Bay Village civic groups planning holiday fun

The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on Nov. 9. Representatives of many of the city's civic organizations shared news and notes about their upcoming activities. Following are some of the highlights.

Bay Village Community Theater is continuing their Staged Reading Series at Mojo’s and O’Neill Healthcare. “Born Yesterday” readings will be at O’Neill Healthcare's Main Lounge on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. They  will be performing Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” and Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” adapted by Skip Corris, at Mojo’s on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. and O’Neill Healthcare on Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

The Bay Village Foundation continues its updating of Play in Bay. Much of the proposed work has been already completed and the project including a donor recognition wall, landscaping and beautification will be totally completed by spring 2017. Their annual fundraising solicitation letter is sent to every household in Bay Village, and is scheduled once again to be in the mail by the first week in December. Funds raised through this drive provide the financial support given to organizations in Bay to help maintain the quality of life in Bay Village. The Foundation will have grant applications available January to March. They encourage Bay civic groups to ask for project funding assistance.

The Bay Village Garden Club will hold "Christmas Greening Workshops" on Dec. 7 and 8. Participants will make fresh holiday arrangements. Four take-home projects will be available: a lighted mini-tree, a centerpiece, a wreath or a large outdoor display. The workshops are open to the public. See for details.

Bay Village Historical Society invites the community to explore the “Ethnic History of Cleveland,” with David Bernatowicz, associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College. Bernatowicz is the featured speaker at the Nov. 17 potluck dinner and program. The event takes place at the Bay Village Community House. Social hour is at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the 7 p.m. program. Please RSVP to Steve Ruscher at 216-346-5645 or

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree Sale at the Cahoon Park gazebo will begin Nov. 26 and run each weekend until all the trees are sold. 

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo.

Bay Village Men's Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Bay Lodge. Food and refreshments are provided, and there is always an interesting speaker. All Bay Village men are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dues are $60 per year. The members of the club will be raking the leaves of Bay Village residents on Saturday, Nov. 19. If you know anyone who needs help with yard cleanup, contact Eric Eakin at 216-386-5997. Plans are also underway for the organization’s centennial celebration, to be held at a time and date to be determined in 2017.

Bay Village PTA Council is holding a scholarship fundraiser called "Night at the Races," on Nov. 19 6-10pm at the Copper Cup.  Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. Bet on races, have fun with sideboards and 50/50 raffles, and bid on silent auction items. Buy tickets, a horse, or sponsor a race. Benefits BHS seniors. A link to tickets and details is on

The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation is having their Holiday Luncheon and Fundraising Raffle at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River on Thursday, Dec. 1. Social hour will begin at 11:30 and lunch will follow at 12:30. Entertainment will be provided by the Bay High School Choraleers directed by Devon Gess. All are invited to attend. For reservations and information, contact Lou at 440-871-3075. The Women's Club has Bay-themed items available for purchase. Contact Nancy at 440-334-7539 or Marilyn at 440-892-4344 or visit  

BAYarts will hold its Holiday Open House Weekend, Nov 19 and 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. BAYarts' Holiday Shop and Deck the Walls Gallery Exhibition will feature over 100 local artists presenting their work in our own winter wonderland. They will also be holding a Holiday Trunk Show on Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m., a Men's Shopping Night on Dec. 17 from 3-7 p.m. and a Kids Shopping Day on Dec. 18 from noon-5 p.m. They are hosting a "Beer, Brats and Bingo" night on Jan. 13. Enjoy gourmet brats and pierogies along with some good old-fashioned bingo fun! Elvis will be in the house and local brews will be featured! Cost is $25. Go to for more details.

Friends of Bay Village Kennel are in the process of planning a new Bay Village kennel for dogs and cats. An Animal Control Officer is being hired and a space is being identified. Partial funding is coming from an anonymous Bay Village resident/donor.

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's winter program registration is open. Go to for more details.

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will hold a luncheon on Dec. 8 at Avon Oaks Country Club. Their annual fundraiser is 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.

VFW Post 9693 will soon announce the Bay High School student winner of their "Voice of Democracy" essay contest. The post will hold their holiday social on Dec. 13. They are working with Bay High to develop an ROTC scholarship and are working with the city to create a Veterans Honor wall.   

The Village Bicycle Cooperative holds volunteer training every Wednesday in the Community House. Visit for open shop hours and additional activities.

The Bay Village Library has some awesome programs this winter. Stop in for a Program Guide or visit The Friends of the Bay Library Book Sale will be held Jan. 28-31.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.15.2016