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New Details for the 6th Annual Hooley™

Volunteers Needed for Planter Boxes

West Park Joins GardenWalk

Free Comic Book Day May 2

Registration Opens for Run Puritas

Other News & Events

April 15, 2015
The 6th Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ is Saturday, May 9

In less than a month, West Park's annual homecoming
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celebration takes place, featuring great food, live music, children's shows and activities, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, fine art, and more!

From noon till 8 p.m. Lorain Avenue will be closed for the festival between Rocky River Drive and West 165th Street. Show up to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy! Thanks to our sponsors, the event is free of charge.

Purchase unique goods and pick up interesting information from the many booths lining each side of Lorain Avenue. New this year, Cleveland Bazaar will host a juried handmade arts and crafts show on West 168th Street, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood

The main stage at Rocky River Drive faces east and features a mix of Celtic music and rock-n-roll. The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police will help with opening ceremonies. Here's the line-up in order of appearance after the opening: The Sunrise Jones; The Donegal Doggs; Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums; The Donegal Doggs (return); Mary's Lane; and Cats on Holiday.  

The family stage at West 165th Street, sponsored by Dollar Bank, will feature entertainment for the younger crowd, including Irish dancers and musical performances by local schools. Nearby will be the Youth Center, sponsored by Neighborhood Family Practice, featuring pop-a-shot, a bounce house, and engaging activities.

Satisfy your cravings from the abundant food offerings, such as gyros, hot dogs, kettle corn, pulled pork, ice cream, and more from a dozen food vendors.
See you at The Hooley on Kamm's Corners!

The Hooley™ is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Special thanks to the City of Cleveland and Councilman Marty Keane for their support and to sponsor Fairview Hospital!

General questions? E-mail or call Jackie Wohleber at 216-252-6559, ext. 1000.
Help Kamm's Corners Put Its Best Foot Forward for The Hooley

Join us 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2.
For the past several years, a dedicated group of volunteers has come together to weed, plant, and mulch the public planters on Lorain Avenue the week before The Hooley on Kamm's Corners. We all take great pride in putting our best foot forward for The Hooley, including the display of nicely landscaped planter beds with pretty flowers and fresh mulch.

It is said "many hands make light work," and we could use some extra hands to make light work of this project!

We will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. (The rain date will be the same time on Sunday). Please gather in front of West Park Station with work gloves and a shovel and/or trowel. Kids are welcome if they are over 12, but supervision is the parents' responsibility.

In past years, it has taken our group about 4 hours to complete the project. We will accept any amount of time you can give. Supplies are purchased by KCDC. This year, we also will have a trailer full of additional tools and supplies, thanks to Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and their "Clean & Green Cleveland Trailer."

Feel free to simply show up, but it would be helpful for us to know you are coming (and how many) via e-mail to

Let's show our neighborhood pride!

West Park Joins GardenWalk Cleveland

The long winter has ended. Soon gardens will become brilliant
A West Park garden on this year's tour.
with greenery and color, especially by the weekend of July 11 and 12. That's when GardenWalk Cleveland takes place!

It's a free, self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day, featuring more than 200 private gardens, farms, vineyards, and orchards in neighborhoods throughout Cleveland. Last year, over 1,000 people toured the gardens all over the city.

This year, West Park is on the tour. So far, there are 15 gardens scheduled to participate. Headquarters here will be West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue, where tour maps will be distributed. To showcase your garden or to volunteer to help with the event locally, please call David Horneck at 216-543-4277 or e-mail Let's show the region what beautiful neighborhoods we have!

Free Comic Book Day Takes Place Saturday, May 2

Free Comic Book Day 
Join the excitement on Free Comic Book Day!
Celebrate or discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, it happens this year on May 2. Participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! Carol & John's Comic Book Shop is Free Comic Book Day headquarters in West Park!

"This will be our 14th Annual Free Comic Book Day," said owner John Dudas. "It will be celebrated to coincide with the release of Avengers 2."

More than 25,000 free comic books will be given away with a limit of 10 per person on the day of the event, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come costumed as their favorite comic book characters. The shop is planning a "pop up art show," featuring over 24 local artists doing superhero artwork. Limited prints of artwork will be available for purchase. Rocket car rides for all ages will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free of charge, compliments of Kamms Plaza! Carol & John's Comic Book Shop is at Kamms Plaza, 17462 Lorain Avenue. Call 216-252-0606 for more information.

Run Puritas Race Registration Opens  

Our friends at Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation (BPDC) invite runners, children, parents with kids in strollers, and folks with leashed pets to join the 3rd Annual Run Puritas 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. The event takes place on Saturday, May 2, and features a new route leaving from Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on West 140th at Puritas Avenue. The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-Mile Run/Walk starts at 8:35 a.m. Pre-race and race day details along with award categories are available here.

Pre-registration is $20, plus $2.50 if signing up online here. Get a group of 10+ together with mail-in pre-registration and receive special team recognition and a $5 discount on each entry. All proceeds help to fund BPDC's West Park community programs.
In Other News . . .

Kamm's Corners is an outstanding environment for new and established businesses.
Discover what four of our merchants know about operating a business here by viewing their newly posted testimonial videos! Use the links on our website.    

Office and retail space is available in beautiful Downtown Kamm's Corners inside the Alber Building, 17019-25 Lorain Avenue. Do you know a business looking to locate here? See details here. 

The Tower City Chorus -- Cleveland West Suburban Chapter -- presents "Celebrating 75 Years of Barbershop Harmony," including the voices of some West Parkers! Enjoy this harmonious evening on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Details are in the flyer. For more information, call 440- 826-0467.

On Sunday, May 3, the West Park Kiwanis Club holds its popular spring Pancake Breakfast at St. Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Drive. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy all the pancakes you can eat, served with an order of sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out is available. Tickets are $7. Children under 5 years old eat free of charge.

The next neighborhood meeting for the Rocky River Drive Master Plan with take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, in the lower level of St. Patrick Catholic Church,
4427 Rocky River Drive. The agenda for the meeting will be a discussion of the plan's recommendations with a focus on the roadway and public right-of-way on Rocky River Drive. To download and review the 17 MB slide presentation of the preliminary recommendations and alternatives from the previous meeting, click the link at our website here.   

The Cleveland Department of Aging presents Senior Day on Wednesday, May 20, at Cleveland Public Hall, 500 Lakeside Avenue. An information fair starts at 10 a.m. with a program at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. Entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. The event is free of charge! For more information, call 216- 664-2833. 

The annual "Earn Your Spots Jaguar 5K Race and 1-Mile Walk" for St. Joseph Academy takes place on Monday, May 25. See details and register online here.

Save the Date! The West Park Family YMCA's Annual Golf Outing takes place at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Road, in Columbia Station on Friday, June 26, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. To register, click here

The West Park Family YMCA is offering Livestrong, a program tailored to meet the specific needs of adult cancer survivors at NO COST to the participants, thanks to a partnership with Fairview Hospital. The 12-week course begins in May. E-mail or call 216-307-4166 for more information.   
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