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Friday, November 22, 2019

GE’s Nela Park Holiday Lights to Shine Again for 95th Year

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 4:18 PM

  • Photo courtesy Cleveland Memory Project

GE Lighting's Nela Park is once again brightening up the blocks along Noble Road with holiday lights this upcoming season. The official light switch ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6.

Two years ago, for the first time since 1958, visitors were allowed to roll through the middle of the park campus to take in recreations of vintage light displays. However, with long wait times and backups cited as an issue, this year once again sees a return of the traditional display just outside of the gates and down Noble Road.

In the works for months, more than 500,000 LED light bulbs are used to make this year's Deck the Halls-themed displays a reality. Expect to also see a replica of the National Tree, which GE has lit for the last 57 years in Washington, D.C., along with a large, red ornament selfie station.

The lights will remain on through Jan. 6.

While you're waiting for the festivities to begin, take a walk down memory lane with vintage Nela Park holiday lighting photos right here.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Toboggan Season in Strongsville Opens the Day After Thanksgiving

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2019 at 11:04 AM

  • Photo via Cleveland Metroparks Facebook
Toboggan season at the Chalet in Strongsville's Mill Stream Run Reservation is just around the corner. The Cleveland Metroparks announced the opening of the twin ice chutes for Friday, Nov. 29, aka Black Friday.

The 700-foot refrigerated slides may seem harmless, but anyone who's taken a ride down with friends or family knows the drop can be as scream-inducing as a Cedar Point roller coaster.

The toboggan tracks are only open on weekends through March. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Depending on age, tickets cost anywhere from $6 to $12, but season passes are available as well.

Find out more about the destination right here.

The toboggan chutes have brought joy to Northeast Ohioans for decades, and you can check out some vintage photos right here.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Downtown Cleveland's Bigass Christmas Tree Gets Lit Nov. 30 for Winterfest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Downtown Cleveland's Winterfest celebration is set to twinkle once again this year. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30 — yes, two days after Thanksgiving, as it should be — the public is invited to Public Square for a tree lighting ceremony and other family merriment.

The event, which kicks off at 9 a.m., includes ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks, live music, craft stations, fireworks and a Santa sighting.

Those wanting to take advantage of the fist day of ice skating in public square should arrive starting at 9 a.m. to secure a time slot. Tickets are $10 and come with skate rentals. Those with their own skates only have to pay $7. The rink stays open until Feb. 28.

Note that the all-important tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Learn more about all the upcoming Winterfest activities right here. 

Check out photos of last year's event right here.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is Once Again Offering Free Admission on Thanksgiving

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 10:24 AM

  • Photo via Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Facebook
Thanksgiving is a trying time for many. From dealing with all the relatives you only see once a year, to battling that turkey coma, the holiday can often leave Ohioans feeling like they need to get out of the house.

Thankfully, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is offering a means of escape this season with free admission on the stuffing-and-mashed potatoes-filled holiday. That's right, all the adorable baby animals, along with their parents, are set to be on display rain or shine this Thanksgiving. 

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, and all visitors and families are welcome.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Donutfest Cleveland 2019 Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Vendors Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 11:01 AM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Update: Pertinent details of this year's Cleveland Donutfest, which brings the sugar rush to town Feb. 9, have finally been released. First, tickets for this year's event, held downtown at Red Space once again, go on sale this Friday.

We also know some of the vendors scheduled for attendance, including: Holey Toledough, Brewnuts, Madsen Donuts, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, Jack Frost, Urban Farmer, Fiona's Coffee Bar & Bakery, Joe Maxx Coffee Co., Circles on the Square, Jubilee Donuts and Duck Donuts.

Come Friday, find tickets here. Note that the last two events have sold out quickly.

(Original Post 11/29/2018): If just the mere thought of eating round, fried dough makes you say, "mmmm, donuts," than the return of Cleveland Donutfest should be cause for celebration.

Now coming for its third year on the shores of Lake Erie, the event is run out of Chicago and pops up around the country, local donut fiends should mark their calendars for Feb. 9 when Donutfest will be back in action.

Naturally, the location and list of local vendors (other than Brewnuts, see below) has yet to be announced, but sign up for the event email list to get all of the details straight to your inbox. In the past two years, tickets have gone fast so it's best to prepare.

Those lucky enough to go to last winter's event at Red Space got to taste donuts from Brewnuts, Jack Frost Donuts, the Vegan Doughnut Company, Urban Farmer and more.

Take a look at what went down at the 2018 event right here.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Update: Stella's Music Club to Host a Record Label Launch Party Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM

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  • Dan Cornelius
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Update: Last month, Stella’s Music Club announced that it would launch a record label. Now, it's just released more details regarding the label. All of the artists who sign with Stella’s Records will have their music produced by locally based Jim Wirt (Incubus). During the course of his lengthy career, Wirt has won numerous awards and his productions have sold more than 17 million records. Locally based sound engineer Jim Stewart will assist Wirt, and Warner Music will distribute the label’s releases.

The club will host a launch party that takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The first band who signed with the label, New York-based Birds in the Boneyard, will headline and perform songs from their first album, Presenting Birds in the Boneyard.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Retrograde Ohio House Passes Dumb Pro-Plastic Bag Bill, Another Solution in Search of Problem

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 3:49 PM

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While much of the nation, including major cities and America's largest supermarket chain, has moved toward plastic bag bans, Ohio continues its tradition of marching bodly, with sigils flying, in the opposite direction.

In defiance not only of environmental sustainability but of home rule, (the constitutional idea that municipalities should be allowed to govern themselves), the state's House of Representatives saw fit to pass HB625 yesterday, a vindictive piece of legislation that prohibits municipalities from regulating or taxing auxiliary containers like plastic bags. It's the same sort of preemptive legislation as the one that prohibits municipalities from regulating Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft.

HB625 is yet another solution in search of a problem, sharing sacred territory with such luminous doozies as the "Pastor Protection" law. That bill, passed earlier this year, was deemed a "farcical piece of public pouting" by opponents, one that amplified the narrative, beloved by the radical right, of besieged Christianity.

Just as no pastor has been forced to perform a marriage that contradicts or contravenes their sincerely held religious beliefs, no city in Ohio has assessed fees on auxiliary containers like plastic bags. That wouldn't have been the case for long, though. If the bill passes the Ohio Senate and is signed into law, as Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler said Friday she suspected it would, it will kill proposed fees under consideration in both Cleveland and Cincinnati.

"What's next?"Asked editor Chris Quinn on Friday's Reporters Roundtable. "Lead paint? Raw sewage in the lake? There's no way you can justify standing by it."

Quinn made a critical point: that while the bill's proponents (rural Republicans, mostly) have argued that this is a pro-business measure because it will remove the possibility of burdensome regulations for grocery stores and other businesses, the effects are more likely to be anti-business. Backwards laws like this one, at any rate, pursued at the behest of lobbyists — the bill's co-sponsor, George Lang (R - West Chester Township), has a plastic bag manufacturer in his district — make the state much less attractive, argued Quinn, for both residents and businesses. 

County Councilwoman Sunny Simon agreed. She had been pursuing a $0.10 fee on plastic bags in Cuyahoga County and had recently expressed confidence that if the state had not passed preemptive legislation, the county legislature would likely have gone along with a version of her proposal. Unlike an outright ban, the fee on plastic bags would have provided funding to grocery stores (those over 7,000 square feet, where the fee would be enforced) for administration and implementation while also providing funds for crucial environmental cleanups. Currently, 5.5 million pounds of plastic pollution contaminate Lake Erie each year. 

Simon told Scene that she'd known the bill was coming, and remains convinced that the Ohio legislature pays no attention to their own hypocrisy. (They love home rule and 'small government,' for example, until it's inconvenient for them and their donors.)

"They do whatever they want," she said. "And it's precisely this kind of backwards and self-serving thinking that is losing the state population, jobs and especially young people in our modern economy. We're a regressive state, and our population numbers prove it. Young people do not want to be here." 

Simon said that if Ohio bag manufacturers were willing to change and diversify in accordance with a changing economy, they'd recognize the economic benefits. Why not capitalize on the opportunity to manufacture reusable bags, she wondered.

"Instead of joining the rest of the world," Simon said, "[the legislature] has made it a priority to pollute our environment while enriching special interests. The pollution is egregious, and it's a horrible legacy to leave for our next generation. [This bill] is unconscionable." 

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