Community Events

April 29 ceremony to honor Bay citizen, project of the year

The Bay Village community is invited to attend a reception at the Community House on Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m., to celebrate the 2018 Citizen of the Year, Catherine Flament, and Project of the Year, the Community Yard Sale to benefit hurricane victims.

Mayor Paul Koomar and other elected officials will recognize the honorees in a brief ceremony, followed by refreshments and tours of the Rose Hill Museum and Osborn Learning Center. The event is free and open to all.

Flament was chosen for the award by the Bay Village Community Council for her work with the Bay Village Historical Society, Destination Bay, Girl Scouts and other community organizations. The Community Yard Sale, organized last October by Annie Nock, raised more than $10,000 for the victims of hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.17.2018

Join a celebration of the 'Life of Eleanor Roosevelt'

Join the Bay Village Historical Society on Thursday, May 17, as it celebrates the “Life of Eleanor Roosevelt,” an American politician, diplomat and activist.

Guest speaker Ruth Pangrace will give her portrayal of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving first lady of the United States during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. Eleanor Roosevelt served as the United States delegate to the United Nations, chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She later chaired President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.17.2018

Welcome back spring with 'Baskets and Bonnets'

“Baskets and Bonnets,” the latest exhibit at Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village, celebrates the return of spring and the reopening of the museum for 2018.

The exhibit, which debuted on April 15, features bonnets dating back to 1818 through 1940. The bonnet collection has never been displayed and is complemented by baskets from the same period.

Adding to the display in time for the Bay Village Historical Society’s June 16 “Cahoon in June” antiques, crafts and collectibles show will be a collection of individually boxed miniature vignettes from the Cleveland Miniature Society. The Cleveland chapter of this international organization is accepting members and membership forms will be available at the June show. The local group meets monthly at the Rocky River Memorial Center.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.17.2018

Best-selling parenting author to visit Westlake

The Westlake Council of PTAs is excited to host Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D. on Monday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30, and pre-registration is required online at dr-damour-april-23-2018-70813.cheddarup.com.

Dr. Damour is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker and consultant who directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of The New York Times, is a regular contributor at CBS News, and serves as a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Her New York Times best-selling book, "Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood," was released by Random House in February 2016.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.03.2018

Dwyer Center hosts 'What You Need to Know Before You Retire' series

Retirement is a big decision, and one that takes planning if you are to retire successfully. Finances, Social Security, Medicare and what to do with all that free time are some of the biggest issues you need to think about. These topics and more will be covered in a five-part series called Retirement 101, presented by the Bay Village Senior Center:

  • Using Work to Your Advantage – Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m. This workshop is for those thinking ahead to when they will need to determine their optimal employment situation both prior to and during retirement, along with fallback options to fill gaps in income. Participants may be trying to determine when they can stop working full-time.
  • When to Claim Social Security – Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. This workshop is for adults nearing retirement and exploring when to stop working full-time and start collecting their Social Security benefits. Younger audience members may be considering an early retirement and wondering how various work and life circumstances will affect the amount of Social Security retirement benefits they will receive and how this decision will affect their retirement paycheck.
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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:36 AM, 04.03.2018

Reconstructing your ancestor’s military service records

A century ago, the world was engaged in the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” Only later was it renamed World War I. England and France had been besieged by German forces, since 1914.

The United States’ involvement officially commenced with President Woodrow Wilson’s request for the House and Senate to declare war on Germany, to “make the world safe for democracy.” 

On April 6, 1917, war became a reality for Americans. The need to quickly add millions of men to a 133,000 standing army was crucial. Over 9 million men, ages 21-31, were registered at their local draft boards on June 5, 1917, with the first group of draftees to be chosen by lottery, on July 20, 1917. The need for men was so great that two more draft registrations were necessary in 1918: June 5 and Aug. 24 for those who had just attained age 21, and Sept. 12 for men age 18 through 45.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.03.2018

Kiwanis and Hermes partner for pancake breakfast and race

The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 15. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Hermes Westlake Spring Fever run to benefit LakeShore Day Camp, Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake PTA.

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

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:36 AM, 04.03.2018

Learn more about Issue 1 at local forums

Bay Village and Westlake residents will have two opportunities to learn about Issue 1, the General Assembly's proposal to reform Congressional redistricting in Ohio. Bay Village resident Susan Murnane is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. She will speak on Issue 1 at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the fourth-floor education room of the Assisted Living Building, 1381 Bunts Road; and at O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, 20770 Lorain Road, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. Murnane's talks will be followed by question-and-answer sessions.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.03.2018

Who loves a parade? Kiwanis does.

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, Monday, May 28.

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.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.03.2018

NOURISH’s success will foster growth for Village Project

Village Project’s third annual NOURISH fundraiser was a triumph for everyone involved.

On March 3, over 425 guests filled Hyland’s Building 3 in Westlake to enjoy delicious food and take in the ambience of a street fair, complete with colorful lanterns, music, games and a caricature artist. Additionally, many people participated by buying chances and bidding to win tempting raffle and auction items, including a grand prize of $3,000 toward a vacation of their choice.

Smiles abounded on guests’ faces at the end of the evening as they anticipated the fun of enjoying their prizes, such as prime seats for Indians and Cavs games, an Italian-chef-prepared dinner for eight, a signed Kevin Love basketball, a Lake Erie boat cruise, a rustic vacation in a 3,000 square foot “cabin” in western Pennsylvania, and a weekend’s use of a Mercedes – to name just a few.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.03.2018

Bay Village civic groups are planning fun events this spring

The Bay Village Community Council met on March 14 to discuss their groups' exciting spring events. They also announced the April 29 Award Reception for the 2017 winners of Bay Village Citizen of the Year - Cathy Flament and the Bay Village Project of the Year - The Community Wide Yard Sale to benefit hurricane relief. The reception will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House. The event is open to the public, refreshments will be served and the Rose Hill Museum & Reuben Osborn Learning Center will be open that day.

Bay Village Kiwanis Club has started planning for the Bay High School Academic Achievement Day on May 29.

American Legion Post #385 and Bay Kiwanis announced Buckeye State representatives. The Bay American Legion Post 385 has named Jonah Krueger and Garrett Butler as delegates and William Bleisath and Benjamin Noren as alternates to the 2018 Buckeye Boys State program to be held at Miami of Ohio in June. Bay Kiwanis has named Katherine Boeppler and Sophie Dasko as delegates and Christina Randazzo as the alternate to the Buckeye Girls State program to be held at Mt. Union College in June. All of the students are juniors at Bay High School. They will learn firsthand how state, county and city governments operate.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.20.2018

BVECPTA to hold annual Spring Kids Resale on March 24

Looking to update your little one’s wardrobe without breaking the bank? Swing by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA's annual Spring Kids Resale on Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the school gym at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. 

The sale will feature gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs, bouncers and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.06.2018

Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 18

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club and the Bay High School Key Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny fundraiser in the Bay Middle School cafeteria on Sunday, March 18, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Enjoy some fresh homemade pancakes and fun crafts for the children. Bring your camera and snap a few photos with the Easter Bunny and the Fairytale Foundation Princesses.

Pre-sale tickets can be obtained from Bay Village Kiwanis members for $6 each. Ticket prices at the door are $7. Children under 5 are free.

Working along with the Key Club, the Bay Village Kiwanis has spent more than 50 years providing support to the educational community through fundraisers such as the pancake breakfast.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

Village Bicycle Cooperative hosts Winter Social

Village Bicycle Cooperative and Bike Cleveland teamed up again for a wonderful Winter Social on Feb. 9 at the VBC headquarters in the Bay Village Community House. The event featured sled riding, fat tire bike adventure, crafts, pizza, salad and a mouth-watering macaroni and cheese cook-off. The winners of the cook-off were Luke Smillie in first place and I took second. 

Over 60 adults and children including Mayor Paul Koomar and Ward 3 councilperson Sara Maier attended the social and enjoyed the demonstrations, gathered information about VBC and Bike Cleveland. Some brave souls rode fat tire bikes down the snowy hill. Josh Hayden and Jason Genard from Eddy’s Bike Shop told me that fat tire bikes cost $1,000 and up and their usage began in the Pacific Northwest in the '80s and could be considered the ATV of the bicycle world. Fun way to get around in all weather conditions!

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:41 AM, 02.20.2018

A miniature life in a dollhouse

Dollhouses might be considered “play” for children, but they originated for adults. Egyptian tombs, dating back thousands of years, contain miniature “homes,” with articles representing their lifestyle. Europeans began building miniature “display cases” several centuries ago to showcase idealized interiors and their collections of expensive miniature objects. Access by children was off-limits.

There has been a resurgence of interest in dollhouses and their furnishings and accessories, with local clubs and shows. At the March 3-4 Antiques Show at Bay High School, you can view vintage dollhouses, miniature rooms and buildings, a Christmas room, a cottage with items you would find in a cottage along Lake Erie, and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:36 AM, 02.20.2018

Bay High students win awards in regional art show

The Ileen Kelner Juried High School Art Show, sponsored by the Beachwood Arts Council, is currently taking place through Sunday, March 4, at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd. This annual art show, which is in its 23rd year, features artwork by area high school students in a variety of media, including jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and fiber art. 

Ninety-five students from 25 area high schools, including Bay High School and Westlake High School, are participating. The Bay High School students are: Maria DiLallo, Jenna Goff, Allison Maust and Megan Sjoquist. Westlake High School students are: Gena Asi, Megan Beech, Patrick Lee and Jamie Novak.

The hours for the art show, which is free and open to the community, are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:43 AM, 02.20.2018

African-American genealogy workshop to be held in Westlake

A free, full-day seminar on tracing African-American heritage will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25000 Westwood Road in Westlake. The African American Family History Symposium brings together nationally-known historians and genealogists from Cleveland and beyond to teach and inspire attendees to explore their African-American roots.

This workshop offers something for everyone: the absolute novice, the history buff, the genealogically curious and the advanced researcher. Keynoting the event is John F. Baker Jr., nationally-known author, historian and genealogist. He will present his family’s journey from slavery to freedom against the fascinating historical backdrop of the lives of 300 African-American slaves at the Wessyngton Plantation in Tennessee. His story is both historical and personal.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake Garden Club 'thinks spring'

Many of us are getting a little tired of winter’s cold and snowy weather and are starting to think spring. If you are like me, you attended the Great Big Home and Garden Show to get an early dose of spring with blooming flowers, shrubs and trees. The Westlake Garden Club is also thinking spring and gearing up for the 2018 programs.

We start the year on March 21 with “From Sunlight to Syrup” presented by the Cleveland Metroparks. This program takes us from tapping the trees, to producing the maple syrup. We will learn of advances over the years and have an opportunity to taste different grades of syrup. On April 18, we travel to Westlake High School to learn about the “Pollinator Garden” the Beekeeping Club is planning to install.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:33 AM, 02.20.2018

Annual women's shelter benefit to be held March 4 in Westlake

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center support the shelter for women and their children in crisis, and host an annual benefit with all proceeds going directly to the shelter.

The 30th annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 4, at La Centre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11:00 a.m., a luncheon will be served at 12:30, and there will be additional shopping, auctions and raffles following the luncheon. Tickets are $45 per person.

For reservations, call 440-871-6681.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:46 AM, 02.20.2018

St. Bernadette’s students go bald to support childhood cancer research

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of children's cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at St. Bernadette School on Friday, Feb. 23, where many students and faculty will shave their heads to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

"Brave the Buzz 3" brings the community together to show solidarity with kids fighting cancer. There will be speakers, music and entertainment. Students learn that small acts – such as shaving their head or donating their hair – can have an powerful impact on others.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.20.2018

Cleveland Metroparks are the focus of historical society program

“To Conserve and Preserve: Cleveland Metroparks History 101," presented by Judy MacKeigan, is the topic for the Feb. 15 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program.

MacKeigan will relate the entertaining history of the beginnings and growth of the Cleveland Metroparks from its inception in the early 1900s to its current status as the much-loved “Emerald Necklace” of Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Metroparks is an extensive system of nature preserves that generally follow rivers and creeks through the region. The park spans more than 21,500 acres and provides walking, bicycling and horse trails, picnic areas, nature centers, golf courses and fishing spots.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Police to host Community Police Academy

Chief Mark Spaetzel and the Bay Village Police Department are hosting the 2018 Community Police Academy beginning on March 1. This is a free program. Residents and those employed in Bay Village will be given first consideration for enrollment. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a background check.

The Community Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Bay Village Police Department. The program will be held for 12 consecutive Thursday nights starting on March 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each session will cover separate areas of the Department's operations. In addition, this program will include the opportunity to take a ride-along with on-duty police.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Herb Guild welcomes new members with Valentine Tea

The Herb Guild Garden Club will start off the year by having its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14. After the usual business meeting at 10 a.m., the club will welcome new members with a Valentine Tea and desserts. Following the tea will be a series of "make and take" workshops: a lemongrass room spray and an air freshener; Boursin cheese spread; herb butters; and herb mustard. Charge for guests is $7. Please note, only tea and dessert will be served at this meeting. Members and guests are asked to bring a sack lunch for this first meeting only.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

NOURISH, a benefit to sustain and grow Village Project, to be held March 3

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is very important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for more than seven years. During that time over 25,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 250 families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Since its inception in September 2010, Village Project has experienced a growth of 600 percent. It currently boasts over 600 volunteers, from ages 2 to 90, who serve through cooking, gardening, shopping, delivery, yard care, client relations and more. This tremendous growth necessitated the organization to move its base of operations from a church basement to its own headquarters building in 2013. Facility expansion plans are now in progress to support continued development and enable more clients to be served.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Spend Presidents Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Women's Board invites you and your family to celebrate Presidents Day, Feb. 19, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center will have a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family. Spend the day meeting the Center's resident animals at Critter Encounters and traveling to space in their wide variety of planetarium shows. Don't forget to browse the indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Members of the Women’s Board will be greeting visitors and selling hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will help fund the Center’s education programs, wildlife rehabilitation services and animal care.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018

Valentine's Dance to raise funds for parenting group

Parents Without Partners will host a "Shot Thru The Heart ... or Somewhere Else" Valentine's Dance & Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall, 31972 Walker Road in Avon Lake. This event is open to those that already have a valentine, those in search of a valentine, those that like to dance and anyone else that enjoys supporting a good cause while having fun!

As the title suggests, Bon Jovi songs will be featured at this dance, in addition to the regular variety of dance music that will cover the 1960s to present day to include: classic rock, R&B, line dances, disco, slow dances and some country music. This hall has a large hardwood dance floor and will be tastefully decorated for the event. It will be a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy yourself and your companions, and offer the opportunity to make some new friends.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018

Cure your family’s cabin fever

Feeling cooped up due to frigid temperatures and continuous snowfall? The best way to cure cabin fever is to get moving and find engaging activities in your community for the entire family.

Providing free admission seven days a week, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers quality nature, environmental and science experiences through native wildlife exhibits, daily planetarium shows and more. Special family programs are offered each month, for just $5 to $8 a person.

Upcoming family programs at the Center include:

Family Astronomy Night

Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Spend an evening under the stars and observe the beautiful winter night sky in both the natural elements and inside Schuele Planetarium. Fee: $8/person; children 2 and under are free.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:21 AM, 01.23.2018

Save the date for Nourish fundraiser

Happy New Year! Make room on your fresh, new 2018 calendar for Village Project's third annual Nourish event on March 3. For the second year in a row, it will be held at Hyland creator of OnBase, Building 3 in Westlake from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, bid on fabulous auction items and win a $3,000 dream vacation of your choice as you socialize the night away with fun people.

Tickets may be purchased at ourvillageproject.com, where you may also learn about event sponsorship opportunities and myriad ways to help, including donating auction items and services, gift cards for a Gift Card Drawing and bottles of wine for a Wine Pull.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:22 AM, 01.23.2018

Celebrate MLK Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Women's Board invites you and your family to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center will have a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family. Spend the day meeting the Center's resident animals at Critter Encounters and traveling to space in their wide variety of planetarium shows. Don't forget to browse the indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Members of the Women’s Board will be greeting visitors and selling hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will help fund the Center’s education programs, wildlife rehabilitation services and animal care.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:34 AM, 01.09.2018

Home school visitation day at Tri-C Westshore

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for home-schooled children and their families on Friday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

The open house will offer information on how to attend Tri-C through the state’s College Credit Plus program, which allows teens to earn college credit at no cost during their high school years.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.09.2018

Menorah lights brighten rough snowstorm

Crowds of west siders braved the winter storm to join the annual Chanukah celebration Dec. 13 at Crocker Park. It was warm and toasty inside the Market Square hall as young and old enjoyed an evening of fun, celebrating the miracle of Chanukah in the Jewish tradition.

The evening ended with the lighting of a giant, nine-foot menorah outside the square with Mayor Dennis Clough kindling the first lamp.

It was an evening to be remembered, and now becoming an annual holiday tradition.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.09.2018

St. Bernadette School to host annual open house Jan. 28

Saint Bernadette School in Westlake will be hosting their annual Open House for new families interested in enrollment (Preschool through Grade Eight) for the 2018-2019 school year on Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Families will have an opportunity to meet the principal, Mrs. Monica Dietz, and vice principal, Mr. Bart Chatfield, along with faculty and staff. Parents and Student Council will also be on hand to give personal tours of our campus and share the good news of our faith-filled community. There will be an art show; science fair; technology and STEM demonstrations; choir, band and Drama Club performances; visits to the classrooms, extra-curricular presentations, refreshments, plus fun family activities for all ages.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.09.2018

A night of live music on Christmas Eve-eve for a great cause

’Twas the night before the night before Christmas, when all through the house … the halls had been decked, stockings hung with care, holiday cards posted, shopping completed, presents wrapped, carols sung, chestnuts roasted – phew, you deserve a break!

May we suggest you head to Vosh in Lakewood for some fun and live music, featuring Ralph’s Basement? On Saturday, Dec. 23, the Christmas spirit will be alive and well at Vosh as they host a special benefit for Village Project. You can enjoy beer from 7-10 p.m., appetizers from 8-10 p.m. and live music from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.19.2017

Bay Kiwanis Christmas Tree sale ends in sellout

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas Tree sale ended with an empty lot this year. Every tree found a home to adorn for the holiday season. Bay Kiwanis would like to thank the Bay High School Key Club members as well as family and friends for devoting their weekends toward accomplishing the goal of selling over 280 trees, netting the club more than $6,700. 

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club would also like to thank the many customers who showed their support by purchasing a tree. Many customers have made buying a tree from us an annual event with their children’s families joining in. The funds raised will help the Bay Village Kiwanis Club accomplish their goal of providing support throughout the local community.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:00 AM, 12.19.2017

Celebrate the holidays with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center over the holidays for a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family!

Programs run Dec. 18-22 and Dec. 26-29. Fees are $2 to $5 per person. The Center will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Daily schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Critter Encounters
  • 11:00 a.m.: Full Dome Show; Critter Encounters
  • 11:30 a.m.: Twinkle Tots; Critter Encounters
  • 12:00 p.m.: Stellar Stars
  • 12:30 p.m.: Critter Encounters
  • 1:00 p.m.: Family Adventures in Space; Critter Encounters
  • 1:30 p.m.: Sky Tonight; Critter Encounters
  • 2:30 p.m.: Full Dome Show.
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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:00 AM, 12.19.2017

Santa Claus comes to Bay Village

Santa Claus arrived at the Bay Village Community House after touring the city in a fire truck on Dec. 3. The Cahoon Christmas event, sponsored by Bay Kiwanis and the Bay Village Historical Society, featured kids crafts, civic groups selling baked goods and gifts, Christmas carols sung by the Bay High Choraleers, and the lighting of the city’s tree. The Bay Village Community Theater performed  “A Christmas Carol” later in the day. Photos by Larry Bennet.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

Oh, Christmas Tree

As the last ornament was hung on the Christmas tree in the Westlake Porter Public Library by the Westlake Garden Club, it drew the attention of Jensen Costa, age 2, who admitted that he was looking forward to a visit from Santa. Jensen was at the library with his mom, Yoon Costa, of Westlake.

This year the tree's decorating theme is candy canes and sparkle. It was planned by garden club member Robert Pearl who was assisted by club members Margaret Schulz, Carolyn Steigman, Carol Lewellen and Kathy Bruening.

The tree is located in the lobby across from the gift shop and will remain up for the month of December.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

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 residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s craft at Rose Hill Museum, 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 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Community vendor event comes to Westlake for Hanukkah

Chabad of the West Side, a local Jewish organization serving Cleveland's western suburbs, will be hosting a pre-Hanukkah holiday season vendors event on Dec. 3 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The event will feature lots of local vendors offering their goods at great prices, including loads of gifts, toys, crafts and Judaica. Of course, lots of Hanukkah-themed decorations and crafts with a variety of menorahs will be available too! Kids will enjoy an afternoon of crafts and games, and adults will shop away.

"This is the first event of its kind in this area," said Devorah Jacobs, one of the event's organizers. "We're super excited about it. It's sure to be a blast!" 

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

Holiday happenings at the Clague House Museum

As usual, the historic Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road, will be very busy this holiday season. If you would like to participate or volunteer to assist with any of the following events, please call the Westlake Historical Society at 216-848-0680 or check our website, westlakeohiohistory.org, for more details.

Pet Photos With Santa

The Historical Society is hosting the always popular Pet Photos with Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 3. Santa will be at the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We ask that you make a reservation to help keep things running smoothly during the event. The suggested donation is $10. Families are also welcome to pose for photos.

Teddy Bear Overnight

Children are invited to drop off their teddy bear at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, to spend the night at the Clague House Museum. Check-out time for the teddy bears is is Saturday at 1 p.m. Children and their bears are invited to make a craft at our craft table and visit with Santa in the parlor. Although this event is free, reservations are required.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017