Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Arts Festival Registration Open : West Shore Chatter

WESTLAKE, Ohio – It’s almost the 4th of July, but there’s still time for artists to participate in the second edition Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Arts Festival. The event takes place on July 30. Visit westlakebayvillagerotaryartfest.com for more information on booth space and registration.

The family festival will begin at 10 a.m. on the green space in front Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. It will take place rain or shine and will feature over 50 artists, live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, balloons for the kids and ample free parking.

Cleveland artist Shaun Kinley, who is known internationally for his Cleveland skylines, cityscapes, bridges, and sports acrylic canvas prints, will be the featured artist and will have some of his works for sale.

In addition to the festival, Westlake Kiwanis will have a pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. at Westlake Elementary School next to the library. Visitors can support Kiwanis by enjoying breakfast and then walking to the festival.

For more information about the art festival and corporate sponsorships, email jo[email protected]

The Elks raise funds for CFK: Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 again donated the use of its facilities at 24350 Center Ridge Road, Westlake to Login for kids for a bowling fundraiser that generated over $5,000 for the Westlake-based nonprofit. Sixty bowlers took part in the event on April 23. Funds raised will allow CFK to continue its mission to educate and support local families. “Last year’s bowling event was such a success that we jumped at the chance to do it again,” said Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 elated manager Mike Sheehan. for everyone involved as our Elks members can combine their love of bowling with the opportunity to raise funds and help a local organization that does so much for families in our community.According to Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of CFK, the lodge is the ideal place to hold this event because of the facilities it offers for children with disabilities.

“Many of our families would be hesitant to take their child bowling to a large facility because the crowds and noise can be overwhelming for some. With its small size, wheelchair-accessible lanes and assist bowling ramps, the Elks facility provides a safe space for families to have fun on their own in a judgment-free zone,” she said. . The bowling fundraiser is just one of a series of events that CFK and the Elks have collaborated on this year. Others included a poker tournament and the creation of 250 resource bags for the spring resource fairs.

Donated children’s books fill a collection bin at Don Umerley Hall in Rocky River. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise

Children’s books: The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise The Books for Kids project will celebrate its third anniversary in August. Residents of Rocky River and surrounding communities continue to support the initiative with donations.

Books for Kids is a national program that was established in 1986, based on the belief that all children have the right to books and deserve dedicated spaces where they can read. The project is designed to expand access to books where children learn, live and play, and to enable adults to read alongside them to develop lifelong literacy skills during the prime years. criticism of their development. The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing free books to children in need through collaboration with community organizations.

The Children’s Book Bank opened in February 2016 to receive, manage and distribute shipments of books each month. About 30% of their books come from the community, while the rest come from online second-hand booksellers.

There is a Rocky River Kids’ Book Bank outdoor collection bin located near the door to Umerley Hall in the Rocky River Civic Center complex behind Rocky River City Hall. This is one of many dumpsters in the Cleveland area. Bins provide a place for community members to drop off new and lightly used children’s books they no longer use, and then the Book Bank distributes the books through more than 1,000 partner organizations working with children and parents to encourage them to read.

Patty Boesken, President of Project Sunrise Rotary, recently announced a cooperative program with the Rocky River Public Library that will make regular donations of out-of-circulation children’s books to the Book Bank. She said that since the book bin was installed two years ago, more than 1,000 books have been donated. The Sunrise Club is one of two Rotary clubs in Lakewood and Rocky River. One club meets at noon on Mondays and the other at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Umerley Hall at Rocky River Civic Center, Hilliard Boulevard and Wagar Road, behind Rocky River City Hall.

For more information about Rotary, contact Kathy Berkshire at [email protected]

For more information about the Cleveland Children’s Book Bank, visit kidsbookbank.org or find them on social media.

Community Champions: Westlake residents Bill and Joyce Litzler were honored by Cuyahoga Community College as Community Champions in a virtual ceremony on June 21. They are part of two local organizations and four individuals who have served as examples of community service over the past year.

The Litzlers have shared a passion for enriching the lives of Tri-C students since their first donation to the college in 2006. Their contribution provides critical support through their scholarship fund, which benefits graduates of the Seeds of Literacy program and other GED graduates. who continue their studies at Tri-C.

Visit tri-c.edu/awards2022 to see the full program, which also includes a conversation with outgoing Tri-C President Alex Johnson.

At the library: Here are some programs planned for Westlake Porter Public Library this week.

The Escape Challenge for grades 7-12 will take place from 3-4 p.m. on June 30. It will test their ability to work together and solve clues to unravel a mystery. Registration is requested.

Oceans of Fun, a magic show with Jim Kleefeld, will be offered at 7 p.m. on June 30. The show is aimed at children up to grade five and their families. To register for one of the programs, visit westlakelibrary.org/events

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