May 23, 2022

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Fairview Park Summerfest returns with family-oriented fun, food and entertainment: A Place in the Sun

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FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – After a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fairview Park Summerfest will be back July 29 to Aug. 1 at Bohlken Park, 3885 W. 210th St., Fairview Park, adjacent to Westgate shopping center.

Festivities begin with a preview night, 6-11 p.m. July 29, when visitors can enjoy the carnival rides. Ride tickets can be purchased individually for $1.25 or a single-day ride wristband can be purchased for $20. Tickets and wristbands are sold at the ticket booths in the park.

Festivities get underway in earnest at 6 p.m. July 30, when the Summerfest parade steps off from the parking lot of Gilles-Sweet Elementary School, 220th Street and Alexander Road in Fairview Park. The parade will march north on West 220th Street to Lorain Road, east on Lorain to West 210th Street and north on West 210th to the park, where it will disband. Opening ceremonies will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Also on July 30, ride and vendor booths will be open 6-11 p.m. and there will be live entertainment.

Events on July 31 begin with yoga at 9 a.m. Three-on-three basketball tournament games are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both July 31 and Aug. 1. Children’s activities will include a 10 a.m. show by Jungle Bob and an 11 a.m. performance by the Magic Man. There will be a pizza-eating contest at 11:15 a.m. and a corn hole tournament at noon. The Greater Cleveland Young Marines will host the annual Summerfest spaghetti dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 and younger. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad and iced tea and lemonade. Live entertainment will take place throughout the day and a fireworks display at dusk – about 9 p.m. – will end the day’s activities.

The final day of Summerfest, Aug. 1, begins at 9 a.m. with yoga followed by the wrap-up of the three-on-three basketball tournament. A pooch parade will take place at 10 a.m. in the park , the Magic Man returns at 11 a.m. and there will be a Summerfest bake-off cake decorating contest at 11:30 a.m. Live entertainment is offered throughout the afternoon and the carnival rides and vendor booths are open noon to 5 p.m.

Summerfest has been organized by a group of Fairview Park residents since 1992. It built on the tradition of the city’s historic Candy Parade. The festival was intended to provide the churches, schools, clubs and civic organizations in the city an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and to raise funds for their individual projects.

Funds for the festival come from sponsorships and donations and from the profit generated by carnival ride ticket sales and vendor booth rentals.

Those interested in marching in the parade must register by July 22. Cost is $25. For more information, contact John Hinkel, 440-655-3955.

Summerfest details can be found at

Retirees resume meetings: Chapter 91 of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. will meet at 11 a.m. July 19 on the lower level of the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.

This will be the first formal meeting of the group since February 2020. There will be no speaker so that members can be updated on recent legislative activities and plan for the annual picnic. Face masks are required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.

PERI, established in 1948, has more than 50,000 members throughout the state. Chapter 91 includes members from the Northwestern suburbs of Cleveland. They meet every other month to discuss topics of interest and to stay updated on proposed legislation. Public sector retirees are invited to attend the meetings. Light refreshments are served.

Rocky Colavito tribute: Fans of former Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito, who was a fan favorite right fielder and once led the league in home runs, are invited to a Tribute to Rocky Colavito at 7 p.m. July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, in the Porter Meeting Room.

Ground was broken on June 1 in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood for a statue of Colavito. It’s set to be dedicated on Aug. 10, Colavito’s 88th birthday, in Tony Brush Park. Colavito, a New York native, who lives in Pennsylvania, is expected to attend the dedication. He played for the Indians 1955-1959 and 1965-1967. In an unpopular move, he was traded in April 1960 to the Detroit Tigers and supposedly a curse was placed on the Indians.

At the tribute event, attendees are invited to share stories about Colavito, view rare video clips, play Rocky Colavito trivia, hear from Rocky Colavito statue committee members Randy Mintz and Joe Gazzo and there will be drawings for Colavito-related door prizes.

Seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected]

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: North Olmsted residents are reminded that the city will continue collecting unused or left over portions of hazardous materials with labels say dangerous, warning, toxic, cautio, poison, flammable, corrosive or reactive July 26-31. The materials can be dropped off at the City Hall Fleet Garage on the south side of the City Hall complex, 5200 Dover Center Road, North Olmsted. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26-30 and 8 a.m. to noon July 31. Containers must be labeled.

Latex paint will not be accepted because it is not a hazardous material. It should be dried out and disposed of with regular household trash. Lakewood Dad’s Sports Club: During the pandemic, a couple of Lakewood dads who have young children decided to try out their own version of a summer sports camp to help keep their children active with sports-related activities.

They are opening the group to Lakewood dads/caretakers of 5- to 8-year-olds who want to join like-minded parents to provide instruction and to play in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. The group plans to meet 10:30 a.m. to noon Sundays – beginning Aug. 22 through mid-November – at a pre-determined location. Dads/caretakers will take turns facilitating the sport/activity of their choice while the rest of the group participates.

According to A.J. Baumwell, a founder of the group, they will emphasize 30 minutes of instruction followed by an hour of play.

For more information, email Baumwell at [email protected]

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