Noble Neighbors annual event set for May 19–21
Noble Neighbors will host its third annual community celebration weekend, We Are Noble, Friday through Sunday, May 19–21. The repaving of Noble Road, now underway, won’t deter the celebration, according to organizers, who are planning to "make lemonade out of the traffic-barrel lemons" by using humorous public art installations to guide visitors through the neighborhood.
The weekend will kick off with NobleFest, a carnival sponsored by the Noble Elementary School PTA, on Friday, May 19, 6–8 p.m. NobleFest will feature carnival games and prizes, bounce houses and a variety of food options—all at affordable prices. Vendors will sell goods at the event, and many new-this-year activities are planned. NobleFest is designed to be an evening of fun for the whole family.
On Saturday, May 20, events will include activities in Noble Neighborhood Library’s children’s room and family garden. A book giveaway and a new event, the Noble Neighbors photography scavenger hunt, will launch from the library. There will be a public art project on Saturday, as well as a potluck hosted by the Noble area Nepali community during Welcome Hub hours in the library's teen room. Welcome Hub is a weekly program for refugees in the community, but anybody is welcome to attend.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will host an open house and tool sale during We Are Noble. Visitors can go to the HRRC Teaching Center at 2520 Noble Road to learn about HRRC's services, tool library and contractor-evaluation books. Basic hand tools, specialty tools and ladders will be sold to help fund programming. There is no need to register for this event, which will be an opportunity for current and prospective homeowners to learn how HRRC can help keep a house in good repair. HRRC will also be the launch site for tours of houses for sale in the neighborhood.
Oxford School Carnival will take place on Saturday afternoon. The carnival will offer food, vendors, a science fair, games, prizes, a live DJ, dance contest, family chalk art contest, playgrounds, field day events, and a color-a-thon race with a color-explosion kickoff! More information about being a vendor, entering the color-a-thon race or opportunities to help fund We Are Noble can be found at www.nobleneighbors.com. Also at Oxford—back by popular demand—are tours of the school's WPA murals, plaster relief sculpture and ceramic figures. These treasures are rarely open to public view.
Cleveland Heights' young professionals will gather at Christopher's Pub, 1318 Warrensville Center Road, on Saturday, May 20, 5–7 p.m., for an evening of trivia, games and networking. More information can be found on Facebook under "Cleveland Heights young professionals mixer."
Jake Hochendoner, a professional documentary filmmaker, will capture the weekend's activities on video, funded in part by a FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grant. The resulting Noble Neighborhood promotional video will be posted this summer.
Noble Road Presbyterian Church will have a rummage sale, and visitors will also be encouraged to stop by the police academy, patronize Noble Road businesses, check out church-sponsored events, enjoy the public perennial gardens, ride the Rocket Car, play in the parks, view the community gardens, eat delicious food, and tour open houses during the weekend. Yard sales will take place throughout the neighborhood during We Are Noble, which aims to show that Noble is a great place in which to live and open a business.
An event map and listing of activities will be continuously updated at www.nobleneighbors.com. Noble Neighbors can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Noble Neighbors is looking forward to sharing its home with visitors.
Brenda H. May
Brenda H. May is one of the leaders of Noble Neighbors.