Car raffle to benefit Rocky River Education Foundation: West Shore Chatter

Freda Walters

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — It’s not often you see a brand-new car parked on the front lawn of Rocky River High School. But that’s exactly what caught my eye a few days ago as I drove by the school at the corner of Detroit and Wagar roads.

After a little bit of detective work, here’s the scoop (which many of you might have known already).

A lucky ticket-holder will win a 2020 Chevrolet Trax in the Rocky River Education Foundation fundraiser. The car raffle is sponsored by the Chevy Network and Serpentini Chevrolet of Westlake. The vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth, Apple carplay, Android auto and a backup camera.

Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased through March 27 — the date of the drawing. Proceeds benefit the Rocky River Education Foundation.

The drawing takes place on the same day as “Our Children, Our Future 2021,” the foundation’s gala, which will have limited attendance. For more information on the gala and the auction, which is open to all — even those who do not attend the gala — visit

Groundbreaking: It’s official. Bay Village is getting a new library.

Groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. March 24 at 27400 Wolf Road for the new Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The site is the location of the former Bayway Cabin.

The event will take place outdoors. Those planning to attend are reminded that face masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

The new library will replace the current branch, a 15,000-square-foot facility that was built in 1981 and extensively remodeled in 1997.

Backpack campaign: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise is participating in a Fill the Backpack campaign as one of its projects to help children.

Money from fundraising efforts, such as the upcoming jewelry raffle, help the Sunrise Rotary Club to collaborate with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services on various projects to assist children in the area.

Last fall, the club supported the Fill the Backpack campaign to ensure that that every child, despite their circumstances, would have access to the tools needed for a successful year of learning and growth in the current school year.

It was one of the club’s many community service projects. Rotary Club Foundation funds were used to purchase a variety of school supplies, then a group of club members got together in a member’s back yard and filled the backpacks.

The Sunrise Club contributed 48 backpacks to the 850 that were received by the Division of Children and Family Services as part of this year’s campaign. Families were able to pick up backpacks at drive-up events; others were distributed by teaching staffs at schools.

Fundraisers like the club’s jewelry raffle support the projects. Tickets are being sold for a chance to win a $3,750 diamond bracelet donated by Broestl and Wallace Fine Jewelers in Lakewood. The 14-karat, two-tone gold bracelet has 14 diamonds totaling 2.42 carats.

Tickets are $10 each, $50 for six tickets, $100 for 13 tickets or $200 for 28 tickets.

Purchase tickets at and pay by credit card, or make a check payable to the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Foundation and mail it to P.O. Box 16684, Rocky River, Ohio 44116.

The virtual drawing will be at 7 p.m. April 28. Rebecca Silber, Rotary International Foundation zone annual giving chair, will give a brief talk on the activities of Rotary International.

To view the drawing, use the Zoom link The winner does not need to be present to win.

To learn more about the local Rotary club, email [email protected]

And thanks to the Sunrise Club, which surprised me with an honorary membership during a presentation on March 10.

Take a bow: Congratulations to Bay High School junior Carli Mendelow, who was runner-up in the Kids Film It Festival’s music video category for students ages 15-18. There were more than 140 submissions from around the world. Entries were judged by industry professionals.

Carli created her winning film — which takes a look at various styles of music and dance — in literature class with Srsen Kenney.

Her video can be seen at

Pizza, please: There’s a new eatery coming to Rocky River, and the excitement is growing.

Ohio Pie Co. announced last week that it plans to open a second location in Rocky River. The announcement, which was teased on the Ohio Pie Facebook page, included a photo of the old Pizza Hut space at 19565 Detroit Road.

It drew quick notice by fans of the pizzeria, with nearly 300 comments posted and nearly 900 likes.

Ohio Pie Co., the dream of Nick Robson, launched its first store in February 2019 in Brunswick and has developed quite a following for its creative pizzas.

As a touring musician, Robson visited pizza shops all over the country and even worked odd jobs at a local pizzeria to help bring in some cash.

The Brunswick store is primarily a takeout location that offers a variety of creative pizzas, including brunch pies, vegan pizzas, salads, party bread and fresh-baked cookies.

At the library: Westlake Porter Public Library is offering a Zoom “Got Science” program for first- and second-graders at 4 p.m. March 26. Participants must register in order to pick up a supply kit and to receive the Zoom instructions.

Celebrate the birthday of Fred Rogers, the popular children’s TV host, with a special live story time at 11 a.m. March 19 on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

A limited number of kits are available for a spring felt chick softie craft. Registration is required. The kit includes templates as provided in the Creativebug project video tutorial, which is available with a library card through the library website. The tutorial must be reviewed to complete the project on March 20.

The American Red Cross will have a bloodmobile from 1 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Registration required.

To register for programs, visit

Library officials said all programs are subject to change and recommend that patrons check the library website,, or follow PPL on Facebook and Twitter, @WestlakePorter, for the latest updates.

Encore, encore: Encore 55+ Learning at Cuyahoga Community College began a new six-week session of online courses March 16 for those 55 and older.

Encore On-the-Go features 50-minute virtual classes that meet weekly, with offerings on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Class options are available at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each of those days.

Courses cover a variety of subjects, including finance, fitness, history, literature, music, philosophy, science and more. Classes are taught via Webex, an easy-to-use online meeting platform. Assistance is available for those unfamiliar with Webex, and the Encore team offers test sessions on using the app.

Enrollment cost for Encore On-the-Go is $27 per six-week course. The upcoming online session is the second of spring semester. A third session begins May 4.

In addition, Tri-C’s Neighborhood Scholars 55+ adult education program returns in a primarily virtual format. The schedule includes online classes on Cleveland history and a six-week series from the Cleveland Museum of Art. In-person tours of five historic Cleveland churches are planned in May and June.

Most Neighborhood Scholars classes are one-day opportunities, with fees ranging from $10 to $18. The six-week Cleveland Museum of Art series costs $79.

Visit to register and for full lists of Encore On-the-Go and Neighborhood Scholars courses with dates and times, or call 216-987-2274 for information. Enrollment for programs is ongoing.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. from Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake for the West Shore Chatter column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to [email protected].

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