CrossFit Competitions, Pig Roasts & Enchanted Kingdoms: A Weekend Planner

Check out all the awesome events happening in and around Mentor in this week's superstuffed planner


Where/When: , 9 a.m. Saturday

Why Go: Scott Panchik -- a health and physical education teacher at Mentor High -- is competing in the national CrossFit championship this July in Carson, CA.

(He is ranked 15th among 45 finalists who were culled from more than 50,000 competitors.)

To help raise money for Panchik's trip, the Mentor Redline Club is holding a competition in which people will compete in many of the same events that Panchik has mastered.

The workout competition will include the 400 m dash, box jumps, thrusters, jumping rope, abmat sit ups, overhead lunges and more.

Prizes will be awarded to the first place team in each of three divisions -- ninth and tenth graders, juniors and seniors, and high school graduates.

It costs $50 for a team of four to sign up for the event. (Make checks payable to the Mentor Redline Club.)

For more information, send email to Spanchik22@gmail.com.

Pricing: $50 per team


Where/When: , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: It's about to get magical at the mall.

Great Lakes Mall is throwing a special party for all the little princesses and princes to celebrate the release of "Mirror, Mirror" on DVD and Blu-Ray.

In addition to hosting a special screening of the movie, kids can decorate tiaras, concoct potions and even make their own magical mirror. (Note: magic of aforementioned mirror may depend in part on imagination of the child.)

Pricing: Free


Where/When: , 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (June 21)

Why Go: Leff Electric is celebrating the start of summer with its first ever customer appreciation Pig Roast.

The roast will be outside of Leff Electric's headquarters at 7520 Clover Ave., unit 7, in Mentor.

Twelve of Leff's best suppliers will also be on hand with their newest products. Customers will be able to see first had the newest technology available and speak with vendor representatives about their products.

Besides pork, Leff Electric will provide chicken, soft drinks, sides and prizes throughout the lunch.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: , 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Why Go: The Wildwood Fine Arts Festival returns for its 32nd year this Sunday.

The show, held on the lawn of the beautiful and historic Wildwood Estate, has developed into an artistic event unique to this area. It draws upon the work of artists in Lake County, northeastern Ohio and beyond.

A wide variety of juried arts and crafts will be available for sale at reasonable prices. The public can visit with many of the artists and purchase original works ranging from paintings and carvings to textiles, jewelry, and glass.

There will also be refreshments and live jazz music.

Additional parking will be available at and a free shuttle bus will be running between the park and festival from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Pricing: $2


Where/When: Lake Metroparks Farmpark (8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland,) Saturday and Sunday

Why Go: At this event, discover how hand-spun products are created from the fleece of farm animals.

Get an up-close look at fiber-producing animals and a marketplace featuring fiber art vendors from across the midwest.

There will also be demonstrations of herding, animal shearing, and fiber processing throughout the weekend.

Pricing: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids from 2 to 11 years old; free for Farmpark members


Where/When: , 2 p.m. Sunday

Why Go: Meet at the Mentor Lagoons City Nature Preserve trailhead (8365 Harbor Drive) for a discovery walk at the western edge of the Mentor Marsh.

Mentor Marsh is an interpretive nature preserve of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the State of Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Trails are open daily, year-round, dawn to dusk. From April through October, Mentor Marsh Nature Center is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hikes are free with registration at rdonalds@cmnh.org or (440) 257-0777.

Pricing: Free


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