Shaker Heights

Shaker Lake - photo Bob PerkoskiShaker Lake - photo Bob Perkoski

The homes of Shaker Heights are known to be some of the most striking in the country, boasting a real estate catalogue's worth of Tudors and Georgians. Gardens dripping with life and color beckon neighbors to pause and visit while walking their children to elementary school. Originally a planned garden city for early commuters, the verdant region has numerous parks, lakes and natural attractions. This tight-knit community of 30,000 blossomed in the early 20th century thanks to its pair of light-rail lines that connect its residents to downtown and the Cleveland airport. On the border of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, you'll find Shaker Square and Larchmere, trendy arts-minded strips filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

Empire Builders: Local author documents the architectural impact of the Van Sweringen brothers
Architectural photographer and Shaker Heights resident Lauren Pacini this week published “Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers,” the story of the eccentric Van Sweringen brothers' successes and failures in developing Shaker Heights as an exclusive residential garden community and their eventual demise during the Great Depression.
Thinking spring: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes launches annual Plant Sale
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes launched the online portion of its annual plant sale this week, with hard-to-find native plants that attract and support local wildlife available. A free lecture series on native plants will be hosted by Curb Appeal Painting and Bartlett Tree Experts through April, with the in-person and the Home Grown sales happening in May and June.
Call for artists: Shaker Arts Council wants submissions to Celebrating Shaker Artists exhibit
To celebrate its 21st anniversary, Shaker Arts Council is hosting a fundraiser and family fun day in May at Edwin's Too. To celebrate Shaker Heights' dedication to the arts, the organization has opened a call to artists for submissions.
A different shade of green: Readers Garden adorns Shaker Library lawn
On March 1, LAND studio and Shaker Heights Public Library unveiled The Readers Garden, a public art installation by landscape architect Haemee Han, that features a reading porch of five clusters of larger-than-life books written by 13 local authors with ties to Shaker and the Cleveland area. The project celebrates Shaker's diversity and rich culture of reading and writing.
Public art installation: Reader’s Garden opens tomorrow in Shaker
Officials with the Shaker Heights Public Art department and LAND studio teamed up with and landscape architect Haemee Han of Jaemee Studio and former Shaker mayor Judy Rawson to create the Reader's Garden—a public art space on the library grounds to celebrate Shaker's diversity and rich culture of reading and writing. The dedication and artist talk will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 1.
Gardening withdrawal cure-all: Nature Center offers class to start seeds now for spring planting
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes recognizes that many people’s green thumbs are itching to get outside and dig in the soil during this cold, dreary period of winter. So, it is hosting a Winter Seed Sowing Workshop, using seeds from the Nature Center's Native Seed Library, to get people ready for spring plantings.
Call for artists: Shaker Arts Council seeks artists for utility box design competition
Shaker Arts Council has issued a call for artists to submit designs for utility box wraps on Shaker Heights streets in its Painting the Town design competition. Get the details on applying here!
Nature Center, Shaker Historical Society to host tour of sites involved in 1960s 'Freeway Fight'
This weekend, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the Shaker Historical Society will host a Historical Homes & Building Tour, with presentations from local historians on the 1960s fight to stop construction of freeways over the wetlands and greenspace in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.
Conversations in Courage: Shaker Arts Council to present MLK documentary
In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Shaker Arts Council will be sharing “Conversations in Courage: The Visit,” its documentary on Dr. King's 1965 visit to Shaker Heights.
Howling Heros: David Knott ensures retired K-9 first responders remain with their human partners
David Knott, founder of the Veterans and First Responders Foundation, is on a mission to give military and police dogs everything they need when they retire from duty—from staying with their handlers to healthcare—with his nonprofit Howling Heroes. The first five dogs were just honored last month.
Local author examines JFK assassination, conspiracy theories in 'JFK, Oswald and Ruby'
Shaker Heights attorney, judge, and author Burt W. Griffin just published his book about the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald’s involvement, and Jack Ruby's motivations.
Celebrating Fall: Nature Center’s AutumnFest draws revelers of the season
Managing photographer Bob Perkoski joined the seasonal fun at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' AutumnFest last weekend and captured in photos everyone celebrating all that fall has to offer.
A Shaker Heights dream: an author’s search for the truth behind her racially integrated city
Shaker Heights native Laura Meckler's newly released book "Dream Town: The Quest for Racial Equity in Shaker Heights" chronicles the east side suburb's efforts to achieve racial integration, equality, and harmony over the past seven decades.
Shaker Lakes Meet the Cuyahoga Valley: Experience A Night of Nature tonight at Nature Center
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is partnering with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Literary Cleveland, and Wick Poetry Center tonight for Summer Wednesdays and poetry readings from the Poetic Inventory of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Pickleball frenzy: Clevelanders embrace the country’s fastest-growing sport
The pickleball craze is taking off in Northeast Ohio. The hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and new facilities are popping up all over Greater Cleveland.
Nature Center celebrates summer with weekly Wednesday night events
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes kicks off its Summer Wednesdays tonight, with extended dawn-til-dusk hours. food and drink, and live entertainment.
Harold Burdick: Eclectic architect in the Heights
Cleveland Masterworks: Harold Burdick was known for designing 28 houses in Shaker Heights and worked on the design of the Federal Reserve building. But he might be most noted for the futuristic design of his own home in Cleveland Heights.
Harlen Shimmin: Specialized in upscale homes throughout Northeast Ohio
Cleveland Masterworks: Native Clevelander Harlen Shimmin was known for his Tudor Revival style brick and stone homes built from Edgewater to Shaker Heights.
Kan Zaman: Judith Mansour’s memoir reflects on her grief, celebrates her Lebanese heritage
Judith Mansour's love of words, family, and food dominate the pages of her memoir “Kan Zaman," a collection of poems and prose written in the year following the death of serval family members. Charlotte Morgan sits down with Mansour to get the whole story. 
St. Ignatius of Loyola: A lasting Cleveland legacy from the 16th Century
Cleveland Masterworks: Ignatius of Loyola found religious transformation after being injured in the Battle of Pamplona—eventually becoming one of the founders of Jesuit education, canonized as Saint Ignatius, and becoming the inspiration for St. Ignatius High School in Ohio City and John Carroll University in University Heights.