Warm socks needed

The Westlake-based Community West Foundation is working with the thrift store Common Threads in Fairview Park for its SocksPlus Initiative.

Community West started the SocksPlus program after learning socks are the top requested item by homeless people. It is partnering with Common Threads, 22049 Lorain Road, because of a need for additional space. Common Threads is a donation drop-off location for the socks or any other items before the items are delivered through the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH).

Common Threads is part of Cleveland’s Building Hope for the City, a faith-based nonprofit organization. All money from the sale of donated items goes directly to needy people in Greater Cleveland.

For a complete list of SocksPLUS items most needed, visit SocksPLUS.org. Financial donations can be sent to Community West, 800 Sharon Drive, Westlake, OH 44145.

Fireworks in North Ridgeville

A fireworks display and Field Day are planned for Victory Sports Park, 7777 Victory Lane, from 4 p.m. until after dark Sunday. Proceeds benefit North Ridgeville Community Care.

Visitors may sit inside or outside their vehicles to watch the fireworks. If sitting outside, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

Field Day events include a dunk tank, a stilt walker and balloon twister (5-7 p.m.), NEO Bubble Soccer (4:30-7:30 p.m.), a magic show by magician and illusionist Rick Smith Jr. (6:15-7 p.m.) and a fire juggling show by Ohio Burn Unit (7:15-8 p.m.).

Food and beverages will be for sale throughout the event.

Guests must practice social distancing and follow all state and CDC-recommended guidelines. A face mask is mandatory inside Victory Grille or when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.

Ticket packages have a range of prices. They must be purchased at www.victoryparkohio.com before the day of the event.

Tri-C sing-along with Cleveland Orchestra

Students in Tri-C’s Vocal Arts Mastery program joined with members of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus in a virtual performance of the gospel favorite “Oh Happy Day.” The resulting video unites more than 50 voices from the community. Visit www.tri-c.edu/ohhappyday to view the video.

Music educator William Henry Caldwell helped bring the two choral groups together. He serves as artistic director of Tri-C’s Vocal Arts Mastery program and resident conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s MLK Celebration Chorus.

The college’s Vocal Arts Mastery program provides free vocal and choral training to Cleveland youth in grades three to 12. The program is run in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, with support from The Cleveland Foundation.

The MLK Celebration Chorus is a volunteer group composed of singers from throughout Northeast Ohio. The group performs at the orchestra’s annual MLK Celebration Concert, held in January.

Bay Village porch talk

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center resume their series of porch talks Sept. 13 with Rebecca McFarland speaking about “The True Life Story of Eliot Ness.”

The porch talk will take place at 2 p.m. at the Bay Village gazebo, 303 Cahoon Road. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair. Social distancing that meets COVID-19 standards will be maintained. Guests are also asked to wear a mask.

The rain date for the free program is Sept. 20. For more information, contact Dean Brennan at deanbreannan1@hotmail.com.

Blood drive in North Olmsted

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Road. Give the gift of life.

Olmsted FUNdraiser on Sunday afternoon

The Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5050 Porter Road, North Olmsted, will hold a “Fall FUNdraiser” from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. There will be baskets, jewelry, artwork, bakery, lemonade and pass-along plants. Admission is free. The public is welcome. Masks are required. There is parking behind the historic church.

Connecting for Kids online

Connecting for Kids will present its “Early Childhood Education Series: Making the Most of Movement Activities” via Zoom at 7 p.m. Sept. 15.

The program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation.

Register at connectingforkids.org/register; email at info@connectingforkids.org; or call or text 440-570-5908.

How to handle old photos

The meeting of the Ohio Genealogical Society – Lorain County Chapter will be held online at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Presented by Margaret Cheney, the program is titled “So Many Photos: What Can I Do with Them?”

Those interested in joining the program should contact lcc-ogsmeetings@loraincoogs.org to be added to the invitation list. The group is using the BlueJeans video conferencing platform that generally does not require downloading anything.

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