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House of Wills to let for RNC?

Per fusion.net:

"If you plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, and were hoping to rent a cheap place on Airbnb, your options are limited. The cheapest, at $200 per night, is the House of Wills funeral home; it sleeps 16 and comes with its own embalming room and crematorium. If that’s not your jam, we hope your pockets are deep: on Airbnb, the average price of listings the week of July 18 is more than $1,000/night, with some nightly prices climbing up to $10,000."

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Photo by Christopher Busta-Peck

Cuba Libre fashion show to benefit Nature's Bin

On Friday, May 27 at the Lake Affect Studios, 1615 East 25th Street, the new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection from Tidal Cool, Cuba Libre, will debut. Billed as a fusion of fashion, funk, and freedom, the collection features vibrant fabrics in bold prints that marry classic and Afro-Caribbean style. Attendees can expect more than 50 pieces including fresh dresses, skirts, and sportswear as well as a host of accessories such as jewelry, belts, and hair wraps. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased here.
 
The event will benefit Cornucopia, which has been successfully providing work adjustment training for people with disabilities since 1975 via conduits such as the Nature’s Bin natural food store and its Vocational Training Center, both on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood, and at four business partners in the community. Last year Cornucopia provided employment training, placement, and support to over 200 persons with disabilities.
 

KidsDays to feature games, animals and BMX show

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will offer KidsDays in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children's from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
The event will feature special animal enrichment demonstrations with the lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, grizzly bears and sea lions as well as costumed characters, crafts, an interactive Gaming Zone, dancing at the DJ Dance Party and Touch-A-Truck encounters with some of the Zoo's heavy equipment. New this year are BMX Thrill Shows in the Welcome Plaza featuring professional BMX riders.
 
The Zoo's regular exhibits will also be available for exploring, including the newly renovated seal and sea lion exhibit in Wilderness Trek, Professor Wylde's Live Animal Show, the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, the Nature Discovery Ridge play area, the lorikeet experience in the Australian Adventure and giraffe feeding at the new Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter in the African Savanna area.

All KidsDays events are included in a regular admission, which is $14.25 per person, $12.25 for seniors ages 62 and older, $10.25 for kids ages two to 11 and free for children younger than two and Zoo members.
 
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Extended summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Parking is free.
 
For more information, call 216-661-6500 or visit the Zoo's webpage.

 

Urban Community School designated as a National Green Ribbon School

Urban Community School (UCS), 4909 Lorain Avenue, has been named the only National Green Ribbon School in the state of Ohio by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives this distinction to select schools, districts, and educational institutions across the country for success in reducing environmental impact and utility cost, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective environmental education. UCS was recognized for its ongoing efforts to reduce its ecological footprint while promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
 
“We commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Urban Community School for their efforts in creating a green learning environment and providing leadership to other schools,” said Maureen Dowling, director for the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, in a statement.
 
“Urban Community School is honored to receive this distinction from the U.S. Department of Education,” added UCS principal Lisa De Core. “Our school is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact while also incorporating green principles into our pedagogy and teaching our students the importance being green.”
 
De Core cited a number of recent initiatives the school has undertaken that demonstrate its commitment to green, sustainable principals and learning, including:
 
·  Setting up timers on computers and lights to power them down
when not in use
 
·  Installing refillable water bottle stations and water fountains
with filters
 
·  Encouraging students to carry reusable water bottles to avoid
disposal of plastic bottles
 
·  Composting food waste in The Early Childhood wing and recycling
waste throughout the campus
 
·  Using recycled ink cartridges and purchasing 100% recycled
paper products.
 
School representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to receive the award.
 

Last call may move to 4 a.m. for area watering holes during RNC

The City of Cleveland has delivered a list of “major event” waiver permit applications to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. This permit, once approved by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, allows the holder to extend service time from 1 or 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., the following day during a major event. Under the provisions of the new law, the Republican National Convention is considered a major event.
 
The 28-page list of businesses that have applied for the waiver is available here and includes popular venues such as Fire in Shaker Square, XYZ Tavern in Gordon Square, the Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street and too many others to list.

The deadline for businesses to apply for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control “major event” waiver permit in the city was March 21. By June 17, the Division of Liquor Control will review the list and determine whether to issue a waiver. The Division may remove the name of a permit holder from the list for good cause.
 

Asian Festival returns with food, fun and a fashion show

 The popular Cleveland Asian Festival returns this year from May 21 - 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Payne Ave. between East 30th and 27th Streets with a host of activities, vendors and irresistible food choices. This event is free and open to the public, although event organizers ask attendees to leave their pets at home. Payne Avenue is closed to traffic during the festival, which is in its seventh year.
 
This year's event will feature cultural enlightenment, fun and health screenings for all ages. Enjoy wonderful Asian cuisines with more than 10 Asian restaurants offering up home-style authentic dishes. Children may learn about Asian cultures inside the Activities Pavilion, while more than 100 vendors will be available offering information and exotic merchandise.
 
Entertainment will be non-stop on two stages throughout the weekend and will include performances such as a magic show, lion dance and Colors of Asia fashion show. Other activities include a Cosplay 103 competition and the K-Pop Cover Dance competition.
 
The event has grown steadily since its 2010 inception. The inaugural festival saw 10,000 attendees who spent less than $1 million. The 2015 festival, however, garnered 45,000 visitors who lavished more than $3 million in spending at event.
 
Visit the Cleveland Asian Festival page for complete scheduling and attraction details.
 
 

RTA to maintain service during RNC, offer special pass

During the Republican National Convention July 18-21, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) will operate its current level of service on buses, Paratransit vehicles and trains. Staff will be prepared to increase that level on traditional rail and commuter routes to serve individuals who may not be regular RTA customers, but who may want to be during the Convention week. For added convenience, RTA will sell a $20 special Convention weekly pass for unlimited rides from July 17-23.

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Photo group's fine art show to benefit Hunger Network

The Kalman & Pabst Photo Group 2016 Fine Art show takes place at 3907 Perkins Ave. and opens Friday, May 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. with a reception featuring food, drinks and live entertainment. The show will also be open to the public on Saturday, May 14 from 1 – 6 p.m. Both events are free. A portion of the proceeds, as well as raffle ticket sales, will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
 
“The Fine Art Show’s history traces back to more than a decade ago when studio co-founders Jan Kalman and Bob Pabst expressed their desire to promote the creativity and talent here in Northeast Ohio,” said co-owner Craig Brown in a statement. “It was Jan and Bob’s gift to honor the staff who work tremendously hard to serve our clients all year long.” Brown added: “The staff are all accomplished artists, outside of their work in the studio, so the Fine Art Show was created as a way to recognize their efforts by displaying their personal work for art-loving audiences.”
 
To RSVP for the Friday event, which is strongly encouraged, or for more information click here.
 

Selfie contest: #imoveCLE

To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, the City of Cleveland is holding a selfie contest to engage the community in sustainable transportation practices and connect residents to the many transportation and recreational opportunities in Cleveland.
 
To enter:
 
- Review the complete contest rules.
 
- Take a fun, safe* selfie while using a sustainable mode of transportation such as biking, carpooling, walking, or kayaking - among many others. Note: resolution must be six megapixels.
 
- Post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag: #imoveCLE or upload your photos through the Facebook app or via the contest website.
 
- Post up to two entries per person per day through July 31. The more selfies you post, the more chances you have to win.
 
- Vote for your favorite #imoveCLE selfie or encourage others to vote for yours.
 
Prizes include a host of gift certificates and passes, with the grand prize pack valued at more than $500. Winners will be announced in August and will be recognized at the 8th annual Sustainability Summit on September 21 and 22.
 
*Sustainable Cleveland encourages all participants to practice safe selfie-ing and use caution while taking selfies. Do not take selfies or use mobile devices while operating a car, bicycle or any other form of motor vehicle.
 

Filmed in Cleveland, "Dog Eat Dog" tapped to close Cannes Director's Fortnight

Filmed in Northeast Ohio, "Dog Eat Dog" was selected last week as the closing night film for the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight.

Directed and written by Paul Schrader, the film stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. Any number of northeast Ohioans worked on the film, including a host of Cleveland Institute of Art students.
 
Filming of "Dog Eat Dog" began last October in Cleveland, which was the principal location. Sheffield Lake also hosted filming, which ended on November 23.
 
Édouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Director's Fortnight said in a statement that the mission of the section is "to bring new talents to the fore, surprise audiences with new and unknown facets of known talents ... in a word, to show what's most exciting in world cinema and what rises to the top among the new trends."
 
"The selection of 'Dog Eat Dog' for this honor is global recognition for something we have known for some time here in northeast Ohio," added Greater Cleveland Film Commission president Ivan Schwarz.

"This is a great production destination and an emerging center of excellence in the media industry," he added. "None of this would be possible without the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, or our local crew and actors, many of whom worked on this film."

Sale to feature 70,000 books, prints, maps records, memorabilia and more

On May 21 - 24 in the Adelbert Gymnasium, 2128 Adelbert Rd., the 70th annual Case Western Reserve University Book Sale will feature display tables filled with more than 70,000 items including books, prints, maps and atlases, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, records, play scripts, memorabilia and more. 

Regular sale hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 24, which is $5 Box Day, during which shoppers can bring and fill any size box for that amount.
 
Regular hours are free. There is, however, a pre-sale preview, admission for which is $20, from 10 a.m. to noon, on May 21. At that time, shoppers may scour the collection before doors officially open to the public.

Get more details here.

"G-Dog" screening part of National Reentry Week

This Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Towards Employment Young Professional's Associate Board will present a screening of the documentary G-Dog at Bloom Bakery, 200 Public Square. The film tells the story of Father Greg Boyle, who became an expert in gang life and transformed the lives of thousands of gang members.
 
The event is one of the organization's efforts to promote National Reentry Week, a national initiative that endeavors to help formerly incarcerated individuals contribute to their communities.

The film will be followed by a discussion about reentry in our community, the role that young professionals can take, and the possibilities that social ventures like Bloom Bakery offer.
 
This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register.

 

#whatsyouroldbrooklyn campaign kicks off with free Cinco de Mayo bowling party

On Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m., the Old Brooklyn neighborhood will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a bowling party at 4233 Fulton Road. The free event is open to the public, but attendees must be 21. Tickets are limited. Click here to reserve up to three.
 
The event will feature bowling, shuffleboard, cornhole and music. Platform beer and tacos will be available.
 
The May 5 bowling party will kick off a host of activities and special events that are part of the neighborhood's new #whatsyouroldbrooklyn initiative to promote Old Brooklyn as a unique urban community where people can live work and play.
 
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corp. is spearheading the initiative, which is supported through a Neighborhood Solutions Award from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
 

"Road to Hope," dedication of Toni Morrison's "Bench by the Road" at Cozad-Bates House

On Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre presents "Road to Hope" at the historic Cozad-Bates House, 11508 Mayfield Rd., in University Circle. The event will feature numerous music, dance, and theater performances and center around a message of hope inspired by the triumphs of the anti-slavery movement in Northeast Ohio.
 
At 3 p.m., a ceremony will commemorate the installation of the 19th Bench by the Road, a project of the Toni Morrison Society. The benches serve as places for reflection at historic sites that are significant in African American history. Author Toni Morrison, a Nobel Laureate, was born in Lorain, Ohio.
 
Participants and Speakers include: Dr. Marilyn Mobley of the Toni Morrison Society, Cleveland city councilman Joe Cimperman, and Chris Ronayne, president, University Circle Inc.
 
University Circle Inc. (UCI) is the current owner of the historic Cozad-Bates House, the only remaining pre-Civil War structure in University Circle. Working in partnership with Restore Cleveland Hope and the Western Reserve Historical Society, UCI intends to restore and preserve the property, which will include an anti-slavery interpretive center.
 
Activities will be outside on the front lawn of the home. This event is free and open to the public.

More information is available here and here.
 
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