Lake Erie Crushers baseball games are sure to be a fun, family-friendly activity. This year, fans aged 12 and under have the opportunity to join the new free Kids Club. Club perks include Crushers tickets, merchandise, special member access to Crushers kids’ activities, and a discounted Sunday ticket offer.
An MVP membership is also available and includes a Crushers Swag bag with membership card, t-shirt, and autograph book. MVP members will also be on the front lines at Kids Run the Bases nights and Sunday Player Autograph matches. MVP members also receive two tickets to the Sunday Fun-Day game, a photo with the Crushers Stomper mascot, and discounts on merchandise, Crushers summer camp, and birthday parties. The cost of MVP membership is $16 for the entire season.
The Crushers also have a variety of jobs and internships available for the upcoming season. For more information, visit lakeeriecrushers.com/employment.
Library build update: The crazy winter weather didn’t stop the construction of the Avon branch library addition, I included monthly updates in Short Takes throughout the process. Construction activities over the past month included: a new sanitary hookup at Colorado Avenue, laying out the walls for the south addition, and preparing for the steel erection.
February will be a busy month as the steel erection on the south addition will be completed. Exterior wall framing and roof trusses will begin. The foundations for the north addition will also be installed.
The project includes renovations and construction of 16,000 square feet. addition to accommodate a reading garden, window with drive-thru access, expanded meeting rooms, technology upgrades, and dedicated space for children and youth programs.
Kloset for children: Avon Early Childhood PTA’s (AECPTA) Fall Kid’s Kloset resale event features gently used baby and toddler clothing, toys, games, furniture, strollers, swings and more.
The event takes place from 7 a.m. to noon on March 19 in the commons and auxiliary gymnasium at Avon Middle School, 3445 Long Road. Buy early from 7am to 9am for the best selection. Early admission is $5. General sale admission after 9 a.m. is $2.
Registration for table sales opens February 9. The cost is $30 for current AECPTA members and $35 for the general public for a 10×12 space. There will be no second space for sale as organizers limit vendors and try to maintain social distancing for the event. The spaces will be increased by 2 feet in width. Sellers are encouraged to wear masks, offer cashless payment options (Venmo, PayPal). Each vendor will receive a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Garden club meeting: The Avon Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on February 15 in the Orchid Room at Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road. Alan Lund of the Westshore Orchid Society will present on the Phalaenopsis orchid, its cultivation and care. The public is invited to attend.
Summer jobs: The Avon Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of summer jobs, including Lifeguard (minimum age 15 – certification required), Pool Cashier (minimum age 17), Pool Technicians (minimum age 15) , pool supervisor, pool cashier supervisor (minimum age 21). ), summer program monitors (Playground Days, etc. minimum age 16) and summer program supervisors. For more information, visit www.cityofavon.com.
Night at the Races: After a two-year hiatus, the Avon Athletic Boosters Night at The Races returns from 6-11 p.m. March 11 at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road. Doors are now open to purchase tickets, tables and horses. Several sponsorship opportunities are also available. To register or subscribe to a sponsorship, go to my.cheddarup.com/c/natr2022.
February work: The Mayor’s Choice Award winners with works on display at City Hall this month are Laney Tokarczyk (Grade 4, Heritage Elementary) and Fatima Abuamsha (Grade 2, Avon East).
Dean’s List: Natalie Knaggs has been named to Ithaca College’s Dean’s List.
Bike survey: City officials are seeking feedback from residents to improve current bike routes across the city. To complete the survey by February 28, go to AvonLake.org/Bicycle-Survey.
Snowman Contest: There’s no excuse not to enter the City Parks and Recreation Snowman Contest. There’s plenty of snow that will likely be here long after the Feb. 28 deadline for the contest. If your company would like to donate an award, please contact the department. The vote will take place from March 1 to 7 on social networks. Send entries, along with last name and address, to [email protected]
Summer Leisure Programs: Registration is open for all summer baseball and softball programs in the city. Go to avonlakerec.com.
Summer Hoops is also back in a new location. This year, the games will be held outdoors on the new Bleser basketball courts. There is a minimum of five players per team, maximum six. Team members must be of the same rank. Each team must have a team parent, but the children will train themselves. To register, go to avonlakerec.com.
To yell: I saw this on Facebook last week and had to include it in Short Takes. Salad KraZe honored Avon Lake (Public Works) Service Department employees by offering them a free menu item of their choice. It’s been a brutal few weeks of winter and this act of kindness goes a long way. Thank you Salad KraZe and thank you Avon Lake service people for all you do.
Dean’s List: Anna Franko has been named to the Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan University. Amber Webb has been named to the Dean’s List at Southern New Hampshire University.
Road closures: Due to recent bad weather, the installation of new sanitary sewers and manholes at the intersection of Center Ridge Road and Barton Road has been delayed. A temporary road closure is now in place at North and South Barton Road, at the intersection of Center Ridge Road. Center Ridge Road will remain open during construction. The Barton Road closure will end around 5 p.m. on February 18 (weather permitting). Detour signs are posted, please exercise caution when traveling in the area.
Coffee double conversation: Mayor Kevin Corcoran’s monthly coffee talk includes a special appearance from North Ridgeville City Schools Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on February 15 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.
Live Theatre: North Ridgeville will be alive with the “Sound of Music” when the show opens next week at the Olde Towne Hall Theater, 36119 Center Ridge Road. Show dates/times are February 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; February 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.; March 4-5 at 7:30 p.m.; March 6 at 2 p.m.; and March 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online, go to othtnr.com.
Virtual Fundraiser: North Ridgeville Community Care’s annual fundraiser, Soup for the Spirit, is happening virtually again this year. Registration is free and allows customers to bid on prizes and raffles online. The event starts at 2:22 p.m. on February 22 and ends at 10 p.m. on February 26. To register, go to nrcommcare.org.
Career fair : North Ridgeville City Schools is hosting a virtual job fair from 3-7 p.m. on March 2. Participants must complete an online registration form to attend, go to nrcs.net.
Dean’s List: Owen Albers and Ryan Stefancin have been named to the Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan University. Ashley Dubois and Alex Miller have been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Dean’s List.
JVS competition: Several students from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) in the area qualify for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competition in March. The students participated in the regional BPA competition last month.
Students progressing to the state level include: Peyton Stefanich (Avon junior), Web and Graphic Design, ranked first in Business Law and Ethics. Robert Simms (Avon Lake junior), Web and Graphic Design, placed first in the Extemporaneous Speech event and second in the Advanced Desktop Publishing event. Haiden Skiles (Avon Lake senior) Cyber Security and Networking, placed first in the Interview Skills event.
Lauren Anderson (North Ridgeville senior) Web and Graphic Design, ranked first in the Administrative Support Team event; James Clarke (North Ridgeville junior, Digital Media Arts, ranked first in the Video Production Team event; Jack Harrington (North Ridgeville junior), Web and Graphic Design, ranked first in the Fundamentals of Web Design event; Zackary Hart (North Ridgeville senior), Web and Graphic Design, ranked first in the Computer Animation Team event; Eric Jurina (Jr. North Ridgeville), Cybersecurity and Networking, ranked first in the Linux Operating System Fundamentals event; Owen Kopp (Jr. North Ridgeville), Web and Graphic Design, placed first in the Video Production Team event and Anthony March (North Ridgeville Junior), Cyber Security and Networking, placed first in the Computer Network Technology event.
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