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June 2019

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Shaker Heights Joins LEED for
Cities and Communities Program

The City proudly announces its participation in the U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Cities and Communities grant program. Through this program Shaker Heights will benefit from financial assistance, educational resources and technical support throughout the LEED certification process enabling the City to become more sustainable. Read more.

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Enrollment Now Open for the
Citizens Police Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy. This popular 10-week program offers participants an insider experience with the Shaker Heights Police Department. Classes are Thursdays,  starting September 5, from 7-10 pm. Open to residents and those who work full-time in the City. Learn more and apply.

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SHAC Seeks Entries for Utility Box Design Competition

The Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) is sponsoring Painting the Town, an art competition for the design of utility boxes located along Chagrin Blvd. Entries must be submitted by email. Learn more and download the entry forms, which include a required design template. Deadline: Friday, June 14 at 5 pm.

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#ShakerPlays: Free Summer Fun

Yoga. Tai Chi. Pickleball. Art in the Park. Mushball. There is a lot to enjoy in this summer's #ShakerPlays series of free activities sponsored by the City's Recreation Department. Visit the Recreation Calendar for the complete line up and follow the Recreation Department's Facebook page for up-to-the minute details (including cancellations).

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Deer Questionnaire is Now Online

Part of the City’s deer management program includes an occasional questionnaire to evaluate its effectiveness. Even if you have completed it in previous years, please do so again and share it with others who may wish to provide their input. View the 2019 Resident Deer Questionnaire and FAQ.

Video: Meet Chuck Bates

In case you missed the roll out of this video on social media, we're providing it here. It is 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.

Day 143 : Meet Chuck Bates, SHFD's Mechanic. Chuck is devoted to ensuring that all trucks, equipment, and tools are in peak working condition, regardless of age.

Screen from video about Chuck Bates, a mechanic with the Shaker Heights Fire Department
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Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing will take place June 3-15. The Fire Department will post signs the day before a neighborhood is scheduled for flushing. Residents may notice discolored water. This is a normal result of sediment and rust being disturbed by the flushing process. Please run your water until it is clear. Learn more about hydrant flushing.

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Noise Ordinance

A reminder that power tools may not be operated between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am, Monday to Friday or before 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. (Snow blowers in winter are the exception.) 

Mudflats on Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights

Stay Off Mudflats on Shaker Lakes

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) has launched a $2.3 million project to rehabilitate the dams at Lower Lake (near the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes) and Green Lake (on Parkland Rd., east of Lee Rd., also known as the Duck Pond). As part of this project, NEORSD has temporarily drained Lower Lake and plans to drain Green Lake the week of June 3. (Horseshoe Lake was partly drained last summer and will remain drained at least through next year.)

As the water is lowered, mudflats develop along the edges. Residents are cautioned to avoid them, as they are extremely dangerous and it is possible to sink in the mud, which could require a rescue operation. Warning signs and fencing will be placed in areas where Lower Lake is easily accessible to the public. Learn more about the dams project.

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Flyways Not Highways

Saturday, June 1
6:30-11 pm

Enjoy an evening under the stars at this strolling street party in the heart of the Shaker park lands. Proceeds benefit the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' environmental education programs and public grounds. Various ticket options and donation opportunities available. Learn more.

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

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Good Neighbors Art Exhibit

June 5-27
Opening reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7 pm

The Shaker Arts Council and Beachwood Arts Council present Good Neighbors, a juried art exhibit featuring the work of Beachwood and Shaker Heights artists. The Shaker Heights artists are: Leslye Discont Arian, Karen Mehling-DeMauro, Kathleen McKenna, and Tatiana Tate. Works  include landscapes, abstracts, and portraits, created in various media.

Location: Beachwood Community Center (25225 Fairmount Blvd.)

Strength in Unity, public art installation by Shaker resident Scott Goss

Celebrate Hildana Park

Sunday, June 9
2-5 pm

Join friends and neighbors to enjoy recent upgrades to Hildana Park, including the installation of Strength in Unity, a permanent public art work by Shaker resident Scott Goss, one of the winners of the 2018 Moreland Call for Artists. On tap for this family-friendly event: dedication of the new Little Free Library, games, crafts and lots more!

Location: Hildana Park (Chagrin Blvd. between Hildana and Ludgate roads)


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Forward Together: Future of
Facilities Priorities Open House

Wednesday, June 12
7-9 pm

Over the past months, the City, Schools, and Libraries have worked together to develop a vision for a coordinated master plan for Shaker's facilities. This process, called Forward Together, has included input from residents and other community stakeholders. On Wednesday, June 12, come see, hear about, and give your feedback on the results of this process. Learn more at ForwardTogetherShaker.com

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

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Sunset Market

Thursdays, June 13-September 12
4-7 pm

North Union Farmers Market opens for an evening Sunset Market at the Van Aken District. Shop for fresh grown produce, meat and dairy, artisan breads and pastries. Fine artists and craftsmen round out the market.

There is a lot happening in the Van Aken District this summer, including beer gardens and the Cleveland Flea. Visit the Van Aken District website for details.

Location: Tuttle Rd. in the Van Aken District.

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Larchmere PorchFest

Saturday, June 15
1-10 pm

Larchmere Boulevard's annual music festival features 30 bands playing on 30 front porches. This free, family-friendly event showcases musicians from a wide variety of genres. Learn more.

Runners in the annual DadsDay run in Shaker Heights, Ohio

DadsDay Run

Sunday, June 16
Registration: 7:30 am
5-Mile Start: 8:30 am; 1-Mile Start: 9:30 am

Join Family Connections for the Annual DadsDay Run. This race is for everyone, not just dads. Runners, walkers and strollers are encouraged. It features a beautiful 5-mile and 1-mile course through Shaker Heights, which starts and ends at the Shaker Family Center (19824 Sussex Rd.). $20 per entrant if registered before noon on June 15; $25 thereafter. Learn more and register.

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Gracious Gardens Tour

Sunday, June 16
12-5 pm

Tour beautiful Shaker gardens that are sure to inspire and delight. Proceeds benefit The Shaker Historical Society. Purchase tickets online or at the following locations: Gali's Garden Center, Juma Gallery, J. Pistone Market, Shaker Hardware, Bremec on the Heights, Appletree Books, and the Shaker Historical Society's Spirit Tree gift shop. Cost: $20 before June 6; $25 after. Call 216-921-1201 or visit Shaker Historical Society for more information. 
From the Schools
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Registration for SELF July Sessions
Closes June 17

There's still space available in Shaker Heights Schools Summer, Exploration, Learning and Fun (SELF) for July. Click here to learn more about programs by grade, cost and registration. Registration closes at 11 pm on June 17. 

Watch Commencement Streaming Online on June 5

Commencement for the Shaker Heights High School Class of 2019 begins at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 5. This year, the Class of 2019 graduates at the Cleveland State University Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. In addition, Shaker Schools Hall of Fame member and New York Times columnist David Pogue (Class of 1981) will be the commencement speaker. Watch the commencement live on shaker.org.

Shaker Schools Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign Ends June 30

The Shaker Schools Foundation invites members of the community to support the Annual Fund campaign by making a tax-deductible gift by June 30. Your donations support innovation, student travel opportunities, teacher grants, and enrichment programs for all students in the Shaker Schools. Learn how your gifts are put to work by reading the Foundation's Donor Impact Report online.
Save the Date
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Annual Independence Day Pool Party

Thursday, July 4
1-4 pm

Beat the afternoon heat by the pool with family and friends. Games and other activities, poolside DJ, and rocket car rides. Regular admission fees and policies apply. Call 216-491-1295 for more information.

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.) 
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Larchmere Festival

Saturday, July 6
10 am-5 pm

Sponsored by the Larchmere Merchants Association, this event offers an eclectic array of activities and vendors including glassblowing, balloon artists, the Chess Challenge, local DJs and food vendors, along with craft, antique, vintage, and recycled items for sale. Loganberry Books hosts the annual Author Alley, Cleveland's largest gathering of local authors.

Read Shaker Life Anywhere, Anytime

Shaker Life is available online. Visit shaker.life to catch up on all things Shaker, including news and features on the City's residents, schools, and the stories behind some of our great homes — all from the pages of Shaker Life . You can also browse an archive of Shaker Life issues from the past 14 years.
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Recycling in Shaker Heights

Recycling guidelines have changed for ALL of Cuyahoga County, including Shaker Heights. Now ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket:
  • Metal & aluminum cans
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Paper & cardboard
  • Plastic bottles & jugs.
Rinse and replace the caps and place loose in your recycling bucket. Please, don't bag your recyclables! Learn more about the ins and outs of recycling at Cuyahoga Recycles.
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