Community Events

Learn about Lake Erie's birds on April 27

Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Saturday, April 27, for its fourth annual Birds of Lake Erie Day sponsored by BakerHostetler.

This year, the Center is presenting two bundles for the day-long event. The “Early Bird” bundle will be geared toward preteens through adults and will begin at 7 a.m. with an optional hike through Huntington Reservation with birding expert Tim Jasinski in search for spring migrants. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Early Bird guests will enjoy an animal presentation, a planetarium show about light pollution and a wildlife rehabilitation report that includes an update on Cleveland’s Lights Out initiative.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.16.2019

Westlake Special Olympics returns after two-year hiatus

The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in Special Olympics competition. Check in begins at 10 a.m. and the Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.

The event is open to anyone ages 7 and older with special needs. Previous years' events included contestants ranging in age from 7 to 80. There will be seven track events: 25-meter wheelchair race (independent), 50-meter wheelchair race (independent), 25-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 50-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 25-meter independent walk, 25-meter walk and 50-meter dash. The field events will include: softball throw, standing long jump and wheelchair softball throw. Participants may pick up to four events to participate in, two track and two field.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay Kiwanis hosts successful pancake breakfast

The Bay Village Kiwanis and Bay High School Key Club's annual pancake breakfast has had another successful year. Fundraisers such as the pancake breakfast enable Bay Kiwanis to continue their community service efforts. It takes the support of the local community through their participation in the event to provide those funds. We would like to thank everyone in the community for taking the time out of their busy day to attend.

Our next big fundraiser is Bay Days, coming up July 3 through July 6. See you there.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:33 AM, 04.16.2019

Busy Sunday morning in Westlake

Sunday, April 7, was very busy in morning Westlake thanks to Hermes and the Westlake Kiwanis Family. The Westlake Spring Fever 4-mile and 2-mile races were put on by Hermes for the benefit of Lakeshore Day Camp and Westlake Kiwanis. The Kiwanis put on a pancake breakfast for the runners and the general public.

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club held a bake sale at the breakfast, with the Westlake Kiwanis Family Key Club, Builders Club and Aktion Club working together to make the the events run smoothly. There were baked goods, homemade dog treats, raffles and face painting. It was busy morning but a very fun morning.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay Village civic groups announce their plans for spring events

The Bay Village Community Council met on March 27 to discuss their group's exciting upcoming events. Here are some highlights. 

The Bay Village Green Team is hosting a Community Shredding Day on Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon in the police station parking lot. There is no limit on the amount of paper you can bring; cardboard is also accepted. You do not have to be a Bay resident to bring material for shredding. Habitat for Humanity will also be on site that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting gently used household items.   

The Bay Village Historical Society is holding its 50th annual "Cahoon in June" fine crafts, collectibles and antiques show, in Cahoon Memorial Park on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to "Cahoon in June" is free. There will be a display of antique cars and boats in the park, as well as musical entertainment and food vendors. Rose Hill Museum, Reuben Osborn Learning Center and the Cahoon log cabin will be open. Interested Bay Village community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space. Vendor spaces are also available.  Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Visit www.bayhistorical.com for additional information. 

Bay Village Kiwanis Club's Academic Achievement Awards will be held Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the high school. See their website for more details: bayvillage-oh.kiwanisone.org.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay alumni bowling event raises funds for scholarships

The third annual alumni fundraising bowling tournament was held at Bay Lanes on Saturday, March 24, and was a near sell-out. There were 94 alumni at the event, 67 bowlers and 27 socials. Tim McGraw '77 from Michigan and Mike Gatsos '77 from Virginia came in from out of town to participate. Bay Lanes was hopping that night and brought back many memories for the attendees.

The event raised over $1,600 that will go toward funding two academic achievement scholarships to Bay High seniors in the coming year. 

The contest pitted each class year against each other for two prizes. Winning class years will be displayed on hand-crafted bowling pins created by Randall Oldrieve '75; and will be on display in the high school sports hall until the next Alumni Madness. We had 26 classes ranging from the Class of 1955 to 2006 participating.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.02.2019

Westlake Easter Egg Scramble set for April 13

The Westlake Town Criers announce the 2019 Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, April 13.

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 eggs redeemable for stuffed animals.

For children age 3 and under, there is a non-competitive Easter egg hunt where the child simply hunts for eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.02.2019

Meet your friends at the Westlake Kiwanis pancake breakfast and race

The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 7. 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.

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.. The Westlake Kiwanis will be donating funds toward projects benefiting children throughout the Westlake community such as holiday food baskets for the disadvantaged, student scholarships, the Westlake High School Key Club, Builders Club and Aktion Club.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.02.2019

Genealogical collections at Akron-Summit County Public Library

Perhaps you are not familiar with the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s (ASCPL) local history and genealogy collection in their Special Collections Department. While their collection focus is primarily on Ohio and the surrounding states, you should note that they hold materials for the states of the eastern seaboard, New England and the South.

Historically, ASCPL has been a great resource for the genealogical researcher. In 2003, before the microfilm records of Ohio Deaths 1908-1944 were made available online at familysearch.org, ASCPL purchased the microfilm from the Ohio Historical Society for public access, thus saving Ohio researchers both time and money.  

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.02.2019

Hear about famous Chelsea Flower Show on April 10

The April meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, April 10. After the business meeting at 10 a.m., members will enjoy a lunch hosted by club members. Following lunch, there will be a presentation given by Jeff Griff from Lowe's Garden Center in Chagrin Falls.

Jeff will share his personal memories of England's famous Chelsea Flower Show. The flower show is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea near London. The world-famous garden show takes place every May and is host to beautiful gardens, entertainment, food and gardening education. The Chelsea Flower Show is a bucket-list item for all gardeners.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.02.2019

Connecting for Kids to host Meet and Greet on April 11

Summer is less than three months away for most Northeast Ohio families. With a break from the daily school schedule, it is the perfect time to seek out extra help for a child that may be struggling with anxiety, attention, academic, electronic addition, social/communication or other issues. But how do you find a summer camp, program or provider that can best meet the needs of your child?

Connecting for Kids makes it easy with 75 local providers serving children birth through age 12 all under one roof at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., in Rocky River. To register for the event, visit connectingforkids.org/meetandgreet. Those who pre-register and attend will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.19.2019

Westlake Early Childhood PTA kids resale event on March 23

The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its spring Kiddie Kloset kids resale event on Saturday, March 23, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

As an incentive to shop the Kiddie Kloset early this year, everyone that pays for early-bird admission between 8:00-9:00 a.m. will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Target gift certificate. The winner will be drawn at 9:15 a.m. and must be present to win.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.19.2019

Meet the woman behind FDR's New Deal

Once again, the CWRU Association for Continuing Education is bringing its off-campus study program to Bay Village. This semester’s eight-week course is titled "Frances Perkins, The Woman Behind the New Deal." Perkins was a woman way ahead of her time – the first female cabinet member in history and Secretary of Labor no less, usually associated with a male. The course is very timely at this time in history when so much is being questioned about women in high places.  

As a young social worker, Perkins witnessed the traumatic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911 which killed 146 people. She immediately became an activist as well as a lifelong advocate for critical reforms, especially in the workplace. 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.05.2019

Objects of the past on display

What does a New England seafarer bring home from the orient? How did grandma spend time in her late years? Which farm chore was for the “girls”? 

You can visualize the past at the Bay Antiques & Vintage Show, on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road. This is the 50th anniversary of this fundraising event for Bay High scholarships, hosted by the Bay Village Women’s Club.

To celebrate the anniversary, Club members will bring their own antiques to display, along with the dealers selling jewelry, shabby chic, home décor, toys and much more. The display provides a window to the past, along with the item’s story.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay High students in top-level robotics competition this March

Quantum Steam is Bay High School's robotics team led by physics teacher and advisor Michael Clifford and captain Matt Semler. It was formed last school year (2017-18) by the teacher and enthusiastic students. The team competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). This competition is known as the most intense available to high school students and has taught the team a lot about designing, building, programming and marketing the robot and team. The team also is active, and still building on, community outreach and science education and fundraising.

During the FRC competition, teams compete in a game specifically created for the season. This year's game is titled "Destination: Deep Space" and requires the players to load hatch panels and cargo, in the form of playground balls, onto the team's rocket and cargo hold to earn points in order to win the game. Competing teams are given six weeks after the official "Kick Off" to build and then have to bag up the robot until competition day. The team learned a lot in 2018 as rookies and is looking forward to FRC this spring.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.19.2019

A night out for Global Autism Project

Come raise a glass, raise the roof with The Feedbacks Band, and raise money for a great cause on Friday, Feb. 22, kicking off at 9 p.m. at Panini’s Westlake! Bay Village native Emma Jarvi and friends are hosting the evening’s festivities, with a $10 cover that includes a drink ticket (beer, wine, well drinks), 50/50 raffles and auction baskets, and live music. All proceeds go toward Emma’s volunteer trip this summer to India, as part of the Global Autism Project.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.19.2019

Annual Alumni Madness at Bay Lanes on March 23

The third annual Bay Alumni Madness fundraising bowling tournament will be held Saturday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Bay Lanes. Last year there were approximately 60 people at the event; 41 bowlers and the rest social. The net proceeds went to fund two college scholarships given out by Bay Alumni Foundation.

Early bird specials are $25 for a social ticket, $35 for a bowling ticket that includes two games and rental shoes. After Feb. 28, prices go up to $30 for a social ticket and $40 for a bowling ticket.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.19.2019

Westlake Kiddie Kloset kids resale is March 23

The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its spring Kiddie Kloset kids resale event on Saturday, March 23, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

As an incentive to shop the Kiddie Kloset early this year, everyone that pays for early-bird admission between 8:00-9:00 a.m. will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Target gift certificate. The winner will be drawn at 9:15 a.m. and must be present to win.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.19.2019

Learn about the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937

Hear stories about the biggest party that Cleveland has ever seen.

The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937 drew millions to the city as residents celebrated the centennial of Cleveland’s incorporation as a city.

Doug Kusak, historical interpreter for the Cleveland Metroparks, is the featured speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 21, Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner and program at the Bay Village Community House. He will provide attendees with details about the history of the exposition, and its highlights and attractions.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.05.2019

Demon Nation Night is Feb. 1

The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) will host an evening of Demon tradition with the annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1. The event will be held in the Westlake High School Rotunda from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $8 and include pasta, sauce, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at westlakeathleticboosters.org.

Westlake families, athletes, staff, community, coaches and alumni are encouraged and invited to attend. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit WDAB and our student athletes in grades 7-12. There is a large list of events happening that evening: Demon boys basketball games begin at 4:30 p.m.; a dedication ceremony for the new Hall of Pride begins at 6:30 p.m.; celebrating the one-year anniversary of “The W Shop” and our 2019 Hall of Fame inductee class will be introduced at halftime of the boys varsity game.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.22.2019

Time again for the Porter Library annual book sale

The Friends of Porter Public Library will once again be holding their annual book sale, Feb. 7-10. There will be three rooms filled with fiction, non-fiction and children's books as well as books on CD, music CDs, DVDs and records. We have been collecting these items all year and our storage rooms are overflowing.  

The sale starts on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4-7 p.m., for members of Friends of Porter Public Library only. Membership applications will be available at that time. The regular sale runs on Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, will be the half-price sale from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.22.2019

Village Projectís fundraiser promises to help cure winter doldrums

Okay, so it’s cold, dreary and snowy outside. We get it – it is winter in Northeast Ohio. Although, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out of the house and have a little fun.

Now, imagine that you’re at a colorful and entertaining street fair. What is even better is that you are feeling all warm and cozy because this street fair is indoors. As you stroll down the avenue festooned with globe string lights and vibrantly hued lanterns, perhaps you are sipping a beer or a glass of wine or a soft drink. You soon find yourself enjoying tasty food, listening to live music, stopping to play an amusing game or two, chatting with other fair-goers, maybe even posing for a caricature artist. This is still winter in Northeast Ohio, but this is FUN.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:05 AM, 01.22.2019

Don't let history fade away: Support your local genealogical society

Sad news for 2019: The Erie County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society ceased operation, as of Dec. 31, 2018. Their P.O. Box 1301, Sandusky, OH 44871, will remain open through the spring. You may not care about Ohio’s Erie County Chapter, if you have no family ties to that area, but when a chapter fails to attract new members to its ranks, it fades away.

New members bring critical dollars to a genealogical chapter. Most local libraries provide a meeting room free of charge, but the speaker’s fee for the program is paid by the chapter. No local tax dollars are used. New members also serve to keep a chapter vibrant, when they volunteer to write articles for or edit the quarterly newsletter, participate in chapter activities like family history research help sessions, or serve as an officer on the board.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.08.2019

Old St. Nick visits Bay Village

Santa Claus visited children of all ages on Dec. 2 at the Community House as part of the annual Cahoon Christmas event sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis Club.

Historical society member Eric Eakin accompanied Santa as he rode around the city in a fire truck before the event.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.04.2018

Dickens comes alive at Dover United Church of Christ

John Ferris brings Ebeneezer Scrooge to life in his dramatic portrayal of one of Charles Dickens' most famous characters on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dover Congregational United Church of Christ. For over 50 years, Ferris has shared the immortal story with small groups in schools, auditoriums and basements. He plays the narrator and all the characters one at a time, using the gifts of his voice, face and body language to share this story of one unhappy, self-centered man.

Ferris learned the story from his grandfather, Delbert Lean, who was a professor of speech at the College of Wooster. Lean shared the story with the Wooster community for 50 years, and Ferris is continuing the tradition. Ferris uses the shorter version Dickens himself preferred when he read his famous ghost story in public.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:23 AM, 12.04.2018

BAYarts Holiday Trunk show is Dec. 6

A festive selection of favorite Cleveland artisans will be in attendance at the BAYarts Holiday Trunk Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. Along with shopping, there will be cocktails and plenty of socializing. Each of the vendors will be bringing an extended assortment from what they currently offer in the holiday shop.

Diane Jacoby’s one-of-a-kind wool mittens became extremely popular in the Holiday Shop last year due to both comfort and style. Fair Isle patterns lead the pack, in everything from soft blue-and-white patterns to abundantly colored styles. The artist says they are made from “rescued” wool sweaters, and then “lined with soft fleece to keep your hands extra warm and protected from the winter chill.”

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:23 AM, 12.04.2018

Holiday musical performances from St. Paul Westlake

St. Paul Westlake students will perform an Instrumental Music Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the School Activity Center, 27981 Detroit Road, Westlake.

Students will also be featured in a Christmas program as a part of the midweek Advent Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the School Activity Center.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:23 AM, 12.04.2018

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 Bay Village residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 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 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.20.2018

Westlake UMC hosting discussion on depression, suicide, mental health

As the weather cools off, and the amount of sunlight decreases, many people experience increasing feelings of sadness, depression and anxiety. The holidays can often exacerbate this because we are told to be happy and excited about this season.

To create a space to talk honestly the difficult feelings that come with winter and with the holidays, Westlake United Methodist Church will host a community-wide discussion for youth and adults on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay Village civic groups announce plans for fun winter and holiday events

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

Bay Village Community Theater's staged reading, "A Christmas Carol" will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village; Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at BAYarts; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Apartments. 

Bay Village Educational Foundation's annual fundraiser, Creating Opportunities, will be held at Arrabiata's Italian Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 5-8 p.m. It will feature a dinner buffet, open bar, dessert, a silent auction and many fun raffles! Tickets are $60 each. Go to www.bayedfoundation.org for more details.

Bay Village Foundation's annual fundraising drive in underway. Donations help support activities aimed at preserving the quality of life in Bay. Donations are 100% tax deductible. The Grants Committee is accepting applications from nonprofit community groups for 2019 grants. Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, bayvillagefoundation.org; the deadline is Feb. 28, 2019. 

Bay Village Garden Club's annual Christmas Greening workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5, at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. Bring a friend or make a new one, while you create beautiful fresh holiday arrangements. Our expert demonstrators will walk you step-by-step through each project. Visit bayvillagegardenclub.com for details.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay Kiwanis hosts spaghetti dinner

The spaghetti dinner held on Nov. 3 at Bay Presbyterian Church was a huge success. Boy Scout Troop 235 held the November spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the previous 40 years. Due to unfortunate circumstances with the loss of Troop 235, the fundraiser ceased.  

Chefs and coordinators of the old Troop 235 fundraiser who also happen to be Bay Kiwanis Club members proposed a continuation of the dinner to the Club. Through the help of Kiwanis members, the Bay High School Key Club, and the support shown by Bay Presbyterian Church for providing the use of their facilities, the spaghetti dinner complete with Tony Dostal’s secret sauce, has once again taken place.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.20.2018

Project Shoppe will host a series of festive events during the holiday season

It’s that colorful, twinkly time of year with special foods to enjoy, beloved family decorations to display – and, of course, lots of shopping to do. To help you get merrily on your way, Village Project’s new store, Project Shoppe, will be hosting several events at their location in Bay Village. You will be able to support local businesses as you peruse unique items, learn about cheeses, and create your own holiday wreath.

In the spirit of the holiday season, all proceeds from Project Shoppe go directly to support Village Project’s mission to provide nourishing meals and extended services to our neighbors battling cancer in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shop local and join us for special Saturday hours at the store. Explore all-natural, locally-made items such as salsa, jams, candles, Kombucha, soaps, scrubs and creams, greeting cards, notepads, tea towels, little notes and pocket journals.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.20.2018

Enjoy a holiday afternoon to benefit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Please save this date, Sunday, Dec. 9, and join the Women's Board of LENSC at Clague Playhouse for a benefit performance of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)."

Who doesn't love a good Christmas story; in fact, who doesn't love EVERY good Christmas story? Actors cover all the bases while providing a madcap romp of humor and satire.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.20.2018

Annual Chanukah celebration to include ice skating run

The annual Chanukah celebration at Crocker Park will include a run at Crocker Park's ice skating rink. The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2 – the first evening of Chanukah – at 4:00 p.m.

The yearly celebration, hosted by Chabad of the West Side, has become a staple of Jewish life on the West Side and is expected to be attended by hundreds of locals.

The program, which will be based primarily out of the Hyatt Hotel in Crocker Park, will include lighting a giant Menorah, strolling entertainment and lots of fun for adults and children alike!

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.06.2018

BAYarts expands holiday offerings

The BAYarts holiday season kicks off on Nov. 17 and 18 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for the Holiday Shop open house weekend. This is the first chance the public gets to see the expanded shop decorated and new merchandise. Coffee, hot chocolate and homemade bakery items will be offered in the Fuller House, with the addition of a photo wall with props. 

For those who can't make those November dates, the entire shop is open through Christmas. And on Thursday, Dec. 6, the annual Holiday Trunk Show will take place from 6-9 p.m. Featured that night will be colorful hand-sewn pillows, purses, bags and creatures; beach glass jewelry; and hand-painted wooden signs.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.06.2018

Discover one of Cleveland's finest hidden gems

Join the Bay Village Historical Society in discovering one of Cleveland’s finest hidden gems, the Dittrick Medical History Museum.

The museum opened as the Allen Memorial Medical Library in 1926 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. While it began as both a medical library and museum, it is now an interdisciplinary studies center of the College of Arts and Science of Case Western Reserve University. The Dittrick Medical History Museum holds one of the most comprehensive collections of surgical instruments and medical equipment in America. Its holdings include an immense variety of artifacts, rare books, archives and images.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.06.2018

Christmas Greening Workshops

Bay Village Garden Club’s annual Christmas Greening Workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5, at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. This is the 36th year that the club is offering fun workshops to help people make beautiful fresh holiday arrangements. 

There will be four new designs – a centerpiece, a boxwood tree, a wreath and an outdoor/indoor arrangement that can be used on a porch, or perfect on a hearth. The outdoor/indoor is not as large as previous outdoor arrangements. The fee for each workshop is $35.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.06.2018

Become an AARP Tax Aide volunteer and help make a difference

The IRS-sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2018 tax filing season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aides provide free personal income tax assistance and tax form preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 50+. During tax season, we set up tax preparation sites, many of them at public libraries and senior centers in the area. Last year, about 34,600 volunteers across the country helped prepare more than 1.5 million free federal tax returns at over 5,000 sites.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.06.2018

WWC presents 29th annual Basket of Treasures

The Westlake Women’s Club will be presenting its 29th annual Basket of Treasures Marketplace and Craft Show. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10,  from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. All types of crafters and artisans will have their creations for sale, from seasonal and holiday items and home decor to jewelry and pottery. Lunch will be available as well as a raffle and bake sale featuring many delicious home baked goods.

This is the Westlake Women’s Club primary fundraising event and the success of this show provides scholarships for local students and grants to local nonprofit organization. Admission at the door is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. No strollers please.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.06.2018

Tri-C program examines Syrian refugee crisis

Cuyahoga Community College will examine the Syrian refugee crisis during a Learning for Life lecture series program Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Corporate College West.

The free program will focus on the human toll of Syria’s ongoing civil war and the limitations of the international response. Speakers include three aid workers working on the front lines of the relief effort.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.16.2018