Shaker Heights, Ohio – Shaker Rocks, the indoor rock climbing facility located in the Van Aken region, is looking to create national champions. This endeavor will begin with the hosting of the USAC (USA Climbing) sprint and qualifier on February 26th.
For those unaware, sport climbing and speed climbing were among the three events that debuted at the last Summer Olympics. As Johnny Carson said, “I did not I know that.”
Contestants for the February 26 event will come to town from places like northern Indiana, Michigan, various parts of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In all, there will be 175 competitors, including 38 young climbers representing Shaker Rocks.
Contestants compete in five age groups, from 6 to 19 years old.
Besides competition, the day will be full of music, cheer and kids showing their determination and determination. Shaker Rocks will have 50 volunteers, coaches and staff, all of whom make sure the level of activity is high.
The climb will be closed to the public on February 26, but spectators are welcome. For more details on this big event, visit shakerrocksclimbing.com. When you’re at this location, you’ll see that Shaker Rocks, 3377 Warrensville Center Road, also hires fitness trainers.
Utility fund artists wanted: Building on the success of several years of Traffic Utility Fund projects, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) is back with this year’s project, City Paint.
SHAC sponsors a refereed art competition to design Shaker Heights boxes, and is looking for artists, age 21 or older, who live or work in the city.
Applicants who reside in the Shaker Heights School District or are members of the Shaker Council of the Arts are also eligible. Designs and applications must be submitted no later than 5 pm. March 4th. For more information and to download the call, application, and form, visit shakerartscouncil.org.
Learn to be a master rain gardener: I can’t even garden in the dirt, so it seems a long way from being a rain gardener, whatever that means, let alone a rain gardener.
If you’d like to know what it’s all about, we can tell you that, in collaboration with the Lake Soil and Water Conservation District and Cuyahoga’s Soil and Water Conservation District, Chagrin River Watershed Partners has opened registration for the Northeast Ohio Master’s Rain Gardener Program.
The course consists of five semesters spread over six weeks and will teach residents and landscape architects how to design, install and maintain residential rain gardens.
The first online course will start on January 31, and registration is now open. The course is open to all residents and landscape architects in Northeastern Ohio.
You can learn more at neomasterraingardener.org.
Meet Cleveland Heights Police: Cleveland Heights residents have the opportunity to interact with a high-ranking member of the Cleveland Heights Police Department on the first and third Thursday of every month. Officers will be available to meet at City Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next date for such meetings is January 20. Visit here for details.
Heights Libraries Events: It’s a curbside-only service these days (until January 18th) at Ridges bookstore branches, so these events mostly happen online.
This is what we have:
An “affirmative collage” for teens will take place throughout January 27th. Young people can stop at the Nobel Library branch, 2800 Nobel Street, and get supplies. Registration is not required.
– “30 Days of Sewing” for school-aged children will take place over the first day of February. Children should pick up a kit containing a hoop, thread, needles, cloth, and instructions, at University Heights Library Branch, 13860 Cedar Road. Register here.
– Online Adult Graphic Design Alternatives will be taking place online from 2 to 3 p.m. February 1st. Those interested in pursuing graphic design may find this a great place to start. Register here.
– “Zoom Meditations Tuesday with Kristen Valadon” will take place from 6-7 pm on February 1. To register, visit here.
Tommy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Tommy’s Restaurant, 1824 Coventry Street in Cleveland Heights, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Tommy Philo has been a pioneer in Coventry since 1972, and his restaurant is one of Cleveland Heights’ most beloved businesses. Congratulations to Tommy.
College news: Among the local students named to Holy Cross College’s dean’s list for the fall semester were Sean Breen of Shaker Heights and Claire Wolf of Beechwood. The college is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
At the University of Cincinnati, the dean’s list for the fall semester included 2019 Beechwood High School graduate Sam Thomas.
And in Manchester, New Hampshire — where the fall season can potentially be very beautiful — Cleveland Heights residents Noah Benson and Josh Perlman Hall managed to stick with their work and earn a spot on the Fall Dean’s List.
Congratulations to all.
Euclid Creek Friends Scholarship Available: Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grassroots, non-profit organization that advocates for the health of Euclid Creek’s watershed, has announced the availability of its 2022 annual scholarship in Environmental Studies.
The scholarship assists a deserving student in their pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to watershed health. FOEC is now seeking applications from high school seniors or college students interested in studying in environmental science fields.
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded – intended for educational purposes -. There may also be a second scholarship of $500. All awards are approved by the FOEC Board of Directors.
Applicants must not have received a previous scholarship from the Friends of Euclid Creek. The assessment of the applicant is based on background and potential to contribute to environmental studies.
Interested students must submit a one to two page letter describing their career goals, previous volunteer work related to environmental studies and significant achievements to date.
And they definitely make you work for this scholarship – applicants must also submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or community member. Applicants must also provide contact information as described at friendsofeuclidcreek.com/scholarship.
All application materials must be postmarked on or before 1 April. Applications should also be mailed to Friends of Euclid Creek, PO Box 21384, South Euclid, Ohio 44121. Applications are also permitted by email.
Applicants must be willing to complete an interview with FOEC members, upon request, and publish information and photos about winning the scholarship.
Direct any questions regarding the scholarship or the application process to FOEC Member Janet Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work on the Financial Advisory Committee for University Heights: Up to 15 residents are selected every two years to serve on the University Heights Financial Advisory Committee. Residents interested in providing advice on city financing issues in 2022 and 2023 should send an email of interest to email@example.com. Feel free to include details about why you are interested in the service and any relevant experience.
City Hall Security: The City of Cleveland Heights has announced that for safety reasons related to the novel coronavirus, new protocols that follow CDC guidelines will be in place in city council chambers. The seating capacity in the rooms will be 17 people to allow for social distancing.
All attendees must wear a mask, and those wishing for public comment will be asked to log in. The meetings will continue to be broadcast live and can also be accessed on the city’s YouTube channel.
Jewish Federation appoints new chief financial officer: The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced that Moselle T. Jackson has been appointed as its new chief financial officer, effective July 1, and she will succeed Barry Reese, who had previously announced his intention to take on a new role within the organization.
Jackson, 55, comes to the union from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, having served as Vice President, CFO and Treasurer since 2020.
During her tenure, she oversaw a team of 46 people and, among other things, helped improve the organization’s financial structure, while enhancing its ability to grow in the future.
Prior to that, Jackson served as Vice President of Global Finance for Diebold Nixdorf Inc. , a financial and technology retail company with global sales of $4.5 billion.
Prior to that, she spent eight years as Executive Vice President, CFO and Senior Managing Director of Cavaliers Holdings LLC, a privately owned sports and entertainment company that includes the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
She began her career in 1988 as a Senior Auditor at the former accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP.
Jewish Federation President Erica B. “Throughout her diverse and distinguished career, she has consistently combined her superb technical skills and business intelligence with a thoughtful and motivating leadership style that brings out the best in her colleagues.”
University Heights Drive Socks: A few weeks ago we told you here about the University Heights hosiery campaign for the needy. The campaign resulted in the donation of over 2,000 pairs of socks to the Lutheran Capital Ministry and its partners. The city gave special thanks to its group partners, Heights Libraries, as well as the students, families and staff of Gertie’s Children’s Center.
Selling Bonds to Support Israel: Congregation Shaarey Tikvah (26811 Fairmount Blvd. in Beachwood) and Israel Bonds are teaming up to launch a new fundraising program that uses the sale of Israel Bonds to provide direct support to the State of Israel and, when the bonds mature for two years, benefit the Congregational Building Fund.
With a goal of 100 percent member participation, the program runs until January 21.
Donations can be made at shaareytikvah.org/donate, with reference to Israel Bonds under ‘Special Instructions’.
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