WESTLAKE, Ohio — There’s something new coming to Westlake Porter Public Library.
The library and the Friends of Porter Public Library will host a community dedication celebration for the Friends Programming Pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m. June 4, weather permitting.
In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be refreshments, including a Kona Ice truck; children’s activities; and music from CJ the DJ.
The Friends Programming Pavilion was created as an outdoor programming and activity space and named for the Friends in honor of their 50th anniversary in 2022. The group made a substantial donation toward construction of the pavilion, which will be used for library programs.
It also can be reserved by community groups. The library’s meeting room policies and procedures apply.
In case of rain, the dedication ceremony will be moved to June 11.
Library patrons also should note that the library parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 7 p.m. May 27 through 6 a.m. May 30. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed.
The library will be closed May 28-29 in observance of Memorial Day, which coincides with the parking lot project. The work will be done if weather permits.
And in further library news, it’s time to start thinking about summer reading. The library invites readers of all ages to participate in the annual Summer Library Challenge, which begins June 1 and continues through Aug. 1.
This year’s theme is “All Together Now,” which is about spreading kindness, friendship and unity.
In addition to reading for 40 days, participants are asked to perform two acts of kindness. There will be activity rewards, and the library will also offer a variety of special programs, including the annual STEAM Week July 9-15.
For every 10 days of reading, children can stop by the library for a sticker. Participants can earn a halfway prize and a grand prize raffle ticket by reading for 20 days and doing an additional kindness activity.
Reading for 40 days and completing one more kindness activity will earn participants a final prize, plus more tickets for the grand prize drawing.
Reading and activities can be tracked on logs available at the library or on Beanstack. Visit westlakelibrary.beanstack.org to register for the program or access a log.
For game boards and more information about the Summer Library Challenge, visit westlakelibrary.org/summer. Details on programs offered at the library can be found at westlakelibrary.org/events.
Water Warriors: The Bay Village Water Warriors — Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, Bay High School Key Club, Bay Village Middle School Builders Club and Westerly K-Kids — will have a Well-a-bration, a Walk for Water, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (May 19) at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road in Bay Village.
There will be food trucks, music, games and more at the 3.75-mile walk. Donations are welcome.
It costs $25 to provide fresh, clean water for one person for life; $12,000 will fund a freshwater well for a community in need.
Visit tinyurl.com/3r4hdejb for more information.
Support local history: The Bay Village Historical Society invites the community to support the nonprofit by enjoying a meal anytime May 25 at Boss ChickNBeer, 27321 Wolf Road in Bay Village.
Show a flyer in print (see the BHS Facebook page) or on a smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re there to support the Bay Village Historical Society, and all profits from your food and drinks will be donated to the society.
Gift card purchases do not apply to the benefit.
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church will host a free concert May 21 in the church sanctuary. (Carol Kovach/special to cleveland.com)
Spring concert: The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church choir will perform “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest at 10:15 a.m. Sunday (May 21) in the church sanctuary, 24101 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.
The free choral concert is part of the church’s B. Neil Davis Artist Series. All are welcome.
The choir will be accompanied by David Blazer, piano; Andrew Pongracz, timpani; Mell Csicsilla, percussion; and Emily Laurance, harp.
On stage: Rini Gauntner and Steve DeJohn, longtime Lakewood residents, are busy rehearsing a musical that will be presented at the Rocky River Senior Center later this month.
Gauntner is playing Gloria Swanson and DeJohn is portraying Walter Beery in the production of “Standing Ovation,” which tells the story of a group of “old” performers from the 1940s who are making a “comeback” in the Palace Theater in Peoria, Ind.
Sources say the show is filled with laughs.
Admission is free, but call the Rocky River Senior Center at 440-333-6660 to make reservations. Performances are at 7 p.m. May 24 and 1:30 p.m. May 28 and May 29.
Condolences: Longtime Sun News readers might remember Dennis Seeds, who spent three decades with the newspaper chain as a reporter, photographer, editor and technical guru helping the papers navigate the change from print only to digital.
He had a knack for figuring out technical things and carved a niche for himself as the go-to guy for solving computer-related issues at Sun. After leaving Sun, he worked for trade publications and co-authored five books.
Seeds, 71, a Bay Village resident, died April 27 after a short illness.
He and his wife, Sue, who would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29, lived in Lakewood for most of their marriage, moving to Bay Village several years ago. They were active at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service took place May 6.
He was remembered fondly by his wife, sons and brother, Dale Seeds, during the service.
I had the pleasure of working closely with Dennis, beginning in the mid-1970s, for most of his time with Sun.
My deepest sympathy to Sue; Jeremy; Jeremy’s wife, Jennifer; Jonathan; Jonathan’s wife, Meredith; granddaughters Lola and Ruby; his brother, Dale, and wife, Laurel; extended family and all his many friends and co-workers.
There were many remembrances and stories shared at the reception following the memorial service.
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