Eat ice cream for a good cause at the Westlake Center

Lydia Gadd, center, enjoys a Hawaiian Luau with Dale and Jan Henninger. This year's tropical patio party will be held on Aug. 30.

I dread hearing people talk about the end of summer, when in Cleveland we are really just smack dab in the middle of it. Seeing school supplies and, even worse, Halloween candy already making its way to the store shelves doesn't help. Personally, I find that ice cream usually helps extend the summer joy. (It doesn't hurt too badly during the other seasons either). Ice cream with lots and lots of caramel and whipped cream is especially something to rejoice. 

If you are looking for some fun summer activities for the "50 Plus" crowd, join us for ice cream and more at the Westlake Center for Community Services. If you haven't visited us before, put us on your list of things to do. We are located at 29694 Center Ridge Road. Our phone number is 899-3544 and website is

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Tuesday Aug. 22, 11:00 a.m.

Devon Oaks has offered to provide the ice cream and all the toppings for this senior activities fundraiser. For the admission price of $3 you can create the sundae of your dreams, visit with friends, and tour the center if you've never been here before. RSVP to 899-3544; admission payable by Aug. 17.

Here are some more of our summer celebrations:

GAZEBO CONCERT – Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.

The show starts at 10 a.m., also known as Happy Hour with Showtime Charlie. Chuck Tamblyn is an upbeat and versatile musician whose velvety vocals are accompanied by his playing either lead or rhythm guitar and keyboards. This promises to be a musical variety show at its best as Chuck's extensive repertoire includes rock 'n' roll, easy listening, Rat Pack, R&B, Motown and more. Join us before the show at 9:30 a.m. for pastries provided by Our House. RSVP 899-3544 by Aug. 8.

PATIO PARTY - Wednesday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.

We will be celebrating on the patio, island style with our annual Hawaiian Luau. This is a great reason to dust off that tropical shirt or grass skirt! Enjoy the sounds of the steel drums by Three Isle Band while enjoying a feast of food and, of course, an "umbrella drink." The entertainment and food is sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living. Cost is $4 payable by Aug. 23. Seating is limited!

If you are not into ice cream and parties, we have many other offerings as well including: classes on history, science, stress management, handling emergencies and, yup, healthy eating. Check out our monthly newsletter on the city's website listed above.

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 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017