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September 2019

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Forward Together

The City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights School District, and Shaker Heights Public Library are excited to share a draft of the Forward Together Vision Plan for the future of community facilities. The draft plan is available on the Forward Together website and a form to provide public feedback on the plan is available now through Sunday, September 8.

View the draft Vision Plan and provide your feedback.

cleveland water offering discount for seniors, eligible Shaker residents

Cleveland Water Discount Programs

Cleveland Water is offering two discount billing programs for eligible residents. The Homestead Program (which benefits the elderly) and the Water Affordability Program (based on income) offer reduced rates for residents meeting the criteria.

Find out if you qualify. For more information or to apply, go to clevelandwater.com or call 216-664-3130.

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. Check out past Shaker365 videos on our YouTube channel.

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Voting ballot

Voter registration 

New residents may need to update their voter registration information. Register online via the Board of Elections website, where you can find a complete list of voter deadlines for the upcoming November 5. Learn more.

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Construction Zone

Keep up with City-related construction projects 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.

Biennial Democracy Day hearing

Biennial Democracy Day

Monday, September 9
7 pm

Democracy Day was established by an initiative petition approved by Shaker Heights voters in November 2016. It is held every two years within 90 days of the November general election.

A public hearing will be held in council chambers regarding the initiative’s support of a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that only human beings, not corporations, are legal persons with Constitutional rights and that money is not free speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending does not equate to limiting political speech.

Those in attendance will be granted up to five minutes to speak. The ordinance voters approved, now Section 113.10 of the City’s Ordinances, is available to the public at the Office of the Clerk of Council at City Hall and at shakeronline.com.

Location: Council Chambers at City Hall (3400 Lee Rd.)

Doan Brook Gorge

Doan Brook Guided Tours

Tuesdays through October 1
5:30-7 pm

Explore the Doan Brook Gorge this fall with a series of free hikes from the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.The paths are unpaved and contain a number of steep areas, but guides will work to accommodate all abilities and experience levels. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended. In the event of a thunderstorm, the hike will be canceled. For questions or additional information, contact Andrew Klooster at 216-325-7781 ext. 6783 or klooster@doanbrookpartnership.org

Location: Meet at 12200 Fairhill Rd.

Van Aken District

Sunset Market
at the Van Aken District

Thursday, September 5 & 12
4-7 pm

Just two weeks remaining for this outdoor North Union Farmers Market in the District! Shop for choice produce, meats, breads and dairy products, as well as a variety of arts and crafts. 

Location: Van Aken District

SAMS weekly walking group

SAMS Walk and Talk 

Thursday, September 5, 12, 19 & 26
7 pm

Get in a portion of your weekly steps while socializing with friends and neighbors! Each week during the walk, the SAMS group (Shaker African American Mothers Support) stops at a different shop within the District for refreshments and a short rest. Learn more.

Location: Mitchell's Ice Cream in the Van Aken District

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Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Pantry

Saturday, September 7
11 am-1 pm

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. Bring bags and a valid ID. More details.

Location: First Baptist Church (3630 Fairmount Blvd.)

Annual Doggie Dip at Thornton Park

Doggie Dip at Thornton Park

Saturday, September 7
10 am-1 pm

Shaker residents are invited to bring their well-behaved dogs for three hours of frolicking, wading and swimming  at Thornton Park.

The Doggie Dip serves as an annual fundraiser for the Lynn Ruffner Recreation for Youth Scholarship Fund, which enables Shaker youth to participate in recreational programming. Cost: $5 per dog for Shaker residents (non-residents, $7 per dog).

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

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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. 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, Shaker Schools and Library. Plus, crafts and other family-friendly activities throughout the day. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adult. Free. 

Sensory hour, 10 am–1 pm, with limited noise and lights. 

Location: Van Aken District

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.)

People doing archery at Hike, Run and Fun

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.

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

Shaker Heights main library front entrance

'Paul Newman: The Genealogy of Shaker’s Favorite Son'

Tuesday, September 17
7-8:30 pm

Learn little-known facts about the other “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Oscar-winning actor, entrepreneur, race car driver and Shaker native Paul Newman during the lecture “Paul Newman: The Genealogy of Shaker’s Favorite Son,” given by Dr. Deborah Abbott as part of Shaker Library’s “Genealogies of Famous Shakerites” lecture series. Reserve a space for this lecture.

Location: Shaker Heights Main Library, Room E (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

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Candidates Forum

Thursday, September 26
7-9 pm

Come meet the candidates running for City Council, the School Board, and Mayor. The Shaker Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland presents a moderated forum where residents can ask questions and learn more about the candidates. Free and open to the public.

Location: Shaker Middle School Auditorium (20600 Shaker Blvd.)

From the Schools
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Buy Your #IAMSHAKER T-Shirt by September 1

Show your Shaker pride with a #IAMSHAKER T-shirt! These shirts are available for a special early price of $6.48 for youth and adult sizes (extended adult sizes are available at an additional charge). T-shirts must be ordered online through Sunday, September 1. You can ship your shirt to your home/business for an additional fee or you can have it delivered free to the Administration Building for in-person pickup. After September 1, the shirts will be available in the Shaker Shop at an increased price. Please share this with your Shaker friends near and far and with alumni! Order your shirt online here

Homecoming is Saturday, September 28

Join the fun at Homecoming on Saturday, September 28 when the Shaker Heights High School Raiders take on the Cleveland Heights Tigers! Come to the Oval for Family Fun Day activities beginning at 11 am, followed by kickoff at 1 pm. Admission to the game is $6.

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 Dinner

Shaker neighbors, families, alumni and community members are invited to welcome the newest members of the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame at a special dinner held on Saturday, October 12, 6:30 pm at Shaker Heights Country Club. Tickets are $65/person and must be purchased in advance. We hope you will join us to honor the 2019 inductees. Read about their accomplishments.

Save the Date

Tree planting event at Lower Shaker Lake

Lower Shaker Lake Tree Planting

Friday, October 4
1-4 pm

The Shaker Heights Tree Advisory Board, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, and Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will host a planting event on the shore of Lower Shaker Lake. The event is being funded by The Gay and Lesbian Fund of the Hermes Foundation. Parking is available on Brook Road and South Park Blvd. Register here.

Location: Meet near the west end dam on the southern shore of Lower Shaker Lake

Paper shredding event

Community Shredding Event

Saturday, October 5
9 am - 1 pm

Get rid of all that paper clutter you've been putting off shredding.  Up to three bankers boxes of materials are allowed. Staples and/or other binding need not be removed. Please bring a driver's license and current utility bill.

Location: Shaker Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

lawn mower for green yards event

Green Yards, Healthy Homes 

Tuesday, October 8
6-7:30 pm

Take part in this free workshop to learn how to replace chemicals used in your house and yard with inexpensive, all-natural effective ingredients that won't harm the environment. Hosted by the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. A $5 fee is required for those choosing to make a cleaning product. Register now.

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

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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.

Read Shaker Life Anywhere, Anytime

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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