events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in August 2012

Get your calendars out: July’s practically done and August is on its way. Slow down 2012 – you’re going by too fast! Here’s what’s on my radar screen for the month of August 2012…


Ohio Blogging Association August Cleveland Blogger Roundtable

  • Thursday, August 16, 2012 starting at  5:30pm until 8:00pm
  • at The Happy Dog in Cleveland (5800 Detroit Avenue)
  • The OBA bloggers are getting together for a roundtable discussion. I’m challenging them to answer the question “what can happen when you take your online relationships offline?” The first step: show up that evening!
  • Cost: Free to attend – you pay for your food and beverage.
  • RSVP over at the Facebook event page.


Workshops at Nishkama Yoga: register at Nishkama’s MINDBODY website under the Workshops tab:

  • Beyond Basics with Marie Banks – Saturday, August 11 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted
  • Beyond Basics with Marie Banks – Saturday, August 18 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Nishkama Yoga Independence
  • Restorative Yoga with Bethany Thomas – Sunday, August 19 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM at Nishkama Yoga Independence
  • Restorative Yoga with Bethany Thomas – Sunday, August 26 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM at Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted
  • Pranayama and Meditation with Lori McCarthy – Sunday, August 26 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Nishkama Yoga Independence
  • Yoga for Athletes with Melanie Tessmer – Monday, August 27 from 7:30PM – 9:30PM at Nishkama Yoga Independence

Shakthi’s Yoga by the Falls

  • Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 9:00am until 10:00am
  • at Triangle Park in Chagrin Falls
  • Shakthi Paramasivan will teach a 60 minute vinyasa flow yoga class in the beautiful surroundings of this Cleveland suburb.
  • This event is FREE!
  • More info at the event page.

Yoga Rocks The Park Cleveland – Sessions #4 & #5

  • Saturday, August 11th and Saturday, August 25th – both starting at 10:00am
  • at Lincoln Park in Tremont
  • Marni Task is teaching the 8/11 session. Lyz Bly is teaching the 8/25 session.
  • Cost: $10 if you pre-register online!
  • More info online at


Twilight at the Zoo to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society

  • Friday, August 3 starting at 7:00PM (VIPs get going at 6:00PM!)
  • at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland
  • 18 bands scattered around the Zoo make for one of Cleveland’s best musical festivals all year long!
  • VIP is solid out, but general admission tickets are still available for $75 each.
  • More information and ticketing available at the Zoo website.

Krusty’s Summer Sauce Camp to benefit Malachi House

  • Saturday, August 4 from noon to dusk
  • at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland
  • Another one of Cleveland’s legendary events is finally “legal” & celebrating 21 years of summer fun! Admission includes all-you-can-eat summertime fare, adult libations and live music. 
  • Cost: Pre-sale tickets are available for $50. Tickets will be available at the gate for $60.
  • Visit Krusty’s Facebook event page for more information.

Vintage Ohio 

  • Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4
  • Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland
  • From their website: The Ohio Wine Association’s annual two-day summer event featuring local wineries, restaurants, and artisans. Or check out my recap from 2010.
  • Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate (discounted tickets available at Giant Eagle)
  • More info at

Ten Years of Rhapsody: A Progressive Arts Alliance Celebration with Grandmaster Flash

  • Saturday, August 11th starting at 7:30PM
  • at House of Blues in downtown Cleveland
  • From the PAA website: featuring a dance party with Grandmaster Flash, the turntable legend; a tribute to Project Five featuring Councilman Matt Zone, hip hop dance performances, hands on arts education experiences for all ages, a silent auction and more!
  • Cost: tickets start at $25 for general admission. VIP Lounge tickets available for $50 and All Access Dinner tickets are $150.
  • To purchase tickets, please visit the House of Blues website, or contact PAA at 216.772.4PAA (4722).

The Feast of the Assumption

  • Wednesday, August 15 through Saturday, August 18
  • along Mayfield Road in the Little Italy neighborhood of University Circle
  • From the church’s website: For the past 113 years, the Parish of Holy Rosary has hosted the celebration of Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. While primarily a celebration of the August 15th holy day of the Catholic church, many attendees come to take advantage of the celebrations, food, beverages and sense of community.
  • Cost: Free to attend – you pay for your own food and beverage
  • Visit Holy Rosary Church’s website for more information.

Night at the Zoovies to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society

  • Friday, August 24 starting at 7:30PM
  • at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland
  • A new special event to the Zoo’s calendar, here’s your Meet some fellow Clevelanders while you check out the zoo, then watch The Breakfast Club in the Zoo’s Amphitheater
  • Cost: $30 per person or $50 for two people.
  • More information and ticketing available at the Zoo website.

What events are on your “must attend” list this upcoming month?

Disclosure: I was offered media passes to some – but not all – of these events, work for Nishkama Yoga and with Progressive Arts Alliance, organize the OBA meet ups and just generally love a well-planned event. I share these out of my hope that you’ll get out into CLE and have some fun. My thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 7.27.2012

For your reading pleasure, it’s time to again share some of my favorite posts and articles from the past week…


The Art of Manliness featured Cleveland’s own Dan Deagan in So You Want My Job: Restaurant Owner. I love the insight that Deagan provides – and the picture they used in the post!


First:  read Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25. Then read the comments on that post. Hilarious.

Second: read one of the rebuttals: Why only people over 40 should do social media for a living. Make sure to read the author’s final note: such a valid point. I’m off to update my bio photos…


My girl Kimberly hit the nail on the head with her post last Friday: Making Friends As An Adult.

I really needed MizFitOnline’s Four Tips For Flying Your Freak Flag this week. Rock on, Carla.

Yoganonymous’ blog reminds us that Practice Makes… Well, Practice. Remember: all that practice on your mat in turn helps you off of it.

And a huge thanks to Morgan at Becoming Rooks for sharing this infographic – just in time for the Olympics!

(picture source:

With those rules, I think we all might be a bit tipsy by the end of today! Enjoy your weekend!

CLE food: brunch at Lucky’s Cafe

My favorite Columbus-ians (because I still don’t know what the proper term is) / foodie friends Erin and Brian were in Cleveland for the weekend. In our usual tradition, I emailed Erin a list of possible restaurants based on her criteria. This occasion’s included finding somewhere to have Sunday Brunch at 9:00AM. That helped narrow the list – you’d be surprised how many places open at 10AM! But Erin was craving some coffee from one of Cleveland’s favorite brunch spots, so we were off to Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont.

We arrived right before 9:00AM and were seated on the patio. I have never noticed this coffee mug on top of the building before that day!

As Hans and I went for coffee and Brian went for decaf, Erin mixed things up with an iced coffee – which she later highly praised using the word “awesome”. Her craving was satisfied! After learning about the daily specials from our very chill and zen waiter (the boy must do some yoga in his spare time), we chose the following off their brunch menu:

Brian chose the Biscuits with Cheddar scallion biscuits topped with soft scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. Served with hash brown potatoes and grapes.

I knew this was an excellent menu item since I had the opportunity to try this upon my first visit to Lucky’s way back in 2009. (What a difference nearly three years of blogging makes!) Brian was very content with his choice.

Erin went with the Canoewreck with curried Tofu, hash browns, seasonal veggies, and Brewers yeast, served with Como toast and fresh fruit.

Erin admitted that she liked Lucky’s Canoewreck more than she liked their Shipwreck (made with bacon and cheddar cheese), but seemed to be a bit jealous of Brian’s uber fluffy eggs on his biscuit.

Hans ordered the Breakfast Burritos with veggie scrambled eggs rolled in flour tortillas, covered with a guajillo pepper sauce & cheddar cheese, baked in a casserole and served with hash browns.

I don’t remember Hans saying a word from the time this dish was placed in front of him until a few moments after the plate was cleared.

As for me, I selected the Omelette with spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and white cheddar cheese, served in fresh local eggs w/ hash browns & banana bread.

Hans snagged the banana bread and I dug in. I made a valiant effort, but only made it half way thru the fluffy breakfast staple and accompanying chunks of potato. The leftovers didn’t last long as they were gone at lunch!

Even though we could see a line forming outside the front of the restaurant, I appreciated that our waiter didn’t try to rush us once we were done eating – he actually encouraged us to take our time finishing up.  The rest of my entree packed safely in a to-go box, we enjoyed a few more moments on Lucky’s porch chatting away while surrounded by their beautiful garden. The perfect start to any Sunday!

LONG STORY SHORT: I always hesitate to go to Lucky’s Cafe on the weekend because of just how busy it gets. But now I know the secret: the early bird always gets the worm. And in this case, a delicious meal and plenty of coffee to keep you going all day.

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