Recreation

Westlake Rec is rolling along

The Westlake Recreation Center is on a roll. Programming is a full go and there are activities for people of all ages. We have programs that are indoor and outdoor, for the kids and for adults, and programs for exercise or entertainment. We have plenty of options for everyone. Summer is a busy time for us here and we invite you to check out what we have to offer you. Here are just some of the programs we have coming up within the next week.

The kids need something to do or somewhere to go during the summer when school is out. The Westlake Recreation Center can help you out. Starting Monday, July 5, Summer Day Camp and our Manners Boot Camp will start. Summer Day Camp is for children in grades 1-6. The kids will stay busy, keep entertained and will enjoy a field trip each week. Manners Boot Camp is for children in grades 1-5. They will learn how to act in social settings both at home and away. Spots are filling up quick in each camp. Make sure to sign up before it’s too late.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 13, Posted 9:13 AM, 06.25.2010

Summer's in session

Summer is a great time for you and the family to check out what the Westlake Recreation Center has to offer. We have a wide range of programs for the young to the adults. Enjoy some of our programs that will be outside and don't forget about the ones that are held inside, too. For further references for programming refer to our summer program book or our website. Take a look at what we have coming up in the near future:

Give yourself the chance to increase your flexibility, coordination, balance, and strengthen your core muscles and have fun at the same time. These two classes will offer you both a work out and a chance to learn new moves. The Beginner’s Belly Dance and Continuing Belly Dance classes will start Monday, June 21.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:30 AM, 06.11.2010

'Westlake Weighs Down' recognizes its biggest losers

The City Of Westlake recently concluded a 13-week weight loss challenge, coined “Westlake Weighs Down.” One hundred twenty residents and over 300 employees from eleven Westlake companies competed in the friendly competition. All of the winners were recognized at the first annual Health Forum. Mayor Dennis Clough was on hand to make the presentations. 

“Our goal was to establish an initiative to motivate you and create an atmosphere that promoted a balanced lifestyle change,” he said. “Daily exercise and intelligent nutrition decisions have lead you to a healthier, happier you. By the looks on your smiling faces, it appears we have succeeded.”

Many events took place over the 13-week time frame, including special presentations by Dr. Michael Roizen; a food drive that netted approximately 600 non-perishable items that were donated to the Westlake assistance program; free weekly exercise classes; monthly seminars on a wide range of subjects pertaining to health and wellness; two fitness evaluations to measure important body indexes; and weekly newsletters with exercise tips, recipes and fun facts about dieting. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 12:27 PM, 05.28.2010

June is here with fun

June marks a start of the summer and the launching of a significant amount of programming at the Westlake Recreation Center. So much so that it would require an entire page to list it all in the paper. Keep in mind there are plenty more of this programs that are not mentioned. Check out our website or program book for the programs not mentioned. Here are some programs that will keep you busy in the mean time.

If you’re over the age of 19 and were hoping to work on your tennis skills, this is the class for you. Beginner Adult Tennis Lessons will start Saturday sessions on June 5. This class will focus on developing fundamental skills or skills that have previously been learned. Make sure to bring your own racquet and water bottle.

The weather is nice and this time of the year is golf season. We have just the class for the season. We are offering a Short Game of Golf class that will cover pitching, chipping, putting and sand traps. You will need to bring a 9-iron or wedge to the first class. Class starts June 5. Don’t miss out on a chance to learn some tips to lower your golf score.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 12:16 PM, 05.28.2010

Emily’s Rainbow Run raises $15,000 for pediatric cancer research

Rain gave way to sunny skies at the start of Emily’s Rainbow Run held at Westlake High School on Sunday, April 25. Over 625 participants took to the streets and track racing in either the 4-mile race, 2-mile run/walk or Kids Run in memory of Emily Lewis, a 12-year-old Westlake resident who passed away in August 2009 after courageously battling pediatric cancer for three years.

Emily’s parents, John and Debbie Lewis, proudly announced that proceeds from the event will allow Emily’s Rainbow Fund to donate $15,000 for pediatric cancer research at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 

Race festivities began with the presentation of the “Emily Lewis Youth in Philanthropy Award.” Dr. John Letterio, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Rainbow explained that the award is to be given annually to a young person who demonstrates Emily’s qualities of enthusiasm, spirit and zest for life in philanthropic support of Rainbow’s children. This year’s recipient was Abby Villaneuve who raised $7,000 for Rainbow through an online auction she hosted.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:36 PM, 05.12.2010

Jump into June

The beginning of June has several programs starting for people of all ages. We offer programs for all interests. Check out your program book, visit our website or keep an eye out for the next issue of the Observer for some great programming that will keep you busy and in shape. Here are some programs that are coming up very soon. Don't miss out on these great opportunities.

We can help you out if your child is home schooled. We offer the Home School Sport Swim and Fitness Program for children up to the age of 15. This is an instructor-led program that teaches the basics of fitness, sport skills, PE-style games and swimming fundamentals. The children will get a chance to run around, swim, learn and have fun. Classes start May 20.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 12:03 PM, 05.14.2010

Basic skills now in Westlake: Affordable basic reading and math skills classes for all ages

You and your family now have convenient access to basic reading and basic math classes in Westlake and available to surrounding communities. These classes are for students of all ages and are held at the Westlake Recreation Center. 

“The purpose is to offer you high quality tutoring in small groups at affordable rates,” said Robert Deminico, manager of the Westlake Recreation Center. “All of North Coast Tutoring Services' tutors are experienced, professional master tutors with bachelor’s degrees and are specifically trained for these classes. Many tutors have advanced degrees.” 

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 12:00 PM, 05.14.2010

There's no reason not to wear a life jacket

It’s too hot! It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me. These are just some of the many reasons people claim that they do not wear their life jackets.

But with approximately 700 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative for you to wear your life jacket at all times while you are on the water. Life jackets are no longer the orange, hot and bulky life jackets that are commonly associated with on the water safety gear.

New innovations and developments in life jackets have produced a smaller, sleeker, and much more comfortable version of a life jacket, leaving you with no reason not to wear one. Life jackets are an essential part of your boating safety equipment and should be worn at all times while on the water.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 1:29 PM, 04.17.2010

Springing into summer

Getting ready for the summer can sometimes be a pain. Getting into shape, finding something for the kids to do or finding ways to keep yourself busy might be some hard things to come by. Well the Westlake Recreation Center can help solve your problems. We have plenty of programming to offer to keep you and your kids busy leading up to and during the summer months. Check out what we have to offer. 

Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to learn new moves. We are offering Ballroom Basics, Advanced Ballroom and Beginning Swing starting May 12. If you’re in the mood to learn some new steps and want to dance like the stars, these classes are for you.

Here’s a class for soon-to-be moms. We are offering a Prenatal/Post Natal Fitness class. Exercising regularly helps with reducing pregnancy discomfort. Class starts May 12, it will focus on techniques to help you through and after your pregnancy.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 9:06 AM, 04.30.2010

Summer is at the Rec

The weather might not be putting you into the summer mood as of late but the Westlake Recreation Center can help the cold weather blues. As of April 10, summer registration has begun. We have the new summer program book out for all to check out and see what we are offering. This should help boost your blues. Check out these summer programs that we have coming up.

If you like to get creative and problem solve, this contest is for you. The Cardboard Boat Races for kids ages 7 and up will be taking off April 23 starting at 7 p.m. in the Aquatics Center. Grab a friend to design a boat made out of cardboard and packing tape that will be able to hold the both of you. Test your skills and boat-making abilities against other kids your age.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:35 AM, 04.16.2010

Registration begins for free safe boating classes for 7th grade students

This is the 11th year for a free Spirit of America Safe Boating Program sponsored by the Bay Village School District and funded by a grant from Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft. The program is open to any student who will complete the 7th grade this June.

The program provides attendees the Ohio Boating Education Course (OBEC) which is required by Ohio Law for any person born on or after January 1, 1982 to take a NASBLA approved boating education class in order to operate a powerboat with an engine over 10 horsepower. The students also spend three days on the water with instruction in power boats, sail boats, paddle craft, personal water craft, and a Coast Guard vessel. 

Students must pre-register for this program and must attend all of the sessions of the program. Deadline for registration is May 7, 2010. The dates of the OBEC class are Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A drown-proofing class will be held on June 5 from 9-10 a.m. All the classes will be held in Bay Village. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 2:26 PM, 03.04.2010

Teens and adults can make a difference in the life of a child this summer

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Seeking Wild Summer Reading Camp Volunteers

Unlock the joy of reading for a child this summer! Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is seeking volunteers as young as 13 to share their love of the written word with children attending the 2010 Wild Summer Reading Camp. Teen and adult volunteers are needed to read with and to campers, and to help with fun activities.

The camp takes place in the “wild” setting of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center with animal exhibits and plenty of natural beauty for inspiration and encouragement. Children enrolled in the camp participate in a variety of science activities including wildlife presentations, planetarium programs and nature hikes and also spend time with a reading specialist. Campers will be children entering grades 1 – 4 from Bay Village and Westlake City Schools and are identified and placed by the school systems. (Lake Erie Nature & Science Center does not register camp participants.)

 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.18.2010

Spring is in the air at Westlake Rec

Finally the warm weather has made an appearance. The grass is growing, the birds are chirping and the smell of spring has arrived. The Westlake Recreation Center is getting into the swing of spring and offering great programming for people of all ages. Here are some programs that are happening very soon.

Parents, here’s an opportunity for some quality adult time! We’ll take care of the kids while you take care of yourselves. Under adult supervision, children will participate in structured activities, receive pizza and will be entertained while you go out. Don’t miss out on this opportunity of free time for yourself.

Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to learn new moves. We are offering Line Dancing starting April 12; Advanced Ballroom and Advanced Swing both starting April 14. If you’re in the mood to learn some new steps and want to dance like the stars these classes are for you.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 2:43 PM, 04.01.2010

Hit the trails, hold a live animal, launch a rocket at a 2010 summer camp

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Teaming Up With BAYarts To Offer Brand New Dual Camp

Want your children to thank you for getting them off the couch this summer? Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is betting the kids won’t mind putting down the game controllers if they can hit the trails to the creek and Lake Erie, interact with live animals, launch rockets and enjoy starry planetarium shows, magical science experiments, games, crafts and tons of time exploring the Great Outdoors!  

Summer Registration for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Members began Saturday, March 20 and opens to everyone on March 30. The newly released 2010 camp schedule includes the return of tried and true favorites like “The Science of Wizardry” and brand new offerings like “Let the Wild Rumpus Begin,” which includes creative time at the neighboring BAYarts.  

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:09 AM, 03.18.2010

Springtime garden planning

With spring upon us, it is time to begin thinking about your flower and vegetable gardens for this year. Many nurseries, garden centers and mail-order catalogs have a wide selection of seeds, starter plants, spring and summer bulbs, annuals and perennials to look at and get ideas from.

In our area (Zones 5 and 6) keep in mind those plants which are hardy to this climate. Determine if you have full sun or partial sun or shady areas in your yard. Then you can figure out which plants will grow best in those places. 

For example, ferns do best in the shade where it is moist. Marigolds like heat and full sun. Next, assess your soil. Is it sandy, clay or rocky? If so, you will need to amend it. This can be done with topsoil, leaf-humus, peat moss or compost. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 12:34 PM, 03.12.2010

Summer programming is almost here

The Westlake Recreation Center is getting ready for the warmer weather. The new program book for all the summer programs will be coming out within the next 2 weeks. Keep your eyes open for that and in the meantime here are some programs to keep you busy.

Here’s some fun the whole family can enjoy. On Friday, March 26, make your way up to the Rec Center for the Easter Winter Carnival. The kids (ages 3-8) will be able to play their favorite carnival games and enjoy a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

If you’re looking for an adult fitness class, we have several to offer you. Depending on what you want to do you can choose from these classes: Aqua Kickboxing, Body Sculpting and Phenomenal Abdominals starting March 29 and March 30. Don’t be left out. Sign up now.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:59 PM, 03.18.2010

Westlake Rec has your cure for cabin fever

Can you believe that spring is only two weeks away or can it not get here fast enough? Well the Westlake Recreation Center has programs to keep you busy and your mind off the winter weather. Venture on up to the Rec Center or check us out online to see the programs that we have to offer. Here are some programs and events that will start up here in the near future. Don't miss out on the fun. Sign up before they start.

Give yourself a break and get a chance to work out and not have to worry about finding a sitter for the kids. We can help you out. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting the week of March 15 at 10 a.m., Mom and Munchkin will allow moms to bring their child to the Rec Center and work out. An instructor will teach an exercise class while your child is being looked after in the gym.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 11:33 AM, 03.05.2010

Don't let the weather get you down

Don't let the bad weather get to you. Spring is right around the corner. The Westlake Recreation Center has plenty of programs that will help us cope with the gloomy weather. Make your way up to the Rec Center and join us for what we have to offer you.

Here’s something new: The Westlake Recreation Center will be hosting our first Overnight PJ Party for kids in grades 5-7 on February 27. There will be swimming, basketball, movies and more. Participants must bring PJ’s, pillow, sleeping bag, swimsuit and towel.

The Westlake Recreation Center offers quality activities for individuals who have special needs. We have several programs starting in the next couple of days. Join us at the Rec Center for some fun and learning experiences.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:54 AM, 02.19.2010

February fun at the Westlake Rec Center

January has come and gone and February is here with many opportunities for learning, fun and friends. With the cold weather still surrounding us and no other option but to stay inside, join us for some indoor programs and activities we have to offer you. We have programs for people of all ages, here are some of the events we have coming up:  

The Westlake Recreation Center is proud to present Dr. Michael Roizen. Dr. Rozien is a frequent guest on both The Oprah Show and The Dr. Oz Show and will speak at the WHS Performing Arts Center on February 17th at 7:00 p.m. There are still a few tickets remaining for this event. Cost is a non-perishable food item per ticket (max 4) which benefits the City of Westlake’s Assistance Program.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 11:30 AM, 02.05.2010

New year, new programs, new fun at Westlake Rec

The new year brings several new programs to pique your interest at the Westlake Recreation Center. We have new programs for people of all ages. January is almost over, which means several of our programs have already begun, but this also means we have many more that are starting just around the corner. Make sure to check out the program book for more upcoming programs, but for now here are some programs that you might be interested in:

On January 31, we will host our first ever members-only Grand Day at the Rec at 1:00 p.m. Bring your grandchild or grandparent to the recreation center for an afternoon of fun in the pool, make a craft, play in the gym and enjoy a snack. Don’t miss out on this grand time. 
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:55 AM, 01.22.2010

Here's to the start of a new year

Happy New Year! To start this new year off on the right foot, venture on up to the Westlake Recreation Center and partake in some of the programs we have to offer. We have programs and classes for people of all ages. Check out our program book online or at the front desk of the Rec Center.

If you are over the age of 50 and are looking for something to do, why don’t you try our "Learn how to Wii" class. This class will help teach you the basics of how to play Wii so you can play with grandchildren or even others who want to give you a challenge. Make sure to sign up soon; the class will start 1/26. 
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 12:04 PM, 01.08.2010

Westlake Rec Center gears up for winter

As the Christmas holiday season is fast approaching so are the frigid, snow-filled days of winter. The Westlake Recreation Center is getting ready for the winter season. The fall programming is wrapping up another successful year, with tons of fun and learning experiences for people of all ages in the books. Decorations, winterizing, and programming are all in effect for this snowy season. The Rec Center just came out with the winter program book. This program book has a great amount of programs and special events for you to check out.

Check out the Rec after the doors close for The Ultimate After Hours Bash on Dec. 11. We close the Rec doors and stay open late for these special events. Participants will be able to have gym time, go swimming, play Wii and several other games while they enjoy pizza and drinks. This event is open to all Rec Center members and children who live or go to school in Westlake. Open to children in Grades 6–7.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 11:50 AM, 12.04.2009

Keep yourself busy this fall

Once the warm weather is gone, the cool breeze of fall comes. Leaves fall and so do the temperatures. People tend to move inside to seek shelter from the cool days. Don't let yourself become a couch potato. Keep yourself busy. The Westlake Recreation Center has a program for you to keep you moving.

If your child likes gymnastics you should check out our gymnastic classes. We offer a Tiny Turners class for children ages 7-10. This class will build confidence, coordination, flexibility and strength, and your child will learn the basics of gymnastics in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. Classes start Nov. 24.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:31 PM, 11.13.2009

See what’s happening at the Rec

Halloween is over and the trick or treat is done but the fun does not end there. There are plenty of fall programs going on at the Westlake Recreation Center. Programs full of fun times and learning experiences.

Join us Friday Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of family fun. New this year, the Rec is hosting a family dance. DJ Eazy will play some cool tunes to dance to. Light refreshments will be served and a photo memento will be provided to each family.

It’s not to late to sign up for Pony Lessons Jr. Get the chance to let your child learn about ponies, play games and have horse and pony story lines. This is a great opportunity to let the kids have fun and learn all at the same time. Classes start November 7th.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 11:57 AM, 10.30.2009

Cleveland Browns win championship!!!!

My grandson, Nico Barnett, a 6th grader at Parkside Elementary School in Westlake plays on a football team. His team (aptly named the Cleveland Browns?) lost their first game, but won all the rest of their games.

On the night of Saturday, October 24th at Westlake High School, Nico's team played against the Vikings and won the championship 26 to 0!! What a thrill it was for all of his family members, including his grandmother, who were at the game to see the Browns win.

After the game, I told Nico that his team should go down to the stadium and replace the real Cleveland Browns! If fifth and sixth graders can play this well, why not? What a sight that would be! Right!?

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 3:20 PM, 10.27.2009

Bay Sea Scouts receive Great Lake Erie Boat Float recycling award

Sea Scout Ship 41 received the “Best Use of Recycled Materials” award at the Great Lake Erie Boat Float with their vessel made from 500 Tide bottles. Andrew Gash, an employee of Procter & Gamble, who had provided the bottles, was on hand at the Edgewater Park event, October 3, to help launch the Sea Scout vessel “Hi-Tide.” On a WKYC Channel 3 broadcast, Andrew explained to the live audience that the Tide bottles were made from over 25% recycled plastics and that the project had been a great learning opportunity for the Sea Scouts.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 6:52 PM, 10.20.2009

Fall time fun

The end of October brings the fun and creative side out in people. Halloween is just around the corner and the Westlake Recreation Center has plenty of programs to suit the occasion.

The Friday night before Halloween, October 30, dress the kids up and test out their costumes before the big night of trick-or-treating and come to the Monster Mash Halloween Party at the Rec Center. The children will get to trick-or-treat around the building and enjoy games and activities in our community rooms including a monster mash dance party. Hurry and sign the kids up before the October 23 deadline.

 

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 6:52 PM, 10.20.2009

Check it out!

If you or any of your family members are looking for something to do, look no further. The Westlake Recreation Center has plenty of programs for you and your family to check out. Many programs are being offered during the next couple of months for people of all ages.

If you are looking for something for your kids, check out our new program called ‘Flick and Float.’ The program will feature Kermit the Frog and his friends in the movie “Muppet Treasure Island.” There will be games, prizes and of course popcorn for all who come to watch the movie. Make sure you bring your swim suit since the movie is taking place in the Aquatics Center.

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 11:46 AM, 10.02.2009

Running smooth

The Westlake Recreation Center is in full swing of fall programming. We offer classes for seniors, adults, teens, and kids.

On Saturday, September 12th, the Rec Center conducted the 8th annual NFL/ PEPSI Punt, Pass and Kick competition. A total of 15 kids between the ages of 8-13 tested their skills. As a result, four kids will represent Westlake at the sectional competition at Middleburg Heights on Saturday October 3rd.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 09.22.2009

As summer ends, fall programming begins at the Westlake Recreation Center

The start of September brings an ending and a beginning to the Westlake Recreation Center. It marks the end of our summer programming and the beginning of fall.

With the summer programs completed, the staff at the recreation center can give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done and be proud of another successful summer. The staff has begun preparing for the Fall programs by organizing thoughts, agendas, itineraries and game plans.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.04.2009

Bay Soccer Club hosts 32nd Annual Tournament

It has been a tradition since the first days of Bay Soccer Club to host an annual Labor Day Weekend soccer tournament. On September 5-7 2009, Bay Soccer Club proudly hosted 167 youth soccer teams from all over Ohio and several surrounding states at its 32nd annual Bay Challenge Cup tournament.

The warm weather and sunny skies set the stage in Bay Village for a pleasant weekend of soccer and friendly competition. This year, Bay Soccer Club utilized 25 game fields at 5 sites throughout Bay Village for the tournament weekend including the club’s home site at Cahoon Park where many of the soccer fields have a Lake Erie view.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:13 PM, 09.08.2009