Upcoming Events

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.

Register for Winter & Spring Classes/Events
Registration begins December 1 for residents and December 2 for nonresidents.  Camp registration begins January 26. Get your copy of the Winter & Spring Parks & Recreation Guide here.

The Great Blizzard Build-off!
In Ohio, you never know when we’ll have a chance of snow! When it happens, go outside and let your imagination be your guide. Build a creation of any size, either at home or in one of our Mentor Parks, then send us a picture of your snow sculpture for a chance to win a prize! Pictures must be submitted December 1 – February 28, 2015 and must be from a current snowfall. Pictures can be sent by email to kuyasa@cityofmentor.com. Pictures received will be posted to the City of Mentor Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MentorRecreation) Residents may vote for their favorite snow sculpture staring March 1, simply by liking it on Facebook.Wildwood Singers FREE Annual Holiday Concert
Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
To put you into the holiday spirit, the Wildwood Singers present a collection of traditional and contemporary holiday songs for you to enjoy! Listen, and sing along, to the holiday favorites at this annual free concert. The concert is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, please call the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. This is a free event and no tickets are required.

Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods
Start a new holiday family tradition at Wildwood Cultural Center. Join us for our first Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods. See Santa’s live reindeer in an interactive display and don’t forget to bring your camera. Make a toy in Santa’s workshop with the Wildwood elves. Help Mrs. Claus decorate cookies in the kitchen and stick around for games and a visit from the big guy himself – Santa Claus. Space is limited so sign up early for our most festive event of the year! Children 2 and under free. Register online here or call (440) 974-5735.

Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Build a fond memory with your family and have fun in this new community program. Create your own one-of-a-kind gingerbread house – The Maison du Smith or the Casa la Jones – and enter it in our gingerbread house contest!
Completed houses must be delivered (in one piece) to the Mentor Municipal Center first floor atrium on Monday, December 1 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., where you will have a table space of your own to decorate and place your house. Gingerbread houses will then remain on display in the Municipal Center until December 29.
Contest is open to Mentor residents only. We reserve the right to limit entries based on space availability. A panel of judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on Monday, December 12. A $5 entry fee is payable when you deliver your gingerbread house.

Lake County Chili Open
Saturday, January 24, Black Brook Golf Course
Tee times begin at 9 a.m.
Here’s your chance to play in the biggest golf event this winter. Every golfer has played in a summer tournament, but how many have played in January? Golfers will be challenged to drive across pure white fairways, chip out of ankle deep snow and putt unusually groomed greens. Orange balls are provided and most holes will be 65 – 100 yard holes. (If there is no snow, be prepared to play a regular 9). Cart is not included. After your game, you’ll be treated to a warm bowl of chili, hot dogs, and hot chocolate in the club house.
Last year more than 175 golfers participated in this event, so you’ll want to register early!
Gift certificates for 18 holes will be awarded to the three winning teams.
The cost to enter the Chili Open is $18 which includes golf fees, food, and hot chocolate. The Chili Open is sponsored by the City of Mentor with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Lake County. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling United Way of Lake County at (440) 352-3166. Registration closes January 21, 2015. For more information on this event or to register, call the Mentor Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720.
Previous participants – register online at www.cityofmentor.com/play.    2015 Chili Open Flier