JVS district donates cooler to nonprofit

Lorain County Joint Vocational School District donated an industrial cooler to the local nonprofit organization We Care We Share in Oberlin. The donation was facilitated by maintenance technician Tom Kuhn.

“The cooler was originally donated to the JVS for the heating and air conditioning program to work on,” Kuhn said. “The students fixed it and then it didn’t have a home, so I suggested we donate it.”

We Care We Share, in Lorain, provides food, clothing, counseling and a work-training program to local residents. The organization will use the cooler to refrigerate food and drinks it receives from local food banks.

Tri-C extends free COVID-19 testing

Cuyahoga Community College will offer drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 testing through April as part of a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.

Testing began Thursday and will take place every Thursday at rotating college sites around Cuyahoga County. The program is free and open to anyone. An ID with name and address plus an insurance card, if applicable, are required for testing.

The extended Thursday testing schedule is as follows, by location:

Westshore Campus, 31001 Clemens Road, Westlake

Testing will take place behind the Liberal Arts and Technology building

· 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and April 29

Metropolitan Campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland

Testing will take place in the Lot 4 underground garage off Community College Avenue

· 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8

Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma

Testing will take place at the circular drive fronting the theater off Pleasant Valley Road

· 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25 and April 22

Corporate College® East, 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights

Testing will take place near the back entrance with roundabout off Richmond Road

· 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15

Testing will also be offered at Metro Campus by Care Alliance on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout December, except for Dec. 25.

No appointment is necessary. Testing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit tri-c.edu/covidtest or call 216-317-1250 for more information.

Avon Lake garden club fundraiser

With the help of Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake, the Avon-on-the-Lake Garden club will receive 20% of all sales through Christmas Eve. On Dec. 10, the club will receive 30% of sales. To help the garden club, you must mention the Avon Lake garden club or give a cashier a ticket cut from a flyer the club is circulating.

Cultural arts center to reopen soon

The Beck Center for the Arts will reopen its campus Jan. 11. The organization also has released the schedule of 2021 Winter and Spring classes. The classes offered will include a mix of in-person and online learning for dance, theatre and visual arts. Registration is now open. Full list of what will be offered go to beckcenter.org.

District hosts mental health townhall for holidays

The Bay Village City School District will host a virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. The discussion will focus on coping strategies for mental health during the holidays.

A panel of four experts will discuss ways to cope with anxiety and stress this winter. The panel includes Mary Wise, student wellness coordinator for the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio and Ayme McCain, associate director of prevention services for mental health non-profit Recovery Resources in Cleveland.

Those interested must register prior at bit.ly/BayTownHall2020.

Senior center services

The Fairview Park Senior Center, 20769 Lorain Road, is closed for all in-person programming due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Cuyahoga County. The senior center will continue to offer virtual and phone-in programs throughout December, with schedules available at www.fairviewpark.org.

Senior van transportation services will continue, and will take place Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for medically necessary appointments and essential services such as grocery shopping, banking and prescription pickup. Only one rider or family group is permitted at a time, and masks are required. Call the senior center at 440-356-4439 to make a reservation.

North Olmsted Live Nativity

Ascension Lutheran Church, 28081 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, will hold a drive-thru live Nativity from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The event includes Christmas music, and Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the shepherds. Participants will get a take-home kit to bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus. Visitors should pull into the east driveway (by Pete’s shoe repair), tune to 90.5 FM.

North Olmsted free meal

A free grab ‘n’ go meal will be available Dec. 19 at Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted. The free meal distribution will start at 4:30 p.m. till “run out.” Drive to the rear door of the church, and the meal will be brought to you. This meal is provided by Westlake Church of The Redeemer and North Olmsted Clague Road Church.

Christmas Cookie decorating

O’Neill Healthcare is sponsoring a take-home Christmas cookie kit with a cookie mix and decorating accessories. It will be available in the North Olmsted Senior Center lobby Dec. 15-16. Interested persons are to register an appointment to pick up their kit by Friday by calling 440-777-8100.

Hot lunch to-go fundraiser

The North Olmsted Senior Center is offering a lunch to-go starting at noon on Dec. 15, distributed to registered participants aged 55 years or older. The senior center will be accepting cash or check donations. Checks must be made out to the City of North Olmsted.

Those registered will drive to the front of the building and a staff member will place the meal in the trunk of their vehicle. North Olmsted residents without transportation can have the meal delivered to them. To register, call 440-777-8100 by Friday.

The meal, prepared by chef Stephanie Redman, consists of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable blend, a dinner roll and strawberry shortcake, and is sponsored by Symphony at Olmsted Falls.

Seniors Strong telephone support group

The Seniors Strong telephone support group meets weekly on Thursdays at 10 a.m., and is facilitated by Bob Piovarchy, a licensed professional counselor with the Far West Center. This month’s topic is holiday stress and coping with a COVID Christmas. Call the North Olmsted Senior Center at 440-777-8100 to sign up and receive call instructions.

Winter Walkers

North Olmsted Senior Center activities coordinator Beth Reitz is hosting a “Winter Walkers” program starting this month that will take place at 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Registrants will meet at the senior center and walk along the south side of the new walking path at North Olmsted Park, and can choose whether to walk a half or full mile. Call 440-777-8100 to register by noon each Wednesday.

Schools’ remote learning extended

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Cuyahoga County, the North Olmsted City Schools superintendent Mike Zalar announced Dec. 2 that the district will remain in a remote learning format through Dec. 18, when winter break begins.

On Dec. 30, the district will send out communication to families about how learning will take place once schools are back in session Jan. 4.

Christmas drive-thru

A Christmas drive thru open house will be held at Wagner Insurance Group, 9696 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 18. Santa and friends will hand out cookies and other goodies while you drive through this musical Christmas display.

Lorain County Genealogical Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society Lorain County Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. This month participants are asked to share a favorite genealogical photo. The chapter’s president, Norm Lewicki, will lead the group through an exploration of the photo looking for hidden details and clues about your ancestor. The group uses the BlueJeans video conferencing platform that generally does not require downloading anything. For more information, visit lcc-ogsmeetings@loraincoogs.org.

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