Work it out in Broadview Heights group exercise classes: Talk of the Towns

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of group exercise classes in a limited capacity beginning April 10. Classes include: Saturday Cycling, 9 a.m. with Jerry; Tuesday Cycling, 6 p.m. with Kristin; Sunday Zumba, 9 a.m. with Andie.

The center will only sell five-class packs of classes at this time. To purchase your pass, go to and log in. Then navigate to the My Account tab to purchase or renew a group exercise pass. Once you have a pass you can register for a class. Contact Ryan at 440-717-4019, with questions. Spots will be opening up for registration on a monthly basis.

Please note that face masks must be worn in the building and during classes at all times. New hours are Monday thru Friday – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation Department offers many great programs and activities. Go to

or call 440-838-4522 for a full listing and more information. The Rec Center is located at 9543 Broadview Rd.

Native plants: In honor of April being Ohio Native Plant Month, Chippewa Garden Club’s Tues., April 27, Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. will include a round table discussion of native plants in our yards. Get your questions ready and list the natives you already have. Discussion will reveal which ones seem to work the best, which ones aren’t doing as well as we’d like, which ones are our favorites, and which ones we don’t like. Then add your questions in the Chat section of the meeting.

The Chippewa Garden Club is a member of the Central Atlantic Region of the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. and of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Check out their monthly schedule at: and visit FaceBook also.

For more information about the meeting or joining the club, email

Blood drive: A blood drive will take place at the Broadview Heights Leo H. Bender Community Center, Willow Room, 9543 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights on Wed., April 14, 1-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go to

and enter Sponsor Code: BroadviewHeights or call 1-800-Red-Cross. Blood donations are essential. Support your community in a life-saving way.

Free bus passes: In addition to the transportation provided by the City of Broadview Heights Human Services, Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services provided the City with a limited number of free RTA passes to be distributed to individuals who register for a vaccine appointment and need transportation. Contact the Human Services Department at 440-526-4074 if interested.

Now that the vaccine is more widely accessible, there are many websites and locations where you can register to receive your vaccine. Contact the Human Services Department if you need help with registering.

Extended deadline: The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

Medicare counseling: Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is a program run by the Ohio Department of Insurance to help people understand Medicare. Jim Langan is a volunteer OSHIIP counselor in Broadview Heights and will continue to offer appointments for individual Medicare counseling in 2021. Jim can help people new to Medicare understand how Medicare works, what benefits Medicare provides, and what options are available, as well as counsel people who are already on Medicare. To make an appointment call the Broadview Heights Senior Center at 440-526-4074.

Backyard composting: Get the dirt on backyard composting. This spring, Cuyahoga County residents are invited to learn more about residential composting and creating the perfect soil amendment for their yard. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will host informative, free webinars on how to properly compost residential yard waste and food scraps. Composting and vermicomposting help reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills while creating a healthy soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscapes.

Three types of webinars are offered: Backyard Composting 101, Composting with Worms: Vermicomposting 101 and Ask the Composting Experts. Composting webinars are held at least twice a month from April to October. Registration is required through Zoom meetings

The Solid Waste District also offers affordable compost bins and composting accessories for sale at their office in Garfield Heights. For webinar details, registration, or information on composting products, visit

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is the public agency helping the people of Cuyahoga County reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at work and in their communities. It serves as the leading resource in the County for information, expertise and programs that support sustainable materials management and reduce the environmental impact of waste. Visit or call 216-443-3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.

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