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.
Fridays – September 19, Civic Center Park
Mentor Farmers Market continues on Fridays from 3- 7 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Shop for fresh, local produce, plants, flowers, cheese, honey, olive oil, jams and more. On August 29, enjoy Final Friday entertainment including dozens of artisans, live music, food and activities for the kids. Free admission and free parking.
Thursdays, September 4, 11 & 25, 7 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center Courtyard
Enjoy a beautiful autumn evening with your friends in the comfort of Wildwood’s garden courtyard for our new Open Mic Night! The open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Comedian Frank Krupa will be your MC for the evening. If you wish to perform, please contact Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735 to get on the performers list. Coffee will be provided by our sponsor Java Express Coffee Company. Admission: $3 at the door
Dorothy McNamara Maloney Memorial Art Contest
Tuesday, September 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Artwork Drop off
Friday, September 12, 7- 8:30 p.m. – Opening Reception
Mentor Senior Center
This county-wide, juried art show introduces some of the best local artists to the community.
Accepted works include: watercolor, oils, pastels, acrylics, photographs, drawings and pottery.
Artwork must be dropped off at Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Rd. on Tuesday, September 9 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on Friday, September 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
One (1) piece of artwork may be submitted to be juried for an entry fee of $5 per artist. This event is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission.
Download An Entry Form
Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Garfield Park Pavilion
Space Rental: Residents: $20 / Nonresidents: $25
Clean out the toy boxes, closets, basements, and attics, and bring your treasures to the Just Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale, a special sale for kid’s items only. If you’re interested in buying kids items, this is the sale for you! All city owned tables will be reserved by advance registration at the Recreation Office. The same fees will be collected at the sale from those who set up their own table space. If setting up your own table, a table space is defined as approximately 10’ x 10’. The fee charged is per space. Please note: No one may begin setting up before 7 a.m.; the sale begins at 9 a.m. Also, sellers may not sell out of a vehicle or hang items on clotheslines from the trees or pavilion, an adult must be present at each table and please supply your own change and bags for customers.
Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 17, Wildwood Cultural Center
Gather the family for this fun and exciting contest. Come to the Wildwood Cultural Center to pick up your wood, nails and straw, and then take your supplies home and let your creativity run wild. Scarecrows will be displayed at Wildwood for everyone to see. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. All scarecrows will be grouped together and there will be no individual categories. All scarecrow supplies must be picked up the week of September 29 and returned to Wildwood Cultural Center by Friday, October 17 at 4 p.m. for display and judging. Register online here or call (440) 974-5735 before September 26.
Great Pumpkin Hunt
Friday, October 3, Wildwood Cultural Center
We’re searching for The Great Pumpkin at Wildwood Cultural Center and you can help us find it! This program for kids ages 3 – 10 and a parent, features making a craft, playing games and enjoying a snack on punch & cookies. We’ll go outside in search of The Great Pumpkin and all the treats it leaves behind! Each child will need to bring a working flashlight for the pumpkin search and dress for the weather, as this program takes place inside and outside! Please register early to avoid disappointment. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. More times will be added if necessary. This event is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and Community Arts Commission. Register online here or call (440) 974-5735.
Fall Bridal Gala
Sunday, October 5, 12 – 4 p.m., Holiday Inn Mentor, 7701 Reynolds Rd.
Let experts help you plan your wedding! Over 25 wedding professionals specializing in bridal wear, catering, formal wear, invitations, photography, music, floral designs and more will be on hand to help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Enjoy hair and makeup demonstrations at 2:30 p.m. before the fashion show courtesy of sponsor Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa. The elegant fashion show will begin at 3:00 p.m. courtesy of sponsors Expressions Bridal & Formal Wear and Jesse Webb Entertainment. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Holiday Inn Mentor. Be sure to register for door prizes as you meet each vendor. Interested vendors should call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. This event is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center, Community Arts Commission and Holiday Inn Mentor. Admission $2
28th Annual Porcelain Treasures Show
Sunday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
This unique show features hand-painted porcelain fine art created by local artisans. Painted decorative boxes, trays, jewelry, ornaments and other one-of-a-kind porcelain gifts will be available for purchase. You can also take in a porcelain painting demonstrations, enter to win raffle prizes and purchase refreshments! This event is sponsored by the Erie Shores Porcelain Artists and the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and Community Arts Commission. For information, call (440) 974-5735. Admission: $1.
Howl-O-Ween Party for Dogs
Friday, October 17, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., Mentor Dog Park, 6645 Hopkins Rd.
FREE! Bring your dog and join us for a Halloween party just for dogs at the Mentor Dog Park. We’ll have some contests, prizes and doggone good fun. The Friends of the Mentor Dog Park will be on hand to answer your questions and we’ll also have pet-friendly vendors, and treats available for purchase for people and pets! Dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations, be licensed, and not be in heat, to visit the dog park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call us at (440) 974-5720 for more information.
Mysteries of the Manor Trail
Friday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center Park
Come to Wildwood Cultural Center Park to enjoy a family-friendly hayride and hear the mysteries of the Manor Trail. Warm up entertainment will keep you laughing while you wait for the hayride, then set off down the trail as our storyteller guides you through the stories of the woods. Families will enjoy apple cider, donuts and glow sticks for kids. We’ll have a bonfire, so feel free to bring your own s’mores supplies. Children 2 and under are free. Register online here or call (440) 974-5735.
Wildwood Quilt Guild 25th Annual Small Quilt Show & Sale
Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Come see the display of award winning quilts made by the talented members of the Wildwood Quilt Guild. Shop our “Gifts Sew Special” area for small quilted items made by our members. Several area Quilt Shops will also be available for your shopping pleasure. Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a beautiful quilt made by the Wildwood Quilt Guild Members. For more information call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. Sponsored by the Wildwood Quilt Guild, the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. Admission: $3 at the door
Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15
Join the City of Mentor Recreation Department for a quick family getaway where you can have a blast at America’s largest indoor waterpark and save money too! Take advantage of special group rates for Mentor families and friends. For only $144 (a $229 value) – you’ll get standard room overnight accommodations and 4 admission passes to the waterpark. Up to 2 additional guests may be added to your room for $20 per person, which also includes waterpark fees. To book your getaway, call Kalahari Resorts directly at (877) 525-2427. You must ask for the City of Mentor Group Rate to get the discounted price. Want to stay two nights and make it a weekend? Ask the reservationist for the special 2nd night rate.
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 email@example.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 facebbok.
Wildwood Cultural Center 35th Holiday Display & Craft Show
Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Enjoy live entertainment, purchased refreshments, and of course a huge variety of fine arts and crafts at this unique holiday show. Set in the grandeur of the Wildwood Cultural Center, you’ll find many wonderful holiday items for sale from over 25 vendors including wreaths and swags, gingerbreads, live greenery, baked goods, ornaments, stockings and more. The Wildwood Garden Club will have a selection of fresh, live greenery and the Wildwood Singers will be performing holiday standards. This very popular show is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, contact the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. Admission: $1. Children under age 13 are free.
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.