Birthday Pawlooza celebrates 41 years and kitties’ new home: Talk of the Towns

Kennith Bogan

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Stay-A-While Cat Shelter certainly has lots to celebrate.

They missed their 40th anniversary due to COVID-19 and moving last year. So, they are celebrating their 41st anniversary and their new home at Birthday Pawlooza, from noon to 4 p.m. July 16. The new shelter is located at 12662 York Delta Drive in North Royalton.

They have party hats and catnip and are ready for fun. There will be pizza, snacks, pop, water and the chance to win two awesome raffle baskets.

The cats at Stay-A-While hope you will come ready to pet and play with them, as well as shop at the newly stocked gift shop and a bake sale they will be hosting.

There will be no adoptions during the event, but the shelter will resume adoptions July 23. Go to www.stayawhilecatshelter.org to see available kitties.

Cat shelter

Kitties explore their new home at Stay-A-While Cat Shelter in North Royalton. (Photo Courtesy of Stay-A-While Cat Shelter)

The shelter is always in need of donations. Gift ideas for the kitties include canned cat food, treats, paper towels, scratch pads, cardboard loungers and gift cards from chewy.com or any pet store. Go to www.stayawhilecatshelter.org for a complete list of wish list items.

Stay-A-While Cat Shelter, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a cage-less, no-kill shelter that provides loving, compassionate and comprehensive care for cats and kittens awaiting adoption.

Cats enjoy roaming free in large rooms in a spacious ranch home situated on a one-acre lot, which has an abundance of trees and wildlife. It is a small, private shelter with approximately 80 to 100 cats/kittens. They are only able to accept new residents when vacancies become available.

Photo contest winners: Congratulations to the winners of the Broadview Heights Spring Photo Contest. To see the photos by first-place winner Jessica Thomas and second-place winner June Hund, go to www.broadview-heights.org. While you’re there, be sure to check out the gallery of all entries submitted.

Summer break: As we head into summer and schools start summer break, be mindful that there will be more children out playing in yards and riding their bikes. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and following all posted traffic laws.

We love our children and want to keep them safe this summer.

Summer concerts: Join your Broadview Heights neighbors for warm nights filled with music this summer, on the first Friday of the month now through September.

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the first two concerts.

They will also be holding the second annual Music Festival Aug. 12 and 13. Bring a lawn chair and relax at the Community Amphitheater. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For complete dates and details, go to www.broadview-heights.org.

Home Days schedule: The Broadview Heights 2022 Home Days program is online now. Start thinking about what rides you will go on, what you will eat and what bands you will see. There will be something for everyone.

To see this year’s program, go to www.broadview-heights.org.

Broadview Heights Home Days runs July 7-10. There will be fireworks, rides, concerts, beer garden, petting zoo, pick a prize raffle and more. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Shop local: CLE Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 at the North Royalton Fire Department. This market showcases over 30 vendors — local businesses selling high-quality foods, baked goods, art, textiles, flowers and more.

Produce market: The North Royalton Produce Market will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. July 12 at the York Road Recreation Field Pavilion, 14631 York Road.

The North Royalton Produce Market is a cooperative effort of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and partner agencies St. Albert the Great and Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The market, hosted the second Tuesday of the month from April through October, is specifically geared toward serving the senior population in our community. However, anyone who meets the income guidelines, determined by the Federal Government Poverty guidelines, may receive fresh produce from the market.

It will be necessary for you to remain in your car. Place your last and first name on a piece of paper and put the paper on your dashboard in the window so that volunteers can read your sign through the window. They are requiring that you clear the trunk of your vehicle prior to the distribution.

For safety reasons, they cannot enter your vehicle to load food. Due to safety regulations, you must stay in your vehicle to receive food.

Art museum: Include visiting your favorite works of art from the Cleveland Museum of Art in your summer vacation plans.

Search Collection Online for a comprehensive list of works currently on loan. Remember to also review your reciprocal privileges before your summer travels. Go to www.clevelandart.org for a complete listing of all exhibitions and events.

Exhibitions running now include “Turner’s Modern World” through July 10, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and “Alice Neel: People Come First” through July 10, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum.

If you are interested in contemporary art, this lecture is for you: “Who Curates Contemporary Art?” will be held at 7 p.m. July 20 in the Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Reserve your free member exhibition tickets for “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion,” running now through Sept. 11 in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery.

Watch as the CMA’s assistant curator with a focus on fashion, Darnell-Jamal Lisby, breaks down standout looks of pop-culture fashion icons from “The New Black Vanguard” exhibition catalogue. Then read his recent blog post, “Framing the Essence of a Fashion Figure,” before or after visiting the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized by Aperture, New York, and is curated by Antwaun Sargent.

Let the Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton communities know what is going on with your organization, church, school, business or family. Email me at [email protected].

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