The November meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 am. After lunch at 11:30, a representative from The Olive Scene will talk about ways to include olive oils and balsamic vinegars in your holiday recipes. The Olive Scene is a store that specializes in high-grade olive oils and vinegars and has several locations in Northeast Ohio. After the presentation, there will be a workshop on growing paperwhites just in time for the holidays.
Cuyahoga Community College will honor the courageous men and women who served in the nation’s military during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Westshore Campus.
The remembrance will take place in room 118 of the Liberal Arts and Technology building.
“Veterans Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have defended this nation,” said Rick DeChant, executive director of the College’s Veterans Initiative. “The peace we enjoy is because of those who served.”
What do Candy Land, fossils, rock-climbing, bubbles and Hamilton all have in common? These are just a few of the creative trunks we’ve spotted at Trunk or Treat in the past several years. Who knows what great adventures you’ll be able to take at Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 4-6 p.m. at Westlake United Methodist Church!
Adventurers of all ages are welcome at this free, family-friendly evening of trick-or-treating in our church parking lot. Wear your costume and enjoy games, prizes, food, live music and more! All are welcome to this rain or shine, fun-filled event.
For more information, contact the church office at 440-871-3088 or visit www.westlakeumc.org. Westlake United Methodist Church is located at 27650 Center Ridge Road.
Do you love a good ghost story? Are you drawn to the paranormal? Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes ghost hunter and author Greg Feketik on Monday, Oct. 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. Join us for “Insights into the Unknown” and hear about Greg’s ghost-hunting adventures as chronicled in his first book of the same title and his newest release, "Roads into the Unknown: A Ghost Hunter’s Journey Continues." Books will be available for purchase following the presentation.
The Bay Village Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is just around the corner, on Saturday, Nov. 9. The location is Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road. Pasta along with salad, dessert and a beverage will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Master chef Tony Dostal will be serving up his special homemade pasta sauce, the result of hours of painstaking preparation. Tony has been making this sauce for the past 42 years. You can dine in or carry out, but either way you owe it to yourself to try Tony’s pasta dinner for the low cost of $10 per adult, $5 for children 6-12, with children 5 and under free.
October is a very busy month for the Westlake Historical Society and the historic Clague House Museum! Here are the programs we have coming up:
Teddy Bear Sleepover: Our fall Teddy Bear Sleepover is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19th. Children are invited to drop off their teddy bear at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, to spend the night at the Clague House Museum. Teddy bear check-out is 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Children and their bears are invited to stay for our Fall Open House and Kids Sunday.
Open House: The Sunday, Oct. 20, open house at the Clague House Museum is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a kids craft table, museum guided tours, and harvest-themed refreshments. Those wishing to take part in the Teddy Bear Sleepover, please contact the society at 216-848-0680 to reserve your spot. There is no charge for the overnight or the open house event.
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. for its annual Halloween Celebration & Hayride.
Put on your costume and trick-or-treat through the Center's Wildlife Gardens. Make a Halloween craft, hop on a hayride and view the stars at a family-friendly holiday show in Schuele Planetarium. Dinner is included at this non-scary celebration.
This program is for all ages. Fee: $15/adults; $5/children; children 2 and under are free (includes dinner). Halloween Celebration & Hayride sells out each year, please register in advance at www.lensc.org or by calling 440-871-2900. Hayrides run rain or shine.
The Westlake Area Youth (WAY) Group of St. Ladislas Church in cooperation with the St. Ladislas Knights of Columbus will host a Browns football watch party at St. Ladislas in Cullen Hall on Sunday, Nov. 3. This game is against the Denver Broncos and game time is 4 p.m. Admission is $2 which includes your first hot dog. Other goodies are available. If you bring a canned good, you can receive a second hot dog.
The Westlake Women’s Club will present its annual Basket of Treasures Craft Show and Marketplace. This long running annual event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westlake High School on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Once again, this show will feature a variety of artisans offering holiday items, home decor, jewelry, art, clothing, pottery, gifts and so much more. Over 50 vendors will be selling their handmade items this year, including several new artists as well as old favorites. There will also be a bake sale, raffle baskets and a lunch menu. The admission is $3 per adult with 12 and under free. No strollers are allowed.
A new exhibit is coming to the Center for Artful Living in Westlake, featuring work by local Zentangle artists. The artists are students of Judy Montgomery from Lakewood, who is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Judy has been teaching Zentangle at the Rocky River Senior Center for the past seven years. She has a large following of local Zentangle practitioners and 15 of those artists are participating in the exhibit at the Center.
Zentangle art is a method of drawing structured patterns that helps artists relax, focus and expand their imaginations. The patterns are used to fill what are called “strings,” various shaped spaces that fill an artist’s piece. Shading with pencil is usually added to show dimension and contrast.
he Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, met on Sept. 18 to share news and notes about upcoming events. Here are some highlights.
American Legion Post #385 will be providing prize bingo for hospitalized veterans at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. They have done this for many years with the assistance of the Military Support Group from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake. On Oct. 11, a representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will visit our regular meeting and discuss the many services offered by the Cleveland VA. On Nov. 8, the Post will celebrate Veterans Day at our regular meeting, following our semi-annual retirement of old, torn or faded flags.
The Bay Village Garden Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30 at Bay Methodist Church for lunch and a speaker. Their only fundraiser is the Christmas Greening Workshop on Dec. 3 and 4. Participants purchase kits of greens and accessories and receive instructions in a class to make a lovely holiday decoration. Funds raised are used to purchase plantings for the city at the Gazebo, City Hall and the welcome signs at each entrance to Bay Village and the pots on Dover Center.
The Bay Village Green Team's next quarterly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Huntington Beach pavilion.
VFW Post 9693 will host a veterans luncheon and Honor Wall update ceremony at the Dwyer Center on Friday, Nov. 8.
The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host speaker David Dibbell at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon.
Dibbell, an Avon Lake resident, developed a hobby of wildlife and nature photography early in his retirement. He spends his mornings walking or biking the natural areas near his home, capturing shots of native flora and fauna. Some of his favorite species to photograph are birds, butterflies and deer.
The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. If you are interested in beating that amazing record, choose to pick up pumpkins at the Bay United Methodist Church pumpkin patch that opens on Oct. 12. The amount of pumpkins needed to create this tasty treat can help rebuild a home in Appalachia. That’s right. This isn’t just any old patch, the pumpkins sold there are pumpkins with purpose.
OK. So maybe you don’t want the world's biggest pie and you just want a jack-o'-lantern for your front porch, a slew of toasted seeds, or a small delicate pie to offer your neighbor. The assumption is that we all love pumpkins and the tradition of picking out the perfect one. When you add supporting those in need, the tradition is so much sweeter.
Recently featured in the August/September Cooks Country magazine, La Campagna will be creating a multi-course dinner for the first “What’s Cooking” fundraiser event that will benefit Westlake Meals on Wheels. Tickets are now available for purchase.
The What’s Cooking fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at La Campagna, 27337 Detroit Road, Westlake. The $100 dinner ticket offers guests an Italian fall multi-course menu; 100% of the ticket sales are donated to support Westlake Meals on Wheels.
There is no doubt about it – fall in northeast Ohio is clambake season. Local lore has it that our love of a traditional clambake stems from this region’s historical link to New England and our beachy location on Lake Erie. In any case, as the air pleasantly cools, as football, cheerleaders and marching bands rule the stadiums, and as the leaves turn shades of red, yellow, orange and purple, northeast Ohioans naturally hunger to enjoy these beautiful days of autumn near the water with friends … and a big pot of steaming, delicious clams.
The Village Project invites you to throw on a sweater or sweatshirt and join in the fun of their second annual Clambake-on-the-Lake on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Bay Village. The evening will be graciously hosted at the lovely home of Bill and Lisa Priemer, who are steadfast supporters of this local, philanthropic organization.
High schools and colleges usually host an orientation fair highlighting all the extracurricular clubs as well as social and service opportunities that a prospective student can partake in. This is usually an exciting time for a new student, looking for ways to engage and enrich their campus life.
Once we begin "adulting" these fairs are non-existent, yet it seems that it would be quite helpful to have such a venue during key transitional times like retirement, for example.
Retirement planning is generally a term that refers to the financial aspects of retirement. While this is obviously of paramount importance, there is so much more to retirement than the financial piece, and the more we can be prepared, the more successful our retirement will be.
Lions, tigers and bears are not welcome, but household animals and their families are invited to the 15th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6:30–7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.
Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog and cat treats and giveaways from Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!
The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
BAYarts held their annual Moondance fundraiser on Sept. 14 at the Huntington Reservation campus.
The cultural arts center’s event under the stars featured live music, local restaurants and breweries, fine wine, strolling entertainment and a preview of the organization’s future plans for the renovation of the playhouse.
The Touch-a-Truck event held Sept. 14 featured vehicles from the Bay Village fire, police and service departments plus a landing of the Cleveland Metro Life Flight helicopter at Cahoon Memorial Park.
Kids could climb aboard to see and touch the equipment of many of the city’s vehicles. Over 2,000 people attended the event and had an opportunity to meet police officers, firefighters/paramedics and service department employees.
The Bay Village Foundation’s annual run will have a new twist this year. The race has been renamed the Scaredy Cat Run & Walk. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the 5K run/one-mile walk begins at Bay Middle School at 9 a.m. Participants of all ages will get a cool, dry-tech, long-sleeved T-shirt emblazened with the scaredy cat logo. Plus, the first 200 to register will get a free set of cat ears!
Register online at bayvillagefoundation.org for $20, or on the day of the race for $25. Registration/packet pick-up is at Fleet Feet Westlake, 26149 Detroit Road, on Friday, Oct. 18, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Packets will also be available for pickup at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race at Bay Middle School.
Funds collected benefit the Bay Village Foundation’s community projects.
The September meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Following lunch, guest speaker Ron Dzurec, a horticulturist from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, will give a presentation on the gardens at the Botanical Garden.
There are currently 11 themed gardens, including the Hershey's children's garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden and an herb garden, to name a few. Ron will talk on the gardens that he is responsible for inside and outside of the center plus relate to us upcoming public events in the gardens. Visiting the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a pleasant time and the admission is only $12 for adults.
The life and legacy of Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, will be celebrated by the Bay Village Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Two hundred years after his death, historian Mary Louise Jesek Daley will speak about why Perry became a hero and why the U.S. Navy still honors him so greatly. Perry was renowned for more than the Battle of Lake Erie. He was a man of his time and place who lived a life of courage and honor.
Summer is coming to a close. The children are back at school and local organizations are in full-swing mode for reaching out to the public.
Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society resumed their monthly family history research help sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Additional sessions will be offered on Oct. 2 and Nov. 6. Volunteers will be assisting from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the computer room of Westlake Porter Public Library. If you are having trouble locating data about your ancestors, now is the time to seek their help. Bring your pedigree chart and/or family group sheets for the family you are researching. That will help the volunteers home in on your individual of interest. Or if you are just starting out, bring what information you now have and members will assist you with charting that information.
The fall line-up of evening meetings may be helpful to you, as well. The Wednesday, Sept. 18, speaker will be Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center. She will be offering tips on locating vital records of your Czech/Slovak family members. Her search methods may also be applicable for finding information on ancestors from other East European locales.
Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year. The holiday was signed into law in 1978 as a day for families to honor grandparents and help children become aware of their strength and guidance.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate with your family? Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual Grandparents Day family program on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grandparents and grandchildren through age 7 will celebrate the beauty of autumn, meet the Center’s resident animals, explore the night sky in Schuele Planetarium and make a craft together to take home.
To register, visit www.lensc.org or call 440-871-2900. Tickets cost $10 per person (children 2 and under are free). Tickets for members of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center cost $5 per person.
It's the YMCA's National Welcome Week, and here's how you can celebrate community #WestlakeStrong.
The Westshore YMCA (1575 Columbia Road) is hosting an international potluck, jazz band and salsa/cha-cha events during our festive week. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Theresa Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 440-871-6885.
1. Jazz It Up: Join Our International Potluck and Celebrate Community!
As the fall season approaches, let's take time to break bread as a community, enjoy live jazz and celebrate what we all bring to the table –together. On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Westshore YMCA will be hosting its International Potluck from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is part of "Welcome Week" where we celebrate our many cultures here in the United States. Eric Everett Jazz, a popular Cleveland band, will serve up jazz, Latin and R&B classics, while we enjoy a smorgasbord of delicious dishes!
The fall session of Case Western Reserve University's continuing education discussion classes in Bay Village begins Sept. 16.
Explore the life and historical setting of Leonardo da Vinci, the man whose very name is synonymous with creativity, curiosity and inventive genius. Anatomist, artist, astronomer, biologist, botanist, city planner, dramatist, engineer, geologist, inventor, militarist, ornithologist, physicist – da Vinci questioned all, created much amid the turbulent Renaissance world of mighty popes and princes. This passionate, flamboyant, but flawed man became one of the most extraordinary human beings in all of history.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 35th annual scholarship luncheon. Two area students received $2,000 scholarships and both were present at the luncheon to receive them.
Rachel Drobnak is a graduate of Olmsted Falls High School and will be attending Michigan State University. She will be majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and minoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Hannah Miu is a graduate of Berea-Midpark High School. She will be attending Bowling Green State University, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Horticulture. Both are looking forward to attending college this fall.
Learn more about local history and Dover Township’s earliest residents by joining the Cleveland Hiking Club in Bay Village this fall.
Hikers and history buffs will meet at the Huntington water tower at Huntington Beach on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. to embark on a six-mile hike. The group will hike Lake Road and walk the land where the town fathers worked, practiced their faith and raised their families. The earliest residents of Dover Township chose to purchase lots near the lakeshore between Dover Center Road and the Avon Township line.
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for Nature’s Night Out: Creatures of the Night on Saturday, Aug. 24, to benefit educational programs and wildlife rehabilitation services for over 165,000 people.
“We are very excited to welcome everyone to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, executive director at the Center. “Every aspect of the evening reflects our distinct mission.”
Over 1,000 Bay Village students enroll each year in orchestra, jazz, band, choral and Rockette programs from the 4th to 12th grades. Bay Schools’ music program has been named one of the "Best 100 Music Communities in America" since 2003!
Bay Music Boosters is a volunteer, nonprofit organization established to support and promote the Bay Village public schools’ fine music education program. This year, Bay Music Boosters is having their Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Students and adults interested in learning sign language are encouraged to sign up for the Sharon’s Legacy Sign Language courses. The weekly courses begin Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. They will be taught by Baldwin Wallace graduate Cory Svette, director of Sharon’s Signers, a local community ASL sign choir based in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties.
Youth, ages 7-13, meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Adults, ages 14 and up, meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost for each group is $25/month, payable at the first class of each month.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that led Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to take humanity’s first steps on the moon. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will offer fun-filled day on Saturday, July 20, to celebrate this remarkable human achievement and look forward to what’s next for human exploration in the Solar System.
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come for a day of activities and planetarium shows as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Learn about this historic event during special shows in Schuele Planetarium. Planetarium specialists will share images from all of the Apollo moon landings and lead hands-on moon activities throughout the Center as we commemorate mankind’s footprint in the solar system. For all ages. Fee: $10/person.
Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake Schools held their Special Olympics on Saturday June 8, at Westlake High School's Lou Duchez Stadium. There were 57 athletes registered from all over western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties.
Scott Goggin, Westlake Schools superintendent, led the athletes around the track carrying the Special Olympics torch to open the event. Members of the Westlake Aktion Club sang the national anthem. There were quite a few volunteers from Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake City School District and Knights of Columbus. This event marked the return of the Special Olympics after a two-year hiatus due to the upgrading of the Westlake High track.
The Westlake Historical Society will host our 49th annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show on Sunday July 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is our major fundraiser of the year. This event helps to cover the society's regular operating expenses.
The Clague House Museum is located at 1371 Clague Road. The event will include a variety of antique, vintage and craft vendors, a snack bar, and free guided tours of the historic Clague House Museum. The rain date for the event is July 21.
The Cleveland area experienced a rainy June, and it was this very thing which impacted the first two BAYarts Farm & Art Markets. Despite holding out hope, Pam Mills (who manages the market and is the BAYarts Creative Programming Director) had to cancel them on account of downpouring rain. But the market now will continue on with a full slate of summer activities and market staples every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. on the BAYarts campus at 28795 Lake Road.
Summer event schedule:
- July 11: Hoodoo BBQ, Feels Like OM goat yoga, health & wellness
- July 18: Yappy Hour, Cupcake Wars (kids decorating table & adult contest)
- July 25: Hoodoo BBQ (music)
- Aug. 1: Backyard Famliy Fun Night, Movie Under the Stars (Harry Potter)
- Aug. 8: Hoodoo BBQ (music), pie contest, Feels Like OM goat yoga
- Aug. 15: Yappy Hour, cooking demo by Buttercream & Olive Oil
- Aug. 22: Hoodoo BBQ (music), Yappy Hour
- Sept. 5: Chili cook-off
- Sept. 12: Last market
To participate in goat yoga, go to bayarts.net/events/market as you must register in advance. There will also be petting times available. To participate in the pie/cupcake/chili events please contact Pam Mills at email@example.com.
The July meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Following lunch, guest speaker Pete Kamples will talk about solutions for senior citizens who want to remain in their home. His business, "One Call for Seniors," is located in Bay Village and offers help finding reliable people to take care of everyday problems like household chores and other things, such as plumbing, heating and lawn care. The service is free for those 50 and older.
If you were disappointed when Jane Gramlich’s presentation “Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL)” was cancelled in April, you will be happy to know that Jane has been rescheduled for the Wednesday, July 17, meeting of Cuyahoga West Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS).
Jane, a librarian in Special Collections at the ASCPL and vice president of Cuyahoga Valley Chapter, OGS will cover the genealogical and local history resources available including books, periodicals, databases, archival collections and digital collections. She will also discuss the other services provided such as classes and programs, research assistance, lookups and copies, and their newsletter, Past Pursuits.
First, I allowed two of my partners to be stabbed in the back. Moments later, I accidentally shot one of them right in the head. It was NOT a good night for me.
Fortunately, it turned out just fine for them. We were just three of the 22 "students" taking part in the 2019 Westlake Community Police Academy.
I’ll come back to the building search exercise in a moment, as it was merely one of over two dozen topics and activities we dove into during our weekly 3-hour sessions.
Over the course of 12 weeks, various experts in various areas of police work instructed us. Each week offered a deeper peek into the vast abilities of our formidable Westlake law enforcement: narcotics investigation, hostage negotiation, crime scene processing, patrol techniques, radar operation, crowd control, human trafficking investigation, jail operations, detective procedures, court systems, and more.
Five Bay Village organizations teamed up to provide a unique experience under the umbrella of "Destination Bay" on June 15. The annual event of family friendly events featured biking, art, music, collectibles, history tours, nature exhibits and a chance to win prizes.
Participating organizations included the Village Project, the Bay Village Historical Society, BAYarts, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Village Bicycle Cooperative and Walgreens.
St. Paul Westlake is hosting a thought-provoking sculpture of "Homeless Jesus" through the month of July. The sculpture is owned by the Community West Foundation and was installed on our grounds June 3. St. Paul Westlake Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. David Buegler, sits on the Community West Foundation Board. Each two months, a different west side church displays the sculpture for the community.
Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz created this depiction in 2013 to remind viewers that when Christ came down incarnate in His humanity He was essentially "homeless." He even said, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." (Luke 9).