Chagrin Arts Hosts evening of Schubert: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - Billed as an intimate chamber concert, musicians will perform "Schubert's Last Dream" 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church, 20 South Franklin St. Presented by Chagrin Arts, Cleveland Orchestra cellist, Paul...

Chagrin Arts Hosts evening of Schubert: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - Billed as an intimate chamber concert, musicians will perform "Schubert's Last Dream" 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church, 20 South Franklin St.

Presented by Chagrin Arts, Cleveland Orchestra cellist, Paul Kushious and other area musicians will actually perform Franz Schubert's sublime masterpiece String Quintet in C major. The piece was unpublished for 25 years and was not recognized until after his death.

Sculptor David Shankland, rear, enjoys a teaching moment with a student.Valley Art Center 

Joining Kushious are violinists Isabel Trautwein and Yun-Ting Lee, Yu Jin on the viola, and cellist Tanya Ell.

A dessert reception with the performers will follow the concert.

"This concert is special, not only because of the amazing talents of the artists, but because of the piece they will play," said Karen Lazar, executive director for Chagrin Arts. "We are celebrating our 10th anniversary, and our first series included this same Schubert composition played by faculty musicians from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music."

Tickets are $5 for students through age 18 and range $22-$28 for adults. Purchase by phone at 440-247-9700 or online at chagrinarts.org.  Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more, call for details. 

Early Bird Art Show: Come out of the cold and shop for locally made arts and crafts in a tropical greenhouse, along with flowers, plants and garden supplies 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 at Lowe's Greenhouse, 16540 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge.

You can choose from pottery, jewelry sculpture, painting, wearable art and other media, vote for your favorite artist and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. If you arrive for lunch, the Wrap It Up food truck will be on-hand.

Lowe's will donate 10 percent of its store sales for the day to support Valley Art Center, the not-for-profit educational facility and gallery in Chagrin Falls. Contact the organization at 440-247-7507 or valleyartcenter.org. Classes are beginning for the winter II session.

Spirit Fair in Chester: The Church of the Angels is holding a "Spirit Fair" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4, 12550 Chillicothe Road in the Market House in Chester Township. Well known local mediums will be offering readings, and vendors will have books, art, crystals and essential oils to sell. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Contact 440-384-8968.

Essay Contest for Pepper Pike Students: The Pepper Pike Civic League is sponsoring its annual essay contest for high school juniors and seniors who live in that community. Students can win one of two $1,000 awards at the April 20 Pepper Pike town hall meeting.

Answer the following questions in 500 words. Should the Pepper Pike residents be more aware of and engaged in the governance of the community? How would you recommend increasing community interest and participation?

Another requirement is that the student attend at least one public meeting of either the city council, planning and zoning commission, which are posted at pepperpike.org, or the Civic League, posted at pepperpikecl.com. An Orange school board meeting is also acceptable. An agenda signed by one of the officials is required as proof.

The deadline is March 31. Applications are posted on pepperpikecl.com.

FirstEnergy Sponsors Essay Contest: The "We Solve Problems Essay Contest" received $2,500, the largest donation in the history of the contest from FirstEnergy Corp. Dave Dillon, external affairs manager, stopped by the Gertsburg Law Firm recently and delivered the check to Alex Gertsburg, co-founder of the essay contest.

In recognition of the donation, FirstEnergy will sponsor the winning essay written by a high school senior.

"FirstEnergy has a long history of supporting cultural and educational endeavors in the communities where our customers and employees live and work," said Dillon. "And all of the money raised for this contest goes back into the community, making this a natural fit for us."

The "We Solve Problems Essay Contest" is co-presented by the Gertsburg Law Firm and the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

"It has been amazing to witness the generosity of businesses in supporting this contest," said Gertsburg. "These donations go directly to the students in recognition of their problem-solving abilities and to the schools to help implement the solutions that were brought forth in the essays. We thank our friends at FirstEnergy for this generous donation."

For more information about the essay contest, including how to be a judge or sponsor, visit gertsburglaw.com.

Bainbridge Woman Appointed VP: Mandel Jewish Community Center appointed Traci Felder to the new position of vice president of fund development. The Bainbridge woman recently served as endowment campaign director at Menorah Park Foundation. Prior to that she was executive director for the Old Stone Education Center, Dress for Success Cleveland and the Make A Wish Foundation. She is a member of Park Synagogue.

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