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February 2020

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John Potts Hired as Director of Finance

Mayor David Weiss announced that John Potts has been hired as Director of Finance. Potts brings more than 20 years of experience to the City, most recently as Vice President of Audit Services with SITE Centers Corp. Potts began his term as Director of Finance on January 13. Read more.

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Register for Summer Camp and Get Early Bird Deals on Pool Passes

Summer's not that far away, right? Registration for the Recreation Department's summer camps is now underway. Choose from traditional, specialty or sports camps. Check out the Recreation Catalog for complete listings.

Also, Thornton Park pool passes are available at early-bird rates through April 5. This is the best deal of the season for residents. Get details.

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City Expands Composting

After a successful pilot program at Fire Station #1, the City has expanded its use of Rust Belt Rider's weekly compost pick-up service to City Hall. Employees are now able to compost everything from coffee grinds to lunch leftovers. The partnership with Rust Belt is thanks to the Sustainability Committee's ongoing effort to evaluate and improve the City's sustainability practices.

Rust Belt Riders also offers residential composting services in Shaker Heights, including drop-off at the Nature Center (2600 South Park Blvd.) and The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.), as well as a weekly home pick-up program. The City is the first suburb in the region where Rust Belt is offering these services.

Shaker 365 Video

In case you missed the roll out of this video on social media, we're providing it here. It's part of our Shaker365 marketing campaign highlighting delightful daily encounters and experiences in Shaker Heights. Follow the City on Facebook (@ShakerHeights) to see more videos in the future. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out  all of the past Shaker365 videos.

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President's Day trash pickup schedule

No Trash Delay for President's Day

Reminder: There will be no delay in trash pickup as a result of President's Day holiday (Monday, February 17). 

Keep up with holiday trash delays in Shaker Heights by subscribing to the City’s iCalendar feed. This will publish delays on your personal electronic calendar, so you'll always be in the know. Learn more.

2020 Primary Election

Ohio Primary Election 

The 2020 Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 17. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, February 18Please note that effective last November, some voting locations in Shaker Heights have changed. Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website to view your voter information (including your location), request a mail-in ballot, or register to vote.
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Van Aken District Indoor Winter Market

Saturdays through March 28
9 am-12 pm

Stop by the North Union Farmers Market at The Van Aken District to meet friends and neighbors, while shopping for Ohio produce, specialty goods, and vegetables. More than 30 farms, bakers and artisans will be on hand. 

Location: 3441 Tuttle Road

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'Harry Potter' Trivia Night
at Shaker Library

Tuesday, February 4
6:30-8:30 pm

It's time to hone your Hogwarts knowledge. Can you distinguish Dobby from Dumbledore? What is a Nimbus 2000? Match wits with other adult Harry Potter fans for a fun evening of book and movie trivia. The winner will receive a prize. Reserve a spot.

Location: Main Library (3450 Lee Rd.)

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Black History Month: Performances of 'Here and Now?'

Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9
2-4 pm

Enjoy a theatrical history lesson as Moreland resident Monica Boone directs a cast of local actors in a performance addressing the recent Washington Post article written by Laura Meckler. There will be a community discussion after the performance. The Shaker Library has a full line-up of events on tap for Black History Month. Learn more.

Location: Main Library (3450 Lee Rd.)

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Winter Tree Identification Hike 

Saturday, February 8
2-4 pm

Looking to enhance your knowledge of local trees? A popular way to identify trees is by examining the leaves, but once the trees are bare, this becomes more challenging. Dr. Ted Auch and the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will host an educational walk around Lower Shaker Lake. Cost: $10. Please register in advance.

Location: Meet on the bridge on Brook Rd. at Lower Lake.

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Summer Job Fair

Saturday, February 8
10 am-1 pm

Residents ages 15 and up can apply for summer positions with the Shaker Heights Recreation Department. Hiring for camp counselors, field maintenance workers, hydrant painters, park attendants, lifeguards and more.  Bring a resume. Salaries range from $8.70-$15 an hour.   

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.)

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Friday Night DJ Skates

February 14, 21 and 28
7:45-9:45 pm

Start your weekends with a fun evening on the ice, featuring some of your favorite tunes by DJ Elliot Hastings. Admission and skate rental fees applyFriday Night Skate continues on March 6, 13 and 20. 

Location: Thornton Park Ice Arena (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

Seniors Valentine's Day Lunch

Valentine's Day Luncheon

Wednesday, February 12
1-3 pm

Join friends and neighbors at this popular event for residents age 50-plus. Hurry! This event fills quickly. Cost: $9. Register online or by calling  216-491-1295 or 216-491-1360. 

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.)
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Parents Night Out

Fridays, February 14 and 28 & March 13
6:30-10 pm

Enjoy an evening out, while your children are entertained by Shaker Heights Recreation Department childcare staff. Activities include ice skating, arts and crafts, and STEM activities, plus, popcorn and a movie. Ages 6-12. Cost for residents: $20 for the first child ($15 for additional child). Registration required.

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

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Columbus Crossing Borders Project

Wednesday and Thursday, February 26-27

This traveling art exhibit features the work of 34 artists responding to stories shared by refugees. Co-sponsored by the Shaker Schools, the Shaker Library, and the City of Shaker Heights. The two-day event will include a screening of the documentary Breathe Free and a reception. Learn more about the film and exhibit. Check the City's website closer to the event date for additional details.

Location: Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

Pancake Breakfast with the Birds

Pancake Breakfast With the Birds

Saturday, February 29
8 am-12 pm

Everyone needs breakfast; even the birds! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, while learning the habits and habitats of our local feathered friends. Age 3 and under are free; age 4-10, $5; age 10-plus, $9. Registration required.

Location: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd.)

From the Schools
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Each issue of this ENews highlights an important school-related topic. To stay informed about all the school new

Face Academy Quick Study Sessions 

The first session, Digital Citizenship: the Pros and Cons of Social Media, is from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, February 6 at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building. The second session, Homework...Help!, is from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, February 18 at the Shaker Heights High School Library Conference Room. Learn more and RSVP here.   

Save the Date:  'A Night for the Red & White' is March 7 at 7 pm

Enjoy dinner, dancing, silent auction and student performances at the 28th annual A Night for the Red & White. This party with a purpose provides enrichment for all Shaker students, with a particular focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown, 100 Lakeside Ave. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit shakerschoolsfoundation.org/events

Save the Date

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Annual State of the City Address

Thursday, March 12
7 pm

Mayor David Weiss will provide the 2020 State of the City address at this annual event sponsored by the Shaker Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voter's.

Location: Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

Shaker Heights YouTube Channel

Subscribe to the City's YouTube Channel to watch our new series of #Shaker365 videos, featuring some of the people, places and things that showcase Shaker's uniqueness. You can also view monthly reports from the Mayor, and more. Take a look and subscribe!

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Recycling in Shaker Heights

ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket:
  • Plastic bottles & jugs
  • Metal & aluminum cans
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Paper & cardboard
Rinse and replace the caps and place loose items in your recycling bucket. Please, don't bag your recyclables! Learn more about the dos and don'ts of recycling at Cuyahoga Recycles.

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