MSNBC, Root Café, Thank You For The Great Time

A huge thank you to MSNBC and their road crew for stopping by Lakewood and setting up in what can best be referred to as the heart and soul of Lakewood, the Root Café! Likewise, thank you to Julie and Bobby for inviting them, in what ended up to be a great PR move for the entire city of Lakewood. The first day alone there were more than 25 mentions of the City of Lakewood on air, even “City of Lakewood, a Great Place To Call Home”. The entire 3-day ordeal went off without a hitch.

No matter how any of us feel at any given time about how the city is being run, and/or being upset with the latest decisions, the easiest and fastest way to evaluate the health of a city is through home sales and home prices. In an ever-shrinking county, we lose about 4.5 people a day last I checked, and with Downtown Cleveland being the fastest growing area in the ever-shrinking county, Lakewood has not only held their own, but has done surprisingly well against many other notable communities. The average time for a competitively priced home to sell in Lakewood is 3 days, and many are selling for over the asking price in those three days. This is an amazing sign. Having the entire MSNBC crew at the Root only made that stronger. Another reason to thank MSNBC and Julie and Bobby.

I’ve spent most of my life interacting with the media one way or another. From hotdog carts, to motor sports, to BP America to the Observer, interacting with media always seems to be a part of the job. So I have seen a lot of them, and have seen a lot of media rooms and location spots. I have to tell you, this MSNBC crew was the nicest and friendliest I have ever been around, and it was the little things that totally blew me away. Example, a young boy and his mother had been standing outside waiting to get in at the opening. There was no line, but they wanted to make sure they got good seats. So they looked around and picked one. A cameraman with the crew, who said that he grew up in Mentor, placed someone in the anchor’s chair, checked the camera, walked back to the mother and said, “If we move this table left a foot, your son will be on TV all morning.” When I commented on how nice he was he said, “Hell I have kids, I get it.” I had never seen this before.

They set up a makeshift make-up area between the men’s and women’s bathrooms, and for hours people would watch pundits getting the glow knocked off their faces, and make-up being applied. In between work, the young women would look over and ask one of the kids, “You ready for make-up?” even getting them into the chair, and performing the ritual on them, as they giggled and their friends would squeal, “I’m next!” and often they were.

I am not saying most crews are pricks, far from it. But MSNBC and this crew really seemed to get it right. They enjoy people, and they enjoy interacting with fans and people, as long as it is a peaceful and friendly environment. I was there for a total of 6 hours over the two days. I must have seen Cleveland’s own Chris Jansing and Tamron Hall pose for 300 selfies. No exaggeration. As long as the person was respectful and polite, they always got one. When they are not working, they have no problem posing with kids, dogs, families, friends, staff whoever. BUT, we all need to remember they are working, it is their office, and they are trying to get through it, just like you and I when we are at work. Also, because they are celebrities and have not only opinions but good looks, they have stalkers. Here in Lakewood, they were keeping an eye out for a person of interest who was following them from state to state, yelling at anchors while they were broadcasting about being unfair to Bernie. Another person of interest tweeted, “I am going to try to get close to Tamron Hall” on Sunday. Just creepy stuff, so respect their office, and respect their space, always.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

How An Ohio Girl Became The Hollywood Beauty Detective

I am an Ohio girl, born and raised; specifically Cleveland, more specifically Lakewood. While some may think of Ohio as the place where the river caught fire and call it names like “The Mistake on the Lake,” to me it has always been “home.”

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Volume 11, Issue 25, Posted 2:24 PM, 12.08.2015

Everyone Benefited At Lincoln MINES

On Saturday November 14, 2015 over 650 parents, students, volunteers, vendors and presenters filled Harding Middle School in Lakewood to experience Lincoln MINES, the first ever Minecraft-themed event for families. Attendees received 5 hours of Hands on Gaming, Minecraft Kids Talks, Crafts and Science. Lincoln Elementary’s PTA benefited from event proceeds to support its 2015-2016 programming.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Minecraft Event In Lakewood, Tickets Still Available

Minecraft fun is coming to Northeast Ohio for the area’s first-ever Minecraft convention. Lincoln MINES provides families from around the region with five hours of hands-on gaming, Minecraft kids talks, crafts, science, and much more. The event is Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Harding Middle School (16601 Madison Ave.) in Lakewood, Ohio. Purchase Tickets online and at the event.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Night Of Ghostly Endeavors At Mahall’s

Mahall’s 20 Lanes (13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood) will, for the first time ever, investigate paranormal activity that has been reported on premises for many years on Saturday, October 24 starting at 8 p.m.

Mahall’s celebrated its 90th year in business this year. For the first 87 years of its existence it was owned by the Mahall family. Only four years ago was it bought by partners Joe Pavlick, Kelly Flamos and Colin McEwan. And since that time reports of unexplained or supernatural events have been reported by many employees and the owners.  

The night’s events begin at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.) with a pre-show featuring local dark post-punk supergroup Hiram-Maxim (a band formed through the Cleveland Lottery League featuring Lisa Miralia, Dave Taha, Fred Gunn and John Panza), who will be playing a special spooky set, and Detroit post-industrial/noise legends Wolf Eyes, who are widely regarded to be the kings of US noise music. 

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

Lakewood Music Boosters Present The First Annual Lakewood Festival Of Music Oct 17th 1-8 PM At Vosh

Lakewood Music Boosters is proud to present the first annual Lakewood Festival of music on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 1-8 p.m. at Vosh in Lakewood. The festival is an all day family fundraising event meant to support, celebrate, and showcase some of the 59+ musical groups and activities available to the students of Lakewood City Schools.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra Opens New Season With The Dazzling Soloist, Sayaka Shoji!

I am very excited to enter my third season as music director of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Our upcoming season spotlights an extraordinary cadre of guest artists and a wonderful lineup of works from throughout music history. Each concert juxtaposes two or more pieces related by some historical or thematic idea. The season opens with Schumann’s first symphony and a performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto, by internationally acclaimed violinist Sayaka Shoji on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm - Lakewood Congregational Church at 1375 West Clifton. There is no admission charge, and we encourage families to bring their children.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

2015 Restaurant/Bar Guide

1. Vosh Lakewood, 1414 Riverside Dr. 216-767-5202, Patio
2. Georgetown, 18515 Detroit Ave. 221-3500, Patio
3. Riverwood Cafe, 18500 Detroit Ave.
4. Borderline Cafe, 18510 Detroit Ave.
5. West End Tavern, 18514 Detroit Ave., 521-7684
6. Dewey's Pizza, 18516 Detroit Ave.
7. A'Venue Wholesale Fine Pastries, 18520 Detroit Ave.
8. Harry Buffalo, 18605 Detroit, W, Porch
9. Around The Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., 521-4413, Patio
10. Blackbird Bakery, 1391 Sloane Ave., Patio

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 4:33 PM, 06.23.2015

Nature’s Bin Presents “A Natural Approach To Body Care & Beauty” On June 10

Join Nature’s Bin when they host “A Natural Approach to Body Care & Beauty” with Judy Bulcroft on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at University of Akron/Lakewood. Ms. Bulcroft is a certified family herbalist, and owner of Meadowlake Farms Botanicals. She will be talking about the benefits of using natural skin care, techniques for using these products and how to use your natural apothecary simply and safely.  

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Mahall's To Follow Up Successful '90s Party

Mahall’s 20 Lanes (13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood) will present the second iteration of its ’90s-themed music event “Groove Is in the Heart” on Friday, February 13. This follow-up to the wildly successful similar event held in early December is titled “Groove Is in the Heart: A Valentine’s Dance Party.” Cattitude Vintage is hosting the event, for which admission is only $2.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Twins Are A Couple Of "Jammy Buggars"

One late Thursday night, we Taster Twins, with our patient husbands in tow, visited the soon to be a Lakewood landmark, Jammy Buggars. The name brings a smile to your face, particularly when you discover that it means “lucky individual” in British slang. Patrons who eat here are indeed fortunate because the food is inspired and consistently delectable.

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

Cleveland Vegan Opens In November

I wil be opening my locally-owned catering service, Cleveland Vegan, in a storefront and café in the west end of Lakewood by the end of this month.

The location, at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s FIRST ALL-VEGAN café. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit down brunch service on  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing, and accessible meals. This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.

Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been in operation as an all-vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. We have catered events from weddings to corporate lunches to private parties. We also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.

There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health, and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

Sauce On The Side: A Visit To Eddie Cerino's

Our first foray into our culinary adventure led us to the corner of Warren and Detroit, to an inviting establishment named Eddie Cerino's. Formerly known as Eddie and Eddie's, this bright, modern restaurant welcomes its patrons with a cool vibe and a warm staff. We were greeted promptly and ushered to a table, just a tad too cozy with what must have been a newly enamored couple, judging by the level of PDA (i.e. public display of affection). Our server, Lisa, was particularly friendly and attentive without being overly solicitous. Our meal began with a choice of chicken paprikash or Italian wedding soup; we decided to have one of each (who wouldn't?). Both of the soups were savory and well complemented by the fluffy foccacia bread, presented in charming metal baskets. The cheesy crust was perfectly chewy with a soft, airy interior, which would have been even better served warm.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Westown CDC Swingin’ Summer Concerts In The Gazebo At Halloran Park

2014 Sunday Summer Concert Series

Westown CDC Swingin’ Summer Concerts in the Gazebo at Halloran Park

Food Trucks! Local Opening Artists! Join Us!

This family friendly concert series will feature great headline acts along with talented local artists and DJ Kenny D spinning the music of independent artists including Erin Viancourt, Preacher Stone, Island and EZ Lovin’.

LOCATION: In the Gazebo at Halloran Park, 3550 West 117th Street

SUNDAY JULY 13                                             
OPENING ACT 4 pm - 5 pm

Lady Rose and the Eazy Jazz Band                    

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Celebrity Bartending Night To Benefit Students

Celebrate TGIF and Lakewood's kids at the Lakewood Alumni Foundation Celebrity Bartending Event, Friday, June 27, 5-10 pm, at Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave. Join celebrity bartenders Kyle Baker '02, Margaret Brinich '04, Monica Bruaw '90, Ash Khatib '01, Ryan Rustad '96, and Alysia Wright '90 in the Warehouse. All tips to the bartenders benefit the Lakewood City Schools.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.10.2014

Lakewood Resident Dr. Dresing Shows How Doctors And Lawyers Can Work Together

Lakewood resident Thomas Dresing is a man of many talents. The Northeast Ohio native is a Staff Cardiologist and the Fellowship Director in the Section of Electrophysiology and Pacing at Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, catheter ablation therapy and cardiac device therapy – and that’s just his day job! By night, he is a rocker – playing with the band, “Just Us,” led by Judge Jim Miraldi of Lorain County. The band, a play on the word “Justice,” is made up of mainly attorneys who moonlight as rock stars. Dr. Dresing’s presence in the band proves that doctors and lawyers actually enjoy each others company!

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 6:24 PM, 05.28.2014

Sign Up For PORCHestra!

Make music Lakewood! PORCHestra, an afternoon of music on Lakewood’s front porches sponsored by Charter One, takes place on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 4 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra encourages you to join with family, friends and neighbors, by playing or singing on your front porch in this community-wide, free “jam session.” 

The afternoon of music making will culminate with an outdoor concert on the front porch of the downtown Lakewood Public Library at 5:15 p.m. with performances by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble followed by members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing double-bass quartets and violin/viola duets. 

Register your porch at Each participating registrant will receive two free tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra Blossom concert this summer. Participating porches will be part of a Google map indicating the “musical” porches and neighborhood performances. Regardless of your age or talent level, join the fun and make Lakewood come alive with the sound of music!

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.29.2014

The Tea Lab - Great Experiments!

Bob Holcepl has brought his special talent back to Lakewood. Bob is a graduate of St. Edward High School and lived for a period of time in Lakewood. Life and work saw him move around and open up the now legendary coffee spot in Tremont, Civilization, ten years ago with his wife.

After that success he moved into wholesale with City Roast Coffee and Tea which led to the West Side Market with City Roast Coffee and Tea, which is the longest line at West Side Market in the morning. Then in the next stand he opened Crepes Deluxe, a walk-up french-style crepe stand which has to have the second or the third longest lines in West Side Market, and “The Tea Lab” at 530 Euclid in Downtown Cleveland.

“I always wanted to open a shop in Lakewood,” said Bob. “I went to St. Ed’s in the 60s, and met my wife when she lived on Mars Ave. I have always had a connection to Lakewood and wanted to return, the only question was when and how.” When the spot opened in what used to be GreenSmart Gifts, he jumped on the chance to bring his neu-style tea shop to Lakewood. “A modern take on what tea should be. It is not Victorian, it is not Zen Buddhism, it’s an American modern 21st Century beverage  that happens to be 5,000 years old, but relevant today. It is better for you than the junk they sell you in bottles and cans.” Lakewood seems to be a perfect spot; they have walking traffic and the new mindset on tea--a great beverage at any time hot or cold.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 04.17.2014

Band's Encore CD Feels Your "Blue Collar Breakdown"

"Another rough season" in Lakewood can mean sports, jobs, or winter. Local folk rock band The FlipSide captures those sentiments in their second CD, "Blue Collar Breakdown," an anthem for the never-say-die Cleveland everyman.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

YMCA Honors Woman Who Rowed Across The Atlantic Ocean

In 2010, Katie Spotz, 22-years-old at the time, rowed the Atlantic Ocean by herself, from Africa and South America in 70 days. She is the youngest person ever to complete the challenge. On Thursday, April 10th from 6-7:30 p.m. Katie will be at the Clifton Club in Lakewood to benefit the Lakewood YMCA Annual Campaign, telling her amazing story and answering your questions.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Luca Mundaca In Concert

Internationally acclaimed Brasilian singer and guitarist Luca Mundaca will present a concert at the Beachcliff Tavern, 19245 Detroit Avenue, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9 p.m. Although an accomplished solo artist, Luca will be accompanied by a stand up bass and a percussionist for this show.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Beck Youth Theater Continues 65th Anniversary With Criminally Hilarious Play, "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" Parodies Popular Television Show

Beck Center Youth Theater presents "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" in the Studio Theater December 13-15 and 20-22, 2013. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Seating in the Studio Theater is limited and tickets for youth theater’s holiday shows sell quickly.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013

Local Designer Toy And Fashion Brand Host Launch Party In Lakewood Gallery

Local Cleveland artists Ben Howard, Rick Sans, and Sergio Andujar II have developed a new brand to produce designer toys and clothing. They spent the majority of the last few years creating various art and customizing designer toys, so they decided to collaborate to create something bigger together. All three have spent time in Japan, so Asian themes and pop art play a significant part in their influences. Other influences derive from local culture, cartoons, comic books, street art, video games and pop culture.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:48 PM, 11.28.2013

Card Counting Card Game

Lakewood resident Edward Nolan entered the gaming market with a fast playing, strategic card game that is sure to be a hit. “The game I built is in the Casino genre, where you’re basically betting against other players, not the house," says Edward. "It’s a cross between betting on horses and Roulette."

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 2:01 PM, 11.12.2013

Lakewood YMCA Halloween Hullababoo

This year, the Lakewood YMCA is hosting a family halloween event for the public. It is a free event and all ages are welcome! The Haloween Hullababoo will be held on October 25th from 6 - 8 p.m. Bring the whole family for a fun night filled with games, trick-or-treating, refreshments, and a costume contest!

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 8:53 PM, 10.15.2013

Free Music At Madison Park

LakewoodAlive, in partnership with the City of Lakewood and Vance Music Studios, presents “Music on Madison” at Madison Park (13029 Madison Avenue) on October 6 from 1-4 p.m. The free, live concert will feature jazz and blues to help ring in fall and round out the weekend. The concert will take place directly in front of the pool house and the community is invited to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket too.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

Inaugural Art And Soul Street Festival

The Good Day Moon Gallery and The Reiki Room are sponsoring the “Art and Soul Street Festival” to benefit Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach Community Meals program to be held Saturday September 14 from Noon till 7 p.m. The event is being held on Cranford Ave., near Detroit Ave. Steve Berry Buick is also participating by offering the grass lot on Cranford to be used for performers and musicians.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

The Magic of the Balloon Animal

What do you get when you take different colored balloons the size of salamis and a Sharpie pen? You get a penguin with a happy face. You get a smiling monkey in a tree. You get a T-Rex with big teeth. You also get to watch the faces of children light up with pure joy upon recognizing an animal shape they had requested two minutes earlier.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

"The Cannoli Caper" A Murder Mystery Dinner

Try to solve the mystery and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner at Brennan’s Party Center (13000 Triskett Rd) on Saturday, September 14 at 7 p.m. Murderous Mayhem is presenting the “Cannoli Caper” sponsored by the Friends of St. James, Inc.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

10th Annual Taste of Lakewood to be Hosted by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Taste of Lakewood will be held on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013. This gala event, highlighting many of Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants and food purveyors, will be held from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at the Lake Erie Building, Templar Industrial Park (commonly known as The Screw Factory), 13000 Athens Avenue in Lakewood.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 10:52 PM, 05.14.2013

The Winchester Music Hall Wins Best Live Music Venue In Cleveland... AGAIN

The Winchester Music Hall on Madion Avenue in Lakewood has been voted the Best Live Music Venue in Cleveland for the fourth consecutive year in the 2013 Cleveland Hot List voting. The amazing run started with winning the 2009 Fox 8 TV Hot List contest and has included wins in 2010, 2011 and 2013. There was no contest held in 2012. The Winchester Music Hall presents the best National touring acts available, with world-respected musicians ranging from jazz guitarist Al DiMeola, Grammy Winnner Bill Frisell, Leon Redbone, Woodstock alumni Richie Havens, Country Joe and Melanie to up-and-coming artists like Joanne Shaw Taylor, who, after playing The Winchester Music Hall, played Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebration in England for millions of onlookers.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 PM, 04.02.2013

Kent And The Lube Set The Stage For A Repeat Performance

Friday, April 12 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Quaker Steak and Lube (Lakewood) welcomes [back], Lakewood’s own; Kent Dockus; Electric Violinist. Coming off recent shows at the Lakewood Public Library and a few National Anthem performances; Kent is excited to return to the Lube for another electric filled evening.

Kent promises to bring a great mixture of music while incorporating a variety of loop and effects pedals. Kent performs current pop tunes, classics, instrumentals as well as original scores. During these performances, Kent enjoys engaging his audience to better explain what he does. In fact, during his recent Lakewood Library performance to a packed audience, several audience members had questions; including, “can you make whale songs or a spaceship...?" This interaction turned into great fun for all.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:12 PM, 03.19.2013

Grand Opening Of VOSH - A New Entertainment Venue In Lakewood

It's official! Mickey Krivosh, owner of popular Lakewood restaurants Around the Corner and Georgetown, is proud to announce that VOSH, a new music venue at the west end of Lakewood celebrated its Grand Opening on St. Patrick's Day weekend, Friday, March 15th thru Sunday, March 17th. The club features Jazz, Blues, Motown and more. 

Located next door to Georgetown Restaurant in the historic former Bonne Bell building, VOSH completes a trifecta for the Krivosh Family in Lakewood's Georgetown Corners neighborhood.

A lifelong Lakewood resident, Mickey set down roots in the west end of Lakewood 38 years ago when he opened Around the Corner Saloon and Cafe. Established as one of the best bars on the West Side of Cleveland, Around the Corner is famous for its huge outdoor patio, great food, drink specials and entertainment. In the spring of 2011, Mickey purchased part of the former Bonne Bell Headquarters building along with the Bell family’s popular Three Birds restaurant, changing the name to Georgetown, six months later. The restaurant maintains its reputation as one of the city’s finer eateries, delighting guests with fine dining in a casual, elegant atmosphere.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:12 PM, 03.19.2013

Orphan Annie Finds A Home At The Beck Center

For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with the play Annie, I am about to offer the following review to see if your interests can be piqued. Everyone else who knows the gist, alas, I have nothing new to share.

Or heroine is a cute, perky little orphan girl named Annie (played by Anna Barrett) who is dead set on finding her parents, or rather (spoiler alert) her place in the world. The show’s snarky big opening musical number is "It’s the Hard Knock Life," a very catchy ditty that will have your foot tapping along with a smile on your face and a semi-awkward feeling in you gut. How can a song where children admit to having ‘empty bellies’ and lines like “we get kicked” end in thunderous applause from a packed opening night crowd? Answer: those orphans are a talented bunch.

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Volume 8, Issue 25, Posted 10:01 PM, 12.11.2012

Journeying Into 2013 In A Different Way; Are You Ready?

2013!  It's soon to be here, are you ready? Are you ready to try something that may be very different for you?

Once upon a time in Lakewood, Ohio, where everything is really good, there was a really good lady with a dream of bringing people together for the good of all. Many people have that dream, but Pat Uhr made it her reality and created Harmonic Journeys, a place where like-minded people come together to help learn and grow with one another forming a feeling of connectedness and a sense of freedom that comes from understanding oneself and others, creating a new world where everyone wins! Wow! That is a pretty lofty goal; but Pat took it further and found a way to really continue bringing people together through her Holistic Fairs.


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Volume 8, Issue 25, Posted 10:01 PM, 12.11.2012

Lakewood Resident Stars in Comic One Women Show

Laura Viccarone returns again to star in another performance at the Beck Center for the Arts. She is a comic writer that appears at comedy clubs and small theaters. Her new show entitled “Laura…This is your father” is a collection of short stories and spot on accounts of her hilarious experiences growing up in a large Italian family. Her unique voice and style reveals sharp wit.  Laura lives in Lakewood with her husband and children and is actively involved with the Beck Center and their dance department. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards dance education. Don’t’ miss this show Friday, 7 p.m. November 16th at the Beck Center for the Arts. At 7 p.m. hours d’ ouerves and one free beverage will be served and the performance begins at 8 p.m. (contains adult content- 21 and over please).

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.14.2012

Laughter Unleashed With Last Call Cleveland

Finally, your sense of humor can save the world! (Or at least Lakewood's homeless pet population.)

The always hilarious Last Call Cleveland will host an evening of sketch comedy--Laughter Unleashed--a night of claws-out comedy to benefit Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter!

Hilarity ensues at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Mahall’s 20 Lanes at 13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood and costs only $10. CCLAS encourages you stay for live music to see Thaddeus A. Greene and Grass is Green, or to bowl a few rounds, after the comedy show (additional fees may apply)!

Guests must be 21 & older. Purchase your tickets in advance at

Last Call Cleveland, the guys behind such classics as The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, is an award-winning sketch comedy troupe that has performed in comedy festivals in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, DC and Seattle. The group consists of comedians Mike Polk, Aaron McBride, Matt Zitelli and Mark McKenzie.

Mark your calendars for this hilarious fall event!

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 1:55 PM, 11.01.2012

Local Musician Set To Electrify The Lube

Friday evening, October 26, 2012 at 9pm; Lakewood’s own Kent Dockus kicks off his fall/winter schedule and takes the stage at Lakewood’s new Quaker Stake and Lube. “... the Ohio State Fair was a great place to play, but I’m thrilled to be playing here in Lakewood, especially at the Lube. I enjoy their burgers and wings, and now I have a chance to have them enjoy my music. No doubt it’ll be a fun night!” said Kent when he accepted the invitation.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 5:44 PM, 10.16.2012

Xanadu Rolls Into Beck

For those who remember the 1980's, the mere mention of the movie "Xanadu" will inspire a giggle, usually followed by a blush of embarrassment for participating in the fads of the time. Leg warmers, roller disco, even the movie's star, Olivia Newton John, have all become symbols of the decade, and are now considered silly by those who survived it.  

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 8:33 PM, 09.18.2012

C2B Night Out With Something Dada & Around The Corner

Connect 2 Beck, or C2B, is Beck Center's 20/30/40 group that enjoys arts and culture through social and insider events. C2B holds fundraising events to benefit the Arts Education scholarship fund at Beck Center, such as Bike for Beck and the arts sampler event, Taste of Beck.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 8:33 PM, 09.18.2012

Ginger's Last Call

Just like any other Saturday, this evening I most likely worked an 8 hour shift in the finest of dining establishments. I've tolerated someone's not so funny jokes about how my tip will be effected by how hot his after dinner coffee comes out of the pot, walked 3.6 miles around tables that are far too close together for any server larger than a size 2, and perfected the best bitter server eye roll known to man. Seems like a good night to party! I'm not talking all weekend Vegas bender here, but a couple of cocktails with your best friends after a long, long week of work.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:58 PM, 09.05.2012

Pooch Pool Plunge - Dog Swim - Benefits Friends Of The Lakewood Dog Park

Get your doggy ready to take the POOCH POOL PLUNGE!
It's "The most anticipated event of the doggy year" and by far the wettest! 

This annual dog swim benefit event draws 100's of pooch lovers and their hounds. Dogs enjoy taking the plunge in Foster Pool as its closed for end of the season. It's dog gone fun entertainment, whether you bring your dog or just come to watch the canine antics and have lots of laughs.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:00 PM, 08.21.2012

Erie Shore Greyhound Adoption Benefit

Crafty Goodness at 15621 Madison is teaming up with the Erie Shore Greyhound Rescue for their July Crafting for a Cause. Please join us on Saturday, July 14th for a day filled with crafting and fun, proceeds to benefit this great group.

1-3 p.m. Story & a Craft (ages 3 and up)
We will begin by reading Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman(a Dr. Seuss Protege) and then tying in what we have read by crafting a party hat.
$6 per child

2-4 p.m. Fleece Dog Toy (ages 6 and up)
Dogs just love to play tug of war...make them a fun tug of war toy out of fleece! Very easy to create, great parent/child activity.
$6 per person

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 11:38 PM, 06.26.2012

MAMA Luau Saturday June 30

Summer is here and things are heating up on Madison! What better way to celebrate than a luau? Join us for a day of fun, sun and shopping local. The event will be Saturday, June 30th from noon to 7 p.m. Just look for the balloons to see where to go.

Participating Shops:

Future No Future Vintage
15027 Madison
Hawaiian Dresses & Shirts for sale

15301 Madison
Frozen drinks served plus lots of fun summer apparel

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 11:38 PM, 06.26.2012

Ninth Annual Taste Of Lakewood To Be Hosted By The Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the ninth annual Taste of Lakewood will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012. This gala event, highlighting many of Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants and food purveyors, will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Erie Building, Templar Industrial Park (commonly known as The Screw Factory), 13000 Athens Avenue in Lakewood.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 PM, 05.01.2012

A Lakewood Native's Homecoming

As long as I can remember Lakewood native, Dan Shaw, has been an influential member of the music community. At Lakewood High School he performed with the Jazz Band. At Tri-C jazz studies his senior year he studied jazz piano with Joe Hunter and Jackie Warren, and jazz improvisation with Lakewood saxophone legend and mentor, Ernie Krivda. His band "Jesse Michael Barr" will be headed out to Portland Oregon and to California, but first they are coming home for two shows. First they will be playing at Mahall's on Friday, March 2 in Lakewood, then on March 3 they will be playing at The Parkview Tavern in Cleveland. If you would like to see Dan Shaw and "Jesse Michael Barr" at Mahall's they would definitely appreciate the support and a send-off.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.21.2012

Puppy Love Party Benefits Friends Of The Lakewood Dog Park

Inspired by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park members Kaylee Daussin and Chad Bray--who met at the Lakewood Dog Park and became engaged on Dec. 9--dog lovers and singles are invited to attend a benefit party.

Puppy Love Party

Sunday, Feb. 19

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Avenue Tap House

18206 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, Ohio 44107

KIDD Productions will be rocking the tunes for dancing. This DJ will get the party started and keep it going!

Ticket proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park and include:

Puppy Love and Pooch Punch signature cocktails to toast the occasion

Savory hors d'oeuvres to satisfy a love for food


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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

Go Vegan In 2012!

Have you ever wanted to go Vegan but didn't know where to start? Is it possible to bake a delicious cookie and not use an egg? The answer is a resounding YES! Get started on a healthier life path, the benefits are numerous: they range from disease prevention to weight loss. Lakewood resident Nicki Schneider will be hosting a Vegan Baking Basics class at Crafty Goodness on Sunday, February 26 from 1-3 p.m. She will discuss substitutions, recipes and answer any questions you may have. During the seminar the attendees will sample a delicious, 100% Vegan pastry plus a few different soy milks. A recipe booklet will also be provided, along with a packet of dry ingredients to take home and prepare. The cost is only $25, you can pre-register at the store (15621 Madison Avenue) or email Your body and taste buds will definitely approve!

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

VMS Rocks The Winchester!

If you have nothing to do on Saturday, February 11, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Vance Music Studos, VMS, Showcase at the Winchester Music Hall is the place to be. You will be able to see 10 young bands for just $5. I have seen most of these Lakewood bands perform over the past two years and I can tell you that they really are great. For example, these bands are so good that one past band was even offered a record deal!

Here are just some of the bands to watch. First, there is my favorite band The Barking Spiders, which is made up of Garfield and Harding Middle School students. Look for Isaac Karel on keyboard and James Elder on his guitar and talk box. If you don’t know what a talk box is come to the show and find out. Then there is Riot101, which is also made up of Garfield and Harding students. This band has already won several awards including a Louie of the Week award and an international cover song competition. At the last show their awesome drummer, Evan Suttell, played wearing an Anderson Varejao wig. Who knows what he will do this time?

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

Dress Up Your Heart 2012

February is the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women heart health awareness month. As part of that, Lakewood’s Open Your Heart Committee is sponsoring it’s 5th annual “Dress Up Your Heart” fundraiser with the mission of raising local awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of women in the U.S. This year’s event will include a Red Dress Fashion Show followed with a silent auction of the featured dresses. The dresses presented are designs by Susan Dauber, a Lakewood High School graduate who earned a Bachelors Degree in Fashion and Apparel Design from Cornell University and is currently working in the fashion design industry in New York City.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 8:09 PM, 01.24.2012

Adam And Eve, According To Twain: A Pop-Rock Cabaret At Faith Lutheran

Warm up your winter and laugh at a pop-rock cabaret version of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam & Eve at Faith Lutheran Church/Lakewood on Saturday, January 14, at 7 p.m.

Actors will tell Twain’s classic, satirical version of the Bible story of Adam and Eve, backed by Crossfire, a pop-rock band performing music of Faith No More, One Republic, Jet, Avril Lavigne, Stone Temple Pilots and more.

Snacks, desserts and refreshments will be available. A suggested donation of $10 will be appreciated.


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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 8:41 PM, 01.10.2012

Join The Fun - Early Childhood Style - At LECPTA's Open House And Children's Party

Don't spend another Friday night alone at home with the kids! Instead, on Friday, January 20 put your littles in their coats, warm up the car and head over to Harrison Elementary and join the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA's monthly Children's Party complete with pizza and snacks to munch on, crafts for the youngsters to create and don't forget the big open gym filled with hula hoops, balls and other types of toys that are sure to burn all of that winter-post-holiday energy right out of even the most energetic child!

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 8:41 PM, 01.10.2012

The Electrifying Sounds Of Violins And Guitars Continue To Welcome Christmas With A Rockin' Performance Of “The Night In Bethlehem,” An Original Christmas Story. In Its Second Year!

Returning after popular demand, Twin Engine retakes the stage for their annual “The Night in Bethlehem” performance.

If you witnessed the performance last year, no doubt you'll want to see it again... This narrated story is set to an original score, written and arranged by Kent and Christopher Dockus from Twin Engine. This year's show includes additional music, a new original and guest vocalist Nick Batton and bassist Max Duffy from the band Chil. And introducing Devon Caskey on Viola.

The show opens with an electrifying version of O’ Holy Night then onto a newly arranged rockn’ version of Mary Did You Know? We're also proud to welcome the return of Karl Bunkelman as our guest narrator.


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Volume 7, Issue 25, Posted 11:52 PM, 12.13.2011

Harrison Elementary PTA Second Annual Holiday Craft Show

It may only be November, but it’s time to start thinking about the holidays.

Harrison Elementary PTA will help people get a jump on their holiday shopping during the Second Annual Holiday Craft Show, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 19. The Craft Show will be held in the Harrison Elementary School gymnasium, 2080 Quail Avenue.

Harrison PTA began this tradition last year as a way to bring holiday shopping closer to home for our school community. The idea is to provide a place for local crafters and local home business owners to sell within their own community for a great cause! The table fees and all proceeds from food sales will go towards field trips, school supplies, and educational enhancements for the students of Harrison Elementary.


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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 4:43 PM, 11.15.2011

Lakewood Family Night at Kalahari Resorts Is Thursday, November 10!

Mark your calendars and make your reservations now! Thursday, November 10 is Lakewood Family Night at Kalahari Waterpark Resort in Sandusky - the Nation's largest indoor waterpark!This offer is good for ANYONE who calls Kalahari to reserve a room on November 10 and mentions "Lakewood Family Night or "Lakewood Group!"

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.01.2011

It's Winter; It's Light Up Lakewood Festival Parade Time! Embrace The Season And Join In For Holiday Fun!

On Dec. 3, 2011, come out and embrace winter! Participate in the First Annual Light Up Lakewood Festival Parade! We invite residents of Lakewood and throughout Northeast Ohio to join in the winter fun. Awards will be given to selected participants for “Best of Show,” “Most Creative” and “Best Use of Lights.” How can you participate, you ask? Here’s how:

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.01.2011