SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — April in Van Aken District: Tuesdays in April will be quite musical in the Van Aken neighborhood of Shaker Heights, as it hosts the Cleveland Institute of Music to present Classical Curious, a concert series on its Market Hall stage.
Beginning at 6 p.m. each Tuesday, the series will serve as a casual, informal listening experience involving interaction between artists and audiences.
CIM student and cellist Andrew Schinn has pitched the idea of hosting a Classical Curious series, which will create a social interaction between audience members and musicians that will not only engage the community, but also transmit education in a community setting.
As CIM students perform on stage and simultaneously engage with the audience, they will reinforce Van Aken District’s mission to seize opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Also scheduled for Van Aken District this month:
— From 6 to 8 p.m. on April 11 and 14, the Sha’Ran Dance studio will host a meet-and-greet on the Market Hall stage, where aspiring dancers can sign up for summer classes.
— A celebration of National Scrabble Day, with board games, will take place in the Halle du Marché all day on April 13.
— On April 21, Poetry Unplugged, a Cleveland-based poetry group, will host an open mic night from 9 p.m. to midnight on the Market Hall Stage. Come read your poetry and stories, or sing your songs and celebrate National Poetry Month. General admission at the door is $10.00.
And, for those who are entrepreneurs, Van Aken District has an ongoing entrepreneur initiative in place. This retail opportunity is open to all entrepreneurs who want to showcase their products in its marketplaces. In addition to this retail opportunity, contractors are encouraged to rent Van Aken’s mobile carts.
The District invites all entrepreneurs who want to develop their business knowledge to apply for the relaunch of its Entrepreneur Initiative, which includes an in-class component in learning from its merchants as well as organizations in Northeast Ohio. that help small businesses and entrepreneurs.
For more information about the Van Aken District Entrepreneur Initiative and to apply for retail opportunities, visit thevanakedistrict.com/entrepreneur.
For more information on the above events or the Van Aken District, visit thevanakedistrict.com/gather/, or email [email protected]
Local caddies win a scholarship: Twenty-seven caddies from Ohio State have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition scholarship available to golf caddies following online selection interviews held Jan. 13.
Each cadet has a unique story that reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong cadet record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need, and exceptional character.
Among those 27 caddies was Owen Roark of Cleveland Heights from St. Ignatius High School and Canterbury Golf Club.
Caddies will enter the university in the fall of 2022 as Evans Scholars, with most attending Ohio State University or the University of Miami at Oxford. Roark, however, will attend Northwestern University.
The Evans Scholarship is valued at over $120,000 over four years.
Currently, a record 1,070 caddies are enrolled at 21 universities across the country as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,500 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the famed amateur golfer of ChicagoCharles “Chick” Evans, Jr.
The interaction plays: Interplay Jewish Theater announced the long-awaited end of its two-year pandemic intermission with two staged readings of Alice Eve Cohen’s “What I Thought I Knew.” Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2 and 3 at the Dobama Theater, 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The solo exhibition features Anne McEvoy, under the direction of Catherine Albers.
Interplay provides this synopsis of the play: “Everything Alice, 44, thought she knew, is turned upside down when an emergency CT scan reveals she is six months pregnant. In a dark comedy that stars 30 characters, we follow the heartbreaking decisions on Alice’s plate. Along the way, she navigates waves of doubt, a failing healthcare system, the complexity of reproductive rights, and the endless unpredictability of parenthood.
The play, a finalist in the prestigious O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, was adapted from Cohen’s memoir of the same title, which was named one of Oprah Magazine’s Top 25 Books of the Summer and One of the Best Books of the Year. year by Slate.com. such as capturing Elle’s literary grand prize for non-fiction. The play was produced nationally, earning critical acclaim and five Broadway World nominations.
Interplay director Faye Sholiton said in a statement: “In a terrifying act of optimism, we will return to our pre-pandemic admission fees at no charge. We do, however, ask that you pay what you can, either in the bowl at the door or by post. No amount is too small (or too big) as our business runs entirely on voluntary donations – and we released our last fundraising bowl in 2019.”
To make a reservation, email [email protected], or call 216-393-PLAY (7529). Specify which performance you wish to attend and how many seats you wish to reserve.
A look at Shanghai: Park Synagogue will present a virtual tour of “Shanghai: Refuge During the Holocaust,” at 13:00. April 24, via Zoom.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit, which features photos taken by photojournalist Arthur Rothstein and artifacts from survivors, sheds light on the lesser-known moment in Holocaust history when European Jews who had tried to escape Nazi persecution found refuge in Shanghai, China. The exhibit is a tribute to human endurance as refugees not only managed to survive, but also thrive in harsh conditions.
After the visit, Clevelander Eric Kisch, who was a young refugee in the Shanghai ghetto during World War II, will speak about the experiences of this family.
The program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Sign up on the Park Synagogue website, parksynagogue.org, or contact Ellen Petler at [email protected], or 216-371-2244, ext. 122.
Pitch Libraries Events: Heights Libraries will present the “Mac Basics Part 1” virtual classroom, from 2-3:30 p.m. on April 22. You can register for this computer class here.
Also to come:
— “Heights Sustainability Fair: Design Our Green Future,” 1-4 p.m., April 23, at PEACE Park, opposite the Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. The library invites you to “engage with community partners, help us design greener heights, and do crafts at this fun event for all ages.” Registration is not compulsory.
— An “Environmental Book Talk” will be held from 7-8 p.m. April 21 at the Lee Road branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. All are invited to participate in a discussion on the book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Spirit, by Harriet A. Washington. Registration is not compulsory.
— Favorite Poem Project 2022 will take place from 2-4 p.m. on April 24. April is National Poetry Month, so stop by for a relaxed afternoon listening to your friends, neighbors and local residents read a favorite poem, share why they enjoy it so much and tell the impact it has had on their life. Registration is required only for those who will read.
Construction of the green route: Green Road will be under construction May 2 through early September between Emery and Miles Roads in Warrensville Heights. Crews will work on road resurfacing from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
During this time, traffic will be maintained only southbound from Emery Road to Miles Road. This restriction will remain in place for the duration of the resurfacing project. The work will consist of removing the existing asphalt surface and repairing the base concrete, then reapplying an asphalt wear surface.
Drivers are recommended to use Northfield Road (Route 8) as an alternative for northbound traffic.
Juneteenth at University Heights: The City of University Heights will hold its first June 19 celebration from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 19 at Walter Stinson Community Park. Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday. It commemorates the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned they were free.
Performers at the University Heights event will include the All City Choir, DJ Marcus Alan Ward, local poets and a concert by Forecast. The event host will be WKYC TV’s digital reporter, Kierra Cotton.
The Cain Park schedule has been announced: This year’s Cain Park lineup includes Ben Folds, Apollo’s Fire, Brit Floyd, Melissa Etheridge, Eric Benét, Chris Botti and Pink Martini with China Forbes.
To view the full schedule for Cleveland Heights Music and Theater Hall, click here. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 15. Residents Day will take place on May 28.
Also, Cain Park needs workers. There are openings for these positions: Master Electrician, Costume Shop Manager, Wardrobe Supervisor, Scenic Painter, Props and Stage Crew/General Technicians. Visit the Cleveland Heights job opportunities webpage to learn more.
And, by the way, the city of Cleveland Heights is also hiring. There are vacancies in the legal department, public works and other departments. Visit the job opportunities website above for more information on these openings.
Cleveland Heights Special Hazardous Waste Depot: The Cleveland Heights Public Works Department will be hosting a special day of bulk spring cleaning and household hazardous waste drop-off from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Services Department, 14200 Superior Road (near the corner of Mayfield and upper roads).
Residents will need to show valid ID and a recent Cleveland Heights utility bill to drop off items. Residents may bring up to four loose items per household. Staff will be on hand to help unload items and place them directly into a garbage truck.
Hazardous household waste will also be accepted on this day. For a list of acceptable household hazardous waste and how to prepare it for collection, see the city’s hazardous waste guide.
BW Keynote Speaker: Beachwood resident Randell McShepard has been named the keynote speaker for the May opening of Baldwin Wallace University. McShepard is Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer of RPM International Inc., a $6.1 billion multinational with subsidiaries in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services.
McShepard graduated from 1986 BW.
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