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LakewoodAlive Announces Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle

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Secure Your Tickets Now for a Chance to Win a Charge Grater Commuter Bicycle Courtesy of Beat Cycles

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled doesn’t return to Downtown Lakewood until July 8, yet it’s not too early to get ready for this highly-anticipated community event.

LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles.  This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Charge Grater commuter bicycles valued collectively at more than $2,000.

Charge Grater 3 Bike

LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles.

Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit summer-meltdown-bike-raffle.eventbrite.com to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 7.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at Beat Cycles (15608 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood) starting Tuesday, June 20.  Look for the bikes to be on display in Beat Cycles’ storefront window.

Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.

Tickets will be available during the Summer Meltdown, which takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.  The raffle drawing will be held at 9:30 p.m. on the main stage in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood.  Contestants need not be present to win, and both winners will also receive the opportunity to visit Beat Cycles for a complimentary bike helmet.

Beat Cycles has generously donated two Charge Grater commuter bicycles to serve as raffle prizes.  Charge’s award-winning Grater series of urban bicycles features lightweight aluminum frames and reliable parts for riding in any weather.  Designed for the everyday cyclists, these versatile bikes also sport puncture-resistant tires and anti-rust chains to help you keep maintenance to a minimum.  Visit Beat Cycles for more information.

“Lakewood is renowned as a bicycle-friendly city, and we are thrilled to partner with Beat Cycles to offer the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive Executive Director.  “Fittingly, the bicycles being raffled reflect an urban commuter style conducive to riding in Lakewood.”

One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown draws nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood.  This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities.  These include the Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood, the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run presented by Lakewood Family YMCA, the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood, a street festival, live music, food vendors, outdoor activities, games and more.

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

Raffle Note: Bikes cannot be swapped for different sizes.  Other restrictions apply.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
PrimeLending

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood

Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Beat Cycles
Cuyahoga Community College
Geiger’s
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Cox Communications
Lakewood Urgent Care
Peace Racing
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
Ride + Workout
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Window Universe

4 Ways to Experience LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series

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For seven years running, LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series has brought live music to the front steps of Lakewood Public Library on summer Friday evenings, beckoning families and concert-goers alike to the heart of the city.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series returns starting July 7 and features a wide variety of free, live music for 11 consecutive Fridays.  From folk to rock to Ernie Krivda’s trademark jazz, each weekly concert delves into diverse musical genres, satisfying nearly any musical taste.  And thanks to support from Lakewood Public Library and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Front Porch Concert Series hits the sweet spot for delivering superb live music at our nationally-renowned library.

Experience Front Porch Concert Series

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

But just as there are many different styles of music, there’s more than one way to enjoy this Downtown Lakewood summer tradition.  In the spirit of LakewoodAlive’s recent announcement of the musical performers comprising this year’s lineup, here are four ways to experience the Front Porch Concert Series:

1. Bring a Lawn Chair

Before indulging in terrific live music, it never hurts to get comfortable. Arrive early and set up your chair or blanket near the front steps of Lakewood Public Library to ensure a great vantage point. Don’t forget to bring snacks or carryout dinner from a nearby local restaurant.

2. Invite Family and Friends

Great company makes nearly any experience more enjoyable and the Front Porch Concert Series is no exception. Bring your spouse, child, parent, cousin and best friend with you for a memorable evening of live music in Downtown Lakewood. The more attendees, the merrier.  The Front Porch Concert Series is, after all, free and family-friendly.

Experience Front Porch Concert Series

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

3. Wear Your Dancing Shoes

Sometimes you simply need to cut the proverbial rug. This need rings particularly true at the end of the workweek on Friday evenings, and you shouldn’t deny yourself this opportunity. Dancing is strongly encouraged during the Front Porch Concert Series.  When a catchy beat starts to play, don’t ignore the impulse to move to the music.

4. Visit a Neighborhood Establishment 

If you care to complement your concert-going experience with superb food and drink, then you’re in luck. Several Downtown Lakewood restaurants and bars sit in close proximity to the front steps of Lakewood Public Library, offering patio seating for your viewing and listening pleasure. For some fans of the Front Porch Concert Series, this just might be the best of both worlds.

For more information regarding the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James

Encore Sponsors:
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Lakewood Public Library

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood
Cox Communications
Lion and Blue
Vance Music Studios

LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” Workshop on July 13

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Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Sherwin-Williams

When it comes to restoring the woodwork within your home, you likely have a vision for how you want the finished product to look.  But how do you go about converting that vision into reality?

Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely

Our “Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” workshop takes place July 13.

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams’ Lakewood location (14711 Madison Avenue)  The 10th workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the proper steps for stripping woodwork, as well as how to refinish wood to achieve the look you want in your home.

Led by Sherwin-Williams, this workshop will equip attendees with best practices for achieving the look you want with woodwork, while learning to work safely and efficiently.  Whether tackling a project for your antique credenza or the wood mouldings and window sills within your home, you will discover products and techniques for obtaining your desired result.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and questions to pose to this workshop’s experts in order to obtain solutions for their woodwork projects.

Visit LakewoodAlive.org for more information and click here to reserve your free spot.

Now in its fourth year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, Fifth Third Bank, First Federal Lakewood, PNC, Remax Beyond 2000, The University of Akron Lakewood and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

In lieu of charging for these events, we are asking participants to consider either making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center. We appreciate your support.

LakewoodAlive Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

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LakewoodAlive has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.  Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

LakewoodAlive Main Street America Accreditation

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center.  “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever.  Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards.  Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

“Thanks to our incredibly dedicated board, volunteers and staff, we are thrilled to have earned accreditation once again from the National Main Street Center,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews.  “This recognition is a testament to our collaborative efforts to foster and sustain neighborhood vibrancy.”

LakewoodAlive is a community-centered nonprofit organization that seeks to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  This is achieved through operating the Main Street™ program in Downtown Lakewood, administering a Housing Outreach Program, hosting large-scale community events and pursuing community development initiatives.  For more information regarding LakewoodAlive, please visit LakewoodAlive.org.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.  Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings.  Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

20 Reasons to be Excited for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017

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Lakewood summer is in full swing, and this can only mean one thing: That one of LakewoodAlive’s marquee community events is right around the corner.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017 – sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive – is one month away, taking place from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.  This fixture on our city’s event calendar draws nearly 10,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood annually for an afternoon and evening chock-full of seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities.

Even though the Summer Meltdown remains a month away, the excitement for the eighth annual edition of this community event is already palpable.  Here are 20 reasons to be excited for Summer Meltdown 2017:

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017

Photo by The Lakewood Citizen

The Street Festival:

1.   Draws thousands of visitors to the heart of Downtown Lakewood.
2.   Is family-friendly and free to attend.
3.   Features approximately 70 vendors offering unique items for sale, as well as free and fun family programs from businesses and nonprofit organizations.
4.   Includes the “Water Moose” – a sprinkler park affording attendees a fun way to cool off.
5.   Offers activities such as a skateboard park presented by West Side Skates, yoga and various exercise demonstrations.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

The Race:

6.   Draws hundreds of participants each year (REGISTER HERE).
7.   Includes both the Meltdown 5K race presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run presented by Lakewood Family YMCA.
8.   Furnishes participants with a Summer Meltdown runner t-shirt.
9.   Incorporates chip timing for obtaining accurate race results.
10. Enables runners to enjoy a fast, flat course that often produces personal-best race times.
11.  Affords participants a rare opportunity to race in the late afternoon.
12.  Provides an excellent way to tour beautiful Lakewood neighborhoods.
13.  Ends with a party at the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017

Photo by The Lakewood Citizen

The Food:

14.  Consists of both local food vendors from Lakewood, a city renowned for its culinary scene, and a variety of food trucks.
15.  Offers an opportunity to sample items prepared by many of your favorite restaurants.
16.  Includes a wide assortment of delicious options, ranging from ice cream to BBQ.

The Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017

Photo by Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood

17.  Includes live music from local fan-favorite band Front Porch Lights.
18.  Provides a setting for one of the summer’s best parties.
19.  Consists of local craft beer offerings from Buckeye Brewing Company.
20.  Affords guests a rare opportunity to celebrate Lakewood summer in the middle of Detroit Avenue.

For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
PrimeLending

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood

Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Beat Cycles
Cuyahoga Community College
Geiger’s
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Cox Communications
Lakewood Urgent Care
Peace Racing
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
Ride + Workout
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Window Universe

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