20 Reasons to Celebrate Opening Day

You know Opening Day is a big deal when folks view it as a national holiday. Whether it gets the acknowledgement it deserves of not, here in Cleveland, we know it’s clearly a day worthy of some serious celebration.

Here are our top 20 reasons to take the day off on Friday, April 4, to celebrate the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day.

1. The weather can either be sunny and 60 degrees or snowy. Either way, it’s something that you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.

2. It’s an excuse for some mid-afternoon day drinking.

3. Not only does Great Lakes Brewing Company keep the award-winning beers flowing, they also offer rides to the stadium on the Fatty Wagon (powered by fryer grease).

4. It’s easy to get around Downtown with RTA’s free trolleys, the Healthline and on the rapid.

5. Win or lose, it’s on a Friday, which means you’ll automatically have a three-day weekend.

6. The Indians have had the largest opening day crowd in baseball history 18 times. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.

7. Nationally-acclaimed restaurants on East 4th Street are less than a 5 minute walk from Progressive Field.

8. The steady, familiar sound of the rally drum, returning as the team’s heartbeat for yet another season.

9. Awesome, say-it-like-it-is gear from local favorites CLE Clothing and GV Artwork.

10. The “Dad’s Beer” stand inside the stadium offers classic beer awesomeness such as Blatz, Miller High Life Lite and Milwaukee’s Best, while the “Spirits of Ohio” stand offers local craft beers.

11. Laid-back neighborhood joints in Tremont, Detroit Shoreway and Ohio City to watch the game.

12. Bertman’s Ball Park Mustard. Love it or hate it, it’s an icon.

13. Even if the team doesn’t win big, you try to at the Horseshoe Casino, just a few blocks away from Progressive Field.

14. The familiar smell of hot dogs, peanuts and crackerjacks.

15. No matter what the calendar may say, once it’s Opening Day, spring has officially arrived. And, along with it comes the potential for plenty more warm summer nights watching baseball.

16. If you aren’t in the stadium, get your hot dog fix at Happy Dog featuring more than 50 different gourmet topping options.

17. Making friends with hundreds of strangers as you stand shoulder-to-shoulder at one of the bars in the Historic Gateway district.

18. The first hotdog race of the season. Will this be the year Onion finally takes home the crown?

19. The chance to see head coach Terry Francona riding around Downtown from his apartment to the stadium on his bright red mo-ped.

20. You can practically feel the hopeful energy in the air around Downtown as fans feel unlimited potential for a winning season.

– April Ingle

Sokolowski’s University Inn: An American Classic.

Sokolowski's BlogWhen there’s talk of the authentic food scene in Cleveland, the conversation always turns to Sokolowski’s University Inn.

Run by the third generation of Sokolowski family members, the University Inn in Tremont is famous for its Polish menu featuring the kind of food that grandma used to make. On top of ethnic favorites such as traditional bratwurst, kielbasa and sauerkraut, their pierogi are ultra-buttery, stuffed with whipped potatoes and topped with mounds of caramelized onions. The menu also features comfort food classics such as cabbage rolls and meatloaf.

Operating since 1923, Sokolowski’s is simply a Cleveland legend. Don’t let the cafeteria-style set up make you think this isn’t top-notch fare. Notable fans of the establishment include travel host, Anthony Bourdain, and most recently, new Late Night host Jimmy Falon.

Recently, Sokolowski’s is one of five restaurants from around the country to receive the 2014 James Beard Foundation the America’s Classic Award. Each year, this recognition is bestowed upon restaurants that “have timeless appeal and are beloved for quality food that reflects the character of their community.”

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS

Time Magazine once called The James Beard Foundation Awards the “Oscars of the food world.” This recognition is the top honor in the food industry and aims to highlight the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage. The award honors the original foodie, a cookbook author and teacher named James Beard, who was viewed as “Dean of American cookery” by the New York Times in 1954.

Cleveland chefs and culinary institutions are no stranger to James Beard Foundation Award recognition. Chef Michael Symon took home the high honors in 2009 as the winner in the Best Chef category for the Great Lakes region. And this year, Chef Jonathon Sawyer and Chef Doug Katz are both semifinalists in the same category.

In 2013, Chef Zack Bruell and Chef Sawyer were semifinalists for the Best Chef in the Great Lakes region award. Additionally, last year Chef Matt Danko at The Greenhouse Tavern was recognized as a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef and Chez Francois Restaurant in Vermilion was a semifinalist for Outstanding Service. Over the past few years a number of Cleveland-area household names such as Momocho’s Chef Eric Williams, L’Albatros, Lola and others have graced the list as well.

So, congratulations to Sokolowski’s University Inn for this awesome award. Thank you for the decades of delicious meals and ever-lasting memories. For more information about Sokolowski’s visit: www.sokolowskis.com.

– April Ingle

This Weekend in Cleveland: March 14-16, 2014

It’s Friday, the sun is shining and Spring is almost here. It’s time to start gearing up for another weekend in Cleveland!

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

3/14-3/16: Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo – Cleveland Convention Center, Downtown

Explore the ultimate in home décor and remodeling with Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, HGTV star Nicole Curtis and nationally recognized celebrity contractor Ramsin Khachi. Find fresh ideas, new products and advice on home improvement, remodeling, redesign and more. Follow the link for the dates/times of the celebrity meet and greets.

3/14-3/16: I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama – I-X Center, Cleveland

Rev your engine and head to the I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama this weekend for all things auto. Featuring interactive displays and shows with kustom cars, motorcycles, boats, aircraft, antique tractors, monster trucks, semis, tractor trailers, military vehicles, historical construction equipment and more. Cash prizes will be awarded on Saturday and Sunday for the best vehicle in each category.  

3/15: Cleveland POPS Presents: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Severance Hall, University Circle

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early at Severance Hall as the Cleveland POPS Orchestra plays a program of Irish tunes with conductor, Carl O’Topilow, Irish tenor, Ciaran Sheehan and the Murphy Irish Dancers.

More Events:

3/12-3/15: FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference (MAC) Men’s & Women’s College Basketball Tournaments – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown 

3/14: The Sing Off Live Tour – State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare 

3/15: The Fab Four – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park 

3/15: Pink Martini – Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle 

3/16: Arcade Fire – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown

3/17: St Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown 

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

This Weekend in Cleveland: March 7-9, 2014

Welcome to the work week. In the race to the Friday finish line, it’s never too early to start planning your weekend. Get some ideas on what to do below.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

Now- 3/9: Orchid Mania – Cleveland Botanical Garden, University Circle

Remind yourself how gorgeous the outdoors can be with the stunning blooms at Orchid Mania, the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s fanciful and ornate plant show. Throughout the week and into the weekend, surround yourself with thousands of vibrant and beautiful orchids. View room designs inspired by orchid color palettes, photograph the blossoms for entry into a photo contest and seek advice of the Orchid Doctor (3/8) for any orchid care related questions you might have.

3/9: Pre-Purim Community Day – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood

Celebrate and learn about the Jewish holiday, Purim at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on Sunday, March 9.  Join artist, Wendy Mahon, as she teaches you how to make your own Purim mask inspired by Caribbean, Asian and African art. Afterwards, join the museum staff for an educational discussion on the holiday and a guided tour of the museum. Entry into the event is included with museum admission.

3/9: Disney Live: Micky’s Music Festival – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown

Join Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, as they take the stage to perform a medley of Disney’s greatest hits from blockbuster movies including Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and more. Performances begin at 1pm and 4pm this Sunday (3/9).

More Events: 

3/7: Travis Tritt – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park

3/8: NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown

3/9: Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch – House of Blues, Downtown

Now- 3/8: Hank Willis Thomas – Transformer Station, Ohio City

Now- 3/9: Cleveland Auto Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

Now- 3/9: Breath and Imagination – Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 3/16: DEATHTRAP – Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 3/16: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat – Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 4/26: Flanagan’s Wake – Kennedy Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

– Chris Moore

This Weekend in CLE: February 28 – March 2, 2014

Weekend_February 28Yes, it’s still cold. No, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and watch another season of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix (unless you want to, we won’t judge). Check out the list below for some ideas on what to do once you’re out of the house.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

3/1-3/9: Cleveland Auto Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

Whether you can tell the exact horsepower of a vehicle just by checking the make, or you just know that a car has four wheels and moves, the Cleveland Auto Show has something for you. Starting this Saturday and lasting throughout the week, you can check out the newest models from a range of auto makers including Rolls-Royce and Maserati to Buick and Kia. Scheduled celebrity appearances throughout the week include Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers (3/3), Brian Hoyer and head coach Mike Pettine, from the Cleveland Browns (3/3) and from the Discovery show, Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings (3/6).

Now-3/23: Maple Sugaring Season – Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirkland

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you’re in luck. Every weekend until 3/23, you can go to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark and see how the sticky, sweet treat of maple syrup is made. Here, you can learn about the maple sugaring process, tap a tree and collect some sap and taste the delicious end product as you sample freshly made maple syrup and maple sugar.

3/1, 3/8, 3/15: Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival – Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Madison

Starting this Saturday, make the most of the season with a glass of ice wine at Grand River Valley Cellars Winery and Restaurant for the 11th annual Ice Wine Festival.  Sample ice wine along with complimentary appetizers from the six participating wineries while enjoying a range of activities from ice carving to dog sledding.

More Events:

Now-3/2: Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week – Various Locations, Downtown

Now- 3/9: Breath and Imagination – Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 4/26: Flanagan’s Wake – Kennedy Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 3/16: DEATHTRAP – Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/28: CAVS vs. Utah Jazz – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

2/28: Jeremy Spencer and Band in Concert – The Winchester Music Hall, Cleveland

3/1: 8th Annual Cleveland Blues Festival – State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

3/1: Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival - Slovenian National Home

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

This Weekend in Cleveland: February 21-23, 2014

Happy Friday Eve everyone! Read below for this weekend’s happenings and if you know of something else taking place drop it in the comments.

2/21: Cleveland POPS Orchestra presents “One Singular Sensation” Severance Hall, Cleveland

This Friday, the Cleveland POPS Orchestra presents “One Singular Sensation” featuring composer, conductor and EGOT winner, Marvin Hamlisch.  Enjoy an evening of timeless musical performances including pieces from “A Chorus Line,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Sophie’s Choice” and more.

2/21-2/23: Cleveland Golf Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

The Cleveland Golf Show has everything you need to gear up for the upcoming golf season. Attend the largest presentation of golf accessories and equipment in the Midwest.  Additionally, there will be golf-related activities and competitions including a Long-Drive Championship, and celebrity appearances from PGA Professionals.  You can even test your skills by taking a swing at the $25,000 hole-in-one competition.

2/21-2/22: Lake Erie Monsters vs. Iowa WildQuicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

Do the Winter Olympics have you inspired to enjoy some sporting events in person? Make your way over to the Quicken Loans Arena to watch Cleveland’s own Lake Erie Monsters take on the Iowa Wild in an exciting matchup of hockey finesse on both Friday and Saturday night.

More Events:

Now- 3/9: Breath and ImaginationAllen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 4/26: Flanagan’s WakeKennedy Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/21: 1964 the TributePalace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/21-2/22: Home on the Morning TrainCleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland

2/21 – 3/2: 7th Annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week – Various Locations 

2/22: Jump Back Ball – PlayhouseSquare, Downtown Cleveland

2/22:  Lesson in Traveling the Underground RailroadIndependence Library, Independence

2/23: CAVS vs. Washington WizardsQuicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

Finding the Luck of the Irish in CLE

IMG_0096Who’s ready for street parties, parades, drink specials, corned beef and those really loud plastic horns? We are! Walk like the Irish, talk like the Irish and act like the Irish at these Cleveland locations on Monday, March 17, 2014. 

Downtown

2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Cleveland
www.clevelandsirishparade.org

AJ Rocco’s
www.ajroccos.com; 216.861.8358

House of Blues
www.houseofblues.com/cleveland; 216.523.2583

The Barley House
www.barleyhousecleveland.com; 216.623.1700

Pickwick & Frolic
www.pickwickandfrolic.com

Wonder Bar
www.wonderbarcleveland.com; 216.298.4050

Flannery’s Pub
www.flannerys.com

Flats

The Flat Iron
www.flatironcafe.com

Ohio City

The Harp
www.the-harp.com

Great Lakes Brewing Company
www.greatlakesbrewing.com; 216.771.4404

East Side

East Side Irish American Club
www.irishamericanclubeastside.org; 216.731.4003

Nightown
www.nighttowncleveland.com

West Side

100th Bomb Group Restaurant and Special Event Center
www.100thbgrestaurant.com; 216.267.2819

For the Kids

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org; 216.791.7114

Cleveland Metorparks Zoo
www.clemetzoo.org; 216.661.6500

14 Reasons to Visit Cleveland in 2014

1 - Brand New Buildings1. Brand New Buildings

$2 billion in new tourism projects includes the new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Convention Center and much more.

2 (alt)2. Music Mecca

Music lovers come to Cleveland to pay homage to their idols at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, then stay to explore the plentiful bars, clubs and outdoor amphitheaters where local artists and national acts play live nightly.

3 - Sizzling Culinary Scene3. Sizzling Culinary Scene

Nationally recognized as a foodie paradise, Cleveland is home to a 100-year-old public market, the likes of a true “Iron” Chef, several James Beard Foundation Award winners and more than 117 ethnicities represented throughout the culinary scene.

4 - Wild Family Adventures4. Wild Family Adventures

Families can stand nose-to-trunk with five massive African elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and brave more than 16 record breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point. Thrill-seekers can soar high above the park entrance on Gatekeeper, the world’s longest winged coaster, which opened at Cedar Point last year.

PosCle IPN2013-145. World-Class Arts & Culture

Cleveland is home to University Circle, the country’s most concentrated square mile of arts and cultural institutions such as the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Not to mention the incredible Cleveland Museum of Art, which recently completed a $350 million renovation and expansion.

6 - The Perfect Pour6. The Perfect Pour

Whether it’s a tall glass of one of the gold medal winning beers from one of the many local microbreweries or a taste of sweet ice wine from one of the more than 50 lakeside wineries gaining national recognition, no foodie will go thirsty in Cleveland.

7 - Fresh Air Fun7. Fresh Air Fun

With more than 52,000 acres for outdoor recreation between the Cleveland Metroparks and the tenth most visited national park in the US, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visitors can hike, jog or bike 275 miles of trails, hit the links at one of the 300 golf courses or splash in Lake Erie for seasonal fun any time of year.

8 - Friendly Competition8. Friendly Competition

Not only is Cleveland home to three major professional sports teams, but it’s also keeping visitors cheering all year long with a plethora of family- and budget-friendly minor league teams, entertainment leagues and an arena team.

9 - Save the Date9. Save the Date

From an international film fest to the 2014 International Gay Games, there’s always something happening in Cleveland. Whether it’s summer festivals every weekend or winter ice skating in Wade Oval, there’s always a reason to celebrate.

10 - Shop Till you Drop10. Shop Until you Drop

Shoppers can find quirky and eclectic doodads, independent art, delectable chocolates or uniquely Cleveland postcards, t-shirts and giftware, at boutiques, antiques and retail options suited for any taste and budget.

11 - Hit the Snooze11. Hit the Snooze

With so much to see and do, visitors need a place to rest their heads. This is why Cleveland offers an array of recognized hotel brands, indoor waterpark resorts, charming B&Bs, inns and campgrounds.

12 - In the Hood12. In the Hood

Cleveland’s true heart and soul lies in its neighborhoods. Ethnic neighborhoods retain much of their Old World cultural background with food and festivals. Other diverse neighborhoods blend art galleries, indie theatres, gastropubs and blue-collar watering holes.

13 - Region13. Remarkable Region

Visitors can leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind by venturing into one of the largest Amish communities in the world. Or, families can unwind at one of the region’s massive indoor waterparks or set sail for a refreshing getaway on Lake Erie’s Islands. It’s all just a day trip away from the heart of Cleveland.

14 - Performances14. Unparalleled Performances

From PlayhouseSquare, the second largest theater district in the nation; or the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at the stunning Severance Hall; to the more than 45 additional performing arts and entertainment centers it’s safe to say premium performances are center stage.

Visit www.positivelycleveland.com for more reasons to visit Cleveland.

– April Ingle

This Weekend in CLE: Valentine’s Edition

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Grab a sweet treat from Colossal Cupcakes this Valentine’s Day.

Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Still working on plans? Here’s some help from the locals:

Still not sure? Check out these special events, dining specials and overnight getaways.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Seek and Find Natural Hearts and Spend Valentine’s Day at the Beach with The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

February 14 – 10am and February 15 – 10am at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

On Valentine’s Day, join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as they help you appreciate and express your love for Mother Nature with the “Seeking All Natural Hearts” program. Join the museum’s naturalists as they explore the museum’s trail for heart-shaped rocks and other signs of heart-shaped nature objects.  Saturday features “Valentine at the Beach” at the North Kingsville Sand Barrens to explore the shores that once held an ancient lake. Bundle up and huddle close to your companions as you explore the beauty of Mother Nature with one of the museum’s naturalists.  And, don’t miss Nature’s Mating Games exhibit on display through April 20.

216.231.4600, www.cmnh.org

Create a Heart Shaped Cookie Picasso and Party with Cinderella for Valentine’s Day at the Cleveland Children’s Museum

February 14and February 15 – 11am at the Cleveland Children’s Museum

Grab ahold of those little hands that always fill your heart with love and help them create a work of art on a heart-shaped sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Afterwards, watch as they make a fancy card for the sweetheart in their life. Continue a weekend of love with your kids on Saturday, Feb. 15 by bringing them to Cinderella’s Valentine’s Party.  Cinderella and Prince Charming will be hosting an exciting family event for the prince or princess in your life where the kids can learn how to dance the waltz and make a special heart garland.

216.791.7114, www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org

Escape with a Glass of Wine aboard the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad

February 14 – 7pm at the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, Brecksville Station

Nothing says romance like snuggling up next to your sweetheart with a nice glass of wine. Throw in the beautiful winter landscape of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and you have the setting for a fantastic romantic date night. Join the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a superb evening of wine sampling with five delectable wines and hors d’oeuvres from Moe’s Restaurant of Cuyahoga Falls.

Make your reservations at www.cvsr.com.

Discover True Beauty with Orchids at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Now – March 9th at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

There are a few staples for Valentine’s Day; chocolate, a romantic card and, of course, flowers. Give your Valentine’s Day a unique twist by joining the Cleveland Botanical Garden for Orchid Mania.  Come see the numerous varieties of this luxurious and sensual plant including slipper orchids and chocolate orchids.  Spend the afternoon surrounded by the beauty of these flowers and gain a whole new appreciation for this lovely plant.

216.721.1600, www.cbgarden.org

“Date Night in the Park” at the Cleveland Metroparks

February 14 – 7:30pm at Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation

Let’s set the mood. Imagine a merrily-dancing fire and the full moon casting its glow down on that special someone. If that atmosphere sounds like the prefect romantic night out, then join the Cleveland Metroparks for “Date Night in the Park” where you can snuggle up with a loved one as you take a winter hike beneath the full moon. Then, enjoy some light appetizers and desserts as you warm up in front of a toasty fire.

Register online at www.clevelandmetroparks.com or by calling 440.473.3370.

“All About Love Valentine’s Show” at PlayhouseSquare

February 16: 7:30pm at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre

A perfect Valentine’s Day weekend should include a touch of beautiful and heartfelt music. Bring your someone special to PlayhouseSquare for Motown Recording artist KEM’s Valentine’s Day concert, “All About Love Valentine’s Show.” Top this weekend off by sitting back and enjoying this unforgettable concert.

Purchase tickets online at www.playhousesquare.org or by calling 216.241.6000.

DINING

Elegant Meal at Pura Vida

February 10-12 – Valentine’s Day menu available

February 13-15 – Special Vegan menu available

Sometimes all you need for the perfect night out is an elegant and delicious meal.  Reserve a table at Pura Vida on Feb. 10 – 12 for a special three course dinner for two. There is also a vegan menu available Thursday, Feb.13 through Saturday, Feb. 15 featuring a special four course Vegan meal.

Call to make reservations 216.987.0100, www.puravidabybrandt.com.

Unique and Beautiful Dinner at Provenance

February 14in the Cleveland Museum of Art

Bring your sweetheart to Provenance for a unique meal inspired by the beautiful works of art that surround you. On Feb.14, Provenance will have a special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner featuring a wine pairing menu just for this special day. The menu is full of delicious dishes such as Maine lobster bisque, grilled swordfish and braised beef short rib.

Call to make reservations at 216.707.2600, www.clevelandart.org.

Perfect end to Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Greenhouse Tavern

February 14and February 15at The Greenhouse Tavern

End the night with a fantastic meal from The Greenhouse Tavern with their special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu on Friday and Saturday.

Call to make reservations 216.443.0511, www.thegreenhousetavern.com.

ACCOMODATION SPECIALS 

A weekend getaway at the Lakehouse Inn

Any weekend in February – Sweethearts Package

Available year round – Date Night Package

Valentine’s Day is about spending quality time with the one you love. What better way to get close to that one person than with a weekend getaway? The Lakehouse Inn has a special Sweetheart Package for any weekend in February. The package includes lodging accommodations for two, a $50 voucher towards dinner at Crosswinds Grille, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a couples sixty-minute massage and breakfast each morning. Or, choose the one night get-away which includes overnight accommodations, a full breakfast, a sixty-minute couples massage and a $50 voucher towards dinner at Crosswinds Grille.

Call to make reservations at 440.466.8668, www.thelakehouseinn.com.

This Weekend in Cleveland: February 7 – 9, 2014

CAVSAre you in charge of weekend planning in Cleveland? Not to worry, we have you covered. Get in the spirit of Spring at the Great Big Home and Garden Show, try something new with the kiddos at the DiNo-Light workshop, cheer on the Lake Erie Monsters plus more this weekend in Cleveland.

2/8-2/16: The 2014 Great Big Home and Garden Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

Grab your spade, shovel and gardening gloves and head to the I-X Center for The 2014 Great Big Home and Garden Show. Visit more than 650 exhibitors, explore fully-constructed Idea and Vacation Homes and listen to celebrity tidbits from Achmed Hassan from DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers” and Frank Firtz from “American Pickers.” Spring will grace us with her presence sooner than you think, so get prepared to make the most of the warm weather.

2/8: Children’s Theater Series Workshop DiNO-Light – Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, Cleveland

Need something exciting and different to do with the kids? Come check out the Children’s Theater Series Workshop: DiNO-Light. During the forty-five minute workshop, your child can learn animal-inspired dance movements, a few tap dancing steps and even some tango. They also will create a take-home souvenir storybook of neon scratch art panels, just like the phosphorescent effects of DiNO-Light.

2/9: Chagrin Arts Presents Bash the Trash – Chagrin Falls, High School Performing Arts Center, Chagrin Falls

Come to an event where playing with trash is not only encouraged, it is required. At Bash the Trash partake in an instrument building workshop where you will transform garbage into something that creates beautiful music. After the workshop, enjoy a performance from the talented Bash the Trash musicians and finish off the day with an indoor parade celebrating science, sound and sustainability. All the materials will be supplied to create the instruments.

More Events:

Now- 2/16: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 4/26: Flanagan’s Wake – Kennedy Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/7: Cleveland Comedy Jam – State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/7 & 2/8: Lake Erie Monsters vs. San Antonia Rampage – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

2/8: Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: It’s All Love – Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

2/9: CAVS vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

2/9: An Evening with Dark Star Orchestra House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events and follow us on Twitter @positivelycleve.

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