Community Events

WDAB hosts inaugural Demon Derby 'Night at the Races'

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!"

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake Council of PTAs announces Reflections winners

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake Kiwanis thanks the community

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake PTA event raises money for scholarships

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.18.2017

Fundraiser celebrates Team YC

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.18.2017

Nan Baker announces district library days

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake's Easter Egg Hunt set for April 8

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.04.2017

Westlake Council of PTAs honors its Founders' Day award winners

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.04.2017

Bay Village civic groups plan spring and summer events

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

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.04.2017

Kiwanis to host pancake breakfast and spring race

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:15 AM, 04.04.2017

Step back to the elegance of 1900s high fashion

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.04.2017

Herb Guild meeting to focus on papermaking

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:21 AM, 04.04.2017

Adoption laws and genealogy

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.04.2017

Walk to Remember provides meaningful way to celebrate loved ones

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.04.2017

North Coast Needlers host quilt show

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.04.2017

Eat, drink and be literary at book bank fundraiser

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.04.2017

Tickets available for Bay Village benefit party

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2017

Hats, gloves and the DAR

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently traveled back in time by means of a vintage hat fashion show and afternoon tea. Bay Village’s Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter co-sponsored the event with Strongsville’s Hannah Luther Bosworth Chapter and Western Reserve - Lakewood Chapter on March 4 at LeCentre in Westlake.

Eighty members from 11 Ohio DAR chapters and their guests dressed in period attire from the 1900s and earlier to present day. Hats and gloves were a must!

Before the tea, funds to support the upkeep of Christian Waldschmidt House near Cincinnati were raised for the Ohio Society DAR by means of a quilt raffle and sale of State Regent DAR items.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2017

NOURISH event is a smashing success

The Village Project received welcome sustenance from their second annual NOURISH fundraiser.

On Feb. 25, 400 guests filled Hyland’s Building 3 in Westlake to enjoy delicious food, dance along to music from The Feedbacks, and get a chance to win many tempting raffle and auction items, including a grand prize of $3,000 toward a vacation of their choice.

Over $70,000 was raised to advance Village Project’s mission of providing meals and sustaining services to families experiencing cancer in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River. Village Project’s immediate goal is to care for even more families by expanding their service area to the city of Avon. The funds raised will go a long way to making this possible.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:28 AM, 03.07.2017

Bay alumni gather for bowling fun

All the lanes were filled with Bay High spirit, with over 70 attending the inaugural alumni fundraising bowling tournament held at Bay Lanes on Feb. 25.

At one time, Bay High had a bowling team. However, judging by the bowling scores, not many of the alumni bowlers were on the bowling team. The average of all game scores was 113 (ranging from 51 to 211). For many it was their first time back to Bay Lanes in decades.

The contest pitted each class year against each other for the total pin contest. So just like school, attendance did count! We had 13 classes ranging from the Class of 1962 to 2013. Some of the highlights: The Class of 1975 had the best attendance with 17 people, with honorable mention to the Class of 1966 with 11 people. The Class of 1975 also knocked down the most pins, winning the Rocket Pin. (So they do not get too overconfident, they only had an average score of 106). The Class of 1975 also won the King Pin for raising the most funds. The Class of 1983 were strong contenders as they took second place in both the Rocket Pin and the King Pin and look forward to challenging the Class of 1975 next year!

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:30 AM, 03.07.2017

WECPTA hosts annual March Madness fundraiser

Get revved up for the annual Westlake Early Childhood PTA fundraiser, a casual night out cheering on your March Madness bracket for the Sweet 16 games. Sporting your favorite team or alma mater gear, attendees will enjoy games, fun and some '90s throwbacks! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., in the Copper Cup event room at 680 Dover Center Road. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. As always, we will have our renowned auction with incredible items for you to bid on and take home.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.21.2017

The 'Bay Village 6' kittens update

Donations are still needed to help care for these kittens rescued in Bay Village. Garfield, a beautiful cat, not part of the litter of five, sadly has passed away. We fell in love with him. He was amazing and we are so deeply sad for his loss. As we care for the other kittens, we can't help but think of him every day.

Fluffy, a proud member of the "Bay Village 6" kittens, has been treated for a severe infection, and showing signs of healing. Her wound is being cared for every few days at the Animal Clinic Northfield in North Ridgeville and she requires constant care. Donations are needed to help pay for the general medical care for these kittens, as well as daily expenses of food and supplies. Fluffy, Peanut and Tiger are all becoming very social and are amazing! However, Boo Boo Paw (who has a deformed leg) and No Boo Boo Paw will take a lot more time, but both are making progress.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.21.2017

Amelia Earhart presenter highlights potluck gathering

“Amelia Earhart – A One Woman Show,” presented by Carol Starre-Kimecik, will highlight the Bay Village Historical Society potluck gathering on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Bay Village Community House.

When Earhart disappeared in 1937 during her attempt to fly around the world, she was already known as America’s most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. She was an uncommonly courageous woman who met a brilliant man who helped her dreams take wing.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.07.2017

Slugs & Bugs family concert coming to Bay Village

Join us Friday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Presbyterian Church for a joy-filled musical experience featuring animated videos, energetic vocals, and exuberant piano, guitar and mandolin instrumentals! 

Randall Goodgame (former “Silly Song” writer for "VeggieTales") is a former worship pastor and the driving force behind Slugs & Bugs. Randall has brought the Slugs & Bugs Live concert to 39 states and 10 countries. Slugs & Bugs videos have surpassed 4.7 million views on YouTube, and most importantly, countless families have been encouraged toward a deeper walk with Jesus while having a great time together.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:44 AM, 02.07.2017

Bay Village civic groups planning winter & spring fun

The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 25 to review nominations for Bay Village citizen and project of the year. The selection committee chose Evelyn Allen and the Play in Bay renovation project as the honorees for 2017. Representatives from the city's civic groups shared news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. 

Bay Days Fireworks Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., at the Bay Village Library. The group of volunteers will discuss fundraising ideas to help keep Bay Village booming on the Fourth of July. Half of the cost of the annual fireworks show is covered by funds raised by the committee. New members and ideas are always welcome. 

Bay Village Community Theater will present "Almost, Maine," at the St. Barnabas Fellowship Hall on March 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are: $12 Adult, $10 Senior (60+), $10 Student (High School) and can be purchased at their website or by phone at 440-847-8494. They will also present local playwright Gregory Lavelle's "Flanagan’s Wedding" on March 18 at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and March 19 at 6 p.m. at Mojo’s. These two performances are free.     

The Bay Village Foundation's annual fund drive is underway. Letters were sent to all Bay residents in December and they encourage everyone to spread the word to any who have not yet responded. The money raised is used to support financial requests from Bay Village civic & non-profit organizations. Now is the time for all organizations serving the Bay community to apply for that funding. An application is available at All requests need to be submitted by Feb. 28.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.07.2017

Celebrate Presidents Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Women's Board invites you and your family to celebrate Presidents Day, Feb. 20, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center will have a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family. Spend the day meeting the Center's resident animals at Critter Encounters and traveling to space in their wide variety of planetarium shows. Don't forget to browse the indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Members of the Women’s Board will be greeting visitors and selling hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will help fund the Center’s education programs, wildlife rehabilitation services and animal care.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.07.2017

Village Project benefit to be held on Feb. 25

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is a goal that is important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for the past six years. During that time over 20,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 200 families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

The second annual NOURISH fundraising gala is being held this month to benefit Village Project, enabling it to continue to serve local cancer patients and their families. You are invited to join the party to experience an evening of food, fun, entertainment, fellowship and giving. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6-10 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 3 located at 28105 Clemens Road in Westlake.

This year’s event has an indoor street festival theme, complete with globe string lights, lanterns and street signs. Popular local band, The Feedbacks, will entertain the crowd with live music from the '60s to today.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

Valentine's dance to raise funds for parenting group

Parents Without Partners will host a "Shot Thru The Heart ... or Somewhere Else" Valentine's Dance & Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lakewood Elks Lodge, 24350 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. This event is open to those that already have a Valentine, those in search of a Valentine, those that like to dance and anyone else that enjoys supporting a good cause while having fun!

As the title suggests, Bon Jovi songs will be featured at this dance, in addition to the regular variety of dance music that will cover the 1960s to present day to include: classic rock, R&B, line dances, disco, slow dances and some country music. This hall has a large hardwood dance floor and will be tastefully decorated for the event. It will be a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy yourself and your companions, and offer the opportunity to make some new friends.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.07.2017

Demons Athletic Boosters to host spaghetti dinner on Feb. 3

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) invites the Westlake community to attend our annual Spaghetti Dinner. The event will be held in the Westlake High School Rotunda on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3:45-7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are just $8.00 and include pasta, sauce, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

“It will be a very busy Friday night for many Westlake families as it will be opening night of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, our boys basketball team will be in action, WHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced, and the winner of the 50/50 Demon Dough raffle will be selected,” said Edward Blair, President of WDAB. “Make it a fun and easy night on your family and grab dinner right at the high school.”

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

Antiques today: Where is the market?

What a change between generations, resulting in the oversupply of antiques and the lack of demand. The Great Depression prompted our elders to save everything. Now they are dying off or moving into senior housing and passing on their possessions.

The baby boomers learned early to “collect” – figurines, coins, china, furniture, anything “antique” and so on.  They often started out with hand-me-downs, saved possessions to pass on to their children, and purchased items to remind them of their childhood. Now the boomers are downsizing and moving into condos or more modern styled homes, not conducive to decorating with antiques. They are dispersing possessions among their kids and dumping what remains at auctions, on the internet, or to antiques dealers.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.24.2017

Herb Guild meeting to feature herbal workshop

The Herb Guild Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m., which will be the club's annual planning meeting. In place of the usual luncheon, everyone is asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts and beverages are provided.

After the lunch, there will be a hands-on herbal workshop and everyone will get to take home an item from the workshop. There will also be a "melt and pour" herbal soap demo, if time permits. Non-members are asked to contribute $5 for the workshop. This is a good meeting for anyone interested in joining the Herb Guild to come and see what we are all about.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017

Chamber to celebrate Valentine's Day with luncheon

Tuesday, Feb., 14 is the date of the next West Shore/North Coast Chamber luncheon and will be hosted by Burntwood Tavern at Crocker Park. In honor of the date chosen for this lunch, an expert on relationship building and romance will be featured. Jennifer Downey, owner of the very successful Ambiance stores, will be presenting to the group.

Area chamber members have donated special door prizes for this event as well, including an overnight stay at the Hyatt Place in Crocker Park. Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. The cost is $20. Reservations for this lunch are required as space is limited. Email your request to or call 440-777-3368.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.24.2017

St. Bernadette to host open house

Saint Bernadette School in Westlake will be hosting their annual Open House for new families interested in enrollment (preschool through grade eight) for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Families will have an opportunity to meet the principal, Mrs. Monica Dietz, and faculty and staff who are the foundation of Saint Bernadette School’s academic success. Parents and Student Council members will also be on hand to give personal tours of our beautiful 25-acre campus and share the good news of our faith-filled community. There will be an art show, science fair, technology presentations, choir and band performances, visits to the classrooms, plus fun family activities along with refreshments.

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

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