Jewish Community Center’s Fall Holidays Family Outdoor Adventure is up and running, FilmFest coming Oct. 15: Press Run

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- The Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Road in Beachwood, is holding a Fall Holidays Family Outdoor Adventure through Oct.

11.

It's a free story/walk activity held on the The J's campus for the whole community to enjoy. If you decide to join in, you'll read a story, participate in fun activities and explore some of the meaning behind the fall holidays.

Upon registration, participants will receive a map and instructions via email.

They'll then choose the day and time they'd like to participate -- any day is fine, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can take part whenever it is convenient for you and your family.

If you're asking yourself, "How do I get in on this fun event?" the answer is you send an email to Danya Shapiro at [email protected].

The J, of course, also has coming up, from Oct.

15-25, its 14th annual Cleveland Jewish FilmFest. There will be a mix of film screenings, filmmaker discussions and even drive-in experiences.

To learn more details about the film festival, visit here.

Fixing up your heritage home: You can learn about how the Heritage Home Program works to assist homeowners with home repair, renovation and maintenance projects, including low-interest loans, by tuning in to an upcoming webinar.

The "Heritage Home Program Information Session" is coming your way at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays, Oct.

14, 21 and 28. There are also a number of other sessions scheduled throughout the fall. You can check the Heritage Home Program and Cleveland Restoration Society websites to register for them.

News from Shaker: In some bits of news from Shaker Heights, we can tell you that traditional Halloween trick-or-treating will be taking place, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct.

31. The city, however, would like for you to consider your own personal situations and make you own decisions on how to celebrate the day. To learn more, visit here.

Also, the fall session for Learn to Skate classes will begin Oct.

10 and continue through Nov.

14 at Thornton Park Ice Rink. Class sizes will be limited. You can register now by visiting here.

And, from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, there is a request that visitors stay off the Stearns Woodland Trail, which is now closed for a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The Nature Center asks that, "for your safety, please mind the barriers and stay off the trail until the official reopening later this fall."

Just in time for Halloween: If you're like me, when you think of Halloween, you naturally think of ballet. That's how us sensitive, artsy kind of guys roll.

This year, many of you may be thinking like me, because Shaker Heights' Verb Ballets will be presenting "Carnival Macabre" with rock guitarist Neil Zaza. It's a cinematic dance-rock experience that will premiere online at 7 p.m.

Oct.

30.

"A dance of darkness through classical masterpieces is reimagined through the mind of rock maestro Zaza," is how Verb describes the performance.

The symphonic rock ballet mixes dark, powerful arrangements of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Jenkins and Albinoni with the fury of a rock concert. Antonio Morillo brings visualization and his passionate choreography to showcase Verb Ballets at its dramatic finest.

"Together," Verb tells us, "these artists will create an unforgettable experience to bring forth the spirit of the Halloween season into your home." It calls Carnival Macabre "brazenly original."

To get a small sample of what you'll see Oct.

30, visit here.

Tickets are £25 and include an encore viewing for 48 hours following the premiere. Tickets can be purchased online at verbballets.org.

Honor for Cleveland Heights nursing student: Ariel Austin, a Cleveland Heights resident and student of nursing at Cuyahoga Community College, has been selected as a Siemens Technical Scholar for her academic achievement and leadership.

Austin is among seven Tri-C students chosen for the honor, which includes a scholarship worth between £3,500 and £4,000.

Tri-C now has more than 800 nursing students.

Last year, data showed that 97 percent of its nursing graduates were hired as registered nurses within six to nine months after earning their associate's degree.

Ode to Joy: University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan noted in his daily coronavirus update of Oct.

1 that Gov. Mike DeWine showed at his press conference that day a video of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus performing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his Ninth Symphony -- that's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, not DeWine's -- on location at various well-known spots around Greater Cleveland.

Brennan also noted that, "This video features University Heights residents Emma Shook, Richard Waugh and (University Heights') First Lady, Gina Ventre."

If you haven't seen what's called the "Beethoven 9 Project," give it a look here.

College news: Shaker Heights resident Gray Flint-Vrettos was named to the 2020 spring semester dean's list at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or greater.

Drive-thru flu shots: Walgreens pharmacists will administer flu shots to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct.

16 in the parking lot of the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd. Those interested must schedule a time by going online. Also, a form must be filled out prior to arriving for the appointment.

Insurance will cover the cost.

Heights Libraries online events: Coming soon to your library -- or rather, your computer screen -- is a trio of events.

o From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct.

16 is "Virtual Sing and Swing Music Together" for children and their families. Music Together is a way to get young children to imagine, improvise and express themselves through music and movement.

A Sing and Swing instructor will lead babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults that love them through songs, dances, rhythms and rhymes, virtually via Zoom.

Those participating will receive an email with the Zoom meeting room and password prior to the program.

In order to receive the room information, you must provide an email address and you must have registered more than one hour before the program begins. You are asked not to share the room information with others who have not signed up.

The library will not be recording the programs. It will have a staff member monitor what's taking place to ensure safety for all ages.

Arrive to the Zoom room within five minutes of the program time if you plan to participate.

Register by visiting here.

o Next we have, also on Zoom, "Little Kitchen" which is, again, for children and families. This one takes place from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Oct.

21. During this virtual cooking program, you'll make easy recipes that little ones will love and that they can help their parents make. You can register for this one here.

o And, last, "Virtual Trivia Night with the Noble Library" will be held on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m.

Oct.

21. Questions will cover a wide range of subjects and will be family-friendly. Registration begins Oct.

7. You can register right here.

Help for seniors: The Cleveland Heights Office on Aging is a participant in the CARE (Communities Assisting Residential Elders) program. The program is for homeowners over the age of 60 who need assistance with yard care, home exterior projects, interior general housekeeping, home organization, techical assistance and handy-person projects.

For more information, visit the website or call 216-970-0599.

If you would like to see your item appear in Press Run, send me an email, at least 12 days prior to an event, at [email protected]

Read more from the Sun Press.

You may also like...