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Mayor's Corner Blog

It is my pleasure to provide our residents, businesses, and visitors with reliable information about Beachwood. Every week --typically on Wednesdays-- I post Beachwood Boredom-Busters, a list of events happening in our City. You can register for updates to my blog and other news by clicking the “Notify Me” tab on the right column of this page and selecting your preferred updates and delivery method (email or text message). 

If you have any questions or a suggestion for an upcoming Boredom-Busters post, please email my office or call 216-292-1901. Thanks for reading! --Mayor Martin Horwitz

Aug 21

Beachwood Boredom-Busters: P.S. for Canines Edition (8/21/19)

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 4:07 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Logo that says City of Beachwood Boredom-Busters, where Boredom is gray and busters is notHave you ever thought of giving singing, dancing, and acting a try? Now's your chance! The audition requirements for the upcoming Beachwood Community Theater production of “Matilda” are  available on our website. Prepare a monologue, 32 bars of a song, and bring your sheet music & headshot. Director Jill Koslen-Freireich welcomes actors from third grade through adulthood!

As always, there are some outstanding events happening in our City this week.


Be sure to sign up to attend DIVAS OF THE '70s with our Upperclassmen travelers. The bus will depart at 11:15 AM on Thursday, Sept. 12 and will return at approximately 4:30 PM. The cost ($78 residents/$81 non-residents) includes lunch, the program, and transportation but not the driver’s gratuity. Boogie on town to the Villa Croatia Party Center with us! Deadline to sign up is August 22: Call 216-292-1970 to register. the front of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Experience “An American Story” and enjoy an informative and inspiring look at what it takes to survive and thrive in a new country. Today's drop-in tours are led by knowledgeable volunteer docents at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Rd.) and are included with your general-admission ticket, available online and in-person.


11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Today’s stretchy-pants-required EATS AND MEETS food-truck lunch behind the Orlean Company (23875 Commerce Park) features the vegan food stylings of MoBites (sample menu here) and the sweet deliciousness of Beachwood’s own Ellie May’s Gourmet Cookies (sample menu here). Eats and Meets is presented by the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce

7:00 – 8:00 PM: The Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (25501 Shaker Blvd.) presents “Safe at Home: Home Security for the New Age.” Learn about new security technology as well as time-tested security basics, including: Life Alert systems, home monitoring, video surveillance, how to avoid accidents, and strategies to make your home more safe and secure. Free and open to the public with registration

8:00 PM: Bogey’s Comedy Club at Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood (3775 Park East Drive) presents the infinitely entertaining comedian and magician Eric Thompson! The featured comedian is Jerry Jaffe and your host is Kirk Bogos. Tickets are $15 if you get them online in advance.

FRIDAY, Aug. 23

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Have you heard of Viktor Schreckengost? He may be the most prolific artist and industrial designer you’ve never heard of (here's a hint...)! Join art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman as she presents a series on the lives & works of beloved artists. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beachwood Library – Registration preferred.

SATURDAY, Aug. 24 

A child and woman use the slide at the Beachwood Family Aquatic CenterIt’s the penultimate 2019 weekend at the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center: come on down and make a splash

8:30 – 9:30 AM: Healthy Strides… Come Walk with Us! combines a casual 1-3 mile walk at Beachwood Place (26300 Cedar Road), preceded by a brief informative talk by Cleveland Clinic Physicians and Caregivers. This program is free and open to the public and no registration is required. More information is available here

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Commit2Fit at Burn Boot Camp Beachwood (24018 Chagrin Blvd.) by attending their kick-off party. Staff will be on-hand to show you around, explain what to expect for the next six weeks of the Commit2Fit challenge, and help set you up for success. Samples and raffle prizes will be given away! 

MONDAY, Aug. 26

If you or someone in your family is coping with cancer, The Gathering Place (23300 Commerce Park) would like to invite you all to attend a magic show for families with children this afternoon. Advanced registration is required for this free program: please call 216-595-9546 for more information and to register.

TUESDAY, August 27

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Need a job? Stop by the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East Beachwood (3663 Park East Drive) for the Cleveland Job Fair. Parking and admission are free of charge. Register online or learn more here.


7:00 – 9:00 PM: Did you know that in 2000, Bellefaire JCB established the Monarch School for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), becoming the first chartered school specifically for children with ASD? Now known as the Monarch Center for Autism, it provides services to more than 200 people, ranging from preschool to supported living to adult programming. Learn more at the “Becoming a Butterfly: Autism & The Monarch School” lecture and talk-back at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Rd.). Register online

See you in Beachwood!

P.S. A special message for all Beachwood canines: Has your owner secured your key fob for Barkwood yet? Have them visit the Community Services Department at City Hall (25325 Fairmount Blvd.) between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Here is the information they’ll need to have on-hand. The official Barkwood Grand Opening is Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:00 PM. Hope to see you (and your people) there!

Aug 15

Beachwood Boredom-Busters: Top-Dog Contest Edition (8/14/19)

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 11:16 AM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Logo that says City of Beachwood Boredom-Busters. Boredom is gray, Busters is colorfulBest wishes to all of our Beachwood City Schools students, teachers, and administrators for a wonderful school year!

Today (8/14) begins the BFAC End-of-Season schedule:
August 14 through September 2: Closed Monday through Wednesday these weeks.

Open Thursday & Friday
Lap Swim Only: 6:15 to 8:30 AM
Open Swim: 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Open Saturday & Sunday
Lap Swim Only: 9:00 to 10:45 AM
Open Swim: 11:30 to 7:30 PM


Did you know that once a month, our Community Services Department hosts a Seniors Day Out luncheon? We're looking forward to welcoming all participants at today’s luncheon: the topic is “The Underground Railroad.”

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Our Thursday Eats & Meets food trucks at the back of the Orlean Company building will be Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers and Catering (Update: only on site until 1:00) and the CLE Cookie Dough Co. (onsite until 2:00). Join us for #StretchyPantsDay! Presented by the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce.

5:30 – 8:00 PM: Ignite the Night at Lifetime Fitness tonight and dance until your legs give out! Members and non-members (age 18 and older) are welcome but you’ll need to make a reservation either way!

FRIDAY, Aug. 16

2:00 – 7:00 PM: Give blood, give life at the American Red Cross blood drive at the Beachwood Community Center between 2:00 and 7:00 PM. Thanks!

THIS WEEKEND: Put your feet up and check out the new City of Beachwood Recreation Guide (PDF) – sign up for a workshop and class and meet your neighbors while learning something new.


10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Drop In & Download at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Learn how to borrow free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and music from their Digital Collection: anytime, anywhere! Bring your device and passwords to the Library and they will get you started. The Digital Collection is available 24/7 365 days a year and there are never any late fees!

SUNDAY, Aug. 18

Noon - 5:00 PM: Get a haircut for a good cause at Aveda Beachwood Place. Your $25 donation gets you an amazing dry haircut from our Aveda Stylist from John Robert's Salon and Spa and will support Haircuts for Clean Water. Call ahead to book your spot: 216-292-2777

BEFORE MIDNIGHT: Be sure to enter your dog in the Beachwood People’s Choice Top Dog ContestVisit our Facebook “Notes” page for info on how to enter. Voting runs until noon on Friday, Sept. 13.

TUESDAY, Aug. 20

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Join JFSA’s Strengthening Families department at a 2-hour workshop to promote awareness and education about domestic violence in our community and our roles as caring friends, family members, and bystanders. This workshop is held at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and is free of charge, but reservations are requested.


Sunday, Sept. 15, Noon – 3:00 PM: 20th Annual Honkin’ Haulin’ Hands-On Trucks

Sunday Sept. 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: SHRED DAY (free for Beachwood residents) and Habitat for Humanity donation day

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2:00 PM: Barkwood Dog Park grand opening – register your dog now for admission at the Community Services Department at City Hall.

Sunday, Oct. 6, Noon – 5:00 PM: BEACHWOOD FALL FESTIVAL (sponsorships available – call Karen Carmen at 216-595-3720) & UNIQUE BOUTIQUE  (vendor registration available)

See you in Beachwood!

Aug 07

Beachwood Boredom-Busters: TGP 'Gambler's Sale' Edition (8/7/2019)

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 2:26 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Beachwood Boredom-Busters logoWe were sorry to miss everyone due to the cancellation of our August 6 National Night Out event. The outdoor nature of the activities meant we couldn't move it all inside when the inclement weather arrived. We'll look forward to hosting that event in 2020.  

In the meanwhile, mark your calendars for our 20th annual Honkin' Haulin' Hands-on Trucks on September 15 from Noon - 3:00 PM: all the police, fire and service trucks will be on hand plus a medevac (medical evacuation) helicopter, too! Now, let's look ahead to this week.


2:00 – 3:15: Poolside Stories at the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center: enjoy a family story time during the rest periods at 2:00 and 3:00 PM. 

ALL WEEKEND (Friday Aug. 9 – Sunday Aug. 11)

The Gathering Place has a “Gambler’s Sale” this weekend. Prices on Friday will be discounted 50%; Saturday, 60%; Sunday, 75%! How long will you wait to get that item you’ve been watching? Don’t miss out! 

FRIDAY, Aug. 9

10:00 AM – Noon: Head on over to the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library for a free & open to the public showing of the film “Moana.” Snacks are provided. Filmgoers are welcome to bring a blanket or something comfortable to sit upon. Sponsored by Friends of the Beachwood Library. Register today! #YoureWelcome 
Brick Wall with a logo that says Bogey's Comedy Club

9:30 PM: Bogey’s Comedy Club at Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood welcomes headliner Bill Benden, who has worked with Chris Rock and Tim Allen (among others) and has appeared on HBO and Comedy Central. Featuring Kevin Whelan and MC Kirk Bogos. If you’re looking to laugh, this is the place! 


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Family Yoga at Burn Boot Camp in the Pavilion Shopping Center. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for fun family bonding! Each family participating must include at least one adult. Recommended ages 3-12: register online.

4:00 – 9:00 PM: The Microsoft Store at Beachwood Place hosts an Intel Game Night: Fortnite Tournament today. #GameOn 

SUNDAY, Aug. 11

4:00 PM: It’s BISON BACK 2 SCHOOL NIGHT outside the Beachwood Community Center. Join Beachwood Schools for free hot dogs, ice cream, games and music! Bison spirit-wear will be available for purchase and school-support organizations and resources will be represented, too. Then, at 5:00PM…

5:00 PM: Last Outdoor Movie Night of the summer! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to the Beachwood Community Center and enjoy the film "A Dog's Way Home." Purchase dozens of flavors of popcorn from the Amaize! Popcorn Truck. The film is free and open to the public.

TUESDAY, Aug. 13

Register now! Menorah Park will hold a free Tuesday six-part series, “The Savvy Caregiver,” from 2 to 4 PM starting today at Menorah Park’s Center 4 Brain Health, 27100 Cedar Road in Beachwood. The workshop will provide information for those caring for a family member with dementia or other serious memory problems. While caregivers attend the series, the family member they care for will have the opportunity to participate in a separate group activity. For more information and to register, call 216-831-6500 ext. 193, or email


7:00 – 8:00 PM: Come to the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and unwind to the beautiful music of the Doan Brook Trio. This woodwind ensemble will present classical music while telling a personal immigration story. The trio’s mission is to raise awareness of social justice issues through fact-based, enriching programs that have a personal connection. Free & open to the public but you must register in advance.

See you in Beachwood!