Community Service

Flags offered to Bay residents

Seldom in history have so many given so much for human rights and freedom represented by a piece of cloth.

During the War for Independence, patriots sacrificed their fortunes, their homes, their sons and daughters and even their own lives for a country yet to be formed and represented by a flag.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis groups enjoy Planting Day in Westlake

The Weslake Kiwanis Aktion Club planted their Hilliard Boulevard flower box in blue and yellow – their club colors – as part of the Westlake in Bloom competition. The design was suggested by club member Laura Santamaria. The Aktion Club hopes you stop by to see their display on Hilliard, just off of Dover Center Road.

The WHS Key Club planted their box in front of Westlake High School while the Kiwanis planted their boxes in front of Clague Park.

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

Silver Sneakers exercise programs now at Dwyer Center

Silver Sneakers classes are now available in Bay Village! Those seniors who have Silver Sneakers as part of their Medicare Advantage health plan may attend classes for free!

Currently offered are two yoga classes: Floor Yoga at 9 a.m. on Mondays, and Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; and Zumba Gold on Fridays at 9 a.m. Coming in June will be a strength and balance fitness class. Drop-ins are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Dwyer Center at 440-835-6565.

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

Apply for low-income support with Benefit Bank

Are you struggling to meet your monthly expenses? Are you unsure of what benefit programs might be available to help you? Representatives from MetroHealth Benefits Enrollment Center will be at the Dwyer Senior Center on Friday, May 15, to complete and submit applications to The Benefit Bank for seniors age 55 and older. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:26 AM, 05.05.2015

Westlake Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years of service

“Meals on Wheels” is a commonly used term for a variety of meal delivery programs nationwide. Although all such programs serve to address the epidemic of elderly malnutrition, each varies in the population served, types of meals provided, fees, delivery methods or sources of funding.

Westlake Meals on Wheels has been providing a vital service in the Westlake community since 1975 thanks to the generosity of a team of more than 60 weekly volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food on their own. Funding for Westlake Meals on Wheels comes from generous personal and corporate donations that subsidize the reasonable fees assessed to recipients. Westlake Meals on Wheels receives no federal, state or local government funding.

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

Growing to Greatness

The Dwyer Memorial Senior Center stayed open late on Thursday, April 16, to host the monthly meeting of the Westshore Young Leaders Network. The WYLNetwork has been serving the six Westshore communities since 2010. The young leaders are dedicated to implementing strategies aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use while encouraging healthy life choices.

The youth-led initiative was envisioned during a snowy January meeting. The young leaders wanted to bring “spring” to those visiting Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Leslie Selig, Director of Community Services, eagerly accepted the partnership.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay's Fly-A-Flag project resumes

Bay Village’s Fly-A-Flag project is again underway. Three community groups – American Legion Post 385, Bay Kiwanis and Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter DAR – have joined together to supply FREE American flags to Bay residents with limited means or abilities who request them.

This year, the DAR especially recognizes 50 years since the Vietnam War. Flags are offered to Bay Village veterans of that war in heartfelt gratitude.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.07.2015

PGA tour event in Westlake seeks volunteers

Want to rub shoulders with some of the best golfers on the planet? Want to help ensure that a PGA-sponsored tour event that is coming to Westlake runs smoothly?

Then you should volunteer to help out at the upcoming Rust-Oleum Championship golf tournament, set for June 8-14 at the beautiful Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.

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

K-Kids help animals

The Westlake Kiwanis K-Kids from Dover Intermediate made pull toys for dogs waiting to be adopted at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria. Old T-shirts donated by the Westlake Kiwanis were cut into strips and braided into toys.

K-Kids, a Westlake Kiwanis sponsored service club for elementary students, also organized a drive at the school to collect needed supplies and items for the animal shelter such as pet food, litter, toys and cleaning supplies.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Women's group donates $12,000 to Village Project

As Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen understood the value of teamwork and so does the group known as 100+ Women Who Care.

On the third Thursday of January, April, July and October of each year, more than 100 women from throughout the Cleveland metro area come together for precisely one hour at a hotel near the airport. Their mission is simple: to each contribute $100 to help make a meaningful difference for a deserving charity, non-profit or cause that serves the greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.17.2015

Plaque program honors Bay Village residents

Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts a public ceremony honoring those who have been remembered by friends and family with the installation of a bronze plaque. The personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.

The plaques are installed at the request of family, neighbors and friends at the contribution level of $2,500 or more. The Memorial Day Program is a beautiful outdoor service featuring the String Ensemble of Bay High School and soloist tenor Troy Ayers II. Mr. Ayers will sing Andrea Bocelli’s piece “Time To Say Goodbye.” Television personality Jon Loufman will once again serve as emcee for the event.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.17.2015

Brain health foundation to hold fundraiser

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was set up by Dr. Charlie Farrell, MD, and his daughter Rev. Katie Norris of Westlake a few years ago to help other families caring for family members with dementia at home. In creating the foundation, their mission was to empower those affected by dementia through art care and community outreach to create a supportive community which helps people with dementia enjoy lives of meaning and purpose.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.03.2015

Emergency response training begins Feb. 28

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or the solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens and adults are welcome.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:15 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake luncheon to benefit women's shelter

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center has been in existence for 27 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 27th Annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 8, at La Centre 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.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Westerly students learn about economics while helping animals

Mrs. Thomas’ third-grade class at Westerly School in Bay Village recently made dog bones and collected items for the Cleveland Animal Protective League. We started a business to learn about economics.

We are all in the economy. We became producers by making the dog bones at school. Our market was the kids, teachers and staff at Westerly. Our price was $1.50 for two dog bones. The kids in our class specialized by making some posters, announcements and writing this article. This was our advertising. 

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.03.2015

Village Project announces plans to serve Westlake

Village Project has announced plans to serve Westlake, in addition to Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River. According to Executive Director Barb Harrell, "The decision to expand was driven by frequent requests to assist Westlake families struggling with the often overwhelming cancer challenges. Thanks to our over 500 volunteers and generous donors, we are now able to offer much needed services to our Westlake neighbors."

The evolution of Village Project has been swift and steady. With a mission to provide nourishment and care to individuals and their families who have been touched by cancer, the Village Food Project (as it was originally named) began in February 2011 by cooking three nutritious and delicious meals a week for three Bay Village families in the basement of Bay Presbyterian Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Bay Men's Club seeks to raise money while dropping weight

Established in 1917 as an organization that promotes brotherhood, boy’s baseball, community and scholarship for Bay Village students, the Bay Men’s Club has embarked this winter on a mission to lose a half-ton of weight.

One thousand pounds may seem like a lot, but not for the men of BMC who hope to lose the weight while raising money to support their scholarship mission.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.20.2015

Four young men earn rank of Eagle Scout

On a cold January afternoon, Boy Scout Troop 41 from Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village honored Brian Meermans, Nico DiGiulio, Robert Finicle and John Hessler as they earned the elite rank of Eagle. 

The Boy Scout Court of Honor included recognition from local political leaders including State Senator Tom Patton, State Representative Nan Baker, Bay Village City Councilman Paul Vincent, Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough.

The rank of Eagle Scout takes several years to earn and includes the completion of a major local service project. Only about 3 percent of the boys who become Boy Scouts finally earn the highest rank of Eagle.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.20.2015

Get to know the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board

Are you familiar with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board? Perhaps you have heard of us but are unaware of our history, which dates back to 1954. Let me share a bit of our heritage.

We trace our roots to the Center’s founder, Elberta “Bert” Fleming. This amazing young woman, with hopes and dreams of creating a museum to stimulate and encourage interest in nature and the environment among young and old, founded the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, then called Lake Erie Junior Museum. Her home and backyard were the “beginnings” which she funded by writing articles for local publications.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.20.2015

Need help with energy bills?

Dwyer Center is offering Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) counseling to residents on Jan. 26

Attention seniors and adults with disabilities: You may qualify for assistance with paying your gas and electric bills. Make an appointment to meet with a member of the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services on Monday, Jan. 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village.

You must pre-schedule to attend by calling 440-835-6565.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.06.2015

Cleveland Eye Center providing adaptive training

The Cleveland Sight Center will be holding a five-week training course at the Dwyer Senior Center for those who are age 55 or over, and have a documented eye impairment. An informational meeting on this program will be held Monday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. 

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.06.2015

Elks deliver Christmas baskets to those in need

The Lakewood Elks Club #1350 has been located in Westlake for more than 12 years. Elks lodges invest in their communities through programs including drug awareness, scholarships, charity, and honoring our veterans. We have a long tradition of delivering Christmas baskets to families in our surrounding communities. 

Through fundraisers we hold at our Lodge, we use the proceeds to buy a full Christmas meal, presents, hats and gloves for families in the surrounding communities that have fallen on hard times. The volunteers of our Lodge purchased and wrapped a present for each child in the family and spent the weekend before Christmas packing these baskets. During Christmas week, they organized at our Lodge to deliver the baskets to the families' homes. Through the hard work of all of our volunteers, this year we were able to deliver baskets to almost 100 families.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.06.2015

Therapy dog visits Dwyer Center

The seniors at the Bay Village Dwyer Center were welcomed with tail wags and dog “smiles” when certified therapy dog Tikka visited the center on Dec. 1. Tikka’s owner, Christina Spaetzel, discussed the training, testing, and many requirements a dog and its owner must accomplish in order to become a certified Therapy and Crisis Response Dog. She also explained the comfort these animals provide for people who are ill, stressed and/or in crisis, whether working with victims or emergency response workers. 

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

A family of givers in need

Bay Village residents Julie and Bob Hanhauser will be counting many blessings this Christmas season: 28 years of wedded bliss; large, loving, supportive extended families; a multitude of friends; their daughter, Alyson, a Kent State dean's list student who is beautiful inside and out. However, the challenges and hardships of recent years have overwhelmed them and even those who love them. 

All of his adult life, Bob has been struggling with serious, and now disabling, Crohn's disease, a condition which inflames and sometimes destroys portions of the colon. He and Julie lost their beloved 14-year-old son, Ian, eight years ago from a rare and fast-moving cancer. Before and after this tragic loss, Bob underwent five bowel surgeries. He is now unable to eat as he can no longer absorb the nutrients from food.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

Compeer celebrates 25 years of compassion and friendship

The Compeer Program at Far West Center is celebrating its 25th year of offering compassion, friendship and ending isolation for individuals managing recovery from mental illness. In 1989 Far West Center began the Compeer Program which is an affiliate of the international organization Compeer Inc. headquartered in Rochester, New York. Compeer at Far West Center is one of over 60 Compeer affiliates throughout 11 states, Australia and Canada.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

Bay Village Foundation makes annual donation request

The first week of December, a letter was mailed to every family in Bay Village asking each household to make a donation in support of the many projects being planned for the village by volunteers that care. This year we are including a color flyer in the letter so readers can see pictures of some of the projects that were funded with the help of The Bay Village Foundation.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

Deluge of diapers: WHS students take third place in service challenge

Westlake High School was among nine Northeast Ohio schools that rose to Baldwin Wallace University’s first High School Service Challenge, responding with a deluge of donated diapers for local charities. BW rallied area high schools to collect as many diapers as possible for the 31 days of October. The high school students responded in a big, generous way, producing close to 15,000 diapers! 

Westlake High School, which collected the greatest total number of diapers, took third place with the order of finish determined by donations per student enrolled. Padua Franciscan High School in Parma was the winner, collecting 3.7 diapers per student; Highland High School came in second with 3.6 and Westlake High School took third place with 3.5. Other area high schools that contributed generous donations included Lutheran West, St. Ignatius, St. Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights, Strongsville and Wooster.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.25.2014

It's never too late to thank a veteran

Westlake and Bay Village residents, as well as those in our surrounding West Shore communities, joined Americans across the country to observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country. These fellow Americans have made sacrifices in defense of freedom. Honoring our local veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives.

For some of our local veterans, however, nearing the end of life can bring anguish over past war experiences. Did you know that Hospice of the Western Reserve, our community-based nonprofit hospice, is one the nation’s largest legacy providers of care? Or that the organization has made a special commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces? 

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Assist Bay Village residents in need this holiday season

The Bay Village Community Services Department has kicked off its annual Holiday Caring and Sharing and Adopt-a-Family programs, which help support Bay Village residents who are having financial difficulty during the holiday season.

Bay residents who would like to contribute to the Holiday Caring and Sharing program may make donations of:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Paper products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal care items
  • Cash donations (for emergency assistance)
  • Gift cards
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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Meals on Wheels drivers needed

Do you have an hour once a week to volunteer to help seniors in Bay Village? If so, please consider becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. Not only do our drivers bring our residents nutritious meals, they also bring a smile and a friendly face every day. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels, please call the Dwyer Center at 440-899-3409.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake Girl Scouts create wall art

On Oct. 13, Girl Scout Senior Troop 71047 and Cadette Troop 70289 presented a large wall art project to the Our House senior living facility in Westlake.

The wall art was created as a Community Service Project at a recent Service Unit Campout, attended by Girl Scouts and leaders from the entire Westlake area. Numerous 6-inch squares were created by the girls and leaders with glue, colorful beads, gems and trinkets. The squares were then assembled on a large wood base to create the stunning art piece.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.28.2014

Fly the flag for Veterans Day

Let's give thanks for the service of all our veterans: Fly the flag on Nov. 11!

If you are a Bay Village resident with limited funds or ability and need a flag, call 440-871-7680 or email The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Bay Village Kiwanis and the Bay Village American Legion Post #385 will provide and install a 3-by-5-foot, made in the USA, American flag, pole and bracket at your home at no cost to you. 

Hurry! Veterans Day is almost here. Thanks you, vets!

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Civic groups show that Bay cares

On Saturday, Oct. 4, representatives from nearly 30 Bay Village civic groups and nonprofit organizations gathered for the Bay Cares Fall Fest to promote their activities and seek new volunteers. The annual event, presented by the Observer and the Bay Village Branch Library, drew a steady stream of residents of all ages interested in learning how they can give back to the community. A little bribe helped as well; a food truck churned out free doughnuts, courtesy of the Friends of the Bay Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.14.2014

We can use your help!

The IRS sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2014 tax filing season. Training classes for new volunteers and prior years’ volunteers alike, will be held in Westlake this coming January.

Because of our federal and state tax code changes each year, all volunteers must attend and pass these IRS-designed classes to be able to move forward with the tax preparation program. The Tax Aide Program begins in February and ends April 15.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

Volunteers and homes are being sought for yard clean-up on Nov. 1

Fall is such a spectacularly beautiful season in leafy Bay Village, and we’re certainly enjoying the peak of it right now. But soon, those beautiful leaves will start piling up in yards around town. The Village Project is offering to rake those leaves, as well as provide assistance with weeding, mulching and other general yard work in exchange for donations to help them continue their mission.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

Toy drive for pediatric cancer support Oct. 25

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Amazing Grace Foundation will be hosting its ninth annual Toy Drive in memory of Grace Enovitch. The Toy Drive will run from noon to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. New toys, books, and art supplies are being collected to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. There will also be Amazing Grace T-shirts for sale. 

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.14.2014

Passing of the gavel at Westlake Kiwanis

The Westlake Kiwanis held their new officer installation on Sept. 30. Robert Clancy, past Kiwanis Division 14 Lt. Governor, performed the installation ceremonies for the new officers.

Russ Milan, the new President accepted the Presidential Gavel from Norm Resko, who will now be Immediate Past President. George Christ was installed as President Elect, Vic Rutkoski as Secretary and Ray Budoi as Treasurer for the Westlake Kiwanis.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

Rotary Club serves meal

On Thursday, Sept. 11, members of the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village had the privilege of serving dinner at the Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. Ames House, owned by Hospice of the Western Reserve, offers comfort care for seriously ill people and their loved ones in peaceful setting. 

In fulfilling its mission of service, Rotary members served over 70 dinners to patients, their families and staff. In addition, piano students, ranging in age from 9 to 14, taught by Ashley Baker of Rhapsody Music Studio, played throughout the dinner.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Cares event showcases volunteer opportunities

Bay Villagers know that our city is a wonderful place to live, play and raise a family. There’s the beautiful lakeside setting, the friendly people and the small-town feel. Part of the community’s charm are the many residents who volunteer their time with civic groups, clubs and foundations dedicated to maintaining the Bay Village way of life.

If you’re looking to spend a little of your free time giving back to the community, Bay has a group to fit almost any interest. In fact, it can be daunting to research all of them and decide which one(s) to choose.

The Observer and the Bay Village Branch Library are partnering to bring civic organizations and interested volunteers together. On Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the library, the Bay Cares Fall Fest will feature representatives from Bay-based groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 1:50 PM, 09.17.2014