Spring Showers: What to Do On A Rainy Day (a guest blog at Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog)

April showers bring May flowers, right? Now, I know I missed a good chunk of this month as I was away in Colorado for back-to-back yoga trainings (more on that next week), but there’s something about the spring rain that puts me in a sense of calm — and eases my poor Grady dog’s brand new tree pollen allergy!

Even after all that calming energy, I, too, get stir crazy and am ready to get out and about, no matter the Spring weather conditions. Turns out so do the folks about Cleveland Plus, so we teamed up to give Northeast Ohioans inspiration on what to do when the weather turns south.

Visit the Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog to read my guest post, Spring Showers: What to Do On A Rainy Day in Cleveland Plus.

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Many thanks to the wonderful team at Cleveland Plus for inviting me back to guest post! In case you missed my previous posts, click on over to read:


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GIVEAWAY: Market at the Food Bank (to benefit Harvest for Hunger)

NORTHEAST OHIO FOOD & WINE EVENT ALERT — NUMBER TWO: Spring benefit season is on a roll, and the next to share on my list of annual favorites is the 2016 Market at the Food Bank to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Harvest for Hunger campaign.

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This annual Harvest for Hunger fundraiser features cuisine and beverages from more than 50 of Northeast Ohio’s restaurants & beverage purveyors (the incredible list is here on the event website), live entertainment, auction items to bid on, local celebrities to mingle with and the opportunity to help the Food Bank’s most important task: alleviate hunger in the community.

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In case you’re not familiar, Harvest for Hunger “is an annual awareness campaign aimed at fighting hunger in 21 of Ohio’s counties… a joint effort of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.” (from the Harvest for Hunger website)  You can see it’s wide spread effect in our community, and supporting its efforts is becoming more important than ever.

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This year’s Market at the Food Bank event runs 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, located at 15500 South Waterloo Road in Cleveland. General admission tickets are $125 per person and includes all of the mentioned above plus valet parking. Tickets can be purchased online at this webpage.

…or you can enter to win two tickets to the May 1st event here on the blog this week via the Rafflecopter:

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You have until THIS THURSDAY, April 29th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the PIP Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the fundraiser on Sunday, May 1st.

Support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank not only by attending this event, but by also following their FacebookTwitter and Instagram feeds.

Disclosure: Images ℅ Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend Market at the Food Bank 2016 with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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GIVEAWAY: Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration 2016

NORTHEAST OHIO FOOD & WINE EVENT ALERT: If you’ve been craving the chance to stroll, snack and sip around our area, you are in luck as I’ll be bringing you info about three solid non-profit fundraisers coming up all within in a five day span at the end of this month/beginning of next. First up, the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration 2016 to benefit Veggie U:

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Support Veggie U’s Classroom Garden education programs and join the non-profit on Saturday, April 30th for an evening of delicious cuisine, unique wine selections and fun entertainment including music from Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band, a wine pull and silent auction. Serious though: with this culinary line up, how can a Cleveland foodie go wrong?

VUFWC Participating Restaurants

Most importantly (even above our love of incredible food and beverage), proceeds will help Veggie U reach its goals of providing “great food and great fun for our guests, but to also make sure the Veggie U story is told” as shared by Nadia Clifford, Veggie U’s Executive Director. For example, did you know that Veggie U Classroom Gardens grow in every Cleveland Metropolitan and Akron Public elementary school, as well as schools across the country? It’s incredible just how far one organization can reach.

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The event runs 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at The 925 Building (AKA the old Huntington Bank building) at 925 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Tickets are $100 per person and includes all of the mentioned above plus valet parking. Tickets can be purchased online at this Eventbrite site or by calling (440) 774-8344.

…or you can enter to win two tickets to the April 30th event here on the blog this week via the Rafflecopter:

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You have until THIS FRIDAY, April 22nd at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the PIP Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th.

Get to know the Veggie U better: Visit VeggieU.org, as well as give the non-profit a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. Get a sneak peek of this year’s fundraiser by checking out the 2012 and the 2014 events Facebook photo albums capturing all the food and fun.

Disclosure: Event images ℅ Veggie U. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration 2016 with a guestAll thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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