Applications now available for the North Ridgeville Community Garden: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start planning for the gardening season. The North Ridgeville Community Garden is now accepting registrations for plots. The garden is located along Chestnut Ridge Road across from Alternate State Route 83 (near the exit at Ohio 10).

The North Ridgeville Community Garden is now accepting registrations for plots. The garden is located along Chestnut Ridge Road across from Alternate State Route 83 (near the exit at Ohio 10).

This is the 12th season for the project, which is a partnership with the City of North Ridgeville. The garden area consists of two acres, with more than 100 plots measuring 20 feet by 15 feet available. The plots are measured and marked off by volunteer gardeners. The fertile soil is plowed by a local farmer in the spring. Weather permitting, the plots are usually ready for planting by Memorial Day.

“Gardeners grow all types of vegetables,” said Leo Hill, co-manager of the North Ridgeville Community Garden, in an email. “Tomatoes, beets, squash, cabbage, carrots, watermelon, pumpkins, and other vegetables are grown. Also, flowers are grown including a border of sunflowers around three sides of the garden. The flowers also serve as a pollen source for the three beehives kept at the garden.”

According to Hill, every gardener keeps whatever they want from their own garden. Surplus vegetables are donated to North Ridgeville Care. There is also one large garden plot at the west end of the garden devoted to the Community Garden.

“Each year we donate two to three thousand pounds to North Ridgeville Community Care,” said Hill.

Cost for a plot is $20. Free water is supplied to the plot via an extensive system of hoses connected to a main water source.  A large tiller and a variety of garden tools are available to maintain the plots.  The plot fees pay for various maintenance and garden upkeep costs. The Community Garden is a non-profit organization. Each gardener plants and cares for their own plot.  Any excess produce is donated to North Ridgeville Community Care.

To participate, complete the registration form by May 15, and drop off with a check payable to North Ridgeville Community Garden to the Mayor’s Office at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.  North Ridgeville Community Garden will communicate directly to registrants with additional information. To download the form, go to If you have additional questions, email [email protected]


High school production: Bring the whole family to see Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in the Avon Local School’s new Performing Arts Center at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road. Show dates/times are April 29-30 at 7 p.m.; and May 1 at 2 p.m. Support the return of live theater and support our local students. To purchase tickets, go to

Dog park update: I recently reached out to Clare Harasimchuk, Avon’s recreation coordinator, for an update on the dog park at Veterans Memorial Park. Her response via email reads, “The fencing has been ordered and the dog play features which was a donation from the Canning Family are also on order.  With the current supply chain demand and weather, we are hoping to have the dog park ready early summer.”

Literary trails reopen: The weather is slowly warming up and it’s the perfect time to start walking the literacy trails offered by the Lorain Public Library System. Library officials post the pages of a different children’s book along each trail every month from April through October inviting children and their caregivers to take a walk through the park while enjoying a story together. StoryWalks in the Sun Sentinel’s coverage area include the Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road, Avon; and South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville.

Story Time in the Woods: Now offered two Fridays per month through October, upcoming dates for Story Time in the Woods include April 29 and May 13 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road. Music, movement activities and play will accompany nature‑themed stories. Dress for the weather and bring a blanket.

Spring brunch: Join fellow seniors for brunch at the Avon Senior Center, 36784 Detroit Road, from 10 a.m. to noon June 8. Brunch menu includes: Omelet bar, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fruit, dessert, and beverages. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Todd. Cost is $12 per person. Deadline to register (space is limited) is June 1. Call 440-934-2417.

More bulk days: City Council recently passed an ordinance amending the agreement with Republic Services to now provide weekly bulk trash pickup in the city, at no additional cost to residents. Beginning with the first trash collection in May, residents can put out their bulk items every week, rather than the first Monday of the month.

In addition to the weekly bulk pickup, Republic Services will pick up yard waste year-round as part of the changes to the memorandum of understanding. Currently, yard waste is collected from mid-April through November. Yard waste may be placed at the curb in clear plastic or brown paper bags, or loose in cans of the same type as a trash can, clearly marked “YARD WASTE” and must be of a manageable weight.

Residential curbside service will be one day later than the regular day of service after these holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Shout-out: Happy 35th anniversary to Laura’s Learning Treehouse, 37190 Colorado Avenue. The family-owned child care center is currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, go to

Citywide garage sales: Save the dates as the annual Lois Shinko’s Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque Avon Citywide Garage Sale weekend is June 25-26.


Kindergarten readiness presentation: The Avon Lake City Schools, in partnership with Applewood Centers, Inc. and LEAPS Preschool, is hosting a virtual preschool parent night presentation, “Fostering Social Emotional Skills for Kindergarten Readiness,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. April 28. Elizabeth O’Sicky, early childhood mental health therapist and supervisor, will lead the discussion which also includes new Ohio Department of Education preschool classroom requirements. Free at-home activities and resources will be provided. To register, go to Participants will receive the link to attend the live presentation once submitted.

Best schools for music: The Avon Lake City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the third consecutive year the district has received the honor. In the past 20 years, the district has now earned the distinction 17 times.

“We are proud to again be named a Best Communities for Music Education District by NAMM,” said Bob Scott, superintendent, Avon Lake City Schools, said in a press release. “Being one of the 738 school districts to receive this distinction nationally not only affirms the quality of our music program Kindergarten through grade 12, but shines a spotlight on the excellent music educators in Avon Lake who maintain our outstanding program year in and year out. Avon Lake students, staff, and parents know that music education leads to success in all areas of a person’s life.  We are appreciative of our community’s support and look forward to a bright future for the Avon Lake music program.”

New city recreation director: City council recently passed an ordinance confirming the appointment by the mayor of resident Erin Fach to the position of recreation director. He comes to the city after serving in the same role in Bedford. If the name sounds familiar, Fach was a sports coordinator for Avon Lake’s Recreation Department seven years ago. He has also coached baseball, flag football and soccer in the city. Fach replaces Tim Pinchek who left the parks position last month to become the director of recreation and public engagement in North Olmsted.

Local business expo: The 9th Annual North Coast Business Expo 2022 will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. May 5 at Ahern’s Banquet Center, 726 Avon Belden Road. Exhibitor tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Go to For more information on sponsorships, contact Mark Boepple at 440-336-1734 or [email protected] For exhibitor table information, contact Steve Corcoran 440-655-6073 or [email protected]

Gone fishing: Representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently stocked Walker Road Park with rainbow trout.  Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure between 10-13 inches when they are released by the Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler with no minimum size limit.

Citywide garage sale: Registration is now open for the May 7 Citywide Garage Sale sponsored by the Avon Lake Early Childhood PTA (ALECPTA). Sellers can register now to be added to the map. For $15, the ALECPTA will advertise the sale and include your address and a brief description of what you are selling to the sellers map. You price and sell your own items and keep all profits. Seller is responsible for all signage at the sale. The deadline to sign up is May 2. For more information, go to


Book sale: The Friends of North Ridgeville Branch is hosting a book sale at the library, 35700 Bainbridge Road. A preview sale from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 21 will take place for members of the Friends of North Ridgeville Branch. The public sale is from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 22-23; and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 24 (bag sale). New members may join, or former members may renew their annual memberships during the preview sale.

Coffee chat: An evening edition of Mayor Kevin Corcoran and School Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio’s Coffee & Conversation will take place at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Board of Education Community Room, 34260 Bainbridge Road.

High school performance: The North Ridgeville High School Drama Club presents, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the Early Childhood Learning Community, 5490 Mills Creek Lane. Show dates and times are April 29-30 at 7 p.m., May 1 at 2 p.m., and May 6-7 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, go

Spaghetti dinner: The Office for Older Adults is planning a Spaghetti Dinner at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. April 29 sponsored by Liston Funeral Home. Dinner includes spaghetti, sauce and meatballs, garlic bread and salad. Cost is $7 for adults; seniors are $6; and children 10 and under are $4; dessert is $1 and pop is $.50 extra.  Carry-out is also available.

Discover the Ridge: The North Ridgeville Visitors Bureau’s annual Discover the Ridge will take place May 7. The event is an opportunity to showcase the businesses in the city, as well as bring the community together. Discover the Ridge kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Lorain County Community College Ridge Campus, 32121 Lorain Road, featuring the North Ridgeville Jazz Band. Additional information is on the city’s website, go to If you have any questions, please contact the North Ridgeville Visitors Bureau at (440) 327-3737.

Plant sale: The Garden Club of North Ridgeville will host the annual Plant and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at the Giant Eagle Plaza on Center Ridge Road. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, members have lots of plants to sell at great prices.  The plants are perennials that members dug up from their own yards.  For information, call 440-365-8522.


Online automotive help: April is National Car Care Month. The Lorain Public Library System (LPLS)  is offering free automotive help online. Car owners can access reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, a resource available in the eLibrary of the website.

“ChiltonLibrary helps patrons save money on car repairs by offering expert, step-by-step guidance on how to conduct repairs themselves, or by having greater knowledge about their vehicle when taking it to a professional for service,” said Jennifer Black, LPLS marketing director in a press release. “All you need is your library card to tap into this resource through your home computers, iPads or tablets around the clock, in addition to being able to access the information here at the library.”

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, as well as many new vehicles. The continually updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, as well as troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) simplify even the most complicated tasks, according to information from the LPLS.

In addition to finding repair information, library users can: Look up recalls and service bulletins, find estimated labor time helping users confidently estimate repair costs, and prepare for ASE mechanic certification with test prep quizzes. For questions or more information, call or visit your local LPLS branch, including Avon and North Ridgeville.

Drug take back: It’s time to clean out those medicine cabinets and dispose of any prescription drugs and other items that may be expired, etc. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30. Take items to any local police station. Drugs can also be disposed of throughout the year at any police station.

Spring break: I will be taking some much needed time off to rest and recharge. There will be no Short Takes for the April 28 Sun Sentinel or posting to

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