Friday, July 25, 2014


Dear Friends,

Summer is in full swing in Elyria, Ohio and there is no shortage of fun activities this weekend for the whole family.  This Saturday, July 26 there will be a FREE Backpack Giveaway and Garden Party at the City of Elyria Second Street Community Garden (street address 518) sponsored by Grace Community Church.  And if you are a nature lover, meet at the Nature Center at 2:00pm in Cascade Park and enjoy a guided tour of Elyria’s majestic jewel with Friends of Cascade Park.  Wear your walking shoes and tour trails, caves, a variety of Ohio woodland creatures and habitation and of course -  our spectacular waterfalls!       
On Sunday, July 27 our beautiful, historic downtown Elyria will be humming with a Classic Car Show from Noon to 3:00pm and a concert by LaFlavour from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Sponsored by Donna’s Diner, Main Street Elyria and the City of Elyria Parks and Recreation Department, the Classic Car Show will feature great cars, great food and great music.  Cars begin assembling at 8:30am for judging and the show opens for public viewing from Noon to 3:00pm.  Tap your toes to the band Big Agnes, delight your palette with faire from Donna’s Diner and Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery, and take in over 100 classic cars representing every era.  Sincere thanks are extended to donors Dove Manufacturing and Life Care Ambulance.  Classic car participants can register in advance at Donna’s Diner for $8.00 or the day of the show for $10.00.    For more information call Donna’s Diner at 322-3221. 

And bring your chair or blanket and dancing shoes and join us for the LaFlavour concert beginning at 6:00pm.  This popular Massillon-based band performs tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, Disco era and more.  For more information about the LaFlavour concert call the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at (440) 326-1500.       

I look forward to seeing you at one or all of these events this weekend!

Best wishes,

Holly Brinda,


Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 City of Elyria Fireworks Video

Click below to view some of the highlights of the 2014 City of Elyria Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Kerstetter 5k and ACS Relay for Life

It’s not every day that we are granted the will or the ability to reflect upon a tragedy and use it  to positively affect our lives, but this weekend in Elyria we all have two chances to make a real difference.  Already in progress, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is taking place through the night at Elyria Catholic High School.  It is a time to celebrate the lives of those we have lost and encourage those who are still fighting, and proceeds from the event go directly to fight this disease that has had an effect on the lives of everyone.  Teams of volunteers and City of Elyria Employees will be on the track all night long, and even if you can’t make it out tonight, any support is welcome d and appreciated today, tomorrow, or throughout the year. More information is available here: Relay for Life Facebook Page

Tomorrow morning brings the 2014 Kerstetter 5K Walk/Run.  Officer James A. Kerstetter, a 15-year veteran of the Elyria Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on March 15, 2010.  He had a tremendous impact on our community as a person and a police officer, and that presence continues to educate, inspire, and drive us all of us to this day.  Saturday, July 12, 2014 is a chance to remember him, honor him, and raise money for a good cause.  Proceeds from the event benefit the James A. Kerstetter Scholarship fund.  

Preregistration is closed, but you can still register Saturday morning starting at 7am, the walk begins at 8am and the race at 8:30.  More information can be found here: Kerstetter 5k Official Website. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Dear Elyrians,

You really out-did yourselves this time!  The can-do spirit of our residents, businesses, and organizations is being featured in the national spotlight this week as USA Today and CNN featured the city’s grassroots efforts to bring back fireworks with philanthropic contributions. And while the story made national news twice, thousands of us spent Wednesday evening celebrating Independence Day early at Elyria’s Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show at West Park.  

The evening featured family games and activities, the bands E’Lete and Yellow Delicious, fantastic foods from local vendors, and a 30-minute star-spangled spectacular fireworks show thanks to Presenting Sponsors United Initiators and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems with support from 3M Corporation, Bob’s Tire Service, The Chronicle Telegram and many more (go to to view complete donor list). 
For your viewing pleasure we are attaching photographs of the many special moments for Elyria children, families and adults.  My most sincere appreciation is extended to the hundreds of people and organizations that helped bring this celebration back to life through their generous contributions and volunteerism – and to the many city employees that worked tirelessly to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all.  This truly is Americana at its best and it makes me so very proud, humbled and honored to be your Mayor. 

In gratitude,
Holly C. Brinda 

Pictures are below, the actual fireworks are at the end. Enjoy!

Or click on Parks and Recreation Supervisor Frank Gustoff below to view the thumbnails:

Elyria's 2014 Salute to America: The Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show