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October 2019

300-year-old tree felled during September 13 storm

Plans Underway For Toppled 
300-year-old tree

A 300-year-old white oak was among the many trees damaged or destroyed during the severe thunderstorm on Friday, September 13. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the City, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, sections of this historic natural wonder will be preserved. Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will auction sections of the tree  as a fundraiser to help plant more trees. A large log will be placed at the Nature Center to honor the mighty oak and the City will leave 1-2 feet of the stump in place for children (or adults) to count the rings.

Shaker Life Magazine wins Savvy Award

Shaker Life Wins 2019 Savvy Award

The Spring 2019 issue of Shaker Life has been honored with a Savvy Award by 3CMA –  the City-County Communications and Marketing Association. A special thanks to the publication’s many contributors, including Shaker Schools and Shaker Heights Public Library for helping to tell just some of the many wonderful and inspiring stories in our community.

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Rust Belt Riders Offering Curbside Composting Beginning in October 

Not sure what to do with food scraps? Composting keeps them out of the landfill and creates new soil. Now, for a fee, you can sign up for weekly compost pickup at your door! Compost bins and a How-To guide are provided. Get details.

Shaker Libraries initiate fine free program

Shaker Library System Goes 'Fine Free' Starting October 1

In an effort to increase patron access, the Shaker Heights Library system is joining many other libraries across the country by going “fine free,” effective October 1. By doing so, the library removes barriers to access and eliminates administrative costs associated with managing fines. Overdue fines do not generate a substantial source of income for the library.

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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Fall leaf collection schedule

Leaf Collection Begins October 15

With the arrival of fall, leaf collection starts soon! Here are some handy tips:
  • Leaf season runs from October 15 to mid-December
  • Residents should rake leaves to their tree lawns for collection by City crews
  • Continue to place brush (large branches) on the tree lawn; please keep brush separate from leaves
Collections will take place approximately every two weeks. Please refrain from raking leaves into the street, as they can clog storm drains and create dangerous driving conditions. 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.

Doan Brook Gorge

Doan Brook Guided Tours

October 1
5:30-7 pm
Explore the Doan Brook Gorge in this final, free fall hike 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.
Family Connection Fall Harvest Gala Flyer

Family Connections Fall Harvest Gala

Friday, October 4
7 pm

The Fall Harvest Gala is the annual fundraising event for Family Connections, an organization dedicated to families with young children. 

The festivities will include a Patron's Reception, open bar, a silent auction, and family-style fall harvest menu. General admission and Patron tickets are available.

Register here.

Location: Dino's at Cleveland Metropark Acacia Reservation (26899 Cedar Rd.)

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, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will host a planting event on the shore of Lower Shaker Lake. Funded by The Gay and Lesbian Fund of the Hermes Foundation. Parking is available on Brook Road & 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

It doesn’t take long for old papers and junk mail to accumulate. On Saturday, October 5 get rid of all of your paper clutter in one fell swoop. Residents may bring up to three bankers boxes of materials. Binding and/or staples need not be removed. Please bring a driver’s license and proof of residency (utility bill).

Location: Shaker Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

'Him,' a dramatic stage play to be performed at Shaker Heights Main Library

One-act Play, 'him,' followed by discussion at Shaker Library

Sunday, October 6
2-4 pm

IMAGINE Institute presents this thought-provoking play about a teenage girl's struggle with domestic violence. Directed by Shaker resident Monica Lee Boone. A group discussion will take place after the performance.
Reserve your seat now.

Location: Shaker Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)
A second performance will be held October 20 at Warrensville Heights Library at 2 pm.

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 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.)

Author Susan Orlean book signing

Susan Orlean book talk, signing

Tuesday, October 15
7-8:30 pm

Shaker native Susan Orlean is an author, and journalist for the New Yorker and will be on hand to discuss her latest novel "The Library Book," which spent nearly four months on the New York Times Bestseller List. Following her talk, books will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by Friends of the Shaker Library, and the Shaker Schools Foundation. Register here.

Location: Shaker Middle School (20600 Shaker Blvd.)

Annual Campfire Night at Nature Center

Annual Family Campfire Night

Friday, October 11
6:30-8:30 pm

Bring your family for a fun evening of hiking, crafts, campfires and s'mores! Come prepared to learn about the legends of the night while searching for nocturnal animals around the Nature Center. Bring camp chairs and marshmallow sticks. $6 per person, $30 max per family (up to 6 people). Get details.

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

100-year birthday celebration for the Century House.

Century House Birthday Party

Thursday, October 17
6-8 pm

Own a century home? Come celebrate with cake and ice cream and find resources to learn more about your historic home, courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society. Free!

Location: Van Aken District

Audubon Bird Walk

Audubon Bird Walk

Saturday, October 20
8-10 am

As trees lose their leaves this fall, there will be more opportunities for bird sightings. Take a guided walk, looking and listening for birds, with birder Julie West.  Binoculars can be borrowed, with I.D. No previous experience necessary. Free!

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

21st Century Living workshop

21st Century Living in a 20th Century Home

Thursday, October 24
7-8:30 pm

Get valuable information from Dave Brock of the Home Repair Resource Center on how to modernize your home while maintaining its historic nature. Learn about do-it-yourself upgrades, simple fixes and more! Details.

Location: Shaker Heights Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.)

Shaker community Trick-or-Treat Times

Trick-or-Treat Times

Wednesday, October 31
6-7:30 pm

Halloween is a day for the kiddos, and kids at heart, to transform into superheroes, princesses, goblins, cartoon characters and baby sharks - all in search of sweet treats throughout the neighborhood. Rain or shine. Happy Halloween! 

From the Schools
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Yom Kippur and Conference Days

All Shaker Heights Schools and administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, October 9 in observance of Yom Kippur. In addition, there will be no school for students on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 for fall conference days.

Join us for the 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 ClubTickets are $65/ person and must be purchased in advance. We hope you will join us to honor the 2019 inductees. Read their full bios.   

Save the Date

Warrensville West Cemetery tour

Warrensville West Cemetery Tour

Sunday, November 3
2-3 pm

Unknown to many, a great deal of Shaker Heights history can be found within the Warrensville West Cemetery. This guided cemetery tour provides historical information on Warrensville Township, as well as Shaker Heights. 
Co-sponsored by the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and the Shaker Historical Society. Registration begins October 3. Details here.

Location: Meet near Heinen's entrance (16611 Chagrin Blvd.).  In case of inclement weather, a virtual tour will be held at Shaker Main Library (16511 Chagrin Blvd.)

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All People's Trail Grand Opening

Saturday, November 9
Noon-5 pm

The All People's Trail at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has been completely rebuilt and includes a new ADA-accessible structure with a wider platform, expanded new gathering spaces and a welcoming new trailhead. Read more.

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

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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.
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