Friday, October 14, 2011
From the Westlake Recreation Fall Festival to a dog parade, there's plenty to do this weekend.
Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt The Westlake Recreation Center's Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt promises lots of kid-friendly Halloween fun on Saturday. Designed for children ages 10 and younger, the festival includes age-specific pumpkin patches, pioneer-era games, face painting, hay rides, treats, inflatable games and more. The pumpkin hunt kicks off at 1:30 p.m., with entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. Best of all, it's free! North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park The North Union Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce and other handmade goodies to Crocker Park every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and see what's in season! Chicks Against Hunger Un-Food Drive The Un-Food Drive helps people in need with things food stamps and …
Monday, August 8, 2011
Members can use nearby facilities in Rocky River and Fairview Park.
Westlake Recreation Center's annual maintenance program starts Monday and will close down the building through Aug. 14. The aquatics center and gym will be closed through Aug. 21. Accoring to Ann Hollows, assistant manager at the center, workers will be cleaning all of the rooms and redoing the floors. The Rec Center will be open Aug. 8-12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for business transactions only. The center will be closed Aug. 13-14. That's not an excuse to slack off on the gym routine though. Westlake Rec members can use Peterson Pool at Clague Park, Rocky River outdoor pool or the Fairview Park Gemini Center during maintenance. Members can also take classes and bring guests, but must pay the facility's currents rates. For more information …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Fishing pro Owen Murphy offered a few lessons and fundamentals to his angling students.
Owen Murphy, co-owner of the Ohio Steelhead Drifters guide company, gave a free lesson in fly casting, which is fun but far from easy, at Westlake Recreation Center Tuesday evening. The fishing pro literally showed a few of his students the ropes, and worked with their fundamentals and form.
Monday, July 25, 2011
This summer's family campout brought families together as they shared their favorite camping memories and recollected on last year's event with similar weather.
If you happened to be at the Westlake Recreation Center on Friday, you might have seen several families setting up tents for the 2011 Family Campout. Although it was raining, participants still set up tents in hopes that it would clear as the festivities continued inside. This was the second consecutive year it rained. But last year’s thunderstorm contributed to 8-year-old Kera Stroski’s favorite camping memory. “[I liked] sleeping on the gym floor,” she said, “And the rain and lightning was pretty cool.” Kera, her 9-year-old twin sisters Bridget and Fiona, and her 12-year-old twin cousins Priscilla and Regina Severance all gathered around a table in the community room putting together tent signs and luminaries. Priscilla and Regina …
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The live outdoor shows are free and feature a wide variety of genres.
There is nothing quite like live outdoor music. And luckily the Cleveland area has taken advantage of the summer weather by arranging for several artists to perform at outdoor venues including Westlake Recreation Center, Crocker Park, BAYarts, and the plaza outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Just this past Sunday an a capella group, Partners in Rhyme, performed at Westlake Recreation Center, which features a band every Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A crowd of more than 50 people showed up with lawn chairs and blankets outside the pavilion near the playground to hear the music. Jim Hutchings of West Park came to the Recreation Center to see a friend perform last year. Since then he’s been to every concert there and …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
This week's events include an outdoor movie at Crocker Park, an outdoor Americana concert at Bay Arts, a tour of NASA's wind tunnel, an outdoor 60s tribute concert at the Westlake Recreation Center and basic computer classes at Porter Public Library.
This week there are tons of ways to enjoy being outside ranging from movies to concerts. And for those who are interested in technology, there’s also an opportunity to tour NASA’s wind tunnel and learn computer basics. Read on to find out the week’s events. MOVIES IN THE PARK: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Where/When: Crocker Park/ Thursday 9 p.m. Why go: Were you planning on having a relaxing movie night with the family this week? Why not head up to Crocker Park and watch it outside on the big screen? Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and make a night of it. Enjoy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at no cost. Take advantage of the summer weather while you can! LOST STATE OF FRANKLIN Where/When: Bay Arts/ Friday 7 p.m. to 9…
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
These fourth and fifth-graders may still be in the minors, but they follow the majors.
The Westlake Recreation Minor League is composed of ten teams: the Bats, Bees, Bulls, Hooks, Mudcats, Mudhens, River Bandits, Sand Gnats, Scrappers and Thunder. Each team is named after a real Minor League Baseball team. When it comes to Major League Baseball, the team favorite is the Cleveland Indians, but each Thunder team member has his own favorite player. Click on the photo slide show to learn a little more about Westlake's Thunder.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Bloodmobiles, sunny weather, breast cancer awareness, the Cleveland Indians versus the New York Yankees and the Youth Tennis Academy top today's list.
1) The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to a library near you. From 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. today at Porter Public Library, folks are welcome to help a good cause and donate blood in the Porter Room. For more information, call 440-871-2600. 2) Get out to Clague Park or one of Westlake’s many hotspots to enjoy today’s 85 degree high. With sunny skies and only a ten percent chance of precipitation, now’s the time to break out the sunscreen and have a little fun in the sun. 3) The Group for Young Women with Breast Cancer is coming to 800 Sharon Drive between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. tonight. The drop-in group will council young women who are facing cancer and will offer support, information and insights on this prevalent disease. For more …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Special storytime at the library, a poster contest winner and more!
1) Captain Guy Turner with the Westlake Police Department will be the special guest for outside storytime at 10:15 a.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Kids can even get a close-up look at a real police cruiser. Bring a blanket or something to sit on. Call 440-871-2600 to register. 2) Parkside Intermediate School fifth-grader Norah Wilson is the state winner of the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. The competition, sponsored by the Ohio Sons of the American Revolution. The 2011 poster theme was The Battle of Cowpens. To view Norah’s winning poster, click here. 3) The National Weather Service is predicting cloudy skies with a chance of rain and thunderstorms again today. The high will be near 84 degrees. Tonight may bring …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today is Flag Day
1) Today is Flag Day, which originated back in 1885. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House held a Flag Day celebration in Philadelphia, and on June 14, 1892, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution celebrated Flag Day for the first time. To see how to properly display the flag, visit usflags.org. 2) Artists of all ages and talents are invited to Chalk the Walk at Westlake Porter Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to noon today. The library will provide the chalk; just bring your creativity! 3) The Westlake Recreation Center will be hosting the first fly casting class of the summer from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. todayat the Recreation Center Lake. The one-day class taught by Owen Murphy will teach casters of all abilities (10 years and …