LakewoodAlive Unveils “Knowing Your Home” Schedule for 2017

Home Educational Series Kicks Off March 2 with “Creating a Sound Investment”

There’s no better time than now to take proper care of your home, your most important investment, and LakewoodAlive is here to help you every step of the way.

LakewoodAlive announces the schedule for the 2017 edition of its “Knowing Your Home” workshop series.  The fourth year of this popular home maintenance educational program features a collection of 15 workshops taking place from March through November led by experts within the industry.  These workshops will cover a wide range of topics designed to educate homeowners regarding improvements and best practices for their homes.  The best part?  Each workshop is open to the public and free to attend.

LakewoodAlive Knowing Your Home ScheduleThe 2017 season commences with “Knowing Your Home: Creating a Sound Investment” on Thursday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood (13368 Madison Avenue).  This kickoff workshop will consist of a panel discussion addressing the process for undertaking major home improvement projects.

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

Most Lakewood homes are 80+ years old and extremely well-built, yet their layout, design and aesthetics don’t necessarily fit the needs of a modern household.  Consequently, some residents seek to pursue major home improvements – a process that can prove daunting, as many homeowners don’t know where to start or get stuck along the way.

“Knowing Your Home: Creating a Sound Investment” aims to shed light on the process for tackling major home improvement projects, affording attendees insights that will equip them with knowledge and confidence to proceed.

LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews will moderate a panel of experts consisting of:

“We’re excited to announce our 2017 season of Knowing Your Home workshops, which we hope provides something useful for every Lakewood homeowner,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director.  “Our first workshop, ‘Creating a Sound Investment,’ offers unique perspective and encouragement for taking on larger home improvement projects.”

Knowing Your Home 2017 Schedule
Topic Presenter(s) Location Date Time
Creating a Sound Investment Scalish Construction, Cleveland Lumber and William J. Gaydos & Associates, LLC The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood Thursday, March 2 7-9 p.m.
Flooring Options Cleveland Lumber Cleveland Lumber Saturday, March 11 10-12 noon
Managing Pests Lakewood Exterminating Lakewood Public Library Saturday, March 25 10-12 noon
Masonry Basics Nehls Masonry 1st Choice Roofing Thursday, April 6 7-9 p.m.
Garage Repair & Replacement Cleveland Lumber Cleveland Lumber Saturday, April 22 10-12 noon
Historic Roofing Materials Maintenance 1st Choice Roofing 1st Choice Roofing Thursday, May 18 7-9 p.m.
How to Contract a Repair Allison Urbanek Lakewood Public Library – Madison Branch Thursday, May 25 7-8:30 p.m.
Windows 101 Fred Cortright Nicholson House Thursday, June 15 7-9 p.m.
Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams Thursday, July 13 7-9 p.m.
Windows 201 – Hands-On Repair Lakewood Hardware Lakewood Hardware Thursday, July 20 6-8 p.m.
Electrical 101 John Turner Clock Electric Thursday, August 17 7-9 p.m.
Plumbing 101 Fred Cortright Turkish Cultural Center Thursday, September 14 7-9 p.m.
Bathroom Remodeling Cleveland Lumber Cleveland Lumber Saturday, October 21 10-12 noon
Kitchen Remodeling Cleveland Lumber Cleveland Lumber Saturday, November 4 10-12 noon
Waterproofing Basics Integrity Waterproofing Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar Thursday, November 16 7-9 p.m.

Now entering 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, participants are encouraged to either consider 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’s Lumberjack Bash Officially Sold Out

Lumberjack Bash Sold Out

Like a stack of hotcakes in front of a hungry lumberjack, tickets to LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser disappeared quickly.

Tickets to Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger’s are now officially sold out.  More than 200 lumberjacks and jills will don their finest plaid and converge on The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood on Saturday, Feb. 25, to enjoy a log-splitting good time fit for a true lumberjack.

Proceeds from the Lumberjack Bash will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like lumberjacks, we at LakewoodAlive are renowned for our work ethic and not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org.

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash is generously supported by the following sponsors: Geiger’s (Title Sponsor) Cleveland Property Management Group and First Federal Lakewood (Platinum Sponsors), Citizens BankCleveland Home Title and M.V.P. Valet Parking (Gold Sponsors), Men’s Cuts (Presenting Sponsor for the Epic Beard Contest), Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,  Clark Wealth Management, Cleveland Lumber Company, Erie Design, King’s Kitchen, Lanter Legal, Lion and Blue, Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo, NEO Realty GroupPlantation HomeRelief Properties, Ride + WorkoutScalish ConstructionSentry Protection Products and Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg (Silver Sponsors).

LakewoodAlive, ESOP Join Forces to Offer Free Tax Preparation on March 4

 

Call 211 Today to Schedule Your “Super Saturday” Appointment

LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing on Saturday, March 4.  “Super Saturday” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Turkish Cultural Center in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (13303 Madison Avenue).

Turkish Cultural Center

“Super Saturday” is being held at Lakewood’s Turkish Cultural Center.

Call 211 today to schedule your appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome but will be seen after all scheduled appointments.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides free tax preparation to working low-income individuals and families by trained, certified volunteers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Tax preparers will help participants receive their full income tax refund – as much as $6,269 in refund monies utilizing electronic filing and direct deposit.

Tax Credit Eligibility Guidelines for Tax Year 2016:

  • Families with three or more qualifying children who earned less than $47,955 in 2016 (or less than $53,505 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $6,269.
  • Families with two qualifying children who earned less than $44,648 in 2016 (or less than $50,198 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,572.
  • Families with one qualifying child who earned less than $39,296 in 2016 (or less than $44,846 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $3,373.
  • Individuals who do not have a qualifying child, but are between the ages of 25 and 64, with earned income of less than $14,880 in 2016 (or less than $20,430 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit up to $506.

Participants should bring the following items on March 4: IRS 2016 W2s and 1099s, Social Security Cards for all family members, government-issued photo of each person signing the return, childcare expense statement including the provider’s Tax ID number, bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refund and Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings interest.

For more information, visit LakewoodAlive.org/events or contact Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director, at 216-521-0655.

Free Tax Preparation

 

LakewoodAlive Announces Entertainment for Lumberjack Bash

Live Music by Lost State of Franklin Headlines Full Slate of Lumberjack Fun

Despite their reputation for undertaking grueling and dangerous work, lumberjacks still know how to have fun.  Need proof?  Simply attend Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash.

Lost State of Franklin

Photo courtesy of Lost State of Franklin

Presented by Geiger’s, the Lumberjack Bash serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  All lumberjacks and jills are cordially invited to don their best plaid and attend the Bash on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood (to secure tickets, click here).

LakewoodAlive announces a full slate of entertainment options for the Lumberjack Bash to ensure guests enjoy a log-splitting good time.  Cleveland-based band Lost State of Franklin will entice the plaid-clad audience to dance their axes off by performing a brand of music blending elements of folk, bluegrass and country to create a sound that’s pure Americana.

Guests at the Lumberjack Bash can also sink their saws into the following entertainment options:

  • A live wood carving demonstration
  • The Epic Beard Contest presented by Men’s Cuts
  • A “Head in the Hole” lumberjack selfie station
  • Hammerschlagen – A unique game involving a hammer, nails and a stump
  • A speed-building Lincoln Log contest

For more information regarding the Lumberjack Bash, please visit LakewoodAlive.org.

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash is generously supported by the following sponsors: Geiger’s (Title Sponsor) Cleveland Property Management Group and First Federal Lakewood (Platinum Sponsors), Citizens BankCleveland Home Title and M.V.P. Valet Parking (Gold Sponsors), Men’s Cuts (Presenting Sponsor for the Epic Beard Contest), Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,  Clark Wealth Management, Cleveland Lumber Company, Erie Design, King’s Kitchen, Lanter Legal, Lion and Blue, Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo, NEO Realty GroupPlantation HomeRelief Properties, Ride + WorkoutScalish ConstructionSentry Protection Products and Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg (Silver Sponsors).

LakewoodAlive Thanks Volunteers with Annual Appreciation Breakfast

As the saying goes, it takes a village.  This is especially true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

LakewoodAlive hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning, Jan. 20, at the Women’s Pavilion in Lakewood Park.  The event, attended by nearly 75 community members, featured coffee, pancakes and stories of remarkable volunteerism.  LakewoodAlive recognized the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2016, contributed their time and talents to supporting the nonprofit community development organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.

Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:

LakewoodAlive Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

LakewoodAlive hosts its Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to honor the many community members who contribute their time and talents each year.

Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members

  • James Crawford
  • Sean McDermott
  • Shannan Ritchie
  • Dru Siley
  • Rolly Standish

Housing Outreach Program

  • Lakewood High School Freshman Football Team
  • Lean In Recovery Center
  • James “JP” Ptacek
  • Edward High School

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

  • JP Krainz
  • Lori Uldricks
LakewoodAlive Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Mark “Munch” Bishop of ESPN Cleveland Radio was a special guest at this year’s breakfast.

Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival

  • Michael Bentley

Spooky Pooch Parade

  • Greg Wereb

Light Up Lakewood

  • Lisa Cimino
  • Glenn Palmer & Derek Palmer
  • Judy Szentkiralyi

“Above & Beyond” Awards were presented to Bryan Evans and Chris Vance for their excellence in service to LakewoodAlive.  Bryan contributes to LakewoodAlive in numerous ways, including serving on the Board of the Directors, chairing the Marketing Committee and volunteering during community events.  Chris, owner of Vance Music Studios in Lakewood, plays a key role with helping LakewoodAlive secure live entertainment for various community events, including the 12-week Front Porch Concert Series each summer.

LakewoodAlive Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

LakewoodAlive board member Rob Donaldson received the Laskey Service Award.

A special award is bestowed each year to a volunteer who demonstrates uniquely exceptional commitment to LakewoodAlive. The Laskey Service Award was named for Tim Laskey, a founding member of LakewoodAlive. This year’s Laskey Service Award recipient is Rob Donaldson.  Rob, a LakewoodAlive Board Member, has proven instrumental to furthering the organization’s urban design initiatives.  In addition to chairing LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee, Rob recently spearheaded an effort to enhance the Historic Curtis Block Building with window displays and has taken a lead role in planning Warren Road streetscape improvements along with the development and implementation of a bench and trash receptacle program.  Rob routinely donates his design expertise, and for that LakewoodAlive is extremely grateful.

“We can’t begin to express our gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support we receive from our family of dedicated volunteers,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive.  “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do for Lakewood, and for helping us fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.”

Click here to view our photo album from the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

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