…featuring another interesting combination of local non-profits, yoga, flappers, organic ingredients and yet again not watching the Browns game…
THURSDAY MORNING with The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
Starting my weekend a day early, the kind folks at The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland invited me to join them Thursday morning at Quicken Loans Arena as they unveiled their new annual campaign. And what a campaign it is. The Hunger Network teamed up with TWIST Creative to make Northeastern Ohioans realize we all have a seat at the table. That we’re all responsible in bringing an end to hunger. It was an inspiring morning, especially in those moments where their team and volunteers spoke of the Hunger Network’s Dana Irribarren, who passed away on Wednesday, October 14th, and all the amazing things she accomplished in her lifetime. I left that day feeling incredibly thankful: not only to learn so much more about this Cleveland non-profit, not only to reconnect with some old friends also in attendance — but for the fact that I daily take for granted that I have access to food that many in our community do not. Check out hungernetwork.org to learn more about their work in NEO.
FRIDAY EVENING at Evolution Yoga
After sneaking in a quick visit at my favorite East side hair studio, I kicked off the weekend at my other favorite East side studio and settled in to teach my Friday night “happy hour” vinyasa flow class at Evolution Yoga. And speaking of weekends: THIS WEEKEND — November 14 & 15 — Evolution Yoga is offering FREE classes to those new to our studio or returning after a six month hiatus. This open house is in conjunction with the grand opening of Cafe Avalaun (located in the same plaza, at the corner of Emery & Richmond Roads in Warrensville Heights). Click here to learn about the open house/weekend class schedule. I teach Sundays at 10am, FYI…
SATURDAY EVENING with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter
With Hans out of town for work last week, we needed a date night to catch up & chance to get out on the town. Luckily, we had Toast of the Town, a wine tasting fundraiser and social event benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter, to look forward to on Saturday evening. Held at The Ballroom at Park Lane, we took advantage of all the event had to offer: an amazing historical event venue, delicious food from Spice of Life Catering (including gluten free flatbreads!! #bestillmyheart), plenty of wine, neat auction baskets, a photo booth (always our favorite), plus the Ohio State football game on a big screen at the bar. On top of it all, I was so incredibly proud of my good friend Catie and her team — they pulled together an amazing 1920′s themed event, raising more than $35,000 that evening. Nice work, lady! Keep up with our local CCFA chapter at their Facebook page.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON with Door To Door Organics – Ohio in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
After a morning of discovering new music, teaching some more yoga and cleaning our house for an open house (LMK if you’re interested in a four bedroom, 2.5 bath in Parma BTW), Hans headed North to the Cavs game and Grady and I ventured South to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Happy Days Lodge to attend Door to Door Organics - Ohio‘s Good Food Gathering. The fuzz and I had a lovely time catching up with our DTDO friends, plus those at the Bearded Buch, Hartzler Family Dairy, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Inca Tea, Phoenix Coffee vendor tables. We head out for our 3.5 mile hike on the Boston Run Trail (just across the street from the Lodge) well fueled by kombucha, coffee and good times.
If you’re left asking how our weekend went, I think Grady’s smile says it all.
Disclosure: In case you’re new here, welcome! Many already know I am a yoga teacher at Evolution Yoga. (psst. my full teaching schedule is here.) The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter and Door To Door Organics-Ohio provided me complimentary admission to their respective events. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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