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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.

2014 Fundraiser Luncheon a big Success

It is a wonderfully satisfying feeling, after months of planning, to see everything come together and to see over 200 guests enjoying the day. The Westlake Garden Club can be very proud about putting on such a classy luncheon. The dining rooms at Lakewood CC, with the lovely view, and the lovely seasonal table arrangements, set the stage as everyone entered the room. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The staff was, without exception, so friendly and accommodating, and Alfredo – what can I say. When I met him on his third day with Lakewood CC, my comfort level rose significantly. He is the new Food and Beverage Manager who just started working there a few days before our event. Club President, Regina McCarthy,  welcomed everyone and talked about the Club’s community involvement over this past year. She introduced Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough, who talked about the City of Westlake and thanked several people and the garden club for involvement with various city-wide programs. After lunch, guest speaker Michael Heaton talked about his daughter who is involved in the new concept of Permaculture, or Permanent Agriculture, which is the philosophy of working with rather than against nature to create a sustainable system. She lives and works in California but has also travelled to Peru to study. In preparation for his speech, Michael’s daughter had given him names of books to reference, so he was educated on the subject. He inserted bits of his own style of humor to entertain luncheon guests. Michael also sold copies of his book Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit  before and after lunch, and donated one for a door prize. This year we had 36 baskets in the Chinese Raffle and 16 items on the silent auction. Thanks to the many businesses who donated gift certificates, services and items, we were able to add many to raffle baskets to increase the value, and there were some left over for door prizes. All proceeds from the luncheon are used to support educational and civic programs in the community. This is the one fundraiser the garden club has every year and we appreciate support from everyone who attends. Those who were not able to attend the luncheon missed a very enjoyable event. Now comes the challenge – how to we top this next year?

Annual Fete des Fleurs Luncheon at new Lakewood Country Club

We invite you to "do lunch" with the Westlake Garden Club on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Lakewood Country Club at the annual Fete des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to view the fantastic raffle baskets and numerous delicacies from the Bake Shoppe.  A delicious lunch of pasta with chicken and grilled vegetables in a lemon white wine sauce, salad, bread and butter, non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert will be served at noon.  Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.  A cash wine bar will be open.  After lunch, you will be enlightened and entertained by the local Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton.  Michael is an award-winning columnist and reporter.  His byline has appeared regularly in the Plain Dealer since 1987.  Prior to that, he was a critic and columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter for People magazine.  He is a graduate of Kent State University.  A book collecting his Plain Dealer columns, titled Best of the Minister of Culture, was published in 1992.  The son of legendary Plain Dealer sportswriter Chuck Heaton and brother of actress Patricia Heaton, Michael lives in Bay Village, Ohio.  For tickets or more information, please contact Regina McCarthy at 440-892-1861.  Tickets are advance sale only for a donation of $35 which includes valet parking. Deadline for reservations is September 17, 2014.  Proceeds support educational and community projects.  Don't miss this opportunity to have a delicious lunch in an elegant but casual setting, make some new friends, and meet and hear the Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton speak. 

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