ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The 11th annual Downtown River Holiday Walk will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 a Beachcliff Market Square and the downtown Rocky River shopping area.

Visitors can register to win more than $3,000 in prizes from downtown River merchants. Prizes include $500 off an Invisalign treatment from Smile by White, a six-month spa membership at Hand and Stone Facial and Massage, a donut decorating party from Big Mouth Donuts and a variety of gift certificates from local merchants. More merchants will be participating in this year’s River Holiday Walk.

There also will be horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, photos with Santa at Burntwood Tavern, live performance by the 9th Avenue Wandering Street Circus, pet photos with the Grinch at Erie Island Coffee, carolers and more.

Magical Mr. J, a professional magician, will entertain shoppers with a 30-minute Christmas performance at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. at Once Upon a Time Toys. Homemade soup samples from Rocky River/Lakewood Meals on Wheels will be available and there will be a raffle to benefit Canine Companion for Independence at Jan Dell Flowers.

A Marine will be on hand at Timan Custom Window Treatments to accept donations for the Marine + Toys for Tots drive and to pose for photos. Sapphire Pear will have a balloon twister and Rocky River Historical Society will lead historical walking tours of downtown Rocky River.

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The Wandering Wardrobe truck will visit The Village Project’s Holiday Shoppe. The vehicle is like a food truck, but it offers the latest in women’s clothing and accessories. (The Wandering Wardrobe)

Holiday Shoppe: The clock is ticking toward Christmas. There are less than four weeks left to get your shopping done.

The Village Project will present Holiday Shoppe, a special shopping event, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Project Shoppe store, which is within Village Project’s headquarters at 27378 West Oviatt Road, in Bay Village.

Shoppers can stop in to shop and visit with local vendors onsite that evening, including Gourmet Firehouse Salsa, Hazelmade, NOSH Butters, Snowmon’s Kombucha and Tootsweet Soap Shack.

Also, onsite will be the Wandering Wardrobe truck, which is like a food truck, but it offers the latest in women’s clothing and accessories. Opulenza Designs will be selling their high quality, unique, hand-crafted .sterling silver jewelry that evening only.

Just in time for the cold weather, there will be knit hats and scarves from Love Your Melon and headbands from Headbands of Hope — apparel brands dedicated to supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. Project Shoppe also has fragrant candles from Furbish & Fire Candle Co., The Home Pantry jams with ingredients sourced from local farms, loose leaf teas from Steeple House Teas and a variety of holiday and themed gift items.

Specialty vinegars, granolas and herbed salts made in the Village Project kitchen from fresh, organic ingredients will be available also.

And don’t forget the four-footed family members. Fresh, organic dog treats and other pet-themed gift items will be available to help support the Village Project’s mission of coming together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care to our neighbors who are experiencing cancer. This event is free with the donation of one item from Village Project’s “Most Needed Donation Items” list available at To learn more about Village Project, Project Shoppe and this event, visit

Citizen Police Academy: Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, and the Rocky River Division of Police are accepting applications for the 10th Rocky River Citizen Police Academy.

The academy will take place 6:30-9:30 or 10 p.m. on 14 Tuesday nights starting Jan. 7, 2020 at Rocky River Senior Center, 21014 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. They program ends with a graduation ceremony on April 7, 2020.

Topics will include RRPD special services, an overview of the Municipal and common pleas courts, crime prevention, internet safety, domestic violence and stalking, firearms, use of force, police legitimacy and procedural justice, crime scene investigations/processing, drug abuse, and more.

The academy goals are to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the police department, provide insight into police work, provide a clearer understanding of citizens’ role in assisting law enforcement, help citizens feel comfortable communicating with police and City officials, and strengthen the partnership between the police and the community.

Applicants must be 21 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Rocky River or work in the city, have no pending criminal charges or civil cases, no felony, convictions and have personal character consistent with community standards.

Applications are available at RRPD, 20325 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, the driveway access is off of Linden Road, Rocky River City Hall, or by email by request to Lt. George Lichman at Applications are due by Dec. 3. Space at the academy is limited.

Questions can be directed to Lt. Lichman via email at, via telephone at 440-799-8208, or at the RRPD.

Community meal: Clague Road United Church of Christ and Westlake Church of the Redeemer will sponsor their monthly community meal 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 30 at Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.

No carryout meals are available. The church is accessible to the physically challenged.

This is the last meal of 2019.

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