The Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce held their annual recognition program at the end of October to celebrate their most outstanding members. Our West Shore Chamber honored member April Tracy, sales manager for Buca Di Beppo in Westlake. April was recognized for her outstanding service and volunteerism for the chamber along with her Power of More counterparts:
Bay Village Lacrosse Club will sponsor its annual “Football Watch Party” fundraiser featuring the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Copper Cup, 680 Dover Center Road in Westlake.
Event proceeds benefit BVLC to help fund the group’s capital equipment drive, support Bay Village boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs and provide lacrosse scholarships to student athletes in need.
"We now have about 250 students participating in Bay Village lacrosse programs," said Charlie MacMillan, President of BVLC. "In the past five years, we have seen the development of girls’ varsity and JV teams at the high school, along with added teams for girls ages fifth-through eighth-grade. The boys’ program has expanded to include third- and fourth-graders. In addition, for the past three summers, BVLC also helped host skills camps for players, K-3."
Friendly witches, trolls, pumpkins and ghosts will gather in the parking lot of Westlake United Methodist Church for the fourth annual Trunk or Treat event! Held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m., the event features trick-or-treating through the church parking lot, a walk through the "haunted forest" path, photo booth, food, games, prizes and story time. 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. Westlake United Methodist Church is located at 27650 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.
"Share the Magic!" will enchant children and adults while raising funds for a great cause on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Dave and Buster’s Showroom, 25735 First St. in Westlake. A social hour and tableside magic begin at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the show.
The evening will feature beverages and cocktails (cash bar), a buffet dinner, raffles and prizes, and a magic and comedy show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Far West Center, a community mental health center providing mental health services for residents of western Cuyahoga County and Lorain County.
It will be 52 years this Nov. 22 since President John F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
That date also marks the beginning of an incalculable number of conspiracy theories as to who and what (organization) was responsible for the president’s tragic death. Such theories abound despite overwhelming evidence that a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, fired the shots that killed Kennedy.
Looks can be deceiving.
That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a preventative awareness program to support parents, caregivers and other responsible adults in keeping kids safe from violence, eating disorders, substance use and other risky behaviors.
The departments constructed the bedroom of the average teenager. Amid the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that could actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous or even illegal activity.
The Bay Village Historical Society will present “An Evening at Downton Abbey” on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake. Downton Abbey has become one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. The evening will take us back to the Yorkshire country estate of the Crawley family and their service staff during late Edwardian England of the First World War and early 1920s. Attire for the evening is period dress, if desired.
Those who have researched their family history for a considerable time will reluctantly admit that not all their ancestors were “saints.” Tucked among the law-abiding family members are a few “black sheep” who needed legal counsel. Some may have been involved in lesser crimes, while others went to prison. In either case, a trail of evidence lies within the court and prison records. Just how does one gain access to that information? Aren’t those records closed?
A mild temperature in the low 70s was ideal for hundreds of runners and walkers at St. John Medical Center’s annual Celebrate Westlake event on Sept. 5. The fundraising event for local charities featured a 5-Mile Run, a 5K Run & 5K Walk and a 1-Mile & 1/2-Mile Kids’ Fun Dash.
The day’s activities included booths at a health and fitness expo, free sport massages, health screenings and refreshments on the park-like campus of the hospital.
Early settlers visited Lakeside Cemetery on Sept. 27. It was a warm and sunny day, and the waters of Lake Erie were blue and calm. Returning to Bay Village were some of our Dover Township citizens buried in Lakeside Cemetery. All were portrayed by re-enactors dressed in costume.
Christopher Saddler, portrayed by Joe Smith, came to America in 1777 as a Hessian soldier and ended up fighting for the Colonial Army. Receiving a land grant for his army service in the state of New York, he farmed most of his life. However, at the convincing of his son, William, he left New York in 1814 at the young age of 58 and spent the remainder of his life as a fisherman in Dover Township.
The Bay Village Holiday Homes tour is back Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring eight charming, unique Bay Village homes perfectly dressed for the holidays by local florists and designers. Enjoy culinary treats and live music along the way.
The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA (BVECPTA) is excited to once again be hosting this festive event. “My co-chair, Molly Kilbane, and I were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from the 2013 tour, we are thrilled to be organizing it again this year," said Jennifer Wamelink, co-chair of this year’s event. "We have eight beautiful homes, including one of the tour favorites from 2013. Come ready to start your holiday shopping! Our Holiday Shop at Homes Headquarters at BAYarts' Fuller House will be open to the public and will feature a variety of unique local vendors.”
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center extends an invitation for "Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective: Eating, Sleeping and Going Potty."
Teece Lester, preschool coordinator at the Center, says, “We were seeing so many parents throwing their hands up in frustration over these activities. They’re wondering why their preschooler won’t do these things how they want, or when they want, or where they want. It can be challenging for everyone involved and we wanted to provide some support.”
The Westlake Kiwanis Club will hold its pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
The breakfast includes all the pancakes you care to eat, plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. The price is $6; children under 6 eat for free. Corporate sponsorships are available for $50 and include 10 breakfast tickets and advertisement of your business during the breakfast.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, was a near perfect day with cooler temperatures but abundant sunshine as 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to “have lunch with a food critic.” And what a lunch it was! Comments made to luncheon committee members were that this was the Westlake Garden Club’s best luncheon in recent years.
Emily Rose provided background piano music as guests arrived. Westlake Ward 1 Councilmember Lynda Appel said a few words before the key speaker, Joe Crea, was introduced. Joe is a very down-to-earth, likeable person and seemed to have the audience engaged with his first few words. He talked about his background and how he came to be the dining and restaurant editor for the Plain Dealer.
LaCentre was the host for a joint luncheon between the West Shore, Fairview Park and North Olmsted chambers of commerce on Sept. 15. Two special events were the highlighted at this special lunch. Congressman Jim Renacci was the keynote speaker for this luncheon. Prior to him taking his spot at the podium, he joined the ballroom in a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday" for 100-year-old Fairview Park resident, Fedora DiMattia, who seemed delighted by all the attention.
Learn about life in early Dover Township at a tour of Lakeside Cemetery on Sept. 27, planned in cooperation by the Bay Village Historical Society and Huntington Playhouse.
Tours will depart at regular intervals from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at both Huntington Playhouse and Lakeside Cemetery. Participants will get a brief history of Huntington Playhouse and a backstage tour. Actors will be at Lakeside Cemetery, where they will relate the intriguing stories of eight individuals buried in the cemetery. Those portrayed this year include William Aldrich, Nathan and Martha Bassett, Joseph Cahoon, Catherine Porter Foote, Laura Hassler, young Reuben Osborn and Christopher Saddler.
The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its fall Kiddie Kloset kids resale event on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Boulevard.
As an incentive to shop the Kiddie Kloset early this year, everyone that pays for early bird admission between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gymboree gift certificate. The winner will be drawn at 9:15 a.m. and must be present to win.
Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual fall homecoming pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. This year, the Fairytale Foundation Princesses make 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 age 5 and under eat for free. Advance tickets are available from your favorite Kiwanian, or by contacting Patrick Mosier at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
During the breakfast, the Fairytale Foundation Princesses will be stopping by to take photos with diners. (Bring your camera for photos.) There will also be fall crafts for children.
Bearded dragons, hermit crabs and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 11th annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.
Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!
The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
The Bay Village Community Council met Thursday, Sept. 3, and representatives from many of the city's civic groups shared news and notes from their organizations.
The Bay Village Women's Club's annual holiday luncheon and raffle will be Dec. 3 at Westwood Country Club. The annual Antiques Show will be held Feb. 13 and. 14 and will feature antique dolls. The club is selling cookbooks with history of Bay along with drawings of special places, small wooden houses and playing cards. Funds raised support the scholarship and civic contribution fund.For purchase call 440-892-4344 or 440-871-3075.
The League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter’s annual fundraising effort, selling tickets and wristbands at Bay Days, was very successful this year due to high attendance. The portion of the proceeds that the chapter collects will be used to produce a Voters’ Guide to be printed in the Observer on Oct. 6 and to bring Zephyr Teachout, author of "Corruption in America,"to Cleveland in November. The city has selected a vendor to equip city council chambers and the conference room with microphones. The chapter has pledged a donation to defray a large portion of the cost.
Family event allows kids to explore, climb in city trucks
On Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to visit the first annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event. Don’t miss the chance to climb in a fire truck, sit in the seat of a front-end loader, turn on the emergency lights of a police car, or pet a police horse! Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information.
The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road.
The Bay Village Police Department, Fire Department and Service Department will be present. In addition, other public safety service providers and community services organizations will be in attendance. Residents and their children will have the opportunity to meet their police officers, firefighters/paramedics and service department employees while exploring the wide range of vehicles.
Foster Brown, a historical interpreter and naturalist with the Cleveland Metroparks, will speak about “The Legacy of the Land” at the Sept. 17 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program. Brown’s highly acclaimed presentation details the history of the Cleveland Metroparks, including Huntington Reservation in Bay Village.
The Cleveland Metroparks has 16 reservations that make up the famous Emerald Necklace. This presentation takes the audience on a singing tour of many of the reservations to unveil important stories about the Greater Cleveland area. Brown has produced several award-winning music albums about the joys of nature and songs and stories of the Cleveland Metroparks in early Ohio.
The September meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker for this month’s meeting will be Barbara Richardson, who will give a PowerPoint presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Color and Exterior Design.
After the presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop on leaf printing on fabric or cards. Materials will be provided, but bring a handful of leaves that you might like to print. The workshop will begin at 1:15 p.m. Non-member guests will be charged a $5 fee.
If you are looking to learn more about how to research your family history, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) has lined up an informative series of fall lectures.
The invited guest speakers for the Wednesday evening programs will be: Carla Cegielski, Association of Professional Genealogist, librarian and webmaster, presenting “Genealogical Treasures of the Internet Archives” on Sept. 16; Tom Neel, Ohio Genealogical Society library director, presenting “Sinners and Saints: An Introduction to Your Ancestor’s Dark Side” on Oct. 21; and Chris Staats, Ohio Genealogical Society trustee, professional genealogical researcher, writer and blogger, presenting “Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research” on Nov. 18.
Race through beautiful Bay Village in the sixth annual Heritage Run to benefit The Bay Village Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 17. The 5K run and 1-mile walk begins at Cahoon Memorial Park at 9 a.m.
Registration is available in advance for $20 online at hermescleveland.com, or in person on the day of the race for $25. Packets will be available for pickup on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Community House in Cahoon Park. The first 250 participants will get a cool, dry-tech shirt. Last year one runner said that the shirt was worth more than the entry fee!
Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for children with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 30th annual race day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood.
The Superhero Dash will raise funds for Youth Challenge (YC), a nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play, socialize and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights.
West Bay Center hosted a Veteran's Open House on Thursday, August 27th. Community members as well as professionals came out to tour the dedicated unit and met with several of the veterans currently living in the facility.
The American Legion was well represented by a number of Korean and Vietnam veterans holding positions within the post. Specifically, Tony Kessler, the Commander of Post 572 and Bob Piatak, Sgt of the Guard of Post 572, talked to a number of the veterans on the dementia unit. They spoke in detail about how important it is for Veterans to have a community and offered free membership to the American Legion for current residents at the facility.
The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its annual membership drive event on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 3-5 p.m. The event will be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.
The theme for this year’s event is “heroes.” Children’s activities will include a meet-and-greet with community heroes, crafts, balloon animals, games, yummy snacks and much more! While the kids enjoy the specialty entertainment, adults will be able to learn all about the amazing offerings of the WECPTA.
The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library’s annual Ice Cream Social took place on Monday, July 27, kicking off the final week of the library’s Summer Reading Program as well as Science Week. In addition to $1 ice cream sundaes from Mitchell’s Ice Cream, attendees enjoyed entertainment from The Big Daddies, balloon sculptures from Balloon Bender Dave, a cakewalk and a sidewalk sale from Portables Gift Shop and the Book Nook used book store.
The Ice Cream Social is a “thank you” from the Friends of the Library to the community for its support of the library, as well as a celebration of the Summer Reading Program.
The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA (BVECPTA) will hold its annual New Member Open House on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, located at 28728 Wolf Road in Bay Village. The event is open to families with children ages birth to 6 years old and enables prospective members to learn about the organization and the many activities planned for the upcoming year. Come and meet other parents, enjoy some light refreshments and discover how you can benefit from joining the BVECPTA!
BVECPTA organizes numerous field trips and events for children such as apple picking and pumpkin patch field trips, police and fire department tours, a Halloween party, Breakfast with Santa, Superhero and Princess Party, and Santa Shop. Children’s resale, playgroups and meals for families with a new baby are also offered. Community service projects include “busy bags” for children at local hospitals and other events throughout the year.
The community is invited to attend a fun event next week to support a sweet and silly seven-year-old Bay Village resident, Molly, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. With the support of her awesome family, Molly is currently kicking cancer’s butt!
"The Mile for Molly" will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5-9 p.m. It will take place at the Bradley Park walking path, commencing at Bay Lodge (located at 492 Bradley Road). Walkers can register by either going to welovemolly.com, or registering at the walk the day of the event! Registration is $20 and each walker will receive a T-shirt at sign-in that they will be asked to wear for the walk.
The Westlake Football Backers will host the third annual Meet-The-Team Season Kick-Off community event and fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 17, 6-9:30 p.m., at the St. Clarence Pavilion, 30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. We are partnering with WYFA (the Westlake Youth Football Association) and WHS Cheerleading, along with football families, coaches and players. The event provides an opportunity for the entire community and alumni to meet all players for the seventh-grade, eighth-grade, freshman, JV and varsity teams.
This year's Festival of the Arts at St. John Medical Center in Westlake included for the first time an additional event featuring area dog and cat rescues, dog bakeries and shops. It was a fun and exciting time for the pooch and kitty shoppers, who browsed tables filled with homemade cat treats, fresh catnip, dog accessories and samples from a nearby dog food manufacturer.
In keeping with the art theme of the show, there were artists’ renderings of dogs and cats in various materials including cards and stones, as well as dog-themed beach paintings.
Are you addicted to garage sales? Is the old proverb “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” your personal motto? Well then, search for your next great find at the Village Project Garage Sale on Wednesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 23. Steals, deals and bargains galore will be found on furniture, toys and other household items.
The Village Project is located at 27378 W. Oviatt Road in Bay Village, just down the street from the Dover Junction shopping center. Sale hours are from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday.
The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, July 27, at the Westlake Max and Erma’s Restaurant, 30105 Detroit Road.
Bring this coupon when you come in for lunch, dinner or carry-out and Max and Erma’s will donate 20 percent of your bill to the DAR to support patriotic, educational and historic preservation projects. Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter supports U.S. military veterans, especially those at Fulton House.
The Herb Guild's 31st annual scholarship luncheon will be held on Aug. 5 at Avon Oaks Country Club. The Herb Guild will utilize the entire building with events, sales and tastings, as well as lunch. Every year the Herb Guild, which meets at Porter Library, gives away two scholarships to students pursuing college degrees in the natural sciences or the culinary arts.
This year’s winners are Natasha Daniels from Twinsburg and Megan Urig from Elyria. Natasha will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Megan will be attending OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Both girls will receive their scholarship money at the August luncheon.
The Herb Guild Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, July 8, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker for this month’s meeting will be Katherine Geralds who will be speaking on how to create a backyard wildlife habitat.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat is a program of the National Wildlife Federation that encourages homeowners in the United States to manage their gardens and yards as a wildlife garden, with the goal of maintaining healthy and diverse animal habitats and ecosystems. Katherine will start her program at 12:30 p.m.
New! Clinics will cover golf swing fundamentals, short game techniques, putting and course management. Four classes, 10:00-11:30 a.m., beginning Wednesday, July 15. Instructor is Paula Slivinsky, PGA. Meet at Dwyer. Instruction will be held in the field across the street near the softball field. Cost $60. Limit 6.
LUNCH AND LEARNS
Friday, July 17, 12:30 p.m. Topic: Cardiac Concerns. This presentation will provide an overview as well as the signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart failure, common cardiac concerns in the community, an explanation of when to call a physician versus when to call 911. Also it will discuss how cardiac concerns can impact people in the home (falls, confusion, etc.). Call 440-835-6565 to register.
The early morning of Saturday, June 13, may have begun with a monsoon, but that didn’t put the brakes on the second annual Project Pedal. Despite the weather, almost 200 bike riders rolled in to the Bay Middle School parking lot bright and early at 8 a.m. to ride in their choice of five routes throughout Bay Village and surrounding communities. The participants rode individually and in teams to raise money and awareness for Village Project.
Heather Ransom, the daughter of a Village Project client, was on hand to encourage the riders and thank them for participating in the fundraiser. Also there to give the riders a formal send-off was Bay High junior Katherine Finley who sang the national anthem before the riders crossed under the colorful balloon arch to begin their rides.
The sixth annual Westlake Special Olympics was held on Saturday, June 13. The event, a joint effort between the Westlake Kiwanis Club and Westlake City Schools, was a big success. This year's event saw a total of 42 athletes ranging in age from 8 years to 69 years of age competing in various events.
The event began with Geoff Palmer, Westlake Superintendent and also a Westlake Kiwanian, carrying the Olympic Torch leading the Special Olympic competitors in a parade around the Westlake High School track. The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club then sang the national anthem to begin the competition.