Join the fun at the Avon Lake Athletic Boosters annual Avon Lake Beer Fest set for Aug. 27 at Miller Road Park, 33760 Lake Road (rain or shine). The family-friendly event features live musical performances all day and more than 60 different local and regional craft beers and wines from some of the area’s most popular breweries and wineries including Great Lakes Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog, Rhinegeist, Saucy Brew Works, Southern Tier, Fat Heads, Brew Kettle, Catawba Island, Destihl Brewery, DuClaw, Goldhorn, Millersburg, Rusty Rail, Sibling Revelry, Voodoo, and Wild Ohio.
The Avon Lake Athletic Boosters annual Avon Lake Beer Fest is set for Aug. 27 at Miller Road Park, 33760 Lake Road.
Food trucks already confirmed include Boss Chick N Beer, Rico’s Tacos, and Premier Popcorn.
The event is a key fundraiser for the Avon Lake Athletic Boosters, which supports boys and girls athletics at Avon Lake High School and Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School.
“Beer Fest has quickly become a can’t-miss event for people from all over Northeast Ohio,” said Tracey Corbo, Avon Lake Athletic Boosters president, in a press release. “This year’s event is sure to provide a great afternoon for everyone who enjoys beer, wine, and live music in a park overlooking Lake Erie, and it’s all for a good cause.”
Early bird tickets ($25 each) are now on sale through July 15. Price includes a tasting mug and 12 beer tasting tickets. Additional tickets and merchandise will be available for purchase at the park during the event. Private-party tent rental options are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to avonlakeathleticboosters.org/event/19.
Finance director posting: City Finance Director Bill Logan recently announced his retirement, effective Oct. 3, after serving in the position for the past 14 years. Congratulations and best wishes, you will be missed. A job posting is currently listed on the city’s website for a director of finance. For more information, go to cityofavon.com.
Fall ball: Avon Little League is offering a Fall Baseball and Softball season. The Fall Ball season will begin the last week of July and conclude the first week of October (subject to change). League offerings include: Majors Baseball (league age 10-12), Minors Baseball (league age 8-10), Coach Pitch Baseball (league age 6-7), Minors Softball (league age 8-11), and Coach Pitch Softball (league age 6-7). All league age 8 Rookie players will be promoted to Minors baseball/softball. There is no T-Ball division during the fall. To register, go to avonlittleleague.com and click ‘registration’.
New spa opens: Affinity IV Hydration & Med Spa, focusing on medical wellness and non-surgical cosmetic skin rejuvenation services, recently opened in French Creek Square, 36040 Detroit Road. For more information on the services offered, go to affinityivhydration.com.
Heart night: The American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Heart Night,” sponsored by Equity Trust, at the Lake Erie Crushers baseball game is July 29 at Mercy Health Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd. As a part of Equity Trust’s sponsorship of the Greater Cleveland and Lorain County Heart Walks, they are funding 100 of the American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime Kits to be distributed to the first 100 families that visit the AHA table on the concourse during the game. AHA will also be doing demos and have hands-only CPR fact sheets for all. For game tickets, go to lakeeriecrushers.com. Save the date for the Lorain County Heart Walk Sept. 10 at Mercy Health Stadium.
Beautification awards: Nominations for residential gardens are currently being accepted for the Avon Garden Club’s biennially Beautification Awards. Various front yard garden categories and features will be considered. Gardens must be attended to and maintained by the homeowners. No professionally manicured gardens are eligible. Winners will be invited to a reception on Oct. 18. Submit your own garden or a neighbors for consideration, the deadline is July 31. Contact Kathy 440-668-3969 or Cynthia 440- 668-8068.
Republican Club welcomes senator, judges: The Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club are hosting Speaker Majority Leader State Senator Matt Huffman, and candidates for the 9th District Court of Appeals judges Jill Flagg Lanzinger and Donna Carr, at 5 p.m. July 14 at the Father Ragan Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road. Cost is $5 for guests.
Family movie night: Enjoy an evening with the family watching a movie on a giant 40-ft screen at the Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road (across from the Avon Aquatic Facility). The next movie night is July 15 at dusk and features “Sing 2.” Food items are available for purchase from 6 to 8 p.m. from the Nelly Belly food truck. The free event is for Avon residents only and includes free popcorn. The event is sponsored by NOPEC and the French Creek Foundation. The next family night date is Aug. 5 with the “Clifford the Big Red Dog” movie and Hot Dog Heaven food truck.
Garden Club meeting: The Avon Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. July 19, in the Orchid Room at Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road. Dr. Jennifer Shimola, Toledo Area Sanitary Commission education and research coordinator, will present, “Avoiding Mosquitos in the Garden”. The public is welcome to attend the free event.
Free Friday flick: Enjoy watching the movie, “Encanto” under the stars July 8 (dusk) at Weiss Field, 33401 Webber Road. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Snacks will be available for purchase 6 to 8 p.m. from Pop Culture popsicles and Kountry Krunchin’s kettle corn and specialty popcorn.
Party in the park: Red Light Roxy (jazz, blues, swing) will perform a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. July 10 at Miller Road Park, 33760 Lake Road. Guests can bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks; chairs or blankets. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Restrooms will be open. The Original Steaks & Hoagies food truck will be onsite for food purchases.
Safety building fundraiser: The Our Safety - Our Avon Lake Committee is hosting a picnic fundraiser for the public from 5 to 8 p.m. July 12 at John Christ Winery, 32421 Walker Road. Tickets are $25 each, kids under age 12 are free. The event is to raise funds to help promote awareness of the 0.25 percent income tax increase that voters will see on the November ballot for the construction of a new firehouse and police station expansion. The event is a great opportunity to get all your questions answered on the proposed tax increase and the need for the construction. For more information or tickets email email@example.com.
According to information from city officials, Avon Lake’s current income tax rate is 1.5 percent. If the new rate is approved, 0.2 percent will go towards the construction of a new fire station and police station expansion, and the remaining .05 present will be invested in city infrastructure, such as roads.
“As an income tax, this does not impact individuals that are retired, as it does not tax pensions or capital gains,” said Mayor Greg Zilka in a press release. “For those that are working in a city with an income tax rate of 1.75 percent or more (which are most of Avon Lake’s surrounding communities), it does not increase taxes at all.”
Any resident who would like more information on the fire station, or to take a tour to see why there is a need for a new station, contact Chief Jeremy Betsa at 440-933-8305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gold awards: The Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) recently honored 39 area scouts with the Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn. According to information from the GSNEO, the Gold Award project ‘challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers, and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need.’ Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold. Local recipients include (project title in parentheses): Nicole Butch (Wildlife Habitat), Mackenzie Cesnick (Senior Banner for Orchestra & Chorale), and Caroline Steele (Enhancement of Serenity Walk for Peace and Tranquility).
Library concert: The Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd, is hosting an evening concert with Avon Lake’s own Anne E. DeChant from 8:30 to 10 p.m. July 13 outside on the south program circle. Bring a chair or blanket. The concert is free and open to the public.
New officer: The Avon Lake Police Department has a new K9 officer, Lex. The dog is a 15-month-old Dutch Shepherd who came to the department from the Netherlands. Officer Nick Blankenship and Lex recently completed their training together and are now patrolling in the community.
Shout-outs: The annual Hooks for Hunger walleye tournament held June 25 raised $28,237 for Community Resource Services (CRS) to help those in need in Avon and Avon Lake. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated to make this year’s event another success, including Erie Outfitters and Erie Marine Sales.
Thank you also to the Anchor Church and everyone that donated to the food drive held recently during Vacation Bible School (VBS). They delivered 788 pounds of breakfast items to the CRS food pantry. The theme of their VBS was “Food Truck Party” and the children learn about food insecurity.
College graduate: Amy Zhai received a bachelor of arts degree (psychology major) from Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.).
Ice cream shop opens: Mootown Creamery is now open. Angela Dickerson Brooks, a 2000 graduate of North Ridgeville High School, is the owner of the popular shop (location also in Berea). The new location is in the former Geppetto’s Pizza & Ribs space next to Master Pizza in the Giant Eagle Plaza, 34259 Center Ridge Road. Mootown features dozens of small-batch ice cream flavors, many made onsite using a 15 percent cream mix from Ohio dairy cows. There are more than 75 mix-ins, sauces, fruits, sprinkles and toppings to choose from. Customers select mix-ins that are blended into the ice cream on cold marble stone.
Mootown also offers milkshakes, malts, floats, smoothies, slushies, ice cream cakes, frozen bananas, ice cream cookies and other frozen treats. Cookies, brownies and other sweets are also on the menu. For more information, go to mootowncreamery.com.
Theater production: Enjoy the youth production of “Seussical Jr.” at the Olde Towne Hall Theatre, 36119 Center Ridge Road. Show dates/times are July 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.; July 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.; and a matinee performance on July 23 at 2 p.m. For tickets, go to othtnr.ludus.com.
Coffee chat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for coffee and conversation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 19 in council chambers at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.
Grandparents luau: The Senior Center and Parks & Recreation department invite grandparents and grandparent-figures and children to a luau themed event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 26 at South Central Park, Pavilion 1, 7565 Avon Belden Road. The free event includes a group luau dance, contests for the kids judged by the grandparents, and a cake walk. A luncheon of hot dogs, potato salad, and fruit salad will be provided. Please RSVP at 440-353-0828.
Royal Run: Save the date for Lake Ridge Academy’s inaugural 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Oct. 1. The family-friendly event supports students and faculty. The Royal LRA Run will be held on the school’s 93-acre campus, 37501 Center Ridge Road. A virtual option is also available. To register, go to bit.ly/RoyalLRARun.
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