NOJWC membership open house

North Olmsted Junior Women’s Club will hold its membership open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Olmsted Senior Center, 28114 Lorain Road. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community and make like-minded new friends, please stop by for more information. Attend monthly meetings for fun programs, crafts, 50/50 and door prizes. For the safety of everyone, masks are required. The organization participates in countless community events and holds a variety of social events throughout the year.

Dante Lavelli story

Bette Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises will present “He Just Wanted to Play Ball: The Dante Lavelli Story” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Beach School auditorium, 1101 Morewood Pkwy., Rocky River (entrance to parking lot off Detroit Road). Her talk is based on an upcoming book about Lavelli’s life.

St. Thomas fish fry

St. Thomas Church, 719 Harris Road, Sheffield Lake, will hold a Fall Fish Fest from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Carryout available. Kids’ menu. Credit cards accepted. For more information and pricing, call 440-949.8491.

Avon Lake Historical Society

The Avon Lake Historical Society presents “Spices and the Discovery of America” at 1 p.m. Monday at Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. Avon resident Beryl Prusinoski is the speaker.

Avon Garden Club

The Avon Garden Club will meet Tuesday in the Orchid Room at Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road (State Route 83), Avon. Katherine Jensen, indoor plant manager at Don Mould’s Nursery, Amherst, will present “Happy Health Houseplants” with a focus on easy-growing plants, and techniques to keep them disease and bug free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

Boo at the Zoo in Akron

After a one-year hiatus, Boo at the Zoo is returning to the Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as well as Oct. 23-24, and 30-31. During Boo at the Zoo, a non-scary event, guests can wear costumes and trick-or-treat at 12 treat stations decorated throughout the zoo. Adults are prohibited from covering their faces with costume masks or face paint. The Akron Zoo is asking all guests who are medically able to wear a COVID face mask in all indoor buildings. The zoo will also be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project for anyone with food allergies. Guests can request a Teal Pumpkin treat at each station to receive a non-food item.

The Akron Zoo will once again be offering Zoothing Boo at the Akron Zoo at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30. During this special time, guests with different abilities will be able to trick-or-treat without loud noises and crowds before the zoo opens for Boo at the Zoo general admission. Tickets are separate from general admission and a limited number are available to help control crowd sizes.

Tickets purchased online are $13 for trick-or-treaters, $10 for non-member observers and $3 for parking or shuttle fee. Akron Zoo member observers are free, but require a ticket. Tickets purchased at the Akron Zoo box office are $15 for treaters, $12 for non-member observers, $2 for Akron Zoo member observers and $5 for parking or shuttle fee. Infants and toddlers under 2 who do not wish to trick-or-treat are free, but require a ticket.

Tickets are available at or at the Akron Zoo box office. Tickets purchased online are available at a discounted rate and online ticket holders will receive early entrance into the event at 10:30 a.m.

Prayer service

A community prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 33119 Electric Blvd. All are invited to attend in person or via live streaming on the church’s Facebook page.

Friday Night DJ Skate

Friday Night DJ Skate has returned to the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Hours are 8-10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Remaining 2021 dates are Nov. 5 and 19 and Dec. 3 and 17.

Maple PTA mobile produce pantry

From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, in collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Maple PTA in North Olmsted will provide free, fresh produce for the North Olmsted community at Maple Intermediate School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road. This is a drive-through service. You do not have to leave your vehicle. Go to for more information.

Ground Works Land Design establishes GW Capital

Tony Nasrallah, president and founder of Ground Works Land Design, a Westlake-based landscape and design company, has established GW Capital, a management company, and launched Granite Works Stone Design, the newest sister company. Ground Works and Granite Works are the first and second add-ons to GW Capital’s financial and managerial portfolio. The 55,000-square-foot facility at 875 Crocker Road will become the new headquarters for both companies.

Spooky Pooch Parade

LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison Park. The family-friendly event consists of a free festival in Madison Park, a parade through Lakewood's Birdtown neighborhood and an awards presentation. The parade takes place on the streets surrounding the park and leaves on Athens Avenue.

Pre-registration for the parade is at is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Pre-registration ends at noon on Friday. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only. Humans are free. This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization.

Events at Madison Park include music by DJ Byron, dog games, children's crafts and more than 30 dog-related vendors. This year's festivities include the return of doga and a free dog yoga session hosted by Pink Lotus Yoga.

Westlake soft recycling program back

Westlake residents can recycle their clothing items again. The program, which was suspended because of the pandemic, was renewed by the City Council at its Oct. 7 meeting. At no cost to residents or the city, residents can sign up for pickup at Residents must provide their own bags for pickup.

Rocky River candidate forum

Rocky River candidates will be at a forum beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Candidates for mayor, city council member at large, wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 and school board will be in attendance if the races are contested. Unopposed candidates will be available for a meet and greet. Masks will be required. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland-Rocky River Chapter.

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