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Ralph Lukich, property manager at the former Lake Erie Screw Building (13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood), says he's been renting studio space to artists as fast as he can build it. The building's roster of artists has been growing steadily for a few years, and as a result, open-studio events there have become more frequent. On Saturday, May 9, the artists open their studios to the public to show and sell a range of art and fine craft. Participating artists include Ann Brown, Gina DeSantis, Katie Hanrahan, Hunter Harrison, Peter Jennings, Marc Konys, Allyson Meier, M.C. Nagel, Martin O'Connor, Steven Ollay, Ann Onusko, Kari Sanford, Josh Sanford, Ruth Sholtis-Furyes, Kate Tobin and Liz Trenholme. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Go to for information.

While the late Daniel Thompson was made Cuyahoga County poet laureate by proclamation rather than any official program or process, Cleveland Heights' Heights Writes program has officially recognized poets laureate on odd-numbered years for the past several years. The city will recognize its fourth poet laureate, Gail Bellamy, at its city council meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 20, at Cleveland Heights City Hall (40 Severance Circle). The selected poet's job requirement is to write poems for public events. Bellamy, who edits Restaurant Hospitality magazine, has been a noted local writer for years. Previous Cleveland Heights poets laureate were Meredith Holmes, Loren Weiss and Mary Weems. Heights Arts, in cooperation with Huron-based Bottom Dog Press, has published an anthology of work by these Cleveland Heights poets laureate, Awake At The End, edited by John Panza and outgoing laureate Weems. As poet Ray McNiece says, "Holmes, Weiss and Weems describe the synergy between artist and populace as they give their perspectives from 'the greenest, leafiest streets' of the Heights to 'the real picture, the cold gray one ... where winter has us by the icicles,' from bustle of Coventry to the lawns of Oakwood, from the Lee Road Library to Cain Park, they have their ears to the streets and pens to the pulse of this diverse neighborhood that is a microcosm of Cleveland." The book is $14; it's available at Heights Arts Gallery (2173 Lee Rd.), or call 216.371.3457 or e-mail

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