News briefs – Aug. 31

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CLEVELAND METROPARKS WELCOMES THE RETURN OF NEOCYCLE TO EDGEWATER PARK – NEOCycle presented by Ohio Savings Bank returns to Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13. Last year, more than 12,000 visitors and registered riders attended, making NEOCycle the nation’s biggest and only urban cycling festival!

NEOCycle isn’t only for cyclists, though. Once again, Edgewater Park will serve as the hub for entertainment and family activities all weekend long! The Hub at Edgewater Park presented by Subaru will have more than 50 vendors, a beer garden, more than a dozen food trucks, a family fun zone, as well as BMX and stunt shows. The music fest will have live music from over 25 bands on two stages for free, no ticket required! Plus, if you’d like to enjoy Lake Erie while you’re near the water, NALU SUP & Surf will have stand up paddleboard races and demos throughout the weekend.

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, NEOCycle’s events are fun for all skill levels. There are five cycling events from Friday through Sunday, the high-speed Velodrome, the exhilarating Cyclocross, the dazzling Night Ride, the MCPC Fundo and the fast-paced Criterium. Register to ride and check out each race’s route at

Visit the beautiful Edgewater Park and register now for the nation’s only urban cycling festival, NEOCycle! For the full event schedule, race registration, band line-up and more, visit

ASHLAND SLATES SYMPOSIUM ON “ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY” – The Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences will present its biennial multi-part Symposium Against Indifference with this year’s series titled “Environmental Sustainability.” All events for the symposium are free and open to the public.

“The College of Arts and Sciences inaugurated the ‘Symposium Against Indifference’ in 2003 as a biennial series of events and lectures,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The symposium is dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement.”

This year’s symposium coordinator is Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, trustees’ professor of chemistry, who said the events comprising this year’s symposium will explore issues related to creating a sustainable world, from climate to environmental pollution to agricultural practices and more.

“As Dr. Patricia Saunders, director of AU’s Environmental Science program, states in her introduction to the symposium (, ‘Environmental sustainability is about people. The environment is where we live, and we make choices about how to go about doing so and who and what else matters…our choices make a difference’,” Weidenhamer said.

“AGING COLOR” EXHIBITION FEATURED AT LEA GALLERY – Prints of Toledo artist Beverly Norman’s award-winning multimedia collection, “Aging Color,” are being exhibited through Sept. 11 in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Lea Gallery.

The 30 original still life assemblages in the show were created on high-quality art paper using photos, real objects and a scanner. The prints have richly saturated and harmonious colors that shift with the seasons, such as the gold and rusts of autumn, tarnished browns and blacks of winter, emerging spring greens and warm clear colors of summer.g

“Many of the materials I collect change color and condition over time and I love the effects of decay,” Norman explains. “My treasures find their way into my compositions – an unearthed piece of pottery, my grandmother’s ruby ring, my daughter’s hair wrap, a pet bird too beautiful to bury. The work becomes an intimate style of memorializing.”

All of the prints exhibited are for sale.

For more information on Norman and her work, visit

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