Community Events

WECPTA hosts annual March Madness fundraiser

Get revved up for the annual Westlake Early Childhood PTA fundraiser, a casual night out cheering on your March Madness bracket for the Sweet 16 games. Sporting your favorite team or alma mater gear, attendees will enjoy games, fun and some '90s throwbacks! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., in the Copper Cup event room at 680 Dover Center Road. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. As always, we will have our renowned auction with incredible items for you to bid on and take home.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.21.2017

The 'Bay Village 6' kittens update

Donations are still needed to help care for these kittens rescued in Bay Village. Garfield, a beautiful cat, not part of the litter of five, sadly has passed away. We fell in love with him. He was amazing and we are so deeply sad for his loss. As we care for the other kittens, we can't help but think of him every day.

Fluffy, a proud member of the "Bay Village 6" kittens, has been treated for a severe infection, and showing signs of healing. Her wound is being cared for every few days at the Animal Clinic Northfield in North Ridgeville and she requires constant care. Donations are needed to help pay for the general medical care for these kittens, as well as daily expenses of food and supplies. Fluffy, Peanut and Tiger are all becoming very social and are amazing! However, Boo Boo Paw (who has a deformed leg) and No Boo Boo Paw will take a lot more time, but both are making progress.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.21.2017

Amelia Earhart presenter highlights potluck gathering

“Amelia Earhart – A One Woman Show,” presented by Carol Starre-Kimecik, will highlight the Bay Village Historical Society potluck gathering on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Bay Village Community House.

When Earhart disappeared in 1937 during her attempt to fly around the world, she was already known as America’s most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. She was an uncommonly courageous woman who met a brilliant man who helped her dreams take wing.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.07.2017

Slugs & Bugs family concert coming to Bay Village

Join us Friday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Presbyterian Church for a joy-filled musical experience featuring animated videos, energetic vocals, and exuberant piano, guitar and mandolin instrumentals! 

Randall Goodgame (former “Silly Song” writer for "VeggieTales") is a former worship pastor and the driving force behind Slugs & Bugs. Randall has brought the Slugs & Bugs Live concert to 39 states and 10 countries. Slugs & Bugs videos have surpassed 4.7 million views on YouTube, and most importantly, countless families have been encouraged toward a deeper walk with Jesus while having a great time together.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:44 AM, 02.07.2017

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.

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

Celebrate Presidents Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Women's Board invites you and your family to celebrate Presidents Day, Feb. 20, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center will have a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family. Spend the day meeting the Center's resident animals at Critter Encounters and traveling to space in their wide variety of planetarium shows. Don't forget to browse the indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Members of the Women’s Board will be greeting visitors and selling hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will help fund the Center’s education programs, wildlife rehabilitation services and animal care.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.07.2017

Village Project benefit to be held on Feb. 25

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is a goal that is important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for the past six years. During that time over 20,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 200 families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

The second annual NOURISH fundraising gala is being held this month to benefit Village Project, enabling it to continue to serve local cancer patients and their families. You are invited to join the party to experience an evening of food, fun, entertainment, fellowship and giving. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6-10 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 3 located at 28105 Clemens Road in Westlake.

This year’s event has an indoor street festival theme, complete with globe string lights, lanterns and street signs. Popular local band, The Feedbacks, will entertain the crowd with live music from the '60s to today.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

Valentine's dance to raise funds for parenting group

Parents Without Partners will host a "Shot Thru The Heart ... or Somewhere Else" Valentine's Dance & Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lakewood Elks Lodge, 24350 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. This event is open to those that already have a Valentine, those in search of a Valentine, those that like to dance and anyone else that enjoys supporting a good cause while having fun!

As the title suggests, Bon Jovi songs will be featured at this dance, in addition to the regular variety of dance music that will cover the 1960s to present day to include: classic rock, R&B, line dances, disco, slow dances and some country music. This hall has a large hardwood dance floor and will be tastefully decorated for the event. It will be a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy yourself and your companions, and offer the opportunity to make some new friends.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.07.2017

Demons Athletic Boosters to host spaghetti dinner on Feb. 3

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) invites the Westlake community to attend our annual Spaghetti Dinner. The event will be held in the Westlake High School Rotunda on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3:45-7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are just $8.00 and include pasta, sauce, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at westlakeathleticboosters.org.

“It will be a very busy Friday night for many Westlake families as it will be opening night of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, our boys basketball team will be in action, WHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced, and the winner of the 50/50 Demon Dough raffle will be selected,” said Edward Blair, President of WDAB. “Make it a fun and easy night on your family and grab dinner right at the high school.”

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 01.24.2017

Antiques today: Where is the market?

What a change between generations, resulting in the oversupply of antiques and the lack of demand. The Great Depression prompted our elders to save everything. Now they are dying off or moving into senior housing and passing on their possessions.

The baby boomers learned early to “collect” – figurines, coins, china, furniture, anything “antique” and so on.  They often started out with hand-me-downs, saved possessions to pass on to their children, and purchased items to remind them of their childhood. Now the boomers are downsizing and moving into condos or more modern styled homes, not conducive to decorating with antiques. They are dispersing possessions among their kids and dumping what remains at auctions, on the internet, or to antiques dealers.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.24.2017

Herb Guild meeting to feature herbal workshop

The Herb Guild Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m., which will be the club's annual planning meeting. In place of the usual luncheon, everyone is asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts and beverages are provided.

After the lunch, there will be a hands-on herbal workshop and everyone will get to take home an item from the workshop. There will also be a "melt and pour" herbal soap demo, if time permits. Non-members are asked to contribute $5 for the workshop. This is a good meeting for anyone interested in joining the Herb Guild to come and see what we are all about.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017

Chamber to celebrate Valentine's Day with luncheon

Tuesday, Feb., 14 is the date of the next West Shore/North Coast Chamber luncheon and will be hosted by Burntwood Tavern at Crocker Park. In honor of the date chosen for this lunch, an expert on relationship building and romance will be featured. Jennifer Downey, owner of the very successful Ambiance stores, will be presenting to the group.

Area chamber members have donated special door prizes for this event as well, including an overnight stay at the Hyatt Place in Crocker Park. Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. The cost is $20. Reservations for this lunch are required as space is limited. Email your request to contact@powerofmorechambers.org or call 440-777-3368.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.24.2017

St. Bernadette to host open house

Saint Bernadette School in Westlake will be hosting their annual Open House for new families interested in enrollment (preschool through grade eight) for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Families will have an opportunity to meet the principal, Mrs. Monica Dietz, and faculty and staff who are the foundation of Saint Bernadette School’s academic success. Parents and Student Council members will also be on hand to give personal tours of our beautiful 25-acre campus and share the good news of our faith-filled community. There will be an art show, science fair, technology presentations, choir and band performances, visits to the classrooms, plus fun family activities along with refreshments.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 01.24.2017

Women Helping Women annual benefit luncheon

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center support the shelter for women and their children in crisis, and every year the group hosts a fundraiser with all proceeds going directly to benefit the shelter.

The 29th Annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 5, at LaCentre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11:00 a.m., a luncheon will be served at 12:30, and there will be additional shopping following the luncheon. Tickets are $45 per person.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 01.24.2017

Group to discuss stories of challenge, courage in the Middle East

Case Western Reserve University, through its Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, is once again offering an eight-week book discussion course in Bay Village. The course will be held on Mondays, Jan. 16 through March 6, and meets at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. Classes run from 10-11:30 a.m. 

The participants are engaging, curious and interesting adults, both men and women. It is a non-credit, no exam, no papers required course led by Barbara Parr, an experienced discussion facilitator. A syllabus is provided and discussion follows from the readings, which usually generate diverse and insightful conversations.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.10.2017

Christmas Greening Workshops a success

The Bay Village Garden Club would like to thank the 143 participants who attended this year's "Greening." A total of 175 arrangements were created to beautify local homes at Christmas. A special thank you goes to Carol McDonald and Anne Massey, the co-chairs of this event, whose dedicated service has led this major project for several years. The funds raised from our workshops will enable us to continue our civic beautification projects and add other service projects for 2017.

To view photos of our creative attendees please visit our website at bayvillagegardenclub.com

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:16 AM, 01.10.2017

Grand Chanukah menorah to light up Crocker Park

For the second time, members of the West Side Jewish community will join with their neighbors for the annual Chanukah celebration at Crocker Park, starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Last year's event drew a huge crowd gathered to enjoy the warmth and light of the nine-foot Chanukah menorah kindled by Mayor Dennis Clough, and organizers expect a nice turnout this year as well.

Spectators will be invited to a grand Chanukah party at the Hyatt Hotel just around the corner following the lighting ceremony. There is no cost to attend the party.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:06 AM, 12.13.2016

Westlake blood drive honors infant saved by donation

Our family is hosting a blood donation drive with the American Red Cross as a way to pay it forward for saving our sweet infant family member. The drive will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 2-8 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center.

As a nurse, I have administered blood transfusions to others in effort to help save lives and stabilize patients. This is something health care providers do every day and sometimes I think we overlook how important it really is.

In August 2016 I was reminded of this when my four-day-old nephew, Benjamin Aholt, nearly died from complications of medical problems and undiagnosed severe Hemophilia B. I am so grateful that the pediatric intensive care unit staff took care of him and he received several units of blood and blood products and was able to make a good recovery. Now he is a growing boy! Ben's struggle won’t end soon; he will need a special helmet and knee and elbow pads to protect him while he learns to crawl and walk. Later, when he is big enough, he will have a port placed for life-saving infusions of clotting factors and medications any time he is injured.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.13.2016

Bay Village Kiwanis Club holds annual Christmas tree sale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has set up its annual Christmas tree sale at the Cahoon Park Gazebo area with three Christmas tree varietals, including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs and Colorado Spruces. Tree sizes range from 6-10 feet tall. Prices range from $40-140, depending on size and type. Cash or checks are accepted. Delivery is available within Bay Village for a donation, and outside city limits for a $10 fee.

Tree sale dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17, or until sold out.

Tree sale hours are:

  • Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Many folks buy a Christmas tree, so why not buy your tree locally and help fund the many worthy projects and programs that the Bay Village Kiwanis Club supports,” says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:28 AM, 11.29.2016

Enjoy shopping and the solstice

BAYarts and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center host Dec. 18 events

On Sunday, Dec. 18, families can spend a great day in the Huntington Reservation between two local organizations: BAYarts and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Nestled in the woods and across from Lake Erie, the arts campus and nature center are a short walk from each other.

First, visit BAYarts between noon and 5 p.m. for their Kid's Shopping Day. Children will get a chance to walk around the festive Holiday Shop with a personal shopper (or their parents) to pick out gifts for people on their list. A free gift-wrapping station will be available for kids to decorate their gift bags with stamps and stickers. Then, take a photo in front of the red caboose and head into the cozy cafe for the hot chocolate bar and homemade bakery items.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.29.2016

WestShore Lions members learn about USO mission

The WestShore Lions Club, which represents the cities of Bay Village, Westlake and North Olmsted, welcomed Tanya Karabanovs at their Nov. 3 meeting to give a presentation on the status of the Northern USO.

The presentation took place as part of the night's meeting agenda and was opened to the public. Those in attendance learned that the mission of the USO is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Additionally, that the USO of Northern Ohio is a congressionally chartered, private nonprofit organization. They rely on the donations of individuals, organizations and corporations to provide the funding needed to support service members through programs and events.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016

BAYarts Trunk Show set for Dec. 8

Have you been to the BAYarts Holiday Shop this year? It's a good time to look because new shop manager Linda Goik has brought in 30 new artists to join the fun. To visit the shop and enjoy a bonus of refreshments and friends, save the date for the annual Trunk Show that takes place on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-9 p.m.

What can you expect to see? Goik is excited to share the array of works, saying she loves to give a spotlight to new (and established) local businesses who could not afford their own storefront. Some of these new items include wood prints of Cleveland landmarks, hand-stamped bracelets and Ohio handbags.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.29.2016

Westlake PTAs present 'Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age'

The Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) is hosting a special screening of the movie "Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age" for the Westlake community on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the screening beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased online at ScreenagersMovie.com.

This is a family event, and parents and students (grades 5-12 recommended) are encouraged to watch the film together. A panel discussion and Q&A led by area psychologists will immediately follow the screening.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw this with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 4:42 PM, 11.15.2016

West Shore Chamber veterans honored at luncheon

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce honored their own this Veterans Day with a lunch and pinning ceremony. The members, who served in all branches of the United States military, received a complimentary lunch from the 100th Bomb Group and a veteran flag pin from the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

TJ Worsencroft from Navigate Risk Insurance did a presentation on his time in the U.S. Coast Guard. Dave Beck, owner of Lighthouse Inspection, came in his full dress uniform. He was a commander in the Coast Guard and recently retired after 23 years to start his own business.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.15.2016

Bay Village VFW to host holiday social

The Bay Village VFW Post will host our second annual Holiday Social for our membership. The social will be held on our regular meeting night of Tuesday, Dec. 13, however, instead of meeting at the Bay Village Police Station we will be meeting at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road. The social will run from 7-9 p.m. There is plenty of parking at the Bay Lodge and it is disability friendly. 

Any active post member is invited along with spouses or close family members. In addition, we invite any local West Shore active military member and/or their families. Refreshments will be provided and there will be raffles, all provided by the post, but guests are welcome to bring a dish to share.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:43 AM, 11.15.2016

Light up Bay Village for the holiday season

Once again this holiday season, the Christmas spirit will shine a little more brightly in Bay Village.

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. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

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

'Deck the Halls' at Rose Hill Museum for the holidays

Everyone is invited to “Deck the Halls” at Rose Hill Museum for the holidays. “Deck the Halls,” a seasonal exhibit presented by the Bay Village Historical Society on Nov. 20 through Dec. 18, focuses on holiday cheer, elegance and a bit of fun.

The Bay Village Historical Society, led by creative director Janet Zvara and holiday designer Janet Verdier, has hauled out the twinkle lights, ribbons and glitter, along with furs, long johns, mittens and mufflers for this display. Join them for a look at holidays past, and a salute to good cheer and a wonderful New Year.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016

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 bayvillagegardenclub.com for details.

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

Bay Legion has full slate of activities for Veterans Day

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has a week of events planned to celebrate Veterans Day.

On Monday, Nov. 7, the Legion members, under the leadership of Post Commander Stan Zeager, will present prize bingo with the patients at Wade Park Veterans Hospital. Legionnaires accompanied by members of the St. Paul Military Support Group will journey to the hospital and call bingo and give out prizes as part of the Ohio Gifts for Yanks program. The St. Paul group prepares homemade treats, while the Legion provides cider and lemonade. Approximately 50 veterans attend the bingo sessions.

Next, joining with the Bay Village Community Band in a “Salute to Veterans” concert on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Legion will provide the color guard. The concert will be held at Bay Middle School beginning at 7 p.m. The community band will play musical tributes to all branches of the military in this annual event.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.01.2016

Explore the ethnic history of Cleveland

David Bernatowicz, associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College, is the featured speaker at the Nov. 17 potluck dinner and program sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society. The program will include a narrative history of the many ethnic groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th centuries. There will be a discussion of the migration of ethnic groups to Cleveland, the places where they worked, the neighborhoods they developed and the effect they had on the history of the city of Cleveland.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.01.2016

Bay Village Heritage Run

The seventh annual Bay Village Foundation 5K run and 1-mile walk took place on Oct. 22. Over 200 runners/walkers took part, despite the terrible weather. The Heritage Run began in 2010 to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the founding of Bay, and has continued as an annual event, benefiting the Bay Village Foundation and the grants and scholarships they award in Bay Village. In addition to the run and walk, a gift basket of over $200 in gift cards was won by one of the pre-registered participants, and five gift baskets were auctioned off, adding a nice “extra” to the event.

Co-chairs for this year’s Heritage Run were Steve Lee and Kelly Sommers, members of the Foundation board, and many other current and former trustees volunteered time to register runners, serve as race guides and monitors, and hand out goodie bags and running shirts.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.01.2016

Christmas Greening Workshops

Bay Village Garden Club's Christmas Greening Workshops (formerly called Greening in Bay) will be held on Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, and Thursday morning and evening, Dec. 8. The workshops are held at Bay United Methodist Church, 19931 Lake Road. 

Please join the Garden Club for our 34th annual hands-on workshops to create a perfect holiday decoration to adorn your home. There will be four new designs to choose from: a lighted boxwood tree, a woodland centerpiece, a wreath with a large owl, each at $35; and a large outdoor arrangement at $45. You will receive a kit brimming with fresh greens and accessories. Expert designers will walk you through a step-by-step process to create your project.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.01.2016

Urban Genealogy: How to research big-city relatives

Many of our U.S. immigrant relatives first lived in big cities where an abundance of records were generated and preserved. However, knowing what and where to look for those records can sometimes be a challenge. Moreover, the methods and systems of keeping and storing these records are not uniform.

Sunny McClellan Morton, author of several of Family Tree Magazine’s City Guides and editor of Ohio Genealogical News, will relate how to find and use the records in large urban centers at the Nov. 16 meeting of Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Records included in her presentation will be city directories, street maps, address locators, city versus county vital records, insurance atlases and more. Great tips and several examples will be shared.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.01.2016

LENSC Women's Board benefit performance at Clague Playhouse

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center invites you to join them at Clague Playhouse for a benefit performance of "Plaid Tidings," the holiday version of "Forever Plaid." The favorite foursome is back for a fun, feel-good musical afternoon.

The Sunday, Dec. 11, matinee, curtain at 2:00 p.m., will be preceded by a social at 1:00 p.m. featuring food and beverage. General admission tickets are $25 each and are available from Dixie,  440-933-4461, or Karen, 440-670-6760. This event is a perfect time to invite a friend to share some holiday music and cheer during the season or to purchase a ticket as a gift.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.01.2016

Annual PTA ‘Night at the Races’ to fund BHS scholarships

The 29th annual Night at the Races sponsored by the Bay Village Council of PTAs will raise scholarship funds for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Copper Cup in Westlake. Last year, the community’s generosity resulted in $12,000 for seven scholarships that were awarded to students pursuing degrees focusing on education or protecting the welfare of children.

“A byproduct of the scholarship is that perhaps we can encourage students to take on careers that help future generations in a meaningful way,” says Julie Lowry, co-chair of the event, which is one of the larger fundraisers in Bay Village for a couple of reasons. The dynamic and rewarding night out supports local students; and the outcome produces generous scholarships that defray the cost of college education.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.01.2016

Time to Trunk or Treat!

Families of all ages always have a "spook-tacularly" good time at Westlake United Methodist's free Trunk or Treat event. Held this year on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4-6 p.m., the event features trick-or-treating through the church parking lot, a walk through the "haunted forest" path, a photo booth, food, games, and story time. 

Guests can vote on their favorite trunk display and also have chances to win door prizes. So get your goblins dressed up for some safe and not-so-scary fun! This is a rain or shine event with activities moved indoors if weather is inclement.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.18.2016

Purrfectly Crazy Cat Lady Party at WPPL

Are you an animal lover? More importantly, are you a cat lover? If you haven't heard by now, Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating its wonderful customers by putting on a Tail Waggin' Thank You from Oct. 16-22.

As part of our customer appreciation week, we are holding a Purrfectly Crazy Cat Lady Party on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Dover Room. We'll be celebrating all things feline by relaxing with some fun feline facts, decorating colorful cat cookies, and even making our own felt cats and cat toys!

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.18.2016

WestShore Lions guest to speak on USO

The WestShore Lions Club will welcome Doug Ely to discuss the state of the USO, as part of the Club’s meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Mr. Ely is a past president of the USO of Northern Ohio and is a retired Army lieutenant colonel with two tours in Germany, two combat tours in Vietnam and numerous stateside tours. Prior to his retirement in 1987 he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.18.2016

Learn about essential oils on Oct. 12

The October meeting for the Herb Guild will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. for anyone who is interested in joining. There will be a presentation starting at 12:30 p.m. on the use of essential oils for health and wellness. The presenter will be Carrie Morrow, an independent product consultant for doTerra Essential Oils. The company was founded in 2008 and was built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world. They carry a large line of essential oils and products made from them.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:06 AM, 10.04.2016