Avon Bike & Trike Parade
The fourth annual Avon Bike and Trike Parade will be held at 11 a.m. July 4 starting and ending at the Avon Aquatic Facility. This is a short and safe 1-mile parade with police and fire escort, and a .2-mile loop around the parking lot. Decorate your bike, scooter, wagon, tricycle, etc. and celebrate America. Prize for the best decorations. All participants receive one complimentary weekday admission to the Avon pool. Fun for all ages.
Avon senior trips
Avon Senior Center is offering two trips. The first is July 9 to Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, leaving at 7:45 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, with lunch on your own at Bistro 163. The second trip, from 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23, is a tour of the USS Cod and the Women’s International Air & Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport. The cost is $15 per person, with lunch on your own. To register, call 440-934-6452.
Free Yoga in the Park
Avon Lake Parks and Recreation, in partnership with 3 Sisters, will offer free yoga classes at Veterans Memorial Park (east of the Lake House), 32756 Lake Road. Classes are at 7 a.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 18 (no classes July 5-7). These are all-level, beginner-friendly classes. No need to register. Bring a mat and water, and dress comfortably. Classes are weather-dependent.
‘Fishing with Friends’
“Fishing with Friends” takes place at Miller Road Pier and Walker Road Park Reservoir. Poles, bait and knowledgeable attendants are available. The schedule is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Walker Road Park and Friday at Miller Road Park. This program is designed for kids 15 and younger (families encouraged). This program is made possible with the support of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife & Sportfish Restoration Act, W.L. Baumler's, John's Bait & Tackle in Avon Lake and Erie Outfitters. For more information, visit avonlakeoh.myrec.com/register/programs.
Summer Nights 2019
Heritage Avon Lake presents “Summer Nights 2019” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Peter Miller House Museum, 33740 Lake Road. Frank Sipkovsky will present “The History of the Lorain Lighthouse.” The event is free and open to the community. For more information, visit heritageavonlake.org.
Smiles for Sophie fundraiser
The 12th annual Smiles for Sophie Forever July 4 Birthday Bash and Dash is a 5k-run/1.5-mile fun walk begins at 9 a.m. July 4 at Walker Road Park, 31621 Walker Road. The race/walk will be followed by a birthday celebration with cupcakes, raffles and many children’s activities. Wrist-band admission to most activities comes with the race/walk registration or by individual donation. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. Registration is currently open at smilesforsophie.org. Click on “Register Today.” Online registration closes at midnight Tuesday.
BAYarts summer concerts
BAYarts Summer Concert Series continues from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, featuring Maura & the Bellows, a tasteful twist to alternative folk. Admission and parking are free. Some seating is available or bring your own. Concessions and libations available for purchase. BAYarts is at 28795 Lake Road. For more information, visit bayarts.net.
Family Rocket Night
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, will host Family Rocket Night at 6 p.m. July 3. This event is for all ages. The fee is $60 per family; each additional rocket is $40. Work together to build and launch your own rocket. To register, call 440-871-2900 or visit lensc.org.
The Fairview Park Recreation Department will host the ninth annual “Touch-a-Truck” event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 13, rain or shine, in the Fairview High School parking lot, 4507 W. 213th St. Come and climb on and explore nearly 30 of your favorite vehicles, including big rigs, fire engines, police cars and construction trucks. This year the first half-hour will be “sensory friendly” to accommodate individuals with special needs. Admission is free.
Veterans’ Resource Tour
On Friday from noon-4 p.m., the North Olmsted VFW Post 7647 will collaborate with U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-16, on a Veterans’ Resource Tour event at St. Clarence Parish, 30106 Lorain Road. At this event, veterans can learn about the MISSION Act and new urgent-care benefits available to veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care. The MISSION Act strengthens VA’s ability to deliver care at VA facilities. VA health care includes new urgent-care access through a network of walk-in retail health clinics and urgent-care facilities. Information sessions will be held at noon and 2 p.m. Additional information on the MISSION Act can be found athttps://missionact.va.gov/.
Forest City Rose Show
The Forest City Rose Show will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the North Olmsted Branch Library, 27403 Lorain Road. All are welcome to this free event.
Free community meal
Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road, will hold a free community meal, serving from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday. No carryout. All are welcome. The church is handicapped-accessible. This meal is hosted by Church of the Redeemer, Westlake and Clague Road United Church of Christ. All are welcome.
The North Olmsted Senior Center, 28114 Lorain Road, offers the “Senior Stretch” chair yoga class at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members and your first class is always free to try. The cost for all others is $5 per class after the initial free trial class. Walks-ins welcome. For more information, call 440-777-8100.
Outside Summer Market
The Blue Barn Shops will have their Outside Summer Market on the Ridge from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 33060 and 33094 Center Ridge Road. Vendors’ tents will be on the front lawns and in the field. Upcycled goods, decor, gifts, lawn and patio items, jewelry and more.
Summer Concert Series
The North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation Department presents the Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring Jam Machine, at the South Central Park gazebo, 7565 Avon Belden Road. All ages are invited. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this free event.
N.R. Historical Society
The North Ridgeville Historical Society will host an open house at the Old Town Hall Museum, 36119 Center Ridge Road, and the Jaycox one-room schoolhouse, 5064 Jaycox Road, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The community is invited at no cost.
Coffee, conversation with mayor
Stop in to enjoy a cup of coffee and casual conversation with Mayor David Gillock from 8-9 a.m. Monday at North Ridgeville City Hall, Council Chambers, 7307 Avon Belden Road. Anyone unable to attend who has questions may call the mayor’s office at 440-353-0811.
On July 3 at 1 p.m. Bainbridge Road, at the intersection of State Route 83 and Root Road, will be closed for the city of North Ridgeville’s Star Spangled Celebration. The street will reopen the morning of July 4.
Garden club fundraiser
The Garden Club of North Ridgeville will hold a fundraiser at Chipotle, 32223 Lorain Road, from 4-8 p.m. July 16. Mention at the register you are there for the garden club, and the garden club will receive credit for your dinner. The profits are used to support club activities, donations to organizations, the daffodil planting, bee project and some landscaping at the schools. For more information, call 440-365-8522.
Rocky River Public Library, the city of Rocky River and The League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland invite the community to “Common Ground Conversation” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Hall at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. Join the conversation about creating strong social bonds in your neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served.
The GeezeCats, a quartet with songs from the ’50s and ’60s, will perform at 1:30 p.m. July 3 at the Rocky River Senior Center, 21014 Hilliard Blvd. The cost is $10 for residents; add $1 for others. Besides the performance, there will be a barbecue luncheon at noon with a cost of $17 for residents; add $1 for others. For more information, call 440-333-6660.
Historic trolley tours
The Rocky River Historical Society will hold historic trolley tours during River Days 2019 on July 13. Tour times are noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and trolleys can be boarded behind Rocky River City Hall, 21012 Hilliard Blvd. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for children ages 4 and younger. No reservations necessary.
Rocky River United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Road, will host classic car cruises the second and fourth Wednesdays from 5:30-8 p.m. in July and August. The next event is July 13, GM Night. There is no admission charge, and everyone is welcome at these family-friendly events.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road, will host a free outdoor patriotic concert, featuring the Lutheran Wind Ensemble, at 1 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot. Bring your own lawn chairs. A free-will donation will support the Lutheran Wind Ensemble’s music programs in Northeast Ohio Lutheran schools. In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the activity center.
Summer Concert Series
The Westlake Summer Concert Series will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd. Colin Dussault’s Blues Project will play blues and rock. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to this free concert.
Due to the observance of Independence Day, the city of Westlake offices and Rumpke Waste Management will be closed on July 4. Recycling and rubbish collections will be delayed one day for collections occurring on or after July 4.
Herb Guild scholarship luncheon
The Herb Guild will hold its 35th annual scholarship luncheon Aug. 7 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road. The theme is "Passport to Provence." The event will include raffle baskets, a silent auction, a tasting table with herbal products for sale, and a craft boutique featuring garden gifts and baked goods. Credit cards accepted. Tickets are $40 each and include lunch and a fashion show by Dillard's department store. Two scholarships will be presented to area high school seniors. Proceeds from the event will be used for the club’s scholarship fund. For more information, call Kathie Conrad at 440-872-9725 or email Miatakath@aol.com.