Community Events

Culture and lifestyle of Eastern European ancestors

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. families have been able to access more freely historical and genealogical information about their Eastern European ancestors. Organizations such as the Mormon Church have been busy filming vital record documents in these regions.

But data alone does not tell the entire story of a family. Questions remain as to how they made a living, what foods they ate and what customs they perpetuated, especially during some difficult and challenging times.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015

Local race benefits Westlake Historical Society

Runiversity is a company that started the  Rock 'N' Hops Brewery racing series. It helps to promote Cleveland's craft breweries and racing, while helping to also support local non-profit organizations.

Black Box Brewery, located at 24945 Detroit Road in Westlake, is the host for the inaugural Black Box 5K and 1-mile Cheer Walk, which will be held on June 5. The 1-mile Cheer Walk begins at 6 p.m. and the race begins at 6:15. Following the race, there will be food and live music as well as beer for the runners and community to enjoy.

The Westlake Historical Society appreciates the opportunity to be the benefiting non-profit for the Black Box 5K and 1-mile Cheer Walk.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.02.2015

A surprise wedding celebration

Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments threw a surprise wedding reception for Michael and Cindy Shobey.

Michael and Cindy met while residing at the Knickerbocker. They were recently married in a quiet ceremony attended only by a few family members. The happy couple were pleasantly surprised by their neighbors at the Knickerbocker with a small reception, cake and gifts. The couple danced for the crowd and enjoyed a great start to their new life together!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanian observes and reports on Memorial Day events

The great thing about our hyperlocal newspaper is that citizens become involved in observing and reporting community events to which they have a connection.

Vic Rutkoski has been the voice of the Westlake Kiwanis, writing stories and taking photos of the group's activities throughout the community over the years. On Memorial Day, Vic walked Hilliard Boulevard, taking photos of the parade and the services at Clague Park.

Attached is a photo gallery of some of his observations during the event.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 2:12 PM, 05.28.2015

Bay Village ceremony and parade pay homage to our nation's veterans

Memorial Day events in Bay Village started with observances at Lakeside Cemetery which included speeches, the laying of flowers on graves, the playing of taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" by the Bay High Marching Band, and a 21-gun salute by the American Legion. The ceremony was followed by a parade down Lake Road to Cahoon Memorial Park. Here's the great photo coverage of the day's events.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:11 PM, 05.26.2015

Colorful coverage as Westlake honors veterans on Memorial Day

The weather was perfect for the May 25 Memorial Day events sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Westlake. Residents lined Hilliard Boulevard to view the parade and attend the commemorative services at Clague Park. The WBV Observer was there and provided the great coverage of this annual event honoring our nation's veterans.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:11 PM, 05.26.2015

Relay for Life of Westshore gearing up for May 30 event

With less than two weeks to go until the Relay for Life of Westshore, we are really stepping up our game. Our committee and teams are in full force to help make this the best event yet.  

Please join us Saturday, May 30, at the Westlake High School stadium from noon until 11 p.m. for games, bounce house, food, DJ and our main event, The Princess and Pirate Party. Join Anna, Elsa and Jake the Neverland Pirate as we have an ice cream social, crafts and photos with the princesses or pirate. The donation is $10 per child and is bound to be a Fairy Tale good time. The party will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Come anytime during that time to enjoy the fun.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Learn about our great lake during Lake Erie Day

As you live and work and play along the shores of Lake Erie, you may find yourself with questions about this great resource. How are invasive species spread? What makes a harmful algal bloom? Why is Lake Erie called the “Walleye Capital of the World”? What are the fishing opportunities available in this region?

Join us on May 23 for Lake Erie Day, where visitors to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will have a chance to ask the experts your questions and learn more about topics related to this great lake.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

German genealogical research across the pond

More and more individuals have become excited about exploring their own personal history, as a result of watching the popular television programs “Finding Your Roots,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and/or “Genealogical Road Show.”

Many will begin their research by first collecting data from family and friends, locally available U.S. public or church vital records, tombstone, cemetery and U.S. census records. But, the question most people will raise eventually is “How to I research my immigrant ancestor in his or her native land?”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Former mayor, wife to be honored in annual plaque ceremony

Henry Reese and his wife, Helen, will be honored on May 25 at the Bay Village Foundation's annual Bronze Plaque Memorial Ceremony. Henry Reese was mayor of Bay Village from 1970-1978. Reese, a former Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Helen, were active in the Bay Village community for many years. Their sons, Wayne and Robert, and their families are remembering them.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade a Westlake tradition

A continuing Westlake tradition, the Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade, takes place on Monday, May 25. Come out and line the parade route along Hilliard Boulevard and enjoy the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in front of Westlake Christian Church and terminates in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.

Please come and honor those citizens of Westlake who gave their all in wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe our freedom to these individuals who left their lives on battlefields around the world. In respect for this solemn occasion the Westlake Kiwanis requests that participants refrain from throwing candy during the parade.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.19.2015

Place hand on heart to honor American flag

As a veteran of WWII, I am honored to proudly march in the Color Guard during the annual Memorial Day parade in Bay Village. On this special day, in which we honor our veterans, I thought I'd list the correct protocol for those observing the parade as the Color Guard carrying the American flag passes by.

Protocol for Honoring our American Flag

When the American flag is displayed with a Color Guard during a parade or other formal type ceremony, those observing this function should: stand at attention; remove their hats; and place their right hand over their heart (if wearing a hat, hold the hat over one's heart with the right hand). After the Color Guard passes or the ceremony finishes, one may return to the previous stature or position.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Watercolor classes to begin June 15 at Dwyer Center

“Fun with Watercolor” will be held Mondays from 1-3 p.m. for six weeks beginning June 15. Stephen Sitar will lead you on a magical, creative and colorful journey. You’ll be amazed, happy and surprised at your results. Bay residents $32, non-residents $34.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Tri-Bay Classic golf outing returns June 12

The yearly Tri-Bay golf outing is set again at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake this year for Friday, June 12. Always well attended, the gathering of Bay supporters and golf lovers join together each year for a specific cause; the fundraiser is dedicated to raising funds to assist the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Alumni Foundation, and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. 

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Women's business social to be held June 3

All are invited to attend a Women’s Business Social sponsored by The Westlake Women’s Club and Palace Business Centres on Wednesday, June 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Come learn about the opportunities offered through the Westlake Women’s Club (formerly known as the Westlake Junior Women’s Club) and see what Palace Business Centre is doing to support area small businesses, all while connecting with women-owned businesses, shopping and enjoying a little pampering!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Life jacket event stresses safe boating practices

Bay Schools Safe Boating students and staff put on their life jackets May 16 at the Bay Boat Club to be part of "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Day. The goal of the event, part of a week of activities sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, is to get the most people wearing their life jacket to break last year's record and to raise awareness that wearing life jackets saves lives.

Later that day, the students completed an Ohio Boating Education Class as part of the Bay Schools Boating Education program. The program follows the nationally recognized Spirit of America boating safety curriculum.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015

Walk to Remember benefits local hospice patients

West Shore residents, churches and community groups will have an opportunity to support local hospice patients and their families by participating in Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 "Walk to Remember." The event takes place Sunday, June 7, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for families and includes full-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, live musical entertainment from InCahootz, make-and-take crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and beverages and more. Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk, or by calling 216-383-3715.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Garden Club plants 52nd Arbor Day tree

Friday morning, April 24, the Westlake Garden Club planted its 52nd consecutive Arbor Day tree, this year at the Westlake Recreation Center’s children’s playground. As he has done throughout his tenure, Mayor Dennis Clough presided over our planting ceremony and presented us with an Arbor Day Proclamation, speaking to the history of Arbor Day and the importance of our Club to the community. 

We especially wish to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for donating our beautiful Valley Forge Elm (Ulmus americana), a new disease-tolerant cultivar which, once established, can grow up a height and crown spread of 30 feet or more, with leaves turning golden yellow in autumn.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:19 AM, 05.05.2015

Herb Guild meeting to feature garden cleanup, mushroom expert

The May 13 meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club 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 near 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.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.05.2015

Great Closet Clean Out

The Bay Rockets Association and Easter Seals have teamed up to hold a second Great Closet Clean-Out, running Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17, at Bay Middle School and Bay High School.

Bring bags of used clothing, shoes or fabric items in ANY condition. Tax receipts are available during open hours. Raffle tickets will be given for each donated bag. Four $50 prizes will be awarded.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:22 AM, 05.05.2015

Village Bicycle Cooperative event cycles through Bay's history

More than 60 participants experienced Bay Village from a unique perspective on the History/Mystery Bike Tour sponsored by the Village Bicycle Cooperative on a chilly Saturday in April.

Cyclists of all ages met at the VBC Cahoon Road facility to pick up their map that took them to recognized historical points in Bay such as Lakeside Cemetery as well as those not as obviously historical such as Reese Park. There, riders learned about The Interurban Electric Train that connected early twentieth century Bay Village residents to Public Square in Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:17 AM, 05.05.2015

Project Pedal rides again

Aren’t you just loving this steadily improving spring weather? It makes you want to get outside and soak in the freshness and beauty that surrounds us. In fact, we think it’s the perfect time of year for a bike ride. With that in mind, it’s our pleasure to announce that Project Pedal is back on Saturday, June 13!

This opportunity to enjoy the scenery and fresh air while getting great exercise is available for all ages. Best of all, riders will be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project. A change this year is that all routes begin and end at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. The event begins at 8 a.m., and all rides are concluded by 1 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.05.2015

Calling all Special Olympians

The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in the fifth annual Special Olympics competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.05.2015

Generous guests support Youth Challenge

More than 350 guests “partied with a purpose” at the Youth Challenge "Gallery Gala" annual benefit and auction on April 18 at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Guests helped raise over $200,000 to fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends and embrace their own unique abilities.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.05.2015

Furthering women's education with gifts that moms love

Please plan to attend Chapter AE (P.E.O. International) "Furthering Women's Education" fundraiser. The event will be Thursday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m. It will be held at the Dover Congregational Church, 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake. The event includes a silent auction of Longaberger baskets filled with various items (bidding will close at 6:15 p.m.), cash and carry gift items, plants, wreaths and baked goods. There will be light refreshments. There is no charge for the event. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

Bay Bike To School Challenge kicks off with April 30 bicycle fair

Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Fair on Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and kick off National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:35 AM, 04.24.2015

Police Chief Mark Spaetzel will address unsolved Amy Mihaljevic case

A 25-year-old unsolved murder case will be the topic of discussion when Bay Village Police Chief Mark A. Spaetzel speaks at the May 21 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program at the Bay Community House.

Amy Mihaljevic, a 10-year-old Bay Village elementary school student, was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in October 1989. Her body was found dumped in a field in remote Ashland County in February 1990. Chief Spaetzel will talk about the progress his department and the FBI have made in solving the still-active murder case.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Avoid chemicals when spring cleaning

With warmer weather moving in, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning – inside and out, all year round. That's why the Bay Village Green Team will be hosting a Green Cleaning Workshop on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library.

The workshop is free to attend and participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home for a $10 fee. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning how to replace toxic cleaning and landscaping products with safe alternatives that you can make from everyday household ingredients. Reducing toxins and other harsh chemicals at home and in the yard helps to protect yourself, your family, your pets and our local watersheds from harmful chemicals.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015

Rose Hill Museum exhibit highlights 'Downton Abbey'

Rose Hill Museum has reopened for the season with the exhibit, “Downton Abbey: Part 1,” based on the British period drama television series. The current exhibit features accessories from the museum’s permanent collection that might be featured on the show including hats, gloves, purses, shoes and jewelry.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

Enjoy a day 'under the stars' April 25 at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Families are invited to explore constellations, the sky’s connect-the-dots, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Family Astronomy Day. On Saturday, April 25, guests will enjoy a planetarium show created especially for this event as well as several hands-on activities throughout the Center.

“We love our Family Astronomy Days,” says Catherine Timko, the Center’s executive director. “They give parents, grandparents and children of all ages a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore together.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Cancer Car Smash will raise money for Village Project

Have you ever wanted to beat the living daylights out of a car? Would you like to do something to help your neighbors who are experiencing cancer? Village Project is offering an opportunity to accomplish both of these goals at its Cancer Car Smash on Saturday, May 2. Not only will participants at this event get a chance to release their aggressions on a jalopy, they will also be helping to raise funds for Village Project.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015

Garden club plans bus trip to Holden Arboretum

The Westlake Garden Club is offering a chance to tour the fabulous Holden Arboretum on Tuesday, June 9. The rhododendron will be in bloom, as well as other late spring, early summer perennials. The bus will depart West Bay Plaza, located at Detroit and Crocker roads, at 8:45 a.m. sharp, rain or shine.

You will choose from among three types of guided tours — a short or long walk or ride on a tram (handicapped). We will lunch at Gamekeeper’s Taverne in Chagrin Falls, followed by free time to explore the town. Heading home, we will stop at Lowe’s Greenhouse (not the big box store), returning to Westlake approximately 4:15 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.21.2015

Engage in and enjoy Compeer Day at Porter Library

Come join us at the seventh annual Compeer Day at Westlake Porter Public Library on Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Compeer Day at WPPL is an open invitation to learn about library resources, Compeer volunteering at Far West Center, and facts about mental health. The event will be held in the Porter Room and is free for all to attend. 

Compeer Day has been held each May, Mental Health Awareness Month, beginning in 2008. It is an open house event for our surrounding community. You are invited to come and engage in activities, socialize and meet staff, members and volunteers.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.21.2015

'Welcome to Medicare' presentation April 29 at Dwyer Center

Many people who join Medicare have questions and concerns about their new, different type of health insurance. In addition, important deadlines exist for certain new benefits.

If you are a new or soon-to-be Medicare beneficiary, come  to the Bay Village Dwyer Center, 300 Bryson Lane, on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. for a presentation by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). Information will be presented about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Silver Sneakers classes now at Bay Dwyer Center!

Zumba Gold and Yoga are now offered as Silver Sneakers programs at the Dwyer Center! Zumba Gold is Fridays at 9 a.m., and two yoga classes are offered on Mondays: Floor Yoga at 9 a.m. and Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m. Classes are free for Silver Sneakers members!

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Teen speaker to discuss tolerance at Westlake event

Westlake City Schools, Westlake Porter Public Library and Connecting for Kids are partnering to bring speaker Justin Bachman to Westlake for a free talk on tolerance, inclusion and differences. Bachman’s presentation will take place at the Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.07.2015

Bay Days fireworks fund kicks off fundraiser

The Bay Days fireworks fund committee continues to seek funding for the city's Fourth of July display. The cost of the annual fireworks display is $11,000.

In addition to sponsorships from Sunnyside Automotive Group and the Westlake | Bay Village Observer, the committee will offer raffle tickets for one-of-a-kind prizes.

Freedom Boat Club will once again offer a one-year membership in the club, a prize valued at $8,000. The winner raffle ticketholder will have unlimited use of a fleet of boats at all club locations, which includes the Rocky River, Port Clinton and Catawba. The membership also includes reciprocal use of boats at any of the club’s 75 other locations nationwide. The club takes care of all maintenance costs, except fuel.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.07.2015

The death of a president: April 14, 1865

April 14 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln was the first US president – but sadly not the last – to be assassinated and, much like later assassinations, controversy remains as to what really happened in the killing of arguably our greatest president.

The closest Lincoln ever came to Westlake or Bay Village, unless he passed this way on a train, was a night he spent in the Weddell House Hotel (where the Rockefeller Building is now), just off Public Square on Feb. 15, 1861, as he stopped in Cleveland on his way to his inauguration as president.

His funeral train, carrying his body back to Springfield for burial, also stopped in Cleveland, on April 28, 1865. His body was presented on Public Square where an estimated 10,000 people per hour passed by his coffin all day.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:01 AM, 04.07.2015

Westlake Memorial Day Parade

The Westlake Kiwanis are looking for clubs and groups to march in the Memorial Day parade on May 25. The parade starts at 10 a.m. To sign up or for more information, contact Russ Milan at 440-777-2720 or lr24498@aol.com, or Rick Grane at 440-829-0974 or rickgrane@aol.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.07.2015

Run Emily's Run, then eat pancakes at Westlake Kiwanis breakfast

The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 19, 8 a.m.-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. The breakfast will be held in conjunction with Emily's Run benefitting Emily's Rainbow Fund for pediatric cancer research at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Tickets for those participating in the run, their family and volunteers will be $5.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.07.2015