Parma Heights: Home To An Award-Winning Artist

Susan Kiedio with her award-winning watercolor artwork.

PARMA HEIGHTS -- Parma Heights artist and the driving force behind the Greenbrier Art League, Susan Kiedio, won the 2018 Grand Prize from the Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) -- the Gold Buckeye Leaf Award.  Her winning artwork, a piece entitled, “The Ring,” was featured on the cover of the latest OWS magazine.  It can also be seen on the groups’ website home page.


The purpose of OWS is to advance the stature of watercolor as a major painting medium, to assist in the education of Ohio residents in the area of aqueous painting, and to foster a greater appreciation and interest of both the individual artist and the general public.

To accomplish these goals, the Society sponsors an annual juried exhibition, watercolor workshops, critiques, demonstrations and lectures, and publishes a newsletter which

contacts, informs, and shares interests and efforts in the field of aqueous painting.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS -- It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are almost once again upon us.

The City of Parma Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday November 25 at the Gazebo on Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons complex.

The Parma Park Elementary School Choir will provide holiday music, and the Vineyard Church will have hot chocolate for everyone.

Santa himself will make a special appearance – last year he arrived in a Parma Heights Police Cruiser – and all children will have a chance to share their holiday wishes with him.

The tree lighting is free and open to the community.

THEATRE FUN – The Cassidy Theatre will present the musical “Annie” from November 30 through December 16.  Based upon the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The original Broadway production was directed by Martin Charnin, with the book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Charnin.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

For tickets call 440.842.4600.

COMMUNITY SHRED – The city’s Service Department will host a community shred event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday November 10.

The event will take place at the city Service Garage within the Greenbrier Commons complex.

EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL – Open Swim for the community begins November 13 at Valley Forge High School, 9999 Independence Boulevard.  Enjoy the pool from 7-9 p.m.

LIBRARY NEWS -- At 7 p.m. Thursday, November 8, the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will present "Migration All Around Us.” A representative from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to discuss how ornithologists study the phenomenon of migration.  For some five billion individual birds, a trip to Central or South America from North America is an essential and stunning annual accomplishment. Why do birds undertake this grueling trip? How do they find their way to wintering grounds they have never seen before?

The library will also host a program titled, "Are You Mindful of this Moment" on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. 

Join Dr. Kathleen Heinlen for an informative and interactive presentation on being mindful; learn the technique of slowing down the precious moments of today and embracing each and every moment.

KIDS CAFE – Are you age 18 or younger?  Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal?  Come to the Parma Heights Library, 6206 Pearl Road, from 4-4:30 Mondays through Fridays during the school year.  Brown Bag Meals will be served (while supplies last) by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Rick Haase

Rick Haase is a freelance writer from Parma Heights.

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