Registration is open for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K, 1 Mile Run, Walk: A Place in the Sun

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – The countdown is on for Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive.

The fun starts at 4 p.m. on July 16 on Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood. Traditionally, around 15,000 people take part in the summer festivities that celebrate the vibrancy of the city.

Registration is open until 11 p.m. on July 14 for the Summer Meltdown 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Run and Walk.

The cost is $25 for the chip-timed Meltdown 5K through July 14. There will be a price increase after this date.

The cost of the Fun 1-Mile Run and Walk for Families is $12 until 11 p.m. July 14, with price increases after that time.

The 5K starts at 7 p.m. on July 16; the 1 mile event starts at 6 p.m. The Meltdown 5K, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Center for LGBTQ+ Care and the Lakewood Family Health Center, is a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive. The 1 mile event is sponsored by Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department. Both events begin on Belle and Detroit Avenues.

Registered participants will receive a race t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the best in different age categories.

Additionally, the Meltdown features a street fair with live music from Front Porch Lights, food vendors, and a beer garden. The fun is centered in the heart of downtown Lakewood.

Contact Vince Williams, [email protected] or call 216-521-0655 ext. 4 for more information.

Community meal: It’s that time again. A free takeaway meal will be offered from 4:30 p.m. on June 25 until supplies run out at Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.

Everyone is welcome. Report to the back door of the church and volunteers will bring meals to the cars.

Once again, the meal is hosted by Church of the Redeemer, Westlake and Clague Road Church.

The Elks raise funds for CFK: Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 once again donated the use of its facilities at 24350 Center Ridge Road, Westlake to Connecting for Kids for a bowling fundraiser that generated over $5,000 for the non-profit organization based in Westlake. Sixty bowlers took part in the event on April 23. Funds raised will allow CFK to continue its mission to educate and support local families. “Last year’s bowling event was such a success that we jumped at the chance to do it again,” said Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 elated manager Mike Sheehan. for everyone involved as our Elks members can combine their love of bowling with the opportunity to raise funds and help a local organization that does so much for families in our community.According to Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of CFK, the lodge is the ideal place to hold this event because of the facilities it offers for children with disabilities.

“Many of our families would be hesitant to take their child bowling to a large facility because the crowds and noise can be overwhelming for some. With its small size, wheelchair-accessible lanes and assist bowling ramps, the Elks facility provides a safe space for families to have fun on their own in a judgment-free zone,” she said. . The bowling fundraiser is just one of a series of events that CFK and the Elks have collaborated on this year. Others included a poker tournament and the creation of 250 resource bags for the spring resource fairs.

The Front Porch concert series continues on June 24 with Pete Lazard. Photo courtesy of LakewoodAlive.

Concerts on the porch: The Front Porch Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. June 24 on the porch of the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Pierre Lazard will perform.

The concert series, which runs until July 29, is sponsored by Raymond James’ Bentley Wealth Management.

Fleafest returns: The Fairview Fleafest returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at Fairview High School, 4507 W. 213th St., Fairview Park.

More than twenty vendors, including young entrepreneurs and food trucks, will be present. The Magic Man will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rotating book collection box

Donated children’s books fill a collection bin at Don Umerley Hall in Rocky River. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise

Children’s books: The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River’s Sunrise Books for Kids project will celebrate its third anniversary in August. Residents of Rocky River and surrounding communities continue to support the initiative with donations.

Books for Kids is a national program created in 1986, based on the belief that all children have the right to books and deserve dedicated spaces where they can read. The project is designed to expand access to books where children learn, live and play, and to enable adults to read alongside them to develop lifelong literacy skills during the prime years. criticism of their development. The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing free books to children in need through collaboration with community organizations.

The Children’s Book Bank opened in February 2016 to receive, manage and distribute shipments of books each month. About 30% of their books come from the community, while the rest come from online second-hand booksellers.

There is a Rocky River Kids’ Book Bank outdoor collection bin located near the door to Umerley Hall in the Rocky River Civic Center complex behind Rocky River City Hall. This is one of many dumpsters in the Cleveland area. Bins provide a place for community members to drop off new and lightly used children’s books they no longer use, and then the Book Bank distributes the books through more than 1,000 partner organizations working with children and parents to encourage them to read. Patty Boesken, President of Project Sunrise Rotary, recently announced a cooperative program with the Rocky River Public Library that will make regular donations of out-of-circulation children’s books to the Book Bank. She said that since the book bin was installed two years ago, more than 1,000 books have been donated. The Sunrise Club is one of two Rotary clubs in Lakewood and Rocky River. One club meets at noon on Mondays and the other at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Umerley Hall at Rocky River Civic Center, Hilliard Boulevard and Wagar Road, behind Rocky River City Hall.

For more information about Rotary, contact Kathy Berkshire at [email protected]

For more information about the Cleveland Children’s Book Bank, visit or find them on social media.

Birdtown Picnic: The eighth annual Birdtown Picnic will be held June 25 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Lakewood’s Madison Park. The event will be picnic style, so attendees should bring a blanket or chairs. LakewoodAlive will provide lunches on a first-come, first-served basis. Vegan options will be available upon request.

Local community groups will provide entertainment, family activities and more.

Festivities will take place near the basketball court. The nearest car park is next to Avenue d’Athènes.

This event is a program of the LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program. The Community Engagement Program develops engagement initiatives for residents to cultivate a sense of pride and belonging in our neighborhoods.

For more information, call 216-521-0655.

The Polaris program in the spotlight: The Polaris Career Center Adult Police Academy, established in 2002, received the Ohio Attorney General STAR Academy designation. The award was established in 2021 to recognize police academies approved by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission that go above and beyond minimum requirements to ensure cadets receive the best training possible.

Since its founding, the academy has trained and placed hundreds of graduates in countless police departments and law enforcement agencies in northeast Ohio and beyond.

“We are proud to receive this award. The STAR Academy designation is an endorsement of the excellent training and instruction our teachers provide. We are committed to raising the bar to ensure our cadets are well prepared for the field of law enforcement,” said Ernie Oergel, Commandant of Polaris Police Academy. The OPOTC approves training academies throughout Ohio and requires 737 total hours of instruction and training. The Polaris program is 800 hours.

Polaris is located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights. It serves nine communities, including Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, and Olmsted Township.

For more information, contact Doug Miller at [email protected] or call 440-891-7609.

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