Take a run for Hattie Larlham; Sundance Short Film Tour comes to Cleveland; more: Press Run

Take a run for Hattie Larlham; Sundance Short Film Tour comes to Cleveland; more: Press Run

Aurora, Ohio — Run for Hattie Larlham: The Hattie Larlham Foundation is invites all to take part in its Hattie Larlham ThriveK: Run & Roll for All Abilities Sept. 18 at Sunny Lake Park, 885 East Mennonite Road in Aurora.

In collaboration with Hermes Road Racing, the family-friendly, inclusive race day directly benefits Hattie Larlham programs, services and facilities.

For 60 years, Hattie Larlham has brought comfort, joy and achievement into the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs include: residential, medical, educational, recreational, employment and work training services that are tailored to meet each person’s needs.

The cost to participate is $30 for the 5K and one-mile run, and $35 on race day. All participants will receive a ThriveK running shirt and bag. The course is dog-friendly, so bring along your pooch.

To register and learn more details, visit here.

Sponsorships are also available. To learn more about participating in this way, visit here.

Comics entrepreneur to speak: Shaker Library will present “A Conversation with Keith Harris,” via Zoom, from 3-4 p.m. Sept. 25.

Who is Keith Harris? He has been selected as one of Crain’s Cleveland’s Notable Entrepreneurs for 2021, for turning his youthful passion for comic books into FutureGen Comics, a digital company that develops characters for other companies and publishers to use.

With its tagline, “Be the hero you were meant to be,” FutureGen Comics offers a variety of creative approaches to marketing, advertising, and training.

Keith Harris

Keith Harris

After he retired from his start-up company, Kero International, Harris decided that he wanted to create a business around comic books. He began studying the business side of the industry and met with independent publishers and attended Comic-Con conventions. With a sketch of an idea, he solicited the help of artists from Northeast Ohio to create his start-up. FutureGen Comics now has more than 100 characters drawn by a dozen artists.

One of FutureGen’s notable clients was the LeBron James Family Foundation, for which the company developed superheroes based on the foundation’s key members.

If you love comics, and/or a good business story, take the opportunity to listen to Harris’ story, and learn how he anticipates the comics industry will evolve in Northeast Ohio. Or, check him out if your company or volunteer organization needs its own superhero.

Heights Libraries listings: Heights Libraries will present an online “Family Caregiver Support Program” from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 23. Fatima Perkins of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging will present its program to assist family caregivers. You’ll learn how the Family Caregiver Support Team helps identify unique caregiver needs and connects individuals with resources that may help. Resources can include respite, support groups, and even financial support. To register, visit here.

— The Lee Road Library branch will host the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27. Free, fresh produce drive-thru pick will take place at the branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, for families and individuals in need. You must be 18 years or older to pick up goods. Bring photo ID and make sure your car trunk is clean. Food will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, rain or shine. If you have questions, call 216-932-3600,ext. 1250.

— The Lee Road branch will also be the site for “Computer Basics Part 4 — Internet Access,” for adults, from 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28. You can register here.

— The Noble Neighborhood branch, 2800 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, will conduct “Teen Art Therapy Night” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Teens are invited to wind down in the evening with an art project designed to help express themselves, relax, and reflect. The program will be led by library staff and a teaching artist. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and can be accomplished here.

A more strong and flexible you: The YMCA reminds us that September is National Yoga Month, a month meant to promote the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, yoga can help improve strength, balance and flexibility, help relieve back pain, increase energy, and help manage stress.

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is celebrating by offering a variety of yoga classes throughout the month at its local branches. For a full schedule of yoga classes throughout the month of September, visit YMCA’s online exercise schedule.

Introducing the Jarvis Scholarship for boys: University School has announced the launch of its Jarvis Scholarship program through which it will award fully funded, four-year scholarships to 10 rising ninth-grade young men, regardless of family income, beginning in the fall of 2022. The Jarvis Scholarship is a merit-based award given to boys who excel academically.

“University School is a place where boys are encouraged to find themselves while they explore, create, research, practice, and compete,” said Head of School Patrick T. Gallagher, in a release. “We’re looking for help in finding the most promising candidates in Greater Cleveland. This includes young men of all ambitions — scholars, artists, musicians, athletes, and entrepreneurs.”

Candidates for a Jarvis Scholarship will progress through three rounds of the application process, complete two test assessments, write several essays, interview with a member of the selection committee, and attend a special event for finalists.

The program is funded by the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation, which committed $25 million to endow student scholarships at the school. This gift is part of a $50-million goal to increase scholarships at University School to attract and support outstanding students from throughout the region. The donation represents the largest gift in the school’s history. Bill Oberndorf is a member of the University School class of 1971.

The Jarvis Scholarship was named after University School teacher Rev. Tony Jarvis who taught English, history, and philosophy at the school from 1967 to 1974, when he went on to lead The Roxbury Latin School in Boston for 30 years until his retirement. Rev. Jarvis’ guiding philosophy is memorialized in University School’s mission in that “every boy is known and loved.”

The application process is now open for boys who will enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2022. Families can register to learn more about the scholarship offering by visiting us.edu/jarvis.

Sweet sounds of the PopTarts: Beachwood Arts Council will present a concert with the dynamic female singing group The PopTarts, from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd.

Dressed in matching retro outfits, The PopTarts will entertain with a blast from the past performing top hit favorites from the 1960s girl groups and female pop singers. The concert, which is free and open to the community, is made possible by grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Ohio Arts Council. Masks are required.

For more information, call 216-595-3400, or visit beachwoodartscouncil.org

Shaker resident joins 50 Club: Cleveland Museum of Natural History President & CEO Sonia Winner, of Shaker Heights, has been elected to the 50 Club of Cleveland, a nonprofit group dedicated to furthering the understanding of pressing local, regional, and national issues through dialogue and debate.

The group consists of leading citizens, including business executives, lawyers, and other experts, from across the region. It operates with the goal of having candid, off-the-record discussions about challenges and opportunities facing the community.

“Sonia’s involvement in the 50 Club of Cleveland will not only enrich her work with the museum and have a positive impact on the wider community, but will also advance our institution’s focus on fostering collaboration across the region,” said Jon Grimm, the Museum’s Chair of the Board of Directors, in a release.

Sonia Winner

Sonia Winner

The 50 Club of Cleveland is an invitation-only organization that has been helping to bring together thought leaders since 1939. Personal qualifications are given the most consideration when members are admitted to the group.

In 2018, Winner became the tenth director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She has since led the Museum’s transformation project to completely reimagine its campus and visitor experience in a way that highlights the interconnectedness of all life on earth. Prior to her arrival at the museum, Winner served in leadership roles at Columbia University, culminating in a promotion to vice president for university development. She also spent a decade serving in associate dean roles at the Weatherhead School of Management and the Law School at Case Western Reserve University.

Sundance in Cleveland: The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, a 92-minute program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 17, and 7:20 p.m. Sept.18.

The screenings will take place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave. The Short Film Tour features a wide variety of storytelling, including fiction, documentary, and animation from around the globe, and includes two special jury award winners from the 2021 Festival.

For close to 40 years, the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program has been considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, including Wes Anderson, Damien Chazelle, Dee Rees, David O. Russell, Joey Soloway, and many others. The tour, and the Festival, are programs of Sundance Institute, a leading arts nonprofit dedicated to advancing work by, and opportunities for, independent creators.

This year the Festival received close to 10,000 short film submissions, and from that list selected 50 to show. The Festival programs a collection of shorts from its most recent Festival to go on a theatrical tour to independent art houses in more than 60 cities nationwide. It is one of very few theatrical releases of short films in the United States.

“The Sundance Shorts is one of our most popular annual programs. We’re pleased to be able to offer the latest edition to Cleveland moviegoers in our beautiful theater once again,” said Cinematheque Director John Ewing, in a release.

Tickets to the program cost $12; and $9 each for Cinematheque members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders, as well as those age 25 and under. Masks are required for all moviegoers.

Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, both off E. 117th Street, south of Euclid Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour, visit here.

Street-wide sale in Beachwood: Mercantile Road showrooms and galleries in Beachwood will hold a street-wide sales event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

Featured will be complimentary immersive showroom events, including a variety of representatives sharing the latest trends and products with drawings and giveaways, coffee barista, lunch truck and art galleries to tour. If you plan to attend, RSVP with any of the listed participants.

They include A.E. Monroe & Co., Buyrite, Baker, Wolfs, Neue Auctions, Art Source, Patti DiBenedetto Corna, Greenwald Antiques, Surface Materials, ProSource Wholesale, Cheesy Dave’s, and The Watson Carpet Company.

A spotlight on Ohio’s literary treasures: The book “The Ohio Literary Trail — A Guide” shines a spotlight on Ohio’s literary treasures and the state’s role in shaping culture and literature worldwide. Released earlier this year by Arcadia Publishing/The History Press, readers of the book discover historic homes, museums, library collections, and historical markers honoring great authors, poets, and influencers of the literary landscape.

The book is organized by the state’s five geographic regions for a convenient self-guided tour that encourages exploration from tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover cultural gems in their own back yard.

A series of upcoming Zoom library book talks presented by author Betty Weibel will share images and highlights from “The Ohio Literary Trail — A Guide.”

The Beachwood Library will be among the five Northeast Ohio libraries hosting a Zoom event with the author. It will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. For further details, call the Beachwood Library at 216-831-6868.

A winning burger: In celebration of taking first place in the Mushroom Council’s Best of Ohio Blended Burger Contest, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, 26300 Chagrin Blvd. in Beachwood, is featuring its award-winning Italian Blended Burger on this month’s menu.

The 9-oz. Italian Burger is a dry-aged blend with portabella and cremini mushrooms, topped with soppressata, mozzarella, sweet roasted peppers and basil aioli. It is being offered throughout September, both in-restaurant and for takeout, with a choice of boardwalk fries or onion straws, for $16.50.

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