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Annual Pumpkinville in the Valley kicks off fall at Frostville: A Place in the Sun

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – Grab the family and head over to the Frostville Museum complex on Sept. 24 for Pumpkinville in the Valley.

The event offers lots of family fun and is a great way to start the fall season, which arrives this weekend. Pumpkinville takes place 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Frostville, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Access Frostville via Columbia Road to Cedar Point Road or Lewis Road.

Admission is $2. Children younger than 2 are free. Horse-drawn wagon rides are $7 per ride for adults, $5 for children and pony rides are $3.

There also will be an obstacle course, castle/slide for toddlers, music, games, a musician, train layout, food for purchase, pumpkin patch, balloon twisters, corn roast, bake sale and crafters.

The historic buildings and homes in the Frostville complex will be open for visitors, as well as the Display Barn.

Kudos, LCA: Congratulations to Lakewood Catholic Academy which is among 353 schools throughout the country that were named 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

School leaders will be invited to Washington, D.C. in November to receive their NBRS flag and plaque.

LCA is among 353 schools from 46 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity that were honored this year. Ohio had 19 NBRS, the fifth highest behind California with 33, Texas with 29, New York State with 22 and Illinois with 20.

Chocolate Walk returns: Calling all chocolate lovers. It’s almost time for the 14th annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk. Tickets sales begin Sept. 30 for the event, which will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 in downtown Lakewood.

The Lakewood Chocolate Walk is hosted by the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and LakewoodAlive and sponsored by First Federal Lakewood. It has become an autumn tradition and attracts a following of chocolate fans from all over Northeast Ohio.

Chocolate Walk participants visit 25 shops and eateries in downtown Lakewood that are “sweet stops” on the walk.

Tickets are limited to 350 attendees and the event traditionally sells out quickly.

A general admission ticket costs $50 and provides entrance to First Federal Lakewood (14806 Detroit Ave.) at 6 p.m., where Chocolate Walk supplies will be distributed.

Guided by a map, the signs and festive bows indicating participating merchants, walk participants will take to the streets to visit the sweet stops. They will collect something chocolate-themed at each location. The stops can be visited in any order.

A VIP ticket option at $90 each, exists for those seeking to elevate the experience. Hosted at Rozi’s Wine House, the pre-walk VIP Reception – limited to only 50 attendees – takes place 5:15-6:30 p.m. at Rozi’s Wine House in downtown Lakewood (14900 Detroit Ave.), where guests will sample treats, appetizers and receive two drink tokens. VIP tickets will only be available for purchase online starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.

The evening ends for all attendees with the final stop at Rozi’s Wine House. Event participants should stop at Rozi’s after finishing the walk, turn in their completed Golden Egg Hunt form, enjoy a beverage from the cash bar and grab a snack. The Final Stop will be the last chance to purchase tickets for the 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. The drawings will be at 8:55 p.m. and winners need not be present to win.

In-person ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Lion and Blue, 15106 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. A total of 100 general admission tickets will be available for in-person sales. There is a limit of four tickets per person and the tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the tickets are gone. Cash or credit cards will be accepted and credit card fees will apply.

VIP tickets will be sold only online, with sales beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 3. There will be 50 VIP tickets and 200 general admission tickets available. The four-ticket per-person limit also applies to these sales. Access the ticket sales page at eventbrite.com/e/lakewood-chocolate-walk-2023-tickets-690936709297. Eventbrite fees apply.

The Chocolate Walk is for adults 21 and older.

Senior Prom: North Olmsted Senior Center’s second Senior Prom will be 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Springvale Ballroom, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The event will include an Octoberfest-inspired dinner and dessert sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living. Beer and wine will be included (two drink tickets per person) and DJ Carl will provide dance music.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 per person.

For more information, call 440-777-8100.

Candidate’s Night: Fairview Park residents should mark their calendars for 7-8:30 P.M. Sept. 28 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. That’s when the Candidate’s Night will take place.

Each Fairview Park candidate running in the November election is invited and will have two minutes to introduce himself/herself. Afterward, the audience members can speak with the candidates. This event is sponsored by the Fairview Park chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, with the cooperation of the Westlake/North Olmsted chapter.

RIP: Condolences to the family of Joanmarie Endredi Racette, 61, a longtime resident of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood, who died Sept. 3 after a battle with cancer.

Survivors include her son, Michael Endredi (Olivia); parents Gabor and Karen Endredi; siblings David Endredi (Lisa), Marianne Jones (Brian, deceased) and Martha Graf (Troy); grandchildren Sophie and James. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Racette.

The funeral Mass was Sept. 9 at St. Patrick Church in West Park and interment was at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted. The funeral Mass was livestreamed on the Chambers Funeral Home Facebook page.

Endredi Racette was a devoted member of St. Patrick Parish in West Park, leading the rosary and prayer vigils during the time the parish was suppressed. She also was a longtime nurse at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cleveland APL 1729 Wiley Ave. Cleveland, 44113.

The Tool Box Lwkd

Visit the Lakewood Tool Box on Sept. 24 to check out the bargains on various kinds of tools that will be offered for sale. (Carol Kovach/special to cleveland.com)

Tool sale: Are you in the market for some tools? If so, check out the hand and power tools, ladders and more at garage sale prices 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at The Lakewood Tool Box, located on east side of the Screw Factory campus near the corner of Halsted and Athens avenues in Lakewood.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit The Lakewood Toolbox program to buy and maintain new tools. No early birds.

For more information, call 216-521-0655.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. in Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the A Place in the Sun column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to [email protected].

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