Bay Community Council groups begin year with a flurry of activity
Bay Village community organizations are kicking off the new year with a flurry of activities. Members of the Bay Village Community Council met recently to discuss late winter and spring happenings.
The meeting was preceded by the selection of the Citizen of the Year and the Project of the Year. The Citizens of the Year are Eric and Cynthia Eakin. The Project of the Year is the Bay Fireworks Fund. A reception will be held on March 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Project headquarters on West Oviatt Road.
The Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library has some exciting programs planned for youngsters and adults. Madelyn Sanders from Women in History will portray Elizabeth Keckley, best friend to Mary Todd Lincoln, on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Join Harold George on Feb. 16, 7 p.m., for a photographic trip to the railroad depots visited by President Abraham Lincoln. Local author Laura Peskin will talk about the history of Cleveland on Feb. 26, 7 p.m., spanning the time from the last ice age to the financial depression of 1893. Children in grades three and four can enjoy cookies and discuss a good book on Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Copies of the book will be available in the weeks prior to the discussion. The downloadables assistance program continues every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Women’s Board of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has donated $250 to each of the center’s college interns, $1,000 to animal rehabilitation and has made $1,000 quarterly donation to the center. Karen Huhndorff is the newly elected president of the women’s board. The board’s annual soup and salad luncheon will take place in April. There will not be a Family Fest at LENSC this year.
The Bay Village Women’s Club will hold its 46th annual Antiques Show fundraiser at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road, on Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature an antique quilt display on both days and a bake sale on Saturday. Free jewelry appraisals will be available on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by antique appraisals on Sunday. There is a limit of one item with a numbered ticket. Admission to the antique show is a $5 donation to support the scholarship fund. Admission for children under 12 years of age is free. The event is wheelchair accessible. Phone 440-334-7539 or 440-871-3075 for information or visit www.baywomensclub.org.
The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation is currently accepting requests for funds to be donated for specific projects of local civic and non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Bay Village. Request must be made in writing and received by Feb. 20. Call 440-334-7539 for details. Mail requests to P.O. Box 40433, Bay Village, OH 44140.
The Bay Village American Legion recently installed brass markers identifying five burials of veterans at St. Paul Cemetery. Lt. Colonel Scott Bartley spoke at a recent meeting, describing the enlisting standards for men and women into the All-Volunteer Army. Interviews will begin at Bay High School for representatives to this year’s Buckeye Boys State program. The Legion post recently concluded three nights of Bingo with veterans at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital. The Legion post is available for rent and accommodates up to 65 people.
The Bay Village Kiwanis Club celebrates 65 years of service to Bay Village this year, as the Kiwanis International organization celebrates its 100th birthday. The Bay Kiwanis started the year with a $2,000 donation to the Bay Village Caring and Sharing Fund. The members purchased a three-wheel bicycle for the West Shore Senior Center located at the Knickerbocker Apartments. The Kiwanis Club is sending 18 members to the Bay Fire Department's Friends and Family CPR classes. The club has designed and will build an enclosure to house the recycle and trash containers outside of the Village Project facility. This spring, the club will donate $1,000 to rebuild the turtle exhibit at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The club will soon be doing interior painting and minor home projects at the home of Peter Radke’s widow and children. Radke drowned near Huntington Beach while trying to save the life of a young girl. The annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is March 29 at Bay Middle School.
The Bay Village Historical Society hosts its next potluck dinner on Feb. 20, 6 p.m. at the Bay Community House. Speaker George McNulty will talk about the history of Playhouse Square, including new developments. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to email@example.com. The 46th annual Cahoon in June antiques, crafts and collectibles show is June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cahoon Memorial Park. This year’s event is being held in cooperation with BAYarts, under the citywide umbrella of “Bay Fair.” In addition to antique and craft vendors, there will be live music, fabulous food and historical re-enactors. Admission is free. Once again, the society is offering free booth space to non-profit community groups. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 or visit www.bayhistorical.com for vendor information.
The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) continues its “Fly-a-Flag” project in cooperation with Bay Kiwanis and American Legion Post 385. From April through Veterans Day, new flags with bracket and pole are installed for Bay Village residents unable to do this themselves. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 440-871-7680. To commemorate 50 years since the Vietnam War, a flag will be provided to veterans in need of one. For DAR membership information, contact Doris Gorgas at email@example.com.
Members of the Peter Navarre Chapter of the United States Daughter of 1812 continue to offer War of 1812 Bicentennial coloring books. Volunteers are needed to help with the online index to Ohio graves of servicemen of the War of 1812. Visit www.ohiodaughters1812.org for details. Contact Marlene Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for chapter membership information.
The Bay Village Foundation is now accepting requests for funds to be donated for specific projects of local civic and non-profit organizations. Awards may range from $500 to $5,000 and proposals are due by April 18. The Foundation is interested in projects or programs that improve the quality of life in Bay Village. Visit thebayvillagefoundation.org for grant application information.
The Bay Men’s Club is hosting an evening at the Hofbrau Haus for members and spouses on Feb. 13. The club is planning a rib cook-off fundraiser on the evening of June 6.
The Bay Village Education Foundation held its biggest fundraiser of the year on Jan. 25 at Arrabiata’s restaurant. The annual event raises about $25,000 for grants. This year, the foundation has established an international travel scholarship for juniors who hope to visit and study in developing countries.
The Village Project has announced that they are expanding their service for cancer patients and their families to include the city of Westlake, along with Bay Village, Rocky River and Avon Lake. The Project Pedal fundraiser will take place on June 13 as part of “Bay Fair” and will include a bike ride and food trucks. They will begin dinner and fellowship meetings for former clients, featuring healthy menus, with recipes taught to the clients by student volunteers.
The Village Bicycle Cooperative “Fix it Forward” program donated 60 bikes to children through the Salvation Army and the West Side Catholic Center during the holiday season. Open shop hours continue through the winter months. Volunteers are needed. A History Mystery casual ride for families is planned for April 25.
The League of Women Voters, Bay Village chapter, is sponsoring a three-part series on the State of Municipal and School Financing. The first two sessions, Feb. 25 and March 25, 7:30 p.m., in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, are designed to educate Bay Village voters about trends and options for financing our city and schools. The third session, April 29, 7:30 p.m., at Dwyer Senior Center, will be an in-depth look at tax abatements as a revenue stimulus and will be of interest to residents of other cities. Each panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The series is open to the public. To join the LWV, email email@example.com.
The Bay Village Community Band resumes rehearsals in March, with its concert series beginning in April and running through December. Small ensembles or the entire band can be booked for community events, with a minimal donation.
The Bay Village PTA Council's Founder’s Day celebration takes place mid-February. Bay High School is kicking off its citrus sale. The fall rake-out was snowed out, so look for middle school students to participate in a spring clean-up event. Girl Scout cookies are on sale now.