Zoom – It’s almost STEAM Week at Westlake Porter Public Library: West Shore Chatter
WESTLAKE, Ohio – Westlake Porter Public Library is offering a variety of programs dealing with science, technology, engineering, arts and math during its annual STEAM Week July 18-24 at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.
Throughout the week, the library will feature STEAM blog posts on its website as well as programs for all ages. Among the offerings will be naturalists talking about animals as part of the “Tails & Tales” Summer Library Challenge. Participants also can read about the science behind animals and other topics in exclusive articles.
Those who enjoy crafts can register for a kit at westlakelibrary.org and pick them up beginning July 19.
Among the programs offered during STEAM Week are:
· Learn about native animals from the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in the Tails & Tales program at 2 p.m. July 19 on the Zoom platform. Participants will discover what makes reptiles different from mammals or birds and they will see scales, feathers and fur in the virtual presentation, as well as learning the purpose of an animal’s tail. The session is appropriate for elementary school students to adults and registration is required.
· A Rocky River Nature Center naturalist will present a program on Monarch butterflies at 1 p.m. July 20 on Zoom. This session for adults will explore the butterfly’s life from egg to caterpillar to winged adult and their migration to Mexico. Register to receive the Zoom instructions by email.
· Students in grades 7-12 will learn how to build a board game during a Zoom program at 7 p.m. July 20. Registering for the program will reserve a kit.
· A highlight of the week is the annual Egg Drop program, which will take place live at 11 a.m. July 22 on Facebook or YouTube. Children entering grades K-6 in the fall can register to reserve an egg drop kit (minus the egg) that can be picked up on July 14. Using the kit, they can create a device to protect the egg. Creations must be returned to the library by 4:30 p.m. July 18. Watch the fate of the eggs on July 22.
· An Adapted Story Time in the Garden will take place at 10 a.m. July 23 – weather permitting. The program is for children 3-7 who might not be successful in a typical story time experience. All ages are welcome and siblings may attend, but must be registered individually. Staff will notify registrants if inclement weather causes the program to take place on Zoom.
For more information, to find the blogs or to register for any of the kits or programs, visit westlakelibrary.org/steam-week.
bayarts.net for tickets, $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.
The next Food Truck Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16, will feature food trucks from Original Steaks and Hoagies and Dough Daddy Doughnuts on the west side of City Hall, 350 Dover Center Road, Bay Village.
Summer sounds: The next Rocky River Summer Concert will be at 7 p.m. July 25 at Rocky River Park Pavilion, 20250 Beachcliff Blvd., Rocky River.
Parking is permitted 6-9 p.m. on concert days on residential streets. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair. There is no alternate rain site; concerts will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
New location: The North Union Farmers Market, presented by Julie Billiart Schools, relocated effective July 10 to the open area in front of Fidelity Investments at 1800 Crocker Road, Westlake.
“The North Union Farmers Market has been a staple event for us every week for 16 years here at Crocker Park,” said Stacie Schmidt, vice president of marketing and communications for Stark Enterprises. “We are thrilled to move them to a more open location where convenience for both the farmers selling and the visitors shopping can be made simple,” she added.
The new outdoor location will allow easier flow for shoppers and will allow more farmers to join the market, which offers .
The market retains its normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through December.
For more information on the market, visit northunionfarmersmarket.org.
Retirees resume meetings: Chapter 91 of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. will meet at 11 a.m. July 19 on the lower level of the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.
This will be the first formal meeting of the group since February 2020. There will be no speaker so that members can be updated on recent legislative activities and plan for the annual picnic. Face masks are required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.
PERI, established in 1948, has more than 50,000 members throughout the state. Chapter 91 includes members from the Northwestern suburbs of Cleveland. They meet every other month to discuss topics of interest and to stay updated on proposed legislation. Public sector retirees are invited to attend the meetings. Light refreshments are served.
Rocky Colavito tribute: Fans of former Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito, who was a fan favorite right fielder and once led the league in home runs, are invited to a Tribute to Rocky Colavito at 7 p.m. July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, in the Porter Meeting Room.
Ground was broken on June 1 in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood for a statue of Colavito. It’s set to be dedicated on Aug. 10, Colavito’s 88th birthday, in Tony Brush Park. Colavito, a New York native, who lives in Pennsylvania, is expected to attend the dedication. He played for the Indians 1955-1959 and 1965-1967. In an unpopular move, he was traded in April 1960 to the Detroit Tigers and supposedly a curse was placed on the Indians.
At the tribute event, attendees are invited to share stories about Colavito, view rare video clips, play Rocky Colavito trivia, hear from Rocky Colavito statue committee members Randy Mintz and Joe Gazzo and there will be drawings for Colavito-related door prizes.
Seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
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