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Kidforce to add pinball arcade in Berea: Around The Town

BEREA, Ohio — Kidforce Collectibles left its original 600-square-foot home at 224 Front St. in early 2010 for bigger digs at 50 Front St.

Owner Joe Kiskis in 2014, moved KFC to its present home at 103 Front St., and by mid to late March, he plans to debut Kidforce Pinball in the space next door, the former home of Keith Gecking’s RockCity E-bikes, at 101 Front St.

Gecking, who opened the shop in April 2022 closed it over the winter, He currently operates Pedigo bike shops in Peninsula and Middlefield.

The additional 1,600 feet “will roughly double our Kidforce space,” Kiskis said.

“We currently have 25 pinball machines and the number will grow once we move. It will be an exclusive pinball and arcade and will allow us to expand our offerings at Kidforce Collectibles. We will be adding some new employees, too,” Kiskis said.

Current KFC business hours are 12 noon to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 12 noon to 10 pm. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ships are topic: Great Lakes Cargo Ships will be the Middleburg Heights Historical Society’s featured topic at 7 p.m. March 5th, at the Middleburg Heights Community Center, Room A,, 16000 East Bagley Road.

Spokeswoman Rose Conley said the Historical Society s beginning 2024 with new officers and some “exciting plans for the year.”

Peace Corps speaker: The Berea Kiwanis Club’s recent guest speaker Sara Continenza, said her two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, made her aware of “food deserts,” where “an enormous lack of healthy food has had “a deleterious on large segments of the population.”

Upon her return home, Contineneza said she realized that is an “enormous lack of healthy food available to large segments of our population,” living in “food deserts,” where healthy food options, coupled with a lack of transportation, “strand many in our society.”

Not only were people here at home without healthy food options, she found that when presented with quality food choices, “folks didn’t know how to prepare or appreciate them. She mentioned a nine-year-old who “didn’t know what celery was and had never seen any.”

As a result, Continenza said, “The life expectancy of people in these (American) food deserts can be 25-30 years shorter than much of the rest of society.”

Keeping that in mind, Continenza obtained permission to create community gardens on school properties, enabling students to learn and participate in healthy food cultivation.

She currently has gardens established at 12 inner-city schools and has created healthy food caravans that deliver fresh food options to those in food desert areas.

“Much of that food comes from local suppliers, Continenza said, adding that she has also started a vacant lot initiative to identify and purchase vacant lots to use as healthy food gardens, and has initiated a “care strong project,” wherein free health screenings and fresh food options and education are brought to the inner-city food desert neighborhoods.

Join blanket makers: Join Berea Mayor Cyril Kleem and his family to help make fleece blankets to benefit Cleveland area charities at a special Blanket Making Party, from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 24th at the Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St.

Participants will be paired up with a partner to make one blanket, so feel free to bring a friend and work together.

This is not just a ladies’ project, so feel free to bring your spouse, children, friend(s), family members, and/or neighbors.

What to bring: You and your friend(s) each bring 2-1/2 yards of fleece, 2-1/2 yards of any color/design of fleece material (one full piece), a pair of scissors, and a giving heart.

This event will include food, beverages and door prizes. RSVP by Feb. 20th to Norma Kleem (440) 822-3312 (Veteran’s Outreach).

BW film series: Baldwin Wallace University will host its 2024 International Film Series and Cinematique Albertine Festival of New French & Francophone Cinema

Friday-Sunday, February 16–18 and Friday-Sunday, February 23-25.

Only 40 universities in the U.S. were chosen to receive a grant from the FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) Foundation to hold the Albertine Cinémathèque Festival on its campus this year.

The Baldwin Wallace French and Francophone Studies program is honored to be one of the grantees and the only university selected in the state of Ohio.

All films are free and open to the public and will be shown in Marting Hall, Room 114.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nadia Sahely at or (440) 826-2246. Visit us online at

Berea Community Outreach Pantry: 535 Wyleswood Drive, (440) 826-4891, Drive-up service only. Open 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. FOR BEREA RESIDENTS ONLY.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 398 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza, (440) 260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and 4-7 p.m. on the fourth Friday.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440) 234-0609. Open 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month.

Second Mile Outreach Pantry: 1480 Bagley Road, (440) 239-0549. Open noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Food Pantry: 8888 Prospect Road. 9:30-11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Fresh food, staples and toiletries. The next pantry is on Saturday, and then on March 9th.

Bread Ministry: Berea United Methodist Church, 170 Seminary St., (440) 234-3525. Bread and pastries only. Noon – 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Go to church addition on the north side of church off Seminary. Pantry is through double brown doors.

Rise in Love: A free hot meal on the third Sunday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Keller Center, St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 66 Adalbert St., Eat-in or Carry-Out. The next meal is on Feb. 18th.

Free Community Meal: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served twice a month, 5-5:30 p.m., on the second Wednesday and last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is on Wednesday, and then on March 13th.

Mobile Food Pantry. Brook Park Branch Library, 6155 Engle Road, 2-3:30 p.m., Oct. 25; fresh produce distribution in collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. First-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Pet Food Pantry: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Visit or call (440) 234-2034 for more information or to donate.

Little Free Pantries: Are located near the Berea Branch Library and People’s Community Church. The Prospect Pantry is at the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive. St. Paul Lutheran Church has a food donation box located near the side door. Non-perishable items only, please.

The Pet Pantry: operated by Animal Rescue Friends is in need of donations of dry dog and cat food.

The pantry supplies free pet food to families in need. In 2023, the pantry served more than 100 families each month, and that includes 100 dogs and 100 cats.

The pantry is stocked strictly by way of donations, and it is open the second and forth Sundays of the month at the ARF facility 10015 East River Road in Columbia Station (drop off donations in the cart on the front porch).

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