WESTLAKE, Ohio – Fifty years ago, 66 library supporters gathered and formed Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library. A half-century later, the group is celebrating its founding with a series of events.
The first meeting took place Oct. 18, 1972. The group has grown to more than 200 members. The first officers were Ruth Lesko, president; Wilson Caldwell, vice president; Kenneth Crandall, treasurer; and Myrna Chelko, secretary.
Since its founding, the Friends group has presented more than $1 million to the library in donations and materials. It began with the first book sale in January 1974, which netted a profit of approximately $975. All funds raised by the Friends go to the library to support programs and projects not included in the library budget.
The group continues to fundraise through its annual book sale, the Book Nook (used book room), Portables Gift Shop (located in the lobby), membership dues and other special fundraising events. All activities are conducted by volunteers.
New members are always welcomed. To join Friends, pick up a membership brochure at the library or visit westlakelibrary.org and click on the Friends tab, then print a membership form.
Calling all antiques lovers: Bay Village Women’s Club will have an Antiques & Vintage Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road, Bay Village.
Shoppers can select from antiques and mid-century items as well as vintage jewelry, shabby chic, furniture, home décor, toys and more.
Vivid Diamonds & Design will offer free jewelry appraisals 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26. There will be free antique valuations 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27.
There is a $5 donation at the door, which will fund Bay High scholarships. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
Face masks are required.
Call 440-334-7539 for more information.
Scholarship award: At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise, Tessa Pickering was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for her freshman year at The Ohio State University.
This scholarship was made possible by a donation from club member William Minnich to the club’s foundation. Minnich had seen Tessa’s work with Barker Landscaping in his yard and in the yards of some of his neighbors in the Clifton Park area of Lakewood.
Minnich learned from Sarah Barker, company owner, that Tessa was planning to go to OSU and study landscape architecture.
Minnich has been a longtime supporter of the club’s foundation and decided to designate his donation for this scholarship. He focused previous donations for funding the needs of deserving students in the Lakewood area. Besides her work with the Barker Landscaping Co., Tessa works on the Pickering Family Farm and retail store in Avon.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Foundation supports many community, youth and vocational service projects in the area through donations to nonprofit agencies and organizations in the area.
The foundation receives its funds through regular donations from club members and fundraising events. A major fundraising event is planned for May 6, at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.
Visit lrrsunriserotary.org for more information.
The club welcome civic-minded men and women who want to “Make a Difference” locally and around the world. Learn more about Rotary by contacting Kathy Berkshire at [email protected].
Peter Pan is coming: Don’t forget that West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church will present the classic 1924 silent film “Peter Pan” accompanied by David Blazer, music director, on the organ. At 4 p.m. Feb. 20.
All ages are welcome.
It is the first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s famous 1904 stage play directed by Herbert Brenon. The film closely follows the plot of the original play.
This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the church sanctuary, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Due to church COVID-19 protocols, masks are required in the building by everyone age 3 and older. For more information, call the church office at 440-333-2255.
Connecting for Kids: Registration is required for the next Connecting for Kids program, “Behavior Chat: Tracking and Tackling Problem Behaviors.” The virtual program will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.
It will help provide strategies to motivate children toward positive behavior and help parents get ahead of meltdowns before they begin. Program participants will learn to use the tools in the behavior toolkit to help children control behavior and manage emotions. The toolkit will be provided free to each attendee.
Connecting for Kids is committed to offering quality programs to families through COVID-related closures. For the latest program information, visit connectingforkids.org.
CFK provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. The group serves all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK also offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.
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