GIVEAWAY: 7th Annual Run-Walk for Pierogies

Happy heat wave, Cleveland! Call me crazy, but I love when this weather breaks — it makes me want to put on my sneakers and get outside. I almost got out for my long-awaited first towpath bike ride of the year yesterday!! And as much as I keep saying I’ve retired my runners, I may need to lace up those shoes and get Baby Brenna in her BOB stroller the first Saturday in July for the 7th Annual Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies.

The 7th Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies will take at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Saturday, July 1 at 8:30 am. (Nothing like a fun run to get me going on my birthday, right?!) This year’s event benefits the Parma Senior High School Hockey Team, the Parma Charitable Fund, Parma Boy Scout Troop 221 and Tri-C Scholarships.

From that time I talked WhyCLE? into running a 5K by promising her one of her favorite foods.

Here’s the schedule for race morning:

  • Registration and Race Day Packet Pick Up: 7:00am (cash or check only if you’re registering race morning)
  • 5K starts at 8:30am
  • 1 Mile starts at 8:35am
  • Pierogi eating commences once you cross the finish line!

Here’s what it will cost you to participate that morning:

  • 5K Run: $20 pre-registration, $25 race day
  • 1 Mile Fun Walk: $20 pre-registration, $25 race day
  • Ages 11 and under: $10 pre-registration, $10 race day

What do you get?

  • Short sleeve cotton t-shirt  (the first 600 pre-registered are guaranteed a t-shirt!)
  • Post race food and drinks
  • Awards to top finishers
  • B-Tag timing results

So what are you waiting for?!

Register at the Hermes Cleveland website

…or you can enter to win a 5K race entry to their July 1st event here on the blog this week via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS THURSDAY, June 15th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page.  As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the 5K on Saturday, June 1st. 

Learn more about the Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies: Visit the race website, give the restaurant a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter.  Spread the good news by inviting friends via the Facebook event page! And get ready to eat Parma’s finest and well-know delicacy!

FYI, online registration will close on Friday, June 30 at 9:00 am. Please note that there is NO EARLY PACKET PICK UP. Get there early on race morning! For more information about the event, contact City Council President Sean Brennan at or tweet at him @BrennanforParma like I do, ha!

Disclosure: Logo ℅ Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies. I was invited to share information about this July 1st 5K via a race entry giveaway for one lucky reader. I will receive a complimentary race entry for this event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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The Longest Day (to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association)

Turns out there’s a lot happening this month! I found out earlier this week that June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and today I’m teaming up with the Cleveland Chapter to help spread the word about The Longest Day.

The Longest Day is a signature event for the Alzheimer’s Association. Held on the summer solstice (June 21st), teams across the globe honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease with strength, heart and endurance. From sunrise to sunset, teams participate by putting their passion to good work — doing what they love, trying something new or selecting an activity that honors a friend or family member.

The Longest Day events can occur throughout the month, not only on June 21. Here’s a calendar of public events if you’re interested in other local happenings. New events are being added almost daily!

Personally, I immediately noticed these two public yoga events:

Sunday, June 18 from 11 am to 12:15 pm
at The Studio Cleveland (1395 W 10th St., #120, Cleveland, OH 44113)
Kasimira Vogel will lead the class.
Register by contacting Kasimira at 216-621-7085 or at
Registrants are asked to give a donation that is meaningful to them.

Sunday, June 25 from 11 am to 12:15 pm
at the Atma Center (2319 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118)
Beverly Singhand will lead a Yoga for Every Body class.
Free information on 10 Ways to Love Your Brain and other Alzheimer’s Association materials will be available.
Register by contacting Beverly at
Registrants are asked to give a donation that is meaningful to them.

If you are a yogi in Cleveland and have never been to either one of these studios, it’s the perfect opportunity to practice and give back locally!

Connect with the Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area Chapter at their website or on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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June is Ohio Wine Month!

Cheers to you, friends: June is Ohio Wine Month! Until recently, I didn’t realize I had a reason to celebrate one of my favorite beverages in this specific month. But then, the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) got in touch with me to spread the good news!

Did you know the state of Ohio is the 8th largest wine producer in the U.S.? I had NO idea! Today, 268 wineries call the Buckeye State home! The OGIC makes it incredibly easy to find the closest ones to you via their interactive website feature — available here. While I am trying to find some free time this month to venture out to a nearby winery, I managed to quench my thirst for an Ohio wine in the meantime at a local wine retailer.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to swing by The Little Birdie Wine Nest in Parma, Ohio. Located on Broadview Road, I drove by this adorable shop far too many times to have never been in it before — and how glad am I that I finally stopped by!

Upon my arrival — with napping Baby B in town (#parentoftheyear) — I was pleasantly surprised to see a long wall filled with a selection of wine to choose from. With a little bit of help from the shop’s staff, I found a bottle of Ohio-made sparkling wine from Valley Vineyards to take home while unpacking moving boxes. As I love to say, #ABC — always be celebrating — and there’s not better way to celebrate than with champagne, right?!

While the Little Birdie Wine Nest had a wide array of offerings from all over the world, it was so nice to know that I could buy a bottle of wine made within the state we reside in — all right around the corner from my house!

Get in on the Ohio Wine Month fun by entering the #30CheersOH Daily Contest: The OGIC is hosting a contest throughout the month. To enter:

  • Share a photo on social media at an Ohio winery or enjoying an Ohio wine from a participating retailer
  • Tag the photos with the hashtags #OhioWine and #30CheersOH
  • Post on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) any time between June 1- June 30

Each day the committee will randomly pick a winner using those hashtags and give away something wine-related, including gift certificates, wares and souvenirs via participating wineries and retailers. At the end of the month, all 30 winners will automatically be entered into a grand prize drawing for pizza, a winery tour and overnight stay at French Ridge Vineyards in Holmes County!

Heading to an Ohio winery this month? Share your experience by tagging #30CheersOH and #OhioWine! If all goes as planned, I may run into you there!

Connect with the Ohio Grape Industries Committee online at their website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Ohio Wine Month on behalf of The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC).  I was compensated for my participation via a gift card.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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event preview: 17th annual Race for the Place (to benefit The Gathering Place)

Happy June, Cleveland! It seems like when Memorial Day hits, Northeast Ohio’s 5K calendar comes to life. You can’t go a weekend without a race happening near you! Looking for one this weekend? Check out the 17th Annual Race for the Place, presented by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, to benefit The Gathering Place.


Don’t know this Cleveland organization? “The Gathering Place opened in January 2000 as a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center to fill an unmet need in the greater Cleveland community. The programs and services offered address the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their support network. The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge… To date The Gathering Place has served more than 37,000 individuals who have made over 291,000 visits.” (c/o The Gathering Place)

Join your fellow Northeast Ohioans for this 5K / 1 Mile event on Sunday, June 4th at Beachwood Place to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and support the programs and services at The Gathering Place. Here’s how race day will go down:

  • 7:30am – Race Day Registration opens
  • 8:00am – Celebration Village opens for fun family activities
  • 8:45am – Cancer Survivor Ceremony
  • 9:00am – 5K and 1 Mile Begin
  • 10:15am – Awards ceremony

Entry fees, as of today — Online registration closes at 9AM on Saturday, June 3rd:

  • 5K (Age 16+): $30
  • 5K (Age 5 – 16): $20
  • 1 Mile (Age 16+): $25
  • 1 Mile (Age 5 – 16): $15

Visit to register for Sunday’s race!

…or you can enter to win a 5K race entry to their June 4th event here at my Instagram feed TODAY! Enter by 11:59am tonight — I’ll pick a winner first thing tomorrow!

Keep in touch with The Gathering Place: Visit to learn more about their work in our community, give the non-profit a like on Facebook and follows on Twitter and Instagram. And share the Facebook event page to help spread the word!

Disclosure: Images ℅ The Gathering Place. I was asked to help promote the event and the non-profit agreed to provide a race entry to one lucky reader.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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