Bay community groups ring in the season with holiday events

The members of the Bay Village Community Council met recently to discuss upcoming events in the city. The council is made up of representatives from various community organizations. The following is a summary of the November meeting discussion.

The Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is hosting several holiday programs. Ring in the season with the Garfield Memorial UMC Handbell Choir on Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to “Elf Training” on Dec. 13, 11 a.m. A “Make ‘n Take Snowman Craft” will be featured in the children’s storytime room on Dec. 15 through Dec. 20, during regular library hours. Phone 440-871-6392 for program registration or information.

The Bay Village Women’s Club 46th annual Antique Show is Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Bay High School. Interested dealers can contact Nancy Trainer at 440-334-7539 or visit Bay Village afghans, cookbooks, miniature house and playing cards are available as holiday gifts. Purchases support the club’s many civic contributions and scholarships for Bay High seniors.

The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) continues its “Fly the Flag” project with the Bay Village Kiwanis and the American Legion Post 385. Beginning in April, American flags, with bracket and pole, will be installed for Bay Village residents unable to do this themselves. Contact Deb Marisch at 440-871-7680. For DAR membership information, contact Doris Gorgas at

The Peter Navarre Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 is offering War of 1812 Bicentennial coloring books. Volunteers are needed to help with the online index to Ohio grave records of servicemen of the War of 1812. Learn about this project at

The League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter will join the Bay Village Foundation and the Bay Village Historical Society in contributing to the City Hall clock repair project. The League urges other community organizations to contribute. A three-part forum series on the inner workings of city and school finances will be featured in the spring. The third forum will focus on tax abatements. The League is working with Bay Village City Council to buy microphones that will enable the city to make high-quality meeting recordings available on the web. Partner organizations are welcome to help fund the $14,000 project. Contact Conda Boyd at

The Village Project raised $4,500 in contributions at its fall lawn rake-out. The group is partnering with the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA to bring “Santa Rings” back to the city this holiday season. A fundraiser with the band Ralph’s Basement will take place at Around the Corner in Lakewood on Dec. 26, followed by a celebrity bartender event at Vosh on Dec. 27.

The Bay Village Education Foundation awarded eight grants in October, totaling around $11,000 to fund school projects. The group’s biggest fundraiser of the year takes place at Arrabiata’s restaurant in Bay Village on Jan. 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person.

The Bay Village PTA annual scholarship auction in November netted about $12,000. The Bay Middle School rake-out assisted more than 150 residents with their fall yard work. Normandy School is conducting a toy drive for the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Unit. Girl Scout cookie sales begin in January.

The Bay Village Community Band will perform a holiday concert at Bay Middle School on Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Community Band’s Dixieland group played at the recent Bay Cares Fall Fest. The band offers holiday performances for a small donation. Contact Melissa Henderson at

The Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year nomination forms are available at Bay Village City Hall and at the Bay Village library from Nov. 25 through Jan. 9. Download electronic versions of the Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year nomination forms.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014