Monday, October 2

Hooley on Kamm’s Corners features entertainment, food, family fun: A Place in the Sun

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Get ready to party.

The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners returns beginning at noon June 18. As is customary, vehicular traffic will be prohibited on Lorain Avenue from Rocky River Drive east to West 165th Street in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood throughout the day because of the street festival.

Early weather reports call for sun and a high temperature near 70, which is good news for event organizers, participants, performers and attendees.

Admission is free. Live entertainment will take place throughout the day on the two bookend stages at the eastern and western ends of the festival area.

The schedule for the main stage at Rocky River Drive begins with the kick off at noon. Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums take the stage at 12:15 p.m. They will be joined by the Pipe and Drums pf the Cleveland Police. Taylor Lamborn performs at 12:30 p.m., Wallace Coleman at 2:15 p.m., West Side Irish Pipes and Drums at 3:45 p.m., Window Dogs at 4 p.m. and Cats on Holiday at 6 p.m.

On the family stage near West 165th Street, West Park Fairview Family YMCA will take be on stage at 12:30 p.m. followed by O’Malley Irish Dance at 1 p-.m. The YMCA Hip Hop Dance will perform at 1:30 p.m., Burke Irish Dance at 2:30 p.m., Leneghan Irish Dance at 3 p.m., All-American Karate at 3:30 p.m., Cannon Irish Dance at 4 p.m., YMCA Line Dancing at 5 p.m., Hip to That at 5 p.m. and The Prom Queens at 6:30 p.m.

Those who work up an appetite will find the following food vendors on site: Backstage Bar, Buckeye Concessions, Celestial Treats, City Club Catering, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, Weber’s Frozen Custard and West Park Station. Artisan vendor participating in The Hooley include Bandana-Rama, Celticgirl Travels Photography. Chris Deighan Art, Clean Life Organics, Deby’s Designs, Designs by Denise, Happy Etching, Jenn’s Homemade Candles, Jill’s Frillz, Love of Sparklynn and Pixel Mania.

In addition to music, food and fun, the family-friendly event also has games and more.

The event is a production of West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development. Major sponsors include Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, Dollar Bank, Ward 17 Councilman Charles Slife, Neighborhood Family Practice, Cleveland Public Library and the YMCA.

Steve Clark, left, Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River president, and Jon Fancher, right, scholarship chair, congratulate the club’s 2022 college scholarship recipients Elena Rouse, from left, Estela (Stella) Dajko, Isabella Shaner and Teeghan McGann. Abigail Hirsch was not present for the photo. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River.

Scholarship winners: Five graduating high school seniors received college scholarships from the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River. Recipients are Estella Dajko, Elana Rouse and Isabella Shaner of Rocky River High School, and Abigail Hirsch and Teeghan McGann of Lakewood High School.

Each was awarded $3,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The $15,000 scholarship program is part of more than $60,000 that the Rotary club donates to community programs each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, the five scholarship winners were chosen for their character, extracurricular and community involvement.

This year’s winners are:

· Abigail Hirsch of Lakewood High School who has a passion for building connections among students. She was a captain of the Rangers cross country team, involved in the school’s Race and Diversity Club and the Home Alone Club that guides younger students on safety measures when going to empty homes after school. She was inducted into the LHS National Honor Society chapter. She hopes to become a psychiatrist and will attend Ohio University to study psychology.

· Teeghan McGann lives the volunteer life, helping with programs like Help 2 Others, Home Alone and the Lakewood Youth Running Club at LHS. She also volunteered at St. Luke’s parish and at a local nursing home in the early days of the pandemic when residents’ families were unable to visit. In addition, she co-captained the Ranger track and field and cross country teams. Teeghan plans to study business at Miami University.

· Estela Dajko used the challenge of immigrating to the United States as motivation to make the most of opportunities. At Rocky River High School, Stella found a home in the performing arts departments, singing in various choirs and being involved in Drama Club productions in backstage and on-stage roles. She is a National Honor Society member an plans to study health sciences at Baldwin Wallace University.

· Elana Rouse plays violin, supports the RRHS Environmental Club, created art selected for Rotary’s recent art show at Beck Center and wrote a first place-winning essay for the Maltz Museum’s “Stop the Hate” program. She was part of the costume shop crew for RRHS’s Dazzle Award-winning production of the musical “Young Frankenstein” this spring. She plans to study fashion design at Kent State University.

· Isabella Shaner, also from RRHS, was in the concert and marching bands and National History Day competition. In addition, she was a four-year member of the school’s fencing team. She tutored middle school students and maintained pen pal communications with area nursing home residents. Last summer, Isabella was accepted into a two-week painting course at Cleveland Institute of Art. She plans to study biology at The Ohio State University with plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs (known as Rotarians) provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

To learn more, visit

Scam alert: Fairview Park Police are warning residents to be on guard for a scam involving letters with fake VISA gift cards. Some letter were mailed to residents with the unauthorized use of city letterhead and the fraudulent use of Mayor Patrick Cooney’s signature.

One such letter states that the gift card is a “thank you” for being an “outstanding citizen.”

The city did not send the letters or gift cards, police said.

They warn that residents should not provide any personal information in an attempt to use the gift card.

Anyone who receives one of these letters should contact the police at 440-333-1234.

Amish day trip: North Olmsted Senior Center invites seniors to a daylong motor coach trip to Amish country on Aug. 3. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and will return about 7 p.m.

Travelers will visit the popular Der Dutchman Restaurant, Coblentz Chocolate, Heini’s Cheese shop, Carlisle Gifts, the Amish Bakery Breitenbach Winery and more. Cost is $70. For more information or to sign up, call Beth at 440-716-5435. Register by July 13.

Jazzing it up: The Music Settlement of Cleveland will feature Glenn Holmes in a free jazz concert at 4 p.m. June 19 at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, k20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, as part of the Juneteenth celebrations.

The church is celebrating its 75th Jubilee this year. It is the largest UU congregation in Northeast Ohio. The Rev. Anthony Makar is senior minister.

Race benefits Youth Challenge: More than 1,000 runners, walkers and rollers, including participants in wheelchairs, will take part in Where will Color Take You, the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club’s annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk & Roll on June 18 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland.

The event benefits Youth Challenge, whose mission is to provide free adapted sports and recreational activities to young people with physical disabilities. YC has a location in Westlake that serves people with disabilities from many area communities.

The Kids’ Dash is set for 8:15 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 and the 1-mile walk and roll at 9 a.m. Closing ceremony and awards presentation will be at 9:45 a.m.

The women’s club was established in 1911. It is a network of more than 850 women committed to its members’ personal and professional development and fostering connections with one another and the community. All proceeds from their fundraising efforts are donated to local Cleveland-based charities. Additionally, The Sherwin-Williams Foundation matches each gift made by the Club.

For 46 years, YC has fulfilled its mission of bringing together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities. The organization provides free programming and transportation to children and young adults from all over Northeast Ohio. Visit  for more information.

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