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 email@example.com.
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.
This year's Power of More Chamber Business Showcase will be feature over 70 businesses representing all six area chambers of commerce, including West Shore, North Coast, Fairview Park and North Olmsted.
The show is hosted by the Fairview Park chamber and will be held in the Gemini Center on Thursday, April 21, from 2-6 p.m. This event brings 200-300 people each year to explore all the great local businesses we have in our community. Several local restaurants will be on hand to offer food samples and refreshments. The show is open to the public and free of charge.
Spring is in the air, Easter is fast approaching and both will be celebrated at the Westlake Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Westlake Town Criers.
This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 19, at the playground in front of the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd. This is a free event for children age 10 and younger.
Promptly at 1:00 pm, children ages 4 through 6 will take off on a scramble for wrapped candy and in search for special eggs that are redeemable for stuffed animals. A second scramble will be held at 1:30 p.m. for children ages 7 through 10. Simultaneously there is a non-competitive egg hunt for children age 3 and under.
More than 400 people attended the inaugural NOURISH event at the Hyland headquarters on February 27. The evening was planned to raise funds for Village Project.
Guests were treated to several different stations featuring delicious dishes prepared from Village Project recipes, as well as live, silent and Chinese auctions. In addition, guests were given Village Project “passports” allowing them to explore the many endeavors of the organization, which provides meals and sustaining services to families experiencing cancer in the western suburbs, including Bay Village and Westlake.
Are you terrified of speaking in a group or one-on-one? Don't let your fears hold you back any longer. It's time to face your fears like the champion you know you are. Inside of you is a person who has a lot to say and the Toastmasters community needs to hear your ideas. Toastmasters is not only about speaking, it is about sharing from your heart and offering what others need to hear.
A Toastmasters club is a group of people who want to learn how to improve their speaking skills. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills.
It’s not too late to sign up for several upcoming activities at the Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center:
Wednesday, March 16 (12:30 p.m.) Leaving a Legacy, Matters of the Heart – Unlike legal wills that transfer material possessions, an ethical will bequeaths personal values, reflections, traditions, advice and memories to loved ones. Join us to learn more. RSVP, 835-6565.
Wednesday, March 16 (2 p.m.) 2016 Tour Preview: Fun-filled extended trips – Richard Urbas from Wendt Touring will provide highlights of two upcoming trips. Detailed flyers and registration forms are available from the Dwyer Center.
Tuesday, March 22 (10 a.m.) New! Creative Stirrings Readers’ Theatre & Arts – You are invited to attend a social gathering introducing “Creative Stirrings,” a new class beginning this spring at the Dwyer Center. Enjoy a warm beverage and light fare as we discuss the details of this Readers’ Theatre and Arts Group. Your input is welcome! We will consider the dramatic subjects and themes to be featured in class. Bring a friend! A class series will be offered April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: $15 for Bay residents, $20 for non-residents. Registration open now.
Join the Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) at Rue 254, 32025 Detroit Road, Avon, on Saturday, April 9, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for an evening of fun and socializing! The Spring Fling is the WECPTA’s annual spring fundraising event. Tickets are $20/person, and include heavy appetizers and desserts. There will be a cash bar. Invite your friends for a great night out!
As always, we will have our renowned auction with incredible items for you to bid on and take home. This year our fundraiser will include a wine pull for $20. Wines will be sorted into reds and whites, valued between $10 and $50. Everyone's a winner!
Since 1925, when the Lions Club pledged to help the blind and to work to eradicate preventable blindness at the urging of Helen Keller, they have lived up this promise in numerous ways. One such effort has been the collection of used eyeglasses. The Lions are most recognized by their eyeglass collection boxes that can be found in any town or community in such places as libraries, grocery stores, waiting rooms and so forth. If you have an old prescription sitting in a drawer or if you've lost a loved one and are unsure what to do with their glasses, the Lions Recycle for Sight Program has the answer.
The WestShore Lions Club is collecting your old eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids. Your donations will be cleaned and packaged to be utilized in missions going to third-world countries.
The Bay Village Historical Society invites antique dealers and fine craft artisans to participate in its 47th annual “Cahoon in June” event on June 18.
Held in Bay Village’s beautiful and historic Cahoon Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Erie, the show attracts a variety of quality antique and collectible dealers as well as crafters from Ohio and neighboring states. In addition to the exhibitors, this year’s show will feature a wide selection of interesting food, culinary artisans, live music and children’s activities.
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Big changes and new additions are the subject of this year’s Relay. I am so excited! Our Relay is on Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. this year and will take place again inside at Westlake High School. We had great feedback last year from Survivors and guests that being inside was more intimate and the smaller track was better for some of our Survivors and participants. Selfishly, I loved the smaller venue because I was able to visit with everyone instead of running from one end of the field to the next. Also the weather indoors will be perfect no matter what Mother Nature decides!
We welcome the cities of Fairview and Rocky River to our Relay of Westshore. We are excited to have new teams and participants working together to make this event bigger and better. Our Westshore event now includes Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Avon Lake, Fairview and Rocky River. This makes a united force in finding a cure for this disease. I am looking forward to seeing where we can take this event.
Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School Cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road. And due to popular demand, the Easter Bunny and the Fairytale Foundation Princesses will again make appearances this year!
The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $6 per person presale, and $7 at the door. Children age six and under eat for free. Advance tickets are available from your favorite Kiwanian, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the organization’s Facebook page (Bay Village Kiwanis) for more information.
Since its inception the HUGS Foundation has served over 200 families, helping offset the costs of recovery from chemical dependence. On Feb. 20, supporters of the organization joined for a benefit at BAYarts, raising more than $10,000 – ensuring that more families in Northeast Ohio will be able to receive the help that they need.
“What a perfect evening!” said Dianne Vogt, executive director of the HUGS Foundation. “We couldn’t have asked for more. Surrounded by friends who came out to support our great cause, delicious food by Sweet Melissa’s, a great venue at BAYarts, and great weather! It is also our pleasure to honor Monica Robins for her efforts in bringing awareness to our communities about the heroin epidemic.”
The WestShore Lions Club has been working since last fall to secure donations for its School Safety Buckets program. These five-gallon plastic buckets, filled with items to be used in an emergency, under the supervision of a teacher – will be distributed to every classroom in the cities of Westlake and North Olmsted.
Items are still needed to complete the 570 buckets:
The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center has been in existence for 28 years. The primary goal of this group is to support the Shelter at the West Side Catholic Center for women and their children in crisis. The Shelter is designed to be a protective setting where women who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness are taught skills which will enable them to become independent.
The 28th annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 6, at LaCentre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12:30, and additional shopping. Tickets are $45 per person and all proceeds from the event directly benefit the Shelter.
If you are like many people in this day and age, the thought of throwing away your children’s outgrown clothing or toys feels like throwing your hard-earned money out the window. That’s why children’s resale events have grown in popularity. This is a public sale where vendors sell gently used or even new children’s items for a fraction of the cost of buying them at retail. Until recently, there were no options for those savvy shoppers who wanted to buy or sell items for their older kids. That’s where Westlake’s Big Kid ReSale comes in.
After four successful sales since 2012, the fifth annual Big Kid ReSale is set for Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The sale will feature more than 70 vendors selling clothing sizes 5T to Juniors and gear appropriate for kids elementary age through high school. In addition to clothing and shoes, shoppers will find everything from sports equipment, toys and games to books, music equipment, computer stuff and furniture.
The winner of the Bay Village senior center's eighth annual Soup Cook-off fundraiser was Brookdale Westlake Village, with a delicious pumpkin, apple and bacon soup. Towne Center Community Campus took second and third place with their wonderful lobster bisque and potato soup, respectively.
Over 200 people enjoyed the soups of 10 different senior facilities, including Brighton Gardens, Devon Oaks, the Knickerbocker Apartments, Independence Village, Normandy Care Center, Our House, Village of the Falls and St. Mary of the Woods.
The real winner was the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, as this event raised $1,200 to support programming at the center.
The annual Rotary Speech Competition is open to all high school students who attend school in the cities of Westlake or Bay Village, or are home schooled in either city.
The theme of the 4- to 7-minute-long speech is to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Rotary’s 4-Way Test, and should be from the speaker’s personal experience or knowledge.
The registration deadline is March 4 and the competition will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westlake School District’s Parkside Building at 24525 Hilliard Blvd. The first-place winner will receive $150 and move on to the District Competition on April 2. The second- and third-place winners will receive $125 and $100, respectively.
The third season of “Finding Your Roots” is now airing on PBS every Tuesday at 8 p.m. With the help of professional researchers, Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the lineage of three well-known celebrities. The ultimate goal of the program is to expose the viewing audience to the vast collection of research data available online at Ancestry.com and to increase the number of Ancestry.com subscribers. A one-year membership costs $99 to $199.
A more cost-efficient approach is near at hand. Westlake Porter Public Library, the Bay Village Branch Library, and other area libraries subscribe to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. Library patrons can access this database edition from the library computers. A more complete edition is available to the public from the computers at the Westlake Family History Center at the Mormon LDS church at 25000 Westwood Road six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and also Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Call 440-777-1518 or email email@example.com for more information.
Having some mid-winter blahs? Well Village Bicycle Cooperative has a cure for that! Join us and Bike Cleveland for a winter social at the Village Bicycle Cooperative on Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. We will have plenty of activities for children and adults to enjoy, including:
- "Fat bike" demos throughout Cahoon Park.
- Macaroni and cheese bake-off. If you have a mouth-watering recipe, bring it in to share. There will be a prize awarded to the favorite!
- Fun bike craft for all ages.
- Sledding at Rose Hill which is next to VBC and is lighted (bring your own sleds).
- Pizza, hot cocoa and warm cider will be provided by Bike Cleveland.
The Merriam-Webster simple definition of nourish reads: 1. To provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc.; 2. To cause (something) to develop or grow stronger.
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 five years. During that time over 12,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 100 families in the western suburbs, including Bay Village and Westlake.
NOURISH is a special fundraising event being held this month to benefit Village Project so that it will be able 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. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 1 located at 28500 Clemens Road in Westlake.
The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation announces it has a new landmark building available, the Huntington Water Tower by Cat's Meow. It is being sold for $15. Other buildings sell for $10 each.
The water tower and a large stone that passengers used in stepping out of their carriages are the only two features remaining from John Huntington's farm and can be seen at Huntington Park.
The Foundation also has other hometown-themed items available including afghans, Bay Traditions ll Cookbook, and Bay Village playing cards.
The Westlake and Bay Village Kiwanis held a joint meeting Jan. 12 at Buca di Beppo to celebrate their 65th anniversaries. Both clubs were founded in 1950 so the party was a little late due to busy schedules by both clubs. Club presidents George Christ of the Westlake club and George MacDonald of Bay Village officiated over the meeting together, including cutting a 65th Anniversary cake.
The evening's guest speaker, local historian Mel Maurer, spoke of the history of the two cities which evolved from one, Dover Township. Dover Township was founded in 1810 by early settlers Joseph Cahoon and Asahel Porter. Then in 1901 Bay Village seceded from Dover Township due to squabbles over taxes and a railroad right-of-way. In 1940, after tiring of confusion with another town named Dover in Ohio, the village changed its name to Westlake.
The quarterly meeting of the Bay Village Community Council was held on Jan. 14 at the Bay Village Branch Library. A subcommittee composed of Wendy Hanna, George MacDonald, Darin Snyder and Tara Wendell selected the Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year, and representatives from Bay Village groups reported on past activities and future plans.
The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation’s Annual Antique Show and Sale fundraiser will be on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, at Bay High School. Antique dolls will be featured and a bake sale will be held. For more information, contact Nancy at 440-334-7539. The new Huntington Water Tower by Cats Meow will be available for purchase for $15 along with other Bay Village memorabilia.
The Bay Village Historical Society will host Bette Lou Higgins, artistic director of Eden Valley Enterprises (EVE), for a program entitled, "Next Stop, Freedom!" at the Feb. 19 meeting. All are welcome to attend the Feb. 19 program and potluck dinner free of charge. Guests are asked to bring a side dish for 10 to share and their own place setting. Reservations can be made by phoning Doug Gertz at 440-554-6355 or Cathy Flament at 440-835-4472. Donations are accepted to help defray program costs. The potluck dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at the Community House, 303 Cahoon Road. The annual antique and craft show and sale, "Cahoon in June," will take place June 18 in Cahoon Memorial Park. We will once again be part of "Destination Bay." Community groups are invited to participate with free booth space. To reserve a space, contact Cynthia Eakin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-213-0312.
Bay Village Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held on March 20. Proceeds benefit the many scholarships awarded by the Kiwanis to local students.
What better way to stay warm in January than to sample 10 delicious, hot soups!
You can do just that on Friday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bay Village Senior Center's eighth annual soup cook-off! Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. This event is a fundraiser for the Dwyer Senior Center, and is always a sell-out, so get your tickets now!
The Dwyer Center is located at 300 Bryson Lane. Call 440-899-3442 to purchase tickets.
A display of dolls will highlight the 47th annual Antiques Show and Sale sponsored by the Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation on President's Weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, being held at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.
Following the tradition of showcasing trains and quilts in the past, antique and vintage dolls will be featured in the 2016 show. Those created before 1930 are considered antique today. The dolls are classified according to their construction. Most pre-1930 dolls were bisque, papier mache, wood and wax. Also, composition dolls are becoming classified as antique.
The Bay Village community built the Play in Bay playground in 1995 and now we want to preserve it for at least another 20 years. The fundraising drive to refurbish and enhance Play in Bay that began last September is off to a great start!
"Over 300 families have responded and we have already achieved over 60 percent of the campaign goal," reported board President Al Paulus. "We believe we can raise the additional funds and complete the project before the summer is over.”
Bay Village Foundation board members are busy contacting those that may not have had the chance to contribute. If you wish to contribute, please send a check to The Bay Village Foundation, P.O. Box 40122, Bay Village, OH 44140 indicating your desire for the funds to be for the Play in Bay project. Or contribute on our website: thebayvillagefoundation.org.
The Kiwanis Club, who was instrumental in the original building of the playground, is planning to make a donation to be announced soon. Trustees Sarah Urbancic and Mindy Stroh have organized a Family Winterfest at Play in Bay and nearby Kiddie Kollege on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 3-5 p.m. to raise funds. For a suggested donation of $20 per family, there will be cookies and hot chocolate, games and raffle prizes.
NOTE: This article has been edited to include the correct date of the event. It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18.
Bette Lou Higgins, artistic director of Eden Valley Enterprises, will present a program entitled “Next Stop, Freedom!” at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society.
Eden Valley Enterprises has been creating historical programs since 1977. EVE has developed more than 40 original shows, and more than half spotlight Ohio and Great Lakes history. The company has produced special programs for a number of local organizations including the Lorain County Metroparks, The Steamship William G. Mather, Roscoe Village, The Great Lakes Historical Society and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
The winner of the North Coast Health Cavs Raffle will spend an evening watching LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin and company pound the boards against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, March 16, courtesy of First Federal Lakewood.
Take a chance to win this four-pack of Cavs VIP tickets while supporting North Coast Health, a free and charitable clinic that has provided health care services for the uninsured and underinsured in western Cleveland for 30 years.
The third annual Cahoon Christmas kicked off at Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park with Santa Claus arriving in a fire truck, accompanied by a police escort. After riding through the city’s streets, waving to excited kids of all ages, Santa made his grand appearance to a packed gathering at the Community House.
The annual event, sponsored by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club and the Bay Village Historical Society, included lots of fun provided by many of the city’s civic groups.
Festivities included Christmas carols sung by the Bay High Choraleers and the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater, a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, and crafts for kids at booths by the Women’s Club, Bay Village Library and the Garden Club.
The winter session of the Case Off-Campus Studies program in Westlake will study Charles Dickens’ "Little Dorrit," a novel that looks at socioeconomic issues, some of which we are still addressing here and now. The leader-teacher for this course is Cheryl Wires.
Charles Dickens unleashed the full powers of his socioeconomic conscience and storytelling imagination in writing "Little Dorrit." We will examine these mighty forces in this book discussion course. They make "Little Dorrit" a must-read classic, especially since it is overshadowed by Dickens’ more popularized works.
"Living the Law," the winter course being offered in Bay Village through the Association for Continuing Education of Case Western Reserve University, will begin Monday, Jan. 11, from 10- 11:30 a.m. Our instructor is Barbara Greenberg, a practicing Cleveland attorney, and we meet at Bay United Methodist church, on the corner of Bassett and Lake roads.
Our focus will be the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. We will look at Supreme Court cases involving the various amendments, the decisions rendered in each case and how they have affected our lives and laws.
Have you ever wondered about the unique challenges of doing genealogical research for African-American slave families? The typical vital records of birth, marriage and death which can be found for the colonial and antebellum free American population, is lacking for African-American slave families. Finding the records of the slaveholder is critical to successful research.
Dr. Deborah Abbott, a nationally recognized speaker and a past president of the African-American Genealogical Society of Cleveland, will share her knowledge of how to research an African-American ancestor’s journey, from slavery to freedom, at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
The Bay Village Education Foundation is ready to set the stage for the finest fundraising event year for the Bay schools. Each year, the foundation hosts their “Creating Opportunities” event at Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant in Bay Village to assist in the funding of annual grant awards to many teachers that are searching for the means to give wings to their various meaningful, innovative or creative classroom ideas.
Funds raised at this event are also often dedicated to helping to support other separate special grants, such as those that inspire leadership, studying abroad and special education support. Therefore, this tremendous night encompasses the idea of “Creating Opportunities” on several different levels for all students of the Bay Village City School District as a whole or individually.
The Bay Village Council of PTAs and Westlake Council of PTAs are sponsoring Love and Logic, an entertaining parenting program that is designed to give practical skills that can be used immediately with preschool through teenage children.
This six-session class will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 27 through March 2 in the Lee Burneson Middle School media center, 2260 Dover Center Road in Westlake. The cost for the class is $75 per participant. Childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no cost by Westlake City Schools’ Project LINK from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dover Elementary, 2300 Dover Center Road (next door to LBMS); advance reservation required.
Art comes in many different forms, and at "Rx:Create! 2016," you’ll have the opportunity to win a unique piece of local art – and support health care in our community. Last year’s event was a huge success and we’re hoping you’ll break out of the winter blues and join us for a laid back evening of art appreciation!
This year's event will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Vosh, 1414 Riverside Drive, Lakewood. The evening will feature raffles and auctions of unique art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, photography, textiles and more created by northeast Ohio artists and designers. Proceeds from Rx:Create! make possible the life-saving health care North Coast Health is able to provide to our neighbors in need.