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Epic Beard Contest to Highlight LakewoodAlive’s Lumberjack Bash

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Secure Your Bash Ticket Now and Get Growing

This contest might sound strange at first, but chances are it will grow on you.  LakewoodAlive has unveiled details regarding the Epic Beard Contest, which will serve as a centerpiece of Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger’s.

Start growing now for the Epic Beard Contest!

Lumberjacks and jills are cordially invited to attend the Lumberjack Bash – a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive – on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood (to secure tickets, click here).  Upon arrival, however, guests may find themselves in a hairy situation.

The Epic Beard Contest presented by Men’s Cuts invites Lumberjack Bash attendees to compete for the opportunity to claim an honor in four bearded categories: 1. Most Unique Beard, 2. Sexiest Beard, 3. Longest Beard and 4. Best In Show.

Any Lumberjack Bash attendee is eligible to participate in the Epic Beard Contest, and participation is free-of-charge.  Contest registration will take place onsite at the Lumberjack Bash on Feb. 25 between 7:30 and 9 p.m., with judging taking place at 9:30 p.m.  The winner of each category will receive a prize, as well as bragging rights worthy of a true lumberjack.

Both men and women are encouraged to compete for the distinction of having the Most Unique Beard, as this category rewards creative beards not necessarily comprised of hair.  Examples include beards made from yarn, shaving cream or cotton balls.

To view the official rules of the Epic Beard Contest, please visit

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash is generously supported by the following sponsors: Geiger’s (Title Sponsor) Cleveland Property Management Group (Platinum Sponsor), Cleveland Home Title, M.V.P. Valet Parking (Gold Sponsors), Men’s Cuts (Presenting Sponsor for the Epic Beard Contest), Cleveland Lumber CompanyErie Design, King’s Kitchen, Lanter Legal, Lion and Blue, Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo, Relief Properties, Ride + Workout and Scalish Construction (Silver Sponsors).

LakewoodAlive to Host Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash on February 25

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Tickets for Fundraising Event at The Bottlehouse Brewery on Sale January 9

Calling all lumberjacks and jills: Get ready to channel your flannel and dance your axe off!

LakewoodAlive announces it will host Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger’s on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood (13368 Madison Avenue).  Guests are cordially invited to grow their best beard, don their finest Lumberjack attire and attend LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser for a log-splitting good time.  Once you go lumberjack, you might never go back.

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash

Tickets for the Lumberjack Bash go on sale at 12 p.m. noon on Monday, Jan. 9, and can be secured at  Proceeds will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like lumberjacks, we at LakewoodAlive are renowned for our work ethic and not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

The Lumberjack Bash will feature lumberjack-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment.  Attendees will be chopping at the bit to consume pancakes and bacon-wrapped sausage links, sample a Blue Ox cocktail, enjoy live music and partake in games and activities fit for a true Lumberjack.  One such activity – the Epic Beard Contest presented by Men’s Cuts – will afford contestants the opportunity to compete for the distinctions of having the best, longest and most unique beards.

A $75 VIP ticket includes all General Admission ticket offerings plus early entrance at 6:30 p.m., complimentary valet parking, access to a special VIP menu, two specialty drink tickets and additional live music and activities.

A $40 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood at 7:30 p.m., where you’ll receive brunch-style heavy hors d’oeuvres, one specialty drink ticket and access to all the lumberjack-themed fun.  General Admission ticketholders will also receive complimentary valet parking.

No matter which ticket option you choose, you’ll be so plaid you came. Attending lumberjacks and jills are urged to wear casual, outdoorsy attire: Jeans, plaid flannel, suspenders, winter hats and boots.  Beards (fake or otherwise), hearty appetites and shouts of “Timber!” are strongly-encouraged.

More details regarding the Lumberjack Bash will be unveiled in the coming weeks.  For ongoing updates, please visit and be sure to act fast once tickets go on sale Jan. 9.

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash is generously supported by the following sponsors: Geiger’s (Title Sponsor) Cleveland Property Management Group (Platinum Sponsor), Cleveland Home TitleM.V.P. Valet Parking (Gold Sponsors), Men’s Cuts (Presenting Sponsor for the Epic Beard Contest), Cleveland Lumber CompanyErie DesignKings Kitchen, Lanter LegalLion and Blue, Moore Yourkvitch & DiboRelief Properties, Ride + Workout and Scalish Construction (Silver Sponsors).

12 Days of Lakewood

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Most Lakewoodites will tell you: If you crave an urban setting with walkable neighborhoods, plentiful independent shops and restaurants, strong schools and historic housing stock, then you’ve come to the right place.  This unique lakefront city offers more assets than a Fortune 500 company’s robust balance sheet.

But what if you don’t have the luxury of making Lakewood your permanent homebase?  What if employment or family needs dictate that you only enjoy a Barocco arepa and Solstice Steps sunset on rare occasion rather than every time the calendar reads “Friday”?  These are questions former Lakewoodites must ponder as they plan visitation.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve borrowed from a popular Christmas song to compose a list of the best ways to capitalize on experiencing Lakewood’s vibrancy should you only have a dozen days to spend in the 44107 each year.  Here’s our 12 Days of Lakewood:

Day 1: Start of Spring
The start of spring represents the perfect time to capitalize on Lakewood’s location as the western trailhead to the Cleveland Metroparks’ famed “Emerald Necklace.”  Visit the Rocky River Reservation along Lakewood’s western edge and observe the awakening of the natural world, as well as the gushing of the Rocky River on its journey to Lake Erie.


Day 2: Taste of LakewoodTaste of Lakewood
Lakewood is renowned by Northeast Ohio foodies for its superb dining scene, and no single event better illustrates the quality of our city’s restaurants than Taste of Lakewood.  Orchestrated by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce during early June in Madison Park, this food festival features dozens of Lakewood’s finest restaurants all in one place, creating a thoroughly appetizing scenario for attendees.


Day 3: Summer SolsticeSummer Solstice
The Summer Solstice (occurring around June 21) is celebrated by many nations across the Northern Hemisphere as the longest day of the year, yet this annual occurrence takes on special significance in Lakewood.  That’s because Lakewood Park is home to the Solstice Steps, which boasts one of the most spectacular vistas for enjoying lakefront sunsets you’ll find anywhere.


Day 4: CityWide Street SaleCityWide Street Sale
There’s no bad time to shop the smorgasbord of locally-owned, independent shops along Detroit and Madison Avenues, but one of the best opportunities arises during the CityWide Street Sale.  LakewoodAlive hosts this three-day sale in late June, drawing enthusiastic shoppers from across the region.


Day 5: Fourth of JulyFourth of July
The City of Lakewood hosts one of the region’s longest Fourth of July parades on Lake Avenue, a concert at the Lakewood Park Bandstand and a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Erie.  This trifecta makes for a perfect way to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.


Day 6: Lakewood Summer MeltdownLakewood Summer Meltdown
A staple of Lakewood’s summer, LakewoodAlive’s Lakewood Summer Meltdown takes places each year on the second Saturday of July.  This popular community event in Downtown Lakewood features everything from a street festival to a 5K race to a beer garden.


Day 7: Lakewood Arts FestivalLakewood Arts Festival
For nearly 40 years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to Detroit Avenue during the first weekend in August.  In addition to providing exposure to 150+ artists annually, this community event supports a scholarship for a local high school graduate pursuing a degree in the fine arts.


Day 8: “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden TourLakewood Home Tour
Despite occurring bi-annually in September as opposed to every year, the ”Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour proves worth the wait.  The Lakewood Historical Society orchestrates this popular tour of century homes, showcasing the rich heritage and diversity of the city’s historical housing stock.


Day 9: St. Edward-St. Ignatius Football GameSt. Edward High School
It’s hard to top the tradition and pageantry of high school football in Ohio, yet few rivalries compare with that between the St. Edward Eagles of Lakewood and the St. Ignatius Wildcats of Cleveland.  When these powerhouse football programs renew their fall rivalry at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, the excitement is palpable throughout much of the surrounding neighborhood along Madison Avenue.


Day 10: Spooky Pooch ParadeSpooky Pooch Parade
Every dog has his day, and that day takes place in mid-October, when hundreds of canines and their owners converge on Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood for LakewoodAlive’s Spooky Pooch Parade.  This much-anticipated community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.


Day 11: Halloween
With a strong community feel, densely-packed houses and more than 180 miles of sidewalks, Lakewood is nothing short of a trick-or-treating paradise.  It’s no wonder many folks throughout greater Cleveland venture to our city to celebrate this frightful October 31st holiday.


Day 12: Light Up LakewoodLight Up Lakewood
The spirit of the holiday season comes to life in Downtown Lakewood on the first Saturday of December, creating the most joyous of Lakewood traditions.  LakewoodAlive’s Light Up Lakewood community event features festivities like a parade, lighting ceremony and fireworks show that will help ensure you spend the remainder of the month in the holiday spirit.

12 Days of Lakewood Ohio


LakewoodAlive Volunteers Devote Fall Saturdays to Reconstructing Porch

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Many of us spent Saturdays this fall watching college football or enjoying the autumn foliage, but that was not the case for the all-star team of experienced LakewoodAlive volunteers known as the “A Team.”

Instead, this ultra-dedicated group comprised of Lakewood residents Aaron Cooper, Carl Orban and Dana Paul devoted six Saturdays during September and October to digging a foundation and hammering slabs of lumber.  Thanks to their efforts, an elderly resident on Elmwood Avenue has seen her once-unsafe rear entranceway morph into a newly-designed porch.

LakewoodAlive Volunteers

(Left to Right) Carl Orban, Aaron Cooper and Dana Paul prep the home for a new two-story rear porch.

When this resident was referred to LakewoodAlive by the City of Lakewood’s Building Department due to the poor condition of her two-story rear porch, the nonprofit community development organization’s Housing Outreach Program sprang to action.  The resident was presented with an opportunity to have her porch reconstructed through LakewoodAlive’s 80/20 Volunteer Project Supply Fund, whereby the homeowner pays 20 percent of the project cost and LakewoodAlive covers the remaining 80 percent using funding provided by First Federal Lakewood.  The labor was completed free-of-charge.

The A Team spent six fall Saturdays (approximately 48 total hours per each volunteer) tearing down the unsafe porch and commencing the process of constructing a new porch.  This process entailed everything from crafting a porch design and obtaining a building permit from the City to digging a foundation and constructing the first level of the porch.

Cooper, Orban and Paul received help along the way, as LakewoodAlive board member Jim “JP” Ptacek assisted with the porch design process and volunteers from Cross Point Church in Lakewood helped lift the second-story frame into place.  The A Team plans to complete the porch’s second story during spring of 2017.

Lakewood’s A Team typically completes one major volunteer housing project each year, enabling this experienced team to hone their building skills while bonding together and aiding a community member.  It’s projects like this that truly illustrate the power of LakewoodAlive’s volunteer-driven capabilities for aiding Lakewoodites in need.

“We each gain a great deal of personal satisfaction from being able to help a homeowner and the surrounding neighborhood,” said Orban, also a LakewoodAlive board member.  “Plus we have a lot of fun together on the job site.”

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Tis the Season to be Thankful…

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By Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of December already! Where did the time go? I had a long list of home maintenance to-do items that I planned to attack over the summer and fall and here we are and I think that I’ve only crossed off half of my list! While home maintenance is a never ending task, we hope you’ve been able to tackle a few items off of your list. I was not able to tackle everything on my ever-growing “Allison-Do” list, but it was a very productive repair season at LakewoodAlive!

LakewoodAlive Volunteer Thank YouThe Housing Outreach Program had another wonderful year, hitting all of our goals, meeting new people and tackling unique projects! We had 347 volunteers donate 1,577 hours of community service to 31 homes throughout the city contributing to over $34,000 worth of improvements. Our Paint Program had 12 completed houses, generating $40,000 in paint improvements within the city. These repairs collectively generated more than $70,000 of positive improvements for our neighborhoods.

We are so thankful and proud of our volunteers and supporters.  We cannot thank you enough for your dedication and support to make Lakewood a wonderful place to call home. Our mission is to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods and with the help of our supporters and volunteers, we are able to do just that, one house at a time. We work to build relationships so that we can empower and educate residents to maintain and sustain their homes. Our goal is to have each resident living in healthy and safe housing and our volunteer, education and paint programs are a just a few ways that we are accomplishing that goal.

A huge heartfelt thank you goes out to the individuals and groups who spent time with us this season:

Aaron Cooper Cub Scout Pack 76 Grace Lutheran Church LakewoodAlive Board Members
Anonymous Group Dana Paul H20 Students New Life Community Church
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James Dependable Painting Company Lakewood Anglican Church St. Edward
High School
Carl Orban Faith Lakewood Lakewood Congregational Church Tom Ostromek
Cross Point Church Great Lakes Brewing Company Lakewood Freshman Football Team Lakewood Family YMCA

Without each and every one of our volunteers, we would not be able to have the impact in the community. We appreciate all of your time and talent! We are excited to get working in 2017.

As with any program, in order for us to continue to offer relevant and current programing, we look to you. We encourage you to contact our office (216-521-0655) with ideas or suggestions on how we can serve you better. We continue to offer our contractor evaluations on our website as well as in the office. We are also happy to review estimates or repair contracts to make sure that you are getting what you’re expecting. So when you are waking your home up this spring or if something unexpected happens like your furnace goes out, give us a call.

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