Bay Village civic groups planning winter & spring fun

The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 25 to review nominations for Bay Village citizen and project of the year. The selection committee chose Evelyn Allen and the Play in Bay renovation project as the honorees for 2017. Representatives from the city's civic groups shared news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. 

Bay Days Fireworks Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., at the Bay Village Library. The group of volunteers will discuss fundraising ideas to help keep Bay Village booming on the Fourth of July. Half of the cost of the annual fireworks show is covered by funds raised by the committee. New members and ideas are always welcome. 

Bay Village Community Theater will present "Almost, Maine," at the St. Barnabas Fellowship Hall on March 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are: $12 Adult, $10 Senior (60+), $10 Student (High School) and can be purchased at their website www.baytheater.org or by phone at 440-847-8494. They will also present local playwright Gregory Lavelle's "Flanagan’s Wedding" on March 18 at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and March 19 at 6 p.m. at Mojo’s. These two performances are free.     

The Bay Village Foundation's annual fund drive is underway. Letters were sent to all Bay residents in December and they encourage everyone to spread the word to any who have not yet responded. The money raised is used to support financial requests from Bay Village civic & non-profit organizations. Now is the time for all organizations serving the Bay community to apply for that funding. An application is available at thebayvillagefoundation.org. All requests need to be submitted by Feb. 28.

Bay Village Historical Society invites the community to the Bay Village Historical Society potluck gathering on Feb. 16 at the Bay Village Community House. The 48th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Interested community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Vendor applications are also being accepted. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space

Bay Village Kiwanis Club is proud to work with the students in Bay Village. They currently have very active clubs in the high school, middle school, Westerly School and St. Raphael School. The Kiwanis Club and the high school's Key Club are planning their April pancake breakfast at the middle school.  

The Bay Village League of Women Voters will meet on March 11, 10 a.m., at the Bay Village Library. The guest speaker will be Mayor Paul Koomar. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. The chapter recently welcomed 5 new members.

Bay Village Men's Club will participate in the Memorial Day parade and are trying to get 100 people marching on our behalf in honor of the club's 100th anniversary. 

The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation will meet at noon on Feb. 9 at the Bay Village Library, where veteran antiques dealer Karen Vagarasoto will describe what is selling and what is not and the trends in the business. This meeting also includes a free, light lunch and is open to the public. Their 48th annual Antiques Show with a vintage toy display will be held Feb. 25-26 at Bay High School. There will be free appraisals of jewelry on Saturday, 1-3 p.m., and of antiques on Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Their 100th anniversary luncheon will be held April 8 at the Dwyer Center. For Bay Village themed gifts, call Nancy at 440-334-7539 or visit www.baywomensclub.org.

The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center has a jam-packed schedule of family-friendly events. Go to www.lensc.org for more details. 

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature and Science Center invites the public to spend Feb. 20, Presidents Day, with rabbits, owls, snakes and the rest of the animals. They'll be selling coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to help fund the Center’s rescue operations, education programs and daily feeding. Read more here.

Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the deadline to apply for DAR National college scholarships is Feb. 10 for online applications and Feb. 15 for postmarked applications. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required. Go to www.dar.org for details. 

VFW Post 9693 announced that the two Bay High School "Voice of Democracy" essay contest winners, Sarah Brumagin and Carolyn Carter, were awarded monetary prizes and will ride in a convertible in the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade. The post is busy planning their annual Poppy Sale fundraiser and working with the American Legion on the Memorial Day Parade. 

The Village Bike Coop will host a Bike Cleveland Winter Social on Feb. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. It will feature a mac & cheese bake off, sledding, fat bikes and kids crafts. The Co-op holds volunteer training on Wednesday evenings in the Community House. Go to www.villagebicycle.org for open shop hours and additional activities. 

Village Project is expanding their services to Avon. They will hold their NOURISH fundraiser on Feb. 25, 6-10 p.m. at Hyland Building 3 in Westlake. Tickets are $100 per person or 12 for $1,000. There will be food, drinks, silent auction items and a vacation raffle. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.ourvillageproject.com.  

The Bay Village Library was happy to partner with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's education staff to help enhance the Critter Corner by donating books and a set of World Book Encyclopedias from their collection. The library has great programs going on. Stop in for a Program Guide or go to cuyahogalibrary.org/Branches/Bay-Village.aspx.

The next Bay Village Community Council meeting is Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m. in the conference room of City Hall. All Bay Village civic organizations are encouraged to send a representative.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.07.2017