Romanian Festival 2019 set for Aug. 16-18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in West Park: A Place in the Sun

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — If you love ethnic celebrations, you won’t want to miss the Romanian Festival 2019 Aug. 16-18 at St. Mary Cathedral, 3256 Warren Road in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.

Festival organizers promise three days of live entertainment, food and fun. Hours are 4:30-11 p.m. Aug. 16; 1-11 p.m. Aug. 17 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 18.

The Transylvania Band with soloist Filimon Bogdan and D.J. Andy will provide music for all tastes will kick things off beginning at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Also that night, church and museum tours will be offered 5-7 p.m., the Mioritza children’s dance group will perform at 6 and all are invited to dance until the festival close at 11 p.m.

On Aug. 17, church and museum tours are offered 2-4 p.m. and 7-8. Doina Dance Group will perform at 4 and 7 and Mioritza returns at 6.

Mioritza is back at 1 p.m. Aug. 18, followed by Doina at 1:20. The popular Romanian costumes parade will take place at 2 p.m. with people dressed in native costume from various regions. Participants hold signs indicating their region as they parade around the festival area. Church and museum tours will be offered again 3-5 pm. And Doina will perform at 4 and 6. The festival closes at 10.

In addition to the live entertainment outside, tours of the church and the Romanian Ethnic Art Museum located on the second floor of the church building, there are vendors offering Romanian items, clothing, jewelry, religious items and more; a Grandma’s Attic Sale; souvenirs; games for children and audio-visual presentations about Romanian culture.

In the air-conditioned church hall, there is a bar, pastries available for purchase and a variety of home-cooked Romanian food that can be eaten in the hall or taken home.

Visit smroc.org for more information.

Dog Gone Fun: Olmsted Historical Society is planning a special Dog Gone Funday noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Frostville Museum complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Tom Dubowski of the historical society sends word that there will be dog vendors, dog games and even a doggie agility course, as well as food, games and a raffle basket. All buildings will be open for visitors.

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In addition to the historical society, the Grateful Dog Bakery and Elite K911 Dog Training are presenting the event.

Admission is $3 per family, which includes a chance to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards. All dogs must be leashed.

For more information, call 440-779-4355.

Lawn Chair Cinema finale: The third and final Lawn Chair Cinema for this year, set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Impett Park, 3207 W. 153rd St., West Park, will include a First District Safety Fair.

The movie “Mary Poppins Returns,” winner of the Facebook poll for which film would be shown, will be shown at dusk on the large, inflatable screen after the safety fair.

Safety fair booths will include information from public health, Cleveland Emergency Medical Service, Cleveland Metroparks’ NatureTracks, El Barrio Workforce Center will have face painting, the city’s Department of Aging, CareSource, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Cleveland Public Power, Water Pollution Control and Tri-League baseball.

The free family event will feature games and activities at local merchant booths starting at 6:30 pm. Attendees can learn a dance step, clap out rhythms, sing songs and more with DJ Kenny G. Sarah Jackson will be making balloon creations.

Kamm’s Corners Development Corp. presents the Lawn Chair Cinema events, with sponsors Fairview Hospital and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Visit kammscorners.com for more information.

Mastick Road work: Work is underway to resurface Mastick Road between Easton Road in Fairview Park and the western border with North Olmsted. Motorists should remember that eastbound traffic on Mastick is being detoured along Brookpark Road from Clague Road in North Olmsted to West 220th Street in Fairview Park.

Westbound traffic is maintained on this section of Mastick.

Tyler Williams, from left, Sara Sacha, Patience Smith, Taiylor Sloan and Kollin Reddinger are among 40 students chosen for this year’s Cuyahoga Community College Honors Program Fellowships. (Cuyahoga Community College)

Tyler Williams, from left, Sara Sacha, Patience Smith, Taiylor Sloan and Kollin Reddinger are among 40 students chosen for this year’s Cuyahoga Community College Honors Program Fellowships. (Cuyahoga Community College)

Congratulations: Five students from Sun Post-Herald communities were selected for Cuyahoga Community College Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.

Scholarship recipients include Taiylor Sloan of Fairview Park; Sarah Sacha and Tyler Williams of Lakewood; and Kollin Reddinger and Patience Smith of North Olmsted.

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They signed commitment letters with Tri-C during an Aug. 7 ceremony at the college’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center in Cleveland. Each scholarship — funded by donors to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation — is valued at up to $5,160 per academic year.

The college’s sixth fellowship class features 40 students who graduated high school with at least a 3.5 GPA and high ACT/SAT scores. By entering the scholarship program, they commit to being full-time students, maintaining a high GPA and earning a degree from Tri-C within two years.

The honors fellowship places special emphasis on academic planning, mentoring and portfolio building to reflect student work. Smaller honors class sizes also ensure specialized attention for students. The program is designed to support eventual transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s and other advanced degrees. Previous Honors Program Fellows received many academic honors on their way to earning Tri-C associate degree.

For information on the Honors Program Fellowship and eligibility requirements, contact Herbert Mausser, Tri-C’s director of Honors and Scholars Programs at 216-987-4660 or herbert.mausser@tri-c.edu.

Free concert: Four student ensembles from The Lakewood Music Collective will entertain at LakewoodAlive’s next free Front Porch Concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. It will be the eighth of 10 weekly concerts in the popular series.

The Exchange is presenting this week’s concert. The series is sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James.

The Lakewood Music Collective is a local music studio owned by Chris Parsons. Four ensembles will entertain the crowd with a variety of musical offerings. Error 707, an all-girl youth rock band, and Better Late, an adult rock band, will present their unique brands of rock-n-roll. Also, a coffee shop ensemble will perform a variety of acoustic numbers and a student jazz band will play.

Now in its ninth year, the Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually. Each week showcases a different style of music

Visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts for more information. Attendees are reminded to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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Celebrity bartender: The Power of More chambers of commerce will have a Celebrity Bartenders Night 5-7:30 p.m. Aug 21 at Burntwood Tavern, 5600 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted. Celebrity bartenders will be revealed at the event

There will be complimentary appetizers. The event is free, and no RSVP needed. Tips and raffle proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Power of More chambers include the following local ones: Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Parma Area (Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills), West Shore (Bay Village and Westlake), plus Berea, Cuyahoga Valley, North Coast, North Ridgeville and Olmsted.

Visit powerofmorechambers.org for more information.

New NOFD leaders: North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy recently swore in two officers to the North Olmsted Fire Department. Newly promoted are Capt. Matt Peters and Lt. Kevin Zywiec. The formal swearing in ceremonies took place at the Aug. 6 City Council meeting.

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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