OSHIIP Medicare counseling in Avon

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program Medicare Counseling will be offered at the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road, Avon, Oct. 15-Dec. 7. If you need assistance choosing or switching your health plan or prescription drug plan, an OSHIIP volunteer will counsel by appointment only. Call the senior center at 440-934-2417, leave your contact information and the volunteer will set up an appointment for in-person counseling. All social-distancing guidelines will be followed.

Avon Lake educator promoted to corporal

Avon Lake High School Assistant Principal Adam Slabodnick was recently promoted to corporal in the Ohio Army National Guard and received an Army achievement pedal. Slabodnick is in the Army National Guard, 1485 Transportation Company based in Dover, Ohio.

Trash and Treasure Sale

The Olmsted Historical Society will hold its Trash and Treasure Sale from 9 a m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 15, 22 and 29 in the events barn at the Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted. Follow social distancing, masks and state rules. Anyone who would like to contribute items for the sale, contact Bob Lamb at 440-292-7822 to arrange to meet him at Frostville with your merchandise.

Halloween decorating contest

The North Olmsted Arts Commission is sponsoring a free Halloween home decorating contest, with a deadline of Oct. 23 to enter. Residents can enter their own home or nominate a neighbor.

The grand prize winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and a yard sign. Smaller prizes may be awarded to houses that have the best scary, funny or family-friendly display. Photo submissions are required, and judges will look at finalist houses in person. Each finalist property will be viewed from the street or sidewalk only. Decorations cannot be placed on tree lawns or violate city ordinances related to nuisance.

For more information, visit www.north-olmsted.com.

Trunk-or-Treat

The North Olmsted Police Department will host a “Trunk-or-Treat” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at North Olmsted High School. The free event, which includes candy and games, requires no registration. Face masks and social distancing are required. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sgt. Angel Walling at 440-777-3535.

North Olmsted shred event

The next free community shredding event in North Olmsted is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road. There is a limit of two boxes or bags per resident.

Senior flu shots in North Olmsted

Walgreens representatives will administer flu shots by appointment to people 55 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at the senior center, 28114 Lorain Road. The type of flu shot administered will be the Immunization Influenza–High Dose. To make an appointment, call 440-777-8100.

A photocopy of your insurance card is required at the appointment, and those attending are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes early. People covered by Medicare or Medicare Advantage will receive the shot at no cost. The cost for individuals not covered by insurance is $72.99. Senior center guidelines can be found at www.north-olmsted.com.

Prescription take-back event

The North Olmsted Police Department will host a prescription drug take-back event Oct. 24 in the main lobby of the department building, 27243 Lorain Road, starting at 10 a.m. To learn more about how to properly dispose of unused medication, visit www.mcusercontet.com.

Trick-or-treat on in Fairview

Trick-or-treaters will be able to make the rounds in Fairview Park on Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Guidelines for safe trick-or-treating can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Pen pal program

Students in the North Olmsted High School SITES program are interested in getting to know seniors from the North Olmsted senior center, and are initiating a pen pal program. Students will correspond with senior center members through email. Once someone receives an email from a student, that person is expected to return an email within one week. Correspondence will begin Oct. 16 and last until Dec. 31. To participate, call 440-777-8100 and provide an email address.

Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids will hold its Coffee and Chat program via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The topic is “Music for Mental Health: Coping Skills for Caregivers.” This program is supported by a grant from the Nordson Corp. Foundation. Connecting for Kids will hold its Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom. Join Beth Mishkind Roth of Cleveland Integrative Counseling, presenting “Stop Accommodating and Start Addressing Your Child’s Anxiety.” This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. Register for both programs at connectingforkids.org/register; email at info@connectingforkids.org; or Call/text 440-570-5908; para Espanol 440-907-9130.

St. Lad’s Knights of Columbus

St. Ladislas Knights of Columbus Council 16373 in Westlake received multiple recognitions at Ohio’s Knights of Columbus and Supreme Convention earlier this year, among them the No. 1 ranking of Ohio’s Knights of Columbus councils. Council 16373 also received: State of Ohio Gold Award; State of Ohio Div. 4, Best Community Program Activity; State of Ohio Best Life Program Activity; State of Ohio Div. 4, First Place Overall Council; State of Ohio Statewide First Place Overall Council; and the Five Star Council (Supreme’s highest award for programs, membership and charitable giving).

Lorain County Genealogical Society

The Monday meeting of the Ohio Genealogical Society – Lorain County Chapter will be held online at 7 p.m. Tom Neel, the director of the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, will present “Hidden Resources at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library.” This online program is open to the public. Those interested in joining the program should email lcc-ogsmeetings@loraincoogs.org to be added to the invitation list. The group uses the BlueJeans video conferencing platform that generally does not require downloading anything.

Giant Eagle fuels learning

Giant Eagle announced it has committed $500,000 to help feed K-12 students through an expanded partnership with its regional food bank partners, with $125,000 of the funding going to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

‘One Community Reads’ effort

Westlake Porter Public Library has joined other Cuyahoga County libraries to present the “One Community Reads” program, focusing on racial equity in America. The program allows readers to learn about and reflect on race, history and a more just future locally and nationally. In addition to reading and discussing the same books, participants are encouraged to join in the conversation about the issues they cover at onecommunityreads.org. Porter will offer programs through December.

The first “One Community Reads” program is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. “March: Book One” by John Lewis is the first book. The book is a graphic novel version of the late congressman’s memoir, including his involvement with the Civil Rights movement. The discussion will include an interview with local comic book creator Abdul Rashid. Participants must pre-register to take part in this Zoom event. Visit westlakelibrary.org or onecommunityreads.org to register.

Annual pizza bake-off

The old American Legion Hall, 8820 Bender Road, will host the city's annual pizza bake-off 4-7 p.m. Oct. 7 to benefit North Ridgeville Citizens for Better Schools and North Ridgeville Community Care. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Organizers plan to maintain social-distancing guidelines by limiting the number of attendees at any one time. Participants must sign up for a specific time slot: 4-4:45 p.m.; 5-5:45 p.m.or 6-6:45 p.m. Go to http://bit.ly/pizzabakeoff.

Call or email Georgia Awig at 440-7254-7246 or georgia.awig@gmail.com with any questions.

Rocky River High School named blue ribbon school

Rocky River High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was recognized as one of the state’s highest-performing schools measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

The high school is one of 16 schools in Ohio and 367 nationwide to earn the National Blue Ribbon award this year. Avon Middle School and Holy Trinity School were also recognized.

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12-13 and the school will receive its plaques and flags via mail.

Avon Lake trick-or-treat still on

Avon Lake officials have decided the coronavirus pandemic cannot scare off trick-or-treat in their city. Trick-or-treating will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Additionally, throughout October Sherry Spenzer, the Avon Lake Historical Society’s expert on the Lake Shore Cemetery, will lead private group tours of the cemetery. Tours will last 45 to 60 minutes. Cost is $10 per person. Cash or check payment will be collected at the beginning of the tour.

To arrange a time for your tour, go to the city’s website and follow the link to www.signupgenius.com. Groups can consist of a maximum of 10.

North Ridgeville trick-or-treat

North Ridgeville will observe citywide trick-or-treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. If you plan to participate in passing out candy, turn your street/porch light on. As a reminder, drive carefully throughout the city to ensure children’s safety.

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