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Rock on with Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings at Porter Public Library: West Shore Chatter

March 5, 2019 GMT

Rock on with Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings at Porter Public Library: West Shore Chatter

WESTLAKE, Ohio – Music lovers may want to stop by Westlake Porter Public Library at 2 p.m. March 10 for a special program featuring Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings.

The popular group has been making music in Cleveland since 1998. The band’s specialty is classic rock from the last four decades. They’ve opened for acts like Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Temptations, Eddie Money and Hall and Oates.

The band consists of Monica Robins on lead vocals, lead guitarist Ken Cali, bass player Brian McDonald, keyboard player Steve Revay, drummer Deke Kumer and backup vocals by Luther Smith.

Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings have played at many large venues in the area including Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland House of Blues. Nautica Stage, The Agora, Lock 3 (Akron), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beachland Ballroom, Hard Rock Racino, Progressive Field Terrace Club and more.

The performance is free, but registration is required. Call 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

Play ball: And with the opening of the baseball season just around the corner, Porter Public Library will present a Baseball Extravaganza 1-4 p.m. March 16.

The event will include appearances by local mascots, a baseball-themed storytime, popcorn and a presentation by Jonathan Knight! Knight, author of 10 books on Cleveland sports.

No registration is required for this free afternoon program. For more information, call the library at 440-871-2600 or visit westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

And the winners are: Bay High School artists brought home 15 art awards from the recent Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition that took place at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Senior Lilly Clark earned a Gold Key award for her color pencil drawing “Cooper.” Her work will be entered into the national-level competition held in New York City this spring.

Five Silver Keys went to BHS senior Kyela Evenhouse (ceramics and glass, “Underwater Urn”); juniors Marie Legeay (digital art, “Obscure Grasp”); Elisa Renerts (digital art, “In the Palm of My Hand”); Nina Uniatowski (photography, “Zach”); and sophomore Bea Jones (photography, “self portrait”).

Ten Honorable Mention awards went to seniors Anna Baron (paintings, “Reflect” and “Arcade Fire”); Elyse Bryant (photography, “Farewell” and digital art, “Vino”); Grace Frey (painting, “Brothers”); Sean Gulley (sculpture, “The Weight to Bear” and ceramics and glass “Uncomfortable Apples” and “Precarious”): and sophomores Kayla Poling (sculpture, “Rabbit Stew for Two”) and Masha Waiss (digital art, “Kumari Devi Tempi”).

Bay High art instructors are Cherie Bauer, Greg Hildebrandt and Tom Schemrich.

Congratulation to all.

Time change: Don’t forget to spring ahead one hour on March 2. It’s also a good time to change smoke detector batteries.

Library trustee vacancy: There is a vacancy for the remainder of a term on the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees. The term runs from March 21 through June 30, 2021. Rocky River school board appoints the library trustees and is accepting applications for candidates interested in filling the vacant seat.

School board member Kathleen Goepfert, said interested candidates should submit a letter of qualification and a resume by the close of business on April 1. Send the materials to her attention at Rocky River Board of Education, 1101 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River, Ohio 44116.

Interviews will be scheduled and will take place at the school board office.

Rocky River Board of Education office.

Mobile banking: Northeast Ohio PC Group will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, to hear a presentation from Michele Kirby from the Westlake US Bank branch on mobile banking apps. She will discuss how those using the popular apps can ensure safety and security. Refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7.

For more information, visit neopc.org.

Celebrating spring: Westlake Garden Club will celebrate the start of spring with its first meeting of 2019. The event begins with a social time at 11:15 a.m. March 20 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, followed by a discussion of club business at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served at noon and will be followed by a program that will feature members gardening tips, ideas and questions.

Club president Sally Knurek will give a brief presentation about growing orchids and Ruth Bertrand will speak about Moses Cleveland trees.

The event is free, and guests are welcome. No reservations are required.

Market time: Remember that North Union Farmers Market has winter markets 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at 228 Market St., Westlake, in the Crocker Park shopping center.

Products available include antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, pork and poultry and dairy products, organic maple syrup, honey, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, winter greens, herbs, apples, potatoes, lettuces, organic grains, specialty baked goods, greenhouse grown vegetables and root vegetables. More than 20 farmers and bakers will participate at the market through the winter months.

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 carolkovach@hotmail.com.