Parma Heights Summer Band Concerts To Feature Something New

The Erie Heights Brass Ensemble is a new addition to the 2018 Parma Heights Summer Band Concert Series.

The 2018 Parma Heights Summer Band Concert Series, offered in partnership with the City of Parma and Cox Communications will bring some lively entertainment to the Gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road. Concerts begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The concert series has one new addition this summer season in the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble. “The concert series is one of our most popular attractions in the summer months,” said Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.  “It draws hundreds of people to our Gazebo and the surrounding green space every Sunday night. It’s a marvelous way to spend an evening with your family and friends.”

The schedule includes Rat Pack-era singer Don DiSantis on Sunday, July 22; variety singer Steve Myers on Sunday, July 29, the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble on Sunday, August 12, and the concert series concludes with longtime local singer and fan favorite Logan Wells on Sunday, August 19.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, and perhaps a picnic.  The city provides a dance floor for all concerts and it is usually very full.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 440.884.9606.

ARE YOU A SOCCER FAN? – If so, the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is hosting two programs where you can celebrate the FIFA World Cup with a make and take craft.  The programs take place Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 9.  No advance registration is required. The library is located within the Greenbrier Commons complex.

YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION -- Parma Heights will host in-person registration for Soccer programs on Thursday’s July 5 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road.  You can also register online at

FAMILY STORYTIME – Speaking of the library, a family story time event will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3.  For more information, visit

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – Ward 3 Councilwoman JoAnn Koch is sponsoring the sixth annual Ward 3 Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21.  If you’re a garage sale fan, this one is not to be missed.  Koch puts in a tremendous amount of work to make it a huge success every year.

SPECIAL WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS – A community shred event will take place from Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Parma Heights Service Garage in the Greenbrier Commons complex.  The following Saturday, July 28 the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held during the same hours.

CONDOLENCES – I know you will join me in extending your sincerest sympathies to the family of Richard Z. Retsch, a longtime Parma Heights resident of Appleton Drive.  Mr. Retsch, 93, passed away June 15 after an extended illness.  Funeral Services were held July 21 at Busch Funeral Home, with interment at Hope Memorial Gardens in Hinckley.     Mr. Retsch was the beloved husband of Olga V. Retsch (nee Holscevnikow) for 72 years. He was the devoted father of Paul Retsch, George Retsch-Bogart (Carol) and Anna Singleton (Donald); cherished father-in-law of Jen; loving grandfather of Jocelyn (Chris), Michael, Sam (Kristy), Alex and Grace; and the great-grandfather of Hanna.

He was preceded in death by six older siblings in Poland. the time or season.  Memorials may be forwarded to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, 2110 W. 110th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of Harrison James Schiffer, the three-month-old infant son of William and Megan Schiffer who passed away on June 11.  Harrison was the younger brother of Ava Schiffer; maternal grandson of William and Dorothy Schiffer; nephew and cousin of many. 

Funeral Services were held June 22 at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Ave.

Cremation was by Busch Crematory.  

Rick Haase

Rick Haase is a freelance writer from Parma Heights.

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