Bay Village civic groups planning fun fall events

The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on Sept. 7. Representatives of many of the city's civic organizations shared news and notes about their activities. Following are some of the highlights.

American Legion Post 385 recently co-hosted a supper and presentation on caring for veterans when they come home. Joining us in this program were VFW Post 9693 and St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Military Support Group. The program discussed the impact that war has had on individuals and their families when they return home.

Bay Village Community Theater has initiated a staged reading series called “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]." Our next reading will feature the poetry/prose of Edgar Allen Poe on Oct. 9, 6 p.m., at Mojo’s Coffee. 

The Bay Village Foundation has made the 20-year refurbishment and renovation of Play in Bay their main focus throughout 2016. Major fundraising efforts have been targeted to every potential source with solicitations, presentations to groups, individual letters to every resident in Bay, plus some smaller efforts during the year. The project was begun last fall and is close to being a reality. Total costs were projected to be about $105,000 and we are now within about $1,200 of reaching that goal, and final renovation plans are on-going. Plans are underway for a “Recognition Wall” in Play in Bay  on which all donors of $100 and more will be listed. A “Summer Send Off” fundraising event will be held Sept. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The annual Bay Heritage Run will be Oct. 22. The race raises funds through sponsorships and runners.  

The Bay Village Garden Club will hold a tour on Oct. 13 of the hydroponics and chrysanthemum growing operation of Tyler's Farm in Oberlin. Their Oct. 24 meeting focuses on "Adding Color for Fall" where you can learn about some of the newest and best perennials for fall color.

The Bay Village Green Team will hold its next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Village Library. Anyone interested in helping to promote sustainability in the city is encouraged to attend. The Green Team partnered with Bay Kiwanis again this year to reduce the amount of landfill waste generated at Bay Days. Signage was placed throughout the park and the city assisted with extra recycle bins. Potato scraps from the Kiwanis curly fries booth were taken to Barnes Nursery for composting. An estimated 30-40% of waste was recycled, an increase from previous years. The Green Team also worked with BAYarts again to help make Moondance a near-zero-waste event. 

Bay Village Kiwanis Club will install Allen Waddle as the new 2016-2017 President on Sept. 25. The Club awarded $16,000 in scholarships to local students and recognized them at a July 19 dinner at Bay Lodge.

The Bay Village League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting on Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m., at the Bay Village Library. We will pass our 2017 budget and reaffirm our issue positions. New members are always welcome. Oct. 11 is the deadline to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Forms are available at libraries, city halls and the senior centers, and online at 

The Bay Village Library is offering fine forgiveness for any students that wish to give their card a fresh start. Since September is National Library Card Month it’s also the perfect time to come in and get your child their first card! The library will be the site of the fourth annual Bay Cares Volunteer Fair & Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a partnership between the library and the Westlake | Bay Village Observer. Groups will have informational tables throughout the library, with fall crafts for kids, music and light refreshments. They are also celebrating Cleveland Beer History with a presentation of the book "Cleveland Beer: History & Revival in the Rust Belt" by authors Leslie Basalla and Peter Chakerian. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch and in collaboration with the Bay Village Historical Society, will be held on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. 

Bay Men's Club is planning for their 2017 100th Anniversary Celebration.  

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation will have a presentation on Oct. 13 by a physical therapist on "improving your balance." On Dec. 1, the club will hold their Annual Holiday Luncheon and Raffle Fundraiser. Save the date for their 2017 Antiques Show and Sale being held on Feb. 25 & 26 and for the BVWC 100th Anniversary Celebration on April 8. Bay Memorabilia is available for purchase. We have afghans, playing cards, Bay historical cookbooks and Cat's Meow houses featuring the  Community House & Huntington Tower. To purchase, contact Marilyn at 440-892-4344 or Nancy at 440-334-7539, or visit All proceeds support the scholarships and civic contributions.    

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host their first Family Astronomy Night on Sept. 23. They will also offer Hayride Dinners on Oct. 8 and 28. Visit or call 440-871-2900 for details. 

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will hold their annual fundraiser  at Clague Playhouse in Westlake on Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Contact Karen 440-670-6760 or Dixie 440-773-7743 for more details or to purchase the $25 tickets.

Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is having a Spirit Day fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 22, Chick-fil-A,4779 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted. Please help support the MDH Chapter. We will receive a percentage of sales (excludes gift cards) when our supporters dine in, carry out, drive-thru or order catering. Please inform the cashier before placing your order that you are there for the MDH DAR Spirit Day. 

VFW Post 9693 is offering support to other community groups who are planning Veterans Day events. If your organization is planning to conduct a ceremony or recognition, please contact VFW and American Legion Posts.    

The Village Bicycle Cooperative holds volunteer training every Wednesday. Visit for more details. 

The Village Project is partnering with the Cleveland Clinic and Heinen's in presenting "Eating Right to Prevent & Manage Cancer" on Oct. 19. They are also holding a fundraiser on Oct. 29 called Project Leaf. They have many volunteer opportunities for adults and students. Due to the increase in the number of clients they are serving, the volunteers are up to four cooking days and two delivery days. For more details visit

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016