Landscape work earns students a grant from Rotary: A Place in the Sun

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise, Tessa Pickering received a $5,000 scholarship for her freshman year at Ohio State University.

This scholarship was made possible by a donation to the club foundation from club member William Minnich. Minnich had seen Tessa’s work with Barker Landscaping in his garden and in the gardens of some of his neighbors in the Clifton Park area of ​​Lakewood.

Minnich learned from Sarah Barker, the company’s owner, that Tessa planned to go to OSU to study landscape architecture.

Minnich has been a longtime supporter of the foundation of the association and decided to use his donation for this scholarship. He focused previous giving to fund the needs of deserving students in the Lakewood area. In addition to her work at Barker Landscaping Co., Tessa works at the Pickering Family Farm and retail store in Avon.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Foundation supports many community, youth, and professional service projects in the area through donations to nonprofit agencies and organizations in the area.

The foundation receives its funds through regular donations from association members and benefit events. A major fundraiser is planned for May 6th at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.

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The club welcomes civic-minded men and women who want to “make a difference” locally and around the world. Learn more about Rotary by contacting Kathy Berkshire at [email protected].

Premiere: The Fairview SilverSneakers Tap Dance Group will present their first performance on February 18th at 1:00pm at Fairview Park Senior Center following the regular hot lunch.

Dessert is provided courtesy of Life Care Centers of Westlake.

The Senior Center is located at 20769 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.

Registration for the next fundraising luncheon at North Olmsted Senior Center is underway. (Carol Kovach/special to

Fundraising Lunch: North Olmsted Senior Center is hosting a lunchtime benefit on February 25th at the North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

Avon Place is sponsoring the lunch, which includes a stuffed baked potato soup, garden salad and ragweed salad for dessert.

All cash or check donations support the senior center’s programming. Make checks payable to the City of North Olmsted. Registration closes on February 21st.

Call 440-777-8100 for more information or to register for one of the Senior Center’s upcoming events and activities.

Anniversary donations: To commemorate its 30th anniversary in Northeast Ohio, Hospitality Restaurants donated $1,000 daily for 30 days to 30 local charities.

Corporate headquarters is at 22005 Mastick Road, Fairview Park.

Knowing that $1,000 would not turn the tide for most charities, the company reached out to suburban mayors, community leaders and leading philanthropists to identify 30 local charities that would best benefit from the donation. The Fairview Park Hunger Center was among the recipients of a $1,000 donation.

George Schindler, President; Sheri Wilber, General Manager, Cabin Club; Kay Ameen, CEO/CFO, and David Hale, retired partner, are the company’s founders. Ameen and Schindler, longtime best friends, decided how best to mark the company’s significant milestone.

For 30 years, Hospitality Restaurants has worked with various volunteer groups in Northeast Ohio and beyond to help stock grocery shelves and help provide clothing to those in need.

The company began as the dream of high school friends and college roommates Ameen and Schindler. It consists of eight award-winning restaurants and employs more than 300 people in Northeast Ohio. Hospitality restaurants include Blue Point Grille, Rosewood Grill, Kingfish, Salmon Dave’s, Cabin Club, Delmonico’s and Thirsty Parrot.

Reminder: The Frostville Winter Farmers Market and Trash and Treasures Sale takes place on Saturdays in February from 10am to 1pm at the Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, on the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Preserve – weather permitting.

Masks are compulsory in the barn and in the school building. The market features local farmers, seasonal produce, free range meats, pastries, eggs, honey, maple syrup, tea and coffee, homemade breads and more.

Anyone interested in contributing items to the sale should contact Bob Lamb at 440-292-7822. For more information, contact [email protected] or 330-592-6518 or visit

Connection for children: Registration is required for the next Connecting for Kids program, Behavior Chat: Tracking and Tackling Problem Behaviors. The virtual program will take place on February 16 at 7 p.m.

It will help provide strategies to motivate children to engage in positive behavior and help parents prevent meltdowns before they start. Program participants learn to use the tools in the Behavior Toolkit to help children control behavior and manage emotions. The toolkit will be made available to each participant free of charge.

Register online at, by email at [email protected], or Call/SMS: 440-570-5908; para espanol, 440-907-9130.

Connecting for Kids is committed to providing quality programming to families during COVID-related closures. Visit for the latest program information.

CFK offers information and support to families with concerns about their child. The group serves all families, including children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK also offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match program, and numerous resources.

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. Send information to [email protected] at least 10 days before the desired publication date.

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