Community Events

Tri-C Westshore hosting community health fair

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host a community health fair on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Health screenings — including blood pressure tests administered by representatives of Tri-C’s Nursing Program — will be available for participants. In addition, there will be yoga sessions by 3sisters yoga + fitness of Avon and healthy cooking demonstrations by Tri-C’s Dietetic Technology Program.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.11.2014

Searching for ancestors from Czechoslovakia?

Czechoslovakia in Central Europe began as a sovereign state in 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into two separate countries – the Czech Republic and Slovakia – on Jan. 1, 1993. Neighboring states sharing its borders are Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

Prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990, obtaining genealogical information from this area was nearly impossible without physically visiting the local archives. If you were unable to travel there, you had to hire a professional genealogist to do your research.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.11.2014

Relive Tribe's 'glory days' at author event

Do you remember the excitement of the first years of Jacobs Field? Tribe fans had a brand-new ballpark, a team with all-stars at nearly every position, a record sellout streak, and two trips to the World Series.

A new book by Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto and Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton takes readers back to those thrilling seasons.

"Glory Days in Tribe Town" is an in-depth look the Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field from 1994 to 1997. It tells how the ball club snapped a 40-year slump and electrified Northeast Ohio with some of the best baseball in recent memory.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

Flags to be retired Nov. 11

American Legion Post #385 is planning for retirement of American flags as part of their Veterans Day celebration. Faded, torn or stained flags can be dropped off at the post home, 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, located between the Whistlestop and White Oaks restaurants. Flags should be brought to the post prior to Nov. 11. All flags are retired using appropriate military procedures.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.28.2014

Rain doesn't dampen this year's Heritage Run

The annual Bay Village Foundation Heritage 5K run/1-mile walk began under cloudy skies on Oct. 18 at Cahoon Memorial Park. More than 300 walkers and runners registered and the first 300 participants received a cool, dry-tech T-shirt. Funds collected from fees and the sponsorships of local businesses will support private, non-sectarian community projects. 

The event was chaired by trustees Tim Atkinson and Steve Lee. Board members were available at 7:30 a.m. to register walkers and runners and to distribute packets and some of the best goodie bags in Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Band Spooktacular Success!

The second annual Bay Village Community Band Spooktacular was held on Oct. 22. The Middle School cafetorium was filled to capacity with ghosts, goblins, and their parents, who enjoyed a program of haunted musical favorites and theme songs from costumed heroes. Concert-goers were surprised by an appearance from the Energizer Bunny.

The Bay Village Community Band would like to thank Energizer, Giant Eagle, Seven Layers Bakeshoppe and Heinen’s for sponsoring the refreshments and giveaways.  Raffle and costume contest prizes were provided by Energizer, Village Bicycle Cooperative, Bay Lanes, Seven Layers Bakeshoppe, Beck Center for the Arts and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

Learn about early Dover Township at Lakeside Cemetery tour

Learn about life in early Dover Township at a tour of Lakeside Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 26, 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. Seven actors will be at Lakeside Cemetery, where they will relate the intriguing stories of seven individuals buried in the cemetery. The historic cemetery is the site of the first burial in what was then Dover Township, 200 years ago.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

BVLA hosts annual football watch fundraiser on Oct. 25

Bay Village Lacrosse Association (BVLA) will sponsor its third annual “Football Watch Party” fundraiser featuring the Ohio State vs. Penn State game on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Copper Cup, 680 Dover Center Road in Westlake. In addition to the OSU game, there will be a live feed to a local high school football game. 

Event proceeds benefit BVLA to help fund the group’s capital equipment drive and support numerous Bay Village boys and girls lacrosse programs throughout the entire year.

Mike Voll, director of BVLA, said, “In the past four years, we have seen the development of a girls team at the high school level, along with added teams for girls ages fifth through eighth grade. In addition, the boys program has expanded to include third- and fourth-graders. This summer, BVLA also helped host skills camps for players in kindergarten to eighth grade.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.14.2014

Band Spooktacular to take place Oct. 22

The Bay Village Community Band and director Dave “Dr. Doom” Hager and assistant director Tim “The Shiv” Sivik would like to invite all ghosts, goblins, witches, vampires, princesses, cowboys and community members, to the second annual Band Spooktacular Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. This is a special, family-friendly event and we hope you’ll attend.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Fall is in the air and so are Kiwanis Pancakes

The Westlake Kiwanis Club will be holding a pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 26, 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.14.2014

Westlake Early Childhood PTA to host preschool fair on Oct. 21

Westlake Early Childhood PTA has taken the hassle out of preschool selection with its annual free Preschool Education Fair. You will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from preschools in surrounding communities including Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Rocky River and North Olmsted. Attendees will be able to speak directly with the preschool staff and pick up information on area programs.

The fair is Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at Parkside Intermediate School, 24525 Hilliard Blvd. in Westlake. The event is free and open to the public.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.14.2014

Freaky Family Fun Night set for Oct. 30

Attention little goblins throughout the area: Please bring your family and friends to the annual Freaky Family Fun Night sponsored by the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments. The silliness will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Apartments, 27100 Knickerbocker Road in Bay Village.

Open to all youngsters, this fun night includes a safe trick-or-treat, balloon animals, cotton candy and more! Your family can join us for dinner at our concession stand where we will be serving hot dogs, chili, homemade cream of potato soup, and other goodies!

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.14.2014

St. Edward and St. Ignatius unite to benefit those facing cancer

St. Edward and St. Ignatius high schools have long enjoyed tradition-rich histories and a storied rivalry on the west side of Cleveland. Their highly anticipated annual football game, the so-called “Holy War,” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1. This year, the two schools will celebrate the occasion by uniting for a special evening of collegial fun, relaxation and witty repartee (smack talk) to benefit the Village Project, which provides nourishing meals and extended care and service to those experiencing cancer.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay Community Council meets to discuss upcoming events

The Bay Village Community Council met recently to discuss plans for fall and early winter events. The Community Council is made up of representatives from the city’s many community organizations. Following are some of the events discussed at the meeting.

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 sponsors boys and girls state representatives, participates in Eagle Scout Honor Courts, conducts an official flag retirement twice a year, and hosts bingo night at the VA Hospital three times a year. In recognition of the new buildings at Westlake High School, the Legion presented the principal and student body president with a new, full-size, American flag for the school’s flagpole. As part of this year’s Veterans Week program, the Legion will place special markers on the graves of veterans buried at the St. Paul Cemetery in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.30.2014

Researching WWI and WWII military records

Ken Burns' well done 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” aired on PBS beginning on Sept. 14. The series explored the relationship of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, in two-hour segments each night for one week. Most interesting was the historical account of their roles, during World War I and World War II. 

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Kiwanis and BHS Key Club flip for Homecoming pancake breakfast Oct. 12

Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.

The breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $5 per person ($6 at the door). Children under six eat for free. Advance tickets are available from your favorite Kiwanian, or by contacting Russ Bauknecht at 440-871-9162 or This year’s tickets are sponsored by McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

Race through Bay Village in Oct. 18 Heritage Run

The annual Heritage Run through beautiful Bay Village to benefit The Bay Village Foundation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18. The fifth annual 5K run/1-mile walk begins at Cahoon Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Preregistration is available online at for $20; or in person on the day of the race for $25. Packets will be available for pickup on Oct. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the Community House in Cahoon Memorial Park. Board members will be available at 7:30 a.m. to register walkers and runners and distribute packets.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.30.2014

Village Bicycle Cooperative ride postponed

The History Mystery ("Hi My") Ride schedule for Oct. 4 has been postponed until April 25. However, Village Bicycle Cooperative invites the community to visit us on Oct. 4 for our open shop hours from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and if the weather is pleasant a local rock 'n' roll band will perform.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.30.2014

Westshore CERT training starts Oct. 4

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, outages or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.30.2014

BAYarts Moondance a night to remember

More than 1,200 guests filled the BAYarts campus in Huntington Reservation on Sept. 13 for the annual Moondance benefit, raising over $90,000 for the non-profit. 

BAYarts is an arts education campus serving greater Cleveland with art classes, exhibition and community. Funds raised by this event make it possible for BAYarts to keep other events free throughout the year, including gallery exhibitions, summer concerts and the annual Art & Music Festival. In 2015, a summer farmer's market will become part of the offerings, and the new ceramics studio will be open for business. 

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.30.2014

Author Les Roberts to visit Westlake

Author Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "Wet Work,”  on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

"Wet Work" is the second novel in a new suspense series by Roberts featuring hit man Dominick Candiotti. Dominick is a dangerous and conflicted assassin who first appeared in "The Strange Death of Father Candy." Fan requests prompted Les to bring the character back for more action.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.30.2014

Village Bike Co-op plans history-themed bike ride

Do you like a good mystery? Here’s your chance to visit some historical "mystery" sites in Bay Village and learn about some strange phenomenon such as the Mystery Wave, Dover Center Gun Battle and the Sheppard Murder. Come support the Village Bicycle Cooperative’s first annual History Mystery ("Hi My") Ride which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will meet at the Village Bicycle Cooperative located on the ground floor of the Bay Village Community House at 303 Cahoon Road, in Cahoon Park. There will be stops at some historical places and the Bay Village Branch Library will also provide books and information on Bay’s history.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Bay Village Early Childhood PTA Kidsí Resale on Oct. 4

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA will host its annual Fall Kids' Resale on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road. Admission is $5 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and $1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.16.2014

Local nonprofits offer 'star treatment' for family researchers

The fifth season of the widely popular American genealogical documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?” is airing on TLC. The series originally premiered on NBC in 2010, as an adaptation of the British series of the same name, aired by the BBC beginning in 2004. In each episode, a celebrity takes a journey to trace his or her family tree. The discoveries are moving, inspiring and engaging.

These celebrities always have the best genealogical professionals to help them and ready access to the finest libraries here and abroad. So, of course, they can wrap up their family’s history in short order. For the common folk, it may take many years and substantial money for them to unearth that much data. But, this field of research is changing so that the amateur or do-it-yourselfer can go it alone online, at websites such as

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.03.2014

Westlake Early Childhood PTA membership drive Sept. 6

The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its membership drive event on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 2-5 p.m. The event will be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

This year’s theme for the event is “Please come and share a day with our village!” Children’s activities will include crafts, inflatables, games, yummy snacks and much, much more! While the kids enjoy the specialty entertainment, adults will be able to learn all about the amazing amenities WECPTA has to offer.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.03.2014

Bay Village PTA Council announces annual scholarship auction

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Bay Village PTA Council will host its 27th annual scholarship fundraiser. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. at Memorial Hall at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.  

You are invited to show your support for Bay High School seniors in an evening of "fun"draising, food and friends. Proceeds from this event will go directly toward college scholarships for seniors who are interested in pursuing a career that promotes the welfare, protection and/or education of youth. Thanks to the community’s generosity in 2013, seven scholarships were awarded for a total of $10,500 to the Bay High School Class of 2014.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.03.2014

Still time to 'do lunch' with the Westlake Garden Club

Tickets are still available to "do lunch" with the Westlake Garden Club. Purchase tickets by Sept. 17 for the Sept. 24 Fête des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon. Attendees will delight in an afternoon of fine dining and entertainment, featuring the Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton, as well as raffles, a cash wine bar and bake sale. Tickets are $35 and include valet parking.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.03.2014

Voila! Fundraiser disguised as night of magic

Far West Center, a community mental health center providing mental health services for area residents, will make smiles magically appear as part of a fundraising event. "Share the Magic" will enchant audiences while raising funds for a great cause on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dave and Buster’s Showroom, 25735 First St. in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.03.2014

Dress up and run in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash

The Youth Challenge Superhero Dash, the 29th Annual Race Day in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave. 

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.03.2014

Come out for 37th annual Bay Challenge Cup

Soccer enthusiasts, you are invited to a fantastic, FREE event. The 37th annual Bay Challenge Cup Soccer Tournament kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, along the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in the picturesque town of Bay Village!

One of the oldest tournaments in the Great Lakes states, the Challenge Cup has a history of attracting some of Northeast Ohio’s best soccer teams as well as teams from Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and even as far away as Canada to enjoy “the beautiful game.”

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 2:09 PM, 08.29.2014

Cleveland's lighthouses are topic of historical society talk

“Cleveland’s Lighthouse History” is the topic of a presentation by author Janice Patterson at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society.

Two century-old lighthouses still perform their nightly illumination of Cleveland’s harbor. They are noted by today’s boaters, but overlooked by many Cleveland-area residents. Patterson’s illustrated talk will describe some of the maritime activity these iconic structures have seen through the years and highlight the several other lighthouses and beacons that have guided ships in and out of Cleveland since 1830.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.19.2014

Bay Alumni Foundation takes meeting on the road

The Bay Alumni Foundation's usual meeting location is the Bay Village Police Department community room on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. President Mara McClain (class of ’89) twice a year takes our meetings on the road to a local restaurant for a mix of business and fine dining.

After the August meeting at the Ironwood Cafe was adjourned, great fun was had by all.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.19.2014

In Bay, East meets West in Aug. 26 wards meeting

Last fall, as I was preparing to run for City Council, Ward 1, I received several questions from residents regarding a resumption of my ward meetings I held with constituents.

Tom Henderson, from Ward 4, also received similar requests from folks in his ward. He said that he would, indeed, like to meet with Ward 4 residents if the November election seat he was campaigning for resulted in a win. It did.

Well, both Tom and I are now in our ward seats and feel that this August would be a perfect time to hold a joint Wards 1 and 4 meeting that would mirror efforts of the early years of my terms on Council for Ward 1 residents.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.05.2014

Red Cross blood drive slated for Aug. 12 at Bay Library

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the community room at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road.

Bay High School senior Katherine Kerka is coordinating the event and helping the Red Cross identify blood donors for the drive. Kerka said donation time slots are available between 1-6 p.m. Kerka first gained exposure to the Red Cross blood drives through her involvement with Bay High School Student Council.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:35 AM, 08.05.2014

Looking forward to 'Bake near the Lake'

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center brings back their "Bake near the Lake" annual benefit this year on Saturday, Sept. 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Guests will enjoy this unique event with clambake-inspired heavy appetizers, a signature cocktail, incredible silent auction items, live entertainment by Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings and more. The Center’s animal ambassadors will also be present at the event and the newly transformed planetarium will be open.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.05.2014

West Side Writers seek new members

The West Side Writers have been in existence since 1999. Over the years, meetings have been held at the Avon Lake Library and Bay Village Library, before finding a home at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The West Side Writers’ meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m., except for the month of December, and consist of two genres of writing: fiction and humorous non-fiction. The group has several members who are published authors, yet welcome novices. Critiquing of members writing submissions takes place each month at these sessions.

Anyone wishing to know more regarding the group functions of the West Side Writers should email

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.05.2014

Bay Village Early Childhood PTA to hold open house for new members

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA will hold its annual New Member Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 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 many activities planned for the upcoming year. Come and meet other parents, enjoy some light refreshments and discover how you can benefit from joining BVECPTA!

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.05.2014

Herb Guild Garden Club readies for annual luncheon

The Herb Guild Garden Club is in full planning mode for their annual scholarship luncheon, "The Magical World of Herbs," which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Wagner's of Westlake, 30855 Center Ridge Road. The luncheon will feature a fashion show by Jax in Avon and the excitement of awarding of The Herb Guild Garden Club scholarships to two area graduating high school seniors who are furthering their education.

Please mark your calendar to attend this lovely summer luncheon while enjoying a delicious lunch along with a boutique to purchase herb and garden related items, and our well known silent auction and generous basket raffle. Please come and spend either your first time or another year of friendship and enjoyment with The Herb Guild Garden Club. Your luncheon ticket price goes toward the funding The Herb Guild Garden Club's Scholarship Fund for the following year.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.08.2014

Probing human genetics the topic of fall discussion group

Please join our Case Western Reserve University book discussion group this fall as we welcome back Joseph Konen as our leader to investigate the evolution of human genetics on the macro and micro scale. This course will be a chance to understand more about the way genetics impacts our health and healing. We will be using as our guide "The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code" by Sam Kean.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.08.2014

Locating generations of ancestors prior to 1850

So you have decided this is the year you will compile your family’s history. Where should you begin?

It is best to gather as much information as possible from documents you have at home and from interviewing family members. That information can then be organized and charted onto family group sheets and pedigree forms. Often the next step is to locate these family members in the relevant U.S. Census records, which will provide you with a good basic overview of your relatives, for several generations.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.08.2014