Citizens police academy class starts soon
Applications are now being accepted for the North Ridgeville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy starting Sept. 24 to Nov. 18.
Classes will be 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Police Department, 7307 Avon Belden Road.
This annual series of classes is offered free of charge to anyone who lives or works in North Ridgeville.
Those enrolled in the academy will learn about various aspects of police work through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.
Applicants must pass a minimal background check and sign a wavier of liability.
To learn more or obtain more information, call (440) 327-6009 or pick up an application form at the police station.
Parents can sign up now for the fall sessions of story programs designed for babies through preschoolers at the North Ridgeville Branch Library.
Preregistration is required for all story programs and may be done by stopping in at the library at 35700 Bainbridge Road, or call (440) 327-8326.
Schedules of all storytime programs are available at the library or by visiting the library’s Web site at www.lorainpubliclibrary.org.
Discussing Pulitzer winner’s book
Lorain native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Dirda’s “An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland” will be discussed at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road.
The discussion will be led by library staff. Free copies of the book will be distributed to those who sign up for the discussion group while supplies last. Call the library at (440) 327-8326.
Big band dance
North Ridgeville Senior Center’s 17th Annual Big Band Dance will be 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 at DeLuca’s Place in the Park, 6075 Middle Ridge Road in Lorain.
Music will be provided by the Doc MacDonald Band. Tickets are $6 at the senior center.
All sales benefit the center.
Church Labor Day party
Harvest Ridge Assembly of God will host its third annual Labor Day weekend Party in the Park at 6 p.m. Sunday in South Central Park.
The free event features food, kids’ games, live music and a professional 20-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Night at the races
Enjoy dinner, horse racing and more when North Ridgeville Seniors Inc. team with the North Ridgeville Firefighters’ Community Fund to present the third annual “Night at the Races” Sept. 11 at Tom’s Country Place in Avon.
The event costs $25 per person and include a buffet dinner, horse racing, drinks and more. Tickets may be purchased at the senior center, North Ridgeville Fire Department, or from city firefighters.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds support programs and services of the North Ridgeville Firefighters’ Community Fund and North Ridgeville Seniors.
Fields United Methodist Church Missions Committee is sponsoring the 21st Annual Craft Bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 34077 Lorain Road.
The committee is looking for interested crafters. Display space is $25 per six-foot table.
Proceeds benefit various Mission projects of Fields United Methodist Church ranging from mission trips to support of local missionaries.
For display space, or to learn more information, call the church office at (440) 327-8753, or visit http://www.fieldsumc.org.
Readin’ good in the neighborhood
Any student in the North Ridgeville Schools who signs up for a library card at the North Ridgeville Branch Library through Sept. 19 will receive a coupon good for a free Kid’s Meal or free milkshake at Applebee’s restaurants (while supplies last).
Youngsters through the eighth-grade need to bring a parent with them, as well as photo ID and proof of address to sign up for the library card.