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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bay Village Community Council met on May 10 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. It's going to be a busy summer in Bay!
Bay Village Community Theater has finalized their 2017 Staged Reading Series. On May 20 and 21 they will perform “The Twelve Pound Look” by JM Barrie. On July 15 and 16 they will present excerpts from “Inherit the Wind.” Saturday performances are held at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and Sunday performances will be at Mojo’s Coffee at 6 p.m.
The Bay Village Education Foundation announced that the 14th annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic will be held, on Friday, July 14, at Sweet Briar in Avon Lake. Proceeds support the Bay Alumni Foundation, the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. The tournament is open to the public. Visit tribaygolf.com for more information.
The Bay Village Historical Society's 48th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Again this year, the Historical Society is partnering with other community organizations on “Destination Bay.” Transportation will run between venues. Admission to Cahoon in June is free. There will be a Civil War re-enactment in the park, and a display of antique cars, and musical entertainment. Culinary artisans from the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen will have a presence, selling their Northeast Ohio-made products. There will also be food concessions. Interested community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space. Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Membership in the Bay Village Historical Society is open to anyone in the community interested in keeping history alive. Families are welcome. Call 440-871-7338 for membership details.
We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Westlake in Bloom! We hope that you will consider celebrating the beautiful gardens and landscapes of Westlake by entering your home or business in this annual competition. Westlake in Bloom is our chance to say thank you to the individuals who help beautify our city.
Entry forms are available at Westlake City Hall, Community Services Center, Recreation Center, Porter Library, Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center and online at www.cityofwestlake.org/588/Westlake-in-Bloom.
The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m., with judging in July. There is no fee and everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the Westlake in Bloom Reception and Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, August 9, at LaCentre where the winners will be announced.
The Bay Village American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Viet Nam Veterans will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade on Lake Road on Monday, May 29. Starting from the Huntington Reservation parking lot at 8:45 a.m., the parade will travel west to Lakeside Cemetery, where Bay United Methodist pastor Rev. Jonathon McClerry will offer an opening prayer and deliver his Memorial Day Homily.
VFW Vice-Commander Jack Stewart will read the names of the veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, buried at the cemetery and members of the Bluebirds will place flowers on the graves of the veterans. The Legion Rifle Squad will offer a 21-gun salute. Taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played by the Bay High School band, under the direction of Mr. Darren Allen; following there will be a release of white doves. Rev. McClerry will then offer benediction and the parade will proceed east to the Gazebo.
The first in a quarterly series of community talks called “Unity Responds by Listening, Asking Questions and Taking Action” at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake was held on Human Trafficking May 11. The next one, to be held on Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m., is on Body Positivity, which ties in to the low self-esteem felt by people who have been or are in the midst of being trafficked.
Even in affluent suburbs like Westlake and Bay Village, human trafficking is sometimes happening right in front of us without our awareness. Joan Clark, chair of the West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking and Lois Krebs of Cleveland Swedenborg Chapel told the crowd at Unity that human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery. In addition to providing ample evidence of the trafficking that is ongoing in Ohio and across the world, they outlined many things that individuals can do to help.
The Bay Village Foundation held their annual meeting on May 4 at Bay Village City Hall. Elected as officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were Al Paulus, president; Rich Veres, vice president; Maryann O’Reilly, secretary; and Steve Ruscher, treasurer. Evelyn Allen and Wayne Reese were elected as executive committee members at large. The Foundation also welcomed three new board members: Fr. Tim Gareau of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Dr. Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Milli, while honoring three departing members: Ellie Bricmont, Tom Henderson and Steve Lee.
The Bay Village Foundation has two exciting events coming up:
- A Waterways Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 27, chaired by Mike Romanchek and the Foundation’s student trustees, Chris Eifert, Katherine Finley, Jack Lee and Maggie Williams. All volunteers are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. The Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers at the Middle School at 1:00 p.m.
Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities for a pleasant morning bike ride? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy each other’s company while stretching your muscles, feeling the fresh air in your lungs and taking in the sights and sounds of an early summer Saturday?
You can have this kind of fun and, at the same time, help to support Village Project, a very worthy local organization, in its mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to local families experiencing cancer.
The fourth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.
The Village Project has announced a new, more affordable opportunity to sponsor its annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride: become a Personal Chef. For $100, your name or the name of your company or organization will be printed on a Project Pedal directional route sign. It will be displayed on June 17, the day of the event, to help mark the routes the riders will follow.
A fundraising event for the restoration of Bay Village’s Historic District in Cahoon Memorial Park, was held April 29 at Lakewood Country Club. The 1960s-themed party was the kick-off of a campaign to raise money for the much-needed restoration of the historic Community House.
Many of the attendees, dressed in ‘60s attire, dined and danced to music by the Mourning Glory band, participated in a best-dressed contest, bid on auction items donated by local businesses and sampled 1960s drinks.
Those wishing to contribute to the restoration project can contact event co-chairs Pamela Ebert at 440-871-3646 or Monica Thomas at 440-871-2522.
The Bay Village Foundation will host a grand re-opening celebration for the Play in Bay playground on Saturday, May 13, from 3-5 p.m. The free community event will feature food, ice cream, face painting and a balloon artist for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.
At 3:30 p.m., the Bay Village Community Council will recognize the Foundation’s playground renovation as the Project of the Year, and Evelyn Allen as the Citizen of the Year. Mayor Paul Koomar will present proclamations to the honorees.
The Westlake Garden Club recently gifted its 54th tree to the city of Westlake. Since its inception in 1963 the club has planted a tree at various locations around the city to celebrate Arbor Day on April 28. The tree that was selected this year is a black gum tree, which was planted on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center near the playground.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough presented the club with a proclamation. “Trees have been an important part of the identity of Westlake from the start,” Clough said. “I have a great appreciation for trees because of their beauty … and because they create an environment that is beneficial and peaceful.”
Other city officials who were on hand for the event include Paul Quinn III, Westlake's director of Public Service, and Stan Barnard, the city's manager of Urban Forestry.
Get ready for another new Storytellers installment, this one with the added bonus of: dogs.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. In a heartwarming BAYarts Storytellers talk on Saturday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m., you will hear about how Brooks Almquist and her daughter Ava got into working with GEB, as well as speaker Gayle Papesh. Additionally, you will meet the guide dogs: Ambrie, Hoyt and Chance.
Brooks Almquist has been a part of the BAYarts community for a long time, both as a volunteer and as the shop artisan who creates her own handmade line of Toot Sweet Soap Shack lotions, scrubs, soaps and more.
Did your immigrant ancestor come from Eastern Europe? Perhaps he or she came from the Carpathian mountain region of southeastern Poland, northern Slovakia, and western Ukraine. One distinct ethnic group of immigrants that came to the U.S. from this region is the Carpatho-Rusyns. They populated specific towns and bore distinct surnames, by which they can be identified today.
Barbara Popovich, co-president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Cleveland Chapter, will speak at the Ohio Genealogical Society Cuyahoga West Chapter’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Barbara will share her knowledge of when and where the Carpatho-Rusyns immigrants settled and about the Rusyn cultural heritage that their descendants are preserving, here in Cleveland. Program begins at 7 p.m., with social time from 6:30-7. The general public is invited to attend, free of charge.
Take a slideshow excursion aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) as part of the Bay Village Historical Society’s May 18 meeting and potluck dinner.
A representative of CVSR will be at the Bay Village Community House to talk about the history of the railroad and the scenery and wildlife of the national park located between Independence and Akron. The railroad operates as a joint venture partner with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is a premier tourist attraction, receiving recognition from local, national and international media. The CVSR Polar Express has been reported in USA Today as one of the 10 best Christmas celebrations in the country’s national parks. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a Class III railroad operating a fleet of diesel-electric and steam-powered locomotives.
The Wednesday, May 10, meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held at the Rose Hill Herb Garden in Bay Village's Cahoon Park. The Herb Garden is located by the Cahoon House in the park and has been the longest-supported garden effort by the Herb Guild. Volunteer teams tend to the garden monthly, weeding and watering as needed.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a vigorous workout in the garden to spruce it up after the long, hard winter. Members and volunteers are asked to bring garden gloves and tools.
Memorial Day 2017 will soon be here. The Westlake Kiwanis Club hopes you are planning to participate in our annual community parade and service that day, May 29.
Come out and line the parade route along Hilliard Boulevard and enjoy the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in front of Sts. Peter and George Church (formerly Westlake Christian Church) and terminates in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.
Come celebrate the great outdoors at BAYarts on Saturday, May 20. Vendors will be on the theme of bike and outdoor gear as well as wellness services. The event will feature live music, food and drinks.
This marks the first year for the Bikes & Outdoor Festival, created after BAYarts board member Michael Gleydura suggested the event.
Gleydura's passion for cycles extends as a prominent theme he's had throughout his life. "I've been riding bikes forever, and I was in the bike industry for a long time. It's always been a passion of mine and part of me," he said. More than that, "it's a lifestyle and a feeling."
Dave & Buster's in Westlake hosted the West Shore Chamber of Commerce's first Young Professionals Happy Hour on April 25. Although the chamber currently has four smaller networking groups called Business Advisory Boards, there was a need to encourage the younger members of the chamber to network and become involved.
The chamber still takes part in the monthly Power Hours put on by the Power of More; the Young Professionals will have an opportunity to socialize and network on their own terms.
The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center welcomed former WB presidents, Center staff, and guests during our April Salad Luncheon on April 5 at the Center in Bay Village. The past presidents attending included Mimi Cruse, Mady Deter, Carolyn Griffen, Ellie Kirchner, Judy Lain, Jo Theis and Karen Huhndorff. Each was introduced and honored with a yellow rose boutonniere.
The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a volunteer organization with a rich history. Started in 1954 by six women, it has evolved to a group of women of all ages, skills, experiences and talents. The purpose of the Women’s Board is to support Lake Erie Nature & Science Center through service, leadership, community awareness and fund raising. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, September through June, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village.
The free 2017 Community Safety and Wellness Fair, with the ever popular "Touch a Truck" with emergency and service vehicles and specialized equipment, will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center.
Learn how to increase personal safety and wellness from dozens of exhibitors and displays and get a variety health screenings. Special activities for children make it a great event for families.
Demon pride was alive and kicking at the Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) inaugural, sold-out Demon Derby "Night at the Races." The adults-only event, held at St. Demetrios Church Cultural Center on April 1, included dinner, drinks, sideboards, horse races and raffle packages with all proceeds benefiting WDAB and our mission to support all Demons athletics for students in grades 7-12.
"We were thrilled with the turnout and received great feedback from our 400+ attendees," said WDAB President Edward Blair. "It was terrific to see our Westlake community come together to support Demon Nation." Attendees included Westlake coaches, administrators, parents of all grade levels, teachers and staff.
"Since WDAB’s reorganization from the former Demons Club three years ago, this was the first all-sports large-scale event we have hosted," stated event co-chair Meredith LaVecchia. "The success of the event was a testament to our community's commitment to support Demon athletics. We hope the momentum continues and we can host an even larger event next year. We look forward to our continued membership growth as our families and community see the real work and benefits attained through WDAB for all athletes, all teams!"
The Westlake Council of PTAs held its 2016-2017 Reflections Art Show & Judging last December and top entries recently advanced to the state-level competition.
This year’s PTA Reflections theme was "What is Your Story?" and the following students won their divisions in the following categories at the Art Show & Judging in December: Alex Spring, film production; Sahana Herman, Grace Neubeck and Katie Willi, literature; Andrew Bovenzi, music composition; Frankie Jacono, Sophia Jacono, Samantha Wohleber and Lauren Havelka, photography; Jaden Jang, Samuel Jang, Macy Sinreich and Sara Massa, visual arts.
The Westlake Kiwanis would like to thank Westlake and surrounding communities for their support in making our recent pancake breakfast a success. The funds raised by pancake breakfasts support projects throughout Westlake and surrounding communities.
This year's breakfast was a cooperative effort between the Westlake Kiwanis Family, Westlake PTA and LakeShore Day Camp and also included the Hermes Westlake Spring Fever Run.
Over 600 people recently attended Westlake Council of PTAs annual Dollar$ for Scholars (DFS) event at Westlake High School to raise money for scholarships for graduating Westlake High School seniors.
Since 1968, Westlake Council has continued the proud tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving Westlake High School seniors who plan to pursue higher education at a college, university or technical school. Scholarships are awarded for traditional academic pursuits, as well as for the arts, STEM/technology and a life challenge.
With the Indians Opening Day and the Cavs Playoffs on the horizon, there was excitement in the air at Youth Challenge's annual benefit and auction on Saturday, April 8. Over 300 sports fans gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party Like a Champion” and support YC.
Guests helped raise over $205,000 to fund free adapted programs for children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends, and embrace their own unique abilities.
Cuyahoga County Council Member Nan Baker announced that she will continue her eight-year tradition of holding district Library Days throughout this spring and summer to connect with members of the community. She began this tradition in 2009 as State Representative for District 16. Both House District 16 and County Council District 1 represent the same five communities: Bay Village, Westlake, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Rocky River.
Baker will be holding district hours at each of the five libraries in the West Shore district on Saturday mornings in May and June.
The Westlake Town Criers announce this year's Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will again be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, April 8.
There will be two candy scrambles: the first at 1:00 p.m. for ages 4 through 6, and the second at 1:30 p.m. for ages 7 through 10. At these times the children will scramble for wrapped candy and also for special eggs redeemable for stuffed animals. For children age 3 and under, there is a non-competitive Easter Egg Hunt where the child hunts for plastic eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.
There will also be live, six-foot-tall Easter Bunnies available for pictures, in addition to refreshments and face painting courtesy of the Westlake High School National Honor Society.
Westlake Council of PTAs recently held its annual PTA Founders' Day dinner and awards ceremony at Wagner's of Westlake.
Each February, PTA units across the country celebrate the founding of PTA over 100 years ago, and honor the contributions of those who enrich our students' experiences and are dedicated to the PTA mission. Westlake Council's Founders' Day event recognizes the many people who contribute to making a difference for our students and schools in Westlake by presenting three types of awards, all of which are decided based on nominations from the school and PTA community.
Each of the nine PTA units in Westlake chooses one honoree to receive the Ohio PTA Achievement Award at the Founders' Day dinner. The Ohio PTA Achievement Award is the highest honor a PTA can bestow on an individual and is usually awarded to someone who has given outstanding service to children and youth either at school or in the Westlake community at-large. The recipients of Westlake's 2017 Ohio PTA Achievement Awards are: Marie Novak, Westlake Early Childhood PTA; Amanda Miller, Bassett Elementary PTA; Cathleen Augustine, Dover Elementary PTA; Kristen Pugh, Hilliard Elementary PTA; Mimi Verdone, Holly Lane Elementary PTA; Kerry Brickman, Dover Intermediate School PTA; Janine Finucane, Lee Burneson Middle School PTA; Karen Ryan, Westlake High School PTSA; Pete Zagray, Westlake Council of PTAs.
The Bay Village Community Council met on March 22 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights.
American Legion Post #385 announced its delegates for the Buckeye Boys and Girls State program for 2017. The Bay High School juniors are Connor Flynn, C J Hyland, Maggie Williams and Morgan Jackson. They will be part of a nine-day program that is an in-depth study of city, county and state government, where campaigning is an important part of the government process. Each delegate will have the opportunity to run for elected office in the simulated governments. The daily activities follow an intense schedule from early morning to late evening. In the fall the students will visit both the Legion and Kiwanis and tell of their experiences. The Bay Legion has been sponsoring these programs for over 40 years.
Bay Village Community Theater has begun their 2017 “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series. Readings are planned for May, July, September, November and possibly December. They are expanding their Staged Reading group and taking it to other venues besides their current sites: Mojo’s Coffee and O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village. If you are interested in their group performing a staged reading for you, contact John Hnat at email@example.com.
The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 9. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Hermes Westlake Spring Fever run to benefit LakeShore Day Camp, Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake PTA.
Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat! Plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets are $6. Children 6 and under eat for free.
This year, as a "Kiwanis Young Children Priority One" project, the Westlake Kiwanis will donate a portion of the proceeds from the breakfast to the LakeShore Day Camp, a nonprofit camp for children with special learning needs, including mental and physical challenges, learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and more.
Step back to remember an exciting and elegant past through “1900s High Fashion,” the latest exhibit at Rose Hill Museum, presented by the Bay Village Historical Society.
The exhibit, which opens on April 9 and runs through Nov. 12, features a variety of formal attire, including exquisite wedding gowns. After viewing the display, one can only hope that what goes around in fashion comes around.
The April meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on April 12. This month's presentation, which starts at 12:30 p.m., will be on "The Beautiful & Fascinating Art Form of Eastern Papermaking." The speaker is Tom Balboa, director of the Morgan Conservatory.
The Conservatory is located in downtown Cleveland and is dedicated to the art of papermaking. It houses artists who are devoted to book arts, printing and papermaking. The Conservatory features a working studio, gallery, shop, and gathering place for the community.
Genealogical lineage is by definition a tracing of one’s biological ancestry and history. This presents problems for adoptees, or their descendants, from learning about possible inherited health risks or joining any of the various lineage societies. Only those who can prove direct biological linkage to an ancestor will qualify for lineage society membership.
Betsie Norris, executive director of Adoption Network, knows this dilemma and journey firsthand. After successfully locating and reuniting with her biological family, Betsie founded Adoption Network Cleveland in 1988, to provide support and assistance to others who are touched by adoption.
Residents of Westlake and Bay Village are encouraged to gather family and friends and save the date for 2017 Walk to Remember sponsored by Huntington Bank. Now in its sixth year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 11, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Funds raised help Hospice of the Western Reserve provide special services in local communities including pediatric hospice and palliative care, the granting of patient wishes through the "Moments to Remember" program, grief support camps for children, art and music therapy and much more.
The event is open to anyone in the community wishing to honor the memory of a loved one or a caregiver; they need not have received hospice care. Thousands of walkers will come together to celebrate life while paying tribute to their loved ones.
North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild will present its 15th biennial quilt show, "My Favorite Chix are Quilters!" April 22-23. Over 250 quilts will be featured, ranging from traditional and contemporary to modern and art quilts, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Many of the guild's members are award-winning quilters.
Quilts will be exhibited in the airy rotunda of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. A beautiful red and white guild-made quilt will be raffled off on Sunday afternoon. Admission is $5; $4 for seniors; 10 and under free.
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank will be holding a fundraiser entitled, “Eat, Drink, & Be Literary!” on Wednesday, April 5, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at Heck’s Café, 35514 Detroit Road, Avon.
Tickets are going fast for a party to benefit Bay Village's historic district, specifically much-needed renovations to the Community House.
The event is set for Saturday, April 29, at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.
"Back to Bay's Future" will be a 1960s-themed dance party to raise money for the city's historic district, which includes the Rose Hill Museum and Library, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center, the Cahoon replica log cabin and the Community House. The event will include live music, a wine pull, side boards, dance contest and more.