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LakewoodAlive Announces Performers for 2017 Front Porch Concert Series

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Popular Live Music Program Returns for 11 Weeks Starting July 7

It won’t be long before live music floods Downtown Lakewood, echoing through neighborhood streets and beckoning families and concert-goers alike to the heart of the city.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

LakewoodAlive announces the diverse and talented lineup of musical performers for the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James.  See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 7 through Sept. 15 on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue).

Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this summer series is sure to delight its audience, as it features a wide array of free, live music for 11 consecutive Fridays.  Cleveland-based reggae sensation Carlos Jones kicks off the series with his catchy island vibes that will heat up the summer evening on Friday, July 7.

The 2017 edition of this summer series offers something for every musical taste.  From folk to rock to Ernie Krivda’s trademark jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres.  Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, the affected concert will be moved into the library.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

Photo by Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood, Ohio

Now in its seventh 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.

“We are excited to unveil the performers for our 2017 Front Porch Concert Series,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “This series has evolved into a major family entertainment option within our downtown district, creating a Lakewood summer tradition that supports our ongoing mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods within our city.”

2017 Font Porch Concert Series Schedule 

(All concerts start at 7 p.m. on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library)


LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

Photo by Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood, Ohio

7. 7. 17:     Carlos Jones
7.14.17:     Cats on Holiday
7.21.17:     Diana Chittester
7.28.17:     The Chris Vance Trio



8. 4. 17:     Revolution Brass Band
8.11.17:     Red Light Roxy
8.18.17:     Becky Boyd & The Groove Train
8.25.17:     Vance Music Studios Rock Band


9. 1.17:       Ernie Krivda
9. 8.17:       Performer To Be Announced
9.15.17:      Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias (Kids Concert)

For more information regarding the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James (Title Sponsor), Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Lakewood Public Library (Encore Sponsors), City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Lion and Blue and Vance Music Studios (Harmony Sponsors).

LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” Workshop on June 15

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Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at The Nicholson House

You’ve likely observed the incessant advertisements on television or radio: “Replace your old, leaky windows with new energy-saving windows.”  But does this actually apply to your home and how do you know whether you should repair or replace?

Our “Windows 101” workshop takes place June 15.

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” on Thursday, June 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Nicholson House (13335 Detroit Avenue).  The ninth workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the repair and replacement of windows with a major emphasis on wooden windows.

Led by Fred Cortright, this workshop will seek to answer the age-old question: “How do I make my windows stop leaking?!?”  Windows 101 will cover the anatomy of a window, both window and storm, and participants will discover techniques to maximize their windows’ efficiency.

Visit for more information and click here to reserve your free spot.

New for 2017, LakewoodAlive will also host a Knowing Your Home: Windows 201 workshop in partnership with Lakewood Hardware on Thursday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.  This second-level workshop will provide a hands-on demonstration of window repair straight from the experts.

Now in its fourth year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, Fifth Third Bank, First Federal Lakewood, PNC, Remax Beyond 2000, The University of Akron Lakewood and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

In lieu of charging for these events, we are asking participants to consider either making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center. We appreciate your support.

5 Tips for Running the Meltdown 5K

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There are many ways to enjoy the upcoming Lakewood Summer Meltdown, but few compare to the thrill of participating in a large, urban road race.  This opportunity presents itself during the Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood, as hundreds of participants will traverse the city’s streets before crossing the finish line at the edge of a vibrant street festival.

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood, Ohio

Sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown takes place on Saturday, July 8, in Downtown Lakewood.  But before you lace up your running shoes and make your way to the starting line, here are five tips for running the Meltdown 5K (register now!):

1. Spend the Day Staying Properly Hydrated

Unlike most road races, which occur during the wee hours of the morning, the Meltdown 5K offers a unique starting time of 7 p.m. Consequently, you’ll be awake and capable of properly hydrating yourself on race day.

2. Participate in the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

The 1 Mile Kids Fun Run – sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA – kicks off one hour prior to the Meltdown 5K at 6 p.m. If you’re like us, you’re likely a big kid at heart. But even if you’re too old to qualify as a kid and run this race, you can still participate by cheering and spectating during this event that always serves as a crowd-pleaser.  (register here for the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!)

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood, Ohio

3. Start Fast, But Don’t Zig-Zag

It’s neither a sprint nor a marathon; rather, the 3.1 miles encompassing the Meltdown 5K represent a happy medium. This fast course has a reputation for producing personal-best times, so you’ll need to start fast to stay near the lead pack. Still, it’s important not to zig-zag through the crowd early in the race, as this will waste precious energy.  Instead, conserve this energy for the final mile, making your push at that time.

4. Be Prepared to Collect Some Swag

In addition to the winning male and female, the top three finishers from both genders of each age group will receive an award. But even if you’re not a speed demon, you still won’t leave this race empty-handed. Each participant receives a sleek Summer Meltdown runner t-shirt.  And utilization of chip timing ensures you’ll have access to accurate race results.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood, Ohio

5. Stay for the Post-Race Party!

As you cross the finish line and your runner’s high converts to post-race euphoria, there will be plenty of additional Lakewood Summer Meltdown festivities left for you to enjoy. First, cool off by running through the “Water Moose” sprinkler park. Then after you’ve sought nourishment from one of the local vendors or food trucks, visit the beer garden, sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.  The combination of a choice beverage and live music from rock band Front Porch Lights represents the perfect way to celebrate the successful completion of the Meltdown 5K.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors: Melt Bar and Grilled (Title Sponsor); PrimeLending (Platinum Sponsor); Cleveland Clinic Lakewood (Meltdown 5K Sponsor); City of LakewoodBeat Cycles, Cuyahoga Community College and First Federal Lakewood (Gold Medal Sponsors); Cox Communications and Lakewood Family YMCA (Silver Medal Sponsors).

LakewoodAlive Teams With Crossroads Church to Complete Pair of Yard Beautification Projects

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Brockley Avenue homeowner Donna Mclean embraced each volunteer one-by-one, the smile across her face revealing her approval with the outcome of her newly-landscaped yard.

Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects

Homeowner Donna Mclean hugs a volunteer following the completion of a project to beautify her yard.

LakewoodAlive hosted 35 volunteers from Crossroads Church on Saturday, May 20, to tackle yard beautification projects for older residents on Brockley and Summits Avenues.  In addition to weeding flowerbeds, trimming shrubs, laying mulch and planting flowers, this tremendous group of volunteers cleared litter from a neighboring section of Detroit Avenue.

The massive volunteer effort was part of Crossroads’ “Go Local” campaign, for which 10 “anywhere projects” were completed on the same day across the nation outside of Cincinnati, where the church is headquartered.  Wife and husband Liz and Michael Hammer, both Crossroads members, collaborated with LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program to organize the campaign’s Lakewood presence.

“None of us live in Lakewood, but that’s beside the point,” said Michael Hammer.  “Watching the expression on the homeowner’s face is just precious, and we personally get a lot of joy from doing this.”

Added Liz Hammer: “Helping others is positively one of the best feelings you can have.”

While many of the volunteers live in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, where the local Crossroads congregation is based, others drove all the way from Cincinnati to participate.  They arrived armed with a plenty of enthusiasm and a drone to capture aerial footage of their efforts.

Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects

Wife and husband Liz & Michael Hammer coordinated this project for Crossroads.

Mclean, a 40-year resident of a home on Brockley Avenue, served as one of the grateful beneficiaries of Crossroads’ “Go Local” campaign.

“This is incredible – when you have a small army of people, you can really make a big difference,” Mclean said.  “I can’t wait for my husband to get home from work and see our yard.”

When the projects wrapped up and celebratory hugs had been exchanged, the Crossroads volunteers headed to Edgewater State Park for a picnic lunch.  They were done beautifying Lakewood yards and ready to take in beautiful views of Lake Erie.

To learn more regarding LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, visit or contact Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director, at 216-521-0655 or

Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects     Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects

Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects     Crossroads Yard Beautification Projects

Play Ball! LakewoodAlive to Host “Battle of Birdtown” Celebrity Softball Game on June 3

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The familiar crack of the bat and roar of the crowd will resonate across Madison Park when LakewoodAlive hosts the inaugural “Battle of Birdtown” Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at George Usher Field.

Battle of Birdtown Celebrity Softball Game

The Battle of Birdtown Celebrity Softball Game will take place at George Usher Field in Madison Park.

This friendly, coed game will feature various Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners, including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood.  A seven-inning affair, it will pit Team Lark against Team Robin.  Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.

Birdtown, a proud, working-class neighborhood, is steeped in history and dates to the late 19th century.  The name is believed to have been derived from the various streets within the neighborhood named after indigenous bird species.

Sponsored by the City of Lakewood, Geiger’s and Cox Communications, the “Battle of Birdtown” will benefit LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.  This program develops community outreach and engagement initiatives for homeowners and residents to help cultivate a heightened sense of pride and ownership.

To learn more regarding LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program, contact our office at 216-521-0655 or visit

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