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.
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.
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.
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.