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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A free presentation on high blood pressure will take place Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. The program presentation is being sponsored by Joshua Tree Senior Living in North Olmsted and in conjunction with the WestShore Lions Club monthly meeting.
Tom Strong, a noted medical lecturer and patient advocate, will be explain non-medical strategies to help reduce and manage blood pressure. Registration is not required, and session will take place shortly after the WestShore Lions Club meeting, with a question and answer period scheduled to follow the informative talk.
An ecumenical prayer service is planned in Bay Village on the eve of the opening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Individuals from all faiths and communities are invited to the service at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, 28701 Wolf Road, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.
“It is our hope that this non-partisan and ecumenical service emphasizing peace, hope and humility will guide us as we respond to this major public event in Cleveland, as well as the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia,” said Pastor Robin Craig of Bethesda-on-the-Bay.
The grounds of the Clague House Museum will be the place to be on Sunday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the Westlake Historical Society welcomes visitors to the 46th annual Antique, Vintage and Craft Show.
This yearly event is put on by the members of the Westlake Historical Society and is their major fundraiser for the year. Funding from the show helps to support many of the society's activities, archives and youth programs, as well as museum utility costs.
The show will feature over 50 booths to peruse for that perfect gift for someone special or yourself. The Clague House Museum will also be open for free tours.
Can you trace your direct line of ancestors back to one of the Mayflower Pilgrims? If so, you qualify to join the Mayflower Society. Perhaps you cannot do that, but there are many other lineage societies for which you may be eligible to join. Some examples are those societies honoring our nation’s early colonists, founders or patriots of the American Revolution. Others recognize contributions made by religious or ethnic groups.
Contrary to what some may think, you nor your ancestors need to be rich or famous for you to join a lineage society. But you do need to produce vital records or documentation when completing an application.
The third annual Project Pedal held on June 18 raised more than $37,000 for Village Project. A record turnout of 330 bike riders of all ages enjoyed an absolutely beautiful summer day in Bay Village as they rode in their choice of five routes that wound throughout the city and surrounding communities.
Executive Director Barb Harrell was grateful, not only for the warm, sunny weather, but also for the support VP received from the community. “Thanks to our 50-plus sponsors, the 50-plus volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, our riders, their fundraising supporters, as well as the Destination Bay Committee, this year’s event was our most successful Project Pedal yet. I hope that those who rode this year will be back again next year. If you didn’t have a chance to participate this year, we hope you will join us for the fun in 2017.”
The June meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, July 13, at Westlake Porter Public Library.The guest speaker for this meeting will be Matt Misencik from The Rock Pile in Avon. In addition to the usual variety of plants and mulches that most nursery centers carry, The Rock Pile is also a good source of products for birders. Matt will talk about making your garden bird-friendly and also new plants that are on the market. His presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.
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.