There are many ways to enjoy the upcoming Lakewood Summer Meltdown, but few compare to the thrill of participating in a large, evening road race. This opportunity presents itself during the Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center, as hundreds of participants will traverse the city’s neighborhoods before crossing the finish line at the edge of a vibrant street festival.
The Meltdown 5K is sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center. (Photo by Alex Belisle Photography)
1. Spend the Day Staying Properly Hydrated Unlike most road races, which occur during the wee hours of the morning, the Meltdown 5K offers a unique start time of 7 p.m. Consequently, you’ll be awake and capable of properly hydrating yourself on race day. Consume plenty of water, particularly if July 14 proves to be a warm day.
2. Participate in the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run The 1 Mile Kids Fun Run – sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA – kicks off one hour prior to the Meltdown 5K at 6 p.m. If you’re like us, you’re likely a big kid at heart. But even if you’re too old to qualify as a kid and run this race, you can still participate by spectating and cheering during this crowd-pleasing appetizer to the main course that is the Meltdown 5K. (register here for the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!)
The Meltdown 5K offers a unique evening race and fast course. (Photo by Alex Belisle Photography)
3. Start Fast, But Don’t Zig-Zag It’s neither a sprint nor a marathon; rather, the 3.1 miles encompassing the Meltdown 5K represent a happy medium. This fast course has a reputation for producing personal-best times, so you’ll need to start fast to stay near the lead pack. Still, it’s important not to zig-zag through the crowd early in the race, as this will waste precious energy. Instead, conserve this energy for the final mile, making your push at that time.
4. Be Prepared to Collect Some Swag In addition to the winning male and female, the top three finishers from both genders of each age group will receive an award. But even if you’re not a speed demon, you still won’t leave this race empty-handed. Each participant receives a sleek Summer Meltdown runner t-shirt. And utilization of chip timing ensures you’ll have access to accurate race results.
5. Stay for the Post-Race Party! As you cross the finish line and your runner’s high converts to post-race euphoria, there will be plenty of additional Summer Meltdown festivities left for you to enjoy. First, cool off by running through the “Water Moose” sprinkler park. Then after you’ve sought nourishment from one of the local vendors or food trucks, visit the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden, sponsored by First Federal Lakewood. The combination of a choice beverage and live music from rock band Front Porch Lights represents the perfect way to celebrate the successful completion of the Meltdown 5K.
Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library
The right vocalist can make for an exhilarating performance and such will be the case when Becky Boyd & The Groove Train kicks off LakewoodAlive’s 2018 Front Porch Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
Becky Boyd & The Groove Train kicks of our 2018 Front Porch Concert Series on June 22.
Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays. The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.
Week 1 brings to the stage Becky Boyd & The Groove Train, a four-member band known to captivate audiences with a dynamic set list ranging from blues and jazz to folk and classic rock. The band is fronted by renowned vocalist Becky Boyd, who has been playing the Cleveland club scene for 40+ years and has developed a reputation for singing with a tremendous amount of soul, feeling and emotion.
Becky Boyd & The Groove Train made its debut in January 2015 and has been playing regularly at music venues throughout Northeast Ohio ever since. In addition to Boyd, the band features bassist Alfredo Guerrieri, drummer Jim Wall and keyboardist Chris Hanna. Each is a seasoned musician in his own right, fully capable of complementing Boyd’s vocals.
Now in its ninth year, LakewoodAlive’s popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually. Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts for more information.
The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Venture along Detroit Avenue through Downtown Lakewood these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of color and greenery enhancing the district’s vibrancy.
The 2018 Flower Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 52 flower boxes in Downtown Lakewood.
Now in its 12th year, LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 52 flower boxes for 2018 stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes. Geraniums and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district.
The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more attractive. LakewoodAlive partners annually 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.
“We’re thrilled to have the Flower Blossoms Program return for a 12th consecutive year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “This volunteer-driven beautification service offered to Downtown Lakewood merchants is one of many ways we seek to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. And we can’t say enough about the incredible team of volunteers who make this program possible.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Flower Blossoms Program.
Longtime LakewoodAlive volunteer Kathy Haber – a nearly 40-year resident of Lakewood – 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 significantly reducing watering requirements.
Haber’s team of 15 volunteers waters the flower boxes three times per week throughout the summer. Each volunteer is responsible for watering a section of flower boxes and bringing water from home in jugs.
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 on June 7. There, Haber was joined by fellow volunteers from Rozi’s Wine House and Lakewood Garden Center to distribute completed flower boxes to program participants.
“We have a wonderful community, and I love being a part of making it the best it can be,” Haber said. “I feel that we are a community of neighbors helping others, great schools and strongly woven group of very diverse folks who all just want the best for our families. That is why I volunteer as much as I do…and of course, if I stay home I would have to clean my house!”
The success of the Flower Blossoms Program has enticed several merchants outside the downtown district to purchase flower boxes on their own. Meanwhile, many longtime anchor businesses in Downtown Lakewood have faithfully participated in the program for many years.
For more information regarding the Flower Blossoms Program, visit LakewoodAlive.org or contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655.
Volunteer Kathy Haber and Paul Bilyk, owner of Lakewood Garden Center, serve as the dynamic duo behind LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program.
For eight 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.
The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series kicks off on Friday, June 22.
Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series returns starting June 22 and features a wide variety of free, live music for 12 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.
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.
You can’t go wrong with dancing at the Front Porch Concert Series. (Alex Belisle Photography)
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.
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.
Lakewood’s nonprofit community development organization seeks a Staff Program Assistant to join our team. With a dedicated staff and incredible volunteers, LakewoodAlive is a high-performing organization whose mission is to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
View Staff Program Assistant Position Description
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on June 15, 2018 to Executive Director Ian Andrews via mail or email. No phone calls, please.