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Friday, March 22,

Happy Dog in Detroit Shoreway will host another one of its festive and popular Polka Happy Hours. Beginning at 6 p.m., the high-energy deejay will play polka tunes while the crowd dances and dines on gourmet hot dogs. You can build your own dog by selecting from 50 different toppings or choose a house specialty, like the Iron Chef, which has peanut butter, alien pickle relish and Sriracha (a personal fave of Michael Symon). To wash all those dogs down, order up a $2 domestic or 16-ounce can of PBR from 4 to 7 p.m. 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com

Sunday, March 24

Whole Foods Market will hold a jazz brunch with live music performed by Tri-C music students. The brunch will take place in the market's popular full service restaurant Osteria. Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the jazz-fueled brunch will feature a customized brunch menu with salads, sandwiches, entrees and vegan options. The menu changes week to week, but you can always count on beer, wine and mimosas to start your Sunday off right. 13998 Cedar Rd., 216-932-3918, wholefoodsmarket.com

Tuesday, March 26

Willoughby's popular Ballantine restaurant will host an Oskar Blues Beer Party. Kicking off at 7 p.m., the dinner will feature five small plates paired with five beer tastings. Thomas Hill of the Colorado brewery Oskar Blues will be selecting the beverages while chef-partner Fabio Salerno will be creating the food menu. "We have been really successful bringing in the nation's top breweries," says Salerno. "They show us a lot of respect for being one of the first and best craft beer destinations in Northeast Ohio." Indeed, one of the featured beers will be Oskar Blues' newest release, Gubna, a powerhouse at 10 percent ABV and 100-plus IBUs. Joining Gubna are Dale's Pale Ale, Deviant Dale's, G'Knight and Ten Fidy. Tickets are $30 pre-sale and $35 the day of the event. 4113 Erie St., 440-942-5151, ballantinewilloughby.com

Wednesday, March 27

Great Lakes Brewing Company will celebrate another Indians season with a screening of the classic baseball movie Major League for its Movie Night. This Cleveland-themed flick is required viewing for native Northeastern Ohioans, and watching it conjures up thoughts of a winning season. Movie Night takes place in the brewery's tasting room. Just 10 bucks buys you a seat, a brew and a fresh bag of Campbell's popcorn. A full bar is also available featuring Great Lakes' five year-round beers plus a special pub exclusive draft. Ohio City neighbor Campbell's Sweets will roll in their retro popcorn cart, loaded with popcorn and other treats available for purchase throughout the night. Guests 21 and over must register and pay in advance on the website. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts promptly at 7. Look out, Wild Thing. 2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com

Wednesday, March 27

SOHO Kitchen and Bar will be hosting another installment of its popular Chicken Scratch. Each week, chef-owner Nolan Konkoski applies his southern charm and talents to an American staple: fried chicken. Starting at 5 p.m. – and running till they lock the doors at 10 – the restaurant sells fresh-fried chicken by the piece, with your choice of spicy or mild breast, thigh, drum, or whole wing. "We are kind of a gourmet KFC – but with really high-quality, all-natural, Ohio-raised chicken," says Konkoski. This chicken is no joke thanks to its buttermilk and seasoned flour recipe. The "scratch" refers to the scratch-made sides, and they are the supporting cast of this show. Eight different options include smoky mac and cheese, jalapeno hush puppies, deviled eggs, and yam waffles with Ohio maple syrup. 1889 W 25th St., 216-298-9090, sohocleveland.com

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