BUSY SATURDAY: There will be no shortage of things to do in Rocky River on Saturday.
Improve the look of the city one tree lawn at a time by sprucing up your own, and helping out a neighbor, during Tidy Up River from 10 a.m. until noon. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-429-1583 for locations where you can get lawn bags conveniently. (Proceeds go to the Rocky River Parks and Recreation Foundation.)
Habitat for Humanity will collect items, to be used by volunteers or sold at the ReStore Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the senior center. Donations can include construction or remodeling materials, tools (hand or power), windows, doors, working appliances, furniture or lumber. For more information and for pickup of larger items, call Jerry Jarc at 440-823-4579.
The Rocky River Public Library will also hold its Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the civic center. Come meet 50 authors with local ties, including Joe Tait, Neil Zurcher and Larry Morrow. Writers such as the original “Ghost Whisperer” will also give talks throughout the day. Book discussions and drawings for prizes, including a Nook e-reader, will be held.
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET: Beautify your surroundings inexpensively at the Beautification Committee’s first Perennial Plant Sale on May 5 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Memorial Hall. Plants, shrubs and other items donated by Rocky River gardeners will be sold for $1 to $10. Anyone dividing their perennial plants is asked to donate a few between now and May 4 to support the project. Help is available to those who have a hard time paring their plants. Contact Gail Ligget (email@example.com or 440-823-2403) for more details.
ST. CHRIS WINNERS: Fifth-grader Aiden Schwind was the National Geography Bee winner from St. Christopher School for the second year in a row. His teammates included Katie Bonifas, Maggie Seikel, Riley Seikel, Jacob Riedl and Isabelle Shields.
Sixth-graders Gabby Weist and Audrey Pae placed first in the Diocesan Science Olympiad at John Carroll University for the “What Went By” event. Fourth-graders Jack Meyer and Thomas Byrne were second in “Write It, Do It,” and third-graders Bryce Polito and Joe Ripepi were third for the “Pasta Mobile.” The event drew 500 students who competed in various experiments.
RRMS WINNER: Sixth graders Mary Beth Curtis was the Rocky River Middle School winner in the National Geography Bee. She competed against 99 other students in grades 4-8 at the state competition held at Ohio State university.
DISTRICT ART SHOW: Art lovers of all ages are invited to “Taste the Colors” at the Rocky River School District Art Show, April 24-May 7 at the middle school. Work from students in all grades will be shown from 4-7 p.m. each day. Opening night will run from 6-8 p.m. and feature a performance by the middle school jazz band at 7 p.m.
GENEROUS KIDS: Kensington Intermediate School’s K-Kids dug under the couch cushions and raided the piggy banks to raise $4,370.33 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients.” Monica Quigley’s homeroom raised the most – $647.71 – winning an Olive Garden lunch courtesy of the society.