Pop Up Programs

#ShakerPlays Pop Up Programming

#ShakerPlays is the Recreation Department’s free ‘pop-up’ programming held throughout the city, allowing our residents to get active, be creative, and try something new – no registration required. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for information about upcoming pop up programs. 

Ciclovia at the Colonnade
Saturday, June 25th - 8:00am - 12:00pm
The Colonnade (near the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building & the Shaker Main Library), 3450 Lee Road

The Recreation Department is excited to kick off our summer #ShakerPlays programming with Ciclovia at the Colonnade, a cycling event with activities and fun for all ages. This event will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 8 am – 12 pm at the Colonnade (near the STJ Community Building, 3450 Lee Road). Participants will be encouraged to bike between the Colonnade and Shaker Square Farmers’ Market, with signage posted along the designated route. At the Colonnade, there will be a selection of exhibitors, free classes and demonstrations, and activities related to cycling, health, and wellness. This event is intended to encourage residents to use alternative and active transportation modes when traveling in the City, to reinforce the variety of environmental sustainability initiatives people can actively participate in, promote recreational activities and healthy lifestyles, and to encourage shopping and spending locally.

Features include:

    Ride to the Farmers’ Market - Participants are encouraged to bike from the Colonnade to Shaker Square Farmers’ Market – signage will be posted along the route, cyclists must abide by regular traffic laws.

    Bike-Themed Scavenger Hunt for Kids – Participate and receive a free Shaker Heights backpack, complete the hunt and win a bicycle bell from Century Cycles!

    FREE RTA All-Day Pass for the first 100 attendees to visit the Ciclovia HQ Table!

    Ohio City Bike Co-Op Bike Rodeo – A competitive and fun way to learn about bike safety, from 8:30am-11:00am.

    Free Classes and Demonstrations – We will be hosting a variety of free health & wellness related classes for anyone to participate in! These include:

o    8:00am – Qigong by Ana Maria Carrillo

o    9:00am – Master Marr’s Taekwon-do – Free Class followed by Demonstration

o    10:00am – Sha’Ran Studios – Cardio Dance, Zumba, HIIT & More

o    11:00am – Faithfully Fit Fitness Step Class

    Exhibitors – Meet with City Departments, Shaker Library, cycling and energy-related local organizations to learn more & participate in activities! Shaker Police Department will be doing on-site bike registration.

    Music from DJ Tommy Sheridan!


#ShakerPlays: QiGong in Thornton Park
Tuesdays at 10:00am - 11:00am
June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9
Thornton Park, 3301 Warrensville Center Road

Relax and enjoy a free, bi-weekly guided QiGong session from instructor Ana Maria Carrillo. These sessions will be held in Thornton Park in the shaded area behind the Pool near the Sledding Hill - park in the Farnsleigh lot and walk along the south side of the Pool fence.

Qigong is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that focuses on the integration of life force energy to bring beneficial effects at physical and emotional levels.  It uses posture, gentle, slow and powerful movements that when coordinated with breathing lead (over time and practice) to multiple benefits.  It is a universal practice beneficial for people of all ages.  It requires no special equipment or clothing.

Despite being an ancient practice, Qigong is gaining popularity in the US and is expected to reach an expansion similar to Yoga some years ago.  Because of the current need to improve overall health and wellness following the pandemic, self-care practices are promising as health care routines.  Qigong complements and aids medical treatment for multiple physical and emotional conditions. Due to its strong emphasis on prevention it lends itself nicely for strength, vitality, energy, and longevity.  Finally, its calming effects help develop resilience and emotional well-being.

Be among the first to participate in health/wellness oriented Qigong classes now being offered in Shaker Heights to facilitate the overall fitness of the community.  Take your health into your own hands and benefit from a self-help program that is easy to learn and practice, simple and elegant, inexpensive, and brings tremendous growth.  A small investment in time and effort yields incredible returns.