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.
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Earth Mentors: Celebration of Earth Day
Friday, April 24, 3 – 7 pm, Wildwood Cultural Center
FREE! Visit us as we celebrate Earth Day with fun activities, educational exhibits and a chance to learn a lot from experts on green living! Earth Mentors Earth Day Celebration Flyer
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
Hurry – last day to register is May 1!
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 -8 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. 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.
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.
Volunteer Garbage Clean-up
Saturday, May 23, 9 am – 1 pm, Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve
Join Mentor Natural Resources staff in efforts to restore the Lagoons Preserve to pristine conditions. We wish to keep our parks healthy by removing any waste products that can cause harm to the wildlife that live inside them. We will meet at 9 a.m. for a short discussion before the project begins and will have staff present until 1 p.m. Volunteers are not required to stay the duration of the cleanup. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Call us at (440) 974-5720 to let us know you’re attending!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For detailed weekly information, visit the Farmers Market website.
Friday, June 5, 7 – 9 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
A rousing, sentimental, spectacular tribute to the red, white and blue. This high-spirited and fun show includes our musical heritage, American legends of dance, a salute to our armed forces, USO show re-creation, and memorabilia display and much more. Created by Frank Krupa for Center Stage Mentor. Reserve your seats early by calling (440) 974-5725. Tickets are $8 before May 5, $9 after May 5
Shells, Scales, and Slime!
Saturday, June 6, 10 am – 2 pm, Garfield Park Recreation Building
FREE! Drop by the Garfield Park Recreation Building Lounge and admire some of the elusive critters that roam our parks. It is a great opportunity to learn about the lives of some of our slimy and scaly friends while making a take-home craft! Natural Resource Staff will be on-site to answer any questions you may have about Mentor’s wildlife.
Father and Son Best Ball
Saturday, June 13. Tee times begin at 9 a.m., Black Brook Golf Course
Join us for this fun, competitive best ball competition just for fathers and sons. Fathers may play with as many as 3 sons. 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. Register by calling the Mentor Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720. The registration fee is $5 per player Greens fees will be paid at Black Brook the day of the event.
Madness in Mentor Skills Pickleball Tournament
Saturday & Sunday, June 13 – 14, Civic Center Park Pickleball Courts
This skills level tournament sponsored by Mentor Pickleball features Men’s and Women’s Doubles on Saturday and Mixed Doubles competition on Sunday. Response from last year’s tournament was excellent, with 95% of participants rating the tournament as Very Good/Excellent and nearly all expecting to participate again in 2015. We hope you can join us for this tournament at one of the premier Pickleball facilities in the Midwest! Registration information and details will be posted at www.mentorpickleball.org and at www.usapa.org as it is becomes available. Tournament director Brian Murphy can be reached at email@example.com.
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 ages 3 – 10!
$8 Admission covers all these great features:
- The coolest giant inflatable rides
- Live entertainment
- Giant Foam Pit
- Cupcake decorating
- Bubble Mania
- Fire hose tug-o-war
- Mentor’s Got Talent – Kids!
- Reverse Face Painting – Kids Paint Your Parents!
- Chalk Art Contest
- 100′ paint table
- Civic Center Pool admission and activities
We’re also bringing in food trucks to serve up kid-friendly foods like pizza, ice cream and hot dogs for sale (food purchases not included in admission). For details, Mentor Recreation at call (440) 974-5720.
35th Wildwood Fine Arts Festival
Sunday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
The 35th annual Wildwood Fine Arts Festival features over 50 juried artists with original and unique art of the highest quality, live music, and refreshments. This event is held 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. Interested artists – download the Wildwood Fine Arts Festival Artist Application. For more information, contact the festival committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (440) 974-5735.
July 4th Fireworks Display
Saturday, July 4, Civic Center Park, 9:50 p.m.
Come and see this spectacular FREE fireworks display set to begin at approximately 9:50 p.m. Fireworks can be viewed from Civic Center Park and Mentor High School. Please observe the designated No Parking areas in the surrounding area. Continue the summer tradition with your family and spend an enjoyable evening at Civic Center Park.
Roaring 20’s Party
Saturday, July 11, 7 – 10 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Just for adults, join us at Wildwood’s Tudor Mansion for our inaugural 1920’s- themed party. You are encouraged to dress in period attire such as flapper dresses, feather headbands, or bow ties. Those with the best attire will be awarded prizes. Dance the night away on this warm summer evening to the sound of live 20s era jazz and swing tunes. Grab a drink at the cash-bar and enjoy appetizers while you mingle with your friends in Wildwood’s beautiful courtyard. Looking for more? Check out the antique cars parked at the estate, try your luck in the no-stakes black jack, or take in a movie themed to the 1920’s era. If you’re looking for something completely new and exciting for adults, this is the hot new event of the summer! Resident: $15 / Nonresident: $18
Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Headlands Beach State Park
This is NOT your typical day at the beach. Bring your friends and family and join the City of Mentor for the largest free beach party of the year!
- Watch 3 World Champion sand sculptors create amazing sculptures as they compete for the grand prize
- Stroll and shop dozens of arts and crafts vendors
- Enjoy live beach music
- Watch beautiful performances by the Ohio Society For the Elevation of Kites
- Build sandcastles
- Create beach-related
- Be amazed by the talented Jasmine Dragons acrobatic performers
- For kids – create beach-related craft projects or enjoy playing on inflatables
- Enjoy delicious food such as pizza, tacos, ice cream, BBQ and more a large selection of food trucks
Headland’s Beach Fest is a family-friendly celebration of wind, water and sand. The event is held rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Get the latest updates and information at www.HeadlandsBeachFest.com
Mentor Cruise In
Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Civic Center Park
Come and check out all the autos that cruise into Mentor! Enjoy music and refreshments while strolling the grounds and taking a look at the classic vehicles. No pets, alcohol, rollerblades or bicycles. Vehicles may set up beginning at 8 a.m. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be available. No rain date. $5 vehicle entry fee. For more information, call (440) 974-5735.
Doggie Dip Day
Saturday, August 22, 1 – 5 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.
TWO Days – One BIG Event
Friday, August 28, 4 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, August 29, 12 – 11 p.m.
Mark your calendar for the biggest two-day event in northeast Ohio! More than 25,000 people attended this family-oriented, active event last year. We’re working to bring exciting features to this year’s festival. This is what we’ve got planned so far:
- Two stages with nonstop entertainment. Headliners include The Spazmatics (Friday) and Cleveland’s Breakfast Club (Saturday)
- Rock wall, inflatables, interactive games for kids and adults
- Huge assortment of delicious foods from more than 20 vendors
- Expanded beer and wine gardens with beer and wine tasting events
- Mid-way games run by local non-profits
- Fun family activities scheduled all festival long
- And much, much more!
Want to get involved? Contact Nick Standering at email@example.com. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jill Korsok at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get the latest updates and information at www.MentorCityFest.com