Bundt cake fundraiser

Avon Early Childhood PTA has partnered with Nothing Bundt Cake for a fundraiser. Pre-order your choice of an 8-inch cake, $28; 12-inch cake, $38; bundtlets, 4 for $20; and bundtinis, a dozen for $25. You can order at www.avonecpta.org. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 20. Payment is due when order is placed. All orders will be picked up Nov. 24 from 2-6 p.m.. For more information, email Jessica at vp@avnoecpta.org.

Two in Fairview schools test positive for COVID-19

The Fairview Park City School District recently reported two cases of COVID-19 positives.

According to the weekly update sent to families by district superintendent Bill Wagner Nov. 5, one case came from Mayer Middle School, the other at Fairview High School, which occupy the same building via long hallways. The number of people potentially in close contact with the individuals was said to be very low.

“We’ve done communications to those who were in those classes in those buildings,” Wagner said. “So far, Fairview Park has been very fortunate that we’ve had very few infections and no real outbreaks to speak of at this stage. That tells us our interventions and our practices are really making a big difference.”

The district sent three different email notifications out – one to all families of students at the two schools, another to families of students in the specific classes where the cases originated and a third to those who may have had close contact with the people who tested positive. That same three-level notice will be used for any future cases.

“As a reminder, please be sure to monitor the health of yourself and your family, and contact the school and your health care provider should you experience any symptoms of COVID-19,” Wagner said in the district update.

Gemini Center’s hours change

The Gemini Recreation Center in Fairview Park has made changes to its hours of operation. Monday through Friday, the building will open at 5:30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The hours of 9-11 a.m. were set aside on the fitness floor for users who are age 60 and over or are in a high-risk group in regards to COVID-19. On Saturdays and Sundays, open hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The competition and leisure pool is open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for lap swimming. For more information, visit www.fairviewparkrec.com.

Light up the Neighborhoods in Fairview

Fairview Park’s Winterfest was canceled due to the pandemic, but the city is encouraging residents to get creative in decorating their homes for Christmas.

The inaugural Light up the Neighborhoods event is open to all residents and local businesses interested in creating a festive atmosphere. Individuals or even entire neighborhoods can participate.

Displays must be tasteful and family-friendly. The deadline to submit a photo entry to the Recreation Department is Dec. 12. To enter, visit www.fairviewparkrec.com.

Thanksgiving to-go lunch in North Olmsted

Chef Michelle Hill will be preparing takeout Thanksgiving lunches, to be distributed by the North Olmsted Senior Center on Nov. 24, starting at noon.

The meal will consist of turkey with gravy, sides and pumpkin pie. Registered participants are asked to drive to the front of the building, where a staff member will place the meal in your trunk. North Olmsted residents who don’t have transportation can receive a meal delivery on the same date. Meals are limited and registration is required by Nov. 20 by calling the senior center at 440-777-8100.

The meal is sponsored by Jamie McGinty of Foundations Health Solutions and Avon Place.

NOJWC holiday fundraiser

The North Olmsted Junior Women’s Club is raising funds by selling wreaths and other holiday decorations at GiftItForward.com. Purchases will be shipped directly to you. Please enter the code NORTHOOH001. All the funds raised go to scholarships and charitable organizations in the area.

OHS market and treasures sale

The Olmsted Historical Society will hold its Winter Farmers Market in the event barn and Trash and Treasures Sale in the Schoolhouse at Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted. These events are held every Saturday in November from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (9:30-10 a.m. for seniors and immune compromised). Follow social distancing and state rules; masks required. Contact Angie Obbish, market manager, at 330-592-6518 or olmstedhistoricalsociety.org.

N. Olmsted Knights of Columbus

The North Olmsted Council of the Knights of Columbus donated a check for $750 to the North Olmsted Oxcart Pantry. The Oxcart Pantry provides food and household items for 150 to 200 North Olmsted families monthly who are experiencing economic difficulties or catastrophic events in their lives. The pantry also provides back-to-school items for kids, support to North Olmsted seniors and Christmas/holiday support.

Connecting for Kids online

Connecting for Kids will present its “Social Series: Assessing and Reacting to Problems” via Zoom at 1 p.m. Saturday. This program is for parents and caregivers of children ages 7-12. This program is supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus at St. Ladislas Parish. “Early Childhood Education Series: Developmental Milestones – How to Know if Your Child is Behind and What to Do About It” will be presented via Zoom at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. Register for both programs at connectingforkids.org/register; email at info@connectingforkids.org; or Call/text 440-570-5908; para espanol 440-907-9130.

Westlake Rec update

The Westlake Recreation Center will be open to members only. People who signed up for a program will be allowed into the facility during that time. No guest passes will be issued until further notice. The rec center will be limiting the number of people in all areas of the facility. This is necessary to stay compliant with state health guidelines for social distancing. Masks are to be worn into the building, around the building and while exiting. Masks may be removed when actively exercising.

CEO new member of commission

Don Schiffbauer, CEO of The NORD Center, was appointed to the North Ridgeville Civil Service Commission Nov. 2. He will fill a vacancy on the board, which currently includes Chairman Michael Crevda, Secretary Sam Spann and Recording Secretary Lisa Ciofani. The Civil Service Commission is responsible for overseeing the testing of potential civil servants, among other duties involving government employees.

Turkey-Burn fitness class

A Turkey-Burn fitness class will take place Nov. 25, the morning before Thanksgiving. No registration needed. Just show up for one of two one-hour classes at 7 a.m. or 8:15 a.m. at the Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Road. Cost is $10 per person.

Rocky River still weighing learning options

School officials in Rocky River have postponed a decision on bringing students back for full-time learning. The district is using a hybrid model of learning, but the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Cuyahoga County.

Superintendent Michael Shoaf sent a letter to parents two weeks ago stating that the district would immediately transition to remote learning if the county's risk level were to change to purple. However, Shoaf walked back this statement during last week’s meeting, recommending that the district stick with the hybrid learning model for the time being.

Bay town hall on mental health

The Bay Village City School District will host a town hall to talk to parents and students about anxiety and adjusting to change. The discussion will be held virtually at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Those attending must register at bayvillageschools.com.

River music society to host Cleveland Orchestra

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will virtually host “Nothing But Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Five members of the Cleveland Orchestra will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in C major, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major. The event is free and viewers can watch the performance live on Facebook and Youtube. For more information, go to www.rrcms.org.

Police growing beards for charity

The Bay Village and Rocky River police departments have begun No Shave Wishvember, a fundraising competition between local police departments to see who can grow the best beards. The money raised during the competition will go to A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter, a nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.

The competition goes until the end of November. Bay Village had raised $30 and Rocky River $1,515 as of presstime. To donate, go to police4wishes.org.

Empty Bowls food drive

Empty Bowls by the Lake, part of the "Empty Bowls Project" is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger in our neighborhood. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community.

Due to COVID-19, the local Empty Bowls by the Lake event will look much different this year. Instead of gathering to share delicious soups donated by local restaurants served in beautifully handcrafted bowls, the committee plans an online auction. From Nov. 8-14, you can bid on some incredible auction items such as a Weber EX4 Grill, Put-In-Bay packages, beautifully hand-crafted pottery, restaurant gift cards and much more!

Go to www.32auctions.com/ to bid.

All the proceeds of the Empty Bowls event are given to local food banks and pantries, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Resource Services, and Lorain County Community College Commodore Cupboard.

Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause! Donations greatly appreciated as well. Visit the auction site for more information.

Restaurant celebrates milestone

Beardens, a restaurant known for its burgers and milkshakes at 19985 Lake Road, is celebrating 72 years of operation today. In honor of that achievement, they will be serving 72 cent burgers between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Annual bake sale goes virtual

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River is hosting a virtual Christmas bake sale through Nov. 23. Food like baklava or other homemade Greek pastries will be available for pre-order only. Contact maggiesteffas@gmail.com or at (440) 871-6362 for an order form. Orders will be picked up on Sunday, December13th, from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the Church, 22909 Center Ridge Road.

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