Community Events

Don't miss out on the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition

Attention Westlake gardeners, there is still time to enter the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition! The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center, Westlake Porter Public Library, and at Westlake City Hall, Recreation Center and Community Services Department. You can also download an entry form at www.cityofwestlake.org/Westlake-in-Bloom

Properties will be judged in July and awards presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at La Centre Banquet and Conference Center.

Pick up an entry form today and make sure to get it to City Hall by June 30.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.20.2017

Volunteers needed to help 'green' Bay Days

Bay Days is an amazing four-day festival that has entertained, fed and inspired Bay Village for years. It is a great tradition. However, the downside of any festival is the waste produced, and the Bay Village Green Team is working to help reduce waste during Bay Days.

The Green Team has partnered with Bay Village Kiwanis for the last several years to increase recycling and composting at the event, thus reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Last year the city's service department provided a 20-cubic-yard dumpster for recycling and 30 cubic yards for trash. This is a marked improvement from five years ago, when the capacity ratio was 8 cubic yards for recycling and 60 cubic yards for trash. Kiwanis also filled a 95-gallon composting tote last year with potato scraps from their popular curly fries booth.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017

Make Bay Village your destination on June 17

Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then, “Destination Bay” is the answer.

Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 17, all around the city.

Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.

This year, visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “Passport to Fitness” at one of the venues and have it stamped as you travel between the events.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.06.2017

Car cruise brings slice of Americana to Westlake

Bob Myers has a love of cars and people. He’s bringing these two things together as his dream to host a car cruise comes to fruition with “Cruisin’ Westlake” on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Westlake United Methodist Church.

A car cruise is a social event. It’s laid back and fun. There is no judging. All makes and models of cars are welcome along with spectators that come for the summer fun. Cruisin’ Westlake is a free event with live '50s & '60s music, a food truck, games, prizes and popcorn all in a great location.

In fact, the location is what inspired Bob. One Sunday morning he pulled into his church’s newly completed parking lot expansion and was admiring the landscaping when it hit him – this would make a great car cruise venue!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.06.2017

Bay Village residents, organizations honored on Memorial Day

The Bay Village Foundation honored local residents and organizations during their annual Memorial Day observance in Cahoon Park on May 29. Jon Loufman, emcee and Channel 19 weatherman delivered a picture perfect day, while singers Emma Russell and Maggie Williams and the Bay High String Quintet delivered perfect performances for the celebration that has become a beloved tradition in the city.

This year the Foundation honored Bay Village residents Herman and Joyce Bredenbeck, Edward (Ned) Matthews, Robert Thomas and the Hawthorne family with permanent bronze plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge. Honorees, past and present, have demonstrated a love for their families, friends and for the Bay community.

Herman "Herm" Bredenbeck and his wife Joy moved to Bay Village in 1959 and have been active in Bay United Methodist Church throughout the years. Herm was President of Advance Manufacturing and Joy worked as a Patient Education Coordinator at Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.06.2017

Danube-Schwabians of Eastern Europe

Last month, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society hosted Barb Popovich and Marcia Benko, co-presidents of the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. These ladies shared their knowledge of this unique ethnic group who came to the United States from Eastern Europe. Many settled here in the Greater Cleveland area.

Continuing in that vein, Cuyahoga West is hosting Astrid Julian, teacher of the German Language School at Lenau Park, North Olmsted, on Wednesday, June 21. Ms. Julian will inform us about another ethnic group of German-speaking people, who were recruited to populate areas of southeastern Europe. Eventually, many left Europe for the United States, with some making their homes in the Greater Cleveland area. Her presentation is titled, “History of the Danube-Schwabians: Where They Came From and Why.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

Oom-Pah! Bay Village Senior Center to hold Polka Fest luncheon fundraiser

The Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center will be holding a Polka Fest luncheon and fundraiser on Friday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to a delicious barbequed brats and sauerkraut meal, we'll get your toes tapping to the sounds of the Polka Pirates! The Pirates are one of Cleveland’s finest dance bands and a crowd favorite, and play all styles of polkas and waltzes, standards, big band, country, Irish and even a little rock 'n' roll. Come and dance, sing, smile and enjoy – great food, great people, great fun, great band.

This event is a fundraiser for the Dwyer Senior Center. Cost is $5. Call 440-835-6565 to register.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

St. Paul Lutheran offers free Vacation Bible School

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, will be holding a free Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 19, to Friday, June 23.  This program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is open to all children ages 3 through fifth grade.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Win this EZ Pedaler T500 unisex touring electric bike

For as little as $10, you can buy a raffle ticket and get the chance to win this amazing electric bike. It is an $1,800 value. 

The new T500 is built for comfort and power. With the new three-level power assist you have a virtual six speed with unmatched range and reliability.

To find out more specifications for this eBike and to purchase raffle tickets to win it, go to ourvillageproject.salsalabs.org/raffleticketsforebike/index.html.

All proceeds benefit Village Project in its mission to come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.06.2017

Herb Guild's annual scholarship luncheon to be held Aug. 2

The Herb Guild will hold its 33rd annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road. This year, the theme is "Sweet as Can Bee." The events include raffle baskets, a silent auction, a tasting table with herbal products for sale, and a craft boutique featuring garden gifts and baked goods. Credit cards will be accepted at the event. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Project, Citizen of the Year honored at Play in Bay reopening

The Play in Bay playground renovation project came to an official close on May 13 with a grand reopening celebration. The Bay Village Foundation effort, which raised $100,000 in contributions large and small from more than 350 donors, was designated as the 2017 Project of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

A special ceremony during the celebration, emceed by Foundation board president Al Paulus and Community Council vice president Jessica Breslin, honored the project as well as Evelyn Allen, the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Evelyn was recognized for her 40 years of volunteerism with many organizations in the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village civic groups planning fun summer events

The Bay Village Community Council met on May 10 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. It's going to be a busy summer in Bay!

Bay Village Community Theater has finalized their 2017 Staged Reading Series. On May 20 and 21 they will perform “The Twelve Pound Look” by JM Barrie. On July 15 and 16 they will present excerpts from “Inherit the Wind.” Saturday performances are held at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and Sunday performances will be at Mojo’s Coffee at 6 p.m.

The Bay Village Education Foundation announced that the 14th annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic will be held, on Friday, July 14, at Sweet Briar in Avon Lake. Proceeds support the Bay Alumni Foundation, the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. The tournament is open to the public. Visit tribaygolf.com for more information.

The Bay Village Historical Society's 48th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Again this year, the Historical Society is partnering with other community organizations on “Destination Bay.” Transportation will run between venues. Admission to Cahoon in June is free. There will be a Civil War re-enactment in the park, and a display of antique cars, and musical entertainment. Culinary artisans from the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen will have a presence, selling their Northeast Ohio-made products. There will also be food concessions. Interested community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space.  Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Membership in the Bay Village Historical Society is open to anyone in the community interested in keeping history alive. Families are welcome. Call 440-871-7338 for membership details.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Westlake in Bloom entry deadline is June 30

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Westlake in Bloom! We hope that you will consider celebrating the beautiful gardens and landscapes of Westlake by entering your home or business in this annual competition. Westlake in Bloom is our chance to say thank you to the individuals who help beautify our city.

Entry forms are available at Westlake City Hall, Community Services Center, Recreation Center, Porter Library, Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center and online at www.cityofwestlake.org/588/Westlake-in-Bloom.

The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m., with judging in July. There is no fee and everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the Westlake in Bloom Reception and Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, August 9, at LaCentre where the winners will be announced.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

Memorial Day to be celebrated in Bay with annual parade

The Bay Village American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Viet Nam Veterans will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade on Lake Road on Monday, May 29. Starting from the Huntington Reservation parking lot at 8:45 a.m., the parade will travel west to Lakeside Cemetery, where Bay United Methodist pastor Rev. Jonathon McClerry will offer an opening prayer and deliver his Memorial Day Homily.

VFW Vice-Commander Jack Stewart will read the names of the veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, buried at the cemetery and members of the Bluebirds will place flowers on the graves of the veterans. The Legion Rifle Squad will offer a 21-gun salute. Taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played by the Bay High School band, under the direction of Mr. Darren Allen; following there will be a release of white doves. Rev. McClerry will then offer benediction and the parade will proceed east to the Gazebo.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Human trafficking is closer than you think

The first in a quarterly series of community talks called “Unity Responds by Listening, Asking Questions and Taking Action” at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake was held on Human Trafficking May 11. The next one, to be held on Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m., is on Body Positivity, which ties in to the low self-esteem felt by people who have been or are in the midst of being trafficked.

Even in affluent suburbs like Westlake and Bay Village, human trafficking is sometimes happening right in front of us without our awareness. Joan Clark, chair of the West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking and Lois Krebs of Cleveland Swedenborg Chapel told the crowd at Unity that human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery. In addition to providing ample evidence of the trafficking that is ongoing in Ohio and across the world, they outlined many things that individuals can do to help.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village Foundation plans active month

The Bay Village Foundation held their annual meeting on May 4 at Bay Village City Hall. Elected as officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were Al Paulus, president; Rich Veres, vice president; Maryann O’Reilly, secretary; and Steve Ruscher, treasurer. Evelyn Allen and Wayne Reese were elected as executive committee members at large. The Foundation also welcomed three new board members: Fr. Tim Gareau of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Dr. Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Milli, while honoring three departing members: Ellie Bricmont, Tom Henderson and Steve Lee.

The Bay Village Foundation has two exciting events coming up:

  • A Waterways Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 27, chaired by Mike Romanchek and the Foundation’s student trustees, Chris Eifert, Katherine Finley, Jack Lee and Maggie Williams. All volunteers are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. The Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers at the Middle School at 1:00 p.m.
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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal returns to benefit Village Project on June 17

Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities for a pleasant morning bike ride? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy each other’s company while stretching your muscles, feeling the fresh air in your lungs and taking in the sights and sounds of an early summer Saturday?

You can have this kind of fun and, at the same time, help to support Village Project, a very worthy local organization, in its mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to local families experiencing cancer.

The fourth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal offers a new sponsorship

The Village Project has announced a new, more affordable opportunity to sponsor its annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride: become a Personal Chef. For $100, your name or the name of your company or organization will be printed on a Project Pedal directional route sign. It will be displayed on June 17, the day of the event, to help mark the routes the riders will follow.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay fundraiser is far out, man!

A fundraising event for the restoration of Bay Village’s Historic District in Cahoon Memorial Park, was held April 29 at Lakewood Country Club. The 1960s-themed party was the kick-off of a campaign to raise money for the much-needed restoration of the historic Community House.

Many of the attendees, dressed in ‘60s attire, dined and danced to music by the Mourning Glory band, participated in a best-dressed contest, bid on auction items donated by local businesses and sampled 1960s drinks.

Those wishing to contribute to the restoration project can contact event co-chairs Pamela Ebert at 440-871-3646 or Monica Thomas at 440-871-2522.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 AM, 05.02.2017

Community invited to playground re-opening celebration

The Bay Village Foundation will host a grand re-opening celebration for the Play in Bay playground on Saturday, May 13, from 3-5 p.m. The free community event will feature food, ice cream, face painting and a balloon artist for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

At 3:30 p.m., the Bay Village Community Council will recognize the Foundation’s playground renovation as the Project of the Year, and Evelyn Allen as the Citizen of the Year. Mayor Paul Koomar will present proclamations to the honorees.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.02.2017

Westlake Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day

The Westlake Garden Club recently gifted its 54th tree to the city of Westlake. Since its inception in 1963 the club has planted a tree at various locations around the city to celebrate Arbor Day on April 28. The tree that was selected this year is a black gum tree, which was planted on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center near the playground.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough presented the club with a proclamation. “Trees have been an important part of the identity of Westlake from the start,” Clough said. “I have a great appreciation for trees because of their beauty … and because they create an environment that is beneficial and peaceful.”

Other city officials who were on hand for the event include Paul Quinn III, Westlake's director of Public Service, and Stan Barnard, the city's manager of Urban Forestry.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts Storytellers features Guiding Eyes dogs

Get ready for another new Storytellers installment, this one with the added bonus of: dogs.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. In a heartwarming BAYarts Storytellers talk on Saturday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m., you will hear about how Brooks Almquist and her daughter Ava got into working with GEB, as well as speaker Gayle Papesh. Additionally, you will meet the guide dogs: Ambrie, Hoyt and Chance.

Brooks Almquist has been a part of the BAYarts community for a long time, both as a volunteer and as the shop artisan who creates her own handmade line of Toot Sweet Soap Shack lotions, scrubs, soaps and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.02.2017

Tracking Carpatho-Rusyn ancestors

Did your immigrant ancestor come from Eastern Europe? Perhaps he or she came from the Carpathian mountain region of southeastern Poland, northern Slovakia, and western Ukraine. One distinct ethnic group of immigrants that came to the U.S. from this region is the Carpatho-Rusyns. They populated specific towns and bore distinct surnames, by which they can be identified today.

Barbara Popovich, co-president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Cleveland Chapter, will speak at the Ohio Genealogical Society Cuyahoga West Chapter’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Barbara will share her knowledge of when and where the Carpatho-Rusyns immigrants settled and about the Rusyn cultural heritage that their descendants are preserving, here in Cleveland. Program begins at 7 p.m., with social time from 6:30-7. The general public is invited to attend, free of charge.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.02.2017

Learn the history of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Take a slideshow excursion aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) as part of the Bay Village Historical Society’s May 18 meeting and potluck dinner.

A representative of CVSR will be at the Bay Village Community House to talk about the history of the railroad and the scenery and wildlife of the national park located between Independence and Akron. The railroad operates as a joint venture partner with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is a premier tourist attraction, receiving recognition from local, national and international media. The CVSR Polar Express has been reported in USA Today as one of the 10 best Christmas celebrations in the country’s national parks. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a Class III railroad operating a fleet of diesel-electric and steam-powered locomotives.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

Herb Guild to prepare Rose Hill garden for spring

The Wednesday, May 10, meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held at the Rose Hill Herb Garden in Bay Village's Cahoon Park. The Herb Garden is located by 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.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a vigorous workout in the garden to spruce it up after the long, hard winter. Members and volunteers are asked to bring garden gloves and tools.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.02.2017

Planning underway for Westlake Kiwanis Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day 2017 will soon be here. The Westlake Kiwanis Club hopes you are planning to participate in our annual community parade and service that day, May 29. 

Come out and line the parade route along Hilliard Boulevard and enjoy the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in front of Sts. Peter and George Church (formerly Westlake Christian Church) and terminates in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts' new Bikes & Outdoor Festival

Come celebrate the great outdoors at BAYarts on Saturday, May 20. Vendors will be on the theme of bike and outdoor gear as well as wellness services. The event will feature live music, food and drinks. 

This marks the first year for the Bikes & Outdoor Festival, created after BAYarts board member Michael Gleydura suggested the event. 

Gleydura's passion for cycles extends as a prominent theme he's had throughout his life. "I've been riding bikes forever, and I was in the bike industry for a long time. It's always been a passion of mine and part of me," he said. More than that, "it's a lifestyle and a feeling."

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.02.2017

West Shore Chamber offers young professionals networking opportunity

Dave & Buster's in Westlake hosted the West Shore Chamber of Commerce's first Young Professionals Happy Hour on April 25. Although the chamber currently has four smaller networking groups called Business Advisory Boards, there was a need to encourage the younger members of the chamber to network and become involved.

The chamber still takes part in the monthly Power Hours put on by the Power of More; the Young Professionals will have an opportunity to socialize and network on their own terms. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.02.2017

Women's Board salutes the past, looks to the future

The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center welcomed former WB presidents, Center staff, and guests during our April Salad Luncheon on April 5 at the Center in Bay Village. The past presidents attending included Mimi Cruse, Mady Deter, Carolyn Griffen, Ellie Kirchner, Judy Lain, Jo Theis and Karen Huhndorff. Each was introduced and honored with a yellow rose boutonniere.

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a volunteer organization with a rich history. Started in 1954 by six women, it has evolved to a group of women of all ages, skills, experiences and talents. The purpose of the Women’s Board is to support Lake Erie Nature & Science Center through service, leadership, community awareness and fund raising. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, September through June, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.02.2017

'Touch a Truck' event returns to Westlake

The free 2017 Community Safety and Wellness Fair, with the ever popular "Touch a Truck" with emergency and service vehicles and specialized equipment, will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center. 

Learn how to increase personal safety and wellness from dozens of exhibitors and displays and get a variety health screenings. Special activities for children make it a great event for families.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.02.2017

WDAB hosts inaugural Demon Derby 'Night at the Races'

Demon pride was alive and kicking at the Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) inaugural, sold-out Demon Derby "Night at the Races." The adults-only event, held at St. Demetrios Church Cultural Center on April 1, included dinner, drinks, sideboards, horse races and raffle packages with all proceeds benefiting WDAB and our mission to support all Demons athletics for students in grades 7-12.

"We were thrilled with the turnout and received great feedback from our 400+ attendees," said WDAB President Edward Blair. "It was terrific to see our Westlake community come together to support Demon Nation." Attendees included Westlake coaches, administrators, parents of all grade levels, teachers and staff.  

"Since WDAB’s reorganization from the former Demons Club three years ago, this was the first all-sports large-scale event we have hosted," stated event co-chair Meredith LaVecchia. "The success of the event was a testament to our community's commitment to support Demon athletics. We hope the momentum continues and we can host an even larger event next year. We look forward to our continued membership growth as our families and community see the real work and benefits attained through WDAB for all athletes, all teams!"

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake Council of PTAs announces Reflections winners

The Westlake Council of PTAs held its 2016-2017 Reflections Art Show & Judging last December and top entries recently advanced to the state-level competition.

This year’s PTA Reflections theme was "What is Your Story?" and the following students won their divisions in the following categories at the Art Show & Judging in December: Alex Spring, film production; Sahana Herman, Grace Neubeck and Katie Willi, literature; Andrew Bovenzi, music composition; Frankie Jacono, Sophia Jacono, Samantha Wohleber and Lauren Havelka, photography; Jaden Jang, Samuel Jang, Macy Sinreich and Sara Massa, visual arts.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake Kiwanis thanks the community

The Westlake Kiwanis would like to thank Westlake and surrounding communities for their support in making our recent pancake breakfast a success. The funds raised by pancake breakfasts support projects throughout Westlake and surrounding communities.  

This year's breakfast was a cooperative effort between the Westlake Kiwanis Family, Westlake PTA and LakeShore Day Camp and also included the Hermes Westlake Spring Fever Run.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake PTA event raises money for scholarships

Over 600 people recently attended Westlake Council of PTAs annual Dollar$ for Scholars (DFS) event at Westlake High School to raise money for scholarships for graduating Westlake High School seniors. 

Since 1968, Westlake Council has continued the proud tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving Westlake High School seniors who plan to pursue higher education at a college, university or technical school. Scholarships are awarded for traditional academic pursuits, as well as for the arts, STEM/technology and a life challenge.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.18.2017

Fundraiser celebrates Team YC

With the Indians Opening Day and the Cavs Playoffs on the horizon, there was excitement in the air at Youth Challenge's annual benefit and auction on Saturday, April 8. Over 300 sports fans gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party Like a Champion” and support YC.

Guests helped raise over $205,000 to fund free adapted programs for children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. 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 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.18.2017

Nan Baker announces district library days

Cuyahoga County Council Member Nan Baker announced that she will continue her eight-year tradition of holding district Library Days throughout this spring and summer to connect with members of the community. She began this tradition in 2009 as State Representative for District 16.  Both House District 16 and County Council District 1 represent the same five communities: Bay Village, Westlake, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Rocky River.

Baker will be holding district hours at each of the five libraries in the West Shore district on Saturday mornings in May and June.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.18.2017

Westlake's Easter Egg Hunt set for April 8

The Westlake Town Criers announce this year's Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will again be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, April 8.

There will be two candy scrambles: the first at 1:00 p.m. for ages 4 through 6, and the second at 1:30 p.m. for ages 7 through 10. At these times the children will scramble for wrapped candy and also for special eggs redeemable for stuffed animals. For children age 3 and under, there is a non-competitive Easter Egg Hunt where the child hunts for plastic eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.

There will also be live, six-foot-tall Easter Bunnies available for pictures, in addition to refreshments and face painting courtesy of the Westlake High School National Honor Society.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.04.2017

Westlake Council of PTAs honors its Founders' Day award winners

Westlake Council of PTAs recently held its annual PTA Founders' Day dinner and awards ceremony at Wagner's of Westlake. 

Each February, PTA units across the country celebrate the founding of PTA over 100 years ago, and honor the contributions of those who enrich our students' experiences and are dedicated to the PTA mission. Westlake Council's Founders' Day event recognizes the many people who contribute to making a difference for our students and schools in Westlake by presenting three types of awards, all of which are decided based on nominations from the school and PTA community.

Each of the nine PTA units in Westlake chooses one honoree to receive the Ohio PTA Achievement Award at the Founders' Day dinner. The Ohio PTA Achievement Award is the highest honor a PTA can bestow on an individual and is usually awarded to someone who has given outstanding service to children and youth either at school or in the Westlake community at-large. The recipients of Westlake's 2017 Ohio PTA Achievement Awards are: Marie Novak, Westlake Early Childhood PTA; Amanda Miller, Bassett Elementary PTA; Cathleen Augustine, Dover Elementary PTA; Kristen Pugh, Hilliard Elementary PTA; Mimi Verdone, Holly Lane Elementary PTA; Kerry Brickman, Dover Intermediate School PTA; Janine Finucane, Lee Burneson Middle School PTA; Karen Ryan, Westlake High School PTSA; Pete Zagray, Westlake Council of PTAs.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:22 AM, 04.04.2017

Bay Village civic groups plan spring and summer events

The Bay Village Community Council met on March 22 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. 

American Legion Post #385 announced its delegates for the Buckeye Boys and Girls State program for 2017. The Bay High School juniors are Connor Flynn, C J Hyland, Maggie Williams and Morgan Jackson. They will be part of a nine-day program that is an in-depth study of city, county and state government, where campaigning is an important part of the government process.   Each delegate will have the opportunity to run for elected office in the simulated governments. The daily activities follow an intense schedule from early morning to late evening. In the fall the students will visit both the Legion and Kiwanis and tell of their experiences. The Bay Legion has been sponsoring these programs for over 40 years.

Bay Village Community Theater has begun their 2017 “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series. Readings are planned for May, July, September, November and possibly December. They are expanding their Staged Reading group and taking it to other venues besides their current sites: Mojo’s Coffee and O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village. If you are interested in their group performing a staged reading for you, contact John Hnat at jjhnat@sbcglobal.net.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.04.2017

Kiwanis to host pancake breakfast and spring race

The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 9. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Hermes Westlake Spring Fever run to benefit LakeShore Day Camp, Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake PTA.

Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat! Plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets are $6. Children 6 and under eat for free.

This year, as a "Kiwanis Young Children Priority One" project, the Westlake Kiwanis will donate a portion of the proceeds from the breakfast to the LakeShore Day Camp, a nonprofit camp for children with special learning needs, including mental and physical challenges, learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and more.

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