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"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.
 

Cedar Lee Theatre to screen "Purple Rain"

With the untimely passing of yet another musical icon this year, the Cedar Lee Theatre will be mourning right along with Prince’s fans as it screens his 1984 classic film Purple Rain on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
 
“We’ve shown Purple Rain a few times over the years as part of the Melt Bar & Grilled Late Shift Series,” says David Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas director of marketing and late shift programmer. “It’s a film that captured Prince at the height of his career and I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to this legendary performer than to bring it back to the big screen.”
 
Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016. Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
 
Fans are encouraged to dress in purple when they attend the screening.
 
Tickets to see PURPLE RAIN are $6 and are on sale at the Cedar Lee Theatre or online.

CMHA to screen "Our Journey Home," tell real stories of public housing residents

On Tuesday, April 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th Street, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will screen the documentary “Our Journey Home” to narrow the gap between misperceptions and the real stories of people living in public housing.
 
The effort is part of the ReThink initiative, which fosters awareness about public housing and encourages the general population to realize the benefits that public housing offers individuals as well as the greater community.
 
Produced by Emmy award-winning film company Stillmotion and narrated by singer-songwriter and ReThink ambassador, Jewel, the documentary examines the role we all play in supporting those who struggle with having a stable place to live, grow and dream. A community panel discussion and Q&A session will immediately follow the film screening.

More information is available here. Purchase tickets here.
 

History fair to feature historical figures, exhibits and activities

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bedford Historical Society, the City of Bedford and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will host the The Northeast Ohio Local History Fair at the Ellenwood Community Center, 124 Ellenwood Ave. in Bedford. This free event aims to bring the local history societies, museums and organizations to the public for a fun and educational experience. 

The event will feature genealogy help and resources, arts and crafts and an array of exhibits as well as entertainment. Historical figures such as Annie Oakley and President and Mrs. Lincoln will be on hand to give presentations and mingle with the crowd.

Get more information and details here.

CPL to host teen poetry hip-hop workshops

As part of National Poetry Month, De’John Hardges, a student at Cleveland School of the Arts and member of the prestigious 2015 class of the White House's National Student Poets, is encouraging new audiences of all ages to embrace the art of poetry by leading a series of hip-hop poetry workshops at Cleveland Public Library. The teen poetry hip-hop workshops will take place April 22 and 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Main Library, 325 Superior Ave.

Get all the information here.

Legislation: Ohio's medical marijuana users could be fired

Per Tom Knox of Columbus Business First:

"Ohioans who are legally prescribed marijuana to alleviate symptoms for serious illnesses could still be fired from their jobs under both major proposals to legalize marijuana's use as a medicine.

Republicans in the Ohio House introduced their medical marijuana bill, House Bill 523, late Thursday. It’s an effort for legislators, not outside marijuana advocacy groups, to be in charge of what seems to be inevitable."

The article continues:

"House Bill 523 does not require employers to accommodate employees’ use of medical marijuana, and it doesn’t stop employers from refusing to hire or fire someone because of their use of medical marijuana.

'A person who is discharged from employment because of that person’s use of medical marijuana shall be considered to have been discharged for just cause,' according to the bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)."

Read the full text here.

 

RNC Host Committee wants YOU for signage

On this Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St Clair Ave NE, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee for the Republican National Convention (RNC) will hold a casting call for area residents interested in being considered to appear on temporary signage that will welcome RNC visitors to Cleveland. Two hundred tickets will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m. for those interested in being photographed that day.

Click here for details.

Cleveland Clinic and Panera team up to benefit autism center via ... cookies!

Beginning today, Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17, Panera Bread locations in Cleveland, Akron and Canton will bake a batch of specialty puzzle piece shortbread cookies in support of National Autism Awareness Month via the "Pieces of Hope for Autism" campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from each cookie sold will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism, a leading edge facility dedicated to treatment, education, and research for children, adolescents, young adults and families dealing with autism spectrum disorders.

Get your cookies by pre-ordering online for quick pickup or by visiting your local Northeast Ohio Panera. Not a fan of cookies but still want to show your support? Make a gift here.
 

NASA Glenn celebrates 75th birthday with free open houses

On May 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., NASA’s Glenn Research Center will host a free public open house at its Lewis Field main campus, 21000 Brookpark Rd.
 
The center will offer plenty of things to do and see on both days, including walking tours and glimpses inside vacuum chambers, wind tunnels and other world-class facilities that have advanced aviation and space exploration.
 
NASA aircraft will be on display and Glenn engineers, scientists and technicians will be on hand for questions and discussions. The event will also feature exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities and special presentations.
 
Food, beverages and NASA souvenirs will be available for purchase. This is NASA Glenn’s first public open house since 2008. The event is part of a yearlong celebration of Glenn’s 75th anniversary year.
 
Complete information is available here.

 

Trailer released for movie filmed entirely in NEO: "The Bye Bye Man"

Last week saw the debut of the official teaser trailer for the supernatural thriller "The Bye Bye Man," which was filmed entirely in Northeast Ohio.

Plot summary: When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as the Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping the Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, and Doug Jones as the titular villain. It was directed by Stacy Title from a script by Jonathan Penner, and is set for a June 3, 2016 release.

View the trailer here. More info on the film and trailer is available via the Hollywood insider publication Variety.

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.
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