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Lomond Glassmaking Workshop March 24, 2-4 at Fire Works

Ever wanted to try your hand at glassmaking? This new Lomond Association event is your chance. Join neighbors at this special reduced-price glassblowing and glass fusing workshop for Lomond adult residents only. Join us at Larchmere Fire Works studio — and take home your creation. Just 24 spaces, so reserve now by calling Fire Works at 216-246-4716. Questions about the class? Call the studio or email
Special reduced prices
$20 (reg $25)- Suncatcher or necklace pendant glass fusing project
$30 (reg $40)- Suncatcher glassblowing project
Do both projects for $40 (pre-pay only)
No walk-ins. Only people with tickets allowed, no exceptions. (Sorry — no room in the studio for observers.)
12406 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
You don’t have to be a member of the Lomond Association to attend…but remember, your $15 dues help fund the Egg Hunt, Ice Cream Social, Coffee & Cops, Movie Night, Wine Social, Lomond flower baskets and more. Visit

Wine Social – Photos of a night to celebrate

What a great night! 75+ people gathered at the Lomond Association Wine Social on Friday, 10/27 at The Dealership. Cheers to seeing friends, meeting new ones and creating the spark for greater community engagement. Starting with about $300 raised for Lomond School from the silent auction and gift basket raffle!
As the photos show, many of our city councilpersons, school board members and candidates for office showed their commitment to Lomond by joining us, as did Fire Chief Patrick Sweeney and Police Commander Mike Rowe.
Special thanks go to Vito Federici of Slice of Life Catering and Melanie Pinkney of Take a Quick Break Catering for donating amazing silent auction items. And John Thayer of Acoustic Therapy Inc. for his great music.
And, to Melissa Kalan, mastermind of the event, and the many others who gave of their time, talent and donations, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers!

Photos from Lomond Ice Cream Social, July 15, 2017

It was a perfect day for chilling with neighbors at the Lomond Ice Cream Social – 74 and sunny.  Gridley Triangle Park was filled with activities and laughter as about 150 people of all ages enjoyed ice cream with all the toppings, popsicles, face painting, games, and each other.  38 folks got their bike license for free. Current and hopeful city council members, school board members and municipal judges came by to share their views and hear ours. (Lomond votes!)  And, as always, a visit by the firetruck was a big hit.  Check out all the photos in the Photo Gallery.

Thanks to so many volunteers who scooped, face painted, registered bikes, made signs, loaned games and so much more.  As the Lomond Association motto says: Neighbors Peaced Together.

Lomond 4th of July Bike Parade. Red, white & awesome!

Thanks to Leah Nowak, Melissa Kalan and their volunteer team, about 150 kids, parents, grandparents and more than a few dogs made made their way from Gridley Triangle to Sussex — escorted by the Shaker Heights Police Department. Bikes, big wheels, wagons and strollers — decked out for the day — created a red, white and blue celebration.  The Snow Cone Truck was a big hit with the peddlers (and audience).  Sussex playgrounds and kids’ games kept the party going till noon.  Check out the photo gallery.

Free Family Movie Night, August 25th

Friday, August 25, Lomond School
New this year!   The Shaker Heights Arts Council will have activities and performers in the afternoon. Then, as always, we’ll show a family movie(TBD) on the baseball field at dark. In between, there’ll be pizza for sale.  More details to come! Wanna help? Let us know!

Ice Cream Social, July 15, 2-4 pm

Time to Chill Out with Neighbors!  Meet up at Gridley Triangle Park, July 15, 2-4, for some frozen treats and Lomond fun.

Coffee with Cops. Cool weather, hot topics

On June 6th, despite unseasonably cool weather, about 30 neighbors joined Shaker Police Officers Dunn and Allison for Coffee with Cops at Gridley Triangle. It was a great opportunity to bring up our concerns and questions. Topics ranged from neighborhood security to improved traffic light timing on Chagrin.  The event also drew Mayor Leiken and two City Council members, who joined the conversation.   You can continue the conversation any time at the Shaker PD’s Facebook page.


Easter Egg Hunt April, 2017

Recap of the 50th Anniversary Celebration Program

The 50th Anniversary Celebration program of the Lomond Association on Friday evening April 24th, 2015 reviewed the history of the Association over the past fifty years. The Association was born in the tumult of the early 1960s, when the Civil Rights movement had gained momentum under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

IMG_3760The Reverend Joan Brown Campbell, the celebration’s keynote and first speaker, personally knew Martin Luther King and told the story of his visit to Lomond in July of 1965 when she was a young Mother of three. (She became an ordained minister at age fifty.) MLK had mentioned to her that although he had spoken in many black churches in Cleveland, he had never been invited to speak in a suburban church with a white congregation. JBC confidently invited him to speak at her church, Heights Christian Church on Van Aken at Avalon in Lomond. To her surprise, this proposal was not welcomed by all members of the Congregation, some of whom, in order to sabotage MLK’s appearance, chose that moment to renovate the sanctuary. Undaunted by not having the use of the sanctuary, Dr. King spoke from the front steps of the Church to a crowd of thousands, a gathering much too large for the interior of the Church. A video of this event is included in a collage of excerpts of MLK speaking in Cleveland. (Video Vault MLK link Cleveland.) In the video one can see the supporters and opponents assembled in the audience and one can sense the emotional intensity of that historical era.  See a video of Dr. King’s visit created by Heights Christian Church.

IMG_3763After Rev. Campbell, Dr. Ware Petznick, the Director of the Shaker Historical Society, explained to the gathering how restrictive covenants became part of Shaker Heights’ homeowners’ deeds. Originally the Van Sweringen Co. deeds for homes in Shaker Heights only dealt with architectural and landscaping issues. However, in 1925 when two respectable, professional African American families bought homes in Shaker Heights, these families encountered violent opposition. [In one instance, the police, called for protection, checked the family and its visitors as they came and went. Eventually the family moved.] At this time a group called “The Shaker Protective Association” formed. It persuaded the Van Sweringen Co. to ask homeowners to amend their deeds to require them in cases of impending sales to prospective buyers, to obtain the written consent of neighboring homeowners before closing on a sale. Thus, during the 1920s homeowning in Shaker Heights began to explicitly reflect the prejudices of the times. Restrictive covenants remained in effect in Shaker Heights through the 30s, 40s and into the 50s.

IMG_3764As African Americans began to buy homes in the Lomond neighborhood in the early 60s, some Lomond residents began to meet to discuss what they could do to prevent “white flight” which resulted from real estate agents’ “block busting” tactics. The third speaker, Irwin Feldman, an early President of the Association (1967-1969), explained that the Association founders wished to promote and maintain the peaceful integration of the Lomond neighborhood. A journal article, “Impact of a Community Association on Integrated Suburban Housing Patterns,” by Stephen J. Alfred and Charles R. Marcoux in the Cleveland State Law Review of 1970, outlines what the Association did to fulfill its objectives. When the Lomond Association became incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1965, its mission statement included the following objectives: “eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the Lomond School Area of the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and in surrounding areas; defend human and civil rights as provided by law in said Area; combat and prevent community deterioration and juvenile delinquency in said Area; lessen community tensions….; present public discussions, forums, panels, lectures or published materials for the education of persons residing in such Area and in the Greater Cleveland area with respect to the above matters; conduct such other charitable and educational programs as are exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in the public interest.”

Mr. Feldman explained that the early Association persuaded the City Council of Shaker Heights to ban the use of “For Sale” signs from the City. Convinced that balanced integration was a desirable goal, the Association tracked the neighborhood’s racial demographics. A $50,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation supported a housing coordinator and a rental coordinator. The Lomond Association with the Ludlow, Moreland, and Sussex Community Associations formulated a pro-integrative housing plan which the City of Shaker Heights’ Council accepted. City Council established the Shaker Communities Housing Office in 1967. The Lomond Association founded and helped finance “Suburban Citizens for Open Housing” to assist black families seeking homes in the eastern suburbs.

IMG_3765In 2006 and 2007 the neighborhood came together once more to discuss the mission of the Association. Professor Brian Yusko, a recent Lomond Association President (2007-2009), told how in a series of three workshops led by Emma Melton, a Social Worker trained in conducting community workshops at the Mandel Center at CWRU, a large gathering of Lomond residents formulated its “vision” of the Lomond Association for 2012. Residents brought renewed energy and enthusiasm to the work of the Association. A group wrote a new Code of Regulations based on the original charter and workshop discussions. Once again neighbors peacefully came together to endorse the organization’s original objectives which were broadly stated in “Vision 2012.” To Dr. Yusko the Lomond Association is important because it brings people together to know each other and to work for the betterment of the neighborhood. “People Peaced Together” has been and continues to be the Lomond Association’s motto.

mayor-leiken-and-henrietta-silbergerMayor Earl Leiken concluded the Golden Anniversary Celebration by presenting the Association with Proclamations from the City of Shaker Heights. The Proclamation honors the work the Lomond Association has done and continues to do for the benefit of this community.

MotoPhoto generously volunteered to film the Lomond Association’s 50th Anniversary 2015 Celebration event. DVDs are available for $20 each from MotoPhoto at 20116 Chagrin Blvd. in Shaker Heights. They can be ordered online at, or by telephone at 218-751-6686 x105 or 866-751-6686. A DVD of the event in the Shaker Heights Room at the Shaker Heights Main Library is available for circulation.

50th Anniversary Celebration

This year the Lomond Association is celebrating its Golden Anniversary. The evening of Friday, April 24th in the Lomond School auditorium at 7pm the Association will sponsor a program which tells the story of the Association. The Reverend Joan Brown Campbell will review the historical setting for the formation of the Association and several former Association Presidents will discuss the projects the Association has undertaken to fulfill the Association’s mission. The Lomond Association has a distinguished history to celebrate. We hope that you will come to our 50th Anniversary program.

As part of the celebration of our Anniversary, the Lomond Association expressed its gratitude to the hard working members of the City’s Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments with Valentine’s Day cakes and cards. Heinen’s baked the beautifully decorated cakes with hearts and the message “Thank you for Keeping Our Community Safe, The Lomond Association 50 Years.” Heinen’s also generously donated a gift card which paid for one of the four cakes. Department members received their gifts with broad smiles and many thanks.