Community Events

Bay Village DAR honors state regent

On Sept 16 , Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution joined with Hannah Luther Bosworth Chapter in Strongsville to host the Ohio Society DAR state regent Nancy Schirm Wright at the North Royalton Library. In attendance were 60 members of nine Northeast Ohio DAR chapters.

Following lunch, the state regent presented her program, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Mrs. Wright spoke of the history of the many service programs and projects throughout the history of the DAR and the current missions of DAR to "sow the seeds of service, outreach and love."

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.03.2017

Oct. 11 Herb Guild meeting will share the story of plants

The October meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The business meeting will start at 10 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

October's presentation will be given by Jeff Griff from Lowe's Greenhouse and Gift Shop. Located in Chagrin Falls, Lowe's Greenhouse is not affiliated with Lowe's Home Improvement Store. They carry the usual variety of items you would find in a garden store, and in addition give a variety of fun workshops. At the presentation, Jeff will pick 10 plants and tell a story about each one. This is sure to be a fun and educational event. As always, guests are welcome to join.  

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.03.2017

Save the Date: Benefit performance for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Mark your calendar for Dec. 10. The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center invites you to join them at Clague Playhouse for a benefit performance of "Christmas at the Wiley Diner."

The 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee will be preceded by a social at 1:15 p.m. featuring food and beverage. General admission tickets are $25 each and are available by calling 440-773-7743 or 440-670-6760. This benefit is a perfect time to invite a friend to share a holiday event or to purchase a ticket as a gift.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.03.2017

Buried Beneath Cleveland

As towns and cities grew during the late 1800s, more urban land was needed for development. Often, the most attractive “open spaces” to develop were inhabited by the dead. Consequently, many urban cemeteries were relocated to the surrounding suburbs. But not all of the dead made the journey to a new cemetery.

Local author William G. Krejci tracked down more than 50 displaced cemeteries throughout the Greater Cleveland area. His most recent book, “Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County,” details his discoveries of Revolutionary War veterans, famous scientists and illustrious dignitaries buried beneath grocery stores, parking lots and gas stations.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.03.2017

St. Raphael's annual Pet Blessing set for Oct. 4

Hedgehogs, bearded dragons and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 13th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Giveaways from Landmark and Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village waterways clean-up scheduled

The Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. All are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in by 11:00 a.m. Volunteers of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a signed permission slip. Students, parents, scouts and other groups looking for service projects are welcome to participate.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village civic groups plan fall fun

The Bay Village Community Council met on Sept. 6 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. It's going to be a busy fall in Bay; here are some of the highlights:

A Community-Wide Garage Sale to benefit hurricane victims is being planned for Oct. 6 and 7 at the Bay Way Cabin. The planners are looking for volunteers and donations. More details will be published soon. For more information, contact Annie Nock at 330-620-7931, annie@nock.com.

American Legion Post #385 recently recognized scouts Nikolas Hokky and Shawn Simko of Troop 151 at St. Raphael, who earned their Eagle Scout awards. In October, post members will attend Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church to congratulate Troop 41's Matthew Gantzer, Dennis Moore lll and Dennis Risch on becoming Eagle Scouts. The Legion presents a Good Citizenship Certificate to each boy and an American flag to their parents.

Bay Athletic Boosters will accept donations of used items at their "Great Closet Clean Out" Oct. 6-8 at the high school and middle school. For more information on Bay Boosters and sports go to bayathletics.org.

Bay Village Community Theater will present "The Dining Room" on Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Tickets are available at baytheater.yapsody.com. A joint fundraiser with Clague Playhouse will be held at the Oct. 21 performances of “Two Mediums at Large.” Tickets are $25; available at clagueplayhouse.org or 440-331-0403.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Fall fun at the Westlake Recreation Center

As the days become cooler and the leaves turn shades of red and yellow, we turn our thoughts to apple picking, pumpkin hunts and warm cider. The Westlake Recreation Center has many indoor and outdoor activities planned for children, adults and families. We are introducing some new programming for all ages and interests, including cooking classes, while bringing back the popular adult game of pickleball.

On Oct. 9, join Ms. Nisha as she offers cooking classes for children and adults. Children ages 3-5 years will be accompanied by an adult as they explore food through the alphabet. Can you think of a food that begins with the letter X? The Dinner Club teaches food prep and cooking from scratch for children ages 5-16 years. Dishes will include salads, casseroles and cookies. With our busy schedules we sometimes find it challenging to prepare meals as we juggle work, practice and homework. Ms. Nisha shares family recipes. With classes for the whole family, preparing dinner can become a wonderful bonding time with your family as you plan and prepare meals together.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:19 AM, 09.19.2017

Former Secret Service agent recalls Kennedy assassination

Hear the first-hand account of an “Eyewitness to a President’s Assassination” on Thursday, Sept. 21, as the Bay Village Historical Society welcomes speaker Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent.

Landis was in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, and is one of only two surviving Secret Service agents who personally witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A special agent from 1959 to 1964, his assignments included guarding former President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. (the “Kiddie Detail”); and eventually guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Landis’ talk will include comparisons of the Secret Service then and now, and his personal experiences and memories of the tragic events of more than half a century ago in in Dallas. His story offers an insightful look at a monumental moment in American history.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

Local group offers memorable father-child experiences

The West Shore Indian Princesses and Indian Guides are dedicated to fostering relationships between fathers & sons and fathers & daughters in a friendly, fun environment. Our activities require participation by both father and child, giving you opportunities to share experiences, learn and grow together. This is not a program to drop your child off; dads participate in all activities.

Dads can register with their sons and daughters as young as kindergarten-age. Our organization serves the entire West Shore area, including Bay Village and Westlake. Tribes are organized with other dads from the same area and whose kids are in the same age range.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.06.2017

'What Killed Grandma?' Understanding historical medical terminology for cause of death

Filled with medical gibberish and handwritten by a profession famous for sloppy penmanship, a death certificate can be one of the most difficult historical documents to decipher. Mark Jamba, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will attempt to shed some light on this obstacle when he presents “What Killed Grandma?” at the Wednesday, Sept. 20, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.06.2017

West Shore Chamber, Porter Library welcome new Bay/Westlake teachers

LaCentre was the home again for this year's New Teacher Luncheon put on by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. Eighteen new teachers in the Westlake and Bay Village school districts were invited by the chamber to be guests of honor at the August lunch. Andrew Mangels, Director of Westlake Porter Public Library, and the chamber's education committee provided gift bags for all the teachers with a variety of items donated by other chamber members.  

Dan Weiss, recruitment manager at American Greetings was the keynote speaker for the event and Sweet Kiddles Flexible Childcare was the lunch sponsor. Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener introduced his new staff: Anna Stockfish, Jeffrey Linhart, Linda McWilliams, Theresa Flamos, Amanda McLin, Katherine Woos, Kyle Barberic and Miles Radosevic.

Also present was Scott Goggin, Superintendent of Westlake City Schools, to make introductions of their new educators and staff: Claudia Blaha, Sara Rothkegel, Hanna Schneider, Shelley Gedeon, Mallorie Haworth, Jennifer Agin, Mackenzie Hall, Amanda Musselman and Kevin Barre.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village hosts vintage car show

On Saturday, Aug. 26, walking through the parking lot of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village was like taking a stroll down automobile memory lane. Two dozen vintage cars came to participate in the event, competing for "best in show" and "residents' choice."

Included among the 25 vehicles were a 1927 Model A and a 1929 fire truck which was the first fire truck in Olmsted Township. There was entertainment, food and lots of fun. Children aged 3 to 100 had a ball enjoying these beautiful vehicles. All proceeds from the event went to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

Grab your cape and run for a good cause

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 32nd Annual Race Day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., in Lakewood.

The 5K run and 3-Person Relay kick off at 9:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk/Roll starts at 10 a.m. Awards will go to the top three men and women overall and in each age group, as well as the challenged division. Achievement ribbons will go to all 1 Mile finishers. There will be fun for the whole family – superhero costume contest, face painting, Chinese and 50/50 raffles, and post-race refreshments.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

Family fun at hand in 3rd annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck

On Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Bay Village Police Department is hosting the third annual Touch-a-Truck event. 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. This event is for kids of all ages.

The Bay Village Police Department, Fire Department, and Service Department will be present along with many other public safety service providers and community services organizations. Residents and their children will have the opportunity to meet their police officers, firefighters/paramedics, service department employees and others while exploring the wide range of vehicles.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake Demons Football Backers host golf outing

The Westlake Demons Football Backers is hosting its first annual Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon. Check-in is at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Cost to participate is $125 per golfer or $500 for a foursome. All golfers will enjoy a round a golf and golf cart on course games, steak dinner/drinks and an opportunity to win some great silent auction items!

Yearround, our Westlake Demons football team puts in a great deal of sweat and hard work in preparation for the fall season. As we speak, the boys are at the field for two-a-day practices getting ready for what is shaping up to be a fantastic season! They are there from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., six days a week.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:17 AM, 08.15.2017

West Shore golfers fulfill scholarship needs

More than 120 golfers and volunteers enjoyed a picture-perfect weather day at Avon Oaks Country Club on Aug. 7 to support the annual charity golf outing hosted by the West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce. This event, held every year to fund the college scholarships offered to a student graduating from Westlake, Bay and Fairview high schools, offers players an opportunity to golf at this exclusive club without being a member.

Many chamber members also chose to be hole sponsors and visit with the golfers throughout the day. A wide variety of games kept the play interesting and multiple prizes were awarded at the dinner afterwards, including a $1,000 cash grand prize.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.15.2017

Resilience and the art of blue corn tamales

Join us for an engaging, thought provoking, and delicious workshop on Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village.

“Resilience” is a common buzzword in contemporary language, but the concept existed in ancient civilizations. One example is the Hopi Tribe, a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. For more than 2,000 years, the Hopi have lived in what is known as the Four Corners region, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. According to Hopi tradition, when people first emerged into this world from underground, each tribe was allowed to choose an ear of corn and, with it, a way of life. The Hopi took longer to choose and the choice left to them was a short ear of blue corn. The blue corn brought with it a long and difficult life, but it also meant that the Hopi would survive all hard times. In other words: resilience.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.01.2017

Nature's Night Out benefit to be held Aug. 26 at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

All are invited to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s annual benefit, Nature’s Night Out, on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, executive director at the Center. “Every aspect of the evening reflects our distinct mission.”

Enjoy a strolling dinner, an open bar featuring signature cocktails and locally brewed beer, a silent auction, raffles and live 1920s-style jazz provided by Dr. Tommy Scott. Explore the universe in Schuele Planetarium, try your hand at a science experiment and meet the Center’s animal ambassadors throughout the evening.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017

Library opponent speaks to Bay Dems

The proposed new library in Cahoon Park in Bay Village threatens water quality in Lake Erie and is a waste of beautiful land along the lakeshore, according to Frances Mentch, co-chair of the water committee of the local Sierra Club.

Mentch will speak at the Monday, Aug. 14, meeting of the Bay Village Democratic Club. The session starts at 7 p.m. at the Bay police station community room, 28000 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:32 AM, 08.01.2017

Westlake Garden Club honored with state awards

The Westlake Garden Club was recently recognized by the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and received several awards. The GCO represents 148 local clubs across the state. The Westlake Garden Club took second place for Outstanding Garden Club in the category for large clubs.

The club also took received first-place awards in the categories of website (westlakegardenclub.org), National Garden Week and in the Trees-mature category for donating a tree to be planted on city land to celebrate  Arbor Day every year since 1963. The club also received an Honorable Mention for the quality of its club newsletter.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

BAYarts outdoor movie: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

The third and final outdoor movie at BAYarts this summer is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." It focuses on Harry Potter's third year of school at Hogwarts, and introduces the character of Sirius Black. The movie coincides with the Harry Potter Camp week that takes place for young students each summer.

The Farm + Art Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, will start at 5 p.m. as usual, and when it gets dark around 7 p.m., the outdoor movie will begin. Concessions will be available, and people are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

Local chambers join forces for scholarship funds

The West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce will host their Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 7. This annual event supports a $1,500 scholarship given out each year to a deserving senior at Westlake High, Bay High and Fairview High School. Funds are raised through sponsorships, foursomes and raffles for a variety of prizes. This year's outing will once again be held at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon with an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.18.2017

Writers group offers support, connection

Writers INK, a nearly decade-old writers resource group, is here for writers looking for support. Times change, publishing becomes more difficult, and finding a kindred spirit in the writing world is near to impossible. In the face of these challenges, INK members focus our time and energy on amassing the knowledge needed to increase and enhance our members’ skills.

This journey begins with blackboard sessions. These new sessions feature various authors' quotes, ideas and statements. Facilitated by long-time chair and founding member, Cheryl Childers, the group studies, discusses, and then incorporates relevant portions into their own writing processes.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

WestShore Lions participate in bell-ringing ceremony

The WestShore Lions Club joined institutions across the country at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July in simultaneously ringing a bell 13 times at Peterson Pool in Clague Park. The bell was rung one time for each of the original 13 colonies of the United States.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and WestShore Lions Club Interim President David Sacco assisted children that lined up to call out each colony's name as the bell was rung: Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

In 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the Let Freedom Ring National Bell Ringing Ceremony. This patriotic act says it is "fitting" and "appropriate" to ring bells in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

Hope for families caught in crossfire of heroin epidemic

In 1973 Families Anonymous was launched in Southern California. Today there is a great need for it in Northeast Ohio. The need has to do with parents and other family members who are caught in the web of insanity in the heroin epidemic. Trying to make sense of a senseless disease is impossible. Many mothers and fathers endeavor to help their adult children in a variety of ways, only to experience continued insanity in the midst of their painful efforts.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you may be doing your best to help only to discover more pain and deeper misery. There is hope, however, in not trying to face this tough challenge alone. I encourage you to participate in the Families Anonymous group which meets at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. What you will find is a deep connection with others who are dealing seriously with substance abuse issues in their family, whether it be heroin, alcohol or other drugs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

Westlake Historical Society hosts 47th annual Antique, Vintage, & Craft Show

The Westlake Historical Society will host the 47th annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show on Sunday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Clague House Museum located at 1371 Clague Road. The antique show is a summer tradition in Westlake, and is one of the longest running antique shows in the Cleveland area.

The requested $3 donation per person for admission to the show has not changed in several years. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser help to cover the society's utility and insurance costs, as well as artifact acquisition and restoration costs.

The show features over 50 antique, vintage and craft dealers, a plant sale, free tours (beginning at noon) of the historic Clague House Museum, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, snack bar and door prizes.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 10:20 AM, 07.05.2017

Herb Guild hosts master gardener for talk on Chelsea Flower Show

The next meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Westlake Porter Public Library. After the usual business meeting at 10 a.m., there will be a guest speaker.  This month, Sandra Welches, a Master Gardener, will present on the Chelsea Flower Show. The flower show is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea near London, England. The world-famous garden show takes place every May and is host to beautiful gardens, entertainment, food and gardening education. The public is welcome to come and hear this once-in-a-lifetime presentation, which takes place at 12:30 pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:33 AM, 07.05.2017

Westlake Girl Scouts recognize award winners

As service unit director for the Westlake Service Unit of the Girl Scouts, I am pleased to announce the following recipients of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award Recipients (Girl Scouts' Highest Award)
Allie Routhier (also Young Woman of Distinction Award Nominee), Troop 70989; and Carolyn Bedell, Independent Juliette

Troop 71047 Ambassadors
Leader: Linda Tomkalski
Girls: Holly Tomkalski and Vanessa Richards (also a 10 Year Award Recipient)

Troop 70285 Ambassadors
Leader: Elizabeth Altman
Girls: Rachel Altman and Nina Wilkinson

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:31 AM, 07.05.2017

Don't miss out on the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition

Attention Westlake gardeners, there is still time to enter the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition! The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center, Westlake Porter Public Library, and at Westlake City Hall, Recreation Center and Community Services Department. You can also download an entry form at www.cityofwestlake.org/Westlake-in-Bloom

Properties will be judged in July and awards presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at La Centre Banquet and Conference Center.

Pick up an entry form today and make sure to get it to City Hall by June 30.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.20.2017

Volunteers needed to help 'green' Bay Days

Bay Days is an amazing four-day festival that has entertained, fed and inspired Bay Village for years. It is a great tradition. However, the downside of any festival is the waste produced, and the Bay Village Green Team is working to help reduce waste during Bay Days.

The Green Team has partnered with Bay Village Kiwanis for the last several years to increase recycling and composting at the event, thus reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Last year the city's service department provided a 20-cubic-yard dumpster for recycling and 30 cubic yards for trash. This is a marked improvement from five years ago, when the capacity ratio was 8 cubic yards for recycling and 60 cubic yards for trash. Kiwanis also filled a 95-gallon composting tote last year with potato scraps from their popular curly fries booth.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017

Make Bay Village your destination on June 17

Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then, “Destination Bay” is the answer.

Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 17, all around the city.

Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.

This year, visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “Passport to Fitness” at one of the venues and have it stamped as you travel between the events.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.06.2017

Car cruise brings slice of Americana to Westlake

Bob Myers has a love of cars and people. He’s bringing these two things together as his dream to host a car cruise comes to fruition with “Cruisin’ Westlake” on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Westlake United Methodist Church.

A car cruise is a social event. It’s laid back and fun. There is no judging. All makes and models of cars are welcome along with spectators that come for the summer fun. Cruisin’ Westlake is a free event with live '50s & '60s music, a food truck, games, prizes and popcorn all in a great location.

In fact, the location is what inspired Bob. One Sunday morning he pulled into his church’s newly completed parking lot expansion and was admiring the landscaping when it hit him – this would make a great car cruise venue!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.06.2017

Bay Village residents, organizations honored on Memorial Day

The Bay Village Foundation honored local residents and organizations during their annual Memorial Day observance in Cahoon Park on May 29. Jon Loufman, emcee and Channel 19 weatherman delivered a picture perfect day, while singers Emma Russell and Maggie Williams and the Bay High String Quintet delivered perfect performances for the celebration that has become a beloved tradition in the city.

This year the Foundation honored Bay Village residents Herman and Joyce Bredenbeck, Edward (Ned) Matthews, Robert Thomas and the Hawthorne family with permanent bronze plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge. Honorees, past and present, have demonstrated a love for their families, friends and for the Bay community.

Herman "Herm" Bredenbeck and his wife Joy moved to Bay Village in 1959 and have been active in Bay United Methodist Church throughout the years. Herm was President of Advance Manufacturing and Joy worked as a Patient Education Coordinator at Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.06.2017

Danube-Schwabians of Eastern Europe

Last month, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society hosted Barb Popovich and Marcia Benko, co-presidents of the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. These ladies shared their knowledge of this unique ethnic group who came to the United States from Eastern Europe. Many settled here in the Greater Cleveland area.

Continuing in that vein, Cuyahoga West is hosting Astrid Julian, teacher of the German Language School at Lenau Park, North Olmsted, on Wednesday, June 21. Ms. Julian will inform us about another ethnic group of German-speaking people, who were recruited to populate areas of southeastern Europe. Eventually, many left Europe for the United States, with some making their homes in the Greater Cleveland area. Her presentation is titled, “History of the Danube-Schwabians: Where They Came From and Why.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

Oom-Pah! Bay Village Senior Center to hold Polka Fest luncheon fundraiser

The Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center will be holding a Polka Fest luncheon and fundraiser on Friday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to a delicious barbequed brats and sauerkraut meal, we'll get your toes tapping to the sounds of the Polka Pirates! The Pirates are one of Cleveland’s finest dance bands and a crowd favorite, and play all styles of polkas and waltzes, standards, big band, country, Irish and even a little rock 'n' roll. Come and dance, sing, smile and enjoy – great food, great people, great fun, great band.

This event is a fundraiser for the Dwyer Senior Center. Cost is $5. Call 440-835-6565 to register.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

St. Paul Lutheran offers free Vacation Bible School

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, will be holding a free Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 19, to Friday, June 23.  This program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is open to all children ages 3 through fifth grade.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Win this EZ Pedaler T500 unisex touring electric bike

For as little as $10, you can buy a raffle ticket and get the chance to win this amazing electric bike. It is an $1,800 value. 

The new T500 is built for comfort and power. With the new three-level power assist you have a virtual six speed with unmatched range and reliability.

To find out more specifications for this eBike and to purchase raffle tickets to win it, go to ourvillageproject.salsalabs.org/raffleticketsforebike/index.html.

All proceeds benefit Village Project in its mission to come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.06.2017

Herb Guild's annual scholarship luncheon to be held Aug. 2

The Herb Guild will hold its 33rd annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road. This year, the theme is "Sweet as Can Bee." The events include raffle baskets, a silent auction, a tasting table with herbal products for sale, and a craft boutique featuring garden gifts and baked goods. Credit cards will be accepted at the event. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Project, Citizen of the Year honored at Play in Bay reopening

The Play in Bay playground renovation project came to an official close on May 13 with a grand reopening celebration. The Bay Village Foundation effort, which raised $100,000 in contributions large and small from more than 350 donors, was designated as the 2017 Project of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

A special ceremony during the celebration, emceed by Foundation board president Al Paulus and Community Council vice president Jessica Breslin, honored the project as well as Evelyn Allen, the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Evelyn was recognized for her 40 years of volunteerism with many organizations in the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017