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 Summer Camps
Registration is underway! See all we have to offer!

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.

Chardon Polka Band
Thursday, March 26, 6 – 8 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Whether you love traditional polka music or want to hear a 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. Call the Senior Center at (440) 974-5725 for ticket information.

Adult Flashlight Dash Egg Hunt Registration starts Monday, March 2 at 8 AM
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Black Brook Golf Course
Sure to be the best hour of fun in 2015, the Adult Flashlight Dash is a fast-paced, competitive all-out -sprint of an egg hunt just for adults 21 and over!
On Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather in the club house at Black Brook Golf Course for some pre-party refreshments, then head to the practice center (can you hear the Chariots of Fire music playing in the background?). At the sound of the horn, you’ll take off, flashlights in hand, to find as many of the 4,000 eggs hidden on the practice range as possible. More than 100 of those eggs will have really great prizes!
Snacks are included and adult beverages are available for purchase. Pre-registration is required. No on-site registration will be accepted. Fee is $15 per person. Call (440) 974-5720 beginning March 2 at 8 a.m. or register online at www.cityofmentor.com/play. Use barcode 35140.

Career Marketing U
Monday, April 13, 7 – 9 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Here’s the professional advice you need to kick up your career, enter or re-enter the workforce, or repackage yourself for a new career. The process of landing the job you want has changed. This special event shows how to adapt to change.
Erika Whites, Career Marketing Specialist, will present a Erika’s highly interactive workshop geared toward professionals of all ages looking to enhance their personal brand or acquire a new career focus. Get ready to step outside’ your comfort zone. Positive change only comes through challenge. To facilitate feedback, bring your current resume or email it to Nick Standering, Wildwood Cultural Center Manager, standering@cityofmentor.com prior to the event.
Frank Krupa, Presentation Specialist and Entertainer, will offer savvy, eye opening strategies for your personal presentation checklist. Learn about everything from wardrobe, effective body language, networking, communication skills, to how to avoid self-induced problems.
This engaging, interactive presentation provides an essential and inspiring roadmap to success.

Senior Center Garage Sale
Saturday, April 25, 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 1 for residents and December 2 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.

Blacklight Dodgeball Bash
Put together your best team and enter Mentor Recreation’s newest 21+ event! This double-elimination tournament will guarantee each team 2 games where white dodgeballs glow in the blacklight illuminating players and foul lines as teams try to take out their opponents to win the title of Blacklight Dodgeball Bash champion!
Teams will consist of 6 -10 players with 6 team members starting each game.
Each game will last 3 minutes.
6 balls will be in play at the same time.
The first team to eliminate all members of the opposing team within regulation time wins the game.
We’ll following game rules and the player code of conduct outlined by the National Amateur Dodgeball Association (www.dodgeballusa.com/rules.html) and designated court monitors will enforce the rules. The top two teams will be awarded prizes. Snacks will be provided. Minimum number of teams is 12. Maximum number of teams is 24. Team entry fee: $120 Team captains should register by calling Mentor Recreation at (440) 974-5720 beginning April 6.

Wildwood Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant & Flower Sale
Saturday, May 16, 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 25, 10 a.m., Mentor Cemetery
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. Step-off for the solemn processional begins at 9:30 a.m. and follows Mentor Avenue to Hopkins Road to Mentor Cemetery. Groups wishing to participate in the parade and/or memorial services should call the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720 before May 8.

Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale
Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Garfield Park Pavilion
Clean out the toy boxes, closets, and attics, and get ready for the Just Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale. This is the biggest sale of children’s items around, often featuring more than 70 vendors and more than 1,000 buyers.
Reserve a city-owned table beginning April 6 for residents and April 7 for nonresidents or plan to 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. Set up for the event begins at 7 a.m., no earlier.
Look for information on the next Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale taking place September 12 in our Fall Parks & Recreation Guide delivered to homes in early August.
Residents: $20 / Nonresidents: $25

Mentor Farmers Market
Fridays, June 5 – September 25, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Garfield Park
This fresh-produce, open market will move to the spacious and tree filled grounds of Garfield Park for the season. We are accepting vendors who grow their own produce and related products including baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, and vinegars and oils. No resellers permitted. Local artisans will also be accepted space permitting. Contact Marcey Bryant at bryant@cityofmentor.com.  For detailed weekly information, visit the Farmers Market website.

Extreme Recess
Friday, June 19, 2 – 8 p.m., Civic Center Park
Are you ready for the biggest kids event around? Extreme Recess is Mentor Recreation’s newest event, and it is designed just for kids! Featuring the coolest giant inflatable rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and activities like a giant dance-off, cupcake decorating, fire hose tug-o-war, a dip in a giant foam pit, and bubble mania, kids ages 3 and older will have a blast! We’re also bringing in food trucks to serve up kid-friendly foods like pizza, ice cream and hot dogs. $5 admission provides access to all activities as well as Civic Center Pool. More details coming soon!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events and check back soon for details:

May
May 2 Spring Thaw Craft Fair 9 am-5 pm Mentor Ice Arena
June
June 5 Celebrate America 7 – 9 pm Mentor Senior Center
June 11 Senior Center Health Fair 10 am-12 pm Mentor Senior Center
June 13/14 Madness in Mentor Pickleball Tourney  Times vary Civic Center Pickleball Courts
June 20 Father/Son Best Ball Tournament 9 am Black Brook Golf Course
June 28 Wildwood Fine Arts Festival 10:30 am – 5 pm Wildwood Cultural Center
July
July 4 Fireworks 9:50 pm Civic Center Park & MHS
July 24 Christmas in July 1 – 4 pm Garfield Pool
July 25 Headlands Beach Fest 11 am-7 pm Headlands Beach State Park
August
August 8 Mentor Cruise In 10 am-4 pm Civic Center Park
August 24 Doggie Dip 5:30 – 7 pm Civic Center Pool
August 28/29 Mentor CityFest 4 – 11 pm Fri Civic Center Park
12 – 11 pm Sat Civic Center Park