Bay Village Community Council springs ahead with fun events

Bay Village Community Council member organizations are springing ahead with a number of exciting, family fun events.

The Village Project is jumping into spring with a Spring Fling fundraiser at Vosh night club in Lakewood on April 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, with tickets priced at $75 a person. Visit www.ourvillageproject.com to purchase tickets. A Cancer Car Smash is being held on May 2 in the Bay Village police station parking lot. Join students from area high schools as they take a swing against cancer. One swing ticket is $5, or get three chances for $10. The annual Project Pedal fundraiser is June 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with five bicycle routes leaving from Bay Middle School. There will be food trucks, face painting, ice cream and live music. Registration and packet pick up is at Buffalo Wild Wings, 32914 Walker Rd. in Avon Lake on June 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board has a soup and salad luncheon planned for April 1 at noon at the nature center. There will be a presentation about the center’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Reservations must be in by March 25. Call 440-933-3133. The annual luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club is May 5, noon, with tickets priced at $22.

The Bay Village Garden Club will begin filling the planters around the city with flowers this May.

The Bay Village American Legion and the Bay Village Kiwanis Club are once again sending Bay High School junior class delegates to Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State. The delegate to Buckeye Boys State is Eric McDonald with Evan O’Donnell as the alternate. The delegate to Buckeye Girls Stare is Annamarie McGuire with Annie Peters as alternate. Buckeye Boys State is being held at Bowling Green State University and Buckeye Girls State is at Mount Union College. The aim of this program is to train young men and women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship by providing attendees with the opportunity to actively participate in a democratic form of government.

The Bay Village Historical Society is sponsoring a program at the Bay Village Library on March 25, 7 p.m., featuring speaker Mary Powell. Powell is a Vietnam nurse who will talk about her experiences. A library program on June 3 will feature speaker Alan Dutka presenting his book, “East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street.” Admission to both programs is free. The May 21 potluck dinner at the Bay Village Community House will include a presentation by Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel, who will talk about the 25-year-old Amy Mihaljevic murder case. The public is invited to attend the free talk. Attendees are asked to bring their own table setting and a side dish or dessert for 10 to share. The 46th annual Cahoon in June fine crafts and antiques festival is in Cahoon Memorial Park on June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature fun for the entire family, food and music. Admission and parking are free. Community groups are invited to participate. Phone Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 for vendor information, or visit www.bayhistorical.com.

The League of Women Voters, Bay Village chapter, is in the midst of a three-part series on the state of municipal and school funding. The next session, on March 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Middle School, will welcome Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland and school superintendent Clint Keener as they discuss city and school demographic trends, services, revenue and efficiency. The third session, on April 29, 7:30 p.m. in the Dwyer Center, will focus on tax abatements as a revenue stimulus. Speakers are Cleveland State University Urban Affairs professor Robert Simons, Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. The public is welcome to attend. Each discussion is followed by a question-and-answer period.

The Bay Village Green Team is meeting at the Village Bicycle Cooperative on April 14, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in making Bay Village a more sustainable city. Volunteers will be accepting donations of household and yard items on behalf of Habitat for Humanity on April 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Bay Village Police Department parking lot. A Green Cleaning Workshop takes place at the Bay Village Library on April 29, 6:30 p.m. Amy Roskilly from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will take about replacing toxic cleaning and landscaping products with safe alternatives made from everyday household ingredients.

The Bay Village Women’s Club and Foundation “Honors for Scholars” luncheon is May 14 at the Cleveland Yachting Club. Scholarship winner will be presented and everyone is welcome to attend. Call 440-334-7530 for reservations or visit www.bayvillagewomensclub.org. Bay Village afghans, cookbooks, miniature houses and playing cards are for sale. Phone 440-892-4344. Proceeds support the many Women’s Club civic contributions and scholarships for Bay High seniors.

The Village Bicycle Cooperative History Mystery Tour is April 25, beginning at 303 Cahoon Rd., with a rolling start time of noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children, with family admission of $25. Youngsters under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets are mandatory. This fundraiser is an easy-paced, family friendly tour that includes a map of stops designed to educate riders about Bay Village history and a few of its mysteries. A mini route will be offered for young children to sites within Huntington and Cahoon Memorial parks. Light refreshments will be available after the ride. There will be a silent auction for a Gottfried mixte tandem bicycle. Phone 440-345-0560 for details.

The Bay Village Men’s Club meets at the Bay Lodge on the first Thursday of each month. Proceeds from sales at the Bay Days booth over the Fourth of July weekend support the group’s efforts to award four $1,000 student scholarships annually. The Bay Men’s Club plans to hold a rib cook-off fundraiser at Bradley Park in June.

The annual Bay Village Kiwanis pancake breakfast is March 29 at Bay Middle School. There will be arts and crafts for children and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs. Bay Village Kiwanis is holding its 56th Academic Achievement Awards ceremony at Bay High School in May. Contributions to help fund the program are welcome. Kiwanis gives out $13,000 in scholarships each year, with Bay High students receiving more than $80,000 in scholarships from various groups. The Kiwanis will again host the car show are Bay Days. Admission is free to the public, but participants with cars in the show are asked for a $10 donation. Funds support Project Eliminate sponsored by UNICEF to combat neonatal tetanus worldwide.

The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) continues its “Fly the Flag” project with Kiwanis and American Legion Post 385. American flags, brackets and poles are installed for Bay residents unable to do this themselves. Call 440-871-7680 or contact Deb at deb@spfutures.com. To commemorate 50 years since the Vietnam War, flags will be presented to veterans in need of one. For DAR membership information, contact Doris Gorgas at lablady76@wowway.com.

The Peter Navarre Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) continues to offer 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. Visit www.ohiodaughters1812.org for details. Contact Marlene Wilkinson at marwilk32@hotmail.com for U.S.D. 1812 membership information.

The Bay Village Branch Library presents its “Women in History” series on March 31, 7 p.m., with actress Anne McEvoy portraying Titanic survivor Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown. Celebrate Money Week on April 20, 7 p.m., by learning about the history of the Federal Reserve. Admission is free.

The Bay Village Community Band and the Bay Village Historical Society are partnering to sponsor a performance of, “My Way,” a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra at Huntington Playhouse on June 25, 7:30 p.m. Admission to the play includes a pre-show reception and drawing for a raffle basket. Visit www.bvcb.org or www.bayhistorical.com for details. The next Bay Village Community Band concerts are “Broadway Favorites” at Bay Middle School on April 1, and a “Big Band Bash” at the Cahoon Memorial Park Gazebo on May 31. A “Band for Hire” program supports the Community Band’s efforts to provide free concerts to the public. Donations are accepted for full-band concerts, a Dixieland Ensemble and Christmas Carol Ensemble. Contact Melissa@bvcb.org if you are interested in hiring the band for your special event.

The Bay Village Community Council is seeking potential officers for 2015-2016. The one-year commitment is for only five meetings. Those interested in serving as president, vice president, secretary or treasurer of Community Council should contact nominating committee members Cynthia Eakin at case915@aol.com, Jessica Breslin at jbreslin@cuyahogalibrary.org, or Barb Harrell at bharrell@ourvillageproject.com

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.17.2015