Community Events

BAYarts installs mural for the community

It takes a village! BAYarts' new mural is a community collaboration that incorporates the positive message of the healing power of art, community and the natural beauty of the Cleveland Metroparks.

The mural was conceived and created by BAYarts students under the guidance of their mentor Jim Giar, a professional muralist and BAYarts faculty member. Another community group, Bay Village Kiwanis, took care of installing it on the west side of the former playhouse.

The site was chosen for its proximity to BAYarts' back lawn where art classes, music and celebrations take place. Donors can purchase one of the limited spaces in the "school of fish" to show their support at It's also a great photo op! Please check it out and share your photos on Twitter using the hashtag #bayarts_ohio or send them to us via email at

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:48 AM, 09.15.2020

Bay alumni scholarships fundraiser sailed into a 2020 success!

The Bay Alumni Madness bowling event proceeds soared to new heights thanks to the generosity of alums and friends!

This year, the committee brought in Barb Chrystal Houston, '73, whose personal contact efforts ensured more multi-class donations as well as new and exciting raffle prizes donated by local vendors. Barb also devised a Bay Trivia quiz about our history, sports, music, and other fun facts. The game was for those who were to socialize rather than bowl. The trivia prize was for two diamond box seats to an Indians game, donated by Cristine and Ben Hoffmann. The game and prize will be saved for the next fundraising event.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.15.2020

Porch talks resume with 'The True Life Story of Eliot Ness'

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center resume their series of porch talks on Sept. 13 with Rebecca McFarland speaking about “The True Life Story of Eliot Ness."

McFarland is an internationally recognized expert on the life and times of Eliot Ness. Her research has been requested for magazines, books, movies, radio and television. Formerly a resident of Bay Village, McFarland has served on several committees impacting the city of Cleveland. She coordinated a funeral for Eliot Ness in 1997, attended by international press.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Fourth of July flag-raising in Bay neighborhood

On July 2, neighbors were invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony in front of retired Bay Middle School social studies teacher, Doug Borchert's, home. The invitation read, "Tomorrow we will hang up in our front yard the flag that covered my Dad's coffin ... Capt. Jay Bender, U.S. Army, served almost 4 years in the Pacific in WWII. We will also remember Doug's Dad, Pvt. Ben Borchert, who served in Europe and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. If you can, join us as we begin our joyous yet reflective celebration of Independence Day. God bless America! – Gay Borchert"

At 9:00 a.m., 12 adults and eight children gathered as Mr. Borchert spoke about the sacrifices our veterans in general, and our two fathers specifically, have made since our country was founded. He read the last few statements from the Declaration of Independence and explained why we were raising Old Glory on July 2 and will do so again on July 4.  

On July 2, 1776, the document was submitted to the Continental Congress and signed by John Hancock. On July 4, it was made public. The flag went up as those gathered joined in singing the national anthem.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.07.2020

Westlake in Bloom competition heats up as summer arrives

With the warm weather finally settling in throughout Northeast Ohio, it is a perfect time for Westlake’s gardeners to set their sights on the 2020 Westlake in Bloom competition.

This cherished annual tradition blossomed in 2004 after the city earned top honors in the nationwide America in Bloom competition in each of the two preceding years.

In 2002, Westlake celebrated a first-place win among cities with populations of 20,001-50,000. Although the city would have liked to try to repeat its success the following year, contest rules do not allow cities to claim the top prize in the same category more than once. Therefore, the city took a new approach the following year and found continued success in the competition.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.16.2020

Herb Guild cancels scholarship luncheon

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Herb Guild Garden Club has cancelled its 36th annual Scholarship Luncheon for this year, which was to be held on Aug. 5, 2020. The Guild regrets this decision, but does not want anyone to get sick with the virus. 

Next year's scholarship luncheon is in the works already and it will be bigger and better! All proceeds from the annual event are used for the club’s scholarship fund, so plan to attend in 2021. 

For more information call Kathie Conrad at 440-872-9725 or email her at

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.16.2020

Bay groups discuss coronavirus-altered plans

The Bay Village Community Council convened via Zoom on May 27, with representatives from many of the city’s civic and nonprofit organizations sharing news and notes from their groups. Here are excerpts from their reports:

American Legion Post #385 honored Memorial Day with their traditional 21-gun salute at Lakeside Cemetery. Chaplain Ed Kus gave an opening prayer and Commander Stanley Zeager read the names of those 59 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we all enjoy. Janice Blanton represented the Daughters of the American Revolution at the event.

Bay Village Education Foundation awarded the Amy Mihaljevic Scholarship to Katherine Knight and Natalie Surdy. The scholarship was established in 1994, and is awarded to one or more college bound Bay High seniors who have been active in community affairs. The Annual Tri-Bay Golf Outing fundraiser has been cancelled for this year. 
The Fall 2020 grants cycle has been put on hold due to the uncertainty surrounding what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. 
The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 7 p.m., via Zoom.

Bay Village Foundation 
awarded scholarships to three Bay High School seniors: 
Olivia Doland, Olivia Reed and Eddie Papp. The Foundation also awarded grants to seven local organizations: 
BAYarts, to be used toward new programming initiatives; the Bay Rockets Association, to be used toward the fieldhouse at Bay stadium; the Bay Village Historical Society, for their textile preservation project; the Cuyahoga County Public Library, for naming rights of a room at the new library; Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, to be used toward new programming initiatives; the Village Project, to be used for the purchase of generators; Youth Challenge, to be used toward new programming initiatives.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:34 AM, 06.02.2020

Westlake Kiwanis will hold virtual Memorial Day parade and services

In this age of COVID-19 many events have been cancelled. The Westlake Kiwanis has already cancelled their spring pancake breakfast but are determined to have Memorial Day services.

As a result they will be having a virtual Memorial Day parade and services on cable channels AT&T U-Verse channel 99, Spectrum channel 20 and WOW channel 21. They will also be running it on their website,, and the city's website,

The virtual celebration will feature a video of the parade and services from 2014, including a reading of the names of all the fallen service members from Westlake. Kiwanis President Ray Budoi has taped a brief introduction to the video, paying tribute to all of those on today's "front lines" battling the coronavirus. A printable program of the event is available for download.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.19.2020

Cub Scout Pack 39 info night June 2

Cub Scout Pack 39 will have an information night on Tuesday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be at Walker Road Park pavilion, 31558 Walker Road, between Avon Lake and Bay Village. Stop by to learn more about Cub Scouting for boys and girls, grades K-5! Please contact Kristine Stylski at with any questions.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:43 AM, 05.19.2020

Westlake Rec stages at-home Easter egg hunt

Employees of the Westlake Recreation Department played Easter Bunny for local families on the eve of Good Friday, staging an At-Home Easter Egg Hunt for 100 households throughout the city. Employees distributed 20 eggs for children to find when they woke up the next morning.

The event was a welcome alternative for families who missed out on the egg hunts typically hosted by the Westlake Town Criers and other organizations this time of year.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:01 AM, 04.21.2020

Bay Village hosts blood drive April 16

The Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage due to the coronavirus. Please join us for a blood drive at the Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center on Thursday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go to and enter sponsor code "BayVillage", or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.07.2020

Bay groups share news, upcoming events

Members of the Bay Village Community Council met on March 11 to share news and notes from the civic groups they represent. Following are highlights from their reports (please note that events may be postponed or cancelled due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavius):

American Legion Post #385 has made its selection of the 2020 Buckeye Boys and Girls State programs from local high schools. From Bay High, the Buckeye Girls State representatives are Annalise Johnson and McKenna Mandarine, with alternate Elizabeth Varis. The Girls program is jointly sponsored with the Bay Village Kiwanis Club. The Bay High Buckeye Boys State representatives are Adam Zeadler and Hayden Coffman with alternates James Bish and Cooper Lyons. The Buckeye Boys State representative from Westlake High School is Shane Quinn and Daniel Keenan will be the alternate. The Buckeye Boys State representative from St. Edward High School is Jackson Harrison. The Representatives are high school juniors who will receive an 8-day introduction into the operation of state, county and city governments. At the completion of the program, they will share with the Legionnaires their experiences. The representatives from Bay High School will also appear before the Bay Village Kiwanis Club. The Bay Village American Legion has been sponsoring Buckeye State for over 50 years.

The Bay Village Education Foundation's annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic is Friday, June 12, starting at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $125 per player. The Tri-Bay website,, will be updated soon.

The Bay Village Historical Society reported that Rose Hill Museum and the Reuben Osborn Leaning Center reopen on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning April 26. The next historical society potluck dinner, slated for May 21, 6 p.m. at the Bay Lodge, will feature speakers from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center talking about their organization's 75th anniversary.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:40 AM, 03.17.2020

Volunteers finding their perfect fit


As the director of Westlake's Department of Senior & Community Services I frequently meet people who are searching for meaningful ways to give back to the community. Most are retirees but I also meet a fair number of young people who are equally interested in making an impact.

Often, the biggest challenge is finding the right fit. Some look for a volunteer commitment as a regular part of their routine, and others are looking more for events. Some are called to a specific social issue, and some are called to share skills they developed before retirement. There are also groups (such as church groups, scouts, corporate community outreach committees) looking for projects that they can do together. So where do you go to find the right fit?  

One answer is to attend the 2020 Volunteer Fair co-hosted by Westlake Senior & Community Services and Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, March 24, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the library, located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. Local organizations will be on hand recruiting for a wide variety of volunteer needs for individuals ages 16 through adulthood. The fair offers the unique opportunity to learn about local organizations and consider roles you would never have dreamed existed.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 03.03.2020

League of Women Voters celebrates centennial of women's suffrage

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and of the founding of the League of Women Voters. The Bay Village Chapter of League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWVGC) will celebrate with a booth at the Bay Village Women’s Club Antique Show on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.

Visit the LWV booth to see photographs from the archives and learn more about suffrage and LWV. Information will be available about the activities commemorating these centennials throughout 2020, including an exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society titled “Women and Politics” which opens on May 22 and will become part of the permanent Cleveland Begins Here installation. All of your questions will be answered, and a suffragist may even pay a visit while you are there.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.03.2020

Homeless Jesus sculpture on display in Westlake

This thought-provoking piece created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz will be displayed at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28455 Center Ridge Road, from March 9 to May 4, 2020. Jesus is portrayed as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity. The statue has been described as a visual translation of the Gospel of Matthew passage in which Jesus tells his disciples, "as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me."

The piece is "love made visible to touch our hearts, inspire kindness, love and charity." You are invited to sit on the bench and consider the possibility. Donations of socks for homeless shelter residents will be collected.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.03.2020

Opportunities to enhance your genealogical research skills

A great way to increase your genealogical research skills is to attend monthly programs offered by local genealogical chapters and/or annual statewide conferences. There you can acquire helpful tips and inspiration for continuing your quest. Two opportunities are provided below.

The Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will host OGS President Margaret Cheney on Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Porter room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. If you are interested in learning how to prepare great-looking documents for lineage applications or a family history book, Margaret will be presenting “Using Microsoft Word to Produce a Professional Looking Family History Book."

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.03.2020

Westlake community center caters to variety of interests

The Westlake Center for Senior and Community Services is many things to a variety of people. For some, it may serve as a beacon for culture and literature. From engrossing stories of often overlooked historical people and events to some of the most famous storytellers who ever lived, the center offers plenty of enriching content. Below are just a couple examples:

Page Turners – The Best of the Best
March 10, 10 a.m. Free. RSVP by March 5
They’re the best of the best – the classic writers of mystery’s golden age – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Margery Allingham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Phoebe Atwood Taylor and the characters they created, from meticulous Hercule Poirot to suave Lord Peter Wimsey and crusty Nero Wolfe. These popular British and American authors of the early to mid-20th century have stood the test of time and their mysteries still thrill and entertain us and have influenced many writers publishing today. Light refreshments from mystery cookbooks or mystery authors will be served.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.03.2020

Aktion Club brightens seniors' day with handmade valentines

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club spent Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16, delivering valentines to residents of The Renaissance in Olmsted Falls. 

The Aktion Club delivered valentines which they made at the Michael's store in Westlake. Michael's provided materials for the Aktion Club  to make valentines for delivery to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This year the club made and delivered 184 valentines.

The Aktion Club is a community service group for adults with disabilities. Delivering the valentines is one of their many community service projects.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.03.2020

Bay Alumni Madness bowling event returns in March

The fourth annual Bay Alumni Madness will be held Saturday, March 28, 6:00 p.m., at Bay Lanes. Early bird pricing available until March 18. Last year approximately 100 graduates from the 1950s to 2006 participated.

Alumni Madness is a bowling and social event. This is the Bay Alumni Foundation’s only event to support the funding of Senior Scholarship Awards. These scholarships are presented at the Kiwanis Academic Award night in May at Bay High School. The foundation has a goal to present these scholarship achievement awards to three seniors in the amount of $1,000 each. The awarded amounts are sent directly to their attending college.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.18.2020

The Herb Guild Garden Club

You can help The Herb Guild Garden Club kick off the year 2020 by attending the first meeting on February 12 at the Westlake Porter Public Library.  The meeting will start at 10:30 am and run until 1 pm.  Bring a bag lunch to this meeting and join us for a fun social event after the meeting. Drinks and dessert are provided by the board members.

The Herb Guild is a local organization that meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Westlake Porter Public Library in Westlake, Ohio (27333 Center Ridge Road) in the Porter Room.  New members and guests are always welcome.  For more information on the upcoming meeting, call 440-582-0191 or visit our website  You can also find us on Facebook under The Herb Guild.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.04.2020

Village Projectís 5th annual NOURISH will be held on Feb. 29

Nourish – to sustain with food or nutriment; to cherish, foster, keep alive; to strengthen, build up or promote. Nourishment is essential to growth, health and well-being.

An example of this life-supporting process happens in the garden when a tiny seed is nourished by rain-softened soil, and with the help of warm, gentle rays from the sun, is coaxed to sprout, unfurl its leaves, and eventually burst into bloom.

Similarly, each week Village Project volunteers – of many ages and abilities – come together to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer. In VP’s almost 10 years of existence, over 28,000 nutritious meals and extended services have been provided to over 285 families living in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:46 AM, 02.04.2020

Dayton mayor to speak about gun violence

Moms Demand Action will host an event on Sunday, Feb. 16, for Greater Clevelanders to engage in the movement to protect people from gun violence. "Power of Moms: Ohio 2020" will feature guest speaker Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, and will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Rocky River Methodist Church Hall located at 19414 Detroit Road.

Two years ago, over 300 Clevelanders gathered at the same location to take action to reduce gun violence following the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at which 17 people were killed.

Last August, Mayor Nan Whaley dealt with the aftermath of the fatal shooting of nine people and wounding of 17 others by a 24-year old gunman in an entertainment district in Dayton.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.04.2020

WECPTA to host preschool fair Feb. 1

Westlake Early Childhood PTA will host a Preschool Fair on Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, at Parkside Administration Building, 24525 Hilliard Blvd. Representatives will be on hand from a variety of schools in the Westlake area to share information about daycare, preschool and summer care opportunities.

This event, aimed at families with children ages 0-6, is free and open to the public. Snacks, door prizes and craft activities will be provided.  

More information at

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Village Community Council winter events report

The Bay Village Community Council met on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Bay Library. A group of five members served on the Citizen of the Year selection committee immediately preceding the general meeting. Richard Gash was unanimously selected from the pool of nominations as the 2020 Bay Village Citizen of Year. The next meeting of Community Council is Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., at the Bay Library. All civic organizations in the city are encouraged to send a representative to share their group's news and events.

American Legion Post #385 will be sending two boys from Bay High School and one boy from Westlake High School to Buckeye Boys State in June and two girls from Bay High School jointly sponsored by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club to Buckeye Girls State, also in June. The Buckeye programs last 9 days and the participants learn how the state, county and cities function. Each participant campaigns for an office from governor to local city council person. At the conclusion of the programs, the participants appear before at Legion and Kiwanis meetings and relate their experiences at the program. The Bay Legion has been sponsoring Bay students to these two programs for 40+ years. 

The Bay Village Educational Foundation’s “Celebrating Opportunities” event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, 5-8 p.m. at Arrabiata’s. Tickets are $75 each and are still available. Tickets include open bar, appetizers, dinner and dessert. There will be door prizes and raffles. Funds raised help fund student scholarships and teacher grants. Contact Kim Corrigan-Stojic to purchase tickets:, 216-440-0648.  

The Bay Village Green Team will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Library. Anyone interested in sustainability is encouraged to attend.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:45 AM, 01.21.2020

Discussion group to focus on leadership in turbulent times

Once again Case Western Reserve University, through its Siegal Lifelong Learning program, will be offering a course in Bay Village this winter. This is not a college course, just learning for the fun of it.

Our course, "Leadership in Turbulent Times," uses as a textbook the book of the same name authored by presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Applying five decades of study, Goodwin demonstrates how four exceptional leaders – Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson – overcame adversity and transcended personal ambition to enlarge the lives of others.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:36 AM, 01.07.2020

Breakfast with Santa: Westlake police raise money for Adopt-a-Family

Jeannie Ross, Westlake police dispatcher, started Adopt-a-Family six years ago. Policemen donate $25 monthly in exchange for not shaving during the holiday season. They have raised thousands of dollars each year for families in need.

The Westlake Police Department hosted a Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 21 at the Holiday Inn Express to raise additional funds for Adopt-a-Family.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 3:00 PM, 12.21.2019

Antique Westlake fire truck going to Western Reserve Fire Museum

On Dec. 10, the first fire truck for Westlake (back then Dover Village), an original 1937 Ahren-Fox Pumper, was tranported to the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center for a two-month display. The truck was restored by the Westlake Historical Society and bought back by the fire department 10 years ago for $1. It has a retrofitted engine from an auction at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The museum, located at 310 Carnegie Ave., is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:13 AM, 12.17.2019

Herb Guild displays wreath

This year, the Herb Guild Garden Club has decorated a wreath for the GLOW display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Every year area clubs are invited to decorate Christmas trees or wreaths at the botanical garden to exhibit to the public during the holiday season. The Herb Guild wreath is based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and shows many marvelous handmade items depicting the imaginative story of Alice.

Visitors to the garden can see the club's wreath, as well as other clubs' decorations, now until Jan. 4, 2020. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online at

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:20 AM, 12.17.2019

Spend winter break at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family throughout winter break. Holiday programming is scheduled for: Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30; and Jan. 2 and 3.

  • 10:30 a.m.: Critter Encounters
  • 11:30 a.m.: Twinkle Tots
  • 12 p.m.: Stellar Stars
  • 1 p.m.: Critter Encounters
  • 2 p.m.: Full Dome Show
  • 2:30 p.m.: Sky Tonight

Programs cost $3-$5 per person. The Center will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. For more information, visit

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.17.2019

Christmas cantata to bring inspiration and joy

The Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ Chancel Choir presents “Everlasting Light, The Promise of Christmas” – a Christmas cantata – Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m., in the Redeemer sanctuary, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

The cantata – by Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Jay Rouse and Larry Shackley – tells the story of the birth of Jesus through choral and solo performances. It will be performed during the Sunday worship service.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.17.2019

Usher in the Christmas season with a journey to Bethlehem

Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ continues its family-friendly holiday tradition with its annual Journey to Bethlehem, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. The event takes place at Church of the Redeemer UCC, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

After arriving at the census taker, visitors are led by guides through this live, interactive nativity, an indoor/outdoor experience complete with live animals and refreshments. Along the journey, participants will meet King Herod, angels, shepherds and the magi. The final destination is the manger.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.03.2019

Rose Hill Museum hosts Christmas story time

Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park will host a holiday story time on Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15, at 3 p.m.

Readers will relate “A Cahoon Family Christmas,” a tale of how a young Cahoon daughter experienced the holidays with family and friends in the 1860s. The original story is written by Bay Village historian Kay Laughlin, Observer columnist and co-author of the book, “Bay Village: A Way of Life.”

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.03.2019

Solstice with Santa on Dec. 13

Celebrate the magic of winter and the beauty of the universe! Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for its annual Solstice with Santa on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.

Take lantern hike through Huntington Reservation, create a craft to decorate your home, make a special treat for the wildlife in your backyard, encounter live animals and visit Schuele Planetarium to learn about the solstice. Enjoy hot cocoa near the cozy, crackling fire and be sure to bring your cameras – Santa will make an appearance! Please dress for the weather. Dinner is provided.

Fee: $15/adults; $10/children ages 2 and up; children 1 and under are free (includes dinner). This event will sell out. Please register in advance online at or by calling 440-871-2900.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.03.2019

Proclamation awarded to newly minted Eagle Scout Kaleb Cook

On Nov. 21, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough proudly presented Kaleb Keenan Cook, 15, of Elyria Troop 107, with the city proclamation for achieving the status of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of Boy Scouts of America.

To achieve the Eagle rank, Kaleb earned 21 merit badges. For his Eagle Scout project, he designed, raised money for and built a view deck on Black River Reservation Days Ramp.

Kaleb is a freshman at Ohio Virtual Academy and is taking classes at Lorain County Community College through the College Credit Plus program to work toward an engineering degree. Kaleb also enjoys Judo, sailing, rock climbing, bowling and is a member of the Black River Archery Team in Elyria.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:13 AM, 12.03.2019

Light up Bay Village for the holiday season

Once again this holiday season, the Christmas spirit will shine a little more brightly in Bay Village.

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 3 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.19.2019

Bay chapter of League of Women Voters to meet

Partisan politics getting you down? Come to the nonpartisan Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters that will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Bay Library from 6-7:30 p.m.

Learn about the many ways you can be involved with the League including our Voter Girl program that teaches girls about the voting process, advocacy opportunities throughout Cuyahoga County, the celebration of the League and women’s suffrage 100th anniversary, and many other projects we’re working on.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.19.2019

Bay Village civic groups announce plans for holiday fun

The Bay Village Community Council met on Nov. 14 to discuss their groups' upcoming events. Here are some highlights. 

The Bay Village Educational Foundation  will hold a fundraiser on Jan. 26 called Celebrating Opportunities. Tickets are $75. Go to their website for more details,

The Bay Village Foundation's Annual Drive mailing was sent to all Bay Village residents and some outside of Bay. With the community’s ongoing support, the BVF will continue to invest in our community, and make it an even better place to live for generations to come. Donations to the Bay Village Foundation help support our activities aimed at preserving the quality of life in Bay Village. All donations are 100% tax deductible and go to support The Bay Village Foundation projects.  Their Grants Committee is accepting applications from nonprofit community groups for 2020 grants. These grants are awarded based on their ability to help improve life in Bay Village. Community groups are encouraged to submit an application, available on the Foundation’s website. Applications are due Feb. 29. For more information visit

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.19.2019

Start your holiday shopping at Village Project on Dec. 4

The clock is ticking. There are just five weeks left until Christmas. It’s time to get a jump on holiday gift shopping so you will have more opportunity with your favorite people to enjoy the tastes, smells, emotions and experiences of the season.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.19.2019

LENSC Women's Board to host fundraiser at Clague Playhouse on Dec. 8

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will present "The Christmas Express" at Clague Playhouse on Sunday, Dec. 8. Refreshments will be served in the lobby at 1:15 p.m., followed by a matinee at 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's free admission to exhibits, wildlife rehabilitation services and nature-based programs for children and families. 

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.19.2019

City of Westlake breaks ground for new community services center

The City of Westlake officially broke ground for its newest and much anticipated community improvement project, the new Westlake Community Center. The gold shovel ceremony took place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, presided over by Mayor Dennis Clough. Attendees also included all members of City Council, several city directors and employees, the project architects and contractor, several of the center's patrons and community service department staff. Bulldozers working in the background added to the excitement of a dream turned into reality.

The Community Services Department serves a dual function bound by a singular mission to engage, enrich and empower those we serve. We offer a wide variety of programs, classes and social opportunities for the age 50-plus population. In addition, our outreach staff provide social services for residents (of any age) in need. Those services include, but are not limited to a food pantry, juvenile diversion and prescription assistance. Services are provided in a confidential manner.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.05.2019