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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Here's How To Support The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland for National Give OUT Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM

  • National Give OUT Day

Today marks National Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community. Today focuses on a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites donors and nonprofit organizations from across the country to raise critically needed funds.

For Cleveland attorney and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) Board of Directors member Justin Gould, it's so much more than just monetary donations. Gould has agreed to match any donations until he reaches his goal of raising $1,000 for Give OUT Day. According to his fundraising page, "In this season of resistance, it is more important than ever to invest in and support the people, places, and organizations that sustain us."

The Center is a leading nonprofit organization that empowers Northeast Ohio’s LGBTQ community through advocacy, education, collaboration and celebration. Additionally, The Center serves as a welcoming and visible place to unite the community for resources, support, connections and programming. Educational opportunities, health services, advocacy training and year round social events for the LGBTQ community and allies are also offered at the space.

The Center is set to re-open its doors in a new space in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on June 2nd. Funds raised provide much needed support for core operations improvement, which enables the center to deliver excellent programs and services necessary to effectively serve northeast Ohio's LGBTQ community.

To donate to Attorney Gould's fundraiser click here.

To donate directly to the LGBT Center click here.

For more information on the LGBT Center, visit their website by clicking here.

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Ivanka Trump Heads to Rocky River Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:43 PM

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President Trump's favorite daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump is appearing at the Rocky River Senior Center tomorrow touting the passing of her father's tax plan. Also coming to the event is U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, along with Sen. Rob Portman and Congressmen Jim Renacci.

Of course the event is not technically a campaign rally, but guests at the town-hall discussion can no doubt expect to hear a lot of praise for the president and his "signature legislation." 

Now if you were thinking about attending tomorrow's 10:30 a.m. forum, rest assured you're most likely not on the list, as only 300 people were extended invites.

It's unclear how long Trump will stick around in the Cleveland suburb after she's done speaking.
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Lakewood Pin-Up Boutique Retro Rosiee to Close April 30

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:35 AM

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For over two years, guys, gals and non-binary pals of all shapes and sizes were able to find the fun and flirty fashions of yesteryear by taking a visit to Retro Rosie. Owned and operated by Miranda Scott, Retro Rosie is a pin-up boutique featuring the stylings of Swing, Flapper, Tea, Wiggle and Rockabilly dresses in addition to beauty products and vintage accessories.

Unfortunately, Retro Rosie will be closing its doors for good on at the end of the month. Scott spoke to Scene stating, "Retro Rosie provided a fun, adorable and feisty space for women to come shop and be themselves, and to feel empowered. I’m really proud of all those moments I had in my shop."

This unique shop also featured an extensive plus-size selection, a demographic frequently ignored by the vintage fashion industry. "I think the lack of plus sizes available is really disappointing. It just wasn’t even a question in my mind for me to bring a full size range to Retro Rosie," said Scott. Retro Rosie's closing follows the closing of plus-size specialty shop Re/Dress' brick and mortar location. Scott continued, "It’s just mind blowing to me that some shops don’t carry plus size when the average size is a 16. I hope more big box and local shops step up and start recognizing people of all sizes."

Retro Rosie is closing its doors, but the ever-popular Cleveland Vegan will be taking over the space and expanding their restaurant. Miranda Scott has been their neighbor for the last two years, so she's seen firsthand the need for their expansion. "They are killing it and are busy from sun up to sun down, they all work so hard!"

As for Scott, this is not the last we'll see of her. "I’m closing Retro Rosie to open a Modern Witchcraft store. It’s so amazing how it all fell into place for me. I feel like it’s meant to be."

The new location won't be far from Retro Rosie, still off of Detroit and near the Proper Pig.

"I have been going to Salem, Massachusetts for the last three years and I’m obsessed with the shops there." Scott said. "I practice witchcraft and I’m really into spirituality, meditation, and holistic healing and empowering my mind. The new shop will incorporate all of those things and I can’t wait!"

Retro Rosie closes on April 30 and is currently liquidating all of the shop's remaining merchandise. Retro Rosie is located at 17110 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sneaker Con Returns to Cleveland Next Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:38 PM

If you're looking for the latest Yeezy's or that elusive pair of LeBron XV/Kith collaboration, look no further than Sneaker Con. Billed as "The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth," the event is designed to cause sneakerheads of all kinds to salivate all over themselves.

With over 300 vendors and more than 150,000 pairs of sneakers on site, pretty much every hard-to-find sneaker will be available at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Saturday, April 28, through Sunday, April 29.

While deals are possible to find at the convention, the most rare and popular sneakers can sell for thousands of dollars, especially shoes that are sold out everywhere else. Expect to find the recently-released Nike Wotherspoon Air Max 97/1, reselling for over $600, fashion brand Off-White's collaboration with Nike, which has now released over ten different sneakers and can re-sell for over $2,000 and Kanye West's Adidas collab, the Wave Runner 700, which is going for around $400 to $500.

In addition to all of the vendors, you'll find YouTube sneaker stars signing autographs and posing with fans. There's also "the Pit," an area where anyone can bring sneakers to trade and/or sell with other sneakerheads.

Sneaker Con has come to Cleveland multiple times in the past and this will be the second year in a row it's been at the Convention Center. The event started in 2009 as a single day event in New York City. Now, as sneaker culture continues to thrive worldwide, the founders bring their show on the road to places like Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles and even international cities like Montreal and London.

The event will start at noon on both days and go until 7 p.m. You can purchase a single-day ticket for $25 here or a two-day pass for $40.

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Big Fun Plots Return With Sweeties Candy Partnership

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:13 PM

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There's some big news about the future of Big Fun. After announcing its closure in January, the beloved Cleveland Heights toy store has announced its return in the form of a partnership with b.a. Sweetie Candy Company. In a merger that should thrill not just Cleveland's kids, but also adults who like to gorge on candy and vintage Star Trek action figures, the new store is set to open June 1 under the name Sweeties Big Fun. The new location will be at Pinecrest in Orange Village, the eccentric toy store announced in a Facebook post.

Sweeties Big Fun will feature inventory from both Big Fun and Sweeties Brookpark Road spot, the largest candy store in North America. Big Fun's Coventry storefront should remain open through May, drastically minimizing the time Cleveland has to go without its resident toy labyrinth.

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Historic Changes to SNAP Could Mean More Hunger in Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:02 PM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Historic changes to one of the nation's foremost anti-hunger programs will be debated today in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.

After its release just last week, the House of Representatives' version of the 2018 Farm Bill is expected to move swiftly through the House, which is troublesome to hunger-fighting groups including the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

That organization's executive director, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, said the proposal imposes a strict work mandate for those receiving help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

"Let me be clear," she said. "The current bill as it stands will increase hunger and contribute to escalating health-care costs instead of maintaining our country's long-term commitment to providing hunger relief and working to prevent hunger and food insecurity."

Currently, SNAP recipients aged 18 to 49 without dependents are subject to work requirements. The legislation would expand the age to 59, and include parents with children ages 6 and older. Those who fall short of the 20-hour-per-week work requirement could lose benefits after one month.

Supporters of the bill have maintained that the changes will incentivize work and lift people out of poverty, while continuing support for those in need.

According to Hamler-Fugitt, the majority of SNAP recipients already are employed, but often in low-paying, part-time positions with inflexible hours that make it difficult to meet work requirements. She noted that some 375,000 Ohioans lost SNAP assistance after the state rejected a work-requirement wavier four years ago.

"Many of them were not able to get employment. They could no longer stand in grocery store checkout lines in order to purchase food," she said. "Instead they've been forced into food bank, food pantry, and soup kitchen lines in order to feed themselves."

The Farm Bill is renewed every five years, and Hamler-Fugitt noted that it typically has bipartisan support.

"Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural interests all work together acknowledging and understanding the interconnectedness of our country's food system," she said. "This partisan farm bill undermines nutrition assistance for vulnerable Ohioans who are already living on the margins."

The nearly 1.5 million Ohioans who rely on SNAP assistance receive, on average, about $120 a month to help buy groceries.

Details of the legislation are online at
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Uninterrupted's New 'Trophies' Profiles LeBron, Draymond Green in Post Season

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 1:55 PM

The Cavaliers are back at the Q tonight to hopefully obliterate the Indiana Pacers. And in preparation, Uninterrupted released its first episode of "Trophies," which takes a look at the grueling post season experience of LeBron James and Golden State's Draymond Green.

This first video caught up with James before and after Sunday's shattering loss.

"Post season 2018, man. Let's get this thing crackin'," James said prior to the game. Following the game, he seemed down, but also positive. Watch his comments (and crazy workouts) below: 

Each episode of the series will run, at the most, two minutes long, and feature the two basketball stars as they (hopefully, in James' case) make it through their teams' respective bracket.

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