Local egg hunts and breakfasts are back for the Easter season: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville


Avon, Ohio

Hippity hoppin’ a more ‘normal’ Easter is on the way, as many familiar springtime community events return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Ridgeville is planning a free Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Rotary Club, on April 9 at Ranger Stadium, 34600 Bainbridge Road, for children ages 1-9 (photo is from a previous hunt). Photo courtesy of North Ridgeville Rotary

In Avon, the popular French Creek Foundation (FCF) Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 9 at Avon Middle School, 3445 Long Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages and drinks. After breakfast, children can enjoy activities and visit the Easter Bunny. Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. and the egg hunt takes place at 10:30 a.m. (for children from 2 to 8 years old). Cost is $10 for adults, children nine and older are $5, and children under 2 are free. Tickets go on sale March 14 and can be purchased at State Farm – Marci Barrett Insurance Agent, 35682 Detroit Road (cash or check only). Don’t delay, this event sells out every year.

Proceeds from the event are used to purchase flowers for the 24 FCF cement planters installed along Detroit Road in Avon’s historic French Creek neighborhood and hanging floral baskets for the poles.

Children can also take part in a coloring contest. Forms can be downloaded from frenchcreekfoundation.com/easter. Drop off entries where indicated at the bottom of the form before April 6 for a chance to win prizes. Be sure to include the child’s name and age, and the parent’s name and phone number. One entry per child.

The Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, is hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at 10:30 a.m. on April 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-10 (ages 2 and under are free). The menu includes bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs and a drink. After breakfast, meet the Easter Bunny, participate in indoor and outdoor activities, and receive a bag of treats. Pre-registration for all participants is mandatory before April 10, go to reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/59790.

North Ridgeville is planning a free Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Rotary Club, on April 9 at Ranger Stadium, 34600 Bainbridge Road, for children ages 1-9. The start time of the event will be announced closer to the date. I will include the time in a next column.

I reached out to town of Avon Lake officials to see what events might happen to celebrate the holiday. An egg hunt is a possibility, but no further details are available at this time. If an Egg Hunt is planned, I will include information in an upcoming Short Takes. The popular Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast has also been postponed to the fall.


Female well-being: The Free City Women’s Wellness Series is back for 2022. The first class is “Feed Your Soul” and takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on March 10 at the Avon Lions Community Center, 2155 Eaton Drive.

On March 24, “Stretch to De-Stress” features UH Avon Health Center personal trainer Ashlee Sanchez to stretch your body and calm your mind in a peaceful atmosphere. Bring a yoga mat. Class is from 7-8pm at Avon Isle, 37080 Detroit Road. Another class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 28 at the Avon Lions Community Center.

“Feed Your Body” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 14 at the Avon Lions Community Center.

Pre-registration is mandatory for all courses. For a full list of upcoming courses and to register, go to avonrec.activityreg.com.

Avon Library Update: The 16,000 square feet. addition to the Avon Branch Library is really starting to take shape. The weather last month was crazy, but progress was able to continue as the foundations were completed for the North Addition, new steel is 90% complete and trusses are in place on the South Addition.

This month, work will continue with the completion of the trusses, as well as the installation of the roof decking and the start of the exterior walls. Worth walking past the library to see the progress, 37485 Harvest Drive.

Foster families need: The Lake Erie Crushers baseball team is seeking host families for the 2022 season. Players stay with a family in the area while playing during the season. For more information, call 440-934-3636 or email [email protected]

Baseball tickets: Major League Baseball may be in lockdown, but baseball fans can support the Lake Erie Crushers this season as single game tickets are on sale now. Several promotional evenings are also on the program, as well as the popular fireworks evenings. For more information, visit bit.ly/35Cj3Mkor call 440-934-3636, email [email protected]

Church fry: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road, is hosting a one-night-only Fish Fry from 4-7:30 p.m. on April 1. Meals on site or to take away are available. Perch, shrimp and walleye dinners are available. For more information, visit stmaryavon.org.

Unfortunately, the Holy Trinity Fish Fries will not be taking place this Lent season.

To scream: Congratulations to Lois Shinko for recently receiving Avon’s Living Legacy Award at a City Council meeting. Mayor Bryan Jensen recognized Shinko for 50 years since she and her husband Bob opened their antique store in Avon, “The Country Store,” which continues to fuel interest in antiques and garage sales. at Avon.

Jensen proclaimed the fourth weekend of every June “Lois Shinko Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque – Avon Citywide Garage Sale Weekend” to recognize the many contributions Lois has made on behalf of the community.


Road closed : Lake Road between Moore Road and Curtis Drive is closed to traffic for the next two weeks. The daily closure will be Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for water main replacement work on Lake Road at Parkland Drive, Rosewood Drive and Edgewood Drive. The detour for traffic is from Moore Road at Electric Blvd. to Curtis Drive and reverse. Detour signs will be posted.

Deposit of the book: The Friends of Avon Lake Public Library will be hosting a “Drive Up, Drop Off, and Donate” book drive to collect new and gently used books, DVDs, and Blu-Ray media from 1-5 p.m. on March 15 . For more information, go to alpl.org/friends.

Musician, instrumentalists wanted: Be part of the global music celebration from 2-9 p.m. June 21 at Bleser Park and Veterans Memorial Park. According to information from the town, Make Music Avon Lake is a partnership between Music on a Mission and the town, and gives community members of all ages and musical talents the chance to experience the joy of making music together, while by serving the community. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, marching bands, mariachis, and all other types of musicians, of any age or skill level, are all welcome. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument. For more information, call Marilyn Zeidner at 216-407-0601 or email [email protected]


VFW fish fry: North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871, 6805 Lear Nagle Road, hosts weekly take-out-only fish fries Friday through Lent from 4-7 p.m. Dishes available on the menu include perch, prawns and pierogies. For more information, call 440-327-4068.

Opening soon: The highly anticipated openings of Discount Drug Mart, 33633 Bagley Road and Starbucks, at the corner of Lorain and Cook Roads, were recently announced during Mayor Kevin Corcoran’s North Ridgeville State Address. Both are set to open on April 4.

Spring Kiddie Kloset: The North Ridgeville Early Childhood PTA’s Kiddie Kloset resale event will be held April 9 at the community gymnasiums at the North Ridgeville Academic Center, 34620 Bainbridge Road. Early admission is $5 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. General admission is $2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tables are also available for $30 to sell items. For more information, visit nrechpta.org/kiddiekloset.


Resource Fair: The Lorain County Connecting for Kids Resource Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 16 at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. The event features approximately 60 providers offering resources for anxiety, depression, academic difficulties, behavioral issues and other issues that area children may have experienced during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Local therapists, summer camps, adaptive sports and other programs will also be represented at the event. Families who are not comfortable attending the event in person can come to the Grab & Go tent located across from the center of the Lorain County Community College campus to receive materials in a safe and socially distanced manner. For more information and to register, go to connectingforkids.org/lorain-resource-fair.

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