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Westlake celebrates summer with art, blooms and grads: Westlake’s Good News …

Katherine Boyd, The Good News Gossip 

WESTLAKE, Ohio—Summer officially begins Saturday, June 21, at 6:51 a.m.

That’s when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the Earth’s equator. It’s known as the summer solstice.

The summer solstice is also the day with the most sunlight all year. So make sure you get out and enjoy it!

One great way to enjoy the day is to head to Crocker Park. You can start your morning with a stroll through the North Union Farmers Market.

Artist Shaun Kinley standing in front of one of his Cleveland paintings currently on display at The Eric Mull Gallery in Crocker Park,  

Then, if you’re a true lover of Cleveland, I suggest you stop by the Eric Mull Gallery to see the latest exhibit by local artist Shaun Kinley.

Kinley paints with acrylics. He’s most known for his bright colors and impressionistic images of athletes and sports.

But this exhibit, titled “Cleveland Alive”, captures the city of Cleveland.

Paintings on display feature the West Side Market, Tremont, University Circle and Playhouse Square.

“I’m from Cleveland, so this has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” explained Kinley.

“Because the subject matter is important to me, it was almost a little daunting at first, because I wanted it to turn out as great as I imagined it, and I believe I achieved my goal.”

The Eric Mull Gallery is right next to Hyde Park Grill on Main Street in Crocker Park.

For more information visit the Eric Mull Gallery website.

9th annual Crocker Park Fine Art Fair

Art fairs in Cleveland are nothing new. But what makes the Crocker Park Fine Art Fair different is the focus is on fine art.

This isn’t a “crafty” art fair. Rather, its participants are truly gifted artists.

More than 100 locally and nationally known artists will be selling art, jewelry, photography and more.

It’s one of my favorite places to find jewelry that is exceptional and unique.

The Crocker Park Fine Art Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and 11 a.m. to 6p.m. on Sunday June 15. 

The deadline to enter the annual Westlake in Bloom competition is June 27. All Hilliard Blvd. flower boxes like this one will be automatically be entered in the contest. 

Westlake in Bloom deadline nears

Join in celebrating the beautiful gardens of Westlake by entering the city’s 11th annual “Westlake in Bloom” competition.

All Westlake residents, organizations and businesses are invited to compete in categories ranging from window boxes, to gardens to landscaping.

Deadline to enter is June 27.

Entries will be judged July 7-9.

First, second, third and honorable mention awards will be given.

All who enter receive an invitation to the 2013 Westlake in Bloom Appreciation Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, August 13, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility.

To learn more visit the city website. 

Bassett Elementary 3rd grader Evan Jennings earned a perfect score in the recent WordMasters Challenge™. 

Bassett 3rd grader earns highest honors

Bassett Elementary 3rd grader Evan Jennings earned a perfect score in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition.

Almost 150,000 students nationwide take part in the challenge each year.

Only 164 3rd graders earned a perfect score.

The students were coached by Rebecca Kowalski, gifted instructor at Bassett and Holly Lane elementary schools.

Westlake resident Claire Martin won the Sister Bernadette Vetter Award at Magnificat High School.  

Magnificat senior wins award

Westlake resident Claire Martin won the Sister Bernadette Vetter Award at Magnificat High School. It’s the highest award given to a graduating senior.

The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the Magnificat community, enthusiastic service to others, and a love of learning.  

Claire was senior class vice president, co-captain of the varsity basketball team, president of the baking club and involved in Campus Ministry.  

Last summer, she also went on a volunteer trip to Immokolee, Florida, to work with children and help build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Martin will be attending Xavier University in the fall.

Relay For Life of Westshore raises $36,000

Hundreds of walkers, volunteers and family members turned out for the Relay for Life of Westshore on May 31.

More than 200 teams from Westlake, Bay Village, Avon and Avon Lake walked the Westlake High School track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The goal was $29,000 and walkers surpassed that by more than $7000.

It’s not too late to make a donation. You can do so on the Relay for Life of Westshore website until August 31.

The Rusty Barrel restaurant and bar on Center Ridge Road in Westlake is celebrating the World Cup Soccer championship this month. 

Rusty Barrel celebrates the Soccer World Cup

For five years in a row, The Rusty Barrel has been voted “Best Wings” in Westlake by participants in the Relay for Life.

And in my book, The Rusty Barrel has to be the winner for “Best Decorations” for the 2014 World Cup in soccer.

The world’s biggest sporting event kicked-off June 12 in Brazil, and The Rusty Barrel is celebrating by flying the flags from participating countries.

You’re invited to stop by the Westlake landmark to watch the games while enjoying its award winning wings. And they encourage you to wear your favorite team’s gear.

More than 100 people attended the annual Casino Night at the Gardens at Westlake on June 4.  

Casino Night at the Gardens at Westlake

More than 100 people attended the annual Casino Night at the Gardens at Westlake on June 4.

The main floor was set up like a casino with blackjack, roulette and craps tables. Another big attraction was the slot machines.

Party-goers were treated to hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts.

The next community event at the Gardens will be a non-traditional Health Fair on September 10.

Gardens at Westlake is located at 27569 Detroit Road in Westlake. 

For information call 440-892-9777.

Stuff the Bus at Porter Public Library

Westlake Porter Public Library is taking part in the United Way’s annual “Stuff the Bus with Books” program.

The library is collecting new and gently used children’s and young adult books.

Drop off your books through June 19 at the library in the marked box.

Books will be given to kids in need in communities across Cuyahoga County.  

Summer fun starts at Westlake Porter Public Library

Time to sign-up the kids for the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Fizz! Boom! Read!”

The goal of the program is to encourage kids to fall in love with reading.

The more you read, the more chances you have to win prizes.

 Kids can stop by the library to register.

There’s also a summer reading program for adults. This year’s theme is “Literary Elements.”

Adults can stop by the library to register, or go online.

Clague Playhouse presents Medium Susan

Join a live demonstration of Mediumship and participate in a gallery style message event at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 22.

In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through.”

Your guide, Susan Averre, is a psychic medium and hosts a radio show called “The Medium at Large.” .

Reserved seats at $20, or you can pay $25 at the door.

Call the Clague Playhouse at 440-331-0403 for tickets or more information.

Now it’s your turn!

Now that school is out for the summer I’ll be scrambling to fill my column with tasty good news gossip tidbits. So, I need your help now more than ever! Is someone in your family celebrating a big milestone? Did you win the pie baking contest at church? Or is your volunteer group holding a fundraiser? Please let me know and I may share it right here in The Good News Gossip.

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Great gossiping with you Westlake!

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