Friday, July 31, 2009

FREE theatre (7/31-8/09)

The teens of the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) present Eye, Mind, Heart, an original play inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

Utilizing The Snow Queen as a starting point, STEP's ensemble of inner-city teens reveal their own hopes, fears, strengths and vulnerabilities. This family-friendly performance is a powerful love story that examines humanity's struggle for compassion and connection in a materialistic and cut-throat world, and is super-charged with a cappella singing, dance and non-stop action. Eye, Mind, Heart is about finding one's path to a joyful life and highlights the power and creativity of Cleveland's youth.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket. All performances are free and open to the public, with no advance reservations required.

July 31, 12pm: Mercedes Cotner Park (W 95 & Maywood Ave)
July 31, 7pm: Fairview Park in Ohio City (W 38 & Franklin + Rain Location: West Side UCC)
Aug 1, 7pm: Lincoln Park (W 14 & Starkweather + Rain Location: Pilgrim Church)
Aug 3, 7pm: St. Stanislaus Warszawa Music Festival (3649 E. 65 + Rain Location: Church)
Aug 4, 12pm: Tyler Village (3615 Superior Ave)
Aug 4, 7pm: Lake Pool Park (W 85th between Lake and Detroit)
Aug 6, 6pm: Lonnie Burten Baseball Field (E 46 & Outhwaite + Rain Location: Gymnasium)
Aug 7, 6pm: Estabrook Recreation Center (4125 Fulton Rd + Rain Location: Gymnasium)
Aug 8, 12pm: Sam Miller Park, Glenville Festival (E 88 & Esterbrook Ave)
Aug 8, 7pm: Kerruish Park (Lee & Tarkington)
Aug 9, 4pm: Drakefield Park (Drakefield Ave between W 157 & Silsby Rd + Rain Location: West Park UCC)

For more information on the STEP program or the performance, visit

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Grover "on Holiday"

I found this little illustration of our fearless leader, Mr. Grover Cleveland. Thought it was fun to share. Fishing anyone. :)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A “Glad” deal.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Want to know what I am “glad” for today?

The 2 bunches for $5 of white Gladiolas I picked up at Heinen's this morning. What a summer steal.

The flower trucks delivered the colorful assortment of pink, purple, salmon and lemon lime “glads” to all area stores last night, so slip away on your lunch break and get some.

On this rainy hump day, two bunches will instantly make you work space or kitchen table very glad! :)

For a location near you visit

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Motown Fun (7/31-8/02)

Friday, July 31st -August 2nd, 2009

Top 10 Motown Songs to be celebrated.....
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
2. My Girl by the Temptations
3. Reach Out I'll Be There by the Four Tops
4. Where Did Our Love Go? by the Supremes
5. What's Goin' On? by Marvin Gaye
6. Dancing in the Street by Martha & The Vandellas
7. I Want You Back by the Jackson 5
8. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
9. Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes
10. My Guy by Mary Wells

Make time to "dance to the music" this weekend as the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame celebrates Motowns 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration. Free performances, screenings of rare Inductee footage and more will focus on Motown artists including the Jackson 5. The weekend will surround the Museum’s exhibit MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America Turns 50.

The 50th Anniversary of Motown’s weekend of events will include...

Friday, July 31
- Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction
- 2-3pm : Special in-depth presentation by curatorial director Howard Kramer examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Motown Exhibit.

Saturday, August 1
- Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction
- 1-3pm : Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment, DJ Dance Party with Interactive Motown choreography demonstrations and the Hollywood Dazzlers Dance/Skate Spectacular with Maurice Cook
- Noon -1 pm : Special in-depth presentation by curatorial director Howard Kramer examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Motown Exhibit.

Sunday, August 2
- Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction
- 1-2pm : Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment
- 2-3pm : Special performance by Cleveland R&B group, Retrospect, in tribute to Motown.
- 3-4 pm : Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment

**Throughout the weekend, visitors can register to win tickets to Cleveland Indians games, a Sirius/XM radio and three-month subscription, Motown box sets courtesy of FYE and memberships to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information on the weekend event visit

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lakewood Art & Music (8/01)

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

For over thirty years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to the streets of Lakewood, Ohio the first weekend in August.

On average, over one hundred and sixty artists are selected to exhibit. Awards, funded through the help of local business, are presented to artists in categories of Best of Show, First, Second, Third and Fourth Place, Best Creative Presentation and Best New Artist.

Every year a line-up of fine musical entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. This year there is something very special for everyone, young to old!

10-11am : Chip Richter : music for the younger artists, fun family tunes. (Ladybug Lounge!)
11-12pm : Neil Jacobs : a 12-string nationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist
12-1pm : Rachel Roberts : singer songwriter female soloist
1-2pm : Lounge Kitty : kitschy sassy lounge singer extrodinare (meow!)
2-3pm : Return of Simple : classic indie original music
3-4pm : Kelly Wright : soulful songstress (Lakewood High Graduate, GO RANGERS)
4-5pm : jj magazine : poprock indie fun, great to dance too.

For more information on this years festival visit the new website

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Heads Will Roll (7/28)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Looking for an evening out to dance and scream your brains out? To wake up in the morning with a horse voice? To have the best pics on your ipod to share with your office-mates? The New York City-based indie band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be rolling into our town this Tuesday for their big Midwest debut at the House of Blues, you can't miss it.

The band consists of lead singer Karen O, drummer Brian Chase, and guitarist Nick Zinner. In 2000 they formed a trio, and were later joined by second guitarist Imaad Wasif in 2006 for touring purposes. According to an interview that aired during the ABC network's Live from Central Park SummerStage series, the band's name was taken from modern New York City vernacular.

Doors at 7pm, Show at 8:00pm tickets are $28.00
For ticket information visit

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Yay Tribe!

Great job this past weekend Tribe!

Let's beat Detroit next weekend...okay? :)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

FREE (artist) money!

This came to my attention so I HAD to pass it along....

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) recently issued Creative Workforce Fellowship (CWF) 2nd Cycle guidelines and application materials for dance, literary, music, theatre and interdisciplinary artists. Individuals who meet eligibility requirements can compete for one of up to 20 fellowships.

Each CWF recipient will receive a $20,000 financial award; membership to the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Arts Network; a full tuition waiver for CPAC’s Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI); and inclusion in a publication of Fellows’ work.

The program is made possible through the generous funding of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Register for one of five informational workshops starting Monday, July 27, and view guidelines and application forms at .

The deadline to apply for the second cycle of CWF is Friday, September 25, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Peaches & Barbecue (7/23)

TODAY! July 23rd, 2009

Even though it's bit damp...put on your wellies, grab your unbrella and head over to the 3rd Annual, Blue Pike Farm Peach and Barbecue Festival.

Located at 900 E. 72nd St. location in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood the farm is the first farm started in Cleveland proper in the 21st Century. Dedicated to growing fresh products, using natural and sustainable agricultural practices.

Today's event will feature fresh peaches from Wolf Family Farms, BBQ by Wild Bill's championship BarBQ team, musical guests Squeal'n Like A Pig, a car & truck parade and special pastries by Lucy's Sweet Surrender.

4-7pm. Call 373-9461 for more info or visit

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Rock & Cook (7/26)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This Sunday, the Beachland Ballroom is host to the first ever Cleveland Food Rocks event. Rain or shine, more than 20 of the city's chefs (Bar Cento, Crop, Dante, Flying Fig & More) will be creating the finest Bar-B-Q in all the land. There will be lots of food and even more music. While you are there you can also win prizes in the raffles including many "celebrity" chef autographed merchandise!

To buy your $25 ticket visit

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Dr. Obama" (7/23)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the Cleveland Clinic Thursday as part of his campaign to promote health care reform.

White House officials said Saturday that the president would visit Northeast Ohio but did not offer a specific time or location for the event.

The appearance comes as Obama's health care plan is under attack by both Republicans and some Democrats, who say the plan is too expensive.

Obama has praised the Cleveland Clinic in the past for playing a role in the health care reform by providing "the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm."

(article from the Plain Dealer, writen by Mark Naymik/Plain Dealer Politics Writer/

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Want some Irish? (7/24-26)

Friday, July 24th through Sunday July 26th, 2009

If you are craving some corn beef & cabbage, or perhaps a bit of "river-dance" plan to attend this weekends Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival at the Berea Fairgrounds

I think the highlight of the festival should be the irish girl band, The Screaming Orphans. The lassies are four funny, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal Ireland. Don't miss em. (Friday & Saturday on the "thunder" stage @ 5:30pm)

For the other musical acts, dance troupes, food vendors, ticket prices and more visit

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Strings on Sunday (7/26)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This weekend they are calling for off and on showers. What better way to shield ourselves from the sprinkles than to head indoors to this years "String Spectacular" as part of the Cleveland Orchestras summer series.

Come hear over 100 of the country’s finest young string players performing all-time favorites such as Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Barber: Adagio for Strings and Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons.

Severance Hall, 3pm, For tickets and more information visit

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Monday, July 20, 2009

I can't believe....

I missed this.....

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Taste of Tremont (7/19)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Grab your friends and head down to Tremont! The 7th Annual Taste of Tremont street festival will take place this weekend! The street fair will be held in the heart of Tremont’s “restaurant district” and showcase the best of Tremont’s food, art and entertainment. Professor Street will be blocked off, inclusive of commercial areas of Literary, College and Jefferson.

1-8pm. The best part is that admission is free. For more info, including the festival map click here!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

CPT Party (7/18)

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Join us as CPT celebrates the end of their 25th season and kicks off the 26th! Everyone is invited to gather together for a fun, casual party. Dancing and Karaoke all night long! Admission is FREE Cash Bar: Beer and Wine only $2 each (Featuring a variety of MAGIC HAT brews)

CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan will announce the 2009-2010 CPT Season and recognize some special CPT friends and volunteers at 10:00pm.

Party from 8-midnight. For more information visit

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Bike Old Brooklyn (7/18)

Saturday July 18th, 2009

Walk+Roll Old Brooklyn THIS Saturday! The afternoon will included free bicycle tours (from beginner to advance/extended), walking tours and trolley rides of one of Cleveland's most interesting neighborhoods.

Start the day at the Old Brooklyn/Brooklyn Centre "All Access" from 11-4 and finish the day at Cleveland Metropark's FREE BrookStock Music Fesival which starts at 4 at Brookside Reservation.

Sign up for the free trolley tours or any one of the bike routes by visiting their website TODAY. spots are limited.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Donate your tickets TODAY

I know it's happen to you to a game, or a show, last minute meeting called at work or project that isn't quite complete and there is NO WAY you could be downtown in time for the opening act or even the first four innings. But you have called all of your family and friends and noone can take the tickets off your hands...have we the "good deed" solution for you!

Most Valuable Kids (MVK). It's an organization that gives kids in Cleveland the chance to see a sporting event, concert or play that they might not normally have the chance to go.

They take tickets donated from companies and individuals like YOU and put them in the hands of underprivileged kids throughout Cleveland. Given the current economy, it's a great way for people to contribute and do something good without spending a dime.

Think about it, how many people have season tickets and decide at the last minute not to go to the Tribe game or pass on the orchestra? Instead of letting the tix go to waste, you can call us and we'll give them to a child (plus chaperone). It's incredibly easy and the kids love it!

Check out their website or give them a call at 216.556.5933 to DONATE YOUR EXTRA TICKETS RIGHT NOW!

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Day 'N Night (7/17)

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I don't know much about "Mr. Kid Kudi," but I do know that I think his song "Day N Night" is the BEST summer drive-fast-down-the-shoreway-tune! AND he is going to be in Cleveland in Concert THIS Friday night at the House of Blues.

"Kid," will be part of the Great Hangover Tour, tickets start at $28, show starts at 9pm.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Free Movie (7/16)

July 16th, 2009

Looking for a little summer fun this Thursday night? Pack a blanket and some brownies or popcorn and head to Crocker Park for their FREE Movies In The Park this week showing "Ghostbusters"

Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.

"Movies in the Park" is located in West Park, and taking place at dusk every Thursday evening (around 9-11pm). For more information contact Guest Services at (440)871-6880.

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Ohio City Garden Tour (7/19)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Celebrate FRANCE Cleveland (7/13-14)

I know I am not the only Clevelander to be a francophile. Love french music, cook french food, drink french wine, travel abroad to breathe the french air and stroll through the daily french blogs all while living and LOVING our home Cleveland.

This week marks the celebration of the French national holiday, Bastille Day, celebrated on 14 July each year. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

Celebrate France, Celebrate Cleveland, Celebrate good french food and wine at the following Cleveland events...

The Greenhouse Celebrates Pre-Bastille Day : $60 french food & drink! $5 French Bicycle Raffle: Winner receives bicycle ($500 value) & other French goodies including French Champagne, Vintage Postcards & More!!! Includes French Cuisine cooked by some of Cleveland’s Great Chefs (Beverage, Tax, & Gratuity Additional) 07.13.09

Bastille Day at L'albatros, 4-courses plus wine, $50. call for your seat. 07.14.09

Bastille Day falls during the Tour de France and is traditionally a day when French riders try to take a stage victory for France, working harder than they might on other days. Mark next weeks watch party (July, 27th) in your calendars at the Flat Iron Cafe from 10-3 presented by ClevelandBikes and the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op. As part of the day, stick around for an Ohio City bicycle Scavenger Hunt at 12:15 starting and finishing at the Bike Co-Op, lasting until about 3PM. Fun prizes for top finishers in many categories. $5 (for co-op members) or $20 (if you are not a Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op member). contact for more information.

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Those Darlins (7/14)

Best of Nashville... "If history has taught us anything, it's that punk rock and old-time country music have more in common than anyone would have ever suspected.

Those Darlins are a pop group, if they are any one thing, which doesn't mean anybody with ears can't hear the country and rock 'n' roll in their sound and stance. Or maybe this trio of young women, who live a long stone's throw from Nashville, Tennessee in the college town of Murfreesboro, are punks straight out of London or Cleveland, 1977.

If you are interested in seeing the gals in action, buy your $7 ticket and meet us in the Beachland Ballroom Tavern Tuesday night. For tickets and directions visit

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funny story...

So I went to Mentor Headlands over the weekend to enjoy the surf, sand and well as a few of my magazines and my latest read, Julie & Julia.

Anyways, as I lay there I was watching the cutest little girl and her dad dig a big hole in the sand to splash around in. I was thinking to myself "they sorta look familiar?" "But how could I know a little girl from Mentor when I live in Lakewood? Then it came to me.

Last year on my one and only visit to Mentor Headlands I photographed a little girl digging the same big hole...could it be? Out of the HUNDREDS of people at the beach this day I set up my blanket right next to the same family?

Take a peak and let me know what you think? Do you think they share bandanna's? If anyone knows who they are, I swear the are the cutest summer beach pair ever.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Cleveland Weekend (7/10)

There is so much happening around town this weekend...what to do first?

Here are some amazing events/activities you may not want to miss...

INGENUITY FESTIVAL CLEVELAND : I hear that tonights performance by Peachcake is going to be "sweet."

CAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL : Feel like spending the day strolling under the shade of gorgeous trees and viewing art from all types? This festival is always well attended with quality work.

BEACH : Looking for a beach to explore? Ever been to Mentor Headlands? A deep, white sandy beach...the perfect day trip.

RIDES FOR THE "LITTLES" : Even though it may rain on Saturday, the Memphis Kiddie Park has you covered. With many rides under an array of striped awnings you can dodge the heat or the rain and entertain for hours of fun. PLUS, for the grown ups there is a "vintage" put put course guaranteed for hours of fun.

Hope these few ideas kicked off your weekend planning. Aren't summer weekends super fun to plan? I think so too.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Free "food"

Not that I am a big junk food junkie...but what the heck? Thought some of you might enjoy a little free* bar-b-q roast beef and cheese!

For the coupon and locations visit Arbys.

Happy weekend!

(*with any soft drink purchase)

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Beauty deal!

Economy got your “beauty-budget” down? Had to cut out the fancy highlights in exchange for a bottle of “sun-in?” Your nails are looking chippy and could use a little TLC? Well, have got a few specials for you?

Stylist Barbara Fazio has extended her summer special offers to all “I heart cleveland” readers and I think your bank account will be happy too!

Located inside the Winton Place, you will find the sleek and sassy new space, perfect for a relaxing $40 Manicure AND Pedicure combo. Yes, that’s right, you heard me right, $40 for BOTH!!! That’s a steal, at most places isn’t it like $60 & up? Call today as this offer is sure to fill up fast! (216.529.6050)

And other one of B’s specials is what she calls the “makeubetter” this fun girly offering includes a consultation discussing your personal needs for a desired look. A haircut and styling lesson on the proper use of product and tools will follow. Also included in the session is a makeup "application" and eyebrow design (pluck, pluck, pluck!!!). You will leave b·fazio salon with before and after photos and the knowledge to help you re-create your new look. This service usually would cost you around $160, but for you...there currently is a $40 discount and you can spend the afternoon with Miss B for all of $120. It’s not pennies, but it sure is a deal.

So clean out your attic, have you garage sale on Thursday and go see B next Friday with your earnings! For more information give her a shout! THANKS B, I am scheduling soon!

b.fazio salon winton place, 12700 lake ave. lakewood, ohio 44107

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Buy Local

Cose and “” has declared THIS WEEK a celebration of independence! So why not celebrate the local businesses in your area buy supporting them.

So used to swinging buy Target on your way home for all your needs? Don't know where to start or what I mean when I say "buy local?" Here is a list of 100 ideas to keep our cash in the area. Spend $100 locally and we can all benefit from it.

1. Buy vegetables from a local farmers market
2. Fill your belly at a local food festival
3. Buy wine from a local winery
4. Get coffee at a local coffee shop
5. Get fresh meat at a local butcher
6. Get your freshly baked birthday cake from the neighborhood bakery
7. Enjoy lunch at a locally owned restaurant
8. Relax with a beer at a local brewery
9. Get something to make for dinner at a local grocer
10. Cool off at your neighborhood ice cream shop
11. Order out from a local pizzeria
12. Visit the West Side market
13. Order holiday cookies from a local pastry shop
14. Cater a party using a neighborhood restaurant
15. Grab a hotdog from a curbside vendor

Arts & Leisure
16. Get your next CD at a local music shop
17. Catch a live band at a music hot spot
18. Buy art from a local art gallery
19. Shop at a neighborhood art walk
20. Hear the Cleveland Orchestra at Cain Park
21. See a dance performance at Cleveland Public Theatre
22. Take a knitting class at a local craft store
23. Have a party at a local pottery center

24. Take an afternoon drive and go antiquing at local dealers
25. Take in a movie at an independent movie theater
26. See a show at Playhouse Square
27. Get up close with the animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
28. Hire a party clown
29. Host a pampering party and hire an independent masseuse
30. Visit a local museum
31. Go bowling at a local alley
32. Shop for a cute summer outfit at a local boutique
33. Buy your next hostess party gift from a local retailer
34. Get your manicure or pedicure at a local nail salon

35. Enjoy a game of golf at a Cleveland Metroparks course
36. Buy a summer pass at your neighborhood pool
37. Spend a night under the stars at a Metroparks campsite
38. Get shiny new bikes for the family at a local bike shop
39. Enjoy the Cuyahoga River by renting a canoe
40. See the Cuyahoga Valley aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
41. Buy fishing supplies at a local bait shop and get a catch of the day on Lake Erie
42.Take a Karate class at a local martial arts studio
43. Play a game of putt-putt at a local course
44. Catch a minor league baseball team and see the future baseball stars
45. Join a neighborhood sports league
46. Work out at a local gym
47. Take yoga at a local yoga studio

48. Use a local lawn care service
49. Visit a local garden center and get your hands dirty landscaping
50. Freshen up your home with new furniture from a local furniture shop
51. Go to a neighborhood art walk to find local art to decorate your home
52. Get some help around the house and employ a local handyman
53. Fix the leaky pipes. Call a local plumber
54. DIY and get your supplies and advice at the local hardware store
55. Employ a local roofer to fix your roof
56. Pay the neighborhood kids to cut your grass and clean your pool
57. Visit a local frame shop to get you best vacation pictures framed
58. Pick up fresh flowers from the local florist
59. Hire a local moving company
60. Hire a local seamstress to hem your pants
61. Purchase your new furnace from a local HVAC shop
62. Have your home painted by a local painter

63. Get your next oil change from a local mechanic
64. Detail the inside of your car at a local car wash
65. Get a custom paint job for your motorcycle

66. Take your pet to the local groomer
67. Reward your dog with a treat from a local dog bakery
68. Use an independent pet daycare
69. Buy a hamster at the local pet store
70. Have a local seamstress make an outfit for the pooch
71. Buy a locally grown catnip treat for your cat

72. Get a new look at a local barber shop
73. Read a classic novel from your local book store
74. Buy your next anniversary gift from a local jeweler
75. Use a local cobbler to repair your worn out shoes
76. Order a basket of treats from a local candy store
77. Take your laundry to a local dry cleaners
78. Got a cold? Get some medicine at a local pharmacy
79. Planning a wedding or family reunion? Get help from a local planner
80. Join a locally owned club
81. Purchase a child’s birthday gift at the local toy store
82. Enjoy a day at a local water or amusement park

83. Take public transportation to work
84. Ride the new RTA Healthline
85. Purchase a reusable shopping bag at a local grocer
86. Switch out light bulbs with CFL’s from the neighborhood hardware store
87. Hire a local LEED consultant to green your home or business

88. Purchase your office supplies from a local supply company
89. Use a local cleaning service to clean your offices
90. Work with a local accountant to balance your books
91. Cater business meetings with local caterers
92. Use a local company to help with your IT needs
93. Commission one of a kind party invitations from a local artist
94. Purchase chocolates with your logo on it from a local candy shop
95. Use a local courier service to do freight and truck deliveries
96. Hire an in town design firm or ad agency
97. Order a special event balloon or float from a local manufacturer
98. Order bagels for your office from a local bakery
99. Use a local travel agent to book your business trips
100. Pick up your last minute supplies at the neighborhood convenient store

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jackson Vigil (TONIGHT!)

another THIS JUST IN

TONIGHT, 9pm, Outside Plaza of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

Michael Jackson Candlelight Vigil : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s remembrance of Michael Jackson will commence with a special program honoring the life and musical legacy of this two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. The program will include a short memorial presentation by Pastor Jawanza Colvin of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, followed by fan testimonials and a candlelight vigil outside on the Museum’s Plaza. A limited supply of candles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis courtesy of the Rock Hall. Fans are also welcome to bring a Jackson-inspired memento to the event; the Rock Hall will provide a memorial space.

For more information visit the Rock Hall website.

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Josh Ritter (7/07)

TONIGHT, Tuesday July 6th, 2009

THIS JUST IN!!! (Thanks Miss Malbasa)

Musician Josh Ritter to rock out the Beachland this evening.

Check it out...looks good.

For details on how to get to Beachland or for ticket options visit

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Etsy in Cleveland

Hello & happy post-fourth!
like many of you, I spent my weekend relaxing outdoors and taking in the INCREDIBLE sunshine of Northeast, Ohio. In my "must-go-inside-because-my-skin-will-turn-to-leather" mode I turn to my other favorite pastime and creative workshop; "Miss Etsy!"

Since I like to keep my dollars pretty local, I have discovered the following great "shops" and fun summer finds that I wanted to share! Enjoy and shop Ohio!

Hulla hoop supplies for your summer backyard hip workouts!
rainbowfrogs77 : Mega Collapsable Hoop - The Wavy Big Easy

Want to know what tomorrow will hold for you? Love? Life? the pursuit of happiness?
Well...look no farther than the magic fish!
kittyBcreative : Fortune Telling Fish

Looking to stir up a little summer trouble? Always looking to be one of the neighborhood "rif raf?" These are the perfect way to let them know you mean business!
modernpixie : Riff Raff Earrings

An accessory to match your nautical get-up for all the summer bar-b-q's on the lake. (on your friends, friends boat!)
kittyBcreative : Vintage Mod White Choker & Earring Set

A little piece of the summer sky hanging from your ears. Small & simple, nothing too overstated for summer.
Smashing : baby teeming (earrings) aqua blue

Floral enamel meets whimsy summer sunshine.
Silver Made Studio : enamel & silver pendant - red flower on turquoise

This week...let your BFF know how much you love them. A fun print to hang in any small pace.
Sparkle Power : You & I Are BFF Poster, Cyan & Magenta

Tired of carrying your coffee around in the same old same old cardboard coffee sleeve? This one made me laugh out loud!
LazyTcrochet : His Moustache Coffee Cup Sleeve

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Free Concert (7/08)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Looking for something to get you through "hump day" the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame kicks off their FREE summer sessions on the Museum Plaza. (weather permitting, if necessary it will be moved inside to the Main Stage) at 7 pm

This weeks musicians include "Man Man" and Clevelands' own, "Mystery of Two."

The New York Times describes Man Man as a “delirious, scrapheap-eclectic Philadelphia outfit.” Previously opening for such established bands as Modest Mouse, the Arcade Fire and Cat Power, Man Man may best be known for their non-stop live shows of kaleidoscopic sound. Their first album on Anti-Records, Rabit Habits, was released this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the first stops on the group’s recently announced headlining tour that begins July 3rd.

Original experimental indie rock may be hard to come by these days, but Cleveland act Mystery of Two does a notable job of channeling influences (Pere Ubu, Talking Heads and fIREHOSE) in its debut, Arrows Are All You Know. The Plain Dealer raves, “This first effort can be considered a bull’s-eye.”

For details and a list of the complete musical lineup visit

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mojito Making

Every wanted to play "Bartender" for an evening?

The Rumbar Patio Bar & Grill adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel hosts "Learn to make mojitos" every Friday at 5:30. Kick off your weekend in style with a sweet summer drink under your belt...or in your belly.

The Rumbar transports you away from the city and into your own Caribbean hideaway. This outdoor, seasonal hot spot is the place to be for tropics-inspired music, tapas-inspired spicy small plates and festive cocktails made with a collection of 30 rums. A choice of 10 mojitos awakens the senses with flavours such as mango, cucumber and watermelon.

$25 per person, per class. For directions and reservations visit

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Friday, July 3, 2009

independence rules! (7/04)

American "glitter" (7/04)

Saturday, July 4th

Get ready for the Fourth of July! How fun and cool is it that the holiday lands on a Saturday this calendar year? Does the Lee Greenwood tune come to mind (And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.)? I think I whistle the tune every year around this time.

Here's your partial guide to the 4th...aka...Independence Day fireworks shows across northeast Ohio.

Cleveland: July 4th at 9:45pm - The Flats, Waterfront

Avon: July 4th at dusk - The stadium (on State Route 611 and Miller Road)

Bay Village: July 4th at dusk - Cahoon Park

Brook Park: July 12th at dusk - City Hall

Lakewood: July 4th 9:45pm - Lakewood Park

Medina: July 3rd at dusk - Medina Senior High School

North Ridgeville: July 3rd beginning at 6pm at Party in the Park; fireworks start at dusk - South Central Park

Oberlin: July 4th at dusk - Next to Splash Zone on Hamilton St.

Westlake: July 4th at dusk - Clague Park

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rock & Boom (7/04)

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Looking for someplace new to lay your blanket this holiday weekend to take in the heart pounding, sky glitter known as fireworks?

Celebrate Independence Day in style from the decks of the Steamship William G. Mather. Discover what life onboard a working Great Lakes freighter was like as you take in the fireworks. Walk the decks and marvel at the “engineering firsts” that helped transform Northeast Ohio into a great industrial center. Experience the golden era of steamboats and the holiday "bling" on one of the best tickets.

Food and drinks can be purchased on board. Fireworks begin at dusk, although the ship opens at 6pm, first come first serve. Entrance tickets are $12. For more info visit the Great Lakes Science Center.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Good Dog Fay (7/01-8/16)

July 1st, 2009 - August 16, 2009

The Akron Art Museum is extatic to be one of only two venues to present William Wegman: Fay, a wonderfully witty and moving exhibition about the artistic collaboration between William Wegman (b. 1943) and his celebrated Weimaraner Fay (1984 - 1995).

The breadth of Wegman’s audience is truly remarkable. In addition to being internationally renowned in art circles, he is one of the few artists to successfully disseminate his work—especially the photographs, videos and books featuring his beloved Weimaraner dogs—through the mass media.

Wegman is a conceptual artist who works in many different media. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, he graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 with a BFA in painting. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois. In 1970, he moved to southern California and began exhibiting his photographs. He was one of the earliest artists to explore video and has used photography for over four decades.

While living in California, Wegman acquired Man Ray, a Weimaraner whom he named after the surrealist French photographer. The dog became his partner in both life and art during their 12 year collaboration. Man Ray became so famous that, upon his passing, he was named ‘Man of the Year’ by the New York City newspaper The Village Voice.

To hang with Wegman and Fay visit Akron Museum of Art

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