Avon Parks and Rec announces programs, registration for Safety Town: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville


Avon, Ohio

There’s no shortage of Avon Parks and Recreation department activities to keep the kids active as we head into spring/summer. Below is a list of upcoming programs, including information regarding enrollment in the popular City Safety Town for new kindergartens.

Enrollment begins March 1 for Avon’s popular Safety Town program for students entering kindergarten this fall.

Kids Yoga and Craft is a combination of a winter-themed yoga class and getting creative with making mindful crafts (the cuteness is awesome). The program is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on February 20 at Avon Isle 37080 Detroit Road and is open to children. six or more. The cost is $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

The Dance to EvOLvE winter session runs from February 21 to April 4 and at Avon Isle. Classes offered include Hip Hop (8-12 years old), Star Shiners Tap/Ballet (4½-6 years old) and Beat Breakers Hip Hop (4-7 years old). Fees apply to each program and locations/times vary.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at ShamRock’n Run Shake Up for kids K-6 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Hosted by the Avon Running Club, kids will explore the park’s new green space, play speed-rolling up the hill, and venture on trails connected to Veterans Memorial Park. Runners will each win a special St. Patrick’s Day jersey, play games, run and have fun. The cost is $25.

Tennis anyone? Registration is open for indoor tennis for children 4 to 5 years old. The five-week sessions begin March 15 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Avon Heritage South Gym, 35600 Bentley Drive.

Jumpstart Sports offers an introduction to volleyball for children in grades 1-6 at the Avon Heritage South Gymnasium, 35600 Bentley Drive. The program begins in April. The cost is $85.

Avon Police and Avon Parks and Recreation Departments are teaming up to offer a bike rodeo for kids ages 7-11 (no training wheels). A bike rodeo is an event for kids to learn and practice bike safety. The Bike Rodeo includes a safety inspection and a series of skills workshops related to everyday riding situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, how to safely exit a driveway, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. The rodeo is June 4 at Avon Middle School (two sessions available). The cost is $10 for residents only and there is a maximum of 35 attendees per time slot. Registration opens March 1.

Finally, if you have a child entering kindergarten this fall, Safety Town is a wonderful summer program offered by Avon Parks and Recreation and Avon Police and Fire Services (program not required for kindergartens). The program is located at the Avon Board of Education office, 36600 Detroit Road, with the village of Safety Town located behind the office building. Each day will be devoted to a different topic, such as fire safety, bus driving and healthy living. Online registration begins at 8 a.m. on March 1 and ends May 1 (or until sold out). Session dates are June 13-17, June 20-24, and June 27-July 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for each session. The cost is $25. Families are encouraged to check calendars for scheduling conflicts, as Safety Town organizers are not always able to accommodate changes after registration. Bicycle helmets are mandatory for all Safety Town students. The staff will consist of Avon school teachers, Avon police officers, and high school and college student volunteers.

For more information on all of the programs listed above and to register, go to the Parks and Recreation link on the city’s website, cityofavon.com.


Best pizzas: Yelp, the popular online review platform, recently released its list of America’s Top 100 Pizza Places and Avon’s In Forno Pizza, 35840 Chester Road, is ranked 46th.

According to information posted on the Yelp website (yelp.com), In Forna Pizza has 197 reviews with an average of five out of five stars. The list was decided based on several factors, including the total number of reviews and the ratings received in those reviews.

For more information about In Forna Pizza, visit infonopizza.com.

Collegial mentions: Halle Molnar made the President’s List and Kiley Williams made the Dean’s List at Trine


Theatrical production: We’ve all waited a long time for live theater to return. It’s the perfect time to see “Children of Eden” from Mighty Goliath Productions (MGP). Show dates/times are February 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; and February 20 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Daniel B Ross Performing Arts Center, Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road.

Children of Eden is a musical based on the book of Genesis, Act I telling the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, while Act II tells the story of Noah and the flood.

MGP is a non-profit musical theater company comprised of adults, teens, and children in Northeast Ohio. MGP has donated more than $280,000 to Avon Lake Public Schools’ performing arts programs since its inception in 1959.

To purchase tickets, go to mightygoliath.com.

Charity Ball: The 33rd annual Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS) Charity Ball has been rescheduled for April 2 at the Shipyard Event Center in Lorain. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CRS2022.givesmart.com.

Free throw contest winners: Avon/Avon Lake Knights of Columbus Council #3269 recently sponsored a free throw championship at St. Joseph Parish for girls and boys ages 9-14. Elly Briggs, Gina Coone, Gabrella Opron, Mariela, Bryce Seabold, Keenan Nelson, Jack Bartel, Blair LeCar and Brett LaCar. Students have the opportunity to compete in the Knights of Columbus district competitions Feb. 19 at Elyria Catholic High School.

Kindergarten enrollment: Online registration for Avon Lake City Schools Kindergarten is now open through February 25. Enrollment numbers will help determine classroom and building placement for fall 2022. Incoming students must be five years old by August 1 to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.

Registration is not complete until the District Registrar receives all required registration documents. Parents can upload documents through the registration portal (preferred) or items can be sent to the Registrar’s office by email, postal service or fax. All documents must be received before a child is fully registered. To register, go to avonlakecityschools.org/student-registration. For more information, contact Registrar Theresa Martin at 440-933-0984 or [email protected]

The list of the president: David Kos made the president’s list at Youngstown State University.


Blood collect: The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road. Appointments are required online at RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1‑800‑RED CROSS.

Foot clinic: Seniors can make an appointment with Total Foot Care podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Emmert, for March 23. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk upon arrival at the Senior Citizens Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road. If this is your first visit to the doctor, it is recommended that you contact Dr. Emmert’s office at 216-529-1800 to ensure they have the necessary information. The cost of the clinic is usually covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance.

Health insurance advice: Health Insurance Counseling is available by appointment only at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road. To make an appointment, call 440-353-0856 or 440-353-0857.

The list of the president: Hayden Freeman made the President’s List at Youngstown State University.


Hire veterans: A special free hiring event for veterans, “Hiring Heroes,” will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Lorain County Community College, 1002 N Abbe Road. The event is sponsored by the Lorain County Manufacturing Sector Partnership. Veterans will have the opportunity to show how their skills learned on active duty can translate into employment in the manufacturing sector. Registration is required, go to bit.ly/3ziu1kI. For more information, contact Michael Fitzpatrick at [email protected]

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