Connecting Community Through Engaging Activities
🌟 Embrace the Joy of Social Engagement and Lifelong Connections 🌟
At the Westlake Recreation Department, our Social Pathways program is dedicated to bringing our community together through a variety of engaging and enjoyable activities. Designed to foster connections, enhance well-being, and offer fun experiences, our Social Pathways are the perfect avenue for residents to engage with each other and their community.
Our Social Pathways Include:
- Interactive Social Events: Join us for special gatherings, where you can meet new people, enjoy lively conversations, and participate in fun activities.
- Cultural Experiences: Explore diverse cultures through events that showcase music, art, cuisine, and traditions from different parts of the world.
- Educational Workshops: Engage in learning opportunities on a variety of topics, from health and wellness to arts and crafts, enhancing your knowledge and skills.
- Recreational Activities: Participate in recreational outings and activities that promote relaxation, enjoyment, and a healthy lifestyle.
- Community Service Projects: Get involved in meaningful community service initiatives, contributing positively to the well-being of our community.
Why Engage in Our Social Pathways?
- Community Building: Our programs are designed to strengthen community bonds and create a sense of belonging.
- Diverse Offerings: We cater to a wide range of interests, ensuring that there's something for everyone to enjoy.
- Personal Growth: Social engagement is key to personal development and well-being, enhancing both mental and physical health.
- Fun and Relaxation: Our activities provide a perfect way to unwind, have fun, and create lasting memories.
Join Our Social Pathways
Whether you're looking to meet new friends, explore new interests, or simply enjoy what our community has to offer, our Social Pathways program has something for you. Discover the joy of social engagement and make lasting connections with the Westlake Recreation Department.
To sign up for events click here.
BREAKFAST CLUB FOR MEN
No breakfast in November due to primary voting in our building. See you in December.
December—The Air Laboratory of the World: Cleveland Air Races presented by Western Reserve Historical Society.
Between 1929 and 1949, except for a hiatus during World War II, Cleveland hosted the National Air Races, an extraordinary spectacle meant to showcase new
developments in aviation technology. In this program, hear stories of the different races that occurred, the bold and brave pilots who performed death-defying stunts, and the benefits for the city of Cleveland and its new municipal airport. Until planes grew too powerful to safely race over the densely populated areas of Northeast Ohio, the achievements of these yearly events reflected the quickly changing social and political realities of their time. (Breakfast sponsored by St. Mary of the Woods.)
Tuesday, December 5, 9:45am. Cost: $2; payable by 11/27.
COFFEE WITH A VET
All Veterans are welcome to come and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with fellow Veterans in the Connections Café – a casual way to connect! (Coffee and muffins are provided by Sprenger Health Care Systems.)
Wednesday, November 1 & December 6, 9:00-11:00am. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by one day prior. Walk-in’s welcome!
Lunch Bunch is an opportunity to make new friends while enjoying a meal from our Connections Café. Once you have purchased your lunch, you will join the group in a pre-determined location. Café volunteers are happy to assist you with your tray if needed.
Tuesdays, November 14 & 28 and December 12 & 26, 12:00pm. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by one day prior to each date.
PAGE TURNERS - MYSTERY ACROSS THE POND
Only the British could refer to the Atlantic Ocean as a "pond" but we’ll cross that “pond” through mystery fiction set in the British Isles from classic authors like Agatha Christie and G.K. Chesterton to current-day British authors like Edward Martson, Rhys Bowen, M. C. Beaton and others. Light refreshments from mystery authors or mystery cookbooks will be served. Presenter Irma Baker, M.A.
Tuesday, November 14, 1:30pm. Cost $4; payable by 11/8.
If you would like to help local non-profit groups with their volunteer needs here at the Center, call Susan, Volunteer Coordinator, at 440-899-3544. It’s a great way to make new friends.
BOOK DISCUSSION—Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingslover (2023 co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and winner of the 2023 Women’s Prize for fiction.)
Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities. Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind. There is a podcast we can listen to following the discussion from the Erza Klein show if you are interested in staying. Facilitator: Cindi Lindgren, Office Manager.
Monday, December 18, 10:00am. Call to register or use MyActive Center by 12/15.
WENDT TOURING PRESENTATION
Rich Urbas will be here to present the 2024 Tours being offered by Wendt Toruing. Brochures will also be available.
Monday, November 20, 1:15pm. Call or use MyActive Center by 11/17. All are welcome!
Please join Michele Hassen, Administrative Assistant, as we reminisce about anything related to fall or the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays of days gone by. We’d love to hear your special memories. Feel free to bring in something you’d like to share whether it be photos or a memorable gift you received from your childhood. Happiness guaranteed!
Tuesday, November 14, 10:00am. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by 11/13.
Featuring the music stylings of John Kowalski including a variety of music that is sure to keep you on the dance floor. (Sponsor for today’s refreshments is Westlake Assisted Living)
Thursday, December 28, 1:30-3:30 pm. Cost: $6; pay at door, exact change appreciated.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Join Director, Lydia Gadd as she shares news from our Department and the City. Questions will be taken from those attending the program.
Tuesday, December 19, 11:00am. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by one day prior.
Westlake Porter Librarian, Erin Manning will be featuring Christmas stories this month. Erin will be sharing enjoyable tales for the holiday season to help get you in the mood for the upcoming season.
Tuesday, December 19, 1:00pm. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by one day prior.
MONDAY HOLIDAY MOVIES
Who doesn’t enjoy good Holiday movie? Whether you prefer a good Christmas Classic, Comedy, an emotional rollercoaster or a heartfelt holiday film, we have a few just for you! Join us for a month of Monday Holiday Movies and add a holiday magic this season. 1:00pm each date as listed. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by the Friday prior to each film showing date.
Monday, December 4—The Noel Diary 2022
Drama/Romance. Jacob Turner hasn't been home for almost 20 years, not since his mentally-ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was 16. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns, not just to settle the estate but to try to reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics. But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob's mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades' worth of clutter. (TV-PG. 1hr. 39 min.)
Monday, December 11—A Christmas Story Christmas 2022
Chicago, December 1973. Thirty-three years after the events of A Christmas Story (1983), Ralphie Parker is now a married man with a family of his own. And excited about Christmas, Ralphie heads back to his memory-laden childhood home in Indiana with his wife and kids in tow to spend the holidays. As he reconnects with his mother and old friends, determined to make this the happiest Christmas ever, Ralphie has to live up to the family's holiday-celebrating expectations, even though he doesn't know where to start. Can Ralphie pull off the impossible and surprise everyone with a memorable, magical Christmas? (PG. 1hr. 38 min.)
Monday, December 18—The Shop Around the Corner 1940
By night Alfred and Klara are pen pals who have never met but who are deeply devoted to each other. By day, Alfred and Klara are co-workers who, just as deeply, dislike each other in The Shop Around the Corner. Academy Award winner Jimmy Stewart stars with Margaret Sullivan as Alfred and Klara in this classic romance directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch. This day or night - hate or love relationship cannot continue ... but will it be loving or loathing when Alfred and Klara discover the identities of their cherished pen pals? (NR. 1hr. 39 min.)
WHAT TO WATCH IN THE NIGHT SKY
Do you love looking up at the stars and sky? Do you love all things astronomy or space related? Join us as we explore the world of astronomy and space science. NASA Solar System Ambassador, Bill Reed will share what’s new in Astronomy News, our night sky, and mind-blowing facts about our universe.
Monday, December 18, 11:00 am. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by 12/15. FREE
WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT
We will be welcoming the high school choir to our center in December—day and time still to be determined!
Please check back with the front desk OR look for the information either through a flyer posted on our TV’s or through a Constant Contact e-mal notification.
We are very excited to give you this “heads-up” and look forward to having this energetic group of talented students entertaining you this holiday season.