Tuesday, June 23, 2015

City of Elyria 2015 Fireworks Info and Instructions

  • 5:00pm: West Park Opens to the Public
  • 5:00pm: Handicap Parking opens (Central West Park Parking Lot off Foster Avenue)
  • 6:00pm: Picnic Begins/Food Vendors Open
  • 7:00pm: Elyria Parks & Recreation Staff provide family games
  • 6:00 – 10:00pm: Live Entertainment WOBL DJ & Remote Broadcast WOBL Radio 1320
  • 9:30 – 10:30pm: Opening Presentations & Fireworks Simulcast by WOBL Radio 1320
  • 9:30pm: Mayor Holly Brinda: Welcome, Introduction of Sponsors
  • 9:45pm: Presenting of the Colors – Elyria Veterans Groups
  • 9:50pm: Pledge of Allegiance – US Army Veteran Terry Stone
  • 9:55pm: Star Spangled Banner: Tim Deery
  • DUSK: Fireworks begins
  • 10:30pm: Fireworks end
  • 11:45pm: Curfew begins

BRING Your Radio!

Parking Instructions

Please Carpool: While the City and area businesses and organizations are working hard to create parking for this event, (see list of free parking below) there will still be a limited number of parking spots available.
Handicap Parking: Enter the Central West Park Parking Lot via the Foster Avenue entrance. An official Handicap Parking Identification Tag will be required to gain access for drop-off and parking. 
Other Available Free Parking: Thank you to the following businesses/organizations for allowing event parking at no cost. (Please note, all parking is at your own risk. Neither the city nor the owner of the lot/property assumes any responsibility for you or your passengers, your vehicle or your belongings. Parking spots will be available at the close of business for each location; time will vary by organization/business.) Free parking is available at: Kennedy’s Cycle, 1019 Lowell Street; former Bank Building, 1000 Lowell Street; Plasto-Tech, 708 Lowell Street; Original Glorious Apostolic Church, 995 Foster Avenue; Thomas Jefferson School, 616 Foster Avenue; and Oakwood Elementary School at 925 Spruce Street. Other locations may charge for parking or ask for donations.

Parking Prohibited: For safety purposes, parking on the streets will be limited so please pay attention to posted signage. Parking will not be permitted on: West side of Penfield Avenue from Spruce Street to Oakwood Drive; both sides of Foster Avenue from Woodland Avenue to the entrance to Penfield Avenue; both sides of Penfield Avenue from Lowell Street to Oakwood Drive; North side of Foster Avenue between Woodland Avenue & Lake Avenue; both sides of Lowell Street between Lake Avenue and the railroad bridge by 3M; and Oakwood Street from Penfield Avenue to Clemens Avenue.

Residential Traffic: Only residential traffic will be permitted on Rockfern and Seneca avenues.

Adjusted Traffic Patterns: Please see the city’s website for complete traffic pattern adjustments for the fireworks celebration at www.cityofelyria.org.

Park Rules for the Fireworks

You may bring into the park: radios, blankets and beach towels, tarps, lawn chairs, personal-size umbrellas, cameras, cell phones, binoculars, sealed water bottles, baby strollers, wagons, food, flashlight, bug repellent, coolers. All items brought into the park are subject to city inspection.
The following items are strictly prohibited: fireworks or sparklers; throwing or batting toys; skateboards or inline skates; bicycles; laser pointers; alcohol; illegal drugs; tents; large golf umbrellas or flags; animals (except service dogs).

Park Etiquette
Please, be thoughtful when setting up lawn chairs that you try not to block others’ views; try not to smoke cigarettes in close proximity to others – especially children; be thoughtful while navigating through crowds to insure the safety of those who may be unsteady on their feet or those transporting children in strollers or wagons.
Food Vendors
For your dining pleasure, the following food vendors, who will be inspected and approved by the Elyria Health Department, will be providing food: Hershey’s Ice Cream ‘n More, By the Slab, Goldstar, Marco’s Pizza, Donna’s Diner, Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, Oasis Grille, Cofield’s BBQ.
For safety and security reasons, the City of Elyria will be enforcing an 11:45pm city-wide curfew to encourage citizens to leave West Park and the neighborhood immediately after the fireworks show.

 Thank You to These City of Elyria Summer of 2015
Community Reinvestment Sponsors
(Fireworks, Camps, Concert Supporters: $10,000 - $500)

BENDIX, BASF, The Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, 3M Corporation, 3M Foundation, Republic Services, Riddell, Elyria Charities, Bob’s Tire service, Lorain National Bank, AECOM, K.E. McCartney & Associates, Environmental Rate Consultants, I-90 Nissan, Friends of Cascade, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, Kiwanis, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria Plastics, Dunlap’s Garage, Ridge Tool Company, Eco tree Service, American Legion Post 12, Maude de la Porte, Mayor Holly Brinda, John Gaydosh, KS Associates, Gregory Trucking, Psych & Psych … and many, many more.   

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


If you’re feeling creative and looking for something to do this summer, visit the new ELYRIA ART WORKS COMMUNITY ART CENTER and GALLERY located at 336 Broad Street in the former Brandau Jeweler building.  Sponsored by the Elyria Arts Council, the Center is now offering a full array of summer classes.  Join me in checking them out, learn something new, and support the arts in downtown Elyria!   
                                                                                                    ….Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda

Sponsored by the Elyria Arts Council     
336 Broad Street   440-328-3025


Thursdays 10:30 – 11:15 am  June 18, 25,   July 2, 9
 Ages 6 and up   - Discover how to create what the eye sees or the minds eye envisions.  Basic concepts of  line, shape, and form.  Use of line to give form and texture.           

All materials provided, no instructional fee.  A donation to the gallery for operating expenses is appreciated but not required.   Call Megan at 440-323-3007

Wednesday nights  6 – 8:30pm  July 29, August 5,19,26 
Second class: Wednesday nights  6 – 8:30pm  September 16, 23, October 7, 14
Basic hand-building and coiling techniques, new techniques for repeat students.  Multiple pieces will be completed depending on choice of finishing techniques.  A great stress reliever and a good time for all.   All supplies provided.
Class fee $100:00.  Class size is limited to 10 students. Call Anne at 419-481-0879    

Thursdays 10:00am – 12:30pm   July 16, 23, 30  August 6
Second class: Thursdays  12:00 - 2:30pm September 10, 17, 24,  October 1
Explore many painting techniques.  It will get you started on using those techniques to paint your subject.  You will finish at least two paintings. All supplies will be provided for the first two classes.  You will need to bring your own paint and paper to the second two class sessions.

Class fee is $100.00.  Class size is limited to 8 students.  Call Anne   419-481-0879

Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00pm  June 25 – August 13
Second Class:  September 3 – October 22

We will cover everything form camera buttons to shooting in manual mode.  If taking as a refresher, 20% off. 

Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm  August 11, September 1 – October 20
Class fee $100.00  Email Mark at ImageVisionStudios@gmail.com or 440-506-0941
Saturdays  10:00am – 1:00pm    September 5, 12, 19, 25
Second class:  November 7, 14, 21, 28

For beginners.  Romanian Point Lace originated in the 14th century.  Learn the history and technique with Doina.  Basic cord will be taught in the first two sessions and needle lace in the second two sessions.  Visit Elyria Arts Council on facebook to view the beauty of this artistry.

Cost is $100.00 for the four sessions, all supplies provided.  Call 440-328-3025 to register.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Generous Elyrians & Organizations Make Fireworks, Camps, Concerts, Safety Town Possible

Thanks to the generosity of many, the City of Elyria will once again be sponsoring a host of fun, family-friendly activities this summer including fireworks, free summer camps, summer concerts and safety town.  Hundreds of individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations have stepped forward and donated over $100,000 to keep many important quality of life traditions going in Elyria. 

“Given the City’s very tight budget, we are finding creative ways to work with our community partners to pool our human and programming resources, and raise philanthropic dollars to offer healthy summer programming alternatives,” said Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda.  “I am so very proud to live in a city where our citizens, businesses, organizations and foundations pull together for the greater good to create opportunities for all of us to share.” 

“Donations at any level are needed and very much appreciated, but I would like to give special thanks to a number of Community Reinvestment Sponsors who have made very significant gifts to help better the lives of children and families in our community,” said Brinda. 

Those organizations so far this year that have invested with the City as Community Reinvestment Sponsors at levels between $10,000 - $500 include the following:  BASF and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems at $10,000; 3M Corporation and 3M Foundation at $6,000; Republic Services, Riddell and Elyria Charities at $5,000; Bob’s Tire, Lorain National Bank, K.E. McCartney, and Environmental Rate Consultants at $2,500; Friends of Cascade at $2,200; 1-90 Nissan at $2,000; University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center at $1,750; the Chronicle Telegram and Kiwanis at $1,000; Elyria Plastics at $750; Ridge Tool Company at $700; Gregory Trucking at $600; and Dunlap’s Garage, KS Associates, Inc., Eco Tree Services, American Legion Post 12, and Maude Andre de la Porte at $500.   The City of Elyria is also  grateful to the ongoing grant support (pending approval) from the Nord Family Foundation and the Nordson Corporation Foundation at $10,000 each.    (These and hundreds of other donors will be recognized in an upcoming advertisement in the Chronicle Telegram and on Cable Television Channel 12.
Summer 2015 Programming Highlights
Great American Picnic & Fireworks Show
Elyria’s second annual Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show will take place again this summer on July 1, with a rain date of July 2, at West Park – thanks to Presenting Sponsor Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, with supporting sponsors Riddell and Republic Services and many others.  Activities will run from 6:00pm – 10:45pm and feature a variety of food, family games, live music, and a second to none fireworks display that fuses musical production with technical artistry to build a star-spangled spectacular show.
Reach & Rise Discovery Camps

For the fourth year in a row, the City of Elyria and its 12 government, education and nonprofit programming partners and 11 funding partners will offer 10 Reach and Rise Discovery Camps to 700 children and youth between June 15 and August 14.  The camps are designed to create excitement and build knowledge and skills in the areas of science, math, reading, music and the arts.  To register visit the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall – 131 Court Street.  The Presenting Corporate Sponsor for this year’s camps is BASF, with pending support from Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, and Supporting Sponsors Elyria Charities, 3M Foundation and many others. 

Summer Concerts

Ely Square Thursday Concerts

Every Thursday from June 4 through August 13 from 11:30am – 1:00pm the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor lunchtime summer concerts in the Ely Square Gazebo.  Bring your lunch, your friends and your lawn chair and enjoy the music of Mike Moore on June 4, 732 Electric Duo on June 11, New Decade on June 18, Ed Klimczak on June 25, Tony T on July 2, Keith Ransom on July 9, Malt Shoppe Memories on July 16, Lauretta Lausin Quartet on July 23, Johnny Aces and the Wingmen on July 30, Figure 8 on August 6, and Yearbook on August 13.   

“Rockin” in the Park – LaFlavour 5th Year Anniversary Concert

Sponsored by 1-90 Nissan, this popular concert attracts Elyrians of all ages and features tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, the Disco era and more!   Bring your blanket or lawn chair and come rock by the fountain with the six-member band LaFlavour on Sunday, July 26 from 6-8:00pm. 

Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert

The spectacular Cleveland Pops Orchestra will return to Ely Square again for a Labor Day Weekend extravaganza scheduled for Saturday evening September 5, with a rain date of Sunday, September 6.  The concert begins at 7:00pm, but plan to arrive early to stake out your space, set up your lawn chairs, and enjoy the food vendors that will be made available beginning at 5:30pm.   This family-friendly, fun-filled evening will include just the right mix of classics and pop to keep every taste and age group tapping their toes and humming to the beat.  And expect some surprises to keep you coming back for more – including our younger residents!   Main Street Elyria, the City of Elyria, and many individual donors help make this concert possible.    
Safety Town

Sponsored by the Elyria Kiwanis Club, the Elyria Police Department and the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department, Safety Town will be held this year in four sessions, Monday through Thursday at Northwood Middle School, 700 Gulf Road.  Safety Town is designed to teach safety lessons both at school and at home to boys and girls entering Kindergarten in the Fall.  Session will be held: June 15-19, June 22 – 26, July 6 – 10, and July 13 – 17.  To register for one of these four sessions call (440) 326-1500.    

Other Activities/Events

Many other recreational activities and events are also available through the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office and can be viewed on the city’s website at www.cityofelyria.org. Additional information regarding all events and activities will be released closer to the respective event/activity dates.  For more information call the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.