Annual 'We Are Noble' weekend to showcase Heights musicians

Face painting at Noble Elementary School's NobleFest.

We Are Noble, the annual celebration of the neighborhoods along Noble Road, will take place Friday through Sunday, May 18–20.

Preparations are underway for Noble Elementary School’s NobleFest, a family fun night hosted by the Noble PTA on Friday evening, and nearby Noble Road Presbyterian Church will host a movie night on the same evening. Oxford Elementary School will participate with attractions that include a new art installation by its fifth-graders near the school’s main driveway entrance on Quilliams Road.

There will be numerous activities and sites to visit on Saturday, May 19, beginning with a pancake breakfast at Bethel Church. An Oxford Elementary School student art show, a baby clothes giveaway at Peace Lutheran Church, and a lunch cookout will also take place on Saturday, as will plant and bake sales, and a “junk in the trunk” opportunity for rummage sellers to sell items from their automobiles at Noble Road Presbyterian Church’s parking lot. Home Repair Resource Center will host a tool sale, facility tours and demonstrations. Noble Neighborhood Library will be the site of several activities, including events hosted by resident Nepali refugee families. The Book Bike will circulate in the neighborhood, and participants can find neighborhood features, such as parks and community gardens, using Munzee, a global scavenger-hunt game.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department will open the doors of the Martin G. Lentz Police Academy. Visitors will see the bomb squad, robots and other safety gear. The historic building, a former fire station, also includes police equipment and a history museum. Citizens Police Academy graduates will be on hand to talk about their role in the city, and Precinct 3, the newly renovated home for the police K-9 unit and community response team in the Noble Nela business district, will welcome visitors.

A new event this year will be Talent of the Heights, a showcase of local musicians. The music festival will take place on the large vacant lot in the Noble Nela Business District and will spotlight a variety of musical genres from folk to gospel to rhythm and blues. Businesses in the district will participate in the festival with food specials and invitations to their shops. Local entrepreneurs will have tables on-site, there will be activities for children, and Central Bible Baptist Church will offer free car washes.

Many residents will host yard sales. All residents are welcome to host a yard sale at their home or participate in the sale at Noble Road Presbyterian. Those interested in being included on the event map should send a message to, with their address, by May 11. Instructions on how to list your high-demand items on free websites will be provided.

Real estate professionals will host open houses for Noble-area homes on Sunday, May 20. Potential buyers can walk through a variety of houses, including colonials, bungalows, ranches, and grand homes developed by the Van Sweringens. Housing in Noble fits every need, from growing families to one- or two-person households and those seeking homes where they can “age in place.” Now is the time to buy in Noble. Home values have risen significantly since the first real estate fair in 2014.

To find details about the 2018 We Are Noble events and interactive and printable maps, visit

Brenda H. May

Brenda H. May is one of the leaders of Noble Neighbors.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 4:41 PM, 04.30.2018