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Insomnia Cookies coming to the Warehouse District

Craving something sweet for a late-night snack? In a few short months, Insomnia Cookies will have you covered. The cookie bakery specializing in night owl delivery hours is slated to open a location in the Warehouse District at 1224 W. 6th St. this summer.

The company was founded in 2003 by University of Pennsylvania college student Seth Berkowitz, who was looking for sweet solution to study cravings. “We have seven other locations in Ohio and have received many inquiries to open in Cleveland,” explains Insomnia’s marketing manager Catharine Gatlin.We recently found a great space and everything fell into place from there.”
 
The company plans to hire 15 to 20 employees to work in the 900-square-foot shop, which will serve popular cookie varieties such as Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe, as well as cookie cakes, brownies and cold milk.
 
Insomnia Cookies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Delivery within approximately a two-mile radius will be available from noon until 3 a.m.
 
Additionally, the bakery ships gift boxes, caters corporate events and offers fundraising opportunities for area organizations. “We’re looking forward to getting involved with the community and local events,” Gatlin says.

Budish bans nonessential travel to North Carolina, cites discriminatory legislation

In an Executive Order dated April 5th, County Executive Budish stated that no officer or employee of Cuyahoga County is authorized to approve any non-essential official travel to North Carolina.
 
Budish’s order is in response to the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” which was passed on March 23rd. The act prohibits cities and other localities in North Carolina from passing antidiscrimination ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.
 
Cuyahoga County has adopted an Equity Plan that ensures equal treatment for members of the LGBTQ communities.
 
“A major pillar of this administration is fairness and equity for all persons. We deplore the radical action recently taken by the state government of North Carolina, and we will not support such action with our tax dollars,” said County Executive Budish in a statement. “Moreover, we invite those businesses that share our views, such as Pepsi, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Dow Chemical, IBM and Apple, to bring their business to a much more welcoming location, Cuyahoga County.”
 
The Executive Order remains in effect until the Act is repealed or amended to allow local North Carolina jurisdictions to enact laws protecting LGBTQ communities from discrimination.
 

Women's Business Center to host April 19 launch party

On Tuesday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th St., the  Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio will host a launch party featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by Half Moon Bakery and Fire and Ash Catering.

Representatives from Cuyahoga County, Key4Women Resource Center and the Small Business Administration will be in attendance.

Three ticket options are available for purchase: members ($40), non-members ($55), and new membership with ticket ($100). Registration and ticket purchase is available online. Members interested in having a table at the event please may contact  Carrie Rosenfelt.

Happy Hour event to benefit children of Malawi

 On April 30 at Around the Corner in Lakewood, 18616 Detroit Ave., Nanze.org will host its Spring Happy Hour from 6 - 8 p.m. The $25 admission includes unlimited beer, wine, well drinks and assorted appetizers. The event will feature a Chinese raffle, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Prizes include a four-pack of Disney park-hopper passes, Cleveland Browns merchandise and much more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

The organization aims to better the lives of children in the sub-Saharan country of Malawi by improving education facilities, water and sanitation conditions and livelihood opportunities. Nanze's current focus is to build a school in the Chikwasa village of Malawi, where the organization currently provides support to the nursery school and community center, both of which are small one-room buildings that Nanze would also like to expand.

Visit the organization's website for complete information.
 

Accordion blowout: 34th Super Button Box Bash coming April 10

On Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid at 20713 Recher Ave., the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame will hold the 34th annual Super Button Box Bash.
 
Attendees are invited to polka and waltz to the sounds of more than sixty accordions, along with jam sessions all day, or bring their own squeezebox, banjo, bass, sax or tuba and join the fun. Billed as "a musical reunion of top button accordionists from across the continent at the largest festival of this kind," the event will also feature awards and performances by notables such as the Hoboes.
 
Fortifications will be available for purchase throughout the day and will include smoked Slovenian sausage, savory roast beef and strudel, while the Polka Hall of Fame pop-up shop will have items for sale such as polka music CDs and shirts.
 
Tickets are available at the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd St., which is open Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 216-261-3263, or email polkashop@aol.com.
 
Visit the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame for more information.

Jonathon Sawyer partners with Mod Meals

James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern, Trentina, Noodlecat) will partner with Mod Meals, the local farm-to-doorstep meal delivery service starting Monday, April 4.
 
“Our partnership with Chef Sawyer is focused on fundamentally changing the way busy parents put food on their table,” said Mod Meals CEO Bruce Teicher in a release. “Right now every parent wants to provide fresh, wholesome food for the family, but the pressures of our busy, modern lives conspire against us at every turn, and we succumb to pizza and fast food. We’re going to make it easy for families to eat well and give parents the opportunity to be heroes.”
 
Sawyer’s initial offerings will include Grilled Ramen & Cheese, Classic and Veggie Lasagne, Whole Roasted Eggplant and New England Clam Chowder.

Visit Mod Meals for more information.

Rain garden workshop slated for April 2 at Shaker Lakes Nature Center

On Saturday, April 2, from 10 am to noon at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd., the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will present "Rain Garden Workshop: How to Earn Stormwater Credits."
 
The timely workshop comes ahead of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's plan to begin billing for stormwater this summer. Tori Mills from the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will explain how impervious areas are measured, how fees are calculated, and give examples of stormwater credit opportunities. Garrett Ormiston from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will explain where, why and how to construct a rain garden and what native plants work best.
 
For more information and to register online, visit The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, or call 216-321-5935. The workshop fee is $8 for Nature Center members, $10 for non-members.
 
Get more details here.

Career fair tomorrow: employers looking to fill hundreds of jobs

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will join Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center to host over 500 job seekers at the 9th Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Hts.
 
Free and open to the public, the fair is designed to foster the development of a competitive and productive workforce, while providing vital links between employers, job seekers, community organizations, and government agencies.
 
The event will feature over 75 employers including Hilton Downtown Cleveland hiring 300, Quadax Inc. hiring 200, and Swagelok hiring 75 job seekers. Attendees are advised to dress to interview and bring multiple copies of their resume.
 
More information is available here.
 

Call for artists: create art for Cedar Taylor District

The Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) would like to commission a permanent art installation for the Cedar Taylor Business District. The budget is $3,000.
 
The art must be installed in the Cleveland Heights portion of the Cedar Taylor business district. Artists are invited to submit any range of concepts, from mural to sculpture. No specific medium is preferred.
 
The CTDA board of directors will vote on the entries to determine three finalists. Those three proposals will be voted on via the CTDA Facebook page over a one-week period. The finalists will be posted separately and the one with the highest number of “likes” will be the winner. 
 
Proposals are due by April 30 and should be submitted via email to the president of the CTDA board of directors, Kevin Smith.
 
Get all the details here.
 

Brandon Chrostowski named CNN Hero

Local hero Brandon Chrostowski got some national recognition this week. Per CNN:

"Foodies savor the French cuisine at Edwins, an upscale restaurant that's earned a reputation as one of Cleveland's finest eateries. But this high-end establishment provides far more than a good meal. It's staffed almost entirely by people who were once incarcerated.

By day, ex-offenders learn the fundamentals of the culinary arts industry. By night, they put their skills to work."

Get the whole story here.

Local teen punches his ticket to Rio as part of 2016 Olympic team

Nine American boxers stepped into the ring on Thursday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eight were hoping to exit as United States Olympians, but only four accomplished that feat including 18-year-old Charles Conwell of Cleveland Heights, who is now officially off to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
"It feels wonderful," Conwell said. "It’s a dream come true."
 
Get the whole story here.

Studying fire in space - at NASA Glenn - and looking to Mars

Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are about to start a fire - on purpose.

Per NASA:

"Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and work in space. And while NASA has conducted studies aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station, risks to the crew have forced these experiments to be limited in size and scope.

Now a new experiment, designed, built and managed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, will ignite an understanding of microgravity fire on a much larger scale. The Spacecraft Fire Experiment, known as Saffire, is a series of experiments to be launched on three different flights beginning (this month)."

The release continues: "As NASA continues to send astronauts to the space station and continues the path toward a human mission to Mars, improving understanding of the structure of spacecraft fires is critical. 'Saffire is all about gaining a better understanding of how fire behaves in space so NASA can develop better materials, technologies and procedures to reduce crew risk and increase space flight safety,' says Gary Ruff, Saffire project manager."

Get all the futuristic fiery details of this experiment here.
 

The best Irish watering holes in the 216

Fresh Water contributor Nikki Delamotte for Thrillist:

Call it luck, but Cleveland is rich in great Irish bars. From old-school dives to rowdy nights of live Irish music, it's where you don’t have to wear green to drink the night away. While everyone claims to be a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, all you have to do at these watering holes is pour yourself another Guinness. There may be no rolling hills in Cleveland proper, but there is plenty of beer. So hoist a pint to some of Cleveland’s best with our guide to the Irish pubs that will be more than happy to top off your whiskey.

Get her glittering green list of local Irish haunts here.

Shaker Historical Society to feature work of Leslye Arian

The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery at the Shaker Historical Society (SHS), 16740 South Park Blvd., will display the work of Leslye Arian via her show “Pushing Paint,” which will be on display from March 25 through May 15.
 
The opening reception will be held at SHS on April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Arian will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to make a reservation by calling 216-921-1201.
 
Arian currently serves on the Cleveland Institute of Art's alumni board and in 2015, she initiated the Pocket Park Public Art Project and the Shaker Community Gallery Project in Shaker Heights.
 
Get more details on Arian and the forthcoming show here.

Big Fun celebrates 25 years on April 1st

On Friday, April 1, Big Fun, the uber-quirky toy store at 1814 Coventry Rd., will mark its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, every item in the store will be discounted 25 percent and customers will be invited to enjoy a slice of cake.

The store will feature special giveaways, gifts and entertainment throughout the weekend, with a 15 percent discount offered on Saturday’s purchases, and a 10 percent discount offered on Sunday.

Get the whole big and fun story here.
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