DiscoveryWorks prepares to reopen: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake Public Library has announced that the popular DiscoveryWorks and Children’s Department play area will reopen in September. DiscoveryWorks is undergoing extensive cleaning, and library staff are putting furnishings as well as exhibits, the DiscoveryWorks classroom and play areas back in order. The library’s […]

AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake Public Library has announced that the popular DiscoveryWorks and Children’s Department play area will reopen in September.

DiscoveryWorks is undergoing extensive cleaning, and library staff are putting furnishings as well as exhibits, the DiscoveryWorks classroom and play areas back in order.

The library’s meeting rooms will also open up, with scheduling for September reservations beginning July 12. In-person library programming will resume, as well.

It’s time to begin regular visits to the library, as the Summer Reading Club is now in full swing. Seating has also been added throughout the library and additional computers are available. The gallery is open with public seating for slightly larger groups of people (not meetings) or for individuals to have a quiet study area.

“Currently, we are doing 98 percent virtual programming, but testing the waters with a few in-person programs, like the recent Basketball and Books program, which was held outside and limited to 75 people,” said Shea Alltmont, Avon Lake Public Library communications manager.

“We are not requiring masks for those that are vaccinated and we are not policing anyone who comes in with or without a mask. We just ask any visitors to the library to not come in if they are sick.”

According to Alltmont, library officials are planning fall programming now that will kick off in September with in-person, virtual and a combination of both types of programs.

Now that the library is getting back to “normal,” volunteer opportunities are available for adults and teens. Volunteers are needed for activities such as helping with craft kits, scanning documents, event help, energy bike demonstrations for DiscoveryWorks, Friends of ALPL,and others.

To sign up to become an adult volunteer, go to To become a VolunTeen volunteer, go to


Dog park design contest: In addition to the many parks around town for children and families to enjoy, the city will become home to a dog park next year at Veterans Memorial Park, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

City officials anticipate work to begin on construction of the park next spring; it should be ready to open early next summer.

In the meantime, residents can get involved now by entering the Avon Dog Park Design Contest. This is a chance to have input on what the park will look like and what amenities will be featured.

An aerial picture of the park is available online for residents to view, which includes the dimensions for the park. When submitting your contest design, refer to the overhead picture for the size. Also include in your design an entrance/exit gate to keep pets safe and secure.

Dog owners will also be enjoying the park, so don’t forget to account for seating, shade and other items that will make guests comfortable.

It’s a contest, so have fun and explore creative ideas. Deadline for entries is July 30 (online submissions). In-Person submission form deadline is July 15. Designs can be dropped off at the Avon Parks and Recreation Department, 35001 Schwartz Road. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 24-hour drop slot is located at the front door.

For complete contest details, including forms how to submit entries, go to For more information, email [email protected]

Brew Kettle still coming: It’s been two years since I first reported that Brew Kettle was planning a freestanding location in Avon. Things stalled for a while, but now things appear to be moving forward again, as Bobby Johnston of Mann Parsons Gray Architects, representing Chris Russo of the Brew Kettle, recently requested approval (June 16) from the city’s Planning Commission for a new 6,284- square-foot restaurant/brewery and future out-parcel to be located at 33287 Just Imagine Drive.

Over the past two years, changes have been made to the design. The first presentation back in 2019 was for a site plan for a proposed 11,460-square-foot, two-story restaurant and tenant to be located on the south side of Just Imagine Drive east of Nagel Road.

According to information posted on the Brew Kettle’s website, “Brew Kettle has been serving craft beer lovers with a wide variety of award-winning ales and lagers, along with our famous hickory-smoked BBQ, since 1995.”

An opening date for the new Avon location is unknown at this time. For more information, go to

In other Planning Commission news, Scott Christman of Hunter International requested approval June 16 of the site plan for a general development for two phases of office buildings and a parking lot to be located at 37779 Chester Road.

Kids haircuts: Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids is coming to Avon Commons, 35968 Detroit Road.

The salon has locations around the world. This will be the company’s second Ohio location, with its first in Gahanna, near Columbus.

According to information posted on the company’s website, “The mission is to create an entertaining experience for kids ages 0-14 by providing a superior haircut with warm, experienced stylists in a meticulously clean place filled with fun.”

It truly does look entertaining, as children can sit in a Dodge police cruiser, Barbie Jeep, “Frozen” Jeep, “Lightning McQueen” race car, “Buzz Lightyear” car, Hummer, fire engine, #8 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR race car or Mini Cooper while watching their favorite cartoons or Netflix while they get their hair cut.

Older kids can play XBox One or PlayStation 4 on 40-inch screens while getting their hair cut, or just watch their favorite sporting events or music concerts through satellite TV.

An opening date has not been announced. For more information, go to

Summer movies in the park: Grab your blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars on a 40-foot screen with the family at the Every Child’s Playground (across from the Avon Pool, 36265 Detroit Road).

The free movies are open to Avon residents only. Free popcorn will be available. Movies begin at dusk. Food items are available for purchase from 6 to 8 p.m.

The first movie date is June 25, featuring “The Croods.” Master Pizza (cash only ) and Culver’s Ice cream (cash only) will be available for purchase.

The July 9 movie is “Tom and Jerry.” Hot Dog Heaven food will be available for purchase from 6 to 8 p.m.

On July 30, “Aladdin” is the movie, with Bearden’s Burgers onsite from 6 to 8 p.m.

The movies are sponsored by NOPEC and the French Creek Foundation. For more information, call the Avon Parks and Recreation Department at 440-937-6106.

Meat/farm market coming: McConnell Meats and Farm Market, 15788 Ohio 58 in Oberlin, recently posted on Facebook that they are planning to open a store in Avon. The owners are keeping details quiet for now, but they did confirm the location will be near Menards on Chester Road.

I often stop at the farm in Oberlin, and it is a wonderful market filled with meat, cheese and other farm-to-table items. For more information, go to

Fireworks: The city will be presenting fireworks July 3 after the Lake Erie Crushers baseball game at Mercy Health Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd.

The Crushers take on the Windy City Thunderbolts at 7:05 p.m. The Red White and Boom celebration will follow after the game. If you’d like to purchase tickets to the game for a better view of the fireworks, go to


Ice cream store opening: As reported in a previous Short Takes, Isla’s Ice Cream shop is coming to the former Divine Scoops Ice Cream & Gourmet Chocolates location, 140 Lear Road. The grand opening is set for July 3. Follow Isla’s Ice Cream on Facebook or go to

Party in the Park summer concert series: The 2021 Party in the Park Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Howard Hanna-James Miller and ASAP Plumbing, is set to begin its season.

From 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Veterans Park gazebo, Austin Walkin’ Cane (blues) performs. The Fire & Ice food truck will also be onsite.

From 6 to 8 p.m. June 27, the Cleveland TOPS Swing Band performs at the Miller Road Park gazebo. No food trucks are scheduled.

Shout-out: English National Honor Society students at Avon Lake High School recently collected and donated over 550 children’s, young adult and adult books to Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS).

Summer snack bags: The Summer Snack Bag Program at CRS is supported by donations from Christ Evangelical Church, Holy Spirit, Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, Avon Lake United Church of Christ and St. Joseph Church.

The bags are filled with individual snacks and games and are offered to kids 13 and younger two times per month. CRS is located at 33479 Lake Road, Suite C.

Dean’s list: Kevin Collins was named to the dean’s list at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.


Healthy strides: Lace up those walking shoes, as the Cleveland Clinic Health Strides walking program continues this summer. The next walk is from 6 to 7 p.m. June 24 at Pavilion 1 at South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road.

The program is free and pre-registration is not required. If the weather does not cooperate, walks will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted on the parks and recreation department website, department Facebook page and the Rainout Line, 440-210-6226.

Summer concert: Listen to the sweet sounds of Just Jazz Live from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 at the South Central Park gazebo, 7565 Avon Belden Road.

Story time on the lawn: Bring the family to the North Ridgeville Library’s west lawn from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. July 1 for music, movement activities and play accompanied by nature‑themed stories.

Dress for the weather and bring a blanket. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Pre-registration is required. Go to to register all attendees, including adults and caregivers.

Corn Festival kid volunteers: Children ages 12-18 can earn community service hours and have a good time by joining the Junior Corn Festival Committee at the 2021 annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival (Aug. 13-15).

Learn more during an informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. July 14 at South Central Park Pavilion 1. It is requested that one parent also attend the meeting. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided.

Download the volunteer form online, fill it out and bring it to the meeting. Go to

College graduate: Emily Essi recently graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston with a bachelor of science degree in finance.

If you have news/information or a story idea you’d like to share or a ‘shout-out’, please send an email to [email protected].

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