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Lent is here and it’s time to catch a fish fry: A Place in the Sun

March 5, 2019 GMT

Lent is here and it’s time to catch a fish fry: A Place in the Sun

CLEVELAND, Ohio – If it’s Lent and it’s Friday, it’s fish fry time.

Dozens of area churches, schools and other groups will be hosting fish fry fundraisers during the next several weeks.

One of the more popular fish fry events is at Blessed Trinity Parish in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. They host a weekly fish fry 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5 and 12 in Fogarty Hall, 14040 Puritas Ave. The hall is handicap accessible.

The menu includes walleye, sole, baked salmon, shrimp and combo dinners priced at $9 to $14. A la carte items such as macaroni and cheese, clam chowder, pierogis and fish or crab cake sandwiches will be sold for $2 to $10.

For further information, call the rectory at 216-671-5890.

Also hosting a fish fry 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5 and 12 in Andrews Hall (lower church) will be St. James Parish, 17514 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Cost is $8 for adults; $13 for a combo meal $13; $4 for children. Dinner choices are baked cod or flounder; fried shrimp or pierogi with rolls and butter, choice of sides; potatoes or mac and cheese, applesauce or cole slaw. Pizza and clam chowder also are available, as are desserts. Coffee is free; other beverages can be purchased.

There will be live music., Diners can eat in or take the food home.

For more information, call Tom at 216-221-3567 or email tahayden42@live.com.

There will be a fish fry at 5 p.m. March 8, 5, 22 and 29 in Trinity Hall at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 25200 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. Jamey Haddad and Friends will perform in a free concert after the March 15 fish fry.

Time change: Don’t forget to spring ahead one hour on March 2. It’s also a good time to change smoke detector batteries.

Dems meet: Fairview Park Democratic Club will meet at 7p.m. March 7 at Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road, Fairview Park. Guest speaker will be Shontel Brown, chairperson of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, who will share thoughts on future plans for the party.

Club members will continue the discussion at Gunselman’s Tavern, 21490 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, after the meeting. All are welcome.

Know your home: LakewoodAlive will have the second in its 2019 series of Knowing Your Home workshops 7-9 pm. March 21 at The Hearth Shop, 27303 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The program will be Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces.

The free home maintenance educational program will address what homeowners need to know about their fireplaces.

Led by staff from The Hearth Shop, this workshop looks at both gas and wood-burning fireplaces and will offer information on how to ensure a fireplace is working safely; how a fireplace system works; proper fireplace maintenance and upgrading or converting a fireplace.

Additionally, the workshop will highlight options available for homes that do not have a fireplace system and will cover the steps and costs involved in installing a new fireplace.

To reserve your free spot for this workshop, visit lakewoodalive,org or call 216-521-0655.

Now in its sixth year, the “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome to learn more.

In lieu of charging for the workshops. LakewoodAlive asks that participants consider either making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center.

Monthly meeting: The Cleveland Police First District Community Relations Committee will have its month members’ meeting 7-8:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Ignatius of Antioch cafeteria, 10205 Lorain Ave., Cleveland. The First District includes all of the West Park neighborhood.

Attendees are asked to bring canned goods or household products like toilet paper or peroxide to donate to St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish/

For more information, call Tammy Hanna, 216-664-6634.

Pass the syrup: Don’t forget about the Olmsted Historical Society pancake breakfast 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 in the Events Barn at the Frostville Museum complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Menu is unlimited pancakes and juice, hot beverage, and sausage or scrambled eggs and sausage, potatoes, juice and hot beverage. Additional sausage is three for $1 and additional orange juice is 50 cents. Diners can eat in or take out their food.

There also will be a winter farmers market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at Frostville.

For more information, call 216-789-5298 or visit olmstedhistoricalsociety.org.

Police academy: A Citizens Police Academy begins 6-9 p.m. March 27 in the Community Room on the second floor of the Kamm’s Corners Community Development Assn. office building at 17407 Lorain Ave., West Park.

Officer Tim Riley will conduct five sessions to help acquaint West Park residents with the activities of the Cleveland Police Department.

Free film: Join The Hope Center, KCDC, and the West Park Branch of the Cleveland Public Library for a free showing of the documentary “On Exile at 1 p.m. March 9 the Hope Center for Refugees, 15135 Triskett Road, West Park.

The 90-minute film explores the refugee experience through a series of interviews with people from around the world who settled in Cleveland, including some in West Park.

Registration is required. Visit kammscorners.com for details and a link to register.

A question and answer session will follow the film.

Mobile banking: Northeast Ohio PC Group will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, to hear a presentation from Michele Kirby from the Westlake US Bank branch on mobile banking apps. She will discuss how those using the popular apps can ensure safety and security.

Conversation and refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7.

For more information, visit neopc.org.

On stage: Don’t forget that Dover Community Players Theater will present “Jake’s Dilemma,” written and directed by Greg Lavelle, at 8 p.m. March 8-9 and 3 p.m. March 10 at North Olmsted United Methodist Church, 4600 Dover Center Road, North Olmsted.

Admission is $5. For more information or reservations, call 440-782-0095 or email doverplayers@gmail.com.

At the library: Local libraries offer a treasure trove of programs and information. Here’s a look at a few things happening at the North Olmsted Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library this week. The library is at 27403 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org/Branches/North-Olmsted.aspx for more information on these and other programs at the North Olmsted Branch Library.

· Learn about the best choices for health care access at 7 p.m. March 11 with Molly White, a Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioner, who will discuss the difference between primary care, express care, urgent care and the emergency department and when you should go to each.

· Friends of North Olmsted Branch Library will have a book sale (bag sale) during library hours March 13-22. Choose from a selection of books, magazines, and AV items and fill a bag (provided by the Friends) for $3.

· Tai Chi for Beginners, one session of a three-part series, will be offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. in Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the A Place in the Sun column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to carolkovach@hotmail.com.