The June meeting of The Herb Guild will be held on June 8 at Westlake Porter Public Library. The business part of the meeting will start at 10:30 a.m., with the presentation following at 12:30 p.m. Cathy Flament, President of the Bay Village Historical Society will share herbal recipes and herbal publications from their archives. Guests are very welcome! The library has dropped the mask mandate until further notice.
The Herb Guild Garden Club is holding its 36th annual scholarship luncheon this year, after a two-year break during the pandemic. The event will be held on Aug. 3 at the Aviator Event Center, 20920 Brookpark Road, across from Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
The luncheon will feature craft, culinary, and boutique tables, where items can be purchased. The highlight of the luncheon is an extravagant basket raffle with over 40 baskets, each one worth around $50. During the luncheon two scholarships will be presented to the 2022 winners and money will be raised for next year's scholarships.
Memorial Day will soon be here. The Westlake Kiwanis Club hopes you are planning to participate in our annual community parade and service that day, May 30.
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 Coptic and Orthodox Church and ends in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.
The parade and service will honor those civilians and military that sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and protect our shores – many of those fallen were members of our Westlake community. If you participated in the parade or in the services in Clague Park last year, the Westlake Kiwanis and the community appreciate your participation and hope you will take part again this year.
“Preserving the Character of our City” is the theme for the May 19 Bay Village Historical Society potluck program.
Guest speaker Carol Starre-Kmiecik will present a one-woman show about Dorothy Fuldheim, the well-known Cleveland newscaster and journalist. The event, held at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road in Bay Village, begins with a social at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.
The main dish, a variety of mini sandwiches, will be provided by the historical society. Attendees with last names beginning with A through L should bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Those with last names beginning with M through Z should bring a side dish. All attendees should bring their own place setting and beverage. There will be a $10 charge at the door for non-members of the historical society. RSVP to Pam Ebert at 216-789-1272 or email@example.com.
The Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club is again hosting the Westlake Art Festival on Saturday, July 30, in the green space on the campus of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
There will be a special ribbon-cutting kickoff at 10:00 am with Westlake’s own local morning radio personally Jen Touhey from Star 102.1, who will officially open the 2022 Festival.
“Jen was a huge hit last year and a hometown fan favorite celebrity and we are honored to have her open our festival again this year” said Joe Kraft, Rotary Art Festival chairman.
The Art Festival will also feature Cleveland artist Shaun Kinley. Shaun is famous for his Cleveland skylines, cityscapes, bridges, and sports acrylic impressions on canvass. Shaun has demonstrated over 28 years of passion and creativity in his artwork and will have several original paintings as the 2022 featured artist. Other artists are encouraged to join the festival and fill out an application while high profile booth space is still available at westlakebayvillagerotaryartfest.com.
The green thumbs of Concord Reserve did the preliminary work for you. Working in their on-site greenhouse, they lovingly prepared soil, planted seeds, and brought healthy seedlings to just the right size. Now it is your turn to plant them in your garden or container so you can enjoy fresh tomatoes and peppers all summer!
The sale of our produce helps to fund activities for our active senior residents.
CONCORD RESERVE SPRING PLANT SALE
Fridays & Saturdays, May 20, 21 & 27, 28.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2154 Dover Center Road in Westlake.
Fresh & healthy tomato & pepper Plants in 4-inch pots grown in our own greenhouse!
$3 each, or 4 for $10, cash only. Questions? Call 440-961-3693.
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is excited to announce that it will hold its second annual outdoor Animal Blessing on Saturday, May 21, from 2-4 p.m., at 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.
According to Senior Minister Anthony Makar, animal blessings are a popular UU ritual that gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance pets have in our lives. “It exemplifies the Seventh Principles of our faith, which calls us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
Members of the public are invited to bring your pet to an outdoor, walk-through blessing on the church grounds. There will be a treat station, a charity photo station, a place to remember the pets we have loved and lost, a station for your pet to receive a special blessing from Rev. Anthony, music and more! We will also be collecting donations for a local animal charity.
Rose Hill Museum reopened for the 2022 season on April 24 with the exhibit, “A Nod to the Past.”
Learn about important elements in Bay Village history like the Dover-by-the-Lake library at Rose Hill, the beginnings of Baycrafters and the Lake Erie Junior Museum (now the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center), and the opening of Parkview School. The Wischmeyer model boat exhibit is complemented by a display of vintage bathing suits. A Suffrage poster on display in the parlor encourages voting. The parlor is decorated in 1920s fashion, to tie in with the library and school history.
The Westlake Kiwanis Club invites all citizens of Westlake, including sports organizations and civic groups, to take part in their annual Memorial Day Parade and Service. The parade travels down Hilliard Boulevard and finishes in Clague Park, where the memorial services honoring those civilians and military who sacrificed so much to protect and keep this country free take place.
The Kiwanis welcomes those who participated in previous years' parades and services to join them again this year. Your participation in the past was appreciated. The parade and services this year will be held on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m.
Please call Rick Grane 440-829-0974 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can participate.
After a two-year absence the Bay Village Memorial Day parade has returned. It is that time of the year when we start to think about summer and look forward to the Memorial Day weekend.
While many think of this as a “holiday” it is really a “remembrance” day. It is meant to remember all the men and women who have died in service to our country.
This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday May 30. The parade’s timetable is as follows:
8 a.m. – Assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
8:45 a.m. – March west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
9 a.m. – Ceremonies at Lakeside Cemetery
9:15 a.m. – March east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park gazebo
9:45 a.m. – Ceremonies at Cahoon Park
The parade committee invites all veterans to participate and march in the parade.
American Legion Post 385 is the main organizer of the parade with assistance from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249 and VFW Post 9693. Any questions regarding the parade can be addressed to Joe Cronin of the American Legion at 216-521-7849.
After a two-year absence, the Westlake Rain & Garden Show made a triumphant return in April. The event was held at the Westlake Community Services Center.
There also were several great activities and crafts for kids, including instruction on how to plant their own garden, coloring materials and more. The first 100 kids received free giveaway bags.
Due to popular demand, organizers extended the Kid Zone by an additional hour, with newly-added child passport stops. Door prizes were awarded every half hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Passport participation. Attendees were asked to bring book donations for the new Goodwill Bookstore in Westlake.
The 2022 Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Westlake Town Criers was a big hit April 9 at the Westlake Recreation Center! The event featured photos with the Easter Bunny, face-painting and a massive "candy scramble" on the playground outside the Rec Center.
Residents of Westlake, Bay Village and the surrounding West Shore communities are invited to a day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and RainForest on Sunday, June 12, to celebrate the memory of their loved ones while benefiting Hospice of the Western Reserve. The 11th annual Walk to Remember sponsored by Medical Mutual and Oswald Companies is the nonprofit hospice organization's largest fundraiser of the year. It supports many of the services provided at Ames Family Hospice House as well as in the community at large that are not reimbursed by insurance.
A few examples include a speciaized pediatric hospice team, customized programs for veterans, palliative care to manage symptoms earlier in a serious illness, music, art and pet therapies, volunteer end-of-life doula support, children's grief support day camps and a Pet Peace of Mind program. Registration is open at hospicewr.org/WTR and includes all-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest and a commemorative Walk to Remember bottle holder. Those who are unable to attend in person may still support the event through online donations.
The May meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be Wednesday, May 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The business part of the meeting will start at 10:30 a.m., with the presentation following at 12:30 p.m. The Tea Lab, a Lakewood business, will share information on teas for building immunity. Guests are very welcome! The library has dropped the mask mandate until further notice.
For more information on the upcoming meeting, call 440-353-9764 or visit theherbguild.org. You can also find us on Facebook under The Herb Guild.
Starting last month the Westlake Garden Club became the only garden club in the entire Westshore area to offer Saturday meetings.
Gardening is the most popular hobby in the country and the club’s goal is to be more accessible to gardeners who work. This has immediately sparked new interest.
After being shut down all last year due to covid, the club returned with a full slate of programs, outings and events. The March meeting on orchid care was presented to a full room at Westlake Porter Public Library.
Now we are turning our attention to a common problem in spring. Folks in this area are all too familiar with the heartbreak that comes from seeing that the local wildlife has destroyed their carefully planted yard and garden or eaten all the seed meant for the birds!
The Westlake/Bay Village Rotary Club is again hosting this year’s Westlake Art Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
The Rotary is looking for top artists in Northeast Ohio to participate in exhibiting their creativity and unique art work in a fun-filled festival. In addition to artists, the Rotary is welcoming Northeast Ohio business sponsors interested in supporting this premier summer event.
The April meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at Westlake Porter Public Library. After a brief business meeting, the program will start at 12:30 p.m. which will include a PowerPoint presentation about the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. A craft will follow the presentation. Guests are invited to attend and find out more about the club. There is no charge for the craft. At this time the library has dropped its mask mandate.
The Herb Guild meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Porter Room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. New members and guests are always welcome. For further information on the upcoming meeting, call 440-353-9764 or visit our website theherbguild.org. You can also find us on Facebook under The Herb Guild
This Spring will mark the return of the Annual Rain & Garden Show, hosted by the City of Westlake and the Westlake Watershed Group after a two-year absence. This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the new Westlake Community Services Center, 28975 Hilliard Blvd. (via Rec Center Drive).
As in past years, the event is free and open to the public. Families of all ages will enjoy a variety of vendors, demonstrations and exhibitors.
The Westlake Police, in connection with the City of Westlake, Westlake Kiwanis and Lakewood Elks, are combining to collect much-needed supplies for the people of Ukraine. Drop-off points for donations will be the Westlake Police Department, 27300 Hilliard Blvd., and Lakewood Elks Lodge, 24350 Center Ridge Road.
Due to restraints on containers, we ask that no perishable food or water be donated. We are looking for blankets, non-perishable food, animal supplies, clothes and toiletries. These items will be sent to The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland, where they will be loaded in a container and sent to Ukraine via Romania.
The Herb Guild Garden Club is pleased to announce that most meetings are now open to welcoming new members. Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, March 16, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. It will be a membership tea starting at 12:30 p.m. with a craft to follow. Please plan on coming to enjoy the activity and see what the Herb Guild is all about. The event is free. The library is still requiring that masks be worn.
For more information on the upcoming meeting, call 440-353-9764 or visit our website, theherbguild.org. You can also find us on Facebook under The Herb Guild.
The Westlake Town Criers announced that the 2022 Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, April 9.
There will be two Candy Scrambles: The first at 1:00 p.m. for those ages 4 through 6, and the second at 1:30 p.m. for those ages 7 through 10. At these times the children will scramble for wrapped candy and also for special hidden eggs redeemable for stuffed animals.
For children 3 and under there is a non-competitive Easter Egg Hunt where the child simply hunts for plastic eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.
After taking two years off, the Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet is back in Rocky River offering local families resources for children struggling with academic concerns, behavior problems, depression, anxiety and other issues brought about by the pandemic. The event will take place on Thursday, April 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.
Approximately 50 vendors will be on hand representing area therapists, summer camps, adaptive sports and other programs.
For a complete list of participants, and to register for either the in-person resource fair OR to reserve a grab & go bag, visit connectingforkids.org/meetandgreet, or call/text: 440-570-5908.
Some changes are in store for the Westlake Garden Club for 2022. When the club began in 1963 the membership was composed mostly of homemakers who came together to promote horticultural education and encourage civic beauty and community conservation. The weekday morning meetings fit perfectly into their schedule since it was a time when the children were in school.
But life has obviously changed dramatically since then. Gardening is now the number one hobby in the country but many garden enthusiasts, both men and women, work full time. As a result the club is adjusting to be more accessible to the community.
For the first time since the club’s inception, regular meetings will now be held on the Saturdays. Many meetings are open to guests. The agenda for the year features field trips in addition to programs. Come sharing your love for plants with other gardeners and also learn how to garden more successfully.
After two long years without an in-person event, Village Project (VP) is pleased to announce that its 7th annual Nourish fundraiser will be a chance to gather together with old and new friends in a new, warm, safe and comfortable environment. VP volunteers and staff have spent months planning and preparing for this phenomenal event. Everyone is invited to experience this uplifting evening to help Village Project reach its goal of raising $100,000.
Since 2010, VP has served more than 40,000 meals to over 400 families in Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake. Proceeds from Nourish allow the organization to walk alongside its clients in a positive, hopeful manner, while strengthening the local communities, and also ensuring that these services continue to be provided in the most caring, thoughtful and economical way possible.
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a family-friendly evening celebrating owls of all colors and sizes on Friday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy up-close encounters with the Center’s resident owls, experience nocturnal sights and sounds in the planetarium, follow clues to solve the mystery word on an owl scavenger hunt, and head outdoors on a hike in hopes of spotting or hearing wild owls in the surrounding forest.
Tickets: $15/adult; $10/child (children 2 and under are free). Learn more and register at www.lensc.org or 440-871-2900.
The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation is excited to announce our 52nd Antique and Vintage Show to be held at Bay High School on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27.
This annual event is the Women’s Club's major fundraiser for scholarship monies made available to Bay High seniors. Since 1936, the Club has given over $552,000 to 379 deserving seniors. Our first scholarship in 1936 was for $50! In 2021 we awarded 6 scholarship of $2,500 each. We are currently reviewing seniors’ applications to be announced in April 2022. The Women’s Club criteria evaluates financial need, academic achievement, leadership experience and character traits.
Members of the Bay Village Community Council met via Zoom on Jan. 24 to share news and notes from their civic organizations. Prior to the regular meeting, a six-person selection committee reviewed nominations for Citizen and Project of the Year and unanimously agreed to honor Patrick McGannon and the Bay Village Historical Society's revitalization efforts.
Following is a condensed report of the groups' activities:
The Bay Village Branch Library reports that the new building is on target to be completed by the end of April. The Friends of the Library book sale continues with lots of materials for all ages. A bag of books is $2, with proceeds supporting library programming. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org to view upcoming programs.
Bay Village Kiwanis sold over 300 Christmas trees between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10. The proceeds will benefit community service programs. The Club is reworking outside display standards for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and working on projects for BAYarts.
The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel's Facebook page has replaced its website. The page publicizes lost and found animals, encourages rescue animal adoption, supports animal rescue organizations, disseminates useful information about animals and animal care, and helps lost and stray community cats through trap/neuter/release. FOBVK responds to neighborhood calls and assists by furnishing material support for lost, stray or injured companion animals, usually cats. The Bay Village Police Department cares for lost or stray dogs by sending them to the Cuyahoga County kennel if their owner is not located within 24 hours.
The Westlake-North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will begin the new year by “looking back” even as it forges ahead on a busy election year agenda. Three sessions are scheduled for members to review the current advocacy positions of the League of Women Voters of the United States and to recommend changes for consideration at the June 2022 national convention. Members should register to attend one of the Zoom sessions (Jan. 22, Jan. 23, or Jan. 29) at LWVGreaterCleveland.org. Women and men interested in League membership can find more information and sign up on the website as well.
The chapter’s February meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m., will have a book-club-discussion format, based on the 2017 book, “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder. The book is available in paperback and on Kindle and at most area libraries. Members and interested guests need request the Zoom meeting log-in information by sending names and e-mail addresses to Westlakeemail@example.com.
Music and the aroma of hot cocoa was in the air as attendees gathered to celebrate the crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2022 during the city’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Westlake City Hall.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough introduced the honorees – Mike and Susan Pandoli – and detailed the numerous ways they have served the interests of the community, particularly its youths. They were nominated by John Sobolewski of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce and The Power of MORE and selected by the Westlake Town Criers in recognition of their hard work and selfless dedication to serving the interests of the youth and others throughout the community.
The Pandolis moved to Westlake in 1977 and immediately became active in the community. Mike spearheaded an effort to convert Meadow Lane Estates to gas the minute it became available following the gas shortage of the late-1970s.
The Bay Village Historical Society and Bay Kiwanis teamed up again to bring Santa Claus to Bay Village on Dec. 5, and this year he brought along Mrs. Santa Claus and two elves.
The group toured the city aboard a fire truck accompanied by two Police Department cruisers.
Hundreds of people turned out along the route to greet the jolly old elf.
Members of the Bay Village Community Council met via Zoom on Nov. 15 to share news and notes from their civic organizations. The Council also formed a Citizen/Project of the Year selection committee to review nominations for the annual award. Nomination forms are available at wbvobserver.com, Bay Library and City Hall. Following are highlights from the meeting:
The Bay Village American Legion celebrated Veterans Day by retiring 288 full-size American flags using proper respect and procedures. This is an annual event conducted at the Post home each year.
The Bay Men’s Club volunteers raked leaves and cleaned the yards of some 20 needy individuals and families on Nov. 20.
The Bay Village Women's Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Bay Village-themed gifts are available for the holidays and include afghans, cookbooks, playing cards and more. Call 440-334-7539.
The Bay Village Foundation’s Scaredy Cat Fun Run was held on Oct. 16. Despite inclement weather, the event was still a success with 180 runners registered. Funds collected are used to support Bay Village community projects. Donations are accdepted at thebayvillagefoundation.org. Last year’s donors enabled BVF to award 8 grants totaling $22,667 to Bay organizations and $8,000 in college scholarships.
As you start your holiday shopping list, please take time to stop by the Clague House Museum for your holiday pet photos with our lovable Santa Claus for a $10 suggested donation. Families, individuals, groups and children are also welcome to get photos taken with Santa. We encourage our guests to take photos too!
Photos will be taken on Thursday, Dec. 16, 5-9 p.m. To make your appointment, please call Mila at 216-961-6374 or 216-848-0680. Don’t delay, time slots fill up quickly!
Proceeds benefit the Westlake Historical Society’s outreach, community and children’s programs. The Clague House Museum is located at 1371A Clague Road.
The holiday season is a great time to step back from our busy lives and reflect on the past year. It’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and celebrate long-standing traditions, and also introduce new ones. The Bay Village Foundation Bronze Plaque program is one such tradition that celebrates family, while also giving back to the community.
The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember loved ones for nearly 20 years. The Foundation’s Bronze Plaque program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life and work of Bay Village residents, living or deceased. The plaques are engraved with personalized text and are installed on the T. Richard Martin footbridge in Cahoon Memorial Park.
The City of Westlake was pleased to host a special Veterans Day event in the Community Services Center's Eileen Humphrey Auditorium on Nov. 11.
The event featured a pinning ceremony, lunch prepared by chef Garrett Baglier and a few words about the importance of honoring our veterans by Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough.
"I definitely want to thank all the veterans here today," Mayor Clough said. "If it wasn't for your dedication in service and commitment to making sure that our freedoms our protected each and every day we would not be able to enjoy those freedoms."
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Friday, Nov. 26, for Black Hole Friday.
Each year after the Thanksgiving holiday, the Center dedicates its planetarium lineup to one of the most mysterious objects in the universe: black holes. Center planetarium specialists will share the latest data and research on these strange celestial objects in the following age-appropriate shows:
- 10:30 a.m. – Twinkle Tots
- 11:00 a.m. – Stellar Stars
- 11:30 a.m. – Mini Missions
- 1:00 p.m. – Sky Tonight
- 2:00 p.m. – Phantom Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
Shows cost $5/person. Children 6 months and under are free. Plan your visit at www.lensc.org/program-calendar. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving Day).
The pandemic has caused many cherished traditions to be disrupted, and Bay Village Garden Club’s Greening Workshops are among them. Beloved for many years, the Greening Workshops were joyful gatherings of friends and neighbors who loved to construct holiday wreaths, centerpieces, and other decorated items to grace their homes or give as gifts during the season. The price for the experience was minimal, and the delight in making a decoration with one’s own hands, priceless.
The Garden Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to service and support in our community. The Greening Workshop program is our only fundraiser. The money raised provides for city beautification with floral plantings, education geared to ecology and garden health, and service to shut-ins and cancer patients, as well as donations to Bay Food Ministry.
Explore the history of the Wischmeyer model boats at the Bay Village Historical Society’s Nov. 7 porch talk.
Are they leftover toys, model pond racers or neither? Ed Neal, a boater and hobby boat builder, recently examined the models in detail as he cleaned and restored them. Neal will present the unique features of each boat and will discuss how each model fits into a historical Lake Erie context. Presented for the non-boater and boater alike, the talk will provide a fresh perspective for viewing and considering the shoreline of Bay Village.
The Kiwanis and Key Clubs of Bay Village invite you to the fall 2020 take-out spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov 13, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Pre-order online preferred before 2 p.m. on Nov. 12.
Pre-order at bay-village-kiwanis-club.square.site or drive up for Tony Dostal's award-winning signature sauce and spaghetti. Take home a dinner for only $12 including salad, roll and sweet. Also available: sauce in quarts and 50/50 raffle. The drive thru will be at Bay Middle School 27725 Wolf Road.
The Bay Village Historical Society presents the second installment in its series about rare and extraordinary antiques on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center.
Learn about the Russian flintlock pistol and how it saved Russia from defeat during the French invasion led by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. The porch talk will be conducted by Kevin Killeen and Dean Brennan. Guests will be able to see and hold the pistol and learn more about its history.
Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair. The Reuben Osborn Learning Center is located at the intersection of Lake Road and Cahoon Road in Bay Village.
The Scaredy Cat Run & Walk, hosted by the Bay Village Foundation, is quickly becoming a fun fall tradition in the community. The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, begins at Bay High School and follows a course that winds through the city.
Participants can choose to sign up for a 5K run or one mile walk. Mail-in pre-registrations must be in by Oct. 13 or find a link to register online at bayvillagefoundation.org. Registrations are also welcome the day of the event. Cost for participation is $30. Race day registration and packet pick up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the high school. The first 300 entries get a Cool Dry Tech shirt, and the first 200 entries will receive a free set of cat ears!