Monday, May 20, 2013
An upcoming episode of the C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence and Image will examine the life and legacy of Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield.
The James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor will be featured on C-SPAN on Monday, May 20 at 9 p.m. The series First Ladies: Influence and Image will examine the life and legacy of Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield. The Garfields and their family lived in Mentor from 1876 to 1881, when Congressman James A. Garfield became the nation’s 20th President. After his assassination, Lucretia Garfield and her children returned to their Mentor farm, which is now preserved as James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Mrs. Garfield owned the Mentor property for the rest of her life and made numerous improvements to it up until her death in March 1918. She spent much of her time at the Mentor farm while also …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Libraries aren't just places to borrow books and movies -- though they are that, also. They're a place where you can share your interests with others.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Fifth-grader Simon Ukotic beat out 11 other young artists across the country
A 5th-grader from Mentor holds tops honors in the country this week for artwork inspired by his hometown. Simon Ukotic of Fairfax Elementary School has been named Artist of the Week by Artsonia, an online children's museum of artwork. Simon's portrait of two cardinals earned 1,368 votes in the 4th-6th grade category on Artsonia's website. Simon beat out contributions from children in California, Texas, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina and Ohio. The Mentor Schools website encouraged residents to give Simon some extra votes during the competition.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Matt Dietz, a manager at the Mentor dealership, has a few scenes in the country's No. 2 movie.
You can find Matt Dietz from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Classic Chevrolet on most days, but if that doesn't work for you, try the silver screen. A used car manager at Classic, Dietz acts as a baseball player in "42," the Jackie Robinson biopic that had the best opening weekend ever for a movie about baseball. Though Dietz was a little surprised about landing the small spot in the film, it wasn't as difficult as some might suspect nor was it his first time in a feature film. Back in 1992, he was an extra in The Babe, which was shot in Cleveland. However, things picked up a few years ago when an agency in Columbus asked if his family would be interested in letting his young daughter, Lacey, try her hand at child modeling and acting. Lacey, 8, was …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Cleveland Clinic Civic Education program blogs about several second graders who created plays about health and wellness. The performances are soon!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Through IndieFlix, Mentor Public Library patrons will now have access to films from more than 2,000 festivals worldwide
Can't make it to the Austin Film Festival? Or Cannes? Or the Festival Internacional de Cine in Guadelajara? That's OK. Because the Mentor Public now brings the shorts, documentaries, independent and foreign films screened at those and more than 2,000 other film festivals worldwide to you. Mentor Library cardholders can now access the IndieFlix online streaming service through their computers, Android and iOS tablets, mobile devices, Roku, and -- later this year -- PS3 and Xbox game consoles. Lynn Hawkins, executive director of the Mentor Public Library system, said that filmmakers are enthusiastic about the product and its placement in libraries because every time a film is viewed on the service, the film’s creators receive money through…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The students of Rice Elementary bring classic works of art to life with some research and creativity
Usually it would require a trip to France to see Leonarda Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. One needs a plane ticket to England to observe Andy Warhol's Marilyn Diptych. Want to see Henri Rousseaus' famed Woman In Red? Tough. It's in a private collection. Yet those classics and 10 others were assembled in the Rice Elementary gymnasium Monday afternoon. Moreover, visitors to this special gallery could interview the artists (despite the fact that many of them are posthumous) and even talk to the artwork. It was the return of the Talking Art Museum. For the past many weeks, the fourth graders have worked in groups of three or four researching an artist, painting one of his or her better known works and also writing an essay about him or her. On the day …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Catch the musical adventures of Elle Woods at Harvard Law School from March 21 through 24
After performing The Phantom of the Opera and Titanic in consecutive years, the Mentor High School is offering some lighter and funnier fare as its spring musical this year. From March 21 through 24, the Mentor High theatre department will perform Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Mentor Fine Arts Center. Audiences can follow the musical adventures of Elle Woods at Harvard Law School. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors and $12 for adults. And, for the first time, tickets are available online. (Note that there is a 75-cent service charge for each ticket bought online.) For more information, check out the Mentor theatre web site.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The activity is the latest example of Ridge and Deepwood working together
The Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood celebrated the beginning of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with the latest example of its partnership with Ridge Middle School. Two advisors and 21 students made the trip to Deepwood's Vocational Guidance Center to read Dr. Seuss books to the habilitation and work training groups there. This marks the sixth year that Ridge students read to people at the VGC, Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood spokeswoman Lynnmarie Landwei-Phillips said. In the past year, Ridge students built and launched paper rockets with the Noble Readers Book Club. Students made an ocean mural at the VGC in August, and have built gingerbread houses and taken part in the United Way Day of Caring clean up of the flower beds …
These young artists won grants for their artwork, which was on display at Lakeland for a month
February was a good month for eight art students from Mentor. Lakeland Community College featured their work in the annual Lake and Geauga County Junior and Senior High School Art Exhibit from Jan. 31 to Feb. 27. At the close of the exhibit, the students won varying grants and awards at the artists' reception and awards ceremony. According to the Mentor Schools website, their work was among 400 selections for this year's gallery. Here are the students and the awards they won: $500 Talent Grant $300 Talent Grant $200 Talent Grant Best of Show, Grades 10-12 Best of Show, Grades 7-9 Best in Lake County, Grades 7-9