LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Preparations continue for the 44th annual Lakewood Arts Festival, which is a little more than a week away. The popular street festival will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Detroit Avenue from Belle to Arthur avenues in Lakewood.
In addition to the booths for artists and community groups and food, a full slate of entertainment is scheduled throughout the day.
LAF organizers said there will be art on the avenue and all around you as street performers, musicians and artists will mingle in the crowd along with pop-ups along Detroit Avenue.
Performing on the Mars Stage at Mars and Detroit avenues will be the Erie Height Brass Band at 10:30 a.m.; Bridgetown Junction at 2 p.m.; Meganne Steka & the Magnetosphere at 3:30 and Austin Walkin’ Cane & the Musos will wrap things up at 5.
Featured on the Park Stage at Cook and Detroit avenues will be Chris Allen at 10 a.m.; Luca Mundaca & Alexis Antes at 11:30; the League of Women Voters will present their scholarship awards at 12:30 p.m.; Maura Rogers & The Bellows take the stage at 2; Assane M’Bave Sengalese Drums at 3:30 and Teasebox at 5.
Performing on the Beck Stage at St. Charles and Detroit avenues will be Lauren Travillian, singer/songwriter, 10-10:45 a.m.; Something Dada Theater Improve, 11-11:45 a.m.; Kat Harris Spoken Word with music by Jessica McGrath and Amy Wooley, noon to 12:30 p.m.; Shaun McGrath & Friends, opera and other favorites, 12:45-1:15 p.m.; Clara Edleman, singer/songwriter, 1:30-2; MadJax Dance, 2:15-3 and Kraig Brock, steel drum, 3:15-4:30.
Hands-on, family fun and demonstrations at the Beck Stage will feature Danielle Dore and a pottery demonstration 10 a.m. to noon; Duarte and Friends from Transit Arts in Columbus with live painting and more, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Adopt-a-Pot, unique pottery for sale, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and chalk art with Beck artists and on your own, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit lakewoodartsfest.org/visit_entertainment for up-to-date information on the festival entertainment.
Among the nonprofit and community groups scheduled to participate in this year’s festival are the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter; Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.; Lakewood Council of PTAs; Lakewood Historical Society; Lakewood New Life Church; SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church; the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland – Lakewood Chapter and WomenSafe.
Groups interested in being featured at an upcoming LAF should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival organizers said a digital list of participating artists will be available soon at lakewoodartsfest.org.
Friends Helping Friends: The Fairview Park-based Friends Helping Friends nonprofit organization heard about a single woman who lost everything in a fire and was able to assist her in rebuilding her life by donating $1,800 in Target gift cards.
The woman had no renter’s insurance and had to live with a friend in exchange for cleaning the house while she saved up for another apartment.
Friends Helping Friends learned about the woman’s situation and was aware of how costly it would be to purchase new pots, pans, a microwave, toaster, dishes, silverware, bedding, towels and clothes, so they gave her a $1,000 Target gift card. Members of the nonprofit also ensured she will receive a $100 Target gift card each month for the next eight months as she slowly rebuilds. “These are the moments our charity gets to shine brightest,” said Gretchen Faro, executive director. “This woman literally had nothing left and without any red tape, we were able to step in right away. Many times it’s not so much the gift to help pay bills as it is the gesture that our member cared enough to reach out to us and make sure she did not go through this alone,” Faro added. Friends Helping Friends, founded in 1977, assisted almost 30 families and neighbors during the pandemic. The group hopes to gain new membership to meet the growing need for its assistance because so many people are unemployed and struggling. “In order to continue our work, we need to see an increase in members so we can meet the growing needs of our neighbors and friends right here in our own backyards,” said Dan Fronczak, founder and president emeritus. Friends Helping Friends’ biggest fundraiser, a golf outing, was canceled by the pandemic last year. This year’s event will be Aug. 6 at Bob O Links Golf course in Avon.
“We are really trying to get our community to rally behind us with the hopes of increasing our reach even beyond the West side of Cleveland,” Fronczak said. Friends Helping Friends seeks members who each make an annual contribution of at least $150. They can recommend financial assistance at any time during the year for a friend who is facing unexpected hardships. The group is completely local, with all members and recipients living in Greater Cleveland.
Also, all the giving is personal, since recipients are friends, family members, or neighbors of the group members. All funds received help recipients. Group officials said their modest operating costs are covered by fundraisers during the year. Anyone interested in becoming a member can download and complete a short application form and submit it by email. Decisions on donation requests usually take place within a few days and assistance begins as soon as the Criteria Committee approves the request.
Welcome aboard: Congratulations to Tiffany Hunt, the newly named administrator for the North Olmsted Senior Center. She served 16 years as the center’s outreach coordinator.
Hunt replaces Jackie Chavez-Anderson who recently left to pursue a new venture.
“I have enjoyed getting to know our older adult community and providing social work support. I look forward to further serving our wonderful community in this new capacity,” Hunt said.
Community meal: Clague Road United Church of Christ and Westlake Church of the Redeemer once again will host a free grab-n-go meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. July 31 at Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.
Those coming for a meal should drive to the rear door of the church and volunteers will bring out the meal. Service continues until the food runs out.
Meet the superintendent: Lakewood school board will host a meet-and-greet reception 6-6:45 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Lakewood High School cafeteria for Maggie Niedzwiecki, new superintendent of schools.
The regular school board meeting follows the reception at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
Vendors needed: Frostville Farmers Market and Flea Days will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 and Oct. 9 at the Frostville Museum complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
Organizers are seeking vendors for the event. Contact Angie Obbish at 330-592-6518. There will be music, food and shopping, produce, plants, jewelry, local food vendors, artists, crafters and more.
The top of Cedar Point Road and Columbia Road is open to Frostville. Fore more information, visit olmstedhistoricalsociety.org.
Concert finale: Front Porch Lights will perform at the final Front Porch Concert, 7 p.m. July 30 on the LakewoodAlive Facebook page.
Now in its 11th year, the popular music series opted to stay virtual to ensure health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Free concert: The Michelle Romary Band will perform a free, family-friendly concert 6-9 p.m. July 31 at North Olmsted Park.
Cocky’s Bagels and Cleveland Cookie Dough Co. will be on hand for those who want to purchase snacks.
Frostville event: The Frostville Museum complex will host an antique car and gas engine show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1. The event will include displays of a variety of antique cars, trucks and motorcycles and gas-powered engines of all sizes.
Real Gone Cats will perform beginning at noon. Visitors also can tour the historic buildings at the museum complex and purchase refreshments.
Anyone interested in participating can call John Baker, 440-734-3124.
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