Light Up Lakewood: Reimagined To Spread Virtual Holiday Cheer

LakewoodAlive has creatively reimagined the most joyous of Lakewood traditions — this year, we will be virtually connecting the community to safely bring the spirit of this beloved event to life. Light Up Lakewood is back for a 14th consecutive year, help us to #LiftUpLakewood with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2020 takes place virtually from Saturday, December 12 through Sunday, December 20.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This virtual, family-friendly event will feature nine days of Lakewood holiday traditions that premier daily on Facebook and Instagram beginning December 12. The virtual event will kick off with our Lighting Ceremony that begins with a mini-parade featuring Light Up Lakewood celebrities including Santa, Grinch, and Buddy the Elf.

”Light Up Lakewood is such a fun celebration of the season and we wanted to do our best to keep the celebration alive, in a safe way,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews. “We are thrilled to bring you nine days of videos featuring some of our favorite traditions of the event and hope it brings the community together during this uncertain time.”

Schedule of Virtual Events for Light Up Lakewood Reimagined:
Video content will premiere daily at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram.

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Volume 16, Issue 23, Posted 11:39 AM, 11.18.2020

A Digital Dog Day Delight: 2020 Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade Highlight

It was a crisp, picture-perfect autumn day, and although we weren’t able to gather together at Kauffman Park, we were happy to see the creativity and enthusiasm of Spooky Pooch endure through these times. It was, indeed, a digital dog day delight.

On Saturday morning, October 17, the original day of our annual parade, we premiered our 2020 Spooky Pooch Parade Video announcing the Best in Show, 12 lucky dogs that will be featured on our 2021 wall calendar, and heart warming honorable mentions that made our 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Celebration memorable for all who participated. The votes and comments for Best in Show flooded in on Facebook and Instagram, after two days, we tallied over 1600 votes. 

Sponsored by Ganley Subaru and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade featured mutts and purebreds, lap dogs and large canines, and a wide assortment of clever costumes adorned by both humans and their furry friends. The 12 lucky dogs that will be featured on our calendar were selected by a panel of judges, with the winner of Best in Show which was chosen through public through voting, receiving one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store.

The level of creativity expressed in this year’s array of costumes truly brought a smile to our faces. Costumes included many fictional favorites such as Oscar the Grouch (a dog painted green jumping out of a garbage can, of course), Mickey Mouse (and his cohort of friends), Baby Yoda (as adorable as the one on the big screen) and many more. 


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Volume 16, Issue 21, Posted 8:02 PM, 11.04.2020

Hot Dog! LakewoodAlive’s 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Going Virtual

It’s been said that when times get ruff, dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, LakewoodAlive announces the 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Ganley Subaru will be held virtually, with 12 lucky winners having their dogs highlighted in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 calendar and one grand prize “Best In Show” winner being determined by public voting.

“We are pleased to be able to adapt our Spooky Pooch Parade into a virtual format and continue this long-held fall tradition safely during this unprecedented time,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This family-friendly community event will certainly look different this year, without having 350 canines and 3,000 people filling Kauffman Park, yet its ability to offer community members joy and comfort will endure. We hope you and your family enjoy participating, and we appreciate your support of LakewoodAlive. Now get those creative costume juices flowing!”


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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum On May 23

The benefits arising from societal diversity are well-documented. Research shows being exposed to people who are different from us broadens our horizons, enhances our creativity and even makes us happier. But how exactly can we succeed with cultivating a more diverse community in Lakewood?

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood).  Co-hosted by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission, this community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we as Lakewoodites can further our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity within our city.


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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018