Bay Schools Centennial is the subject of Osborn Porch Talk: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — As schools in the city of Bay Village celebrate their centennial, the district’s history will be shared during a porch conversation at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center at 2:15 p.m. on July 10.

Bay Village Alumni Association President Jim Joyce will speak about the history of the schools, covering the years 1922-2022, as well as plans for the centennial celebration.

Free entry and open to all. Participants must bring a lawn chair.

The Reuben Osborn Learning Center is located in Cahoon Memorial Park at the intersection of Lake and Cahoon Roads in Bay Village.

Fruit of the vine: The Crocker Park Wine Festival returns for its 11th year on September 16 and 17. The event is presented by Market District and celebrates wine from around the world.

Longtime partner University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will also return.

The event hosts over 150 local, national and international wine producers, as well as beer, spirits, local vendors, food vendors, casual seating and live music. Attendees can stroll a few blocks of Crocker Park while enjoying tastings and purchasing their favorite wine, beer and spirit choices at the Market District on the Crocker Park Boardwalk.

“Whether you’re a wine lover or a beer and liquor lover, this event has something for everyone to enjoy a fun night out, while benefiting children and families at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Teaching Hospitals. “said Stacie Schmidt, vice president of marketing and communications for Stark Enterprises.

The event will be located from Center Circle between Anthropologie and Altar’d State on Main Street to Gap and Banana Republic.

Attendees can walk around and visit wine vendors to ask questions, taste wine, and learn about various wineries and producers.

Additionally, beer and liquor tents will be available, along with live music and food offerings from several vendors and restaurants, including Hot Chicken Takeover, Leo’s Italian Social, Burntwood Tavern and Chick-Fil-A.

Live music will be provided by 732 The Electric Duo, Cats on Holiday, Jump The Gun and Funkology.

Wine festival hours are 4-10 p.m. on September 16 and 2-10 p.m. on September 17. Tickets are on sale until July 31 for early entry, starting at $30 for general admission and $50 for a weekend pass. Both tickets include a limited edition wine glass and 10 tasting tickets per day.

Designated driver tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $10. Full beer and wine options range from four to six tasting tickets.

Admission prices increase on August 1st. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Storybook Walk: Rocky River Public LibraryThe permanent storybook walk, inspired by the StoryWalk project, remains a popular attraction on the library lawn. He debuted in the summer of 2014.

In March 2020, the library wanted to provide a safe space for patrons of all ages, those walking their dogs, or anyone walking around, so the children’s department began regularly changing the picture book displayed and the audience continued to grow.

Now, thanks to funds donated by the RRPL Women’s Committee, there will be a permanent all-weather storybook walk installed on the front lawn. For more information, visit

Carrier programs: Here are some highlights of the programs and events at Westlake Porter Public Library over the coming week. The library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. Visit for more information or to register for programs.

• Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewing project while listening to a story with sewing as the central theme in this literacy-related project from 10 a.m. to noon on July 8. Hand sewing helps children develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, independence – confidence, patience and concentration — skills used in reading and writing.

Educators are encouraged to stay during the program to learn sewing techniques and help their children. Younger siblings are welcome and a simple sewing project will be available for them.

The program is intended for children in grades 3 to 5. Registration is requested.

• Children in kindergarten to grade 1 and their siblings are invited to Read, Make at the library at 4 pm on July 8th. Participants will make a craft based on a story that will be read aloud. Registration is requested.

• Adults with developmental or developmental disabilities are encouraged to create their own craft project from a kit that can be picked up during library hours on July 11. Registration is required.

• Tweens in grades 4-6 can pick up a “Shrinky Dink” craft kit to take home and create during library hours on July 11.

• Learn computer basics and an introduction to Northstar at 10 am on July 12. Participants will learn how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, go online, and access Northstar Digital Literacy for self-paced online learning. Registration started on July 5.

• Children in grades 1-3 are encouraged to participate in Reading Buddies and pair up with a teenage reading buddy to practice their reading skills and share their favorite stories. Half-hour sessions take place at 2 p.m. on July 12, 19 and 26. Registration begins one week before each session.

• Kids ages 8 to 12 can learn to make their own jump ropes out of recycled grocery bags at 2 p.m. on July 12. Registration is required.

• HeartSaver CPR/AED training will be offered at 6:00 pm on July 12th. Participants can obtain certification for CPR and AED for adults, children and infants.

The course will be led by certified instructors from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center. An email account is required and participants under 14 must have a parent or legal guardian in class with them.

For more information, contact the instructors at

• A cookbook discussion program sharing recipes from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime” by Ree Drummond will be offered at 7 p.m. on July 13. The book is available for download on Hoopla Digital.

Entrants must choose a dish from the book to share with a group of 15. Send your selection or any questions to Victoria Vogel at by July 8.

Attendees will come together to share their dishes and discuss any changes they would have made. Registration is mandatory.

Midday treat: Food Truck Fridays continue from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays behind the Bay Village Town Hall, 350 Dover Center Road. In the event of inclement weather, trucks will park near the front doors of the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane.

Trucks scheduled for the next two weeks are July 8: Jackpot Chicken and CLE Cookie Dough and July 15: Manna and Smooth Rider.

Food trucks will be on site every Friday until September 2.

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Jessica C. Bell