Community Events

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

'Unseen Cleveland' looks at the city's great past

“Unseen Cleveland,” a program presented by Bay Village artist Marge Gulley, shows images of Cleveland’s great past and explains their importance.

In the past, you could travel along Euclid Avenue and admire the grand mansions, marvel at the impressive vessels being built in the shipyards, or board a train to Chicago leaving from the lakefront Second Union Depot. The exhibition, “Unseen Cleveland” is an artistic account of some of the city’s past.

The exhibition can be viewed on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Bay Village Community House, sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society. The 6 p.m. social will be followed by a potluck dinner and the 7 p.m. program.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:08 AM, 09.07.2016

Bay Village Garden Club elects new officers

The Bay Village Garden Club is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire an interest in home gardening, to educate, to preserve nature, and to promote community beautification. The men and women of the club reside in several western suburbs. We are pleased to announce our new officers for 2016-2018: Kathie Roskom, president; Charlene Perkins, vice president of programming; Terry Appell, treasurer; Elaine Hoke, recording secretary; and Kari Eckel, corresponding secretary.

Our meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month from September to November and January to May. This year we will be meeting at Bay United Methodist Church on Lake Road. We have several interesting speakers with topics ranging from growing chrysanthemums to creating edible landscapes. We will have the opportunity to tour a hydroponic farm and a herbarium. 

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

The beauty of daylilies

This month's meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. After a brief business meeting, guest speaker David Feola will speak on the "beautiful world of daylilies." David is from The Furniture Maker's Garden in Medina, which is located at his home, 4102 Timber Trail.  He and his garden are members of the Ohio Daylily Society. The garden features 1,700 varieties of daylilies, as well as other plants. The garden is open to tours Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.07.2016

Storage and preservation of family archives

With the ever-growing interest in personal history, more families are accumulating important documents, ephemera and objects related to their past. But what can they do to store and preserve their collection for future generations? The answer depends on the type of media (letters, photographs, textile or trinkets) and on funds available to purchase necessary conservation aides.   

Jennifer K. Nieves, archivist and museum registrar of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, will offer guidance in her talk titled “Storage & Preservation of Family Archival Photos, Documents, and Heirlooms: How to Do It Yourself at Home,” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., in the Porter room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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

Say thank you to our troops at dance fundraiser

Interested in a fun and easy way to provide some comfort and support to our servicemen and women overseas, especially with the holidays just around the corner? All you need to do is come to the "Socks For Soldiers" dance and fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10. All profits from this event will be donated to "Operation Christmas Stocking" which sends Christmas stockings to our troops filled with small, everyday products that they treasure and that we take for granted. 

This fundraiser will be held at The Lakewood Elks Lodge, 24350 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. The event will start with a free line dance lesson from 7- 8 p.m. The dance will immediately follow from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person at the door and will include: DJ, line dance lesson, table munchies, large dance floor, cash bar, a 50/50 raffle, a special "donations" raffle, festive party atmosphere and fundraising fun!

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.07.2016

Grab your cape and run for a good cause!

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for children with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 31st annual Race Day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave. in Lakewood.

The Superhero Dash will raise funds for Youth Challenge (YC), a nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play, socialize and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights.

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

Bay Touch-a-Truck offers hands-on experience

On Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to the second annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event. Don’t miss the chance to climb in a fire truck, sit in the seat of a front-end loader, turn on the emergency lights of a police car, or pet a police horse! Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information. Last year’s very successful event drew over 1,000 visitors and this year promises to be even bigger.

The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Garden Club celebrates the Metroparks

The Westlake Garden Club invites you to attend its annual "Fête des Fleurs" fundraiser luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River. The featured speaker will be Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio’s oldest park district encompassing more than 23,000 acres with 18 reservations, eight golf courses, six nature centers, the 183-acre Cleveland Zoo – home to more than 2,000 animals – and more.  Brian will discuss the importance of the Metroparks to Northeastern Ohio, recent enhancements, programs under development and his vision for the 2017 centennial year and beyond.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.16.2016

Village Project to hold open house Aug. 21

Village Project is hosting their annual open house on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at their headquarters located at 27378 West Oviatt Rd. in Bay Village.

A casual picnic-style dinner, along with drinks and desserts, will be served that evening as a way to say thank you to the community for their continued support.

Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with staff, volunteers, board members and clients of Village Project, which provides healthy meals and other services to area residents experiencing cancer. Tours of the VP’s recently updated kitchen and building will be given, and the organization’s plans for the future will be shared.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Herb Guild Garden Club awards scholarships

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 32nd annual luncheon and presented scholarships to three high school graduates: Dani Miziolek, Theresa Tomaszyk and Thomas Millgard.

Dani, who attended Berea-Midpark High School, will be attending Ohio University. She plans to major in environmental science and minor in plant biology. Theresa is a graduate of Huron High School. She plans to major in horticulture science and minor in greenhouse and nursery management at The Ohio State University. Tom graduated from North Ridgeville High School and Lorain County Joint Vocational School. He will be attending Baker College in Port Huron, Michigan, where he plans to major in culinary arts.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Perfect day for annual chamber golf outing

Aug. 8 turned out to be a picture perfect day for golf for the members of the West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce. This year's event, benefitting the scholarship funds for the Westlake, Bay Village and Fairview Park school districts, was held at the Avon Oaks Country Club. The hole-in-one contest was sponsored by BMW of Westlake but no one was lucky enough to take home the beautiful car they offered. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake campers learn about peace, faith

Peace, shalom, salam – no matter how you say it, every faith tradition has peace as a guiding principle. Thus, the concept of Peace Village Day Camp was born.

During the week of July 11, 39 area children in grades 2-12 had the opportunity to learn about four aspects of peace at this special camp sponsored by Dover Congregational United Church of Christ. The camp, led by 30 adult volunteers, focused on Peace within Self, Peace and the Planet, Peace and our Culture and Peace with Others. The children were able to learn about peace through faith stories told by a rabbi, a Syrian immigrant and a Christian minister.

The purpose of the camp was to teach and expose children to peaceful practices through fun, outdoor adventures, classes, music and interfaith stories of peace and fellowship.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:12 AM, 08.02.2016

Find silence in a noisy world

You are invited to explore the creative power of silence and how we can create healthy silences in a noisy world. St. Barnabas in Bay Village is hosting a program on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The program is designed to help busy people find silence in their lives, free from noises in their heads, in their families, in their churches and in their work life.

Bob Stice, LPCC, our featured speaker, is a trusted expert in the field of emotional health and a gifted presenter, speaking at dozens of conferences around the United States.  He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and holds academic degrees in the fields of theology and counseling psychology.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:10 AM, 08.02.2016

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center annual benefit set for Aug. 27

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual Nature’s Night Out benefit on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and all are invited.

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

Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner, a signature sangria, locally brewed beer provided by Sibling Revelry and live music by The Feedbacks. The Center’s wildlife education program and planetarium will be not-to-miss highlights for guests. A silent auction and exciting raffle items will be available throughout the evening. VIP guests will also enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in the backyard gardens, fascinating information about native wildlife from our expert staff and animal ambassadors and a special gift.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:11 AM, 08.02.2016

Rubber duck race returns to Westlake

The Westlake Historical Society's Rubber Duck Race is a fundraising event that will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m., at the Westlake Recreation Center pond. Funds raised will benefit the Lilly Weston House restoration and special projects.

Join the race and adopt your ducks – $5 for a single Duck, $25 for a “Six Quack,” and $49 for a “Quacker Pack” with 12 Ducks! For each Duck you sponsor you receive an adoption certificate with a number that corresponds to a duck in the race. On race day, the adopted Ducks (only Ducks that have a sponsor are permitted to race!) will be released into the pond. The first rubber duck to cross the finish line wins! The more Ducks you adopt, the greater the chance you will win a cash prize! There is no limit to the number of Ducks you can adopt.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:06 AM, 08.02.2016

WestShore Lions Club members let freedom ring

It was the "Bell Ring Ceremony Heard Throughout the United States" and members of the Westshore Lions Club gathered at Peterson Pool, along with Mayor Dennis Clough, staff, and youth participants, to celebrate the Fourth of July.  

At 2 p.m. sharp a large number of church towers, fire halls, universities, state houses and other bell-ringing institutions simultaneously joined in this national observance. The history is that in 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the "Let Freedom Ring" National Bell Ringing Ceremony.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

Westlake garden receives blessing, new gate

The Westlake Community Garden received its official blessing on a beautiful June 22 evening. Following greetings from Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and Robert David, President of UH St. John Medical Center, the "Canticle of the Sun" was sung by Sister Kendra, and Rev. Dennis Kristof of the UH SJMC ministry team blessed the garden.

A prayer was offered in memory of Frank J. Obey, one of our pioneer gardeners, who passed away suddenly in April at age 86. His fellow gardeners will keep his plot active this year, with crops grown in his memory donated to the Westlake Food Pantry.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.19.2016

Achievement Centers to receive raffle proceeds from upcoming flea market

The Achievement Centers for Children is pleased to be the recipient of the raffle proceeds from the upcoming Westside Flea, to be held July 23 at 3550 Crocker Road in Westlake. 

The mission of the Achievement Centers for Children is to enable and empower children with disabilities to grow, learn, play and prepare for lifelong achievement in society.  Last year, the Achievement Centers served over 2,300 children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families. The non-profit does its work out in the community and from three locations, including a site in Westlake on Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.19.2016