Bay Village groups share fall plans
The Bay Village Community Council met Thursday, Sept. 3, and representatives from many of the city's civic groups shared news and notes from their organizations.
The Bay Village Women's Club's annual holiday luncheon and raffle will be Dec. 3 at Westwood Country Club. The annual Antiques Show will be held Feb. 13 and. 14 and will feature antique dolls. The club is selling cookbooks with history of Bay along with drawings of special places, small wooden houses and playing cards. Funds raised support the scholarship and civic contribution fund.For purchase call 440-892-4344 or 440-871-3075.
The League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter’s annual fundraising effort, selling tickets and wristbands at Bay Days, was very successful this year due to high attendance. The portion of the proceeds that the chapter collects will be used to produce a Voters’ Guide to be printed in the Observer on Oct. 6 and to bring Zephyr Teachout, author of "Corruption in America,"to Cleveland in November. The city has selected a vendor to equip city council chambers and the conference room with microphones. The chapter has pledged a donation to defray a large portion of the cost.
The Bay Village Foundation reported on their efforts to refurbish and add new features to mark the 20th anniversary of Play in Bay. The total amount needed is nearly $90,000, so the Foundation hopes each family in the community will contribute in some amount, large or small. The City has been provided with funding for the first phase of the project, which will expand the playground area near the tennis courts to be completed within the first two weeks of October. Renderings and a full presentation are available upon request.
The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center reported on one of the new programs: Backyard Wonders. These programs are led by LENSC expert wildlife staff and designed for adults and families with children ages 10+. Learn about relevant, seasonal topics and explore how they may affect you. Each session includes time for discussion. Upcoming topics: White-tailed Deer: Sunday, Oct. 11, 3-4 p.m.; Wild Turkey: Sunday, Nov. 22, 3-4 p.m. Tickets are $7/person; no advance registration is required.
The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board welcomed 4 new members and elected a new President, Karen Huhndorff. Their next meeting will be Oct. 8 at Schoepfle Garden in the Lorain Metro Parks. The Center had 132,000 visits last year and programs continue to be successful including the summer reading camps with the BVCSD, STEM camp and preschools. The Center is in the third and final phase of capital improvements, which will include roof repairs, PA system, interior and exhibit improvements and geothermal heating system improvements. A hayride is set for Oct. 9 and an artist reception for wildlife chalk drawing will be on Oct. 10.
The Bay Village Garden Club will begin meetings again in September and the club’s only fundraiser, The Greening of Bay, will take place Dec. 2 and 3.
The Bay Village Kiwanis installed two U.S. flags for senior citizens in a joint project with the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution. A social was held with speaker Coach Ron Rutt at the Bay High Pavilion for potential new members and guests. The Kiwanis donated 200 pairs of old shoes to third world countries to be repurposed into new shoes to help combat disease. The Kiwanis donated two U.S. flags to the BVPD during the Chief’s visit to their meeting on Sept. 9 – one will be used in the police department lobby and another will go in the conference room. The group will donate $525 to the Village Project to fund attendance for two individuals at a training program in Lancaster, Pa. The group will also host the boys and girls state winner from Bay High School on Sept. 15 and they will share experiences from their weeks of government participation.
The Bay Village Schools PTAs are busy again this fall! The Normandy PTA wrapped its sportswear sale on Sept. 5. PTA Membership drives are ongoing and the schools are hosting their ice cream socials again this year. Homecoming will take place Friday, Oct. 2, with the parade to commence at 5:30 p.m. Pre-game Tailgate Rocket meals will once again be available. PTA scholarship planning is underway. Oct. 23 will be the Westerly Walk to School with Dad event. The BVECPTA Homes Tour will take place Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be $25 in advance or $30 the day. The date for the November "rake-out" is still to be determined, but interested parties can contact Dwyer Senior Center to be on the list of homes to be cleaned up.
The Village Project is planning their third annual Project Leaf fundraiser on Nov. 7. Watch for details!
The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 begins its fall program of Prize Bingo at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital for patients. Prizes are chips that can be used in the hospital pharmacy. The Bay High School girls representative, Annamarie McGuire, and boys representative, Eric McDonald, spoke at the August meeting and described their week learning the workings of state, county and local governments. The Post has been sponsoring this program for over 50 years. Old, torn and faded American flags will be collected between now and November for retirement using formal military procedures on Veterans Day Nov. 11. Flags for retirement can deposited in the box at the Post front door. The Post is located at 595 Cahoon Road.
The Bay Village Historical Society will host Foster Brown, historical interpreter and naturalist with the Cleveland Metroparks, at the potluck dinner on Sept. 17, 6 p.m., at the Community House. All are welcome to attend the dinner free of charge. Guests are asked to bring a side dish for 10 to share and their own place setting. Reservations are required by phoning Doug Gertz at 440-554-6355 or Cathy Flament at 440-835-4472. Donations accepted. The Society is hosting a talk about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at the Bay Village Library.The "Downton Abbey" exhibit continues at Rose Hill Museum with a display of ladies’ day wear of that period. Admission is free. Rose Hill Museum is open from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday. Group tours are by appointment. Phone 440-871-7338. A "Downton Abbey"-themed fundraiser is being held at Lakewood Country Club on Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. The evening will include generous hors d’oeuvres, libations and musical entertainment. Phone Evelyn Allen at 440-871-6681 for tickets.The 2016 Cahoon in June antiques and fine crafts fair is slated for June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Vendors and program advertisers are already signing up to participate. Community groups are once again invited to take part free of charge. This past June, more than 2,500 people were in attendance. Phone Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312.
The Village Bicycle Cooperative continues its Fix-It-Forward program, Open Shop, and Volunteer Wednesdays. Fix-It-Forward refurbishes bikes donated to VBC which in turn donates the "like new" bikes to children and adults through various social outreach organizations throughout Cleveland's West side. VBC plans to participate in the Community Christmas celebration this year. Included will be bicycle donations to community members as part of a culminating event to this year's Fix-It-Forward program.
The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel report that BVPD Chief Spaetzel has indicated their current structure is adequate and kennel will not be on or in the police facility. Friends spent 18 man hours cleaning the current structure in May and will be cleaning again in October. The group has asked the city to use part of the almost $10,000 in donated funds to replace the heating element which is also the A/C unit, repair the door and soffit repair to help minimize wildlife. A new hot water tank and updated ceiling fan and lights have been installed and Friends plan on painting the interior and exterior in the future.
The Bay Men’s Club will meet the first Thursday of the month through June at Bay Lodge. All local men are welcome and encouraged to attend. The club also welcomes men from Rocky River, Westlake and Avon Lake. Dues are $60 per year. The club will be cleaning the yards of elderly and deserving Bay Village residents in November. If you know someone who could use some help, call Eric Eakin at 216-386-5997.
CCPL-Bay Village Branch Library has fall programs for all ages. A few highlights include: iPad 101, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. – Learn the basics of the iPad. The device will provided for you for hands-on learning. On Oct. 21, 7 p.m., local historian Katherine Kohl presents the story of women’s suffrage, in partnership with the League of Women Voters. Storytimes for kids run until the end of November. Teen Zone resumed in September and will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Christmas Break. The next Friends of the Bay Village Library Book Sale will take place Oct. 24-27.
Jessica Breslin is the Branch Manager of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Bay Village Branch.