WESTLAKE, Ohio -- "FYI: Opera" returns next month when David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, presents a program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.Carol Kovach, special to cleveland.com
The program is sponsored by Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. It focuses on two one-act operas that will be performed by CIM Opera at its November season opening. Selected arias from "Suor Angelica" ("Sister Angelica) by Giacomo Puccini (written in 1918) and "Amelia Al Ballo" ("Amelia Goes to the Ball") by Gian Carlo Menotti (written in 1937) will be performed on Oct. 4.
Bamberger said voice students who will perform at the program will reflect the diversity of CIM students. They come from a number of countries, including Israel, Korea and the United States. Bamberger will share his opera expertise and John Simmons, CIM music director, will provide piano accompaniment.
The Oct. 4 program, which is part of the FYI: Opera series, is free. Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has sponsored the series for 25 years.
Those interested in seeing the full operas previewed in this program, can contact CIM at 216-791-5000 and ask for the box office. The full operas will be performed Nov. 9-12 CIM's Kulas Hall in University Circle.
Merit scholars: Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists, including a number of local students, in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Local semifinalists include the following students:
Musical interlude: Acclarion Accordion & Clarinet Duo will perform in a free concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River (a mile east of Clague Road).
This husband and wife accordion and clarinet duo, David and Rebecca Carovillano, has been performing since 2003. Their music includes Paganini, melodies of Hollywood and the rhythms and harmonies of Piazzolla. The concerts are suitable for all ages. A free-will offering will be taken. Handicap parking is available at the church.
Call 440-333-4888 or visit riverpres.org for more information.
Beefing up business: Rachel Ekey of The Markey Group in Westlake completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College. She is one of 31 small business owners in the program's latest graduating class.
Program participants spent 14 seeks at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum designed for entrepreneurs. The program is described as an initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the country by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.
Ekey founded The Markey Group in 2010. The firm specializes in print and digital marketing, promotional materials and web design.
College Club meets: Alia Aimashni, a professor employed by Cleveland Municipal Court, Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cuyahoga Community College will be the guest speaker at the 7 p.m. Oct. 5 College Club West meeting at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Her topic will be "Understanding and Exploring the Arabic Culture."
Those attending are asked to bring book donations for local libraries. Lend a Hand is collecting the books in gratitude to local libraries for providing space for the club's groups to meet.
The club meets monthly and presents topics of interest to women. There are 39 smaller and varied interest groups that meet separately. Membership is open to women who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited degree-granting college. New members and guests are welcome. Visit collegeclubwest.org for more information.
More music: Internationally acclaimed organist Hector Olivera will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, free for those 18 and younger. Call 440-871-1050 for tickets.
A dessert reception will follow.
Coterie gathering: Rocky River Coterie, a friendship club for women, will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. The Fairview Park Community Chorus, directed by Priscilla Scheal and accompanied by Helen Sommer, will perform. Some Coterie members belong to the chorus.
Formed in 1995, the chorus performs an average of 16 programs per year with selections from Broadway, pop and patriotic music. Their season ends with a Christmas concert at Bain Park Cabin in Fairview Park.
Connecting for Kids: Childhood anxiety disorders and tips for improving family functioning are upcoming topics for Connecting for Kids programs.
"When is Worry Too Much" will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 in the Porter Room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. It will be co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and will discuss children who worry excessively about grades, who fear being called on by the teacher, panic attacks and more. Dr. Molly McVoy of University Hospitals Department of Psychiatry will speak.
Improving family functioning will be the topic of Sarah Saunders at 7 p.m. Oct. 18, also in the library's Porter Room.
Free child care is available, but adults and children must register separately online at connectingforkids.org/register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-250-5563.
Family history: Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Oho Genealogical Society will have a free family history help session 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the computer room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.
Attendees who have data recorded to pedigree and/or family group sheets should bring them to help volunteers assist them.
For more information, visit rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcwogs or send an email message to email@example.com.
Joining the Yellow Jackets: Nick Irwin, a graduate of Westlake High School, is continuing his cross country career as a member of the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets' cross country team.
At the libraries: Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 502 Cahoon Road, Bay Village, has a variety of programs planned. Call 440-871-6392 or cuyahogalibrary.org/Branches/Bay-Village.aspx for more details.Bay Village Library has programs for all age groups.Carol Kovach/special to cleveland.com
Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, rrpl.org, has a number of programs planned, including:
These are among the programs being offered at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, westlakelibrary.org:
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