Community Events

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 www.lensc.org 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, bayedfoundation.org.

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 bayvillagefoundation.org.

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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

Bay Garden Club announces Christmas 'Greening' workshops

This popular Bay Village Garden Club event is your opportunity to learn to make beautiful, fresh holiday arrangements to enjoy all season long. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, we'll greet you at Bay United Methodist Church with fragrant greens, accessories, ribbons and decorations along with expert demonstrators and member assistance to help you create one of four designs: a centerpeice, a mini-tree, a wreath and an outdoor/indoor pot to enhance your porch or hearth. The fee for each of the four workshops is $35. Take-home kits may also be ordered at the same price.

Come early to enjoy complimentary refreshments and shop our Accessory Kiosk for holiday arrangements to give to your favorite hostesses. Mini-lights, bows and other decorations will also be available.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:28 AM, 11.05.2019

Digging for genealogical gold in probate packets

As 2019 comes to a close, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society concludes their speakers’ program with Christopher Staats on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Mr. Staats is a well-known Cleveland-based professional genealogical researcher, presenter and writer, whose geographical specialty is in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Cleveland records. As a writer, he has contributed articles to "Family Tree Magazine," "Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly," "Ohio Genealogy News," "Western Reserve Historical Society Bulletin" and other publications. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Chris serves as the chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG. He is also the seminar chairperson for Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.05.2019

Learn about John D. Rockefeller's Cleveland

Join the members of the Bay Village Historical Society on Thursday, Nov. 21, to learn about “Rockefeller’s Cleveland,” as presented by the Cleveland History Center.

When John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company, he was met with immense success and wealth. However, he soon found himself vilified by the public as the battle between capital and labor came to a head. Learn about Rockefeller’s tumultuous time as a Clevelander, including the lasting mark his philanthropic work left on the city, and get to know the divisive figure who would become one of the richest men in the world.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.05.2019

The Herb Guild Garden Club

The November meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 am. After lunch at 11:30, a representative from The Olive Scene will talk about ways to include olive oils and balsamic vinegars in your holiday recipes. The Olive Scene is a store that specializes in high-grade olive oils and vinegars and has several locations in Northeast Ohio. After the presentation, there will be a workshop on growing paperwhites just in time for the holidays.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:28 AM, 11.05.2019

Veterans Day observance at Tri-C Westshore

Cuyahoga Community College will honor the courageous men and women who served in the nation’s military during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Westshore Campus.

The remembrance will take place in room 118 of the Liberal Arts and Technology building.

“Veterans Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have defended this nation,” said Rick DeChant, executive director of the College’s Veterans Initiative. “The peace we enjoy is because of those who served.”

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.05.2019

Free 'trunk or treat' event at Westlake United Methodist Church

What do Candy Land, fossils, rock-climbing, bubbles and Hamilton all have in common? These are just a few of the creative trunks we’ve spotted at Trunk or Treat in the past several years. Who knows what great adventures you’ll be able to take at Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 4-6 p.m. at Westlake United Methodist Church!

Adventurers of all ages are welcome at this free, family-friendly evening of trick-or-treating in our church parking lot. Wear your costume and enjoy games, prizes, food, live music and more! All are welcome to this rain or shine, fun-filled event.

For more information, contact the church office at 440-871-3088 or visit www.westlakeumc.org. Westlake United Methodist Church is located at 27650 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:21 AM, 10.15.2019

A ghost hunter's journey into the unknown

Do you love a good ghost story? Are you drawn to the paranormal? Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes ghost hunter and author Greg Feketik on Monday, Oct. 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. Join us for “Insights into the Unknown” and hear about Greg’s ghost-hunting adventures as chronicled in his first book of the same title and his newest release, "Roads into the Unknown: A Ghost Hunter’s Journey Continues." Books will be available for purchase following the presentation.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:23 AM, 10.15.2019

Bay Village Kiwanis holds 2nd annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is just around the corner, on Saturday, Nov. 9. The location is Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road. Pasta along with salad, dessert and a beverage will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Master chef Tony Dostal will be serving up his special homemade pasta sauce, the result of hours of painstaking preparation. Tony has been making this sauce for the past 42 years. You can dine in or carry out, but either way you owe it to yourself to try Tony’s pasta dinner for the low cost of $10 per adult, $5 for children 6-12, with children 5 and under free.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:20 AM, 10.15.2019

October is a busy month at the Clague House Museum

October is a very busy month for the Westlake Historical Society and the historic Clague House Museum! Here are the programs we have coming up:

Teddy Bear Sleepover: Our fall Teddy Bear Sleepover is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19th. Children are invited to drop off their teddy bear at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, to spend the night at the Clague House Museum. Teddy bear check-out is 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Children and their bears are invited to stay for our Fall Open House and Kids Sunday.

Open House: The Sunday, Oct. 20, open house at the Clague House Museum is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a kids craft table, museum guided tours, and harvest-themed refreshments. Those wishing to take part in the Teddy Bear Sleepover, please contact the society at 216-848-0680 to reserve your spot. There is no charge for the overnight or the open house event.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:23 AM, 10.15.2019

No tricks, just treats

Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. for its annual Halloween Celebration & Hayride.

Put on your costume and trick-or-treat through the Center's Wildlife Gardens. Make a Halloween craft, hop on a hayride and view the stars at a family-friendly holiday show in Schuele Planetarium. Dinner is included at this non-scary celebration. 

This program is for all ages. Fee: $15/adults; $5/children; children 2 and under are free (includes dinner). Halloween Celebration & Hayride sells out each year, please register in advance at www.lensc.org or by calling 440-871-2900. Hayrides run rain or shine.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:22 AM, 10.15.2019

St. Lads to host Browns watch party on Nov. 3

The Westlake Area Youth (WAY) Group of St. Ladislas Church in cooperation with the St. Ladislas Knights of Columbus will host a Browns football watch party at St. Ladislas in Cullen Hall on Sunday, Nov. 3. This game is against the Denver Broncos and game time is 4 p.m. Admission is $2 which includes your first hot dog. Other goodies are available. If you bring a canned good, you can receive a second hot dog.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:21 AM, 10.15.2019

Basket of Treasures Craft Show and Marketplace

The Westlake Women’s Club will present its annual Basket of Treasures Craft Show and Marketplace. This long running annual event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westlake High School on Saturday, Nov. 9.  

Once again, this show will feature a variety of artisans offering holiday items, home decor,  jewelry, art, clothing, pottery, gifts and so much more. Over 50 vendors will be selling their handmade items this year, including several new artists as well as old favorites. There will also be a bake sale, raffle baskets and a lunch menu. The admission is $3 per adult with 12 and under free. No strollers are allowed.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:21 AM, 10.15.2019

Fall into Zentangle

A new exhibit is coming to the Center for Artful Living in Westlake, featuring work by local Zentangle artists. The artists are students of Judy Montgomery from Lakewood, who is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Judy has been teaching Zentangle at the Rocky River Senior Center for the past seven years. She has a large following of local Zentangle practitioners and 15 of those artists are participating in the exhibit at the Center.

Zentangle art is a method of drawing structured patterns that helps artists relax, focus and expand their imaginations. The patterns are used to fill what are called “strings,” various shaped spaces that fill an artist’s piece. Shading with pencil is usually added to show dimension and contrast.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:27 AM, 10.15.2019

Bay Village civic groups discuss fall plans

he Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, met on Sept. 18 to share news and notes about upcoming events. Here are some highlights.

American Legion Post #385 will be providing prize bingo for hospitalized veterans at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. They have done this for many years with the assistance of the Military Support Group from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake. On Oct. 11, a representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will visit our regular meeting and discuss the many services offered by the Cleveland VA. On Nov. 8, the Post will celebrate Veterans Day at our regular meeting, following our semi-annual retirement of old, torn or faded flags.

The Bay Village Garden Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30 at Bay Methodist Church for lunch and a speaker. Their only fundraiser is the Christmas Greening Workshop on Dec. 3 and 4.   Participants purchase kits of greens and accessories and receive instructions in a class to make a lovely holiday decoration. Funds raised are used to purchase plantings for the city at the Gazebo, City Hall and the welcome signs at each entrance to Bay Village and the pots on Dover Center.

The Bay Village Green Team's next quarterly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Huntington Beach pavilion.

VFW Post 9693 will host a veterans luncheon and Honor Wall update ceremony at the Dwyer Center on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:17 AM, 10.01.2019

Wildlife photographer presenting at Women's Board meeting on Oct. 2

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host speaker David Dibbell at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon.

Dibbell, an Avon Lake resident, developed a hobby of wildlife and nature photography early in his retirement. He spends his mornings walking or biking the natural areas near his home, capturing shots of native flora and fauna. Some of his favorite species to photograph are birds, butterflies and deer.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:11 AM, 10.01.2019

Pumpkins with purpose

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. If you are interested in beating that amazing record, choose to pick up pumpkins at the Bay United Methodist Church pumpkin patch that opens on Oct. 12. The amount of pumpkins needed to create this tasty treat can help rebuild a home in Appalachia. That’s right. This isn’t just any old patch, the pumpkins sold there are pumpkins with purpose.

OK. So maybe you don’t want the world's biggest pie and you just want a jack-o'-lantern for your front porch, a slew of toasted seeds, or a small delicate pie to offer your neighbor. The assumption is that we all love pumpkins and the tradition of picking out the perfect one. When you add supporting those in need, the tradition is so much sweeter.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:13 AM, 10.01.2019

Meals on Wheels to hold fundraising dinner

Recently featured in the August/September Cooks Country magazine, La Campagna will be creating a multi-course dinner for the first  “What’s Cooking”  fundraiser event that will benefit Westlake Meals on Wheels. Tickets are now available for purchase.

The What’s Cooking fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at La Campagna, 27337 Detroit Road, Westlake. The $100 dinner ticket offers guests an Italian fall multi-course menu; 100% of the ticket sales are donated to support Westlake Meals on Wheels.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:17 AM, 10.01.2019

Village Project to host fundraising clambake

There is no doubt about it – fall in northeast Ohio is clambake season. Local lore has it that our love of a traditional clambake stems from this region’s historical link to New England and our beachy location on Lake Erie. In any case, as the air pleasantly cools, as football, cheerleaders and marching bands rule the stadiums, and as the leaves turn shades of red, yellow, orange and purple, northeast Ohioans naturally hunger to enjoy these beautiful days of autumn near the water with friends … and a big pot of steaming, delicious clams.

The Village Project invites you to throw on a sweater or sweatshirt and join in the fun of their second annual Clambake-on-the-Lake on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Bay Village. The evening will be graciously hosted at the lovely home of Bill and Lisa Priemer, who are steadfast supporters of this local, philanthropic organization.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:13 AM, 10.01.2019

Retire 'to' something rather than 'from' something

High schools and colleges usually host an orientation fair highlighting all the extracurricular clubs as well as social and service opportunities that a prospective student can partake in. This is usually an exciting time for a new student, looking for ways to engage and enrich their campus life. 

Once we begin "adulting" these fairs are non-existent, yet it seems that it would be quite helpful to have such a venue during key transitional times like retirement, for example.

Retirement planning is generally a term that refers to the financial aspects of retirement. While this is obviously of paramount importance, there is so much more to retirement than the financial piece, and the more we can be prepared, the more successful our retirement will be.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.17.2019

Annual pet blessing at St. Raphael is Oct. 3

Lions, tigers and bears are not welcome, but household animals and their families are invited to the 15th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6:30–7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog and cat treats and giveaways from Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:13 AM, 09.17.2019

Moondance fundraiser at BAYarts showcases art & entertainment

BAYarts held their annual Moondance fundraiser on Sept. 14 at the Huntington Reservation campus.

The cultural arts center’s event under the stars featured live music, local restaurants and breweries, fine wine, strolling entertainment and a preview of the organization’s future plans for the renovation of the playhouse.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.17.2019

Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event brings out the equipment

The Touch-a-Truck event held Sept. 14 featured vehicles from the Bay Village fire, police and service departments plus a landing of the Cleveland Metro Life Flight helicopter at Cahoon Memorial Park.

Kids could climb aboard to see and touch the equipment of many of the city’s vehicles. Over 2,000 people attended the event and had an opportunity to meet police officers, firefighters/paramedics and service department employees.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.17.2019

Scaredy Cat Run & Walk set for Oct. 19

The Bay Village Foundation’s annual run will have a new twist this year. The race has been renamed the Scaredy Cat Run & Walk. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the 5K run/one-mile walk begins at Bay Middle School at 9 a.m. Participants of all ages will get a cool, dry-tech, long-sleeved T-shirt emblazened with the scaredy cat logo. Plus, the first 200 to register will get a free set of cat ears!

Register online at bayvillagefoundation.org for $20, or on the day of the race for $25. Registration/packet pick-up is at Fleet Feet Westlake, 26149 Detroit Road, on Friday, Oct. 18, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Packets will also be available for pickup at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race at Bay Middle School.

Funds collected benefit the Bay Village Foundation’s community projects.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 10:53 AM, 09.04.2019

Horticulturist to speak at Herb Guild meeting

The September meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Following lunch, guest speaker Ron Dzurec, a horticulturist from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, will give a presentation on the gardens at the Botanical Garden.

There are currently 11 themed gardens, including the Hershey's children's garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden and an herb garden, to name a few. Ron will talk on the gardens that he is responsible for inside and outside of the center plus relate to us upcoming public events in the gardens. Visiting the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a pleasant time and the admission is only $12 for adults.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.04.2019

Historical society program will honor Oliver Hazard Perry

The life and legacy of Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, will be celebrated by the Bay Village Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Two hundred years after his death, historian Mary Louise Jesek Daley will speak about why Perry became a hero and why the U.S. Navy still honors him so greatly. Perry was renowned for more than the Battle of Lake Erie. He was a man of his time and place who lived a life of courage and honor.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.04.2019

Conducting Czech/Slovak genealogical research

Summer is coming to a close. The children are back at school and local organizations are in full-swing mode for reaching out to the public.

Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society resumed their monthly family history research help sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Additional sessions will be offered on Oct. 2 and Nov. 6. Volunteers will be assisting from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the computer room of Westlake Porter Public Library. If you are having trouble locating data about your ancestors, now is the time to seek their help. Bring your pedigree chart and/or family group sheets for the family you are researching. That will help the volunteers home in on your individual of interest. Or if you are just starting out, bring what information you now have and members will assist you with charting that information.

The fall line-up of evening meetings may be helpful to you, as well. The Wednesday, Sept. 18, speaker will be Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center. She will be offering tips on locating vital records of your Czech/Slovak family members. Her search methods may also be applicable for finding information on ancestors from other East European locales.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.04.2019

Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sept. 8

Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year. The holiday was signed into law in 1978 as a day for families to honor grandparents and help children become aware of their strength and guidance.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate with your family? Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual Grandparents Day family program on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grandparents and grandchildren through age 7 will celebrate the beauty of autumn, meet the Center’s resident animals, explore the night sky in Schuele Planetarium and make a craft together to take home.

To register, visit www.lensc.org or call 440-871-2900. Tickets cost $10 per person (children 2 and under are free). Tickets for members of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center cost $5 per person.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.04.2019

Food, Fun & Dancing: Welcome Week at the West Shore YMCA

It's the YMCA's National Welcome Week, and here's how you can celebrate community #WestlakeStrong.

The Westshore YMCA (1575 Columbia Road) is hosting an international potluck, jazz band and salsa/cha-cha events during our festive week. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Theresa Sullivan at tsullivan@clevelandymca.org or phone 440-871-6885. 

1. Jazz It Up: Join Our International Potluck and Celebrate Community! 

As the fall season approaches, let's take time to break bread as a community, enjoy live jazz and celebrate what we all bring to the table –together. On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Westshore YMCA will be hosting its International Potluck from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is part of "Welcome Week" where we celebrate our many cultures here in the United States. Eric Everett Jazz, a popular Cleveland band, will serve up jazz, Latin and R&B classics, while we enjoy a smorgasbord of delicious dishes!

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.04.2019

Leonardo da Vinci: A true Vitruvian Man

The fall session of Case Western Reserve University's continuing education discussion classes in Bay Village begins Sept. 16.

Explore the life and historical setting of Leonardo da Vinci, the man whose very  name is synonymous with creativity, curiosity and inventive genius. Anatomist, artist, astronomer, biologist, botanist, city planner, dramatist, engineer, geologist, inventor, militarist, ornithologist, physicist – da Vinci questioned all, created much amid the turbulent Renaissance world of mighty popes and princes. This passionate, flamboyant, but flawed man became one of the most extraordinary human beings in all of history. 

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.20.2019

Herb Guild honors scholarship winners

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 35th annual scholarship luncheon. Two area students received $2,000 scholarships and both were present at the luncheon to receive them.

Rachel Drobnak is a graduate of Olmsted Falls High School and will be attending Michigan State University. She will be majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and minoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Hannah Miu is a graduate of Berea-Midpark High School. She will be attending Bowling Green State University, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Horticulture. Both are looking forward to attending college this fall.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.20.2019