Polar Bear Walk – January 5th – 10 AM

On January 5th,  join us at 10 AM in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel – Downtown Cleveland for this yearly tradition.

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Join Us August 4th – Downtown Cleveland

The big fun walk is coming August 4. One 5K trail takes you thru the east side flats; the other 5k trail takes you to a underground railroad church, Westside Market, and ‘past’ various breweries. In addition the checkpoint on that trail is Mitchell’s Ice Cream.  BRING A FRIEND!!


Downtown Bridges / Underground Walk – Cleveland

August 4, 2018 at 9:30 am

Cleveland, OH, USA


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Chagrin Falls Group Walk – July 4th

Our next group walk is July 4 at 10 a.m. at Einstein Brothers in Chagrin Falls.

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Cleveland Westside Event – August 4th

Our next event is August 4 starting at the Power House patio in the Flats. To continue our great checkpoints, this one is at Mitchell’s Ice Cream.  Parking lot rate varies last time was $6 last year was $3. There is parking in the street available.
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Effective January 1, 2018, all our events will be using the new stamps which will save us money and provide a stamp with more information in our books. This is a great step forward for AVA, but with every improvement/change comes the need to adjust how we do business. These new stamps are no exception.  Please be aware that you will need to be careful how you use the new stamps.  If you continue to do your stamping like you always have with our old stamps, you could easily end up with just black mark in your books.
 In particular, with the old stamps we all tended to press the stamp deeply into the stamp pad and then press the stamp very hard on our books, rocking and rolling the stamp to account for the uneven slugs in the stamp.  With the new stamps, this technique could well result in solid black mark since the new stamps do not have letters/numbers as deep as the old stamps, and most the stamps have smaller letters with less space between the letters.
 The suggested procedure for the new stamps is to ink the stamp lightly and do a trial stamp on a piece of paper (e.g., the walk directions) to ascertain imprint quality.  You may determine that the stamp has too much ink and have to repeat this process to determine the correct amount of force to ink the stamp as well as the correct amount force to use get a good imprint before stamping your book.
 It is critical that all Volkssporters get the word on changing how they stamp their books.  While this is a very positive step forward for AVA, it won’t take but one botched stamp in a book to sour that participant on this as an improvement.  Clubs might consider putting an instruction sheet in with the stamp in their Walk Box showing both the botched stamp using the old technique and the new improved stamp using the recommended stamping technique.
 Thanks to Bob Schmick (Maryland Volkssport Assoc., President) for pointing out this “black line” issue and ATRD, Mike Green for bringing it to my attention.  Thanks also to Chris Zegelin for developing this new improved stamp, to Hector Hernandez for learning how to operate the new stamp cutting equipment and getting all these new stamps produced, and the rest of the folks in the office for working together to get the stamps shipped out to the clubs.
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2018 Events

2018 Valley Vagabond Event Schedule

All Event Times are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – finish by 3:30 PM except for the May Kent walk and the  June Wellington walk. The times for those two walks will be 9:30 to 1:30 – finish by 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 6                      Polar Bear Walk-10 am Renaissance Hotel lobby

Saturday, April 28                       Business Meeting/5K Group Walk – Start 11 a.m. at Berea Union Depot

 Saturday, May 12                       Kent event Underground Railroad walk & Kickoff to the new seasonal Kent walk start Little City Grill, 802 N. Mantua Street, Kent.

 Saturday, June 16                      Another great Underground Railroad event at Wellington at Gazebo in front of Town Hall plus Gemulitch Wanderers also sponsoring event in Spencer. Due to both events our finish time is now 4:30 p.m. Drawing for two 35TH anniversary wine glasses and bottle of wine.

Saturday, July 14                         Group Walk 10 a.m. & Lunch Chagrin Falls start Einstein Brothers

Saturday, August 4                    Downtown Bridges/Underground walk in Cleveland

Sunday, September 16                   Group Walk/Picnic Lunch Markko Vineyard 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 13                 Cuyahoga Falls Gorge Metropark walk at 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.

Saturday, November 10                 University Circle Group walk at 10 a.m. with lunch at start Dave’s Cosmic Subs

Saturday, December 1                   Holiday Party – Westside


National website www.ava.org Club www.valleyvagabonds.org
Tour groups Walking adventures and Tater Tours
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Holiday Party – THIS Saturday



December 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm



Hibachi and Sushi


Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio 44060


BUFFET STYLE  — Serves at 2:30pm

CHINESE BUFFET Hibachi and Sushi

Includes drinks: Coffee, Hot tea, and Soft drinks

(Club will take care of the tip.)

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