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August 2019

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Active Older Adults Recreation Survey

The City's Recreation Department is surveying active older adults to determine what programs and services to offer. If you are a resident age 50+, please consider adding your feedback at https://bit.ly/SHaosurvey. The survey will be available until mid-August.

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Community Composting at the Nature Center

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has partnered with Rust Belt Riders to offer a Community Supported Composting program. Participants can drop compostable food waste in specially marked, secure bins at the Nature Center (2600 S. Park Blvd.). Cost: $5 per month. Learn more and sign up.

Mud flats on Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights

Horseshoe Lake: Please, Stay Off Mud Flats

Heavy rains in June caused further stress to the dam at Horseshoe Lake. As a result, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources directed the City to almost completely drain the Lake, so that investigation and modification of the dam and spillway can take place. This process is anticipated to take two years.

Mud flats now cover almost all of Horseshoe Lake. Do not walk on or play near the mud flats. They are very dangerous and you will sink into the mud, which could require a rescue operation. Public Works has placed warning signs and reinforced fencing around the lake.

Shaker365 Videos

In case you missed the roll out of these videos on social media, we're providing them here. They are 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.

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Block party gathering

Block Parties

Please register block parties two weeks in advance of the event. Also, a reminder that a "block party" means that every household on the designated block is invited to attend. The City is unable to provide block party assistance (barricades, street sweeping, etc.) for private parties. View the Block Party Registration form.

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Construction Zone

Keep up with City-related construction projects all summer long on Construction Zone. Check in to find the latest updates on street resurfacing, streetscape improvements, and other upgrades to the public infrastructure. View Construction Zone.

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SAMS Walk & Talk

Thursday, August  1, 8 & 15
7-8:15 pm

Put on your walking shoes and join friends and neighbors in the Van Aken District for a weekly evening stroll. The goal is to build community one step at a time. Each week, the group stops at a different District merchant for refreshments and fun. Sponsored by SAMS. Everyone is welcome! Learn more.

Location: Meet in the park in front of Mitchell's Ice Cream in the Van Aken District.

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Arts Van Aken: Shaker Stages

Friday, August 2 & 16
5-9 pm

Arts Van Aken is pleased to present Shaker Stages, an eclectic and exciting mix of music and dance in its summer concert series. Acts range from global fusion and traditional West African drums to opera and contemporary dance. Produced in partnership with the Van Aken District Beer Garden

Location: Tuttle Rd., Van Aken District

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Produce Giveaway

Saturday, August 3 & September 7
11 am-1 pm

Food insecurity can rise in the summer months. First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland is serving as a distribution center for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's Mobile Pantry program with a monthly produce giveaway. In June, the church distributed watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes, corn on the cob, green peppers, butternut squash and eggplant. Bring bags and a valid ID.

Location: First Baptist Church (3630 Fairmount Blvd.)

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Electrical 101: Switches & Wiring

Tuesday, August 6
7 pm-9 pm

Come learn how electricity works in your home and how to take the fear out of making common fixes. In this workshop, the HRRC staff will help you work with wires (how to strip them and connect them), switches, (how they're wired and how to replace them), and lights.  $18.75 for Shaker residents. Register for the workshop.

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

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Shaker Library: Renovation Open House

Wednesday, August 7, 10 am-12 pm & 4-6 pm
Saturday, August 9, 10 am-12 pm

The Shaker Heights Public Library will hold three open houses to gather community feedback for the renovation of the Main Library building. Stop by to share your ideas, while also enjoying light refreshments courtesy of the Friends of Shaker Library.

Location: Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.), Second Floor, Room F

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Parents Night Out

Friday, August 9
6:30-10 pm

Take a break and let Shaker's Recreation Department handle the fun! Drop the kids off for a dip in the pool, a movie and more. A light snack will be provided. Kids will be divided into groups based on age. Register at shakeronline.com, by calling 216-491-1295, or at Thornton Park during regular business hours.

Fees: $20 Shaker Heights Residents | $25 Non-residents. Receive a $5 discount for each additional child. Children who cannot swim will be required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

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Computer Roundup

Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 & 17-18
8 am-4 pm

Recycle CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, tablets, cell phones, and cell-phone accessories.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

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Common Sense Legal Workshops

Tuesday, August 13
4-6 pm

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will provide free help completing legal documents. Attendees should bring relevant papers and legal documents to the event. Walk-ins are welcome or register in advance

Location: Shaker Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

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Organic Lawn Care & Planting

Tuesday, August 13
7 pm-8:30 pm

Join an expert from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care to learn how to care for your lawn in an organically sound manner. Learn how to properly prepare soil and plant grass; how to water and mow your lawn most effectively; and how to select the right organic lawn products. Presented by the Home Repair Resource Center. Free, but registration is required at hrrc-ch.org.

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

Canoes on Lower Lake in Shaker Heights

Take to the Lake

Saturday, August 24
10 am-5 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of paddling, guided hikes, yoga, and live music along the banks of historic Lower Lake. Take a free paddling lesson from Cleveland Metroparks; rent a kayak ($15 an hour) from Breakaway Excursions; or bring your own kayak, canoe or paddle board. Note: You must wear a life jacket.

Learn more and register at Doan Brook Watershed Partnership or by contacting Andrew Klooster at 216-325-7781 ext. 6783 or klooster@doanbrookpartnership.org.

Location: Lower Lake is off of South Park Boulevard, west of Coventry Road. Street parking is available along South Park.

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Shake It Up

Saturday, August 24
VIP reception-6 pm
Main event-7 pm

Enjoy an evening at Shaker Rocks, while supporting the Shaker Heights Development Corp. and their mission to enhance Shaker's commercial districts through thoughtful economic development and place-based redevelopment strategies.

The VIP reception will feature remarks by Cleveland Browns General Manager and Shaker resident John Dorsey, just before before the most exciting Browns season in years kicks off! 
The main event will feature live music and plenty of delicious food and drink. Guests will have the option to rock climb. Learn more and purchase tickets ($250-VIP; $125-Main event). 

Location: Shaker Rocks (3377 Warrensville Center Rd.)

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Cleveland Garlic Festival

Saturday, August 24: 12-8 pm
Sunday, August 25: 12-6 pm

Garlic lovers rejoice! This two day festival is full of garlic-laden food, live music and entertainment, family-friendly activities, and lots more. Tickets available at the gate. $9 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children 4 to 12 years old. Children under 4 are free. 

Location: Shaker Square

From the Schools
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Community-wide Back-to-School BBQ

Pack your chairs and blankets and head over to the Onaway field on Tuesday, August 6 from 6-8:30 pm for the District’s first community-wide Back-to-School Barbecue! Dine on a free dinner of hot dogs, burgers and drinks, mingle with friends and your favorite principals, and enjoy live tunes by the Sankofa band. District representatives will be on hand to share information about back-to-school checklists, registration, and more. Please RSVP with a number attending by Wednesday, July 31 to help staff plan accordingly. RSVP here.

The First Day of School is Wednesday, August 21

The first day of school is just around the corner! If you're new to Shaker Heights Schools and haven't yet registered, please do so. Registration is a two-step process: fill out our forms online and then schedule an appointment with the Registrar to finalize registration. Learn more about registering for Shaker Heights Schools online.  

Shaker Sports Boosters Wants Your Input

Over the past 18 months, a small group of parents and administrators has been researching how to best relaunch the Shaker Sports Booster Club. The Booster's vision is to foster a thriving athletic community that plays a vital role in connecting all of Shaker Heights. Residents are invited to provide feedback on the role of athletics in the community to help shape the relaunch and the focus of the Booster Club. Take the survey.

2019 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2019 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame inductees! The eight newest members are: Nathan Clements, 1998; Kristen VanValkenburg DeStigter, MD, 1980; Barbara Fisher, 1972; Lorna Hartling, 1983; Eugenie “Genie”  Kleinerman, MD, 1967; James Levin, 1971; Joshua Levy, 1990; and Thomas Modly, 1979. Read about their accomplishments: https://shakerschoolsfoundation.org/alumni/ and join friends and neighbors at a special dinner held on October 12, 6:30 pm at the Shaker Heights Country Club. Learn more and purchase tickets
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MedWish: Medical Supply Recycling

Saturday, September 7
9 am-1 pm

Residents are invited to recycle medical supplies by donating them to MedWish International, a local organization that re-purposes discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid in developing countries.

Residents may donate unused, non-expired medical supplies and usable medical equipment. View the complete list of accepted itemsResidents who would like a receipt for tax purposes should bag the item (bags will be recycled) and attach the Medwish Donation Form.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

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Touch a Truck

Saturday, September 14
10 am-2 pm

Come on down to the Van Aken District to touch, climb and explore all kinds of trucks and vehicles from Shaker’s Police, Fire, Public Works, and Recreation departments and Shaker Schools and Library. Plus, crafts and other family-friendly activities throughout the day. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adult. Free. 

Concerned about loud horns and sirens? Join us for our sensory hour, 10– 11 am, with limited noise and lights. 

Hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste
Round Up

Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 & 21-22
8 am-4 pm

Safely dispose of oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury. NO latex paint or materials from businesses will be accepted.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

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Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Fun

Sunday, September 15
8 am-1 pm

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes invites everyone (even the family dog!) for a fun event in the Shaker Parklands. Take a one-, five- or seven-mile hike through the Doan Brook; enjoy a 5K or 10K run around the Shaker Lakes; or just hang out and enjoy a variety of activities, including food trucks and the Beer Garden. Proceeds benefit environmental education at the Nature Center, whose programming impacts 17,000 Cleveland-area students each year. Learn more and register.

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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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Shaker Life is available online. Visit shaker.life to catch up on all things Shaker, including news and features about 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.
Cover of summer 2019 issue of Shaker Life magazine
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