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GIVEAWAY: Market at the Food Bank {to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank}

Personally, my favorite sign of spring? All the non-profit food and wine events, of course!

One of my favorites includes Market at the Food Bank. This year, it’s taking place on Sunday, May 4 and, as always, benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and its Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Each dollar raised provides the Food Bank the resources to distribute four meals to our community members in need. By supporting this event, you can help the non-profit raise enough money to provide more than one million meals in one evening. Truly amazing!

General admission tickets are $85 per person. Purchase online to get your tickets today…


The list of restaurants is QUITE impressive – check out the event website at www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/Market2014 for an up-to-date listing.

…or you can enter two win two tickets to the May 4th Market at the Food Bank event this week on the blog! Enter via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Friday, April 25th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this event takes place in Cleveland, make sure you can attend before entering.  So why not enter to win today?!

Want to learn more about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank?  Check out their Facebook page,  and follow @CleveFoodbank on Twitter, @clefoodbank on Instagram and the #MarketatFB hashtag to keep up-to-date on all of the fine foodie eats that evening.

Disclosure: All images ℅ the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In exchange for running this giveaway, I will receive two media passes to the May 4th event. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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event recap & guest post: Yuri’s Night Cleveland at Great Lakes Science Center

A NOTE FROM PIP:  As I am freshly home from a yoga training in California (more on that on that week), today’s guest post comes to you from a recent giveaway winner. Take it away, Valerie!


As someone who formally attended Space Camp (yeah, total space geek here) I simply HAD to enter to win tickets to Yuri’s Space Night Party in the giveaway on Poise in Parma. Of course, I was pretty thrilled when Alicia contacted me to let me know I won. Knowing that I’m a blogger too (Motherhood in Progress) Alicia asked if I’d be willing to guest post to let you know how the event went. I’m more than happy to share with you today!

My husband was out of town the weekend of the event, but luckily my good friend Stephanie was more than happy to join me and grandma was willing to babysit so we got in a much needed girls night out.

We pulled into the garage at the Great Lakes Science Center shortly before 8 (parking was FREE for the event too, which is always appreciated!) and took a jam packed elevator to the main floor along with an astronaut, a rebel pilot, and a few other interesting characters.


There were plenty of people checking in and the band was already playing. We took a few laps around the Science Center just to check everything out and get our bearings. We first passed by some storm troopers and bounty hunters deep in conversation on the main level.

As we continued on there were several make and take stations busy with people making their own mini lightsabers, Yuri’s night LED pins, and Dr. Who bowties. Since it was a gorgeous night we grabbed a drink and headed outside where another band was setting up and the weather was perfect for looking out at the lake and Rock Hall. We then came in and grabbed a snack from one of the buffets which was filled with fried treats all night (and a cheese and cracker station too) and wandered around some more to see all the fantastic costumes!


Perfect Weather to enjoy the viewing deck at the Great Lakes Science Center!

You could check out the Science Center exhibits all night, hear a talk on “blockbuster technology” (by David DaFelice), dance to tunes by Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean or DJ OZMTZ on the Discover Stage or check out DJ 41SE7EN in the blacklight lounge (where you could also sketch on the walls with glow in the dark markers or grab a glowing gin and tonic). Other activities included the Big Science Show, Cleveland Game Night, Are You Smarter than an Astronaut with Greg Johnson and a balloon drop at midnight.


The New Blacklight Lounge

Hands-down, my favorite part though was seeing all the fantastic costumes! Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and plenty more Sci-Fi favorites were all represented as well as some very creative handmade creations. Fittingly though a Yuri costume took home the grand prize of the night.

I’m definitely putting this one on the calendar again for next year.

event recap: PlayhouseSquare’s Jump Back Ball 0023

My anxiety almost got the better of me last weekend. It still will sneak up when I’m forced into certain public environments – shopping malls being one of them. But with a gala on the horizon, I sucked it up and headed out to find a purple sequin dress at Nordstrom Rack at Legacy Village on President’s Day. And after a few text messages to my favorite ladies and with a pair of heels that I already had, jewelry borrowed from my mom,  my trusty hair straightener and my sturdy redhead by my side, we were ready for PlayhouseSquare’s Jump Back Ball.

collage lobby hans and me

We met up with our friend Jen for a pre-gala adult beverage at Cowell + Hubbard, and then met up with the rest of our VIP-ing crew to head straight for the State Theatre stage. There, the beverages were flowing care of Buckeye Vodka…

Collage buckeye vodka

…and the food was served care of Driftwood Restaurant Group.  I was incredibly excited to find hearty gluten-free options including shepard’s pie, white asparagus, chicken satay and what I believe was a chopped salad similar to what is on (or at least used to be) on the Hodge’s menu. If it weren’t for the heavy flowing cocktails, I probably would have snuck back around for more. The dessert table towards the end of the evening made up for it though. Dark chocolate covered cheesecake pops are now my new favorite things in the world.

When not eating and drinking, we enjoyed all the event had to offer.  We shared what we wanted to do before the next Jump Back Ball:

Collage before next jump back ball

Mine says “teach more yoga!” Yes, my husband is trying to get FAR FAR away from me. 

We danced. A LOT.  Two sequin dresses together makes for one sparkling sight to see.

collage dancing to band on stage

We sang along. A LOT. My Muppet like facial expressions strike again.

collage singing pop rocks

We enjoyed a wonderful evening with my favorite people. A LOT.

Collage on the dance floor in lobby

It really doesn’t get any better than that.

PlayhouseSquare Partners is a wonderful way to get active in your community, especially if you have a love of the arts – and for really good parties, ha!  Major credit goes out to my ladies Kimberly for co-chairing this year’s event, and Amanda and Jen for being great volunteers for the Partners’ organization. Them, plus many others, spent countless hours pulling together this benefit that raises more than $125,000 for PlayhouseSquare each year. It’s not just one of the hottest parties – it’s helping the non-profit achieve its mission – something I will always support. Learn more about the group at http://www.playhousesquare.org/Partners.

Just want to know more about PlayhouseSquare? Stay up-to-date with all of their social media happenings: follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, or on Instagram at @playhousesquare.

Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2014 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing  information and purchasing one event ticket, I will receive one complimentary ticket to the February 22, 2014 event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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