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Tri-C’s Encore Campus Fridays program debuts at Westshore Campus in Westlake: West Shore Chatter

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 9/17/2019 By Carol Kovach, special to cleveland.com
a large brick building: Coffee and Chat, an interactive support group where families can meet others facing similar challenges, will be offered by Connecting for Kids in conjunction with Westlake Porter Public Library. © Carol Kovach, special to cleveland.com/special to cleveland.com/TNS Coffee and Chat, an interactive support group where families can meet others facing similar challenges, will be offered by Connecting for Kids in conjunction with Westlake Porter Public Library.

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- The new school year brings a new program to Cuyahoga Community College‘s Westshore Campus: the Encore Campus Fridays program.

Beginning Sept. 20, Encore Campus Fridays is designed to enrich the minds and lives of those ages 55 and older. It is offered every Friday for seven weeks at the campus, 31001 Clemens Road, Westlake. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six courses for a $99 fee. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

a group of people walking in front of a building: The new Westlake Elementary School will be dedicated on Sept. 21 and the public can tour the building. © Westlake City Schools/special to cleveland.com/TNS The new Westlake Elementary School will be dedicated on Sept. 21 and the public can tour the building.

The overall course catalog at Tri-C’s Westshore Campus features more than 40 options on a variety of subjects, including art, computers, finance, fitness, history, music, religion, science and more. Classes are taught by Tri-C faculty, retired educators and subject experts.

a building that has a sign on the side of a road: Cuyahoga Community College\u2019s Westshore Campus in Westlake will offer Encore Campus Fridays, a special learning program for older adults, this fall. © Cuyahoga Community College/special to cleveland.com/TNS Cuyahoga Community College\u2019s Westshore Campus in Westlake will offer Encore Campus Fridays, a special learning program for older adults, this fall.

Tri-C expanded the popular program to Westlake after years of success at the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills and the Western Campus in Parma. Both of the sites also offer fall class options.

“This is another example of how Tri-C is building programs at Westshore Campus to serve everyone in the community,” said Suzanne Ortiz, who oversees Encore Campus Fridays for the college.

Visit tri-c.edu/encore for more information or to register for Encore Campus Fridays or Neighborhood Scholars courses. Potential students can also call 216-987-2274 for information.

Last fall, more than 700 adult learners participated in Encore Campus Fridays at Tri-C.

Free concert: “An Afternoon of Romantic Chamber Music" will be presented by Andrew Sords, Violin & Ensemble, at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Children are welcome to attend.

Sords has had a celebrated career as a soloist on four continents and in performances with his trio. He has collaborated with 300 orchestras.

His ensemble will perform piano trios of Mendelssohn and Shostakovich, as well as some violin/cello works, in the concert.

The church is ADA accessible and there is free parking available.

For more information, call 4440-333-4888.

Exploring 50+ Expo: The City of Westlake and Westlake Porter Public Library are partnering on the first Exploring 50+ Expo, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Westlake Senior and Community Center, 29694 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, The event is designed to educate and inform Baby Boomers about the options awaiting them in retirement.

“Most people only focus on preparing their financial portfolio for retirement, and once that day arrives, many scratch their heads thinking ‘now what?’” said Lydia Gadd, director of senior and community services.

“We want Westlake Boomers to confidently head into retirement with a plan -- exploring their interests in civic engagement, lifelong learning, travel and more.”

The expo will provide presentations and interactive displays featuring options and ideas for prospective retirees, including information about leisure, travel, lifelong learning opportunities, civic organizations and encore careers. The purpose of the expo is for Baby Boomers to learn how to retire to something rather from something, Gadd said..

The event is open to the public and no reservation is required. Visit cityofwestlake.org or call 440-899-3544 for more information.

School dedication: The Westlake community is invited to the official dedication of the new Westlake Elementary School at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 21 at the new school, 27555 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. A brief ceremony will take place in front of the main entrance, followed by performances by the Westlake High School marching band and the new Westlake Elementary School choir.

Student ambassadors will be on hand to lead tours of the new building, and there will be a ribbon-cutting.

Parking will be available on site. Those attending are asked to enter the site from Center Ridge Road. Parking also will be available across the street at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road. Guests are asked not to park at Westlake Porter Public Library or on Westown Boulevard.

In the event of rain, festivities will be moved inside to the cafeteria/gymnasium.

Membership drive: Westlake Early Childhood PTA will have its annual membership drive from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake,

“Community Celebration” is the event theme, and the entire family is invited to participate. There will be activities for children while parents learn about what the PTA has to offer, such as field trips, a babysitting co-op, adult activities, children’s parties, the biannual Kiddie Kloset and more.

There will be door prizes, crafts, face painting, a bounce house, treats, a dance party and visits from the Westlake police and fire departments.

Admission is free and the event is open to all members and nonmembers. For more information, visit wecpta.org.

Connecting for Kids support group: A coffee and chat support group program, “Parenting is Lonely,” will be offered by Connecting for Kids at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

Registration is required for this program. Register online at connectingforkids.org/register, by email at info@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-570-5908; para espa 1/4 u00f1ol, 440-907-9130.

CFK provides education and support to families with concerns about their children. The group serves all families, including children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.

Group members say the isolation for those who are raising a child with special needs is real. They say people who once were friends may disappear or invitations may stop coming. Through CFK, families can meet others in similar circumstances and receive encouragement.

There will be a discussion of the article, “13 Things Hard for Me to Admit as a Special Needs Parent.” Lisa Ruman of the Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake will facilitate a discussion about ways to find support for the journey.

Coffee and Chat is an interactive support group where families can meet others facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Visit:connectingforkids.org/support for more information.

CFK programs are presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. from Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake for the West Shore Chatter column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to carolkovach@hotmail.com

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