The West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce are joining forces once again to hold their annual charity golf outing to benefit the scholarship fund. Proceeds from this golf scramble, held at the Avon Oaks Country Club, provides a college scholarship each school year to a deserving student from Westlake High School, Bay High and Fairview High.
Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets to help fund the Bay Days fireworks show.
Raffle tickets to win two great seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games during the 2016/2017 season will be sold until July 4, when the winner will be drawn at noon at Bay Days. (The other prize offered to help the Bay Days fireworks show, a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, was won Memorial Day by Ken Thompson.)
The Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake Schools staged their seventh annual Special Olympics on Saturday, June 4, at the Westlake High School Lou Duchez Field. The excitement began when incoming Westlake Superintendent Scott Goggins led the Special Olympians around the Westlake High School track carrying the Olympic Torch. The Rocky River Adult Center Choir and the Westlake Aktion Club sang the national anthem to get the competition started.
Athletes ran, jumped, walked and threw their way to gold, silver and bronze medals. There were 67 competitors and all were winners. It was hard to tell who enjoyed the competition more – the athletes or the volunteers. Everyone came away with smiles on their faces.
The Cleveland West Road Runners Club is proud to announce that the Bay Days 5-mile race and 1-mile kids run return once again to Bay High School. To the delight of longtime spectators, the July Fourth 5-mile race will run through the beautiful streets on the west side of Bay Village.
In contrast, the 1-mile kids run start and route is new. The 1-mile kids run will start on Wolf Road using the same starting line as the 5-mile run. Sharing the same start and finish line as the 5-mile enables the kids run to be chip timed as well. The 1-mile run will head west on Wolf, turn right onto Bassett, turn right again at the bike path next to the high school’s back driveway, and then loop to the main East entrance to finish on the Bay High stadium track.
Bay Village's 64th annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Thursday, June 30, through Saturday, July 2, and then again on Monday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park. (The festivities will not take place on Sunday, July 3.)
Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $18 with a ride wristband.
“The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, along with the City of Bay Village, has once again lined up a spectacular Independence Day celebration for young and old alike at this year’s Bay Days celebration," says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club. "Come on out and enjoy the rides, help local civic organizations raise money at their booths, and of course, take your entire family to the incredible fireworks presentation on Monday, July 4.”
With the support and cooperation of Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, former president of UH St. John Medical Center William Young and his successor, Robert David, the Westlake Community Garden is marking its third year. It started with only 10 plots, grew to 26 in its second year, and this year opens with 48 plots.
Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then, “Destination Bay” is the answer.
Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 18, all around the city.
Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.
This year, visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “passport to fitness” at one of the venues and have it stamped as you travel between the events.
The June meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Judy Semroc, a conservation specialist for The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She will talk about how gardeners can improve their nature photography. Her talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. New members and guests are always welcome.
Bay Village resident and long-time boating enthusiast Ken Thompson won a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club through a raffle offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fund. The Freedom Boat Club offers unlimited access to a fleet of eight boats docked in the Rocky River, at Port Clinton and Catawba, and at other locations nationwide.
Raffle tickets for Cleveland Cavaliers seats are still available and will be on sale until July 4. See bayfireworks.org for details.
Genealogy is for kids of all ages
Now that summer is here and the weather is nice, spending time outdoors is relished. But what if it is raining? How can you find something for your kids or grandkids to do indoors, that they will find interesting and meaningful?
Look no further. Sharing family stories and tracing your lineage can be just as fun for your kids and grandkids as it is for you. If you have been meaning to draw your family into your research and do not know how to do that, Betty Franklin of the Westlake LDS Family History Center will be presenting “Helping Young People Make Their Family History Come Alive!” on Wednesday, June 15, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
Flags fly at half-mast on Memorial Day in Cahoon Park in honor of military members who gave their lives in service.
The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on May 18. Representatives from the city's many civic organizations shared news and notes about their activities. Following are some of the highlights.
American Legion Post 385 participated in an Eagle Scout Honor Court with St. Raphael Boy Scout Troop 159. The new Eagle Scouts are Andrew Arko, Adam Bator and Alan Clark. On June 10, the Legion will conduct a flag retirement ceremony. Old, torn and faded flags will be retired using official procedures as established by the American Legion headquarters. The retirement will take place at the Post Home, 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake. In early July the members will be remembering veterans recently buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Brass markers will be placed next to the grave of each veteran and a ceremony marking the event will be held.
You’re invited to shop for a cause when Cara’s Boutique and Alex and Ani’s Charmed By Charity teams up with Youth Challenge. Come to Cara’s Boutique on June 16, 6-8 p.m., at The Promenade at Crocker Park, 30179 Detroit Road. Youth Challenge will receive 15 percent of all Alex and Ani sales during the event.
The community is invited to learn ways to increase personal safety and wellness at the Westlake Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as the City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center co-host a Family Safety and Wellness Fair.
The day fittingly begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. in honor of Armed Forces Day. St. John Medical Center will present City Council President Michael Killeen with a commemorative framed flag which was flown at the U.S. Capitol on Earth Day this year.
The second annual History Mystery Bike Tour on Saturday, May 7, was a success with over 90 participants including adults and children who were able to learn more about Bay Village’s rich history, sample food, dance and listen to great music provided by the Waylows.
The organizer, Rebecca Krueger from Village Bicycle Cooperative, said, “The History Mystery ride showcased Village Bicycle Cooperative’s great resources and an ongoing commitment to the community.” She further added that because of VBC’s efforts Bay Village is becoming more bike friendly due to changes in the bike laws and the collaboration between law enforcement and the community.
Learn about “Truth, Justice and the Cleveland Way” as guest speaker Dennis Sutcliffe addresses the legend of Superman on Thursday, May 19.
The Bay Village Historical Society invites the community to join their members for an informal potluck dinner and an evening of Cleveland history.
Sutcliffe will talk about Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, two kids from Glenville High School who created the world’s most enduring superhero. Meet the original Superman and learn how he was influenced by the boys’ lives in Cleveland.
Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 2239 Dover Center Road in Westlake, will host Peace Village Day Camp, July 11-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Peace Village Day Camp focuses on the spiritual practice of peace present in all faith traditions.
Peace Village, which started in the UCC 20 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, teaches children peaceful practices through fun, outdoor adventure, classes, music and interfaith stories.
“The four components to the program – Peace Within Self, Peace and the Planet, Peace and our Culture, Peace with Others – have a strong theological base,” said Cynthia Stuart, co-director of Peace Village. “As Christians, we follow Jesus’ model that both embraced children and taught peace. But the idea of peace is evident in all faith traditions. We can learn from each tradition’s peace emphasis.”
Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets to help pay for the Bay Days fireworks this year.
Raffle tickets for a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club will only be sold until Memorial Day, when the winning ticket will be drawn.
The winning ticket for the 10-game Cleveland Cavaliers package will be drawn July 4.
One half of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration is now privately funded, so volunteers are working to raise money to make sure the celebration goes off with a bang.
The Herb Guild's 32nd annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Avon Oaks Country Club. This year's theme is “In the Pink.” Tickets are $35 each and are on sale now.
The boutique will open at 10 a.m. and will feature culinary herbs, herb mixes, herb dips and specialty items. There will be a tasting table so you can taste the delicious foods before you buy them. Breadsmith of Lakewood will sell their herb bread again this year. There will be raffle baskets, each worth $75 or more, and a silent auction with amazing deals.
This year's Relay for Life was a celebration. We celebrated people fighting and we celebrated the family members that help our survivors everyday. We were six communities coming together as one. Our event was a great success – only falling short of our $34,000 goal by $4,000. But we still have three more fundraisers coming up over the next two months and I have no doubt we will hit this goal and surpass it!
I cannot name everyone who put their heart and soul into this Relay; you know who you are, so I will simply thank everyone as a community. This was my fifth year as event chair and there was a moment during the Luminaria Ceremony that defined why we work so hard to Relay. Unprompted, the attendees reached out to hold hands around the track in dark silence, while the names of those touched by cancer glowed in front of them.
Memorial Day will soon be here. The Westlake Kiwanis Club hopes you are planning to participate in our annual community parade and service that day, May 30.
The parade and service will honor those civilians and military that sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and protect our shores – many of those fallen were members of our Westlake community. If you participated in the parade or in the services in Clague Park last year, the Westlake Kiwanis and the community appreciate your participation and hope you will take part again this year.
The May 11 meeting of the Herb Guild will be held at the Rose Hill Herb Garden, which is located in Cahoon Park between Wolf Road and Lake Road in Bay Village. 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 winter. Members are asked to bring garden gloves and tools.
The guest speaker for this meeting will be Shirley Swindell, who will talk about growing a low-maintenance garden, something everyone needs in these busy times. She will also conduct a “make and take” workshop. Non-members will be asked to pay $5 for the workshop.
The second annual History Mystery Bike Ride sponsored by Village Bicycle Cooperative will be on Saturday, May 7, from 12-2 p.m. at the Cooperative, located on the ground floor of the Bay Village Community House, 303 Cahoon Road. The fundraiser is an easy-paced, family-friendly bike tour that includes a map of stops designed to educate riders about Bay’s rich history and a few of its mysteries. Cost is $10/adult and $3/child, or bring the whole family for $25. Raffle tickets for a bike and other items are available for $1 each. There will also be live music, geocaching, a photo scavenger hunt and light refreshments. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Children 14 and under need the company of an adult. Helmets are mandatory.
The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in the seventh annual Special Olympics competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.
The event is open to anyone ages 7 and older with special needs. Last year's event included contestants ranging in age from 7 to 80. There will be seven track events: 25-meter wheelchair race (independent), 50-meter wheelchair race (independent), 25-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 50-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 25-meter independent walk, 25-meter walk and 50-meter dash. The field events will include: softball throw, standing long jump and wheelchair softball throw. Participants may pick up to four events to participate in, two track and two field.
The dawn of the 21st century ushered in a new “information era” of research capabilities. Personal computers and search engines allowed for anyone to easily mine mountains of electronic data from the most relevant sources, for a particular subject, at any hour of the day without leaving home. Traditional research practices of physically visiting various repositories became “so yesterday.”
This is particularly evident in the area of genealogical and family history research, where the need to visit local libraries, historical societies and county courthouses has been reduced greatly. Popular genealogical search engines and databases, such as FamilySearch, Fold3 and HeritageQuest, can be freely accessed electronically from anywhere, using a library account and pin number.
School is almost out and summer is on its way, and that means it is time once again for Project Pedal. This multi-route bike ride offers beautiful early summer scenery, healthy exercise and an enjoyable experience to share with family and friends of all ages. Best of all, riders will be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project. Project Pedal begins at 9 a.m. and all rides are concluded by 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. All routes begin and end at Bay Middle School at 27725 Wolf Road.
There are five routes to choose from:
- Pea Pod Pedal (100 yards) is for two- and three-year-olds on trikes and big wheels. Registration fee: $10.
- Sprout Route (400 yards) is for children six years and under on two-wheelers, with or without training wheels. Registration fee: $15.
- Cucumber Course (6 miles) is for all ages. The route travels primarily side streets with a rest stop at Village Project headquarters. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $25.
- Kale Trail (15 miles) is for intermediate riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village. Rest stops will be at Village Project, Reese Park and Bradley Park. Sidewalks are available throughout the ride. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $30.
- Artichoke Adventure (35 miles) is for more experienced riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village, Avon Lake and Westlake. Rest stops will be at Village Project, Reese Park and Bradley Park in Bay Village. Much of the ride will take place on well-traveled roads such as Lake, Bradley, Walker and Hilliard. Registration fee: $40.
Bay High seniors Rachel Zvara and Jocelyn Joseph have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Bay Village Historical Society.
Rachel has lived in Bay Village her whole life. She is the daughter of Jennifer, and granddaughter of Janet Zvara, former Bay Village citizen of the year and longtime curator of the Rose Hill Museum.
Jocelyn has lived in Bay Village for 18 years and is the daughter of Jeanne; she also lives with, and cares for, her grandmother.
The Bay Rockets Association is again conducting its clothing collection drive, The Great Clean-Out, April 29 (3-7 p.m.), April 30 (3-7 p.m.), and May 1 (3-7 p.m). All funds raised will benefit both Bay Rockets Athletics and Easter Seals Northern Ohio. Bay Rocket Athletics relies on fundraising to ensure that Bay Village Schools can maintain athletic teams from 7th to 12th grades. Easter Seals Northern Ohio uses these funds to support over 15,000 people with disabilities. The clothing drive is an innovative way for these organizations to raise funds without having to sell anything.
A limited number of tickets for two different raffle prizes are now available to aid the 2016 Bay Days Fireworks Fund.
One half of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration is now privately funded, so volunteers are working to raise money to make sure the celebration goes off with a bang.
The first raffle is for a Cavs package, which includes tickets to 10 select games of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016/2017 season, plus membership in the Wine and Gold United, which confers numerous other benefits outside Cavaliers tickets, such as discounts on Monsters and Gladiators tickets and events. Tickets are in Sec. 227, Row 13, Seats 17 and 18, on the aisle and re-sellable. The winner will also receive a “swag bag” of Cavaliers merchandise.
Do you like a good mystery? Here’s your chance to visit some historical mystery sites in Bay Village and learn about some strange phenomenon such as the Mystery Wave, Dover Center Gun Battle and the Sheppard Murder. Come support the Village Bicycle Cooperative’s second History Mystery Ride ("Hi My") which will be held on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet at Village Bicycle Cooperative, located at 303 Cahoon Road.
In celebration of Mother's Day, all moms will receive a special gift!
Spring has arrived and the flowers are blooming – that means the Westlake Historical Society Spring Yard Sale will soon be here. The Society's board and its members invite you to our sale on the Clague House Museum lawn, Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be a pre-sale on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. for members and friends of the Society. Coffee and donuts will be available the morning of the sale. A 50/50 raffle, fresh popped popcorn, and cold drinks will be available in the afternoon.
The Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, met on April 14 to share news and notes. Outgoing Council officers – co-presidents Darin Snyder and Lou Popp, secretary Jessica Breslin and treasurer Therese Koomar – were thanked for their year of service. New officers were elected and will begin their terms at the May 18 meeting: Tara Wendell, president; Jessica Breslin, vice president; Mary Kay Wilson, secretary; and Therese Koomar, treasurer.
BAYarts reported a successful spring and the continued popularity of its varied programming. Registration for summer programming began April 12 and within hours many of the programs were nearly full! The Ryel Ceramics studio continues to strengthen the reach and impact of the BAYarts campus-providing accessibility and functionality for all those who wish to participate. Summer camps, workshops and the summer concert series details are all available at bayarts.net. Save the date for Moondance 2016 on Sept. 10!
The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has recently selected two Bay High Junior girls to attend the Buckeye Girls State at Mount Union College. Funding for this project was partially provided by the Bay Kiwanis Club. Additionally, two Bay High junior boys were selected to attend Buckeye Boys State in June at Bowling Green State University. Both Buckeye Girls and Boys programs teach the students how state, county and city governments work. The one-week programs allow the students to run for government positions and if elected, learn just what is required to serve in that position. The students will report on their experiences at future Legion and Kiwanis meetings. The Legion Post is reaching out to relatives of active duty military personnel. Those parents or spouses of full-time service members can obtain a Blue Service Star for their home by contacting Americanism Chairman, Jim Potter, at 440-899-9343.
The Westlake Kiwanis hosted a program on Earth Day at a recent meeting. Their guest speaker was Scott Sanders, executive director of Earth Day Coalition.
Scott spoke on the upcoming EarthFest 2016, Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. This is the Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest-running Earth Day celebration in the nation.
Scott encourage all to come out and celebrate the Year of Clean Transportation with all-day entertainment, eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, music on four stages, urban farm animals, petting zoos, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, pony rides, local food trucks, micro-brewers and vintners.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will partner with Dr. Meghan Barlow to host "Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective" on Monday, April 25. This free, informational gathering is open to the public and will address strategies to help your child shine.
Dr. Barlow, Center staff and parents will explore normal milestones and reasonable expectations for children who are of preschool age. Specifically, they’ll examine how play can be used to teach skills and manage behavior, explore strategies for keeping children engaged and occupied, develop tips to ease anxiety and provide helpful resources.
This highly successful series was created in 2015 through the partnership of Dr. Barlow and the Center’s preschool coordinator, Teece Lester. “We have amazing students in our programs,” notes Lester. “We want to work with these children and their families to help provide more tools and resources, allowing everyone to thrive.”
The Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with Cleveland’s own Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton. Heaton has been an award-winning popular culture columnist and reporter at the Plain Dealer since 1987. Heaton is the son of Chuck Heaton, sports writer for the Plain Dealer and brother of well-known actress Patricia Heaton. He will be talking about his favorite memories of being a journalist in Cleveland.
Stop by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA's annual Spring Kids’ Resale on Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Admission is $5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and $1 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
The sale features gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs and outdoor play items. It's a great place for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and babysitters to pick up gently used items for children. Shoppers with strollers are welcome.
Vintage fashions from Rose Hill Museum’s extensive collection will be the highlight of a new exhibit when the museum reopens for the season on April 10. The elegant fashions date from 1818 to 1950.
“The fashions are fun for all to see up close and in a unique setting,” said Janet Zvara, museum director. “This exhibit is sure to evoke fond memories of times gone by.”
Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland will be the guest speaker at the April 19 West Shore Chamber of Commerce luncheon to discuss the State of the City. Mayor Sutherland will give a presentation on all that is new and growing in Bay as well as answer questions from the guests.
The luncheon will be held at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road in Westlake, starting at 11:30 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m. If you would like to attend this lunch, a reservation is required. The cost is $20 and can be paid to the West Shore Chamber. Call 440-777-3368 or email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter AE of P.E.O. International welcomes you to attend Gift Basket Galore & More, a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at UCC Dover Congregational Church 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake.
The event includes a silent auction of theme-filled Longaberger baskets, cash-and-carry gift items, plants, wreaths, baked goods and a raffle – something for everyone, gifts for many occasions (just in time for Mother’s Day). There will be light refreshments and it is free to attend. All those who come are eligible for our door prize drawing. Cash and checks will be accepted, and the bidding on the baskets will end at 6:15 p.m. We will also be raffling off a Crocker Park extravaganza weekend which includes a two night stay at the Hilton Double Tree with breakfast for two, restaurant gift certificates, Regal movie tickets, and more!
Kids love pancakes, Kiwanis serve kids, Kiwanis make pancakes, is it kismet?
The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 17. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat! Plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets are $6. Children six and under eat for free.