At Mentor Parks & Recreation Department, we’re always working on a new program, special event or fun family activity. Check this section often to find out what’s new, what’s coming up and when to mark your calendar for our next exciting activity.
Mentor Senior Center will be closed Friday, March 7 for installation of a new rooftop HVAC unit. Programs previously scheduled for March 7 will be rescheduled. Please contact the Mentor Senior Center for more information at (440) 974-5725.
Mother & Child Skate
Saturday, March 8, 12 – 3 p.m., Mentor Ice Arena
Moms and kids, ages 3 and older, will enjoy a great afternoon of fun at Mentor Ice Arena where games and activities, lunch, skating and even a keepsake photo opportunity will take place from 12 – 3:30 pm. In addition, a special gift will be presented to each child. Registration is required; fee is $10 per person. Call (440) 974-5730 to register by phone or visit www.cityofmentor.com/play to register online 24/7
Line Dance Party
Monday, March 17, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Line dances lead in a party atmosphere. We’ll serve light refreshments. Resident/Nonresident $5 until April 23, $8 after April 23. Call Mentor Senior Center at (440) 974-5725 for more information or to register by phone.
Chardon Polka Band
Wednesday, March 19, 6 – 8 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Whether you love traditional polka music or want to hear“polka twist” to today’s hottest tunes, you’ll love the Chardon Polka Band. The band is captivating audiences across Northeast Ohio with its unique style and unique blend of musicians. The Chardon Polka band is well versed at playing all types of shows and venues. From the front corners of brew-pubs to the sprawling scenery of wineries; from rowdy bars to intimate coffee houses; from the biggest of festivals to your average family get-together, the Chardon Polka Band plays them all. Light refreshments will be provided. Resident/Nonresident $7 until March 1, $8 after March 1. Call Mentor Senior Center at (440) 974-5725 for more information or to register by phone.
Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Adults will have the opportunity to have fun and learn as we delve into some fascinating scientific facts and discover the environment around us. Sit in on lectures on topics like Composting 101, Learn to Green Your Household Cleaning, Plant It! Grow It! – Organically, Salute to Solar Power, Foraging for Wild Edibles, Aquaponics, Urban Farming: Fish in the City, Identifying your Ecological Footprint, Keeping Our Watershed & Community Clean, World Water Issues, The Practice and Benefit of Beekeeping, Benefits of Using Native Plants in Your Landscaping, Tackling Invasive Species: How to Stop the Spread in Natural Areas and Your Own Backyard, and more! You’ll get insight from local experts into how each of the pieces of conservation and sustainability can have an impact on daily live in Northeast Ohio and how even the smallest changes can benefit our big wide world. The day will be complete with take home information, an organic, healthy lunch and make & take items. Registration begins February 15 here. Download A Flyer Get A Schedule of Topics/Presenters
Springtime Egg Hunt for Kids
Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m., Civic Center Park
This is going to be one EGG-citing event! The Easter Bunny is coming and he’s hiding over 1,000 eggs! Enjoy this old-fashioned egg hunt complete with a visit and picture with the Easter Bunny and a cookie-decorating station. Pre-registration is required for this event and begins March 1 by calling (440) 974-5720 or register online here. The last day to register is April 10 or when we reach our maximum capacity. No on-site registration will be accepted. Resident: $6 / Nonresident: $10
Adult Flashlight Dash Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m., Black Brook Golf Course
Sure to be the best hour of fun in 2014, the new Adult Flashlight Dash is an egg hunt just for adults 21 and over! We’ll gather in the club house then head to the practice center (can you hear the Chariots of Fire music playing in the background?) then on the word GO, you’ll take off, flashlights in hand, to find as many of the 3,000 eggs we’ll have hidden on the practice range as possible. More than 100 of those eggs will have prizes donated from Mentor businesses such as Marriott, Heinen’s, T-N-T Tanning, dozens of restaurants, and services. Snacks will be included and beer and wine is available for purchase. Pre-registration is required for this event and begins March 1 by calling (440) 974-5720 or register online here. The last day to register is April 10 or when we reach our maximum capacity. No on-site registration will be accepted. Fee is $10 per person.
Senior Center Garage Sale
Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Join us for this HUGE annual garage sale where you may find some wonderful treasures. The cost is $25 for a 6 foot table or $20 for a 5 foot table or a round table. Table space is available to seniors beginning December 2 for residents and December 4 for nonresidents. After March 1, table space will be available to anyone wishing to participate. Donations for the bake sale would be appreciated. If you would like to donate to the bake sale, please let us know when you register for your table space. Please register for a table by calling the Mentor Senior Center at 440-974-5725.
Wildwood Singer’s Spring Concert – Popular Music of the 20th Centure
Friday, May 2, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Come and listen to The Wildwood Singers as they perform classic hits from each decade of the twentieth century. Styles will include popular, rock and roll, Broadway, film music, folk, jazz, Gospel, and more. The concert is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Community Arts Commission. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at Wildwood, Recreation Department, and the Mentor Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. Resident / Nonresident: $5 per person, 10 & under free.
Mother’s Day Mom’s Play Free
Sunday, May 11, All Day, Black Brook Golf Course
All Mom’s play the course free when accompanied by another player. Call (440) 951-0010 to schedule a tee time.
Wildwood Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
The Garden Club will have a great selection of outdoor plants and flowers at reasonable prices for your summer garden. All proceeds benefit the Wildwood Garden Club. The plant sale is held rain or shine! For more information, please call (440) 974-5735.
Memorial Day Walking Parade & Ceremony
Monday, May 26, 10 a.m.
Join the City of Mentor as we pay tribute to those who have served our country. Parade units gather in the Heinen’s parking lot at 9 a.m. with step-off to Mentor Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. for this solemn processional. Groups wishing to participate in the parade and/or memorial services should call the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720 before May 9.
Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale
Thursday, May 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Garfield Pavilion
Clean out the toy boxes, closets, and attics, and get ready for the Just Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale. Reserve city-owned tables beginning April 7 for residents and April 8 for nonresidents or set up your own table on a 10’ x 10’ space for the same fee, collected the morning of the sale. Please keep the following rules in mind when planning your sale: You may not sell out of your car, or hang items on clotheslines from the trees or pavilion. An adult must be present at each table. Residents should be prepared to show a currently utility bill and driver’s license to receive the resident rate. Residents: $20 / Nonresidents: $25
Mentor Farmers Market
Make sure to mark Fridays on your calendar. From May 30 through September 19 you can shop for fresh, local produce, bedding plants, flowers, cheese, honey, olive oil, jams, jellies, and baked goods from 3-7 PM. No Market Friday, July 4 or August 22. PLUS, on June 27, July 25 and August 29, dozens of artisans will join the market, along with live music and entertainment for the kids, as Mentor presents FINAL FRIDAYS. More information at cityofmentor.com/visit/mentormarket.
Father/Son Best Ball Tournament
Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m., Black Brook Golf Course
Join in on this fun, friendly Father & Son scramble tournament and see who takes home the title. Fathers may play with as many as 3 sons. Greens fees are paid at Black Brook the day of the event. Divisions are determined by the age of the son. Divisions 10 & 11 and 12 & 13 play 9 holes. Divisions 14 & 15, 16 & 17, and 18 & up play 18 holes. Registration fee is $5 per player and the deadline to register is June 7. To register, call the Mentor Recreation Department office at (440) 974-5720 or register online.
Everything You Always Wanted To Do – Family Style
Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Civic Center Park
Mentor Recreation is happy to bring back Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Do But Your Mother Wouldn’t Let You – FAMILY STYLE! Sign the whole family up for the messiest, gooeyest, noisiest family night ever. Parents, this is your chance to crack an egg on your child’s head or give them a shaving cream hair-do, but be careful – they might get you back by turning you into a human ice cream sundae! Families participate in messy games and activities that include foods such as whipped cream, kool-aid, syrup, pudding and come with names such as The Legendary Mud Slide! A one-hour family swim time at Civic Center Pool after a thorough clean-up is included in the evening. Families will need to bring for each family member: a swim suit, towel, change of clothing, and a bag to take home messy clothes. Each participate should wear old clothes and old tennis shoes (sandals are not recommended). Fee is per person. Ages 4 and older, please. Resident: $8 / Nonresident: $11 Register online.
City of Mentor Summer Concert Series Presented by Dollar Bank
Tuesdays, June 24 – August 12, 7 – 9 p.m., Civic Center AmphitheatreWe continue our summer tradition by bringing this FREE concert series with impressive local bands to Civic Center Amphitheater. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets: no chairs are provided. Questions? Call (440) 974-5735.
|June 24||Good Vibrations||Beach Boys Tribute|
|July 1||Jersey||Springsteen Tribute|
|July 8||Real Young||Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute|
|July 15||Penny Lane||Beatles Tribute|
|July 22||The Diamond Project||Neil Diamond Tribute|
|July 29||Fastlane||Eagles Tribute|
|August 5||Evil Ways||Santana Tribute|
|August 12||Monica Robins & The Ninja Cowboys||Country|
Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The City of Mentor, Community Arts Commission and Aqua Ohio, Inc., BackTrack, Inc., Buyers Products Company, Center-Tyler Auto Body & Service, Inc., Component Repair Technologies, Inc., Crossroads Hospice, Dollar Bank, Emeritus at Newell Creek, FirstMerit Bank, Fredon Corporation, Lake National Bank, Lennon Realty, Lifeguard Financial Retirement Planners, Lintern Corporation Worldwide, Manhattan Deli, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Mentor Lumber & Supply, Mentor Public Library, Royal Plastics, Inc., Runyon & Sons Roofing, Inc., Visiting Angels, W. S. Tyler
34th Wildwood Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
The 33rd annual juried Wildwood Fine Arts Festival features over 50 artists with original and unique art of the highest quality, live music, and refreshments. From glassware, paintings, metal works, jewelry and more, guests can browse tents filled with the finest art work on the beautiful grounds of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free historical tours of the manor house will be given. Event proceeds benefit Wildwood Cultural Center and support college scholarships for students from Lake and Geauga counties planning to study art. $2 Admission Artists Application Food Vendor Application
July 4 Fireworks
Friday, July 4, 9:50 p.m., Civic Center Park
Celebrate America with the City of Mentor. Free
3 x 3 Basketball Tournament
Wednesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 10, 9 a.m., Walsh and Civic Center Parks
Get a team together and participate in Mentor’s first 3 x 3 basketball tournament for boys and girls ages 8 – 14. Details to follow.
Mentor’s Got Talent Show
Tuesday, July 15 , 10 am, Civic Center Amphitheater
Bring your best talents and show them off at this friendly competition for kids ages 3 – 18. Free. Register online or call (440) 974-5720 before July 11.
Family Camp Out
Friday, July 11, 5 p.m. – 10 a.m., Civic Center Amphitheater
No need to travel far this summer when you and your family can have a great time at our Family Campout right in Civic Center Park! Families will provide their own tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and personal items. We’ll have a campfire, games and crafts, snacks, swim time at Civic Center Pool and a movie before zipping up your tent! A light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. Only one tent per family, please. Advanced registration is required. Resident: $6 pp / Nonresident: $7 pp Register online or call (440) 974-5720.
Family Fun Day & Picnic
Sunday, July 13, 12 – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Step back in time with you family and enjoy FREE old fashioned fun games and entertainment on the historic grounds and estate of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free historical tours of the manor house will be given. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with your family at one of the picnic tables – or bring a blanket! Refreshments will be available for purchase. Ongoing events/performers are: a juggler, balloon artist, petting zoo, face painter, old fashioned games, pony rides, inflatable games, arts & crafts and entertainment by The Larry Smith Express. The Wildwood Singers will perform at 1 p.m.; Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show will be at 2 p.m.
Christmas in July
Friday, July 25, 1- 4 p.m., Garfield Pool
Santa stops by for Christmas fun in July! Free with regular daily admission.
Madness in Mentor Pickleball Tournament
Saturday – Sunday, July 19 – 20, Times Vary, Civic Center Park
The 2nd Madness in Mentor Skills Pickleball Tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13 at Mentor’s own pickleball complex at Civic Center Park. Individual and mixed events will be played in these skill levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0. Cost is $25 for the first match and $15 for the second match. A tournament shirt is included with your registration. Visit www.usapa.com to register for this tournament. Tournament director Brian Murphy can be reached at (440) 221-7487 or email@example.com.
Headland’s Beach Fest
Saturday, July 26, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Headlands Beach State Park
Plans are underway for the return of the coolest event on Ohio’s longest beach! This is NOT your typical day at the beach. Come learn to fly a kite, paddle a kayak, make a sandcastle, search for buried treasure, play a game or make a sand art project. Watch World Champion sand sculptors create amazing works of art. Nonstop live music, dozens of arts & craft vendors and a variety of food. It’s a family celebration of wind, water and sand. The event will be held rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Visit www.headlandsbeachfest.com for updated information.
Children’s Pet Show
Tuesday, July 29, 10 a.m., Civic Center Amphitheater
From big to small, we love them all. Bring your pet and be a part of the show! Free.
Everything You Always Wanted to Do
Tuesday, August 5, 12 – 3 p.m., Garfield Park Pavilion
What a summer finale! Have you ever wanted to roll in mud, have a squirt gun fight with kool-aid or eat a whole cup of pudding with nothing but your mouth? This is the messiest, noisiest, once in a lifetime kid friendly event of the year! Kids participate in all-out messy games and activities that include foods such as whipped cream, Jell-O, syrup, and marshmallows and come with names such as the Legendary Shake and Bake and Mud Pie Party. Kids will have a ball and best of all, we clean up the mess! Snacks and a one-hour swim time at Garfield Pool after a thorough shower are included in the day. Kids will need to bring a swim suit, a wash cloth, change of clothing and a bag to take home messy clothes. Old tennis shoes are recommended and pre-registration is required! Call (440) 974-5720 or register online.
Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Civic Center Park
See hundreds of vintage vehicles and enjoy entertainment, music and activities. Vehicles may set up beginning at 8 a.m. Both vehicle entry and spectator admission is free!
Chalk Art Contest
Tuesday, August 12, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Civic Center Park Bikepaths
Create a one-of-a-kind work of art at this fun contest open to kids living within the Mentor school district, ages 5 – 16. Free.
Monday, August 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Civic Center Pool
Civic Center Pool will officially be going to the dogs! Bring your favorite four-legged pal for a dip and enjoy some good family fun! Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated, leashed when not in the pool, and owners must be prepared for clean up duty (we’ll have extra bags). You are welcome to bring dog toys. The cost is $3 per dog.
Friday, August 22, 4 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, August 23, 12 – 11 p.m.
We had so much fun with Mentor CityFest last year, we’re doing it again! Mark your calendar for the biggest community event in northeast Ohio! More than 25,000 people attended this family-oriented, active event last year. This year, we’re bringing:
- Continuous live music including Dueling Pianos and the Chicago cover band, Sounds of Society
- Activities such as an amazing zip line, trampolines, rock wall and inflatables
- Huge assortment of delicious foods
- Expanded beer and wine gardens with schedule tasting events
- Community stage with local performers
- Community-run carnival style games
- Incredible BMX bike show
- Giant puppet show with MadCap Puppets
- Indoor lasertag
- And much, much more!
Want to get involved? Contact Nick Standering at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jill Korsok at email@example.com. Get the latest updates and information at www.MentorCityFest.com