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Grafton & LaGrange notebook: July 24, 2009


Lorain County Music Fest 3

Lorain County Music Fest 3 will be noon to midnight Saturday at 16953 Mennell Road, Grafton. Twelve bands will perform. Cost is $15 and includes camping for Saturday night. It is suggested that those who are interested in attending arrive today to set up camp.

The bands that will be performing are The Grafton Road Band, Wildwood Willy & The Wildwood Willies, Alcohol Powered Jukebox, The P. B. & J. Band, Crosst, This Avenue Dark, Grammy Award-winning bluesman “D.C.” Carnes, Freddy DeMarco and Rockhard, Jimi Hendrix/Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute: The Jimi Ray Stevens Experience, The Janis Joplin Concert Experience with Ball & Chain, and Pink Floyd Tribute: The Dark Side of the Moon.

Wristbands are for sale through Boomer’s Guitar Repair and Journey Round Music in Elyria through “D.C.” or in Oberlin through Geri by calling, (440) 774-4354. Vendors are welcome.

This is an all-ages event with the proceeds going to “The Wish-A-Christmas Foundation.”

LaGrange Lions Club festival this weekend

The annual LaGrange Lions Club festival is under way through Saturday at the Lions Community Park, 250 Glendale St., LaGrange.

While the festival officially kicked off Thursday, there are family-fun activities today and Saturday.

Today, the Life Share Bloodmobile will be on site and live music offered 6 to 11 p.m. At 10 p.m., there will be a fireworks display by American Fireworks.

Saturday events include the Little Miss pageant at 11 a.m., a Kids’ Day cornhole tournament at noon and a $1 hot dog lunch for kids with “Zap the Clown” inside the hall. There will also be games and prizes. At 2 p.m., the Metro Life Flight Helo will arrive along with Lorain County EMA HazMat Trailer, LaGrange police, EMS and fire departments. The Carlisle Smoke House will be available for the kids to learn what to do if there is a fire.


Grafton-Midview celebrates Family Fun Fest

Grafton-Midview Public Library will host its seventh annual Family Fun Fest 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Willow Park in Grafton. Residents are encouraged to help celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program and grand finale of the library’s 65th anniversary.

Tickets, five for $1, are available at the festival entrance and can be used for food and games. Many attractions include a kids’ tattoo parlor, karaoke, old-fashioned carnival games, Mr. Balloon, free raffles, prizes, photo booth, a concert from the Patriots Community Band and more. The public is invited to join in for a fun and affordable evening for the entire family.

Call the library at (440) 926-3317.

Open house, job fair

Columbia Chamber of Commerce would like to invite guests to visit the Great Lakes Truck Driving School as they host an open house and job fair 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, 27740 Royalton Road, Columbia Station.

In conjunction with the event, there will be a food drive to benefit the Lorain County Neighborhood House Association, which is a homeless shelter. The event is free.

Great Lakes Truck Driving School is a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. It offers truck driving training on most commercial vehicles that include: Class A vehicles, Class B vehicles and passenger Bus. It also is implementing a heavy equipment operation course that will be starting in August and offers a free CDL temporary permit class once a month. Call (866) 932-3436 or visit

Learn to can fruit, veggies

Is your garden bulging at the seams with tomatoes, zucchini and other ripe produce?

Learn how to can fruits and vegetables 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 3 at Grafton-Midview Public Library in downtown Grafton.

Linnette Goard, the family and consumer sciences educator from the Lorain County Ohio State University Extension Office, will discuss canning fruits and vegetables. This program will include an in-depth demonstration on fill lines and canning produce.

Attendees may bring their pot lids and have them tested for free before the program. This program requires registration and seating is limited. Call the library at (440) 926-3317.

Midview registration

If your child will be attending Midview Schools in August, registration is taking place now.

Materials required for the registration process include the child’s birth certificate, most recent shot record, Social Security number, custody papers (if applicable) and two proofs of residency (utility bill, mortgage statement, purchase or rental agreement, etc.).

If your child is a special needs student, be sure to bring their most current IEP. To register for kindergarten, the child must be 5 on or before Aug. 1.

Now through the end of July, registration will be at the Midview Administration Office, 1010 Vivian Drive, Grafton. Hours of registration are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Call (440) 926-3737.

Bronson House open

Columbia Historical Society will host an open house 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Bronson House Museum. On display will be old band uniforms and color guard apparel. The historical society is looking for help in identifying the years the outfits were worn. The museum is at 13646 West River Road, Columbia.

Horse rescue hosts show

Angels Haven Horse Rescue is hosts its first horse show to benefit the rescued horses Aug. 29 at Achin’ Acres Farm in Hinckley.

The benefit is in need of volunteers, Chinese raffle prizes, sponsors and advertisers. Proceeds from the benefit will help care for the horses that have come under the care of the Angels Haven Horse Rescue organization.

Angels Haven Horse Rescue, 13297 Durkee Road,Grafton, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The organization is devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating and training horses that have never been given a chance.

To place an ad or to serve as a volunteer, call (440) 781-5060.

Grafton native releases CD

Stephen Sebastian, formerly of Grafton, has released his first CD, “Stephen Sebastian.”

The CD is the first full-length one he has made on his own in Nashville. Sebastian’s style of music is a blend of rock ’n’ roll legend Tom Petty and alt-country artist Ryan Adams.

The CD is available at Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park in Westlake, and on eBay and his personal Web site,

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