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Beck Center for the Arts to host 3rd annual ‘Bike for Beck’

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Event will be on Sunday June 1, 2014 and will be followed by a free anniversary celebration

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For the third straight year, the Beck Center for the Arts will be hosting “Bike For Beck”, a fundraising cycling event. Following the ride, participants and tier families are invited to partake in “BeckFest” which is a free arts and music event that this year celebrates Beck’s 80th anniversary. All proceeds from “Bike For Beck” go to the arts education program at the Center. To register for “Bike For Beck” go to

The cost to participate in “Bike For Beck” is $40.00 per cylist. The first 175 participants that sign up will receive a Bike For Beck T-shirt and a rider packet. There is a discount for teams of eight riders or more. Riders age 12 and under are free with a paid adult rider.

Registration is 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Beck Center main lobby with riders choosing 12, 25, 60 or 80 mile routes that winds through the scenic Cleveland Metroparks. The circular route will bring the riders back to the Beck Center for the finish. This year, the 80 mile route was added in commemoration of the Beck Center’s 80th anniversary season which will conclude with the showing of the locally produced premiere of “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” which will be presented from July 11th through August 17th, 2014.

“BeckFest” (the day long free family friendly arts and cycling festival) will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Beck Center Campus. Events during the festival include early childhood music programming, improvisational comedy by “Something Dada”, interactive art experiences, stilt walkers, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and a drum circle.

Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park, Beat Cycles, and Bike Cleveland (who will be bringing their “Bike Blender.”) will be on hand with various bike related activities and information. Following a noon “thank you to the community” live music will be provided by Chris Burge Trio, Fireside, and The Madison Crawl. Campbell’s Sweets Factory will be dispensing special anniversary treats and refreshments food will be on sale from award-winning Chef Chris Hodgson’s Hodge Podge Food Truck, Elsie’s Crepes, and The Sweet Spot.

Bike for Beck is sponsored by Krylon, Lakewood Hospital and Turner Construction with additional support from AT & F, Dimit Architects, LLC, Drs. Harter Family Dentistry, First Federal of Lakewood, Hyland Software, Lakewood Association of Firefighters Local 382, Nature’s Bin, Ride and Workout, The Root Café and Vosh. SAG support provided by Great Lakes React.

Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and free gallery exhibits featuring local, regional, and international artists.Connect to Beck, or C2B, is a group of Beck Center enthusiasts who support the arts in our community. C2B organizes social, insider, and cultural events with proceeds benefiting Beck Center arts education programs.