Hippity Hoppin’ A “more normal” Easter is on the way as many well-known spring community events return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Avon is hosting the popular French Creek Foundation (FCF) Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on April 9 at Avon Middle School, 3445 Long Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages and drinks. After breakfast, children can enjoy activities and visit the Easter Bunny. Breakfast starts at 9:00 am and the egg hunt is at 10:30 am (for children from 2 to 8 years old). The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 9 and older, and children under 2 are free. Tickets go on sale March 14 and can be purchased from State Farm – Marci Barrett Insurance Agent, 35682 Detroit Road (cash or check only). Don’t hesitate, this event sells out every year.
Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase flowers for the 24 FCF cement planters placed along Detroit Road in Avon’s historic French Creek district, as well as hanging flower baskets for the poles.
Children can also take part in a drawing competition. Forms can be downloaded from frenchcreekfoundation.com/easter. Submit entries at the location provided at the bottom of the form by April 6th to win prizes. Be sure to include the child’s name and age, as well as the parent’s name and phone number. One entry per child.
Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, is hosting an Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 16 at 10:30 am. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-10 (up to 2 years free). The menu includes bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs and a drink. After breakfast, meet the Easter Bunny, participate in indoor and outdoor activities, and receive a treat bag. Pre-registration for all participants is required by April 10, go to reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/59790.
North Ridgeville is planning a free Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Rotary Club on April 9 at Ranger Stadium, 34600 Bainbridge Road, for children ages 1 through 9. The start time for the event will be announced closer to the date. I’ll include the time in one of the next columns.
I have contacted the city of Avon Lake officials to learn what events may be held to celebrate the holiday. An egg hunt is possible, but no further details are available at this time. If an egg hunt is planned I will include information in an upcoming short take. The popular Kiwanis pancake breakfast has also been postponed until the fall.
Women’s Wellness: The city’s free Women’s Wellness Series is back for 2022. The first course is Feeding your Soul and will be held on March 10th from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Avon Lions Community Center, 2155 Eaton Drive.
On March 24th, Ashlee Sanchez, Personal Fitness Instructor UH Avon Health Center, presents “Stretch to De-Stress” to stretch your body and calm your mind in a peaceful atmosphere. Bring a yoga mat. Classes are held from 7pm to 8pm at Avon Isle, 37080 Detroit Road. Another class will be held on April 28th from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Avon Lions Community Center.
Feeding your Body will be held on April 14 from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Avon Lions Community Center.
Pre-registration is required for all courses. For a full listing of upcoming courses and to register, visit avonrec.activityreg.com.
Avon Library Update: The 16,000 square foot. Expansion in the Avon Branch Library is slowly taking shape. The weather has been crazy over the last month but progress has been able to continue as the foundations for the north annex have been completed, the new steel is 90 percent complete and the trusses are in place on the south annex.
This month work continues on the completion of the trusses as well as the installation of the roofing and the start of the exterior walls. Worth driving past the library to see the progress, 37485 Harvest Drive.
Host families need: The Lake Erie Crushers baseball team is looking for host families for the 2022 season. Players stay with a local family during the season while they play. For more information, call 440-934-3636 or email [email protected]
Baseball Tickets: Major League Baseball may be experiencing a lockout, but baseball fans can support the Lake Erie Crushers this season because single-game tickets are now available. Several promotional nights and the popular fireworks nights are also planned. For more information, visit bit.ly/35Cj3Mk or call 440-934-3636 or email [email protected]
Church Fish Roast: The Parish of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road, is hosting a one-night fish fry on April 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dine in or carry out is available. Dinners with perch, shrimp and walleye are available. Visit www.stmaryavon.org for more information.
Unfortunately, the Fish Fries of the Holy Trinity will not take place during this Lent.
Exclamation: Congratulations to Lois Shinko, who recently received the Avon’s Living Legacy Award during a city council meeting. Mayor Bryan Jensen paid tribute to Shinko for 50 years since she and her husband Bob opened their antique shop, The Country Store in Avon, which is still going strong and keeping interest in Avon antiques and flea markets alive.
Jensen proclaimed the fourth weekend of June as “Lois Shinko’s Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque – Avon Citywide Flea Market Weekend” to recognize the many contributions Lois has made on behalf of the community.
Roadblock: Lake Road between Moore Road and Curtis Drive will be closed to through traffic for the next two weeks. The daily closure will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for water line replacement work on Lake Road at Parkland Drive, Rosewood Drive and Edgewood Drive. The detour for through traffic is Moore Road to Electric Blvd. to Curtis Drive and vice versa. Detour signs will be posted.
book delivery: The Friends of Avon Lake Public Library is hosting a Drive Up, Drop Off, and Donate book drive on March 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to raise gently used and new books, DVDs and Blu-ray materials collect. For more information, go to alpl.org/friends.
Musicians, instrumentalists wanted: Be part of the global celebration of music on June 21 from 2pm to 9pm at Bleser Park and Veterans’ Memorial Park. According to the city, Make Music Avon Lake is a partnership between Music on a Mission and the city, giving community members of all ages and musical talents an opportunity to experience the joy of making music together while serving the community. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, marching bands, mariachis and all other musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. Students are invited to bring their instruments with them. For more information, call Marilyn Zeidner at 216-407-0601 or email [email protected]
VFW Fish Fry: North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871, 6805 Lear Nagle Road, offers only fish to-go weekly Friday through Lent from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 440-327-4068.
Opening soon: The much-anticipated openings of Discount Drug Mart at 33633 Bagley Road and Starbucks at the corner of Lorain Road and Cook Road were announced recently during Mayor Kevin Corcoran’s speech on the state of North Ridgeville. Both are scheduled to open on April 4th.
Spring kiddie toilet set: North Ridgeville Early Childhood PTA’s Kiddie Kloset resale event will be held on April 9th at the Community Gyms at North Ridgeville Academic Center, 34620 Bainbridge Road. Early bird admission is $5 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. General admission is $2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tables are also available for $30 to sell items. Visit nrechpta.org/kiddiekloset for more information.
Resource fair: The Connecting for Kids Lorain County Resource Fair will be held March 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. The event features approximately 60 vendors offering resources for anxiety, depression, academic issues, behavioral issues and other issues local children may have experienced during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Local therapists, summer camps, adaptive sports and other programs will also be represented at the event. Families not comfortable attending the in-person event can drive to the Grab & Go tent in front of the Lorain County Community College Campus Center to receive materials in a safe and socially distanced manner. Visit Connectingforkids.org/lorain-resource-fair for more information and registration.
If you have any news/information or a story idea you’d like to share, or a “call”, please email [email protected].
Read more from the sunguard.