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Arbor Day Celebration

Friday morning, April 24, our Club planted its 52nd consecutive Arbor Day tree, this year at the Westlake Recreation Center’s children’s playground. We especially wish to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for donating our beautiful ‘Valley Forge’ Elm (Ulmus americana), a new disease tolerant cultivar which, once established, can grow up to 3 ft./yr. to a height and crown spread of 30 ft. or more, with leaves turning golden yellow in autumn. As he has done throughout his tenure, Mayor Dennis M. Clough presented us with an Arbor Day Proclamation and spoke to the importance of our Club to the community. Also attending: Paul J. Quinn III, Dir. of Public Service, Bob DeMinico, Recreation Center Dir. and Stan Barnard, Urban Forestry Mgr.; and our members Ruth Bertrand, Kathy and Rich Bruening, Marge Emblom, Carol and Don Lewellen, Shirley Lutts, Regina McCarthy and friend Carol Krieger, Marsha McEntee, Thea Steinmetz and friend, and Brian Thompson, who spoke to Arbor Day history and how we are blessed to be in a community that recognizes the importance of trees. See the Photo Galleries on our web site for more pictures

Save the Date

Save the date!  Wednesday, September 23, 2015 is the date of this year's annual fundraiser luncheon, Fete des Fleurs.  The luncheon will be held at Westwood Country Club and the speaker will be Joe Crea, Restaurants and Dining Editor for the Plain Dealer.  He will talk about new restaurants, old restaurants and other exciting news on the dining scene in the Cleveland area.  You will enjoy a delicious lunch in the elegant atmosphere of Westwood Country Club, be entertained and enlightened by the program and have an opportunity to bid on many wonderful raffle baskets.  There will be door prizes, a Bake Shoppe with yummy homemade bakery and a cash bar.   If you attended the 2014 luncheon, you were entertained by Michael Heaton, local journalist and author, and feasted on a delicious lunch at Lakewood Country Club. If you did not attend, you missed out on delightful day.  So please, mark your calendar for September 23 and watch for more details of the luncheon.  We hope to see you there.

Bright and Shining

For the third year now the Westlake Garden Club has decorated a Holiday tree for the lobby of the Westlake Porter Library.  On Sunday, November 30, the lobby was abuzz with garden club members, boxes and bags of ornaments, ladders and curious visitors to the library.  The theme this year is a Child's Christmas and the ornaments include snowmen, santa clauses, toy soldiers, buses, trucks, candy canes, to name a few.  Most of the ornaments are from a member's personal collection.  The colors are very traditional red, green, gold and white.   There was a period of concern when the middle section lights were not lit but the problem was solved and the ornaments went on the tree.   We are very proud of the tree this year and thank all of the members who helped.  We hope Westlake residents and visitors stop by the library and enjoy the tree during this holiday season.

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