Shaker Rocks to host huge climbing qualifying occasion Feb. 26; utility field artists needed in Shaker; extra: Press Run


SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Shaker Rocks: Shaker Rocks, the indoor climbing facility in the Van Aken District, is looking to create national champions and will begin the quest by hosting a USAC (USA Climbing) sport and speed qualifying event in February. 26th

For those who don’t know, sport climbing and speed climbing were two of the three events that debuted at the last Summer Olympics. As Johnny Carson might have said, “I didn’t know.

Attendees for the February 26 event will come to the city from locations such as northern Indiana, Michigan, various parts of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. A total of 175 participants will take part, including 38 young climbers representing Shaker Rocks. The participants compete in five age categories from 6 to 19 years.

In addition to the competition, the day is filled with music, cheers and children showing their courage and determination. Shaker Rocks will have 50 volunteers, trainers and staff on hand, all of whom will ensure that the level of activity is high.

Climbing is closed to the public on February 26th, but spectators are welcome. For more information on this big event, visit On this page, you will see that Shaker Rocks, 3377 Warrensville Center Road, is also hiring fitness coaches.

Utility box artists wanted: Building on the success of several years with transport utility box projects, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) is back with this year’s project “Painting the Town”.

SHAC sponsors a judged art competition for the design of Shaker Heights utility boxes and is looking for artists aged 21 and over who live or work in the city.

Applicants who live in the Shaker Heights School District or are a member of the Shaker Arts Council are also eligible. Designs and applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on March 4th. For more information and to download the call, application and template, visit

Learn to be a master rain gardener: I can’t even garden in the dirt, so it sounds pretty far-fetched to be a rain gardener, whatever that means. let alone a master rain gardener.

If you want to know what it’s all about, we can tell you that Chagrin River Watershed Partners, in partnership with the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District and the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, opened registration for the Northeast Ohio Master’s Raingarden Program. The course consists of five teaching units that span six weeks and teach residents and landscapers how to design, install and maintain residential rain gardens.

The first online course starts on January 31st and registration for this course is now possible. The course is open to all residents and landscapers in Northeast Ohio.

You can find out more about the course at

Heights Libraries Events: These days (through January 18), the Heights Libraries branches can only be serviced by the roadside, so these events are mostly online.

We have this:

– Build an Affirmation Collage for teenagers takes place all day on January 27th. Teenagers can stop by the Noble Library branch at 2800 Noble Road and collect supplies. Registration is not required.

– “30 Days of Stitching” for school-age children takes place all day on February 1st. Children should pick up a kit containing an embroidery hoop, thread, needles, fabric, and instructions at the University Heights Library branch, 13860 Cedar Road. Register here.

– “Online Graphic Design Alternatives” for adults will take place online on February 1st until 2:00 pm. Register here.

– “Zoom Meditation Tuesdays with Christine Valadon” will take place from 6 pm to 7 pm on February 1st. To register, visit here.

College News: Among the local students called to Worcester, Mass.’s College of the Holy Cross Dean’s List for the fall semester, were Sean Breen of Shaker Heights and Claire Wolf of Beachwood.

At the University of Cincinnati, the fall semester deans list included Beachwood High School graduate of 2019, Sam Thomas.

And in Manchester, NH, where the fall season is likely to be pretty good, Cleveland Heights residents Noah Benson and Josh Perelman-Hall have managed to stick to their jobs and earn a spot on the dean’s list for the fall semester

Congratulations to everyone.

Friends of Euclid Creek Scholarship Available: Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grassroots nonprofit advocating the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, has announced the availability of their 2022 annual environmental studies scholarship.

The scholarship assists a deserving student in his / her pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to water catchment health. The FOEC is now looking for applications from high school graduates or college students who are interested in studying environmental sciences.

A US $ 1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded for educational purposes. A second scholarship of $ 500 may also be offered. The FOEC Board of Directors approves all awards.

Applicants must not have previously received a Friends of Euclid Creek grant. The assessment of the applicants is based on the background and the potential to contribute to environmental studies. Interested students must submit a one- or two-page cover letter in which their professional goals, their previous volunteer work in the environmental sector and their significant achievements to date are described.

And – they will certainly force you to receive this scholarship – applicants are also required to provide at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community member. Applicants are also required to provide contact information as explained at

All application documents must be stamped on or before April 1st. Applications should be mailed to Friends of Euclid Creek, PO Box 21384, South Euclid, Ohio 44121. Applications by email are also permitted. Applicants must be willing to interview FOEC members upon request and provide information and photos of winning the scholarship.

If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process, please email Jeanette Evans, member of the FOEC, [email protected]

Jewish Federation Appoints New Chief Financial Officer: The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced that Mozelle T. Jackson has been appointed as their new Chief Financial Officer effective July 1st. She will succeed Barry Reis, who previously announced his intention to assume a new role within the organization.

Jackson, 55, joins the Federation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the world’s leading organization for the fulfillment of children’s wishes, where she has served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 2020. She led a 46-strong team and helped, among other things, to improve the financial structure of the organization while strengthening the capacity for future growth.

Prior to that, Jackson was Vice President of Global Finance at Diebold Nixdorf, Inc., a publicly traded finance and retail technology company with global sales of $ 4.5 billion. Previously, she served eight years as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer of Cavaliers Holdings, LLC, a private sports and entertainment company that also includes the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. She began her career in 1988 as a senior auditor at the former accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP.

“We are very pleased that Mozelle is joining our team in this important role,” said the President of the Jewish Federation, Erika B. Rudin-Luria, in a press release. “During her varied and outstanding career, she has consistently combined her outstanding technical skills and commercial understanding with a well thought-out and motivating management style that brings out the best in her colleagues.”

Selling Bonds in Support of Israel: Shaarey Tikvah Community (26811 Fairmount Beachwood) and Israel Bonds join forces to launch a new fundraising program that uses the sale of Israel Bonds to directly support the State of Israel -Annual term of the loan in favor of the municipality’s building fund. With the goal of 100 percent membership, the program will run until January 21st.

Donations can be made at, with Israel Bonds under “Special Instructions”.

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