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10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark to Kauffman Park on October 21

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Register Your Dog Today for LakewoodAlive’s Popular Autumn Canine Event

It won’t be long now until a sea of costumed canines converge at Kauffman Park.  LakewoodAlive’s 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 21, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Don’t fumble away your chance to attend the Spooky Pooch Parade on October 21.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog.  Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, during which attendees can enjoy entertainment, children’s games and dog-related vendors.  New activities at this year’s festival range from canine caricatures and “paw readings” by a dog psychic, to contests involving “musical sit” and peanut butter eating.

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Prizes will be awarded for Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.

The much-anticipated dog parade commences at 2 p.m.  Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff along Detroit Avenue.  Judges will award top-three prizes beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the following categories: Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.  Winner of Best in Show will receive one year’s worth of complimentary dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store.  Check out our tips for being the “Top Dog” at the Spooky Pooch Parade.

For more information and to register your dog, please visit

The Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Discount Drug Mart
Top Dog Sponsor: City of Lakewood
Dedicated Dog Sponsors: Dog Life in CLE | Inn The Doghouse | Lakewood Animal Hospital | Pet’s General Store | The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus
Poochy Sponsor: Diana M. DeCesare, Remax Beyond 2000 | Men’s Cuts | Panera Bread Catering

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Photo by Cleveland Scene Magazine

LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: Kitchen Remodeling” Workshop on November 4

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Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Cleveland Lumber Company

Undertaking a kitchen remodel can be both exciting and stressful.  If you’re cooking up a plan to reimagine this ever-important room within your home, then you won’t want to miss our upcoming workshop.

LakewoodAlive Kitchen Remodeling Workshop

LakewoodAlive’s “Kitchen Remodeling” workshop takes place on November 4.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Kitchen Remodeling on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Cleveland Lumber Company (9410 Madison Avenue in Cleveland).  The 15th workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will delve into remodeling best practices, focusing on the process of refurbishing your kitchen from start to finish.

Led by local experts, this workshop will cover the construction process, what to expect and ways to get the most bang for your buck, since kitchen remodeling tends to be a pricey endeavor.  “Knowing Your Home: Kitchen Remodeling” aims to remove the guess work from the process and enable you to work smarter in order to achieve the results you want within your timeline and budget.

To reserve your free spot, click here or call 216-521-0655.  Visit for more information.

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 to Host “Aging in Place” Community Forum on November 9

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Distinguished Group of Panelists to Participate in Discussion at Lakewood Congregational Church; Public Invited to Attend

It’s been said that Father Time catches up with everyone eventually.  In fact, it’s estimated that approximately one in five Americans will be older than 65 by 2030.  But what exactly does the looming prospect of an aging population mean for our community?

LakewoodAlive Aging In Place Community Forum Flyer

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Aging in Place: Wave of the Future – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, at the Lakewood Congregational Church Sanctuary (1375 West Clifton Boulevard).  This community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how Lakewood can best prepare for an aging population.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand the concept of aging in place, the barriers to this lifestyle and the opportunities it presents.  The discussion will delve into best practices for ensuring Lakewood remains an attractive destination for Baby Boomers as this impactful generation ages, with emphasis on exploring Lakewood’s current housing options and the future of senior-focused communities.

Moderator Katie Kurtz, Clinical Manager, Department of Human Services for the City of Lakewood, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for an informative discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding questions from the audience.

The panelists participating in this community forum include:

LakewoodAlive hosts community forums pertaining to topics relevant to Lakewood citizens.  For more information regarding the “Aging in Place: Wave of the Future” community forum on November 9, please visit or contact Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive, at 216-521-0655 or

LakewoodAlive Aging In Place Community Forum Flyer

9th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk Sells Out In Record Time

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It’s safe to say the combination of delectable chocolate and Downtown Lakewood makes for a hot ticket.

Lakewood Chocolate Walk Sold Out

Tickets for the 9th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk went on sale online today, October 2, at 10 a.m. and sold out in less than five minutes.  A limited number of General Admission tickets were also made available today at lion and blue but those tickets also sold out in less than one half-hour.

The Chocolate Walk – hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance – represents a popular autumn tradition with a devout following of chocoholics from all over Northeast Ohio.  Participants visit more than 20 shops and eateries in Downtown Lakewood that are Sweet Spots on the Chocolate Walk.  In an arrangement that would make the late Gene Wilder of “Willy Wonka” fame flash his trademark smile, each Sweet Stop provides visitors a unique chocolate treat.

Limited to 300 attendees, this much-anticipated event always sells out quickly, with the 2016 edition reaching sellout status within eight hours.  Still, this year’s Chocolate Walk has generated unprecedented demand from both Lakewoodites and regional chocolate enthusiasts.

Proceeds from the Lakewood Chocolate Walk support the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and LakewoodAlive’s Downtown Lakewood Program.  For more information, please visit

LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Flower Blossoms Program Enjoys Banner 11th Year

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For four months this summer, Downtown Lakewood enjoyed an extra splash of color and greenery thanks to the volunteer-driven Flower Blossoms Program.

LakewoodAlive Flower Blossoms Program

Volunteers pose during the initial watering for the 2017 Blossoms Program.

Geraniums and impatiens dotted the urban landscape from the start of June through the end of September, creating a more appealing commercial district.  The 11th year of LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program saw the addition of 54 flower boxes stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes – the most boxes in any year.

“The 11th year of the Flower Blossoms Program was the best year yet, and we’re extremely grateful to the dedicated group of volunteers who made this initiative possible, as well as thankful to the City of Lakewood for its support,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “This volunteer-driven beautification service offered to Downtown Lakewood merchants is one of many ways we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.”

LakewoodAlive Flower Blossoms Program

54 flower boxes were placed throughout the downtown district.

The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more inviting.  LakewoodAlive partnered with Lakewood Garden Center to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location.

Longtime LakewoodAlive volunteer Kathy Haber has coordinated the Blossoms Program since 2007.  What started as hanging baskets that proved difficult to water has evolved into flower boxes featuring built-in water reservoirs that reduce watering requirements.

Flyers were sent to downtown merchants in January inviting them to participate in the Blossoms Program, which includes the rental of flower boxes and stands, the planting of flowers, consistent watering and the pickup and storage of all items come fall.  Haber then spearheaded facilitation of the program shortly after Memorial Day.

With assistance from Lakewood Garden Center owner Paul Bilyk, who coordinates the Blossoms Program with a grower, the materials were dropped off at the Lakewood City Center Plaza at the start of June.  There, Haber convened with her team of volunteers to distribute completed flower boxes to program participants.

LakewoodAlive Flower Blossoms Program

Kathy Haber and a pair of volunteers remove flower boxes following the conclusion of the 2017 LakewoodAlive Flower Blossoms Program.

Haber’s team of 15 volunteers watered the flower boxes three times per week throughout the summer and early fall, and First Federal Lakewood assists with storing the water stands the rest of the year.

The success of LakewoodAlive’s Blossoms Program has enticed several merchants outside the downtown district to purchase flower boxes on their own.  Meanwhile, many anchor businesses in Downtown Lakewood have faithfully participated in the program for years.

LakewoodAlive thanks the following volunteers for their assistance with this year’s Blossoms Program: Kathy Haber, Paul Bilyk, Susan Echols, Burke Fortner, Susan Krebs, Karen Lee, Jane Leschnik, Christine McCallum, Patrick McCallum, Kathleen Miller, Heidi Murray, Norine & John Prim, Paula Reed, Marilyn Rudnick, Joyce Tabeling, Lili Torok and Karen Walsh.

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