Upcoming 'Fifty Plus' events at the Westake Center

Carnival-goers Bill and Janet Beutel have fun with props in the photo booth. Photo by Alex Rodriguez

If you missed the Carnival at the Westlake Center for Community Services in August, "there's always next year" – a phrase familiar to us Clevelanders. In the meantime, check out some of the upcoming events in our newsletter found on the City of Westlake website at www.cityofwestlake.com under the Community Services department tab. Please call 440-899-3544 to RSVP for programs, or to request more information. Here are some offerings on deck:


Our next Men's Morning is Wednesday, Sept. 16. This monthly program always starts out with a hearty, aka manly, homemade breakfast made onsite. This month's speaker is a return visit by local author Peter Chakerian. The regulars would recognize him from the last time he came to present his book on Browns tailgating. This time he presents on Cleveland's rock 'n' roll heyday and shares stories about co-authoring a book with famed Cleveland photojournalist Janet Macoska. RSVP by Sept. 2.


This program, developed by Stanford University, is a self-management program for people struggling with a chronic diagnosis (pain, diabetes, COPD or depression, for example). People who participate in this series of 6 classes have improved both their healthful behaviors and health status. It is co-taught by community services director Lydia Gadd and program planner Jennifer Yoo. Each participant will receive a book and a CD. Thanks to a grant, there is no charge for the class or materials. This class is perfect if you already KNOW the right things to do for your health, but just have trouble implementing them ... or, even if you don't know the right things to do. Take charge of your health and feel better! Classes will be held on Mondays, 9-11:30 a.m. RSVP by Sept. 8.


Dr. Mari Halkovich is a retired school district superintendent with a passion and love for antique jewelry. She is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and Costume Jewelry. She will present "Vintage Vanities Antique Jewelry" with PowerPoint photos of various pieces of jewelry from Ohio Presidential First Ladies as well as a display case of antique jewelry and accessories from her own collection. RVSP by Sept. 10.


Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. as we celebrate the fall season with our annual clam bake. Pianist Jack Hogue will delight you with his musical talents while you dine. The clambake will include one dozen clams, broth, half of a baked chicken, coleslaw, sweet potato, corn-on-the-cob, roll & butter and dessert. The dessert is sponsored by Our House. Cost for the bake is $23 and $8 for extra clams. RSVP by Sept. 23.

Lydia Gadd

I am the Director of the Community Services Department for the City of Westlake. I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015