The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in the fifth annual Special Olympics competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.
More than 350 guests “partied with a purpose” at the Youth Challenge "Gallery Gala" annual benefit and auction on April 18 at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Guests helped raise over $200,000 to fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends and embrace their own unique abilities.
Please plan to attend Chapter AE (P.E.O. International) "Furthering Women's Education" fundraiser. The event will be Thursday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m. It will be held at the Dover Congregational Church, 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake. The event includes a silent auction of Longaberger baskets filled with various items (bidding will close at 6:15 p.m.), cash and carry gift items, plants, wreaths and baked goods. There will be light refreshments. There is no charge for the event. Cash and checks only will be accepted.
Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Fair on Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and kick off National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public.
A 25-year-old unsolved murder case will be the topic of discussion when Bay Village Police Chief Mark A. Spaetzel speaks at the May 21 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program at the Bay Community House.
Amy Mihaljevic, a 10-year-old Bay Village elementary school student, was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in October 1989. Her body was found dumped in a field in remote Ashland County in February 1990. Chief Spaetzel will talk about the progress his department and the FBI have made in solving the still-active murder case.
With warmer weather moving in, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning – inside and out, all year round. That's why the Bay Village Green Team will be hosting a Green Cleaning Workshop on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library.
The workshop is free to attend and participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home for a $10 fee. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning how to replace toxic cleaning and landscaping products with safe alternatives that you can make from everyday household ingredients. Reducing toxins and other harsh chemicals at home and in the yard helps to protect yourself, your family, your pets and our local watersheds from harmful chemicals.
Rose Hill Museum has reopened for the season with the exhibit, “Downton Abbey: Part 1,” based on the British period drama television series. The current exhibit features accessories from the museum’s permanent collection that might be featured on the show including hats, gloves, purses, shoes and jewelry.
Families are invited to explore constellations, the sky’s connect-the-dots, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Family Astronomy Day. On Saturday, April 25, guests will enjoy a planetarium show created especially for this event as well as several hands-on activities throughout the Center.
“We love our Family Astronomy Days,” says Catherine Timko, the Center’s executive director. “They give parents, grandparents and children of all ages a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore together.”
Have you ever wanted to beat the living daylights out of a car? Would you like to do something to help your neighbors who are experiencing cancer? Village Project is offering an opportunity to accomplish both of these goals at its Cancer Car Smash on Saturday, May 2. Not only will participants at this event get a chance to release their aggressions on a jalopy, they will also be helping to raise funds for Village Project.
The Westlake Garden Club is offering a chance to tour the fabulous Holden Arboretum on Tuesday, June 9. The rhododendron will be in bloom, as well as other late spring, early summer perennials. The bus will depart West Bay Plaza, located at Detroit and Crocker roads, at 8:45 a.m. sharp, rain or shine.
You will choose from among three types of guided tours — a short or long walk or ride on a tram (handicapped). We will lunch at Gamekeeper’s Taverne in Chagrin Falls, followed by free time to explore the town. Heading home, we will stop at Lowe’s Greenhouse (not the big box store), returning to Westlake approximately 4:15 p.m.
Come join us at the seventh annual Compeer Day at Westlake Porter Public Library on Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Compeer Day at WPPL is an open invitation to learn about library resources, Compeer volunteering at Far West Center, and facts about mental health. The event will be held in the Porter Room and is free for all to attend.
Compeer Day has been held each May, Mental Health Awareness Month, beginning in 2008. It is an open house event for our surrounding community. You are invited to come and engage in activities, socialize and meet staff, members and volunteers.
Many people who join Medicare have questions and concerns about their new, different type of health insurance. In addition, important deadlines exist for certain new benefits.
If you are a new or soon-to-be Medicare beneficiary, come to the Bay Village Dwyer Center, 300 Bryson Lane, on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. for a presentation by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). Information will be presented about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage.
Zumba Gold and Yoga are now offered as Silver Sneakers programs at the Dwyer Center! Zumba Gold is Fridays at 9 a.m., and two yoga classes are offered on Mondays: Floor Yoga at 9 a.m. and Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m. Classes are free for Silver Sneakers members!
Westlake City Schools, Westlake Porter Public Library and Connecting for Kids are partnering to bring speaker Justin Bachman to Westlake for a free talk on tolerance, inclusion and differences. Bachman’s presentation will take place at the Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
The Bay Days fireworks fund committee continues to seek funding for the city's Fourth of July display. The cost of the annual fireworks display is $11,000.
In addition to sponsorships from Sunnyside Automotive Group and the Westlake | Bay Village Observer, the committee will offer raffle tickets for one-of-a-kind prizes.
Freedom Boat Club will once again offer a one-year membership in the club, a prize valued at $8,000. The winner raffle ticketholder will have unlimited use of a fleet of boats at all club locations, which includes the Rocky River, Port Clinton and Catawba. The membership also includes reciprocal use of boats at any of the club’s 75 other locations nationwide. The club takes care of all maintenance costs, except fuel.
April 14 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was the first US president – but sadly not the last – to be assassinated and, much like later assassinations, controversy remains as to what really happened in the killing of arguably our greatest president.
The closest Lincoln ever came to Westlake or Bay Village, unless he passed this way on a train, was a night he spent in the Weddell House Hotel (where the Rockefeller Building is now), just off Public Square on Feb. 15, 1861, as he stopped in Cleveland on his way to his inauguration as president.
His funeral train, carrying his body back to Springfield for burial, also stopped in Cleveland, on April 28, 1865. His body was presented on Public Square where an estimated 10,000 people per hour passed by his coffin all day.
The Westlake Kiwanis are looking for clubs and groups to march in the Memorial Day parade on May 25. The parade starts at 10 a.m. To sign up or for more information, contact Russ Milan at 440-777-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rick Grane at 440-829-0974 or email@example.com.
The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat! Plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets are $6. Children six and under eat for free. The breakfast will be held in conjunction with Emily's Run benefitting Emily's Rainbow Fund for pediatric cancer research at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Tickets for those participating in the run, their family and volunteers will be $5.
It's the element of surprise, of discovery and a connection to family that makes family history so very exciting. With the accessibility of phones, tablets and helpful apps being developed constantly, family history work is easier than ever before and is available to people of all ages.
One might be surprised who they can find on the family tree in just 10 minutes using their mobile devices – it's now a community of sharable information. Think what one might find in that 10 minutes waiting for a game to start or a doctor appointment. Family members of all ages can build bridges between the past and the future. Teenagers are especially encouraged to use their tech skills in finding branches on their family tree.
I joined Sea Scouts in the middle of summer after I started classes with Spirit of America. In that program we learned how to drive all types of boats and earned our Ohio State boating license at the end of the class. Every Tuesday during the summertime, weather permitting, from 7-8 p.m. the Sea Scouts go down to Bay Boat Club where we sail Lasers for an hour.
I enjoy doing this because we have to put all the parts onto the boats and sail off on our own. Some of the days that we are down boating we will pull out the motorboat and go tubing for the evening. During the fall we had an opportunity to try water skiing for a day. I enjoyed going skiing because it was a cool chance to do something that you usually never get to do in your life.
It has been a long winter, but warm weather will soon be here! Register now for summer programs. You can enroll in our programs online at www.cityofbayvillage.com. Click on “Parks and Recreation” to get all of the information you need. Registration is also available in person at the Recreation Department office, 400 Bryson Lane. Please call 440-871-6755 with any questions.
Check out some of our upcoming programs and registration deadlines:
BAY VILLAGE AQUATIC CENTER SUMMER POOL MEMBERSHIPS
Early Bird Specials end May 13. Register in person at the Bay Village Recreation office – two proofs of residency required.
Spring is in the air – finally – and it’s time to have some fun and help out a great local cause. Vosh in Lakewood is the place to be on Friday, April 24, for an evening of music, food, beer and fun. Tickets are $75 per person and include two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a donation to Village Project.
Village Project is non-profit organization whose mission is to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to cancer patients and their families in the local community. Donations from this fundraiser go directly to helping VP continue its work.
Spring is in the air, Easter is fast approaching and both will be celebrated at the Westlake Town Criers' Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the playground in front of the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd. This is a free event for children age 10 and younger.
Promptly at 1 p.m., children ages 4 to 6 will take off on a scramble for wrapped candy and in search for special eggs that are redeemable for prizes. Another scramble for children ages 7 to 10 will be held in the same area at 1:30 p.m.
Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. This year, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance!
The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $6 per person presale, and $7 at the door. Children under age 6 eat for free.
The City of Westlake and the Westlake Watershed Group will be hosting the fourth annual Rain & Garden Show on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.
Come discover eco-friendly products and other environmentally green alternatives from our local experts in landscaping, gardening and much more! There will also be kids crafts and door prizes.
Admission to the show is free. For additional information visit the Engineering Department page at www.cityofwestlake.org.
It's time for spring cleaning!
Habitat for Humanity Donation Drop-Off
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bay Village Police Department Parking Lot, 28000 Wolf Road
Donate your usable furniture, building materials, fixtures, tools and yard items! Home pick-up for large items may be arranged by contacting Habitat directly at 216-429-3631.
We have a lot of big news for Relay this year! First and most important is that the event will be a day event instead of an overnight. The Survivor Brunch will held in the Westlake High School cafeteria at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, with opening ceremonies starting at noon. We will enjoy a day packed with activities ending at 11 p.m. We are thrilled to have Marigolds Catering back to donate lunch to our amazing survivors with goodies after. We will then head over to the Westlake High School track for the Opening Lap.
Bay Village Community Council member organizations are springing ahead with a number of exciting, family fun events.
The Village Project is jumping into spring with a Spring Fling fundraiser at Vosh night club in Lakewood on April 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, with tickets priced at $75 a person. Visit www.ourvillageproject.com to purchase tickets. A Cancer Car Smash is being held on May 2 in the Bay Village police station parking lot. Join students from area high schools as they take a swing against cancer. One swing ticket is $5, or get three chances for $10. The annual Project Pedal fundraiser is June 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with five bicycle routes leaving from Bay Middle School. There will be food trucks, face painting, ice cream and live music. Registration and packet pick up is at Buffalo Wild Wings, 32914 Walker Rd. in Avon Lake on June 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board has a soup and salad luncheon planned for April 1 at noon at the nature center. There will be a presentation about the center’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Reservations must be in by March 25. Call 440-933-3133. The annual luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club is May 5, noon, with tickets priced at $22.
The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA is gearing up for their annual Spring Kids' Resale on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.
The sale features gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs and outdoor play items.
The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center invites prospective new members to join us for a Soup/Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, April 1, noon, at the Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village.
An informative and entertaining program is planned for our guests after the luncheon.
Amy LeMonds, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Director of Wildlife, will speak about the Center’s specialized wildlife programs. She will provide an in-depth look at the wildlife rehabilitation program and an overview of last year’s wildlife intakes.
Spring has finally arrived and family-style summer fun is not far behind.
The 46th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is seeking vendors to fill Cahoon Memorial Park on June 13 and help make this the biggest and best event in its history. The yearly festival of art, music, food and fun attracts more than 1,500 visitors. Admission to the show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and parking are free. Vendor spaces are very affordably priced.
Runners and walkers braved chilly temperatures of 21 degrees and falling snow in the third annual Bay Rocket Athletic Boosters SNOBALL 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run in Bay Village held on Feb. 21.
Race director Tim Brajdic reported that, in spite of the week of Arctic temperatures and wind chills leading up to the run, Saturday’s event drew an overall registration of 459 entrants, while 315 participants actually braved the conditions on race day. Brajdic estimated that proceeds from this year’s SNOBALL Run and pancake breakfast are more than $3,000.
“We were bound to finally have a February race with cold temperatures,” said Brajdic. "Fortunately, the weather conditions did not hold back the energy and support of the race participants and volunteers – everyone rose to the challenge!”
Are you in high school? Are you tired of staring at the four walls of your room night after night? The Westshore Young Leaders has the perfect solution for your wintertime blues!
Join many of your fellow classmates at the fifth annual High School Lock-In at the Westlake Recreation Center on Friday, March 6, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There promises to be lots of food, fun, prizes, activities, music and games!
The Bay Village Education Foundation has announced a special anniversary grant of $35,000 to fund a new video production studio for the Bay Village City Schools.
Plans for the studio include multiple, rolling tripod-mounted video cameras, microphones, a green screen, track lighting, audio and video mixers, computer editing stations and interview sets. While the video studio will be located at Bay High School, it will be a resource available to all teachers in the school district who have projects that lend themselves well to video production.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will present a Hot Topic discussion in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The one hour lecture, “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” will be presented by Cleveland-Marshall’s Dean Emeritus, Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce three forums on city and school finances this spring. Each forum will feature a panel discussion, followed by questions and answers.
The first forum, History and Trends, will feature David Miller, CWRU Mandel School associate professor and South Euclid City Council president, Bay Village City Finance Director Renee Mahoney, and Bay Village Schools Treasurer Kevin Robertson. The panelists will talk about the history and current state of funding for our schools and city, along with the near-term outlook. Please come Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road.
For the past few years the Bay Village Women’s Club Antiques Show has spotlighted specific antique collections. Last year it was trains and this year we will display a number of quilts at our show, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, at Bay High School.
Quilts go back many years; they can be found in ancient Egypt. The word quilt comes from the Latin meaning a stuffed sack. The quilt we know is a cloth sandwich with a decorated top, a filler in the middle and another piece of fabric on the back. One of the quilts we will be showing has feed sacks for backing.
Saturday, Feb. 21, marks the date of Bay Athletic Boosters’ 2015 SNOBALL 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run, with a start and finish at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road. The race kicks off at 9 a.m.
“This is our third year for the SNOBALL Run and the race continues to grow," said race chair Tim Brajdic. "Our 2014 event drew more than 800 runners and walkers and was a great family event! The addition of five special awards last year – including first baby in a stroller to cross the finish line and first dog to cross the finish line – truly added to the spirit of the morning."
Come to Westlake Porter Public Library for their annual book sale Feb. 5-8. We have a room just for fiction, a special room for children and young adult items, and the large Porter Room will be filled with non-fiction, special-priced books, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, audiobooks, records, and more. This year we have a large selection of children's non-fiction and an assorted collection of Chilton and Mitchell professional car manuals donated from the library collection.
[Note: The date of the program appeared incorrectly in the print edition of the Observer. The correct date, as reflected below, is Thursday, Feb. 19.]
“Playhouse Square: Then and Now” will be the focus of the Bay Village Historical Society’s Thursday, Feb. 19, potluck dinner program.
Speaker George McNulty will highlight some exciting moments in the history of Playhouse Square, including how the theaters survived the wrecking ball in the early 1970s to become the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. With its nine theaters offering more than 1,200 performances and events to over a million guests annually, Playhouse Square now outdraws Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Houston.