April events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland

I’m a bit behind on sharing the array of Cleveland events on my radar screen for the month of April 2012. My apologies, but don’t fret: there’s still plenty of time to plan for the following happenings:

Yuri's Night banner(source)

Saturday, April 7: Yuri’s Night Space Party at the Great Lakes Science Center from 8:00PM – 1:00AM
Featuring: live music by Disco Inferno, Jello shots, Midnight OMNIMAX movie Hubble, adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest, a trivia contest and more!
Buy your tickets here: http://www.museumtix.com/program/program.aspx?vid=803&pid=7752422&pvt=glsc

Monday, April 9: Lake Erie Moose Society April Blogger Meetup at Market Avenue Wine Bar from 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Featuring the following topic: “Let’s talk about maintenance. What should you check periodically to make sure your readers are seeing what you want them to see?” Boy, could have I used this information about two weeks ago…
More info here: http://www.meetup.com/Lake-Erie-Moose-Society/events/53127332/

Monday, April 16: Fundraiser for West Side Community House at Johnny Mango from 11AM – 11PM
The details: Print this flyer (http://www.wschouse.org/images/uploads/Mangos_Flyer_-_2012-04-16.pdf) and dine at Johnny Mango that day so 20% of purchases will be donated to West Side Community House -take out orders also apply for donations!
More info and to access the flyer: https://www.facebook.com/events/350833531619296/

Tuesday, April 17: Ohio Blogging Association April Cleveland Blogger Beer Tasting with The Brewer’s Daughter at Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar from 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Featuring: a beer tasting lead by Renee from The Brewer’s Daughter: includes five different brews and foos. Cost: $20/per person, payable at the door.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/191074104334897/

Wednesday, April 18: Emerging Chefs and AMP 150 Present Garden Party at AMP 150 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Featuring: the celebration of “the planting of AMP 150’s garden with a sweet collection of cuisine inspired by the carnival of a Garden Party… With a farm-to-table approach for over 15 years in his restaurants, Chef Jeff Jarrett has spent his life exemplifying how ingredients define the experience.”
To purchase tickets: http://emergingchefs2012-2.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, April 21: 40th Annual Spring Classic 10 mile and 5K at Bonnie Park Pavilion in Strongsville starting at 8:30AM
Featuring: Races of various distances for every walker/runner!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262390400495951/
Online Registration: http://www.active.com/running/strongsville-oh/40th-annual-cleveland-spring-classic-2012?int=29-6


Sunday, April 22: Market at the Foodbank at the Cleveland Foodbank from 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Featuring: Food and beverage from 50 local restaurants and distributors, live entertainment, silent auction and more.
To purchase tickets:
TO WIN TICKETS: CLICK ON OVER TO TUESDAY’S PIP POST and leave a comment to enter to win!


Saturday, April 28: MedWish International’s Band-Aid Bash at MedWish Headquarters
Featuring: the transformation of “its global headquarters into a swanky, trendy nightclub”, food from Chef Chris Hodgson, a silent auction, live music, and “a layout that showcases the grassroots nature of the organization and its warehouse”
For more information and to purchase tickets: http://medwish.org/2012-band-aid-bash-party-for-the-planet/

Monday, April 30: Yoga Meditation Workshop at Nishkama Yoga Independence at 7:30PM
More info: Join Tracy as she reviews the basic principles and techniques of this misunderstood and mysterious practice. Even the busiest mind can learn what meditation is and is not, proper posture for meditation, basic breathing techniques (pranayama), simple mantras and use of a mala beads and a practice that integrates the principals and practices presented.
To reserve your spot: visit https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=4086.

As always, so much going down in Ctown! What April event are you looking forward to?

Disclaimer: I work for Nishkama Yoga, am attending Yuri’s Night, Garden Party & Market at the Foodbank c/o of media passes from their respective organizations, and serve as the organizer of the Ohio Blogging Association meetups. I share these so that you can also enjoy them. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Ohio Blogging Association March Cleveland Blogger Volunteer Night at the Cleveland Foodbank

Another meet up of the Cleveland Chapter of the Ohio Blogging Association is in the books! On Monday, March 12th, bloggers from around Cleveland met at the Cleveland Foodbank to donate a few hours of their time to make a difference:


The blogroll for the evening included:

The Cleveland Foodbank is a local non-profit doing some amazing work in our community. In 2011, the organization distributed products to more than 600 member hunger programs in six counties around Northeast Ohio. Their programs provide food to people of all ages at child care centers, group homes, and senior citizen programs.

We started with a brief orientation & tour of the facilities. The Foodbank depends on their volunteer force to get the job done, which includes more than 11,000 people volunteering annually. Since so many donate their time, this saves the Foodbank the cost of hiring an additional 17 full-time volunteers – allowing them to use those funds towards programming.


There were several groups volunteering at the Foodbank that evening and we were paired with some kind folks from the Kiwanis of Rocky River. Boy, did they get a lesson on blogging that evening! Our task for the evening: preparing packs of food for the Foodbank’s Backpack for Kids program.


The Backpacks for Kids program provides school children with food to take home over the weekend. Each week, each child receives enough food for six full meals. Food included in the packages include a array of items: the bags we packed had cereal, milk, canned corn, canned spaghetti, applesauce and other goods.


According to their website, “on average around 2,300 children each week receive backpacks from the Cleveland Foodbank”. That means we had some serious packing to do! The bloggers took to their respective roles on the assembly lines. Lyn and Sarah kept the assembly line stocked with goods and the majority of the bloggers walked the line, filling each bag with two of each item:


Jen of Why CLE? and Aja of CLE Creativity +


Julie from ROJ Running and Lane from Lane Baldwin Photography

At the end of the line, George from the Kiwanis group and I twist-tied the bags, which were then packed into boxes by John:


After two hours, we packed five pallets of boxes – about 540 individual bags of food! George – one of the Foodbank employees – gave us a compliment, saying that we put forth an impressive effort. He welcomed us back anytime! I think I safely speak for all the bloggers who attended that we’d up for accepting George’s invitation. Volunteering at the Foodbank was a great way for the bloggers to chat away the evening while giving back to the community. All in, a win-win!

Want to learn more about how you can help the Cleveland Foodbank? Visit their website for more information, “like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Their next big fundraiser – Market at the Foodbank – is coming up next month. Based on my insider knowledge, it’s looking to be another fun Cleveland food & wine event! Stay tuned to PIP for more details – you have SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

Interested in attending an Ohio Blogging Association blogger meetup? Join us for our OBA April Cleveland Blogger Beer Tasting with The Brewer’s Daughter on Tuesday, April 17th. You can find more info over at our OBA Facebook event page. As always, bloggers and “blog supporters” are all welcome to attend!

event recap: Ohio Blogging Association February Cleveland Blogger Wine Tasting with Miss WineOH

Another meet up of the Cleveland Chapter of the Ohio Blogging Association is in the books! On Tuesday, February 21st, bloggers from around Cleveland met at in Tremont for an evening full of wines, designs and plenty of chatter!


The blogroll for the evening included:

Co-owner and designer Greg of Wine & Design welcomed twenty plus bloggers with open arms as we invaded their Tremont spot for our monthly meeting. As it was my first visit there, I was quite impressed by the vibe of the storefront – filled with plenty of cool yet refined home goods and tons of fine wine to choose from.


Based on my recent spinning obsession, it’s not a surprise that I almost went home with this adorable piece:


Located in between St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral (AKA the “Onion Church”) and Lilly’s Homemade Chocolates, Wine & Design was a hidden gem of Tremont that I was happy to discover! I can’t wait to take PIP Mom back – although she might move in…

After our usual introductions and announcements, I handed over the meeting to Tammy AKA the Chief Tasting Officer at Miss WineOH as she would be our wine guide for the evening.


Tammy lead us through a tasting of six different wines – three whites and three reds:

  • 2010 Monmousseau Champagne (from France)
  • 2010 Argiolas Vermintino (from Italy)
  • 2010 Burgans Albarino (from Spain)
  • 2010 Domaine Aime Cabernet Frace (from France)
  • 2005 Crianza Camparron (from Spain)
  • 2010 Stella Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (from Italy)

Along with our beverages, there was a spread of eats including cheeses, crackers, Miss WineOH’s Soppresata and Tomato crostini, Hummus from The Southside and Dichotomy Popcorn from Campbell’s at the West Side Market:


Throughout our two hour event, Tammy and Greg made sure our glasses were never empty and also managed to corral us occasionally so we could learn a bit about each of the wines being served.


I give Tammy serious credit as she presented three different red wines that I actually enjoyed. Better yet – she taught me why I enjoyed them! Maybe this half Italian girl will finally embrace those roots after all…

The energy in the room was high as the bloggers were excited to catch up with one another…



…and as they each got to know some new faces. One of my favorite parts of each meetup is to see the first time attendees open up and share their interest in blogging and social media. While we hide behind computers most of the time, getting to see one another face to face is a wonderful change of pace and better opportunity to communicate in a different way!

Before we knew it, it was far past 9:00PM and it was time to say goodbye. As my parting gift, I snagged a paczki that Kristian brought all the way from Kiedrowski’s in Amherst. I scored major points with Hans when he saw I brought him home a Fat Tuesday present!

From all the energy in the room and all the wine consumed, it’s safe to say we had another successful blogger meetup! I can’t thank our wonderful hosts Tammy from MissWineOH and Greg from Wine & Design enough for such a wonderful evening!

Interested in volunteering with us in March? Visit the event page on Facebook for our OBA March Cleveland Blogger Volunteer Night at the Cleveland Foodbank for all the details. It’s Harvest for Hunger time and they can use your help!! Hope you join us on Monday, March 12th!!

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