Community Events

Women Helping Women annual benefit luncheon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Greening Workshops a success

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

To view photos of our creative attendees please visit our website at

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

Grand Chanukah menorah to light up Crocker Park

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

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

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

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

Westlake blood drive honors infant saved by donation

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

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

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

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

Bay Village Kiwanis Club holds annual Christmas tree sale

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

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

Tree sale hours are:

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

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

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

Enjoy shopping and the solstice

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

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

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

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

WestShore Lions members learn about USO mission

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

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

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

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

BAYarts Trunk Show set for Dec. 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Shore Chamber veterans honored at luncheon

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

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

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

Bay Village VFW to host holiday social

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

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

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

Light up Bay Village for the holiday season

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

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

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

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

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

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

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

Bay Village civic groups planning holiday fun

The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on Nov. 9. Representatives of many of the city's civic organizations shared news and notes about their upcoming activities. Following are some of the highlights.

Bay Village Community Theater is continuing their Staged Reading Series at Mojo’s and O’Neill Healthcare. “Born Yesterday” readings will be at O’Neill Healthcare's Main Lounge on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. They  will be performing Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” and Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” adapted by Skip Corris, at Mojo’s on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. and O’Neill Healthcare on Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

The Bay Village Foundation continues its updating of Play in Bay. Much of the proposed work has been already completed and the project including a donor recognition wall, landscaping and beautification will be totally completed by spring 2017. Their annual fundraising solicitation letter is sent to every household in Bay Village, and is scheduled once again to be in the mail by the first week in December. Funds raised through this drive provide the financial support given to organizations in Bay to help maintain the quality of life in Bay Village. The Foundation will have grant applications available January to March. They encourage Bay civic groups to ask for project funding assistance.

The Bay Village Garden Club will hold "Christmas Greening Workshops" on Dec. 7 and 8. Participants will make fresh holiday arrangements. Four take-home projects will be available: a lighted mini-tree, a centerpiece, a wreath or a large outdoor display. The workshops are open to the public. See for details.

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

Bay Legion has full slate of activities for Veterans Day

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

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

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

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

Explore the ethnic history of Cleveland

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

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

Bay Village Heritage Run

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

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

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

Christmas Greening Workshops

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

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

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

Urban Genealogy: How to research big-city relatives

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

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

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

LENSC Women's Board benefit performance at Clague Playhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to Trunk or Treat!

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

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

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

Purrfectly Crazy Cat Lady Party at WPPL

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

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

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

WestShore Lions guest to speak on USO

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

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

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

Learn about essential oils on Oct. 12

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

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

Celebrate Westlake's history with book reading, activities

The Westlake Historical Society is trying something new this year. Join us at the Recreation Center’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, to celebrate a piece of Westlake’s history. We will have an area at the Festival which will include a coloring contest, readings of “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton, photo opportunities, a display about Westlake's own “little house” (the Lilly Weston house), and an activity for adults too!

Children's librarians from Westlake Porter Public Library will do a reading of that classic children’s book at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Coloring contest winners each hour will receive a copy of the book. For those not familiar with the story, it is about a little house that is built way out in the country during the 1800s. The house and its occupants have an idyllic existence until a road leading to a big city is improved next to it and the big city grows up around it. The house is eventually abandoned until a great, great grandchild of the original builder buys the house and moves it back into the country.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:01 AM, 10.04.2016

Bay Village Foundation to host annual run Oct. 22

The Bay Village Foundation will hold the annual Bay Village Heritage 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, Oct. 22, to benefit the quality of life in Bay Village through grants and scholarships. The race will start at the Community House in Cahoon Memorial Park. Race day registration/packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m.

The 5K run starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 1-mile walk at 9:05 a.m. Medals are given for the 5K run to the top overall male and female finishers, top overall male and female masters and the top three in 13 age divisions. Experienced runners have commented that this race has the best prizes in the area.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:02 AM, 10.04.2016

Oct. 1 Bay Cares event showcases local civic groups

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, are you looking for activities to keep yourself busy? Maybe you spent some time around Bay Village enjoying all that the community has to offer and would like to become involved.

If so, the fourth annual Bay Cares Fall Fest and volunteer fair can help you find the perfect fit. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from many of Bay’s civic groups will set up tables at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road, to share information about their organizations and the volunteer opportunities they offer.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.20.2016

Got the election 411?

4-1-1 has long been the phone number to dial for information ... and now that number represents election information too, via, thanks to the League of Women Voters. This online tool confirms the goal of the League by empowering millions of voters with information and resources to include the election process in the state, county and community, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements, the voter guide, upcoming forums and more. It is the go-to website for accurate, timely and straightforward information to enable all eligible voters to vote.

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. The League began as an experiment designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters, encouraging them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy, knowing that these new women voters were going to need reliable information. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.20.2016

Learn about early Dover Township at Lakeside Cemetery tour

Learn about life in early Dover Township at a tour of Lakeside Cemetery on Oct. 16, planned in cooperation by the Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Community Theater.

Tours will depart at regular intervals from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery. Seven actors will be at the cemetery, where they will relate the intriguing stories of seven individuals buried there. The historic cemetery is the site of the first burial in what was then Dover Township, 200 years ago.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Kiwanis pancake breakfast Oct. 9

As part of the Bay High School Homecoming weekend, the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, ably assisted by the Bay High Key Club, will hold a Pancake Breakfast in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, orange juice, milk and coffee. The breakfast price is $7 at the door; children 5 and under eat free. Presale tickets are $6 and are available from any Kiwanian.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.20.2016

Fall events at Village Bicycle Cooperative

Are you ready for some fun fall activities at Village Bicycle Cooperative (VBC)? Well, there are some great events planned and we look forward to seeing you at them.

Fix-It-Forward Program

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6-9 p.m., learn about our volunteer Fix-It-Forward program at the Village Bicycle Cooperative, 303 Cahoon Road in the Community House. This program takes donated bikes and refurbishes them to be distributed to Salvation Army, Westside Catholic Center, Westlake Police Department and Lakewood Community Center. These organizations distribute the bikes to people in need to help them get to their jobs, school and also provide a good form of exercise. This year’s goal is to distribute more than 100 bikes. 

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.20.2016

St. Raphael's annual pet blessing set for Oct. 6

Bearded dragons, hermit crabs and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 12th annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 6, 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! The event commemorates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. 

St. Raphael pastor, Fr. Tim Gareau, commented, “We welcome all our friends in the surrounding neighborhoods to join with us on this day, to give thanks for all God’s creatures – especially our faithful animal companions – and ask for his continued blessings on our families, our community, and on all living things entrusted to our care.”

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.20.2016

Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center off to a great start

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center kicked off our 2016-2017 with our first meeting on Sept. 7.  Catherine Timko, the Center's executive director, welcomed members and guests. She highlighted the Center's summer camps, the Summer Wildlife Reading Camp, and the recent cosmetic improvements at the Center. New paint and carpeting has brightened the interior. Wonderful programs are available for children and adults.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village civic groups planning fun fall events

The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on Sept. 7. Representatives of many of the city's civic organizations shared news and notes about their activities. Following are some of the highlights.

American Legion Post 385 recently co-hosted a supper and presentation on caring for veterans when they come home. Joining us in this program were VFW Post 9693 and St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Military Support Group. The program discussed the impact that war has had on individuals and their families when they return home.

Bay Village Community Theater has initiated a staged reading series called “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]." Our next reading will feature the poetry/prose of Edgar Allen Poe on Oct. 9, 6 p.m., at Mojo’s Coffee. 

The Bay Village Foundation has made the 20-year refurbishment and renovation of Play in Bay their main focus throughout 2016. Major fundraising efforts have been targeted to every potential source with solicitations, presentations to groups, individual letters to every resident in Bay, plus some smaller efforts during the year. The project was begun last fall and is close to being a reality. Total costs were projected to be about $105,000 and we are now within about $1,200 of reaching that goal, and final renovation plans are on-going. Plans are underway for a “Recognition Wall” in Play in Bay  on which all donors of $100 and more will be listed. A “Summer Send Off” fundraising event will be held Sept. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The annual Bay Heritage Run will be Oct. 22. The race raises funds through sponsorships and runners. 

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016

Healthy Kids Running Series returns to Westlake

After a successful spring kick off, the Healthy Kids Running Series is returning to the Westlake Recreation Center this fall for five weeks of fitness and fun. The Healthy Kids Running Series is a 5-week running program for kids from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Races take place once a week and offer age-appropriate running events including the 50-yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016

Westlake LDS church hosts family fun day

Summer time is the season for BBQ  with tasty food, games, and most importantly time with family and friends. Now consider sharing this festive time with 500+ family and friends! On Saturday, Aug. 27, local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were able to spend a beautiful summer day together enjoying such times at their location in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.20.2016

Local DAR chapter observes Constitution Week

The Martha Devotion Huntington chapter will join the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in observing Constitution Week from Sept. 17-23 with a library display at the Bay Village Branch Library.

Help us celebrate the 229th birthday of the United States Constitution by taking a moment to read some of the interesting facts, plus a quiz about Constitution trivia. There will also be a list of all the Constitutional Amendments, beginning with the Bill of Rights, encompassing Articles 1-10.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.07.2016