U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety courses offered in Lakewood: A Place in the Sun

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The calendar says January, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking forward to boating season.

Registration is under way for boating safety classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-5. Three boating safety classes are offered from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 22 at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. The sessions run through April 1.

Ohio’s mandatory boating education law requires boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved course before operating a boat with an engine more than 10 horsepower.

According to the Ohio State Parks and Watercraft website, there were 51 fatalities from 2017 to 2019 on Ohio waterways, including 22 on Lake Erie.

Classes offered are:

· Boating Skills and Seamanship (powerboat oriented), with a fee of $35, plus a registration fee of $30 for Lakewood residents or a $40 fee for non-residents.

· Sailing Skills and Seamanship, with a fee of $35, plus a $30 Lakewood registration fee for residents and $40 non-resident registration fee. This is the only Coast Guard Auxiliary sailing course in Greater Cleveland.

· Basic Coastal Navigation, which includes charting and GPS, costs $45, plus a $30 Lakewood registration fee or a $40 non-resident fee.

Register through the Lakewood Recreation Department at lakewoodrecreation.com or by calling 216-529-4081. Contact V. Suda at 216-226-7221 or sudav@cox.net for more information.

Wine tasting benefit: Fairview Park Women’s Club will have a Hawaiian luau-themed wine-tasting and silent auction event Feb. 22 at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the benefit — “I Lava Good Wine II” — runs from 7 to 10 p.m. No wine will be poured until 7. Four Ohio wineries will be participating.

Cost is $40, including admission, appetizers, dessert and wine tasting — three samples of wine per winery. Additional samples can be purchased that night. Tickets must be purchased in advance by cash or check, and those attending must be 21 or older.

Attendees should come prepared to bid on a variety of silent auction items. New this year: Credit cards will be accepted as payment for silent auction items, as well as cash or checks.

Reservation deadline is Feb. 10 or whenever tickets sell out. Event organizers said the event sells out every year.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Nancy at 440-734-9577.

Full-day pre-kindergarten: Lakewood City Schools is accepting registration for the 2020-2021 preschool program. Parents can choose between a half-day and a new full-day option for their children.

The all-day program will be housed at the district’s new Taft Center for Innovation, formerly Taft Elementary School.

Registration for Lakewood residents began on Jan. 13. Non-residents can begin registering on Feb. 3. Call 216-529-4214 for more information.

Microbrewery tour: Angels on the Avenue will host its 12th annual charity microbrewery tour Feb. 22. This year’s tour will visit breweries in the Columbus area. The bus will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m. from the Hilton Garden Inn on Grayton Road in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. The first tour is at 11:30 a.m.

Those interested can stay at the hotel for $89 per night, including breakfast.

Price for this year’s tour is $75, first-come, first-served.

For more information, call 216-701-3143. The group supports residents and resident outings at St. Augustine Health Ministries on Cleveland’s West Side.

School-community forum: North Olmsted residents are invited to attend a community input session at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Pine Intermediate School, 4267 Dover Center Road, North Olmsted, focusing on district facilities.

The school board was presented with a formal recommendation on district facilities at its Dec. 18 meeting, based largely on work completed by the Community Task Force. Part of the recommendation includes closing one elementary school and reconfiguring the district for the 2020-2021 school year.

Based on size and location, Spruce Primary School was the building recommended for closure.

The new district reconfiguration plan calls for Birch and Forest primary schools to house grades K-2, Chestnut Intermediate School to become a primary school for grades pre-kindergarten to 2, and Pine and Maple intermediate schools to house grades 3-5.

The middle school and high school will not be affected.

Looking ahead: The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion with new Mayor Meghan George at its lunchtime meeting on Jan. 31 at The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road, Lakewood. George began her first term as mayor on Jan. 1.

Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and the program at noon. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Visit lakewoodchamber.org for more information or to make reservations. There is free valet parking.

Tax prep: Fairview Park Senior Center, 20769 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, will be offering tax preparation assistance once again through the AARP Community Service Program. However, due to changes at AARP, only half of the number of returns processed in past years can be done this year and no home visits are available for shut-ins. However, a proxy can make an appointment and bring the required tax paperwork.

A photo ID or Social Security card is required for anyone using the service. Tax preparers, who are IRS-trained and certified, will be available on Tuesdays from Feb. 4 through April 7. Call 440-356-4437. Those using the service must bring last year’s tax return or the volunteers cannot help them.

Call North Olmsted Senior Center at 440-777-8100 to reserve a seat at North Olmsted Senior Center’s first fundraiser luncheon of 2020. (Carol Kovach, special to cleveland.com)

Fundraiser lunch: The North Olmsted Senior Center, 28114 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, will host its first fundraiser luncheon of the year at noon Jan. 22. The event is sponsored by Danbury North Ridgeville Assisted Living and registration deadline is Jan. 17. Call 440-777-8100 to reserve a seat.

Lunch will be chicken with gnocchi soup, salad, a breadstick and dessert. Cash donations will be accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the North Olmsted Senior Center.

Holiday light recycling: Unwanted, broken, burned-out strings of holiday lights, as well as electrical cords and power strips, can be recycled through Jan. 31 at Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.

Recycling containers are available 24/7 in the City Hall parking lot.

One Community Reads: What happens when nine public library systems, Playhouse Square and The City Club of Cleveland get together? It results in One Community Reads. The Cuyahoga County-wide initiative is intended to encourage reading and cultivate dialogue about social issues affecting communities.

Participating are the Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, East Cleveland, Euclid, Heights Libraries, Lakewood, Rocky River, Shaker and Westlake Porter Public libraries.

One Community Reads kicks off on Jan. 20 and runs through May. This year’s book is “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life,” by Eric Klinenberg.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish is honorary chair of the initiative.

The kickoff celebration will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland. The backdrop will be “Cleveland 20/20: A Photographic Exploration of Cleveland,” an exhibit that showcases everyday life in the city. The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Main Library in Brett Hall.

Watch for details on upcoming events that are part of the initiative.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. in Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the A Place in the Sun column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to carolkovach@hotmail.com.

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