Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sale on the Grounds (5/02-03)

Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd, 2008

The 20th annual Lakewood Historical Sale on the Grounds is just around the corner! You’ll find wonderful treasures at the sale, including antiques and collectibles, sports equipment, linens, toys, household goods, vintage accessories, kitchenware, lamps, tools, furniture and more.

Get your tickets for the Preview Party for this Friday night from 7-9 p.m. This is your chance to shop early and find the best bargains. Tickets are just $10 and you can purchase them at the Nicholson House, through the museum office (216.221.7343 or or at

The Sale on the Grounds is located at the Nicholson House, Saturday from 9-3pm. For more information on the Nicholson House visit

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bike (shop) Tour

As summer approaches many of us will head out on the roads, the trails, the mud and the back roads, testing our skills on our two wheeled sidekicks...our bikes. As an owner of a trusty mountain bike I appreciate all of the awesome bikes out there on the market, but with the need for speed I decided to head out and investigate, research, read, and research some more until I found just the perfect road bike for this summer’s adventures.

Like I mentioned before, when I go to buy something I tend to over research the matter to the hundredth degree, and this was no exception. Saturday mornings were mornings for "finding a bike." Some days involved my friends, some involved trekking through the snow, some just hanging out with the "bike boys." Each time I picked up something new and noteworthy about my impending "investment."

Below are some of the area stores I hit, and we are truly lucky to have access to all of these great bike shops in Northeast Ohio. If you are in the market, any of these retailers will not disappoint.

Spin (
An amazing "boutique" shop with great selections for any type of high performance bike. Along with bikes, they also stock an assortment of shoes, helmets and sports bars (Espresso power bars, my favorite!). The staff is younger, tattooed and the tunes are rocking the house. Some of the main lines they carry are Felt, Specialized, Kona and Santacruz. Visit them at 14515 Madison Ave Lakewood OH.

Eddy's (
This retailer is a staple in the Cleveland bike community with bikes ranging from tiny tots to those lazy day touring low riders, and they definitely know their stuff. They carry both Trek and Cannondale bikes. They pride themselves on a perfect-fit system, an interesting high-tech computer that scans your body and aligns your bike to your specific body frame. The sales staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable although all of their women’s road bikes were pink with butterflies...not my specific style, but maybe for someone else? Eddy's has locations all around the region but I visited the North Olmsted store, 25140 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, OH

Performance Bike (
The only true chain store I explored was filled with lots of great deals. Unfortunatley bikes weren't what caught my eye. They had many bikes for your weekend warriors and lots of children’s bikes, but their selection for road bikes was small. However, they did have the largest selection of apparel and those little hard plastic bottomed road bike shoes, including a large clearance department with super low prices. Located next door to Panera Bread in Rocky River (in the old Pier One space), 19707 Center Ridge Road Rocky River, OH

Century Cycles (
A friendly, neighborhood staple filled with bikes for any cyclist. With bikes hanging from the ceiling, stacked in boxes and propped against every exposed wall, there really was something for everyone. Some of the brands they offer are Giant, Raleigh and Bianchi. The staff really took their time talking with me and teaching me about all the bike options and what makes one bike $1200 vs. $800 (carbon). This store offers bike rentals and group rides out of their Peninsula location, and they also have a shop in Medina. The Rocky River store is located at 19955 Detroit Rd.

Every employee at each bike shop was super helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic...I wish I could have bought a bike from every store. The selection and staff enthusiasm is what made me most excited to buy my new bike from Century Cycles. Neil, Ken and Ray could not have been more helpful or pleasant to learn from.

I finally settled on an amazing intro compact road racing bike by Giant. It is black and silver (and will match with anything!) and comes complete with Shimano Sora shifters and brake levers and Kenda Kontender Tires...I told you I hung around the shops a lot!

To those of you who have heard me rattle on and on about this darn bike, thanks! I look forward to seeing you all on the road...please don't try and hit me!

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31 Cent Scoop (4/30)

Wednesday April 30th, 2008

Get your spring ice cream craving cured and bring your friends...Baskin-Robbins® is hosting 31 Cent Scoop Night in honor of America’s firefighters. Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities.

For more information and to find your closest location, visit

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Farmers Ball (4/28)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

All are welcome at tonight's North Union Farmers Market Let's Get Fresh Spring Benefit. The North Union Farmers Market is a non-profit community organization that operates and promotes farmers' markets in the greater Cleveland area. The markets sell only food and products grown and produced by local farmers and artisans.

The benefit hosted by ETON Chagrin Boulevard (West Entrance) will feature a feast from dozens of top local chefs, wine and beer stations, musical entertainment by Grupo Brazil and a silent auction. Festivities kick off at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $80

For more Information call (216) 751-7695 or visit

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunday's at the Market

A Sunday destination and much more than a traditional farmers market, the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market features entertainment, health education and cooking demonstrations to attract local and regional interest.

Each week the selection of locally grown produce, breads and baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, herbs and flowering plants changes as the seasons bounty comes in from area farms and kitchens. “Locally grown” entertainment is also a hallmark of the market, with a variety of quality area musicians and other entertainers appearing each week. Click here for an entertainment schedule, and here for samples and bios of the acts. The market also features weekly chef demonstrations by local and regional restaurant chefs, cooking school gurus, and neighborhood gourmet cooks. Most chef demonstrations take place around 11 a.m. Additionally, most Sundays include some type of health education or wellness program such as yoga, chair massage, book signings, or health screenings. Check their site for the most up to date schedule.

The Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market is in the municipal parking lot located at W. 168th Street and Lorain Avenue, near Rocky River Drive. Parking nearby is free and plentiful. It is not at Kamm’s Plaza Shopping Center. For more information visit

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Triple SNOOP! (4/26)

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Get together with other preservation-minded individuals from around northeastern Ohio. Go “behind the scenes” and enter doors to landmarks not typically accessible to the public. Join the group and go on the "Triple SNOOP!"

Here’s how it works:

Act 1 - At 11:00 a.m. CRS members will get a private hard hat tour of the renovations currently underway at the Hanna Theatre, future home of the Great Lakes Theater Festival.

Act 2 - SNOOPing! can work up quite an appetite, so lunch at noon will be right on time! Discover Bricco, one of the newest stars of playhouse square, featuring a refreshing variety of salads, pizzas, sandwiches and pastas and an impressive wine list in a fun casual atmosphere.

Act 3 - Round out the afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. matinee of the Crucible, Arthur Miller’s timeless tale of truth on trial. This American drama tells the story of a religious community in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 that is nearly torn apart by personal spite, mass hysteria and a relentless witch hunt.

Swing by for just the Hanna Theatre tour or the entire afternoon; its up to you!
Playhouse Square, Cleveland 11:00 a.m. Tour is FREE, optional meal and show are $40 per person. You must be a member to attend. Not yet a member? Join at the special price of $15 and you too can SNOOP!

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Cupcake "Project"

Who needs Magnolia Bakery (NYC) when you have Great Scotts?

The other morning I was reading a fellow Cleveland Blog, and came upon her "Great Cleveland Cupcake Project." The objective is to give your favorite cupcake (Cleveland-based, store bought only) an online "Shout Out!" Vote for the best contest. I knew the perfect recommendation, and couldn't wait to participate.

Like all Friday mornings I am up super early for a weekly standing meeting, my “cupcake project stop” was the perfect way to get through an early meeting...after a late Thursday night...I digress.

Great Scotts Bakery located on in a little plaza on Wooster Road (2214 Wooster Rd ) in Rocky River has luscious cupcakes. My favorite is the perfect white “Wedding Cake Cupcake.” Piled high with sweet frosting you may need to eat this treat with a fork as it is really big and sometimes hard to get a mouthful without having it all over your face! As an avid cupcake connoisseur, I am amazed how they get the little vanilla cake to grow so tall while maintaining the dense texture, good baking is such a science. This cupcake is great for sharing and costs $2.50.

If you are interested in posting or participating in this “project” visit for “rules.” Project ends June 1, results to be posted by June 15th.

* Thanks to Sara M. for the delicate handmade book also featured in my photo, I couldn’t resist. Thanks again Sara, it’s wonderful!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

La Boheme (4/26)

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Infused with melodic richness, La bohème vibrantly illuminates bohemian Paris. In his artists' garret, poet Rodolfo falls for the sweet but ill Mimi, culminating in two of opera's greatest arias. Throughout the plot, their troubled romance is paralleled by the tempestuous relationship of the coquettish Musetta and painter Marcello. From the lively and comedic antics in a Left Bank café to the poignancy of the bittersweet reunion, Puccini's popular opera both delights our senses and reaches into our hearts.

8 pm State Theatre, Playhouse Square. For tickets and additional information visit
Tickets start @ $25, to save 25% use code DMAIL (excludes loge & box seats)

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Twilight Tunes (4/25)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

If you went to this years Cleveland Film Festival you probably found yourself humming the catchy tune from the festival's intro trailer written and performed by The Twilight, called "I've Got Love." To check out their other tunes visit

This Friday this Cleveland-native band will be performing in at the opening of Matinee Cleveland. The Matinee was started in Akron as a side project, but has evolved in a short amount of time into a main alternative hangout. We are excited to see what they have in store for us!

The Matinee (Cleveland) is located in the historic area of Tremont/Ohio City. The address is 2527 West 25th Street - Cleveland, OH 44113. Show starts at 9pm. For more information visit

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tea in the Garden (4/26)

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

“Zensai” means “entry garden.” In the spirit of welcoming, the Cleveland Botanical Garden invites you to bask in the sophistication and pristine beauty of Japanese horticulture when they present Zensai: The Horticulture of Japan.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is one of the most highly refined traditional arts of Japan, influencing not only Japanese landscape gardening, but also the arts and values of social manners observed by Japanese people. Chanoyu appreciates the beauty, simplicity and spiritual tranquility that form the essential principles of Zen.

Join Sensei Myoshu Wren and students of Pittak’s Isshinryu Karate & Martial Arts Center to experience this demonstration and sample Matcha(tea) and Okashi(sweets) this Saturday from 11am-noon. Please register in advance by calling 216.721.1600Members $15 Non-Members $22 (includes full garden ticket)

Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106 For more information visit

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Feist Available (4/23)

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Leslie Feist has long attracted serious buzz. With her song "1234" surfacing in ubiquitous commercials (aka mac!) and her face appearing on top late-night talk shows, she is taking the music scene by storm.

With roots in punk bands, Feist was known primarily as a participant in the Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene — but she possesses a naturally smoky voice that makes her instantly accessible. A remarkably gifted torch singer, Feist has the power and skill to connect with a diverse audience.

Last minute tickets still available by calling the Playhouse Square box office at 216.771.8403 or visit
Show starts at 7:30...doors at 6:30.

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Free Jazz (4/24)

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Come enjoy the sounds of Rodney Whitaker on Bass, Randy Gelispie on Drums, Jackie Warren on Piano and Dominick Farinacci on Trumpet, for this years Tri-C Jazz Festival, JazzFest Lunchtime Showcase.

Free. 12:00 noon at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square
For additional festival concerts visit

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Product Runway (4/25)

Friday, April 22nd, 2008

The International Interior Design Sociey & The Cleveland/Akron City Center will be hosting "Product Runway" a runway fashion show of one-of-a-kind couture originals utilizing manufacturer’s product as the “fabric” for the garment this Friday night.

Product Runway is a wonderful opportunity for interior design, architecture, product design and industrial design related industries to celebrate creativity in an innovative design spirit. Using extra scraps, samples, over-runs, etc., fashions will be assembled, sewn, glued and styled by the local design community...think of it as a fashion show for earth week. Recycle and go!

This fundraiser will benefit the American Cancer Society's "Look Good...Feel Better" program, a community-based, free, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments

The event will be on Friday April 25, 2008 at Anatomy Night Club in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio at 6:00pm.
For more information visit

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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Return of the Cuyahoga (4/22)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Happy almost Earth Day!

The Return of the Cuyahoga is a one-hour documentary about the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways. In its history we see the end of the American frontier, the growth of industry, the scourge of pollution and the advent of a political movement that sought to end pollution.

The Cuyahoga's story is a particularly apt example for future environmental efforts, because the river can't just be "set aside" as a pristine wilderness park - it runs right through Cleveland, after all. Like most American rivers, the Cuyahoga has to serve widely varying needs - aesthetic and economic, practical and natural, human and animal. The challenge sounds impossible: how to maintain industrial uses of the river near Lake Erie, encourage recreation and entertainment, and yet preserve the nature in and around the river. Impossible challenge - yet it's the same that much of our riparian nation is facing today.

Tune in to WVIZ/PBS at 9pm
(Rebroadcats 4/24 @ 8pm, 4/26 @ 9pm and 4/327 @ 7pm

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Pornographers (4/22)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Although it sold out, the New Pornographers are playing at the Beachland Ballroom Tuesday night. Perhaps if you stand outside maybe someone will have an extra ticket, or two? It could definitely be worth the drive to give it a shot.

The New Pornographers formed in 1997, immediately recorded the classic "Letter From An Occupant," and were an instant success. Their three full-lengths (as well as Newman's 2004 solo debut The Slow Wonder) received wild critical and public acclaim, and they continue to enjoy bigger audiences world-wide.

Currently my favorite tune (that Sirius, "Left of Center" plays all the time) is "Sing Me Spanish Techno," it has a great beat, good to sing along to with the car windows down...really loud! :)

To learn more about the band visit and for more information on the Beachland visit

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kentucky to Cleveland (5/03)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Get your tickets and start decorating your hat for the second annual "From Kentucky to Cleveland - A Derby Celebration." You can WIN, PLACE, and SHOW at this year’s Junior League of Cleveland fundraiser.
WIN : Win an assortment of great prizes in the silent auction and hat contest! An assortment of gaming will also be happening throughout the evening.
PLACE : Place your bets. Kentucky Derby will be televised live and you can get in the fun by naming a horse for $20 in the “Night at the Races” events.
SHOW : Show your support for this wonderful volunteer organization, tickets are only $50 a person. Bring your friends & family.

Tickets are $50 a person, or $90 per couple including fabulous food & drinks; soda, beer and wine included in ticket price. Cash bar for mixed drinks and $6 Mint Juleps. Grand Stand attire (no jeans please). To purchase your tickets visit or mail your check made payable to The JLC, attn: Derby Party, 10819 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106.
Questions? contact Vanessa Stanbridge,

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Deco in River

How many times have you driven by the tall "pink" building in Rocky River and always wondered what it looked like inside? For me....hundreds.

Well, last night I was lucky enough to get inside the landmark for my monthly girls-only dice game. The exquisite art deco design and architectural details were enough to make anyone with a slight passion for design drool. Everything from the hallway signage to the scrolling iron work, the relief sculptures that welcome you into the asian-inspired lobby to the hand silkscreened wallpaper was in immaculate condition.

The "Westlake Hotel," was constructed in mid-1920s, has 11 floors and now serves as an upscale housing complex. If you are lucky enough to be in the market for a swanky Humphrey Bogart-inspired pad, I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to live in this historic space of Cleveland.

Old buildings with historic of the reasons I heart cleveland! :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Free DONUT (4/15)

Tuesday April 15th, 2008

It's that time of the year again. It seems like no one looks forward to today...TAX DAY! However, Dunkin' Donuts, the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, wants to brighten your tax day.

All customers purchasing a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, any size, today (April 15) will receive a free donut!

"We hope that Dunkin' Donuts can make Tax Day a little more palatable for the tax filers and coffee lovers by offering them a delicious free donut," Dunkin' Donuts Brand Marketing Officer Frances Allen said. "We know Americans work hard for their money and this is our small way of showing our appreciation."

So after you make your final stop at the local Post office, swing by DD, garb your coffee and large crawler (and then crawl your way to the treadmill!) Happy Tax Day!

For the closest location visit

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Walk Cleveland (4/16)

Wednesday April 16th, 2008

Come on Cleveland..get out and walk...tomorrow is National Start Walking Day. The goal is to encourage Americans to incorporate at least 30 minutes of walking into their average work day. National Start Walking Day is a part of the American Heart Association's Start campaign. The American Heart Association has challenged Americans to walk one million miles on Wednesday.

The American Heart Association focuses on walking as an activity because it's accessible, free and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease. Heart disease and stroke continue to be the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. 142 million Adults, 66% of U.S. Adults are overweight.

Start! is the American Heart Association’s groundbreaking national campaign that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives through walking. Promoting physical activity through workplace walking programs can help employees reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke and lead longer, stronger, healthier lives.

For more information visit

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CAVS say Thanks! (4/16)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Be a part of Fan Appreciation Night, as the Cavaliers thank their fans by giving away over $1 MILLION in gifts and prizes to all fans in attendance. The Cavs will be giving everything away including the actual shirts off their backs and shoes off their feet as the Cavaliers players give away their game jersey and sneaks worn, immediatey following the game.

7:00 PM : Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Piston Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Friday, April 11, 2008

Apollos Fire (4/12-13)

Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th, 2008

Taking its name from the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on the period instruments for which it was written. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell gathers a select pool of dynamic and creative early-music artists from throughout North America and Europe. The ensemble has been praised internationally for stylistic freshness and buoyancy, animated spontaneity, technical excellence, and for the creativity of Sorrell’s programming.

“Energy, discipline, style and pizzazz… One of America’s leading Baroque orchestras, capable of competing with Europe’s much-recorded bands.” - The Boston Globe

This weekends must-see program will include...
HAYDN Symphony no. 59, "Fire"
MOZART "Zeffiretti" from Idomeneo
MOZART "Parto, m’affretto" from Lucio Silla
MOZART Symphony no. 40 in g minor

Saturday, April 12th 8:00pm – St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights. Sunday, April 13, 4:00pm – Rocky River Presbyterian
For tickets and additional information visit

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lovin "The Bin"

Last Saturday, as I was outdoors enjoying the fresh spring weather, (raking up enough leaves to fill more than a dozen lawn bags) I developed quite the appetite. As I didn't want to get side tracked with my "project," I thought I would run out and pick up something healthy and quick, so off to Nature’s Bin in Lakewood I went...

The produce glistened..the "healthy" cookies were calling my name...the fancy vitamin-packed waters were literally jumping into my basket. And then...I came upon the newly expanded prepared foods section, which is where my new obsession began. When all was said and done, along with my sandwich (with fresh sprouts), I had also purchased 2 pine nut & golden raisin empanadas (which I ate for dinner that night), a tomato & goat cheese tart (which I ate for dinner the next night), a container of peanut chicken whole wheat soba noodles (which made for a great bring-to-work lunch) and a lemon chive quinoa salad (which I ate for dinner last night!), my quick trip to a local favorite turned out to be way more than a lunch pick up, it literally has fed me all week. If you haven’t been to the remodeled Nature’s Bin, there is something waiting to fill your fridge, so stop in on the way home tonight.

Did you know that Nature's Bin is much more than just a natural foods store? This comfortable place where many Cleveland area residents have shopped for years is really a rehabilitation training facility in disguise. Its mission is to "help people with disabilities achieve successful integration into the work place," and they do an amazing job at it. Everyone was so pleasant and welcoming I couldn't help but think, why don't I do all of my grocery shopping here?

As always, a trip to Natures Bin wouldn't be complete without a new tube of organic, natural, super shiny and very tasty lip gloss. If nothing else, I would stop in just to check out the spring selection of flavors! :)

Nature's Bin is located on the west side of Lakewood on Sloane Ave - right off of West Clifton. 18120 Sloane Ave. Lakewood, OH, 44107 216-521-4600

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Clubbin' with the Kids (4/12)

Saturday April 12th, 2008

Rock-n-Tot is here! A VIP afternoon "on the town" party for kids and their parents.

From 2-5pm, Clevelands-own Velvet Dog Nightclub will be transformed into a kid-friendly party zone. The dj plays adult music and you'll find free airbrush tattoo artists for the kids and complimentary massages for the adults, not to mention free juice boxes and snacks!

The DJs play today's club mixes, no "kid" music here, just clean lyrics, a great beat and encourage everyone to get their booties shakin. When you just need to get away from it all, check out the lounge, stuffed to the brim with toys, puzzles, and books. Best of all, it is in a separate location from the dance floor, rejuvenate yourself and the kids here! For all those little Rock stars in our lives (kids 8 to 12) we know that sometimes they get tired of hangin' with younger siblings and just need to relax and chill with kids your their age, check out the rock star area and spend time getting to know other kids (that don't still take naps), play some games, and take some time for yourself.

Most importantly parents, services will vary month to month, but may include : mini-massages, paraffin wax dip, eyebrow waxing, golf pro tutoring - just to name a few! These services are complimentary, they just ask that you consider tipping the folks that have graciously offered these services. Also each family walks away with a fantastic goody bag filled with . . well, you'll have to wait and see!

Juice boxes and kid-friendly snacks are provided by Rock-n-Tot. Please remember to bring any necessary items such as bottles, sippy cups, wet wipes, etc. The bar is open (cash or plastic) for those parents not driving, who wish to have a drink.

Pre-walkers are admitted free, everyone else must have a ticket. $12 a ticket. For more info, or to purchase tickets visit

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hot Cha Cha (4/11)

Friday April 11th, 2008

So, after you hit up MOCA Cleveland for the big Baby Dayliner show, make sure to make your final stop of the evening the Bella Dubby in Lakewood for their all night music fest.

One group that will really rock the house is the "Hot Cha Cha's," a smokin hot girl group. The girls are each 18, wear red shoes, are sassy, slim and play everything from jazz, classical, rock, country, long as it is loud, they play it! Hot Cha Cha's debut album will be out on Cleveland's Exit Stencil Recordings later this year, be one of the first "in the know."

Along with the Hot Cha Cha's the evening will also feature:

The Dreadful Yawns-"The group's blend of alt-country and "minimalist psychedelic folk" is as diverse as it is texturally rich." -Scene Magazine

The Very Knees-"The local indie-rock group's noisy clamor resonates in a shambling wobble of unwavering pluck and natural charm." -Scene Magazine

Unsparing Sea-"if you haven't caught its whimsical blend of orchestral finesse and Nashville swagger, you'll soon have your chance." -Free Times

Romance of Young Tigers - "To say they have a simplistic approach to the music would be somewhat of an understatement. It's rare in the art of music to come across individuals who make music their own way, and for their own interest" -Wright State Campus Pub.

Shows start at 8 and will wrap up around midnight. Bella Dubby 13321 Madison (just west of 117th, Lakewood) 216-221-4479. coffee house. beer & snacks. art gallery.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Baby Dayliner Friday (4/11)

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Gonna walk around, gonna talk around, gonna walk around, gonna talk around and see, see what?

Don't miss crooner, Baby Dayliner as he struts his stuff and sings his heart out this Friday night, 8pm at MOCA Cleveland.

You will be blown away by this one-man band and his apple ibook as he spins his original tunes. When I was originally introduced to him I was infatuated by his cleverness and soulful, rich voice. We are really lucky this Manhattanite is visiting our city, get out and represent.

"You push, I'll go. You'll push, I'll go."

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Banff Film Fest & Bash (04/11-12)

Friday & Saturday April 11th & 12th, 2008

For the dare-devil in each of us, don't miss out on the 11th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

This festival is a collection of some of the world’s most inspiring and thought-provoking active, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, these films provide an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

The tour makes a stop in Cleveland for an exclusive showing in Northern Ohio, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. The Cleveland showing of the film festival showcases different films and a reception each evening. Be there for Friday’s Opening Night Reception! The festivities will kick off with appetizers by Chipotle and Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer and dessert by the Cleveland Cupcake Co. Complimentary Red Bull and Caribou Coffee will be offered for both nightly receptions. The receptions, which run from 6:00-7:30 p.m., also feature exhibits of interest to outdoor enthusiasts, charity raffles, prize sign-ups and a cash bar.

Saturday’s HIGH ALTITUDE PARTY, held in the balcony of the Allen, returns in 2008. High Altitude ticket holders will be treated to: Appetizers & drinks as well as a canvas bags full of goodies from our sponsors. Exclusive balcony seating. Live music by guitarist and singer Frankie Starr, who has opened for name acts such as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh and Ted Nugent!

Tickets to this special party section are limited, so be sure and reserve your space early. Advance ticket prices, thru April 1 at midnight, are: $30 for Friday (includes the Opening Reception and films); $25 for Saturday (includes the reception and films); and $35 for the Saturday High Altitude Party (includes the reception and films, plus admission to the High Altitude Party and balcony seating). Partial proceeds from the Cleveland showing of the BMFF benefit CAI and Pennies for Peace (from the book, Three Cups of Tea,

Event is open to ages 13 and over; parental guidance is advised for some films.
Allen Theatre Playhouse Square Center 1407 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115

6:00 p.m. - Receptions 7:30 p.m. - Film presentations

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Built! (4/05)

Saturday, April 5th 2008

Feeling flabby? Not these guys and gals. The 2008 Vyotech Nutritionals NPC Natural Ohio Bodybuilding & Figure Championship, will transform Lakewood High School Auditorium (14100 Franklin Blvd.) into a living layout of Muscle & Fitness this Saturday night.

With Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and Ironman Magazine's Lonnie Teper as special guests, pumped-up athletes pose and flex like Greek gods and goddesses for mega trophies, sometimes in dance routines which make you Proud To Be An American. :)

This is a drug-tested event, suggesting that muscular physiques are attainable by the average mortal using gym discipline and legal nutritional supplements. Preliminaries start at 10 a.m., with $12 admission. Finals are at 6 p.m. tickets $25-$30, cash only. Call 440.942.5634 or 440.984.2762.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Luau (04/05-06)

Saturday & Sunday April 5th & 6th, 2008

Join Trader Joe's Crocker Park as they celebrate their 3rd Anniversary by participating in their weekend spring luau. They will have lots of Hawaiian-inspired food, recipes, and surprises for everyone. Wear you loudest Hawaiian shirt for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Bring the kids, there will be treasures for them too! bring your own shopping bag and be entered to win free groceries.

You'll have a tiki-riffic time...!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Parisian Cuisine (4/17)

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Welcome spring with a celebratory feast just like the French do. Join Chef Ruth Kostadinov of Gatherings Catering where she will create an exquisite food experience. The evening's menu consists of creamy mushroom soup with a french baguette, carmelized onion & gruyere tart, bibb lettuce salad, rack of lamb with buttered noodles and fresh berry napoleons.

Space are filling up FAST! For reservation contact Gayle at 216.362.9200. $20 per person. Hosted by Trevarro, 12610 Corporate Drive, Parma, OH 44130.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy April. (4/01)

Tuesday April 1st, 2008

It's not a joke, prank or hoax, Cleveland Rocks!
Happy April Fools Day. Happy Second Quarter. Happy time to flip your paper calendars. :)