Both ends covered: The website SmartAsset.com recently ranked Beachwood “the number one place to retire in Ohio.”
Meanwhile, a new study from CollegeFactual found Beachwood to be “one of the best places in the country for students seeking a high-quality education, due to its nearness to high-ranking colleges and universities.” That quote is according to CollegeFactual’s Andrea Ingleman, in an email announcement of the city’s win.
“It was great to get both results on the same day,” Beachwood Mayor Martin Horwitz said in a city news release, “but I’m not surprised. Beachwood has healthcare facilities from all four major hospitals, a community services department that offers lifelong self-improvement and travel opportunities, plus a diverse citizenry with bachelor’s degrees at a two-to-one rate over the state of Ohio.”
SmartAsset ranked the city’s retirement worthiness by access to recreation and retirement centers, and also the number of doctors’ offices per 1,000 people — 12.9 — the only city to break double-digits.
Happenings at the history museum: The Shaker Historical Society will present the Jennifer Omaitz art exhibition “Intersections” March 8 through May 5.
From 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 will be the exhibit’s free opening reception in the SHS’s Lissauer Gallaery. You can RSVP for the opening reception by calling 216-921-1201.
Omaitz’s visually stunning work consists of painting that explores the ideas of fold, gestures and movement.
Also, there are many houses that have two doors, but not so many that are Tudors. Very hard for me to distinguish when I was a kid, but I think I’ve got it down now.
Any way, the SHS will present a fascinating look into the Tudor architecture in Shaker Heights during a “Tudor City Exhibit,” which will be open to the public March 1 through June 28.
The exhibit’s opening is on Feb. 28; however, it is open only to SHS members.
You can check out these exhibits at the SHS building, located at 16740 South Park Blvd.
And, I think I’ll put in a call requesting a two-door exhibit. I think it would be unique.
Start drawing: Registration for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District 2019 Poster Contest is due by March 1.
The contest is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to use the poster to creatively express their ideas on how conservation improves the environment. This year’s theme is “Crooked River — 50 Years of Progress.”
The theme refers to 50 years of water quality improvements being made to the Cuyahoga River.
Awards will be given for first and second place in the following categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
The deadline to submit entries is April 22 — Earth Day.
Teachers may use this contest to correlate with National Visual Arts standards for all grades.
For more information about this contest, contact Jacki Zevenbergen at 216-524-6580, extension 1006. For contest rules and registration, visit here.
Dean’s list honorees: Accounting major Curtis Parks, of Cleveland Heights, made the president’s list for compiling a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the fall semester at Youngstown State University.
Making the president’s list over at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, were Beachwood’s Carolyn Sindelar and Jacob Sapell, and Shaker Heights’ Austin Lorenzo and Bria Terbanc.
Making the Miami U. dean’s list were Beachwood’s Simone Rackmill and Brooke Sheffler, and Shaker Heights’ Ben Cawley, Charles Lampert and Angie Raymondo.
Veronica Jones, a Shaker Heights High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for earning a fall semester grade point average of 3.77. Beachwood’s Monica Colmenares received the same honor at Colby College, also with a 3.77 GPA.
At the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Shaker Heights’ Cecelia Kubu was named to that school’s dean’s list.
And, at the University of San Diego, Beachwood’s Jordan Ritchie made first honors for the fall semester by achieving a grade point average of at least 3.65.
Recycling confusion: Are you confused by the current state of recycling? Are you unsure what can be recycled, if it’s worth the bother, and if China still wants our country’s recyclable products? If so, you may need some help.
I know I just recycle every week and hope it goes to the right place.
Well, it just so happens that, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, the Coventry Village Library branch, 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, will hold a session called “Recycling Confusion?”
Kathy Rocco, a recycling educator from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, will explain recent recycling changes, what can now be recycled and how to stay connected to the latest recycling news.
You can learn more about this event by calling 216-321-3400.
Meanwhile, if you’ve just finished a book and need to tell everyone about it, you can do just that from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the University Heights Library branch, 13866 Cedar Road.
This event is also for those who just can’t find the right book to read and want to get some ideas from those telling their stories about just-read books.
Whatever it is you’re seeking to get out of this event, you’ll be seeking it in style, as these book discussions will take place over tea and crumpets. I’ve never had a crumpet, but it sounds like I now know where I can get my hands on some — at this Reader’s Tea Party Feb. 25. Come and join the bookworm fun.
Presidents Day at the Maltz: The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, invites children of all ages to stop by for a free event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Presidents Day, Feb. 18.
When there, you’ll see former U.S. presidents milling about — or maybe they’ll be people who just look like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt.
From 1 to 2 p.m., you’ll hear and see live presentations by these former White House inhabitants, and see screenings of past presidents giving historic speeches. You can ask questions of the presidents and then, if you’re a kid, enjoy a kosher cookie.
There will also be hands-on crafts, tours of the museum’s exhibitions and other activities.
It’s all happening through the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Maltz Museum.
“It’s a great family day celebration, a way to live history by meeting the presidents,” said Friends of the Maltz Museum President Victor Goodman.
Registration is encouraged by calling 216-593-0575 or visiting maltzmuseum.org.
Support for caregivers: Courage to Caregivers, a Northeast Ohio non-profit support organization for those who care for people who have mental illnesses, is offering two new opportunities for caregivers to improve their own well-being.
One program is called “Breathing Meditation,” which will focus on techniques and life skills to help caregivers control their own emotional and physical well-being.
The other, “Support Group,” will offer a positive environment, along with trained facilitators to help reduce the caregiver burden.
“We are excited to offer these two new programs to support the health and well-being of mental illness caregivers in Northeast Ohio,” Kristi Horner, a founder and executive director of Courage to Caregivers, said in a news release. “Our program leaders have extensive experience in dealing with the issues that affect so many caregivers when it comes to taking care of their own health.
“Our goal is to let caregivers know that they have a strong community of supporters that’s always here to help them cope with whatever challenges they’re encountering.”
Breathing Meditation and Support Groups will each be held in 45-minute sessions Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Laurel School, One Lyman Circle, in Shaker Heights (on Tuesdays starting Feb. 19), and at Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The two programs complement the One-to-One Caregiver Support program that Courage to Caregivers launched in November.
To register, or to learn more, visit CouragetoCaregivers.org.
Strike it big for autism research: Milestones Autism Resources, a Warrensville Heights non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, will host its Seventh Annual Strike It Big Bowling Extravaganza, presented by Davis Automotive Group, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at Spins Bowl, 5619 Brecksville Road in Independence.
Contributions to the fundraiser will help support Milestones’ free autism Helpdesk, a service that allows families to contact Milestones’ professional staff for personal guidance, local resources and individualized information at each and every stage of their child’s development.
You can register your team, or donate, by visiting here, or you can contact special events director Vanetta Perry at 216-464-7600, extension 113.
Bring Nature Home: A free series of talks about ecological gardening called “Bringing Nature Home” will take place from February to April at different local locations.
The series will be presented by the Friends of Lower Lake and the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, in partnership with Gardenopolis, Gardenwalk Cleveland Heights, 2019 Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
Starting things off, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, will be “Go Wild in Your Own Yard!” to be held at the Lee Road Library branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. This talk will be presented by Friends of Lower Lake co-chair Peggy Smith.
Next will be “Plant This, Not That” at 7 p.m. March 21, presented by Friends of Lower Lake co-chair John Barber, also at the Lee Road Library.
Third in the series will be “Not the Last Children in the Woods,” at 7 p.m. April 4, at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, Room 114, 3450 Lee Road in Shaker Heights. This one’s presented by art teacher Tim Kalan.
The fourth presentation will be “The Powerful Partnerships of Plants and Pollinators,” presented by gardener and beekeeper Ann Cicarella. It will take place at 7 p.m. April 11 at the University Heights Library branch, 13866 Cedar Road.
The final talk will be “Stewardship in Our Back Yards” at 7 p.m. April 22 — Earth Day — at Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Natural Resources Specialist Nick Mikash will speak and answer questions.
Each of these educational talks is free. For more information, call 216-406-9136.
Free concert in Pepper Pike: The concert “From Holland With Love,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd. in Pepper Pike.
The free concert features Zeger Verhage on piano and flutist Wendy van Ness.
For more information, call 440-442-2220.
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