5350 for information.

The facade renovation is complete on the Alber Building, 17019-25 Lorain Avenue, making it an attractive place to locate a business. Click here for a photo and details.   
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