Why? Yuri’s Night!

“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!” – Yuri Gagarin

The Great Lakes Science Center is preparing for Yuri’s Night 2018, an out of this world party. Yuri’s Night celebrates Yuri Gagarin, who was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth, as well as all the achievements in space flight since then.

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On Saturday, May 19, the Great Lakes Science Center will be filled with food, drink, music, and fun in celebration of Yuri’s Night. Live music from 7:30-10:30 and a DJ from 10:30-11:30 will keep the dance floor packed.

There will also be a space-themed costume contest and a scavenger hunt, if you’re feeling like showing off your competitive side. Add to this an open bar, appetizers, and amazing lakefront views, and you have all the makings of a cosmically fantastic night!

VIP tickets for Yuri’s Night are $120 and include early admission, access to the VIP lounge with it’s own bar and additional menu items, and complimentary parking. General admission tickets are only $55 through February 28 and include open bar, appetizers and specialty bites, live entertainment and demonstrations, and access to the scavenger hunt. Plus, you can save an extra $5 per ticket if you’re a member of the Great Lakes Science Center.

Money raised from Yuri’s Night helps fund the Science Center’s STEM education initiatives, day camp scholarships and other programs that encourage curiosity and provide opportunities for tomorrow’s scientific leaders. Tickets for Yuri’s Night are currently on sale online.

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Why? Cleveland Leadership Center Accelerate!

The number one reason I love Cleveland so much is the people who call this city home. We are passionate, dedicated, helpful, kind, and real. And coming up this month, there’s an event that puts this passion and kindness on full display: Cleveland Leadership Center‘s Accelerate.

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At this event on Wednesday, February 21, 25 Clevelanders will present their ideas for positive civic change in five different categories, including “Community Change,” “Economic and Workforce Development,” “Quality of Life,” and “Health and Wellness.”

This year’s group of presenters are the most diverse in the history of the event, 68% are women and 52% are non-white. The pitches cover the range of topics from employment and healthy eating to literacy, gardens, artwork and the global refugee crisis. Many specifically target women: improving quality of life for single parents, helping economically distressed young mothers, empowering caregivers, and promoting breastfeeding in the African American community.

Tickets are currently on sale online to watch the pitch presentations and finalist selections, as well as attend a reception with those pitching their ideas. Tickets are $30 for Cleveland Leadership Center members, $35 for the general public, and $20 for students.

This event is a wonderful chance to connect with people committed to bettering our city, get inspired, and support the next wave of change-makers in Cleveland.

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Why? Weekends!

As we jet off today for vacation, I’m reflecting on what a fun weekend we had to send us off from Cleveland!

The Beauty Room

On Friday, I headed to what has quickly become my favorite pampering spot: The Beauty Room. Seriously, mimosas and manicures get me every time!

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I got my vacation manicure and pedicure looking perfect, plus Jeffrey had a chance to hang out with one of his fairy godmothers: Kimberly.

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It was a win-win!

Zen at the Zoo

On Saturday morning, I met up with my friend Katie for Zen at the Zoo, hosted by the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Ambassadors Circle.

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We enjoyed an hour-long yoga class in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo‘s Primates, Cats, and Aquatics Building. The monkeys seemed particularly interested in our antics once we started to flow!

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I love practicing in unique locations and the Zoo definitely made for a great environment for the class! Plus, we got to stick around after class to enjoy more of the Zoo’s animals.

Ambassadors Circle is the young professionals group associated with the Cleveland Zoological Society. They help raise money for the Cleveland Zoological Society and host lots of fun events, including their signature Zoo Clues and Brews scavenger hunt, scheduled for August 30.

Donut Fest

For the second year in a row, Donut Fest brought a sweet party to Red Space, with a selection of 11 amazing local donut purveyors.

Donut Fest is definitely a pace-yourself event, because you could easily over sugar yourself on all the delicious donuts. Pro tip: make lots of stops at the Hartzler Family Dairy table for their milk to wash down the donuts.

The crowd favorite award was handed to Brewnuts, whose peanut butter Nutella donuts were pretty dang amazing.

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I also have some awards to hand out (completely made up and without any trophies):

Best Traditional Offering: The creme stick from Madsen Donuts

Freshest: Peace, Love, and Little Donuts was serving their donuts warm, including these tasty raspberry zingers

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Best Fruit Donut: The apple pie donut from Circles on the Square

Best Vegan Donut: the vegan peanut butter and jelly from Holey Toledough

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Most Unique: This foie gras-filled creation topped with pistachio and bacon from Urban Farmer Cleveland

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There was a ton of donut deliciousness on display at Donut Fest from traditional to truly unique! Tickets sold out in a day, so keep your eyes open for next year’s event!

Yoga at Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Continuing my quest to down dog all over town, I attended a free yoga class on Sunday at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. The class was taught by teacher trainees from Yoga Roots, so it was not only a great flow, but a great chance to help the teacher trainees get some experience.

If you’re interested in attending, there are two more opportunities: Saturday, February 17 at 10am and Sunday, February 25 at 2pm. Click here for more information.

It was a great weekend! I have posts scheduled for the week, so you’ll still get more Cleveland goodness here. And if you enjoy a little peek at warmth and sunshine, I’ll have plenty of that for you on Instagram this week!

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Why? All About the Bag Giveaway!

You know I’m all about a good handbag, which is why I’m so excited for the Hunger Network of Cleveland‘s 5th anniversary of All About the Bag on Wednesday, February 28 at Landerhaven!

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This annual event has everything a luxury-loving lady could want, from a fashion show featuring famous faces with the latest looks from Beachwood Place Mall, fabulous auction and raffle items (tickets for the Chanel raffle are on sale online now), food, drink, music from DJ MIMO, and lots of fun.

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All About the Bag isn’t just referring to the gorgeous purses on which you can bid, but also to the fact that just a $5 donation to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland fills a bag of groceries for a family in need. The proceeds from this fashionable evening help the Hunger Network continue to provide food and services to 60,000 people in the Greater Cleveland area, of which 31% are children.

Tickets for All About the Bag are on sale now online for $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which bag designer you just love to wear on your arm.

2. Visit Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @hungernetworkgc, @allaboutthebagcle, and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following all three.

4. Follow @hungernetworkgc and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to be #AllAbouttheBag with @hungernetworkgc and @whycle #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/02/08/why-all-about-the-bag-giveaway-2 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to help promote All About the Bag. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Annie’s Signature Sweets Tart Class!

While I love to cook and bake, there are certain items I don’t generally take the time and effort to make. Tarts are definitely one of those precision treats that I love to eat, but don’t often make.

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So when my friend Ann of Annie’s Signature Sweets said she’d be teaching a tart-making class, I immediately signed up!

The class was held at the commercial kitchen where Annie’s Signature Sweets shares space in the Hildebrandt Provisions Company building. This building is a great example of making use of existing space to give up-and-coming small businesses a place to work their craft.

Ann took us through how to make the perfect tart dough.

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And then we got to roll it and shape it into 4-inch tart pans.

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While the shells were baking, we all helped make three different tart fillings: chocolate ganache, lemon curd, and sauteed apples with brown sugar.

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Then we got to pick our fillings and our tasty additions. I added raspberries and chocolate-covered espresso beans to my chocolate ganache tart, blueberries to my lemon curd tart, and oats and caramel to my apple tart.

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Everyone had their own spin on adding to the fillings, which were delicious even on their own. I took home 4 homemade tarts, as well as a ton of knowledge on how to make these tasty treats for myself.

Ann made learning how to make pastry fun and relaxed. Everyone in the class worked together and we all felt like friends by the time we left. If you want a hands-on experience that gives you a tasty take-home gift, Annie’s Signature Sweets is offering another tart class on Sunday, February 11 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Cost to attend is $45.

And if you need some professional tarts for a party, meeting, or just your average Wednesday, Annie’s Signature Sweets sells the same 4-inch tarts we made in the class for $6 a piece in pecan, chocolate, lemon, and cherry oat. Click here to order and to see the other offerings such as cookies, cheesecakes, and larger tarts. Support this sweet local small business!

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Why? Passport to CLE!

It’s that time of year when the cold and grey can have you wanting to travel. You don’t have to go far, though. Grab your Passport to CLE from CLEseats on Friday, February 23 from 7-11pm.

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Held at Lago Custom Events, Passport to CLE lets you enjoy unlimited food samples from over 20 awesome Cleveland restaurants. You’ll collect passport stamps from each restaurant that you try, so bring your eatin’ pants and try them all!

Your ticket also gets you 3 complimentary drink tickets, as well as live entertainment from Big Bang Dueling Pianos all night.

Tickets are on sale now online. You get all this fun and food for only $45! CLEseats partners with some of Cleveland top restaurants to bring you great deals via their app and now you can experience all the deliciousness in one spot! So, grab your passport and head to Lago Custom Events!

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Why? Weekends!

Phew! It was a super busy weekend in the CLE! Here’s what we were up to:

Cleveland Goes Red Luncheon

On Friday, I donned a sassy red dress and headed to the Cleveland American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women Luncheon.

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The event kicks off with a fun and educational expo, with health screenings, CPR training, heart-healthy Jeopardy, photo opps, silent auctions, and more.

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I brought my best little buddy and biggest motivator to stay heart healthy with me! He had a great time too!

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After the expo, we headed into the luncheon, which not only featured a tasty, heart-healthy meal, but also speakers sharing their personal heart health stories and doctors sharing information on how to be heart healthy and recognize signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which are very different in women than in men.

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The theme of this year’s luncheon was “Everyone Plays a Role,” which is really true. From donating to the American Heart Association to educating ourselves and others, we all can help to reduce heart disease as the number one killer of women. I know I want my heart to be strong and healthy so that I can enjoy life with Jeffrey!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon. In exchange, I received a complimentary ticket to the luncheon. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Vodka Vodka

On Friday night, Matthew and I went to Cleveland Scene‘s Vodka Vodka event at Red Space.

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The event included vodka cocktails from Skyy Vodka, Three Olives, Tito’s, and Amsterdam Vodka.

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I really liked the Skyy Pineapple Apple Spritzer and the Tito’s Cosmo, which was made with Cleveland’s own Pope’s Kitchen mixers.

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You could also grab tasty, vodka-soaked treats like strawberries and gummy bears.

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And enjoy truffles made with liquor from The Bom.

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The tunes were pumping with a great DJ and there was a fashion show featuring local boutiques like Whiskey Grade and Tres Sorelle.

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The atmosphere was clubby, energetic, diverse, and fun! I do enjoy a vodka cocktail and when you add in lots of local fun too, you have the makings of a great Friday night.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Cleveland Scene’s Vodka Vodka. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Hot Mommas at JBB

Playhouse Square Partners Jump Back Ball is right around the corner and this year, we are going with a group of friends who have never been to the event before. So, in order to fully chat dresses and jewelry and all the trimmings of the evening, we had a girls night in.

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We’ve dubbed our group “Hot Mommas at JBB” and you can see why, obviously. I can’t wait to share one of my favorite evenings in town with these fabulous friends!

Yoga/Brunch

I really love that Alicia has increased her Yoga/Brunch offerings at Dante Next Door, because it means I can enjoy this perfect way to kick off Sunday Funday even more often.

My friend Beth and I met up and practiced a strengthening, opening, Alicia-patented wonderful flow. Then we headed downstairs to Dante Next Door for mimosas and brunch. I couldn’t pass up the crab cake Benedict.

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The crab cakes are meaty, the eggs are perfectly cooked, and the Hollandaise adds just the right lemony tang.

The Yoga/Brunch events are a great way to spend a Sunday morning. $15 gets you an hour-long yoga flow, plus a complimentary mimosa or coffee afterwards. You have two more chances in February: the 11th and the 25th. Click here to register.

The rest of Super Bowl Sunday was spent vegging with the Puppy Bowl, Justin Timberlake, and “This is Us.” How was your weekend?

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Why? Jump Back Ball Raffle and Silent Auction!

It’s hard to believe, but we’re less than a month away from Playhouse Square PartnersJump Back Ball, happening on Saturday, February 24.

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Jump Back Ball is not only an amazing party, with great food from The Driftwood Group, music from both Faction and Billy Likes Soda, and fun activities and decor. It’s also Playhouse Square Partners’ largest fundraiser to support the nonprofit mission of the Playhouse Square Foundation, which supports community education and outreach programs and more.

One of the ways that Jump Back Ball raises these funds is through the raffle and silent auction items that you can win at the event. As this year’s raffle chair, I’m super excited to share with you some of the truly unique and amazing items that you can win:

  • A party at your home catered by the Touch Supper Club food truck
  • A de-stress spa retreat from The Spa at Yellow Creek
  • An overnight stay at the Metropolitan at the 9
  • VIP tickets to this year’s Silver Spoon Awards Party
  • One month of unlimited yoga at Yoga Roots
  • A gift basket of hair products and styling implements from The Beauty Room
  • Gift cards from restaurants such as The Greenhouse Tavern, Luca, Lago East Bank, Table 45, Melt Bar and Grilled, Urban Farmer, Parker’s Downtown, and more
  • A season membership to Fresh Fork Market
  • A family membership to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

How lucky would you be to win any of these? Plus, knowing that your money goes to benefit the Playhouse Square Foundation? Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I hope to not only see you at Jump Back Ball, but also around the raffle and silent auction tables that night. Tickets are still available at $155 for Partners members, $180 for general admission, and $250 for VIP admission. Click here to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. I am the co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners and the Jump Back Ball raffle chair. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest Giveaway!

Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside has become one of the annual events that I eagerly anticipate. This event creates a friendly chef competition between some of Cleveland’s best restaurants for who will be crowned as having the Finest Hors d’Oeuvre. The winners are voted on by attendees, who are the real winners, since we get to eat all the delicious appetizers!

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The event takes place on Thursday, February 22 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Participating restaurants include Tartine Bistro, Melt Bar and Grilled, Carrie Cerino’s Italian Ristorante, Momocho, Zack Bruell Restaurant Group, The Woods, and more.

Plus, there will be desserts from Cupcake Cravings; wine tastes; beer samples from Saucy Brew Works; live music; hosts Tim Richards, Jen Toohey, and Desiray Cross from Star 102; a silent auction with awesome prizes; and lots more foodie fun!

Tickets are $80 and all proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission of supporting over 900 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a wide range of services from transportation to housing to employment.

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Tickets are available online or you can enter to win two tickets to the event right here! Here’s how to enter:

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which participating restaurant‘s food you’re most excited to sample.

2. Head over to my Instagram page at @whycle for more ways to win!

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, January 31 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland Go Red for Women Luncheon!

February is dedicated by the American Heart Association as a month to draw attention to the prevalence of heart disease in women and to educate about prevention and treatment.

The Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association is hosting the Cleveland Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, February 2 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

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The Luncheon focuses on three areas: heightening awareness of heart disease in women; creating a passionate call to action; and generating funds to support education and research.

Aside from enjoying a heart-healthy lunch and an inspiring presentation themed “Everyone Plays a Role,” attendees will also be able to enjoy a wellness fair with health testing, trivia and education, giveaways, a silent auction, and more.

In preparing for the Luncheon, I headed to CVS, one of the sponsors of the national Go Red for Women sponsors, to pick up some red lipstick and nail polish.

Not only could I find a wide variety of beauty products to get me looking good on the outside for this ladies’ Luncheon, but I could also find health and wellness products to get me feeling good inside too.

I snagged a variety of lip colors, from matte lipsticks to long-wear glosses. I’ll be running to the ladies room to switch my lip look throughout the Luncheon!

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Red is such a fabulous power color and is the perfect choice for an event that focuses on women taking power over their own health!

If you’d like to join me at the Cleveland Go Red for Women Luncheon, tickets can be purchased online for $250. Either way, remember to sport your red in February and help raise awareness of heart disease in women!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland American Heart Association to help promote the Cleveland Goes Red Luncheon. In exchange, I received a CVS gift card to shop for makeup and a complimentary ticket to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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