**NOTE: Workshop schedule subject to change or to being hosted via live, virtual format**

Free Home Educational Series Kicks Off March 12 with Creating a Sound Investment

When it comes to your home, you are never alone.  There’s no better time than now to take proper care of this important investment, and LakewoodAlive is here to help you every step of the way.

LakewoodAlive announces the schedule for the 2020 edition of “Knowing Your Home,” a free educational series focused on sustainability and home maintenance best practices empowering homeowners to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.  Orchestrated by LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, this series is designed to benefit a wide range of residents:

  • Those considering a home DIY project
  • Those planning to hire a contractor
  • Those simply interested in better understanding how their home works
LakewoodAlive Knowing Your Home Series

The seventh year of this popular home maintenance program features a collection of 14 workshops taking place from March through October led by experts within the industry.  These workshops will cover a wide range of topics designed to educate residents regarding improvements and best practices for their homes.  The best part?  Each workshop is open to the public and free to attend.

The 2020 season commences with “Knowing Your Home: Creating a Sound Investment” on Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sauced Taproom & Kitchen.  This kickoff workshop consists of a panel discussion addressing the process for tackling major home improvement projects.  Panelists will share wisdom and insights to make the construction process more streamlined and effective, equipping you with the knowledge you need to purse your project with confidence.

Moderated by Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive, the panel of experts for “Creating a Sound Investment” consists of:

  • Bill Gaydos, William J. Gaydos & Associates, LLC
  • Chuck McGettrick, Architects C.A. McGettrick, Inc. 
  • Chris Parmelee, City of Lakewood
  • Dana Paul, Prairie Stone
  • Caroline Purcell, First Federal Lakewood 
  • Mike Quinn, Cleveland Lumber Company

To reserve your free spot for “Creating A Sound Investment,” click here or call 216-521-0655. 

The workshops comprising the 2020 schedule are held at unique locations around the community.  Most are presentation format and those that can be held on location aim to offer a hands-on feel, providing homeowners step-by-step direction on how to complete specific repairs.

“We are excited to announce our 2020 season of Knowing Your Home workshops,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing & Internal Operations Director.  “This workshop series has grown considerably over the years but remains near and dear to us at LakewoodAlive.  We truly hope this free series is able to prove helpful and useful for every Lakewood resident.”

2020 Knowing Your Home Series Schedule

Date Workshop Time Location
March 12 Creating a Sound Investment 7 – 8:30 pm Sauced Taproom & Kitchen
April 4 Garage Repair & Replacement 10 – 11:30 am Virtual
April 16 Solar 101 7 – 8:30 pm Virtual
April 25 Container Gardening 10 – 11:30 am Virtual
May 14 How to Contract a Repair 7 – 8:30 pm Virtual
May 16 Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling 10 – 11:30 am Virtual
June 11 Universal Design 7 – 8:30 pm Virtual
June 18 Ask an Expert   CANCELED
July 16 Cabinet Refinishing 7 – 8:30 pm Sherwin-Williams Lakewood
September 10 Floor Painting Prep & Techniques 7 – 8:30 pm Sherwin-Williams Lakewood
September 19 Weatherization Basics 10 – 11:30 am Cleveland Lumber
September 24 Waterproofing 7 – 8:30 pm TTS
10225 Berea Rd
Unit C
Cleveland, OH
October 8 Window & Door Repair 7 – 8:30 pm TBD
October 15 Porch & Step Maintenance 7 – 8:30 pm TTS
10225 Berea Rd
Unit C
Cleveland, OH


Now in its seventh year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome to learn more.  Our workshop series is generously supported by: City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company and First Federal Lakewood.

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.