Bay Village Community Council winter events report

The Bay Village Community Council met on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Bay Library. A group of five members served on the Citizen of the Year selection committee immediately preceding the general meeting. Richard Gash was unanimously selected from the pool of nominations as the 2020 Bay Village Citizen of Year. The next meeting of Community Council is Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., at the Bay Library. All civic organizations in the city are encouraged to send a representative to share their group's news and events.

American Legion Post #385 will be sending two boys from Bay High School and one boy from Westlake High School to Buckeye Boys State in June and two girls from Bay High School jointly sponsored by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club to Buckeye Girls State, also in June. The Buckeye programs last 9 days and the participants learn how the state, county and cities function. Each participant campaigns for an office from governor to local city council person. At the conclusion of the programs, the participants appear before at Legion and Kiwanis meetings and relate their experiences at the program. The Bay Legion has been sponsoring Bay students to these two programs for 40+ years. 

The Bay Village Educational Foundation’s “Celebrating Opportunities” event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, 5-8 p.m. at Arrabiata’s. Tickets are $75 each and are still available. Tickets include open bar, appetizers, dinner and dessert. There will be door prizes and raffles. Funds raised help fund student scholarships and teacher grants. Contact Kim Corrigan-Stojic to purchase tickets:, 216-440-0648.  

The Bay Village Green Team will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Library. Anyone interested in sustainability is encouraged to attend.

Bay Village Kiwanis Club and the Bay High Key Club are sponsoring a Pizza Bake-Off on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m., in the Bay High cafeteria. The pizza will be prepared by vendors from Bay Village and Westlake. For $10 ($5 for ages 6-11), you receive unlimited pizza, one beverage and dessert. This is the night of the Bay vs. Rocky River basketball game, so eat pizza and then go to the game. Bay Village and neighboring Kiwanis clubs will be having Lenten breakfast programs on Wednesday mornings starting Ash Wednesday until Easter at the Rocky River Community Center. Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and the program will start at 7:30 a.m.  

The Bay Village League of Women Voters will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. at the Bay Library. The League is celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in 2020. The Western Reserve Historical Society will open an exhibit on May 22 in honor of the anniversary, titled Women and Politics. Events are being planned for the year, more details to come.

The City of Bay Village is bringing back Food Truck Fridays. A truck serving lunch items and another serving dessert will be parked in the City Hall parking lot from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays from May 22 to Sept. 4, except for July 3. Participating vendors will be listed on the city’s website.

Bay Village Library will host a Penguin Race Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Families with children grades K-4 will help their penguin pal race down a slide, use a toboggan and zipline its way to a polar victory. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Jazz for All Ages is Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. The Biasella Trio will take you on a live musical journey through America’s jazz history from Swing to Latin to Blues to Ballads. Scott Longert will discuss the World Series Champs of 1920 on Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m. Players including Tris Speaker, Bill Wamby and others will be discussed. Plus rare World Series photos will be shared.

The Bay Village PTA Council will host Investing In Your Child's Future on Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bay Middle School. Bay graduate Bob Gillingham will be sharing information on what to consider when making investment decisions. Char Shryock, Director of Teaching and Learning, will be sharing information on the kinds of academic/social emotional investment in time and activities families can make. (Open to Bay families. Information targeted for families with children in preschool through 2nd grade.) Bay Village PTA Council Founders Day is Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bay Middle School.

The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation's 51st Antique Show will be held Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bay High School. The proceeds will go to scholarships for Bay High seniors as well as support for Bay organizations. Community organizations looking for funding should send a request to the Bay Village Women’s Club at PO Box 40443, Bay Village OH 44140 by May 1.

This year marks Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s 75th anniversary. The Center will celebrate with special events and community partnerships throughout the year. Special events include a 75th Anniversary Brunch on April 19, a 75th Anniversary Barbeque on June 13, a free family celebration on Aug. 2 and a 75th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 26. Past visitors and “alumni” are encouraged to share their memories using #LakeErieNature75 or by joining the Center’s 75th Anniversary Alumni Group on Facebook. To learn more about the Center’s history and vision for 2020, visit

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Women's Board ended 2019 on a high note with a sold-out benefit at Clague Playhouse in December. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month with speakers, often from the Center, who provide information on nature-related topics. Feb. 5 is speaker Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, with the latest information on Lights Out Cleveland, an initiative on bird migration and species conservation. March 4: Christine Barnett, Wildlife Program Specialist, presents Project Wildlife, a program that gives high school students the chance to develop skills, experience and leadership. To learn more about joining the Board, call Chris Hansen at 440-666-9941.

Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is planning a piano program featuring Yaaron Kohlberg, the president and CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. This free event will be held on Saturday, April 4 at Westlake Porter Public Library and is open to the public. Details are still being finalized and will be published soon.

VFW Post 9693 has selected its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The winner will be announced after a presentation is held.

Village Bicycle Cooperative's Fix it Forward program continues with donations of refurbished bikes to Salvation Army and other charities. VBC donated 75 bicycles in 2019. In addition half of the reconditioned bikes are sold to the public. The Co-op accepts financial, material and volunteer time donations. Needs at present include: bikes, helmets, bike locks, reflective bands, LED light sets and batteries, clean rags, Simple Green cleaning product and more. See for additional info and Open Shop hours. 

Village Project's fundraising gala, Nourish, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Hyland. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and we are accepting donation items for our silent auction and raffle. Nourish invitations have been mailed or you can go online to register or stop by VP to pick one up. After seven years, we will be taking a year off from Project Pedal in 2020 to allow us to focus on our 10-year anniversary celebration in September.

For more information about the Bay Village Community Council, including how to join, email Tara Wendell at

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:45 AM, 01.21.2020