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Collaboration Key to Belle Avenue Volunteer Project

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Four Separate Entities Fuel Successful Painting Endeavor

LakewoodAlive Painting Project

LUMC represented one of four entities that contributed to this volunteer project’s success.

The freshly-painted century home sits on Belle Avenue, its vibrant coloring the product of an unlikely four-part collaboration.  Teamwork indeed made this homeowner’s dream work.

LakewoodAlive recently teamed with First Federal Lakewood, Dependable Painting Company and Lakewood United Methodist Church (LUMC) to complete a beautification project for a family in the heart of Lakewood.  Each entity contributed toward the end result: A charming colonial home now sporting an attractive blend of “Jasper Stone” (base) and “Rare Wine” (accent) Sherwin-Williams paint.

First Federal Lakewood made the ambitious project possible by generously funding the supplies through its continued support of LakewoodAlive.  With professional painting materials in place, Dependable Painting put its expertise to work.  The Cleveland-based company specializing in commercial and restoration painting devoted significant staff time to prepping the house and painting those upper portions requiring tall ladders to access.

Once project anchor Dependable Painting had set the stage, a volunteer group from LUMC played a supporting role.  Volunteers from this Lakewood church – which in May completed a yard cleanup project in the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood in conjunction with LakewoodAlive – spent a recent afternoon painting the body of the house on Belle Avenue.

LakewoodAlive Painting Project

Members of LakewoodAlive’s board of directors and staff helped finish this volunteer project.

Then on Saturday, August 20, approximately 20 representatives from LakewoodAlive arrived to finish the job.  Comprised of members of LakewoodAlive’s board of directors, staff and their families undertaking an annual team-building project, the group painted trim and accents, cleaned the surrounding property and mulched the flower beds as a finishing touch.

“The unparalleled level of collaboration we enjoyed with First Federal Lakewood, Dependable Painting, LUMC resulted in a beautifully-painted home and happy homeowner on Belle Avenue,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director.  “It takes a team to get our projects completed, and it was a real privilege for us to join forces with each of these valued community partners.”

This project marks LakewoodAlive’s 27th completed volunteer housing initiative thus far in 2016, as we’re fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods one house at a time.  For more information regarding LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, contact Urbanek at aurbanek@lakewoodalive.com.

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Outlaws I & I Brings Reggae Vibes to Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 26

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Rhythmic, soothing and danceable – it’s no wonder reggae music remains wildly popular 35 years after the death of icon Bob Marley.  This revered musical style will echo through Downtown Lakewood this Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. when Outlaws I & I performs at LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

The Front Porch Concert Series has featured six different musical genres thus far during the summer of 2016.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood for 12 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster and sustain Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 16.

Week 9 of the series brings to the stage Outlaws I & I.  This five-man reggae band from Cleveland has toured extensively throughout the country, playing national festivals such as Ohio’s acclaimed Midwest Reggae Fest and opening for legendary performers like The Wailers.

Outlaws I & I specializes in traditional roots reggae, though it also mixes in music that falls under the dancehall, ska and R&B categories.  Led by lead vocalist Butchie B’s commanding stage presence, the band creates a fun atmosphere for its audience and often induces dancing from the crowd.

“We’re excited to welcome Outlaws I & I to Downtown Lakewood,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “One of our goals with the Front Porch Concert Series involves showcasing a wide variety of musical styles.  With the introduction of reggae music, we’ll have featured six different musical genres through the first nine weeks of the 2016 concert series.”

Now in its sixth year, the popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually.  Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.  Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood Public Library, Lion & Blue, Paisley Monkey, Pillars of Lakewood and Vance Music Studios.

Homebuyer Education Workshop Series Draws Sell-Out Crowd

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LakewoodAlive Co-Hosts First of Two-Part Series with ESOP and Third Federal Savings & Loan

They gathered Thursday evening for three hours in a classroom setting, hoping to feel at home with the ever-exciting prospect of owning a home.

LakewoodAlive Homebuyer Workshop

Yesterday’s inaugural Homebuyer Education Workshop drew a sell-out crowd to Clock Electric.

Yesterday’s inaugural Homebuyer Education Workshop drew a sell-out crowd to Clock Electric, Inc. in Lakewood, as prospective homeowners sought to capitalize on this free educational offering.  Hosted by LakewoodAlive, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) – a full-service, HUD-approved housing and financial counseling agency – and Third Federal Savings & Loan, the workshop addressed a host of topics ranging from homeowner readiness to responsible budgeting to credit management.

After Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director, led off the workshop with an introduction, the presentation shifted to Antoinette Smith, ESOP’s Director of Housing Counseling.  Smith discussed the myriad advantages to owning as opposed to renting, including pride, privacy, more predictable costs and the potential for valuation increase.

“When you own, you are your own landlord – no one can raise your rent,” Smith said.  “There are some nice perks that come with that, but also a tremendous sense of responsibility.”

Smith conducted a budget exercise, asking workshop participants to reduce a hypothetical budget in order to make “Jessica” more financially prepared to pursue home ownership.  She also delved into discussions regarding credit score reporting, debt-to-income ratio and down payment assistance programs.

Ultimately, the workshop provided attendees with an opportunity to move one step closer to fulfilling the dream of homeownership.  The two-part Homebuyer Education Workshop series resumes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Clock Electric (1624 Coutant Avenue) in Lakewood.

LakewoodAlive Homebuyer Workshop

Kids Concert Added to Culminate 2016 Front Porch Concert Series

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Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias rounds out popular summer series on Sept. 16

Every successful performance deserves an encore, and the Front Porch Concert Series is no exception.  That’s why Lakewood Public Library and LakewoodAlive have added a 12th concert to culminate this popular summer series. Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias takes the stage in Downtown Lakewood at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, for a special edition concert sponsored by Paisley Monkey.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

A 12th performance has been added to the 2016 Front Porch Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 16.  (Photo Credit: Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood)

The Front Porch Concert Series – sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James – features free, live music on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood for 12 consecutive Fridays.  The series aims to foster and sustain Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option.

Rock on Band featuring Nance Sias will perform to celebrate the success of the Front Porch Concert Series, which is now in its sixth year and has drawn several thousand concert-goers to Downtown Lakewood this summer.  This singer-guitarist duo has been known to delight audiences with a fun selection of children’s songs, including Disney favorites and other recognizable classics.

“Once again, the Front Porch Concert Series has been a tremendous success, contributing to the growing vibrancy of our downtown district,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “With this success in mind, Lakewood Public Library and LakewoodAlive decided this summer’s concert series deserves an encore, and this is the first time we’re offering a dozen front porch performances in one year.”

Now in its sixth year, the popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually.  Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.  Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James (title sponsor), Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood Public Library, Lion & Blue, Paisley Monkey, Pillars of Lakewood and Vance Music Studios.

It’s Time for the Tour! Come Home to Lakewood House and Garden Tour Sunday, September 11

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By Lakewood Historical Society

Lakewood House and Garden Tour

The 2016 Come Home to Lakewood House and Garden Tour takes place Sunday, Sept. 11.

Don’t miss the 2016 Come Home to Lakewood House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 11, from 1 to 6 p.m., presented by the Lakewood Historical Society.

The eagerly-anticipated tour features eight residences, a stunning perennial garden, one of Lakewood’s last remaining carriage houses and the Nicholson House, Lakewood’s oldest frame residence. The tour is a celebration of Lakewood’s diverse housing population and includes outstanding examples of Tudor, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, Queen Anne Victorian, Prairie and Craftsman architectural styles. Each home has contemporary upgrades that honor the integrity of the original architectural design.

Begin your House Tour weekend at the Patron Party Saturday, September 10, at 6 p.m. The Patron Party house, not on Sunday’s tour, is a grand Colonial Revival featuring three gabled dormers. Enjoy food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction and the Instant Wine Cellar raffle. Patron Party tickets are $75 and include a ticket for Sunday’s tour. They and the $25 general admission Home Tour tickets, can be purchased online at lakewoodhistorymuseumstore.com; at the Oldest Stone House, 14710 Lake Avenue by mail or during business hours. For more information, call the Oldest Stone House at 216.221.7343.

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