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July 2019

Mud flats on Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights

Ongoing Dam Work:
Horseshoe Lake To Be Drained Further; Sidewalk Over Spillway Closed

Recent heavy rains have caused further stress to the dam at Horseshoe Lake. As a result, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has directed the City to lower the water level further. It will be almost completely drained so that investigation and modification of the dam can take place.

Effective immediately, the concrete sidewalk over the spillway will also be closed until further notice. This means you will be unable to complete a loop around the lake using the path.

As the water drains, you will notice that mud flats develop along the edges of the lake. Due to the nearly complete draining of the lake, the mud flats will be extensive. Do not walk on or play near the mud flats. They are very dangerous and you will sink into the mud, which could require a rescue operation. Public Works is placing additional warning signs and reinforcing fencing around the lake. Learn more.

Portico of City Hall in Shaker Heights

City Offices Closed July 4 and 5

All City administrative offices and the Shaker Heights Municipal Court will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 in honor of the Independence Day holiday. City Hall and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building will also be closed. Please note:

  • Thornton Park pool and ice arena will operate on their published schedules. Visit the Recreation website to find schedules. 
  • There will be no refuse collection on Thursday, July 4. Residents whose normal collection day is Thursday, July 4 will have their refuse collected on Friday, July 5. Residents whose normal collection day is Friday, July 5 will have their refuse collected on Saturday, July 6.

Section from Olga Ziemska's City of Trees

Van Aken District Public Art Survey

Residents are invited to provide input on the two finalists for a signature public art installation in The Van Aken District. Public feedback, along with the technical and design proposals, will inform the jury’s final selection. View the concepts and provide feedback by July 7.

Bicyclists on a multipurpose path

Van Aken District Multipurpose Path

Construction has begun on the new 10-foot wide multipurpose path in the Van Aken District. The new path will run alongside the northbound curbside lane on Warrensville Center Rd., from the southern City limit (just south of Scottsdale Blvd.) through the Van Aken District to Farnsleigh Rd., where it will turn right and continue on the north side of Farnsleigh Rd. to Thornton Park. The project will include curbs, crosswalks, lighting, landscaping, benches, and signage. Visit Construction Zone for the latest updates on this project.

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NOPEC Offers 100% Renewable Product

Shaker residents enrolled in NOPEC's electric aggregation program can now sign up for the organization's new 100% renewable electric product. Visit nopec.org/option3 (see Program Price option under 100% Renewable Options); download a program flyer; or call 855-667-3201 to learn more.

Note: Shaker residents who are not enrolled with NOPEC may join the City's electric aggregation program at any time. Please note: Before switching, residents should check with their current electric provider regarding early termination fees. 

Did You See The Memorial Day Parade Video?

In case you missed the roll out of this video on social media, we're providing it here. It is part of our Shaker365 marketing campaign highlighting delightful daily encounters and experiences in Shaker Heights. Follow the City on Facebook (@ShakerHeights) to see more videos in the future.

Day 147 : In the City of Shaker Heights, Memorial Day means honoring fallen heroes, reflecting on their sacrifice, and celebrating the freedom for which they fought. The day of remembrance brings together residents who march in the parade and cheer from the sidelines in a joyful celebration of what Shaker Heights is: connected, diverse, and supportive.

Come here for time honored traditions. Live here for the warmth of community.

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Block party gathering

Block Parties

Please register block parties two weeks in advance of the event. Also, a reminder that a "block party" means that every household on the designated block is invited to attend. The City is unable to provide block party assistance (barricades, street sweeping, etc.) for private parties. View the Block Party Registration form.

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Construction Zone

Keep up with City-related construction projects all summer long on Construction Zone. Check in to find the latest updates on street resurfacing, streetscape improvements, and other upgrades to the public infrastructure. View Construction Zone.

Doan Brook Gorge

Doan Brook Gorge Hikes

Tuesdays through October 1
5:30-7:30 pm

Explore the beautiful Doan Brook Gorge this summer with the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership's series of free guided hikes. Please note: Paths are unpaved and the terrain is steep in places, but guides will work to accommodate all abilities and experience levels. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended. Hikes will run rain or shine (except for thunderstorms). The group will leave promptly at 5:30 pm.

Location: Meet hike leaders at the main entrance of the Fairhill Partners building (12200 Fairhill Rd.)

Children in the current channel at Thornton Park pool

Annual Independence Day Pool Party

Thursday, July 4
2-6 pm

Beat the afternoon heat by the pool with family and friends. Enjoy games and other activities, a poolside dance party with Rock the House Entertainment, a bounce house, and Euclid Beach Rocket Car rides. Regular admission fees and policies apply. Call 216-491-1295 for more information.

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.) 
Shoppers at Larchmere Festival

Larchmere Festival

Saturday, July 6
10 am-5 pm

Sponsored by the Larchmere Merchants Association, this event offers an eclectic array of activities and vendors including glassblowing, balloon artists, the Chess Challenge, local DJs and food vendors, along with craft, antique, vintage, and recycled items for sale.
Loganberry Books hosts the annual Author Alley, Cleveland's largest gathering of local authors.

Graphic with dates and times for produce pick up at First Baptist

Produce Giveaway

Saturday, July 6, August 3 and September 7
11 am-1 pm

Food insecurity is often an issue in the summer months. First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland is serving as a distribution center for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's Mobile Pantry program with a monthly produce giveaway. In June, the church distributed watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes, corn on the cob, green peppers, butternut squash and eggplant. The next distribution is July 6, 11 am-1 pm. Bring bags and a valid ID.

Location: First Baptist Church (3630 Fairmount Blvd.)

Kids playing mushball at Chelton Park in Shaker Heights, Ohio

Community Mushball

Saturday, July 6 & 13
3-5 pm

Join friends, neighbors and our community police officers at Chelton Park for a rousing game of mushball, a style of softball played with a 16-inch ball. This game does not require a softball glove, but participants can use one if they'd like. Please register for this free program: online; by calling 216-491-1295; or at Thornton Park's Main Office (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). Mushball is recommended for children 10-years-old and up, but everyone is welcome to play.

Location: Chelton Park (intersection of Chelton & Hampstead roads)

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Common Sense Legal Workshops

Tuesday, July 9 & August 13
4-6 pm

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will provide free help completing legal documents. Attendees should bring relevant papers and legal documents to the event. Walk-ins are welcome or register in advance

Location: Shaker Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

Small foot movie poster

Small Foot

Wednesday, July 10
7-10 pm

The Recreation Department will show the animated film Small Foot in the Van Aken District. Come early to enjoy family-friendly activities by the #ShakerPlays team. Movie begins at dusk. Free.

Location: Van Aken District (3401 Tuttle Rd.)

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Parents Night Out

Friday, July 12 & 26 and August 9
6:30-10 pm

Take a break and let Shaker's Recreation Department handle the fun! Drop the kids off for a dip in the pool, a movie and more. A light snack will be provided. Kids will be divided into groups based on age. Register at shakeronline.com, by calling 216-491-1295, or at Thornton Park during regular business hours.

Fees: $20 Shaker Heights Residents | $25 Non-residents. Receive a $5 discount for each additional child. Children who cannot swim will be required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Location: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

Members of Verb Ballets standing in front of The Dealership in Shaker Heights, Ohio

Ballet Under the Stars

Friday, July 19
6:30 pm: All-ages class
7:30 pm: Performance 

Verb Ballets kicks off the summer season by opening the doors to its studio and welcoming the community with the original series, Ballet Under the Stars. The evening will begin with a free all-ages dance class followed by a performance of Mowgli's Jungle AdventuresBallet Under the Stars returns on Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. Learn more and register.  

Location: Verb Ballets Center for Dance (3558 Lee Rd.)

From the Schools
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Register Your Incoming Shaker Schools Student

If a child in your household is entering Shaker Heights Schools this coming fall, please register your student as soon as possible (if you have not already done so).
Registration is a two-step process:

  • First, visit registration.shaker.org, pre-register and create your registration appointment.
  • Bring all necessary documents to your registration appointment at the Registration Office.
If you're having trouble pre-registering online, call the Registrar's Office at
216-295-4321. Office hours are:
  • Monday through Thursday, 8 am-4:30 pm, through August 2
  • Weekdays, 8 am-4:30 pm, beginning August 5

Save the Date for Red & White

Save the date for the Shaker Schools' annual benefit, A Night for the Red & White, on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. This party with a purpose raises money for the Shaker Schools Foundation's Innovation Fund, fine arts, technology and other key priorities at all eight school buildings. Each year, more than 600 attendees enjoy fabulous student performances, dinner, dancing, a raffle and silent auction. This year's event will also feature Shaker graduate Michael Tate, Class of '85, as emcee and auctioneer. Be sure to mark your calendar!      
Save the Date
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Arts Van Aken: Shaker Stages

Friday, August 2 & 16
6-9 pm

Arts Van Aken Shaker Stages is pleased to present an eclectic and exciting mix of music and dance in its summer concert series. Acts range from global fusion and traditional West African drums to opera and contemporary dance. Produced in partnership with the Van Aken District Beer Garden (5-9 pm). 

Location: Tuttle Rd., Van Aken District

Pile of old computer equipment

Computer Roundup

Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 & 17-18
8 am-4 pm

Recycle CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, tablets, cell phones, and cell-phone accessories.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)

Shake It Up promotional flier

Shake It Up

Saturday, August 24
VIP reception-6 pm
Main event-7 pm

Enjoy an evening at Shaker Rocks, while supporting the Shaker Heights Development Corp. and their mission of enhancing Shaker's commercial districts through thoughtful economic development and place-based redevelopment strategies.

The VIP reception will feature remarks by Cleveland Browns General Manager and Shaker resident John Dorsey, just before before the most exciting Browns season in years kicks off! 
The main event will feature live music and plenty of delicious food and drink. Guests will have the option to rock climb. Learn more and purchase tickets ($250-VIP; $125-Main event). 

Location: Shaker Rocks (3377 Warrensville Center Rd.)

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Recycling in Shaker Heights

Recycling guidelines have changed for ALL of Cuyahoga County, including Shaker Heights. Now ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket:
  • Plastic bottles & jugs
  • Metal & aluminum cans
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Paper & cardboard
Rinse and replace the caps and place loose in your recycling bucket. Please, don't bag your recyclables! Learn more about the ins and outs of recycling at Cuyahoga Recycles.

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Cover of summer 2019 issue of Shaker Life magazine
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