Becky Boyd & The Groove Train Brings Powerful Vocals, Dynamic Sound to Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 18

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 this Friday, August 18, when Becky Boyd & The Groove Train plays LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

Free live music returns to Downtown Lakewood this Friday, August 18.

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 (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 15.

Week 7 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

Becky Boyd & The Groove Train plays Week 7 of the Front Porch Concert Series.

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, guitarist Michael Bay and drummer Greg Campioletti.  Each is a seasoned musician in his own right, fully capable of complementing Boyd’s vocals.

Now in its seventh 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:

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

 

Discount Drug Mart Named Title Sponsor for LakewoodAlive’s 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities Now Available for Popular Canine Event

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, proudly announces Discount Drug Mart as the Title Sponsor for the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.  Dogs will rule the day on Saturday, October 21, when this popular costumed canine event returns to Downtown Lakewood from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discount Drug Mart, Spooky Pooch Parade

Sponsor and vendor opportunities are now available for the Spooky Pooch Parade. (photo by The Lakewood Observer)

The Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a festival within Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue), a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Discount Drug Mart, an Ohio-based, full-service drug store, has served Northeast Ohio for nearly five decades, priding itself on superior customer service, low prices and convenient one-stop shopping.  This longtime local chain has two locations in Lakewood (13123 Detroit Avenue and 15412 Detroit Avenue), the latter of which is located just south of Kauffman Park, the site of the Spooky Pooch Parade.

Spooky Pooch Parade - Discount Drug Mart

Discount Drug Mart is the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Spooky Pooch Parade.

“We are thrilled to have Discount Drug Mart serve as the Title Sponsor for our Spooky Pooch Parade for a third consecutive year,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive’s Executive Director.  “Discount Drug Mart represents a tremendous partner to LakewoodAlive and we appreciate its many valuable contributions to our community.”

Sponsorship opportunities and vendor applications are now available for this much-anticipated autumn event.  For more information regarding serving as a sponsor or vendor for the Spooky Pooch Parade, please contact the LakewoodAlive office at 216-521-0655.

Registration for the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade will open in the coming weeks.  For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/SpookyPooch.

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 | The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus

Poochy Sponsor:
Men’s Cuts

Red Light Roxy Brings Authentic Swingin’ Jazz and Blues to Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 11

Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library

Seeking to cut loose and have some fun this weekend?  Look no further than LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series, which welcomes lively swing band Red Light Roxy this Friday, August 11.

LakewoodAlive's Front Porch Concert Series

Red Light Roxy takes the stage this Friday for Week 6 of the Front Porch Concert Series.  (Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood)

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 (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 15.

Week 6 brings to the stage Red Light Roxy, an authentic swingin’ jazz and blues band.  This sextet plays an upbeat mix of jazz standards, jump blues, swing, boogie-woogie and a dash of old-school R&B.  Its setlist originates from the Great American Songbook and includes familiar songs made famous by such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.

Red Light Roxy

Red Light Roxy is an an authentic swingin’ jazz and blues band.

Red Light Roxy has performed at the Tri-C JazzFest, Lock3Live in Akron and Wade Oval Wednesday in University Circle, as well as at a variety of swing dances and summer concerts throughout the region.  The band consists of Dave Sterner (Saxophone), Glenn Davis (Drums), Joe Hunter (Piano), Daris Adkins (Guitar), Demetrius Steinmetz (Bass) and Eileen Burns (Vocals).

Now in its seventh 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:

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

Harrison Elementary Community Garden Produces Learning, First Crop

Harrison Elementary Community Garden

The community garden has produced a strong first-year crop.

It’s harvest season for the Harrison Elementary Community Garden and the inaugural year has resulted in a banner crop.

Four raised garden beds at the northern end of the school’s grounds have produced broccoli, cabbage, kale, peppers, radishes and tomatoes.  LakewoodAlive Community Engager Mark McNamara distributes the vegetables to student families throughout the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood.

“Birdtown began in the late 1800’s as a working-class neighborhood where residents often supplemented their food by planting their own vegetable gardens,” said McNamara.  “It’s great to see it come full-circle to the point where we’ve been able to establish a community garden that not only produces food, but also serves as an educational opportunity for students.”

Harrison Elementary Community Garden

Volunteers constructed the community garden in early May.

The project arose this past spring when Harrison Elementary – led by teacher Tiffany Hickey – was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Whole Foods Market, to build and maintain a community garden on school grounds.  LakewoodAlive serves as a community partner in the grant, coordinating volunteers to support and maintain the garden.

On May 2 a group of volunteers comprised of LakewoodAlive staff, Harrison Elementary staff and students, Lakewood High School football players and community members constructed the Harrison Elementary Community Garden.  Planting commenced the following week under the guidance of volunteer Emil Girod.

Harrison Elementary Community Garden

The community garden affords students valuable learning opportunities.

Campers from Camp Can Do, held at Harrison each summer, have taken the lead with watering the Harrison Elementary Community Garden.  Both Girod and McNamara monitor the garden on a regular basis.

In addition to providing healthy nourishment, the community garden has already served as a valuable learning tool, and will continue to do so once the new school year commences.  Said Hickey in writing the grant: “We would like to use our garden space as an outdoor classroom for all grade levels. The students will reconnect with nature and understand real sources of food. They will learn about agriculture and gardening, which are priceless life skills. The students will also learn personal responsibility from caring for the garden. The garden will provide opportunities for learning across subject areas including: science, health, social studies, and math. The students will learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills.”

Through its Housing Outreach Program, LakewoodAlive places strong emphasis on fostering community vibrancy in Birdtown, a low-to-moderate income neighborhood on the eastern edge of Lakewood that’s steeped in history.  For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/HousingOutreach.

Harrison Elementary Community Garden     Harrison Elementary Community Garden

Harrison Elementary Community Garden

Energetic Ensemble Revolution Brass Band Takes Stage at Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 4

Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library

Thanks in large part to strength in numbers and uniqueness in sound, Revolution Brass Band has carved out quite a name for itself in the local music scene.  Both qualities will be on full display this Friday, August 4, during LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series.

Revolution Brass Band

Photo courtesy of Revolution Brass Band

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 (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 15.

Week 5 brings to the stage Revolution Brass Band, an energetic eight-piece group founded in 2010 in the pubs of Cleveland.  Known for its diverse musical repertoire and horn-driven sound, the band embraces a variety of genres when it performs ranging from New Orleans jazz and funk, to soul and R&B.

In addition to performing original arrangements, Revolution Brass Band is dedicated to playing compositions from within the band, often resulting in a unique sonic experience for listeners.  The band consists of Jacob Wynne (Trumpet), Kris Morron (Trombone), Steve Zombory (Alto Saxophone), Dan Wenninger (Tenor Saxophone), David Kasper (Baritone Saxophone), Cuthbert Johanssen (Sousaphone), Tim Lane (Tubs) and Cap’n Nemo (Washboard).

Now in its seventh 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:

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

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