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LakewoodAlive to Host Day of Festivities in Historic Birdtown on June 16

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Birdtown Picnic, Battle of Birdtown Softball Game Highlight Fun-Filled Day

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive Birdtown Picnic

The Birdtown Picnic takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at Madison Park.

LakewoodAlive will host the 4th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 2nd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park.  Sponsored by the City of Lakewood, Citizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this free community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park.  This friendly, coed game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning match-up that pits Team Lark against Team Robin.  Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond.  Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games.  A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance.

LakewoodAlive Battle of Birdtown Softball Game

The “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field.

Birdtown, a proud, working-class Lakewood neighborhood, is steeped in history and dates to the late 19th century.  The name is believed to have been derived from the various streets within the neighborhood named after indigenous bird species.

“We’re pleased to once again offer a community picnic and softball game in celebration of one of our city’s beloved neighborhoods,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director.  “It’s a prime example of how we are committed to our ongoing mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods here in Lakewood.”

Through community outreach and engagement initiatives aimed at residents in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program seeks to cultivate a heightened sense of pride and ownership.  To learn more regarding this program, contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655 or visit

LakewoodAlive Receives 2018 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 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

LakewoodAlive’s performance is evaluated annually by Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet a set of 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.

“We are thrilled to have earned accreditation once again from the National Main Street Center, and thankful to our incredibly dedicated board, volunteers and staff who made this accomplishment possible,” 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

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 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint” Workshop on June 14

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Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Sherwin-Williams Lakewood

A fresh exterior paint job can make all the difference for your home, boosting your property value while giving you personal satisfaction.  But what exactly does it take to achieve a freshly-painted home?

LakewoodAlive Exterior Prep & Paint Workshop

LakewoodAlive’s “Exterior Prep & Paint” workshop takes place on June 14.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint on Thursday, June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams’ Lakewood location (14711 Madison Avenue).  The eighth workshop of 2018 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover best practices for exterior preparation and painting of your home, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed with your paint project.

Led by our friends at Sherwin-Williams, this workshop features paint experts who will walk us through proper techniques and processes for painting your home from prep to finish.  Our presenters will highlight the proper tools, products, safety practices and clean-up process that will ensure a job that will last for years to come.

If you’re considering painting your home this season, then you won’t want to miss this workshop.  Much of your project’s success, after all, depends on the quality of your prep work.

To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint,” click here or call 216-521-0655. 

Now in its fifth year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Visit to learn more.  Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, First Federal Lakewood, Remax Beyond 2000 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 “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum on May 23

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

The benefits arising from societal diversity are well-documented.  Research shows being exposed to people who are different from us broadens our horizons, enhances our creativity and even makes us happier.  But how exactly can we succeed with cultivating a more diverse community in Lakewood?

LakewoodAlive’s “Embracing Diversity” community forum takes place on May 23.

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood).  Co-hosted by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission, this community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we as Lakewoodites can further our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity within our city.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand the complexities surrounding the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion as they pertain to race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.  The discussion will delve into best practices for identifying our own biases, serving as a change agent for achieving greater diversity and promoting the creation of an even more inclusive community.

Moderator Tameka L. Taylor, Ph.D., who serves as President of Compass Consulting Services and previously spent 14 years occupying a leadership role at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, 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 “Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood” community forum on May 23, please visit or contact the LakewoodAlive office at 216-521-0655.

LakewoodAlive Embracing Diversity Community Forum Flyer

Melt Bar and Grilled Named Title Sponsor for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

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LakewoodAlive’s Popular Summer Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood on July 14  

It’s a pairing as perfect as grilled bread and cheese.  A Lakewood-born dining institution and Lakewood summer tradition are joining forces for the ninth consecutive year.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces Melt Bar and Grilled as Title Sponsor for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018.  This popular, free-to-attend community event will heat up Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, July 14, from 4 to 10 p.m., with its epicenter located right outside the doors of the original Melt location at 14718 Detroit Avenue.

Melt Bar and Grilled Title Sponsor of Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Melt Bar and Grilled will unveil its remodeled space at its original Downtown Lakewood location on April 27.

The Melt story has its roots in Lakewood, where owner Matt Fish introduced his unique comfort food concept in September 2006.  What started as Lakewood’s best-kept secret soon evolved into the biggest culinary buzz in greater Cleveland and beyond.  Today Melt operates 10 locations throughout Ohio and has been featured by numerous national entertainment and media outlets, including Food Network, USA Today, Esquire Magazine and The National Culinary Review.

In the case of Melt and the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, the number “nine” has several applications.  This year marks the 9th annual Summer Meltdown and Melt has served as Title Sponsor all nine years since the event’s inception.  Furthermore, Melt is currently completing a major renovation project to reimagine its Lakewood location and will reopen its doors to customer in nine days on April 27, with a Grand Re-Opening celebration.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we are thrilled to have Melt Bar and Grilled return as Title Sponsor for the Lakewood Summer Meltdown for a ninth straight year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Matt and his team have been a tremendous partner to our organization over the years and have served as an incredible ambassador for the entire Lakewood community.  We are truly grateful to the Melt family and look forward to seeing the exciting changes in store for the Lakewood location.”

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including the Meltdown 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, including sponsorship and vendor applications, please visit

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

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsors:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
Rally Health

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
First Federal Lakewood
The Exchange
Perry’s Ice Cream

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department
Peace Racing
State Farm, Stacey Caskey-Coblentz
Textbook Painting
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Ronald P. Kolodziej, D.M.D., M.S.
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe

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